AAARGH….Ahoy Maties! On July 9th, Citizens State Bank employees Sandy Weltruski and Maureen Seamann, along with their helper, Rebecca Houtby, (Maureen’s granddaughter) dressed as pirates and overtook the Spalding Library story hour! With their bag of coins in hand and treasure chest in tow, they visited the library to capture the imagination of the group of children attending. As the children arrived they were presented a pirate scarf and an eyepatch to wear. Maureen then read a story of a young boy named LoJack, who was captured by pirates in his dream. After the story, each child was rewarded with a bubble gum “coin” and a “treasure” of their choice from the chest.

Pirates Day

James Patterson has written a love story!-a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope.  Katie Wilkinson has found her perfect man at last. He’s a writer, a house painter, an original thinker-everything she’s imagined she wanted in a partner. But one day, without explanation, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read.

This diary is a love letter written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby son, Nicholas. In it she pours out her heart about how she and the boy’s father met, about her hopes for marriage and family, and about the unparalleled joy that having a baby has brought into her life. As Katie reads this touching document, it becomes clear that the lover who has just left her is the husband and father in this young family. She reads on, filled with terror and hope, as she struggles to understand what has happened-and whether her new love has a prayer of surviving.

Written with James Patterson’s perfect pitch for emotion and suspense, “Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas” captures beautifully the joys of a new family as it builds to an overwhelmingly moving climax. This is an unforgettable love story, at once heartbreaking and full of hope.

Stop by the library and get your copy today!!


For next week only, the library will be open on Tuesday, July 14th and Thursday, July 16th.

Spalding Public Library Hours Are:

Mondays & Thursdays

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

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Spalding Public Library has recently added the following books to its picture books collection and the Kdg.-2nd reading level books collection.

Picture Books Include:

Victoria Kann- “Goldilicious”

Lauren Thompson- “Mouse’s First Fall”

Bob Barner- “Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!”


Kdg.-2nd Readers Include:

Disney-Pixar –“Cars 2: Race Around The World”

Stan Berenstain- “The Berenstain Bears: By The Sea”

Nola Buck- “Oh, Cats!”

Disney- “What Is A Princess?”

Disney- Pixar –“Cars: Driving Buddies”

Disney- “A Fairy-Tale Fall”

Nick Eliopulos- DC Super Friends: Flying High”

Hans Wilhelm-“Ouch! It Hurts!”

Wendy Cheyette Lewison- “The Big Snowball”

Reading Discovery- “Up Close Critters”

Suzy Spafford- “Helping-Out Day? Hooray!”

Victoria Kann- “Pinkalicious: Pink Around The Rink”

Carol Wallace- “One Nosy Pup”

Harriet Ziefert- “How Big Is Big?”

Roberta Edwards- “Space Kid”

Barbara Park- “Junie B. Jones And The Yucky Blucky Fruitcake”


The greatest fan base in the country deserves a magazine that equals that commitment. “Hail Varsity” is that magazine. And now it is available for check out at your library! Combining world-class photography, unforgettable stories, cutting edge analysis and commentary, Hail Varsity magazine is “The Voice Of Husker Nation” for fans of Nebraska athletics.

Hey Golfers!! Check out the latest issue of Golf Digest. Find expert golf equipment reviews, golf course reviews, and the best golf tips, golf news, video and golf instruction, and more!

Stop by the library and check out these magazines that are also available at the library!!

Nebraska Life

Family Circle

Reader’s Digest

Woman’s Day

Web MD


Good Housekeeping

And Lots More!!

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Welcome to our library!

Welcome to our library!

Spalding Public Library, in partnership with the Nebraska Library Commission, offers a wealth of online information through NebraskAccess at As of July 1st, Nebraska residents will have access to a refreshed lineup of 15 databases, including 13 new resources that have been added to expand access to a wide variety of information. With today’s Internet cluttered with information, how do you select reliable sources? “Try NebraskAccess: your information connection across Nebraska,” recommends Debra Pritchard, Spalding Public Library’s Director.

Community residents looking for free resources to create a family history, establish a small business, learn about medical conditions, get homework help, find a good book or movie, plan for retirement, or research thousands of other topics will find dependable current information in NebraskAccess.

NebraskAccess provides Nebraska residents with free 24/7 access to premium databases containing thousands of full text popular magazine and journal articles; primary source documents; genealogical, health, legal, small business, and science resources; reading recommendations; and research resources for K-12 students. These resources are available to Nebraska residents at no cost. The Nebraska Library Commission purchases subscriptions for Nebraskans with funding from the State of Nebraska and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Residents can link to NebraskAccess resources from computers at home and at Spalding Public Library or at public, K12 school, college, or university libraries across Nebraska. Access these resources from any Internet connection using one password (given at the library), or a Nebraska driver’s license, or state identification number.

