A great many readers love westerns.  People all around the world like to read books that help them identify with the Indian fighters on the frontier, the homesteader on his farm, the cowboy, or the gunslinger in the Old West.

Included in our library’s western collection are books about American history, the Old West, and the western frontier, as well as contemporary western fiction novels.  Here is a list of recently donated western book titles that have been added to the library’s collection:


The Kincaids Series by Taylor Brady:

“Prairie Thunder”- Book #2

“Mountain Fury”- Book #3

“Western Winds”- Book #4


Franklin Carter Book Series:

“Rails West”-Book #1

“Nebraska Crossing”-Book #2

“Wyoming Territory”- Book #3

“Sierra Passage”- Book #4


Jake Logan- “Nevada Gunmen”

Jake Logan- “Slocum’s Warpath”

Lucia St. Clair Robson- “Ride The Wind”

Judd Cole- “Vision Quest”

Elmer Kelton- “Dark Thicket”

Kerry Newcomb- “Scalpdancers”


The Australians Series by William Stuart Long:

“The Colonists”- Book #6

“The Gallant”- Book #8


Susan Tanner- “Winds Across Texas”

Win Blevins- “The High Missouri”-(Rivers West Series)

Suzann Ledbetter- “Pure Justice”


There are even more western books available to borrow as ebooks and audio books through the library’s website. Stop by the library and learn how you can easily access these books using your personal digital device and a library card number.


New Books Added To The Library’s Collections!!

Adult Non-fiction Books:

Ben Macintrye- “Double Cross: The True Story Of The D-Day Spies”

Benny Hochman- “From Hell To Here” (A World War II Autobiography)


Adult Fiction Books:

John Sanford- “Field Of Prey”

Barbara Taylor Bradford- “Cavendon Hall: A Novel”

Fannie Flagg- “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion”

David Baldacci- “The Target”

David Baldacci- “The Escape”

Terry Hayes- “I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller”

Lee Child- “Personal” (A Jack Reacher Novel)

Sandra Brown- “Mean Streak”

Heather Graham- “The Hexed” (Krewe Of Hunters Book #)

Heather Graham- “The Betrayed (Krewe Of Hunters Book #)

Linda Castillo- “The Dead Will Tell: A Kate Burkholder Novel

Anne Hillerman- “Spider Woman’s Daughter” (Leaphorn and Chee)

M.C. Beaton- “Death Of A Policeman” (Hamish Macbeth Mystery)

Anne Perry-Blood On The Water: A William Monk Novel

Joanne Fluke- “Blackberry Pie Murder” (A Hannah Swensen Mystery)

Richard Paul Evans- “The Mistletoe Promise”

Patrick Taylor- “An Irish Country Christmas”

Carl Hiaasen- “Skink– No Surrender”

Stop by the library and check out one of these books!!


“The Homesman”, a novel by Glendon Swarthout, and now a movie, explores an aspect of American western migratory history that is seldom considered: what happened to those 1850s settlers who suffered mental breakdowns under the extreme conditions common to their new environment and lifestyle? This was especially the case for those women, already isolated from everything and everyone they left behind, who lost one or more children to disease or accident. Who would care for them if they could not care for themselves?

The research Swarthout conducted in Nebraska gave him the answers he sought. Mentally ill men are likely to have died of exposure, disease, or death at the hands of fellow settlers who felt threatened by their presence. Women suffering mental illness, on the other hand, were not treated so harshly. It was more likely that husbands made arrangements to have their wives transported back east to family or institutions that could care for them for the rest of their lives. The tragedy of four of these women having to be removed from their families and carried back across the Missouri River for care serves as the premise of “The Homesman” (“homesman” being the term for the man chosen to escort the women eastward).

In the case of these particular women, however, when no man, including their own husbands, is willing to make that dangerous trek, the job falls to a woman volunteer, one Mary Bee Cuddy. The determined Mary Bee is perhaps the only woman who would even have had a small chance to get the four women home safely on her own. But, despite the fact that the four husbands are perfectly content to see their wives set out without a male escort, Mary Bee knows that she needs help if she and the women are to survive the trip – and she finds that help in the person of a claim jumper she coerces into accompanying her.

When first published in 1988, “The Homesman” won both major awards annually given to the best western novels of the year: the Western Heritage Wrangler Award and the Spur Award granted by the Western Writers of America. It is easy to see why.

Stop by the library and check out this book. The library’s book club will be discussing this novel by Glendon Stouthart on Monday, March 2nd. Everyone is welcome to join this discussion group.




The next Spalding Public Library book club meeting will be held on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the meeting room at the library. The group will be discussing the book “The Glass Castle: A Memoir” by author Jeannette Walls. Please join us as we discuss this saga of the restless, unshakable Walls family, led by a grand eccentric and his tempestuous artist wife. Jeannette Walls has survived poverty, fires, and near starvation to triumph. She has written this amazing tale with honesty and love. All are welcome to attend this book club meeting! Hope to see you there!!

Non-fiction writer, Ralph Moody, wrote autobiographical books about his life with horses and cattle, through the good days and the bad times, in Northwest Kansas and Southwest Nebraska.

Moody’s stories start on a Colorado ranch in a book called “Little Britches: Father and I were Ranchers.” His tales continue in Cedar Bluffs, Oberlin and McCook in “The Dry Divide” and “Horse of a Different Color.”

After “Little Britches,” Moody’s life continued without his father, who died in 1910, and is told in books called “Man of the Family,” “The Fields of Home,” The Home Ranch, “Mary Emma & Company” and “Shaking the Nickel Bush.”

When one reads the “Little Britches” series, it’s easy to wonder why Ralph didn’t stay a rancher. We know he prospered at ranching and that he loved. It. The reason is that he wanted to marry Edna, his Medford sweetheart, and she refused to marry a farmer. He went to Kansas City to see if he could learn to support a family in town, and discovered he could. They married, and in the late 1940’s they moved to northern California. He told an interviewer for the “New York Times Book Review”, August 6, 1967, “My goal in writing is to leave a record of the rural way of life in this country during the early part of the twentieth century, and to point up the values of that era which I feel that we, as a people, are letting slip away from us”. (This information was gleaned from “Something About The Author”, Vol. 1, p. 162)

A book reviewer from Kansas City, wrote this review of “Little Britches” in 2000, “I read this book after my 9-year-old son finished it for school. The lessons and values that Ralph Moody learned growing up are so good and true — even if sometimes they were learned the hard way. Mr. Moody’s book teaches wonderful values like responsibility, respect, honesty, hard work and commitment, and support of the family.”

Stop by the library and check out these books about midwest living in the early 1900’s.


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!!