The Spalding Library has added “Wonder”, “Auggie & Me”, and “We’re All Wonders” by author R. J. Palacio for kids and adult reading enjoyment this summer! Over 5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller “Wonder” and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. The story begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance (from Amazon.com).
The book “Auggie & Me” also written by R. J. Palacio, expands on some of the characters found in the book, “Wonder”. This book is not a sequel, it’s not meant to pick up where “Wonder” left off, but instead tells the stories of three of Auggie Pullman’s friends. The Auggie that kids fell in love with in “Wonder” appears in each story, but as a minor character. I think anyone who enjoyed “Wonder” will want to read this book. Both “Wonder” and “Auggie & Me” are written with a target audience of 8 to 13 year olds but are also great reads for adults too.
“We’re All Wonders”, written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio, is a great tool to start an open discussion with children about physical deformation and/or choosing kindness when meeting someone who looks different. It’s simple message is “I may look different but I’m just like everyone else in so many ways.” No one wants to feel alone. It’s a heart warming book with great pictures and simple sentences so that we can start teaching our little ones the importance of compassion, acceptance, & friendship. It features Auggie and Daisy on an original adventure. This picture book is a perfect companion to “Wonder” or as a stand alone for younger kids.
Stop by the library and check out these books!!
July’s chosen book by Spalding Library’s book club members Is “The Promise Of Stardust” by Priscille Sibley. “The Promise Of Stardust” is a haunting and unforgettable debut novel about life and death and love, set against a moral dilemma that may leave you questioning your own beliefs. Matt Beaulieu has loved Elle McClure since he was two years old. Now married and expecting their first child, Elle suffers a fatal accident. To keep the baby alive, Matt goes against his wife’s wishes and keeps his wife on life support. But Matt’s mother thinks that Elle should be euthanized, and she’s ready to fight for what she believes is the right thing. A stunning, compassionate examination of one of the most intricate ethical issues of our time, “The Promise of Stardust” will stay with you, long after the last page has been read (from Amazon.com).
Stop by the library and get your copy of this book soon!!
The book “Finding Nouf” by author Zoe Ferraris, is the novel the Spalding Public Library’s book club members are reading this month. Zoë Ferraris’s electrifying debut of taut psychological suspense offers an unprecedented window into Saudi Arabia and the lives of men and women there. When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing, along with a truck and her favorite camel, her prominent family calls on Nayir al-Sharqi, a desert guide, to lead a search party. Ten days later, just as Nayir is about to give up in frustration, her body is discovered by anonymous desert travelers. But when the coroner’s office determines that Nouf died not of dehydration but from drowning, and her family seems suspiciously uninterested in getting at the truth, Nayir takes it upon himself to find out what really happened to her. He quickly realizes that if he wants to gain access to the hidden world of women, he will have to join forces with Katya Hijazi, a lab worker at the coroner’s office who is bold enough to bare her face and to work in public Their partnership challenges Nayir, as he confronts his desire for female companionship and the limitations imposed by his beliefs. Fast-paced and utterly transporting, “Finding Nouf” is a riveting literary mystery that offers an unprecedented window into Saudi Arabia and the lives of men and women there (from the publisher). Stop by the library and get your copy of this book soon!!
The Spalding Public Library has many new adult fiction audiobooks available for check out. Some of the new titles are “Three Sisters, Three Queens” by Phillipa Gregory, “One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergus, “Pardonable Lies” by Jacqueline Winspear, “Heartbreak Hotel” by Jonathan Kellerman, “Eve” by Wm. Paul Young, “Love In A Nutshell” by Janet Evanovich, “The Old Man” by Thomas Perry, and “Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn Of The Age of Speed” a biography by John F. Ross. These audiobooks would be great to listen to as you travel in the car, semi, or even in the field in your tractor!
Join us every Thursday morning from 10:00-11:00a.m, beginning Thursday June 1st, through June 29th for lots of fun and interaction with weekly themed story readings; crafts and LOTS of books to check out! There’s no age limit. Sandy Miller will be leading this year’s summer reading program for the preschool through 2nd grade kids, and at the same time, Heidi McManaman will be leading the 3rd through 6th grade students with chapter book adventures each week! Siblings are always welcome to come as helpers for the younger kids. The goal of “Spalding’s Story Hour” is to promote the joy of shared reading. Keep an eye on the library’s Facebook page for weekly details!
Book club meeting at the library on Monday, April 3rd at 5:00p.m. We will be discussing the novel “Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir” by author, Frank McCourt.
Everyone is welcome!
Yes, there really was a Dr. Seuss. He was not an official doctor, but his prescription for fun has delighted readers for more than 60 years. Theodor (“Ted”) Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Spalding Library has many Dr. Seuss books for young and old to enjoy!
This month, Spalding Public Library’s book club is reading “A Slender Thread” by bestselling author Tracie Peterson. “A Slender Thread” is a dramatic family saga about five estranged sisters and their wise grandmother who raised them; reunited after the death of a mother they barely knew. The story weaves you through each of their lives, showing how families can be so close, yet so far apart. Driven apart by their past, can the tenuous bonds of sisterhood survive what lies ahead? Check out this book to find out the rest of the story!!
The Spalding Library has recently added many new titles to its adult fiction collection. They include author Iris Johansen’s bestselling books “Shadow Zone”, “Chasing The Night”, “Close Your Eyes”, and “Fatal Tide”. We now have more books by Catherine Coulter including “Eleventh Hour: An FBI Thriller”, “The Offer”, “Back Fire” and “Riptide”. New spellbinding thrillers include – “Find Her” and “The Survivors Club” by Lisa Gardner, and Karen Robards’ books “Hush” and “Her Last Whisper”. We also have two new books by Jeffery Deaver–“The Cold Moon” & “Roadside Crosses”.
Stop by the library and check out these new books!!
Richard Paul Evans- “Promise Me”
Amy Clipston- “A Gift Of Grace”
Margaret Daily- “Trail Of Lies”
Nicholas Sparks- “See Me”
Helen Simonson- “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand”
Barbara Kingsolver- “Pigs In Heaven”
Spalding Public Library has added many new books to their picture book selection. All of these titles plus many more are available for kids and adults to enjoy!