Local author Mary Avidano will be featured during a book-signing and poetry reading event for her new book, BABUSHKA, from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, November 15th at the Spalding Public Library. Mary Avidano lives at Elgin. She is a minister for three small congregations, the churches are located at Albion, Primrose, and at Akron, halfway between. Much of her writing is inspired by ordinary daily life. Mary believes that good poetry, like good preaching, finds us where we are. –Bonnie Johnson-Bartee, creative writing instructor and Visiting Writers Series coordinator, Northeast Community College, Norfolk, Nebraska. Mary saw her first poem published in 2004, in NEBRASKA LIFE MAGAZINE. In 2008 she published a chapbook called THE ZEBRA’S FRIEND & OTHER POEMS. It is no longer in print. BABUSHKA is Mary’s second poetry collection, and contains several poems that appeared in the first chapbook. BABUSHKA was released in the summer of 2018 by Finishing Line Press, located in Georgetown, Kentucky. It is available from the publisher and from Amazon.com. Mary also has a memoir, titled IN THE HOUSE OF I AM, published in 2014. This book went through several printings and sold almost six hundred copies since its publication. There are fewer than six copies left before it will be out of print. Visit maryavidano.com to learn more about Mary Avidano’s life and work. Mary Avidano will have her new poetry book BABUSHKA, available and will sign your copy. No purchase necessary; you can check out the Library’s copy after November 15th. Come to Mary’s book signing and poetry reading event at the Library on Thursday, November 15th.
Parents and Kids! Don’t forget there are tons of Halloween ebooks and audiobooks online using the library’s OverDrive app. Get started by going to our library’s website: libraries.ne.gov/spalding
The Spalding Public Library’s Book Club meets on the first Monday of each month in the small conference room at 5 p.m. Books are available at the Library. On November 5th we will discuss “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah. On December 3rd we will discuss “An Invisible Thread” by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski. Newcomers are welcome.
Brand new Kindergarten thru 2nd grade reading level books recently donated to our Library. There are Pinkalicious books, Alvinnn! And The Chipmunk, Pete The Cat, Amelia Bedelia, and Clark The Shark books ready for kids to check out!
On Monday, August 13th at 5pm, the Spalding Public Library will be hosting the library’s book club meeting. The group will be discussing the mystery novel, “In The Belly Of Jonah” by author Sandra Brannan. All copies of this book need to be returned to the library by Monday, August 13th.
New Adult Fiction Books:
Sandra Brannan- “Lots Return To Sodom” 2nd book in the Live Bergen mystery series
Martha Hall Kelly- “Lilac Girls”
Christina Baker Kline- “A Piece Of The World”
Lisa Jackson- “You Will Pay”
Harlan Coben- “Don’t Let Go”
Lee Child- “The Midnight Line”
Mary Higgins Clark- “Every Breath You Take”
Heather Graham- “A Dangerous Game”, “The Heart Of Evil”, and “The Unseen”
Kathy Reichs- “Death du Jour”
Georgia Hunter- “We Were The Lucky Ones”
Danielle Steel- “Accidental Heroes” and “Fall From Grace”
A.J. Finn- “The Woman In The Window”
David Baldacci- ” The Keeper”, “Total Control”, and “The Fix”
Jonis Agee- “Strange Angels”
For the month of August, the Library’s book club members are reading a novel by Nebraska writer Jonis Agee. The novel, “Bones Of Paradise”, is a western murder mystery. Multiple copies of this book are available for check out during August.
The Library has also added many new titles to its DVD collection. Stop by the Library and check out a movie! Popcorn anyone?
Stop by the Library this month and pick up your copy of this book which was chosen by members of the library’s book club. “In the Belly of Jonah” is a fast-paced mystery with a likable protagonist and an intricately woven narrative brimming with bizarre yet believable twists. The first in a series, the book expertly lays the groundwork for Liv Bergen, amateur sleuth, and her love interest, FBI Agent Streeter Pierce. Liv becomes involved in the investigation of the murder of Jill Brannigan, a summer intern at the limestone mine Liv manages near Fort Collins, Colorado (a breathtaking setting that unwittingly becomes an accessory to crime). In doing so, she inadvertently puts her friends, her family, and herself at risk of being swallowed in the belly of a madman bloated with perverse appetites for women, surrealistic art, and renown. Perhaps a bit too daring (and at times irreverent) for her own good, ”Boots,” as Liv’s eight siblings call her, soon realizes she has a knack for outsmarting and tracking down the Venus de Milo murderer–and she enjoys it! As the gripping plot of In the Belly of Jonah unfolds, Liv Bergen takes her place alongside the best female crime-solvers as a woman with smarts, self-confidence, and intuitive savvy (from amazon.com). “In the Belly of Jonah” will grab you with the first words and will never let you go until long after you have finished. The story is driven by the richly painted characters and the incredible plot line. This is a thriller that will have you breathless and yet wanting more at the same time. We will be discussing this book at the next book club meeting to be held at the Library, on Monday, August 13th at 5pm.
June’s chosen novel by the Library’s book club members is “The Storied Life Of A. J. Fikry” by author Gabrielle Zevin. A.J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Edgar Allen Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over–and see everything anew (from amazon.com). If you like quirky characters, believe in the goodness of people, and especially enjoy a good story, you won’t be disappointed in “The Storied Life of A.J Fikry”.
We will be discussing the winner of The Mountains And Plains Booksellers Award book, “One Thousand White Women: The Journals Of May Dodd” by author Jim Fergus. This is book one in the One Thousand White Women Series. Book two in the series is “The Vengeance Of Mothers: The Journals Of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill”. While these novels are fiction, they bring out in great detail the Indian way of life in the 1800s. If you enjoy reading about history through period characters based on factual research, you will enjoy these novels. Jim Fergus is a gifted writer and has real talent for developing characters that make his books so entertaining. Join us at the Library for a lively discussion about the book, “One Thousand White Women: The Journals Of May Dodd” on Monday, June 4th, at 5:00p.m. All are welcome!!