Inspirational fiction can come in any form, including romance, mystery, and thriller. Any good book can be an inspiration, but many of these books highlight people overcoming adversity or reaching new levels of understanding that inspire and encourage the reader to do the same. Whether the book’s characters pull themselves up by their own bootstraps or have help from a higher power, these books will uplift and entertain you. The inspiration genre requires more than just a positive character; it requires encouragement and the ability to “inspire” others with the realization they can do great things and be better people.

Stop by the library and check out a book from these popular inspirational authors:

Michael Phillips

Lori Wick

Lauraine Snelling

Denise Hunter

Stephen Bly

Stephanie Grace Whitson

Lori Copeland

Donna Fletcher Crow

Marian Wells

Jan Karon

Bodie Thoene

B. J. Hoff

And Many More!!


As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of over sixty-five books with twenty New York Times best sellers in both the fiction and non-fiction categories. (from

 The library recently received a donation of seven of his books. Here are their titles:

  • Peace Is The Way
  • Muhammad: A Story Of The Last Prophet
  • Life After Death: The Burden Of Proof
  • The Deeper Wound: Recovering The Soul From Fear And Suffering
  • Why Is God Laughing?: The Path To Joy And Spiritual Optimism
  • The Path To Love: Renewing The Power Of Spirit In Your Life
  • The Return Of Merlin: A Novel



SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Running May 5th – August 17th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week (30 titles) – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.

Download Details

  • Downloads are in MP3 format and are Mac and Windows compatible.
  • Downloads will operate through the OverDrive app.
  • Most listening devices are supported.
  • Each SYNC audiobook is available for download for a period of 7 days (only).
  • Once you download a title, it is yours to keep.

Click on this link to get started:

Visit the Spalding Public Library and get your Free library card number and PIN to download FREE e-books and audio books to your Kindles, Ipads, phones, and other digital reading devices, including computers, directly from the library’s website

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This month the library has multiple copies of “The Invention Of Wings” a novel by author Sue Monk Kidd. In this novel from the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a #1 New York Times bestselling novel, she writes about two unforgettable American women.

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved. (from

This book was chosen by the library’s book club for the month of May.  Stop by the library and check out this book!


C. J. Box- “Endangered”

Joseph Wambaugh- “Hollywood Crows”

Lee Child- “Worth Dying For”

Stephen King- “The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams”

James Patterson- “NYPD2 RED”

Carla Neggers- “The Mist”

Audrey Niffenegger- “Her Fearful Symmetry”

Jeannette Walls- “The Silver Star”

Nora Roberts- “Christmas With You”

Debbie Macomber- “The Reluctant Groom”

Linda Lael Miller- “The Marriage Pact”

Kay Hooper- “Out Of The Shadows”

Plus many more titles too numerous to mention!!


The Spalding Public Library’s book club will meet on Monday, May 2nd, at 5:00 p.m. The group will be discussing the book entitled, “The Light Between Oceans” a novel by M. L. Stedman. Please join us—our book discussions are very entertaining!!

The Boone County Health Center CarePartners team is working with local libraries to increase access to resources on dementia Care. The team recently presented a donation of $100 to the Spalding Public Library to purchase these books and a DVD about caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss.

The Spalding Public Library has the following Alzheimer’s/Dementia informational resources available for its library patrons to check out:

DVD- “Alive Inside” (Documentary On Music & Memory Loss)

Nancy L. Mace- “The 36-Hour Day: A Guide To Caring For People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, And Memory Loss”

Jolene Brackey- “Creating Moments Of Joy: A Journal For Caregivers”

Diana Waugh- “I Was Thinking: Unlocking The Door To Successful Conversations With Loved Ones With Cognitive Loss”

Lisa Byrd- “Caregiver Survival 101: Strategies To Manage Problematic Behaviors Presented In Individuals With Dementia”

Nancy Pearce- “Inside Alzheimer’s: How To Hear And Honor Connections With A Person Who Has Dementia”

Mary Margaret Britton Yearwood- “In Their Hearts: Inspirational Alzheimer’s Stories”

Richard Taylor- “Alzheimer’s From The INSIDE OUT”

The Spalding Library will be CLOSED Thursday, April 21st, 2016.



Spalding Library’s book club chooses “The Light Between Oceans: A Novel” by author M. L. Stedman. In 1918, after serving in WWI, Tom Sherbourne welcomes his quiet job as lighthouse keeper on Australia’s remote Janus Rock, as does his loving new wife. But three years later a childless Isabel is bereft after suffering her third miscarriage. Tending the new grave, Isabel hears the cry of a baby; a boat has washed ashore with a dead man—and a living infant.

Two years later, little Lucy has become the center of the Sherbourne’s world. But their happiness turns when a trip to the mainland brings the discovery that she was not orphaned…and a desperate woman still seeks her vanished daughter. M.L. Stedman’s extraordinary debut, “The Light Between Oceans”, is a riveting tale of good intentions and heartbreaking consequences. (from the publisher)

Get your copy of this book today!! We will be discussing this book at our next book club meeting which will be on Monday, May 2nd.

The Light Between Oceans

Spalding Library’s book club will meet at the library on Monday, April 4th at 5:00 p.m. to discuss “The Meaning Of Names”, a novel, by native Nebraska author, Karen Gettert Shoemaker.  Set in 1918 in the farm country at the heart of America, “The Meaning Of Names” is the story of an ordinary woman trying to raise a family during extraordinary times.  Please join our discussion group, Monday night at 5:00p.m.

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