Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944. He is an American writer of fantasy fiction and writes mainly epic fantasy, and has also written two movie novelizations. Terry Brooks has written 23 New York Times bestsellers during his writing career, and has over 21 million copies of his books in print. He is one of the biggest-selling living fantasy writers.

Terry spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. A writer since high school, he wrote many stories within the genres of science fiction, western, and fiction but was unable to finish any project. Then one fateful semester early in college he was given “The Lord of the Rings” to read. That moment changed Terry’s life forever. In Tolkien’s great work he found all the elements needed to fully explore his writing combined in one genre.   Stop by the library and check out one of his novels from the library’s science fiction collection.

Terry Brooks’ books available at the library include:

“Jarka Ruus” (High Druid of Shannara Series Book #1)

“Tanequil” (High Druid of Shannara Series Book #2)

“The Sword Of Shannara” Book #1

“The Elfstones of Shannara” Book #2

“The Wishsong of Shannara” Book #3

“The Elf Queen Of Shannara” (Book #3 in The Heritage Of Shannara series)

“The Tangle Box: A Magic Kingdom of Landover Novel”


New fiction & non-fiction book titles from popular authors available at the library!

Adult Fiction Books:

Patricia Cornwell- “Flesh And Blood”

Lisa Scottoline- “Betrayed”

Steve Toltz- “A Fraction Of The Whole”

Terry Brooks- “Jarka Ruus” (High Druid of Shannara Series Book #1)

Terry Brooks- “Tanequil” (High Druid of Shannara Series Book #2)

Heather Gudenkauf- “The Weight of Silence”

Karen White- “The Memory Of Water”

Janet Tronstad- “At Home In Dry Creek”- (Dry Creek Series Book #9)

Anna Schmidt- “Lasso Her Heart” (Love Inspired #375)

Jayne Ann Krentz- “The Ties That Bind”

Danielle Steel- “Loving”

Sue Henry- “The Serpents Trail”

W.E.B. Griffin- “The Murderers”

Rosie Thomas- “The White Dove”

Lynda M. Nelson- “The Little Red Buckets: A Story Of Family and Giving

Jeffrey Archer- “First Among Equals”- by the same author who wrote “Kane & Abel”

Victoria Holt- “The Black Opal”

Andrew M. Greeley- “Irish Lace”

Stephen Lewis- “The Blind In Darkness”

Val McDermid- “The Last Temptation”

Barbara Taylor Bradford- “Act Of Will”

Suzanne Barclay- “Knights Divided”

Barney Leason- “North Rodeo Drive”

Liza Cody- “Under Contract”

Michael Cecilione- “Muse”

Quinn Fawcett- “Embassy Row”

Quinn Fawcett- “Death To Spies: A Novel of the Espionage Adventures of Ian Fleming”

Campbell Armstrong- “Mambo”

Tom Wilson- “Black Wolf”

Judith Michael-“The Real Mother: A Novel”

Susan Madison- “The Color Of Hope”

Valerie Sherwood- “Born To Love”

Stephanie Bond- “I Think I Love You”

Helen MacInnes- “The Venetian Affair”

Helen MacInnes- “The Snare Of The Hunter”

Russell Andrews- “Gideon”


Adult Non-Fiction Books:

Laura Hillenbrand- “Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Ted Kooser- “Delights & Shadows”(Winner of Pulitzer Prize for Poetry)

Henry Bushkin- “Johnny Carson” (A biography)

Bill Maher- “New Rules: Polite Musings From a Timid Observer”

Arthur H. Lewis- “The Day They Shook The Plum Tree” (Biography of Hetty Green)

Edith Hahn Beer- “The Nazi Officer’s Wife”

Chip St. Clair- “The Butterfly Garden: Surviving Childhood On The Run With One Of America’s Most Wanted”


An anonymous donor has donated a new magazine subscription for the library. It is the Large Print “Reader’s Digest” magazine.

The library has also received a subscription for “Nebraska Life Magazine” from Spalding’s American Legion Women’s Auxillary.

“Bones The Complete First Season” DVD has been added to the library’s DVD collection.

Stop by and check us out!!



Stop by the library and check out “The Glass Castle” a memoir by author, Jeannette Walls. The library’s book club members have selected this book, for the month of January. “The Glass Castle” is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revealing look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who loathed the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

“The Glass Castle” is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family. This memoir spent a total of 261 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list and is now under development as a film by Paramount. Jeannette Walls is author to several other books including her newest novel, “The Silver Star”.

The next meeting of Spalding Public Library’s Book Club will be in the library’s meeting room on Monday, January 5th, at 5:00p.m. The group will be discussing the laugh out loud book “Rubber Legs And White Tail-Hairs”, written by America’s favorite outdoor humorist, Patrick McManus. Each chapter in this book is a short piece with long laughs, about the author’s alter ego “Pat” and his little excursions. Need a good laugh? Come to the book club meeting!!


The Spalding Public Library Will Be Closed on Thursday, December 25th.  The library has lots of Christmas themed books for children through adults.

