Join us every Thursday morning from 10:00-10:45a.m, beginning Thursday June 4th, through July 30th for lots of fun and interaction with weekly themed:

  • Story readings;
  • Crafts; and
  • Tons of books to check out!

There’s no age limit. Siblings are always welcome to come as helpers.

The goal of “Spalding’s Story Hour” is to promote the joy of shared reading.

There will be a “Spalding’s Story Hour” public event on Facebook with details!

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Book clubs are a great way to share the joys of reading, as well as keep up with trends on the latest books and broaden one’s tastes – not to mention enjoying the companionship of fellow readers. Spalding’s library book club meets the first Monday of each Month at 5:00pm.

 

Monday, June 1st– Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Molaka’i is a haunting story of tragedy in a Pacific paradise. The book opens a window on a world of dazzling beauty, and ugly disease and fear, and the courage of a young woman in the Hawai’i of a hundred years ago. It is a story of romance and humanity, and struggle with the pain of isolation, in a place faraway in time, yet very close in intimacy, vividness, and exact detail, giving us a sense of community and true kinship across time.

 

 

Adult Fiction Books:

James Pattterson- “NYPD RED3”

Paula Hawkins- “The Girl On The Train”

Nora Roberts- “The Liar”

Lisa Scottoline- “Every Fifteen Minutes”

Nicholas Sparks- “The Best Of Me”

James Patterson- “Private Vegas”

John Jakes, Elmer Kelton, Robert J. Randisi- “The Funeral Of Tanner Moody”

Nicholas Evans- “The Horse Whisperer”

Mary Kay Andrews- “Little Bitty Lies”

Tim Russert- “Big Russ & Me-Father And Son: Lessons of Life”

Samantha James- “The Truest Heart”

Joseph Wambaugh- “The Delta Star”

James Lee Burke- “Rain Gods”

Daniel Silva- “The Rembrandt Affair”

Joseph Wambaugh- “Hollywood Hills”

Terry Goodkind- “The Law Of Nines”

Greg Iles- “Sleep No More”

 

Adult Non-Fiction Books:

Elinore Pruitt Stewart- “Letters Of A Woman Homesteader”

Neal Bascomb- “The Perfect Mile”

Pat Conroy- “My Losing Season” (By the author “The Prince Of Tides”)

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The Spalding Library Book Club has selected the book entitled “Molokai” by Alan Brennert for the month of May. This richly imagined novel, set in Hawaii more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place-and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Molokai. Here her life is supposed to end- but instead she discovers it is only just beginning. With a vibrant cast of vividly realized characters, “Molokai” is the true-to-life chronicle of a people who embraced life in the face of death. Such is the warmth, humor, and compassion of this novel that “few readers will remain unchanged by Rachel’s story” (mostlyfiction.com)

 

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Adult Fiction Books:

Linda Lael Miller- “Moonfire”

Pamela Morsi- “Love Overdue”

Jim Lehrer- “Eureka: A Novel”

Nelson DeMille- “The Lion”

Jayne Ann Krentz- “Copper Beach”

Nora Roberts- “Shadow Spell (Book #2 Of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy”

Ace Atkins- “The Broken Places”

Gillian Flynn- “Gone Girl”

Michael Crichton- “Micro: A Novel”

Nelson DeMille- “Night Fall”

 

Adult Non-Fiction Books:

Readers Digest- “Off The Beaten Path: A Travel Guide To More Than 1,000 Interesting Places)

Randy Leffingwell- “The American Barn”

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The next best thing to reading a good book is talking about it!

Join the Spalding Public Library’s bookclub the first Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 4th – “Still Alice: A Novel” by Lisa Genova. An accomplished woman slowly loses her thoughts and memories to a harrowing disease—only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving.

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Don’t throw that book away!!  The library accepts and appreciates book donations of any gently used book, including- picture books, chapter books for all ages, as well as adult fiction and non-fiction books.