Today, nearly 1,020 public, school, college, university and non-profit libraries partner with the Nebraska Library Commission to offer NebraskAccess resources to their customers and students. Many of these libraries could not afford to provide this on their own.

“The NebraskAccess program enables libraries all across Nebraska, including here in Spalding, to offer the best information resources available,” says Deb. “You can visit the library to use the resources or logon from home. If you need help ask at the library and we will assist you in your information search.”

Try it out today! Drop by the library or try NebraskAccess on the web at or on the Spalding Public Library web site at: For more information, contact Spalding Public Library at (308) 497-2705.

NebraskAccess Information Databases


Database Content
MasterFILE Complete NEW Thousands of full text magazines, journals, and reference works; more than one million images. Includes Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Buying Guide.


Primary Search NEW (designed for elementary age students) Full text magazines and reference works including Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia.


NoveList Plus NEW Reading recommendations for fiction and nonfiction titles, book summaries, reviews, and series information.


NoveList K-8 Plus NEW Reading recommendations for the younger crowd, tools for teachers and parents.


Biography Reference Bank Full text biographical information from magazines, journals, and reference works for over 719,000 individuals.


Biography Reference Center NEW Full text reference works and narrative biographies for over 460,000 notable people.


MyHeritage for Libraries NEW Global genealogy resources.


Points of View Reference Center NEW Critical analysis with overview, point and counterpoint on hundreds of topics for middle and high school students.


Legal Information Reference Center NEW Full text reference works (NOLO Press publications) and legal forms.


Small Business Reference Center NEW Full text reference works; videos.


Consumer Health Complete NEW Full text reference works and periodicals, videos.


Science & Technology Collection NEW Full text magazines and journals.


Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection NEW


Full text magazines and journals.
FirstSearch databases FirstSearch databases including WorldCat will continue to be available; however, the interface will be changing in late summer. Library holdings of books, CDs, DVDs, journals, and more.


The Spalding Public Library has recently added the book “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr to its adult fiction collection.   In 1944, the U.S. Air Force bombed the Nazi-occupied French coastal town of St. Malo. Doerr (Memory Wall) starts his story just before the bombing, then goes back to 1934 to describe two childhoods: those of Werner and Marie-Laure. We meet Werner as a tow-headed German orphan whose math skills earn him a place in an elite Nazi training school—saving him from a life in the mines, but forcing him to continually choose between opportunity and morality. Marie-Laure is blind and grows up in Paris, where her father is a locksmith for the Museum of Natural History, until the fall of Paris forces them to St. Malo, the home of Marie-Laure’s eccentric great-uncle, who, along with his longtime housekeeper, joins the Resistance. Doerr throws in a possibly cursed sapphire and the Nazi gemologist searching for it, and weaves in radio, German propaganda, coded partisan messages, scientific facts, and Jules Verne. Eventually, the bombs fall, and the characters’ paths converge, before diverging in the long aftermath that is the rest of the 20th century. If a book’s success can be measured by its ability to move readers and the number of memorable characters it has, Story Prize–winner Doerr’s novel triumphs on both counts. Along the way, he convinces readers that new stories can still be told about this well-trod period, and that war—despite its desperation, cruelty, and harrowing moral choices—cannot negate the pleasures of the world.   Stop by the library and check out this book!


Approximately 25 children attended last week’s Story Hour! Our surprise story reader Kitty Carlin read books about cats and kittens to the group of kids. Then Stacey Bauer, Lilly Gierhan, and Rachel Bauer brought in 2 of their cats for the kids to pet! Spalding Public Library’s Story Hour is held every Thursday in June and July from 10:00-11:00a.m. Come join us!

Songs and rhymes to share:

Soft kitty, warm kitty (form fist with one hand) (stroke fist with other hand)

Little ball of fur

Pretty kitty, sleepy kitty

Purr, purr, purr.

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New books added to the adult fiction collection include:

J.A. Jance- “Remains of Innocence”

Karin Slaughter- “Cop Town”

Faye Kellerman- “Murder 101”

Dean Koontz- “Saint Odd”

Catherine Coulter- “Power Play”

Joanne Fluke- “Double Fudge Brownie Murder”

Heather Graham- “The Dead Play On”

Judy Christenberry- “The Randalls-Summer Skies”


New York Times Bestseller “The Language Of Flowers”, a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, is this month’s book club choice. In Victorian times, the language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions. Acacia for secret love, a daffodil for new beginnings, wisteria for welcome, and camellia for my destiny is in your hands. But for Victoria Jones, the language of flowers has been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. Get your copy of this book today!!