Here are a few of the adult fiction titles:

James Patterson- “The Christmas Wedding”

Robyn Carr- “Bring Me Home For Christmas”

Sherryl Woods- “A Chesapeake Shores Christmas”

David Baldacci- “The Christmas Train”

Maeve Binchy- “This Year It Will Be Different”

Mary Higgins Clark- “The Christmas Thief”

Richard Paul Evans- “Finding Noel: A Novel”

John Grisham- “Skipping Christmas”

Debbie Macomber- “The Christmas Basket”


This is just a few of the 63 Christmas themed books in the library’s adult fiction books collection. Check out the complete collection for children and adults by going to the library’s website at http://libraries.ne.gov/spalding and clicking on the “Books Available At The Spalding Public Library” link.


Merry Christmas!!



Stop by the library and check out these bestseller books!!


Melanie Benjamin- “The Aviator’s Wife”

Erica Spindler- “Justice For Sara”

James Patterson- “Burn”

Jonathan Kellerman- “The Golem Of Hollywood”

John Grisham- “Gray Mountain”

Robin Cook- “Coma”

Robert Ludlum- “Matarese Countdown”

Sidney Sheldon- “It Tomorrow Comes”

Clive Cussler- “Atlantis Found”

Rosamunde Pilcher- “September”

Tony Hillerman- “The Wailing Wind”

Maeve Binchy- “Light A Penny Candle”

Amanda Quick- “Wait Until Midnight”

Robert James Waller- “Slow Waltz In Cedar Bend” (author of “The Bridges Of Madison County”)

John Peel- “Too Many Targets (The Avengers)”

Lee Goldberg- “Diagnosis Murder Book #6- The Dead Letter”

Michael Drosnin- “Citizen Hughes”

Hannah Alexander- “Grave Risk”

John Wilson- “ The Disappearance Of Lyndsey Barratt”- A Psychological Thriller

Martina Navratilova- “Killer Instinct: A Jordan Myles Mystery”

Janette Oke- “Tomorrow’s Dream”

Carla Neggers- “Wisconsin Wedding (Welcome To Tyler, Book #3)”

Jon Land- “Blood Diamonds”


The library also has a wide assortment of “gently used” books for sale for that special someone on your Christmas list!


For the month of December, Spalding Public Library Book Club members have chosen the book “Rubber Legs And White Tail-Hairs” written by Patrick F. McManus. The author, Patrick F. McManus, is a renowned outdoor writer, humorist, and longtime columnist for “Outdoor Life” and “Field & Stream” magazines. His most recent books are the Sheriff Bo Tully mysteries “Avalanche and The Blight Way”. He is the author of many other books, including such runaway New York Times bestsellers as “The Grasshopper Trap”, “The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw”, and “Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink!” The author lives in Spokane, WA.   In “Rubber Legs And White Tail-Hairs” Patrick’s humor is directed at fishermen, hunters, campers, gun-swappers, little boys and willful weather. Stop by the library and check out this book for a good laugh!!


Spalding Public Library is very grateful for:


  • All of the children and adults who come each week to check out books, magazines, and DVDs;


  • The numerous donations of gently used books and magazines for our library, for everyone to enjoy;


  • A successful preschool story time this summer;


  • All the patrons and their families who signed up for ebooks & audio books for their own personal devices, accessed through the library’s website;


  • For everyone who reads the book of the month and attends the lively book club meetings each month;



  • The volunteers who painted the library’s exterior (it really looks nice!); and


  • Everyone who takes the time to read the library’s weekly news articles on the library’s website, facebook page, and in “The Spalding Enterprise”; and


  • All the people of Spalding who support their public library!


Happy Thanksgiving!! The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day!!



Spalding Library Book Club’s Selected book for the month of November is “The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society” a novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The book takes place in England during the mid 1940’s when the country was recovering from the effects of the long war years. The central character of the novel is Juliet, a thirty something single Londoner who has had some success writing a humorous newspaper column and is now looking for a book subject. Through chance and a mutual love of the power of literature, Juliet begins corresponding with a group of diverse people on the British island of Guernsey who used books and the fellowship they found discussing them, to help them get through the hideous occupation of their island by the Germans. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Don’t miss the chance to read this month’s selected book club choice. Stop by the library soon!!



Have you ever read a book from author Jason F. Wright?   Jason Wright is a New York Times bestselling author, columnist, and motivational speaker.  The 12 fiction books that this author has written, entertain and educate, but also inspire and motivate readers to think about life more deeply, and to care about people more fully.  Articles by Jason have appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes.   He has been seen on FoxNews, CNN, CSPAN and on many local and national radio shows.

 Jason is also a popular speaker who speaks to over 100,000 annually on topics ranging from the value of service, the joy of failure, the lost art of letter writing and many other topics.   Our library’s collection of his books include:


“Recovering Charles”

“The Wedding Letters”

“Christmas Jars Reunion”

“The 13th Day Of Christmas”

“The Cross Gardner”

“The Wednesday Letters”


Stop by the library and check out these great inspirational books!!