Recent book donations added to the library’s collections include:

Adult Fiction books:

Nora Roberts- “Blood Brothers” (Book 1 of the Sign Of 7 Trilogy)

Nora Roberts- “The Hollow” (Book 2 of the Sign Of 7 Trilogy)

Nora Roberts- “The Pagan Stone” (Book 3 of the Sign Of 7 Trilogy)

Edward M. Kennedy- “True Compass: A Memoir”

Stephen King- “Mr. Mercedes: A Novel”

Laura Hillenbrand- “Seabiscuit”

Margaret Atwood- “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Maeve Binchy- “Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words”

Andrew Schultz- “Saints and Heroes”

Adult Non-fiction books:

Daniel Gordis- “If A Place Can Make You Cry”

Kathryn Spink- “Mother Teresa: A Complete Authorized Biography”

 5th & 6th Grade Readers:

Roselyn Ogden Miller- “Poor As Church Mice: Children Of The Orphan Train”

Lloyd Alexander- “Time Cat”

3rd& 4th Grade Readers:

John Himmelman- “The Animal Rescue Club”

Picture Books:

John Sydney Tighe- “My Favorite Book: A Book About Doing Your Best And Being Your Best”

Lisa Campbell- “Walter’s Tail”

Taro Gomi- “Coco Can’t Wait!”

Beverly Cleary- “Two Dog Biscuits”

James Stevenson- “What’s Under My Bed?”

Angela Sheehan-“Triceratops”

K-2nd Readers:

Mike Thaler- “There’s A Hippopotamus Under My Bed”

Else Holmelund Minarik- “Little Bear”

Michael Rex- “The Fattest, Tallest, Biggest Snowman Ever”

Corinne Demas Bliss- “Snow Day”

Doug Cushman- “Aunt Eater’s Mystery Vacation”

Lillian Hoban- “Arthur’s Pen Pal”

Lillian Hoban- “Arthur’s Honey Bear”

For the month of April, the library’s book club members have selected the book “Still Alice” by author Lisa Genova.  “Still Alice” is a novel about a 50-year old woman who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  Alice experiences what most of us do as we get older — we start to forget things.  Alice begins to wonder: Is it just aging? Stress? Not enough sleep? Menopause? When Alice gets lost during a routine jog in her neighborhood, she recognizes there is something more going on and decides to see her doctor.  Alzheimer’s was clearly not her first guess.  As tragic as this story is and as horrible as the disease is, the author Lisa Genova, presents some beautiful moments as well.  As the disease progresses, Alice lets go of many of the things that kept her separated from her family–healing her relationship with her estranged daughter and allowing her to realize what is truly important to her. This story reminds the reader that love can still be alive despite the ravages of the disease.  The book itself was given the “stamp of approval” by the National Alzheimer’s Association.  Ms. Genova writes for the organization in a professional capacity.  In addition, she holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University.   Stop by the library and check out this month’s selected book!!

 

The Meridian Library System and The Republican Valley Library System recently merged to form the Central Plains Library System (CPLS) of which our library is a member. CPLS owns over 500 circulating audiobook titles. System member libraries may borrow audiobooks (CD, MP3, and Playaway formats) for a loan period of 90 days. There is no charge for this service, other than the return postage fee. Anyone interested in these audiobooks are encouraged to visit Central Plains Library System’s “LibraryThing” website at: https://www.librarything.com/catalog/RepValleLibrarySys and scroll down to “audiobooks” to view their list of audiobooks to be reserved and sent to our library.   Or, visit your library to see this online list of 534 audiobooks using the library’s computers. Let your library director know your list of requested audio books so that we may borrow or reserve these titles, which will be then sent to the library when available.   Audiobooks we currently have at the library this month include:

Ayana Mathis- “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie”

Markus Zusak- “The Book Thief”

Dave Barry- “Lunatics”

Elizabeth Berg- “Once Upon A Time, There Was You”

David McCullough- “1776”

Eleanor Brown- “The Weird Sisters”

Fern Michaels- “Under The Radar”

Debbie Macomber- “A Turn In The Road”

Nicholas Sparks- “Safe Haven”

Mitch Albom- “Tuesdays With Morrie”

Michael Connelly- “The Black Box”

Michael Crichton- “Micro”

Lisa Gardner- “Touch & Go”

Jeannette Walls- “The Silver Star”

Sherryl Woods- “Sand Castle Bay”

Linda Howard- “Running Wild”

The Black Box    1776    Sand Castle Bay    The Silver Star    Touch & Go    Micro    Tuesdays With Morrie    Safe Haven    A Turn In The Road        Under The Radar   The Weird Sisters     Once Upon a Time, There Was You     Lunatics    The Book Thief    The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie

A group of friends and a thought-provoking book… doesn’t this sound like the perfect evening to you? If so, join the Spalding Public Library’s Book Club, the first Monday of each month at 5:00 pm. On Monday, April 6th, we will be discussing the book entitled “The Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet” by Jamie Ford. A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, “Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet” gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war- not the sweeping damage of the battlefield but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. We hope you can come to discuss this book and enjoy the evening with us!!

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