Spalding Public Library is very grateful for:
- All of the children and adults who come each week to check out books, magazines, and DVDs;
- The numerous donations of gently used books and magazines for our library, for everyone to enjoy;
- A successful preschool story time this summer;
- All the patrons and their families who signed up for ebooks & audio books for their own personal devices, accessed through the library’s website;
- For everyone who reads the book of the month and attends the lively book club meetings each month;
- The volunteers who painted the library’s exterior (it really looks nice!); and
- Everyone who takes the time to read the library’s weekly news articles on the library’s website, facebook page, and in “The Spalding Enterprise”; and
- All the people of Spalding who support their public library!
Happy Thanksgiving!! The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day!!
Spalding Library Book Club’s Selected book for the month of November is “The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society” a novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The book takes place in England during the mid 1940’s when the country was recovering from the effects of the long war years. The central character of the novel is Juliet, a thirty something single Londoner who has had some success writing a humorous newspaper column and is now looking for a book subject. Through chance and a mutual love of the power of literature, Juliet begins corresponding with a group of diverse people on the British island of Guernsey who used books and the fellowship they found discussing them, to help them get through the hideous occupation of their island by the Germans. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
Don’t miss the chance to read this month’s selected book club choice. Stop by the library soon!!
Have you ever read a book from author Jason F. Wright? Jason Wright is a New York Times bestselling author, columnist, and motivational speaker. The 12 fiction books that this author has written, entertain and educate, but also inspire and motivate readers to think about life more deeply, and to care about people more fully. Articles by Jason have appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. He has been seen on FoxNews, CNN, CSPAN and on many local and national radio shows.
Jason is also a popular speaker who speaks to over 100,000 annually on topics ranging from the value of service, the joy of failure, the lost art of letter writing and many other topics. Our library’s collection of his books include:
“The Wedding Letters”
“Christmas Jars Reunion”
“The 13th Day Of Christmas”
“The Cross Gardner”
“The Wednesday Letters”
Stop by the library and check out these great inspirational books!!
Halloween Book Treats For Adults And Kids At The Library!
New fiction book titles for adults:
Colleen Coble- “Anathema”
Colleen Coble- “Fire Dancer”
Jason Wright- Christmas Jars Reunion”
Jason Wright- “The Wedding Letters”
Maria Semple- “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”
Lois Lowry- “Son”- the thrilling conclusion to “The Giver”
Jean Hanff Korelitz- “You Should Have Known”
Jason Wright- “Recovering Charles”
Jason Wright- “The 13th Day of Christmas”
New chapter books for 3rd & 4th graders:
Lois Lowry- “All About Sam”
Candy Dawson Boyd- “Circle Of Gold”
The library also has lots of Halloween picture books and easy chapter books for kids to check out!
Recently donated fiction books for adults include:
Marie Bostwick- “A Thread Of Truth”
J. D. Robb- “Born In Death”
Nelson DeMille- “Wild Fire”
Iris Johansen- “Eve”
Robin Cook- “Vital Signs”
Robin Cook- “Seizure”
Robert B. Parker- “Chance”
Luann Rice- “Dance With Me”
Diana Palmer- “Protector”
Janet Evanovich- “Full House”
Maeve Binchy- “Nights Of Rain And Stars”
The library has also recently received, large print books for patrons to check out.
Charles Martin- “Thunder And Rain”
Donna VanLiere- “The Christmas Note”
Beth Hoffman- “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Robert Crais- “The Sentry”
Dick Francis- “Crossfire”
Jeanne Ray- “Calling Invisible Women”
Mary Alice Monroe- “Beach House Memories”
Richard Paul Evans- “Lost December”
Donna VanLiere- “The Good Dream”
Patricia MacDonald- “Cast Into Doubt”
Stop by and check out all of the large print books the library has to offer!!
October’s Book Club Selection is a mystery thriller entitled “The Brethren” by John Grisham. “The Brethren” focuses on a little clan of judges that are inmates in a low security prison. This clan of judges sets up a get rich quick scheme that will guarantee they are “set for life” after serving their time in jail. Their perfect extortion plot fails, when the clan of judges makes a mistake with one of their victims. Check out this book to find out what happens next. If you like Grisham, you’ll love “The Brethren”.
Ready To Join The Discussion? Then come to the Spalding Public Library’s Book Club meeting on Monday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. The book club will be discussing September’s selected book entitled, “The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” written by author Rebecca Skloot. This remarkable story of how the cervical cells of the late Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman, enabled further discoveries from the polio vaccine to in vitro fertilization is extraordinary in itself; the added portrayal of Lacks’s full life makes the story come alive with her humanity and the apparent relationship between race, science, and exploitation. Rebecca Skloot is an award-winning science writer, with a B.S. in biological sciences and an MFA in creative writing. She first heard about Henrietta Lacks and HeLa in a community college biology class when she was 16. As she continued her studies she became fixated on the idea of telling Henrietta’s. She spent over a decade researching and writing this story, which has been translated into over 25 languages and is now being made into an HBO movie.
Please join us as we discuss this richly textured story of the hidden costs of scientific progress.
The latest book written by Janet Evanovich, entitled, “Top Secret Twenty-One” is now at the library and available for check out. In the author’s latest novel, her main character, Stephanie Plum, continues the seesaw decision about Ranger (stud supreme) and Morelli (cop stud supreme) in this fun read. Car fires and apartment fires are nothing new for Stephanie but add in dogs and a very short Randy Biggs as apartment guests; we can say the story is full of interesting characters. As an extra bonus, Grandma Mazur has a bucket list she is determined to complete! Janet Evanovich delivers another hilarious entry in her Stephanie Plum series with “Top Secret Twenty-One.” The library has all of Janet Evanovich’s books starting with 1- “One For The Money” through 20- “Takedown Twenty” in this book series, as well as other books the author has written. There are 54 of Janet Evanovich’s books available online through our library’s website for download as an e-book or audio book. Visit the Spalding Public Library and get your Free library card number and PIN to download FREE e-books and audio books to your Kindles, Ipads, phones, and other digital reading devices, including computers, directly from the library’s website http://libraries.ne.gov/spalding.
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!