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The Spalding Public Library recently had a facelift!  Volunteers scraped, primed and painted around the library’s windows, door and bench.  Those who volunteered their time for this painting project were Gina Molczyk, Elva Mahony, and Deb Pritchard.

In 1951 a poor young black woman, Henrietta Lacks, was diagnosed with cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Cells taken from her during that exam were used –without her knowledge – to develop the first immortal cell line. The cells, called HeLa, became one of the most important tools in medical research, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more, but Henrietta Lacks, the person who was the source of these cells, was virtually unknown, and her family was never informed about what had been achieved using her cells. Although their mother’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions the Lacks family have received nothing from those cell lines, and cannot even afford health insurance today. This book tells the stories of the cells called HeLa and of Henrietta Lacks and her descendants, especially her daughter, Deborah, who was consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. At the same time it traces the history of cell research and examines the ethical and legal issues raised by this research. “The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” many awards include: the National Academies Best Book of the Year Award, the Salon Book Award, and 100 New York Times Notable Books Of The Year. The paperback edition had spent 75 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list.


Stop by the library and check out this book people in Spalding are reading this month!

Spalding Public Library’s Book Club will meet on Thursday, September 11th at 5:00p.m. in the library’s meeting room to discuss August’ selected book entitled “Crow Lake” a novel written by Mary Lawson. The story centers on an isolated rural community where time has stood still. The reader dives in and out of a year’s worth of Kate’s childhood memories–when she was 7 and her parents were killed in an automobile accident that left Kate, her younger sister Bo, and two older brothers, Matt and Luke, orphaned. The author, Mary Lawson, was born and brought up in a small farming community in Ontario. She is the author of two other novels, “The Road Ends” and “The Other Side of the Bridge”, both international bestsellers. Crow Lake was a New York Times bestseller and was chosen as a Book of the Year by The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others. Everyone is welcome to attend this sure to be lively discussion group!!


Stop by the library and check out these new books recently donated to the library!!


Adult non-fiction:

  • Sam Wyly- “1,000 Dollars And An Idea: Entrepreneur To Billionaire”

Adult fiction:

  • Linda Lael Miller- “Bridget”
  • Louise Doughty- “Apple Tree Yard”
  • Frank Cottrell Boyce- “Millions”
  • Bodie & Brock Thoene- “Only The River Runs Free”
  • Bodie & Brock Thoene- “All Rivers To The Sea”
  • Bodie & Brock Thoene- “Of Men & Of Angels”
  • Bodie & Brock Thoene- “Ashes Of Remembrance”


Great authors – great books!!





The Spalding Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day.

The library will be open on Tuesday, September 2nd

with its usual hours of:

10:00a.m. -12:00p.m. & 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.

Stop by and check us out!




Spalding Public Library has expanded its services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids / teens. The main digital collection,, now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids / teens.

The library recognizes the need to provide a safe environment for kids / teens to browse library materials. Just as the children’s / teen section of the physical library is sectioned off, the same experience is now available on the digital collection. This appealing and user-friendly page contains eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check this page out now, or

The library is excited to offer this digital library enhancement for our youth in Spalding, free of charge. Stop by the library to check out this great collection of books for kids and teens through the library’s website. Visit the Spalding Public Library and get your Free library card number and PIN to download FREE ebooks and audio books to your Kindles, Ipads, phones, and other digital reading devices, including computers, directly from the library’s website

The Kid’s / Teen Collection site filters the overall digital collection to just show Children’s and Young Adult content, which gets kids / teens to the titles they want faster! This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for users with a library card. Digital titles are available anytime, anywhere and expire automatically, so no need to worry about late fees.

About OverDrive

OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We supply a secure lending platform for 22,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® (U.S. only). OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry and is a member of the 2012 Technology Fast 500. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland.

Media Contact:

Debra Pritchard

Spalding Public Library

(308) 497-2705


For August, the Spalding Public Library’s book club has selected a thought provoking and engaging book entitled, “Crow Lake”, a novel written by Mary Lawson. The novel, which is narrated by Kate, a scientist in her late twenties, begins with the death of both of Kate’s parents in a car accident, an accident that leaves Kate and her three siblings orphans. Lawson delves into the depths of family relationships, of familial expectations and love. Other novels written by Mary Lawson include: “Road Ends” and “The Other Side Of The Bridge”. All book club books need to be returned to the library by September 11th. Stop by and check out what people in Spalding are reading this month!

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Adult fiction books:

Linda Howard- “An Independent Wife”

Nancy Taylor Rosenberg- “Trial By Fire”

Mindy Starns Clark- “The Amish Midwife”

Kristin Billerbeck- “My Mother’s Wedding Dress”

Elizabeth Grayson- “A Place Called Home”


Non-fiction adult books:

L. Ron Hubbard- “Clear Body, Clean Mind”


We also have “slightly used” books for sale at bargain prices!! All proceeds will be used to purchase new library books.


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The Spalding Public Library Book Club members will hold their next meeting on Thursday, August 7th, at 5p.m. in the meeting room. They will be discussing the book “In A Sunburned Country”, written by Bill Bryson.

Book Description

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller “A Walk in the Woods”. “In A Sunburned Country” is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity.


Many of Bill Bryson’s books can be borrowed as an ebook/audio book through the library’s website @ All book club books need to be returned to the library by Thursday, August 7th!! We welcome all to join the library’s book club discussions. Hope to see you there!!!

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Check Out these adult non-fiction tractor books!

Randy Leffingwell- “The American Farm Tractor”

P.W. Ertel- “The American Tractor: A Century Of Legendary Machines”

Robert N. Pripps- The Big Book of Farmall Tractors: The Complete Model-By-Model Encyclopedia…Plus Classic Toys, Brochures, and Collectibles”


Teen books donated include:

Jean Ferris- “Of Sound Mind”

Mary Stewart- “The Crystal Cave”- book #1 Of The Arthurian Saga

Cathleen Twomey- “Beachmont Letters”

An Na- “Wait For Me”


Donations of adult fiction books include:

Lillian Jackson Braun- “The Cat Who Robbed A Bank”

Janet Evanovich- “Full Tilt”

Nancy McKenzie- “Queen Of Camelot”

Willa Cather- “O Pioneers! Scholarly Edition”

Ladette Randolph- “A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers”


Stop by the library and check out these books!!


The Spalding Public Library will be closed on Monday, August 4th so that the librarian can help all day at the Greeley County Fair. The library will be open on Tuesday August 5th at its regular hours of: 10a.m.-12p.m. & 4p.m.-7p.m.


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