The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
Volume 10, No.1
The Smythie is starting its tenth year with this issue. For a treat and a blast out of the past, the first June edition is attached at the end of this one. It is the oldest I have archived.
Silpada Jewelry Fundraiser
Thursday April 14th, 6:30 pm
To benefit the Friends of the Smyth Public Library
Saturday June 4th, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Summer Reading Book Sale during the Town-wide Yard Sale. Stop by for children’s books and summer beach reads!
These evenings will feature local artisans who will teach and or demonstrate a skill
How To Grow Hydrangeas with Andi Ross
April 5, 6 pm
“How To” Make Fairy Houses, with Lorraine Briand (please sign up)
May 11, 6 pm
Woodturning with Rick Mitchell
May 24, 6:30 p.m.
“How To” Knit and Crochet with Lisa Cote
June 8, 6:30 pm
“How To” tips for Resumes and Interviews with Artie Lynnworth
June 29, 6 pm
If you have a special talent you’d like to share, please see Heidi at the front desk
New daily passes now available for the Boston Museum of Science!
Valid for up to 4 people per coupon for $10 per person admission.
Valid only for Exhibit Halls.
Coupon provided free of charge by the Smyth Public Library.
New on our shelves…
Jane and the Waterloo map: being a Jane Austen mystery Barron, Stephanie
Death of a nurse Beaton, M. C. writing as Marion Chesney
On wings of the morning Bostwick, Marie
Off the grid: a Joe Pickett novel Box, C. J
The Ex: A Novel Burke, Alafair
A doubter’s almanac: a novel Canin, Ethan
At the edge of the orchard: a novel Chevalier, Tracy
Fool me once Coben, Harlan
The art of war: a novel Coonts, Stephen
Third strike: a Brady Coyne/J.W. Jackson mystery Craig, Philip R.,
The gangster Cussler, Clive
The steel kiss Deaver, Jeffery
No one knows Ellison, J. T
The total package: a novel Evanovich, Stephanie
Gone again: a Jack Swyteck novel Grippando, James
King maybe: a Junior Bender mystery Hallinan, Timothy
Clawback: an Ali Reynolds novel Jance, Judith A.
The watcher in the wall: a Stevens and Windermere novel Laukkanen, Owen
Flight of dreams: a novel Lawhon, Ariel,
The unfortunate Englishman: a Joe Wilderness novel Lawton, John
A girl’s guide to moving on: a novel Macomber, Debbie
Two if by sea Mitchard, Jacquelyn
They Called Her Mrs. Doc Oke, Janette
Sisi: Empress on her own : a novel Pataki, Allison.
Private Paris Patterson, James
The dig Preston, John,
The grand tour Price, Adam O’Fallon.
Uncaged Sandford, John
Saving Jason Sears, Michael
The capitalist: a thriller Steiner, Peter O.
The midwife and the assassin: a mystery Thomas, Samuel S.,
Journey to Munich: a Maisie Dobbs novel Winspear, Jacqueline
Morning star Brown, Pierce
Arcadia Pears, Iain
The bands of mourning: a Mistborn novel Sanderson, Brandon
Originals: how non-conformists move the world Grant, Adam M.
Curious faith: rediscovering hope in the God of possibility Wolfram, Logan,
Come and see: a photojournalist’s journey into the world of Mother Teresa Schaefer, Linda.
Extreme ownership: how U.S. Navy SEALs lead and win Willink, Jocko
Untangled: guiding teenage girls through the seven transitions into adulthood Damour, Lisa,
Queen of spies: Daphne Park, Britain’s Cold War spy master Hayes, Paddy,
The industries of the future Ross, Alec
Eruption: the untold story of Mount St. Helens Olson, Steve
Seven brief lessons on physics Rovelli, Carlo,
Into the heart of our world: a journey to the center of the earth : a remarkable voyage of scientific discovery Whitehouse, David,
The story of seeds: from Mendel’s garden to your plate, and how there’s more of less to eat around the world Castaldo, Nancy F.
Bio-young: get younger at a cellular and hormonal level Dillon, Roxy.
The gift of failure: how the best parents learn to let go so their children can succeed Lahey, Jessica
The guardian of mercy: how an extraordinary painting by Caravaggio changed an ordinary life today Ward, Terence.
Climbing anchors Long, John
How to rock climb! Long, John
Between a rock and a hard place Ralston, Aron.
Walking the Nile Wood, Levison,
The naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, a lifetime of exploration, and the triumph of American natural history Lunde, Darrin P.
The civil wars of Julia Ward Howe: a biography Showalter, Elaine,
New Books on CD…
A Prairie Home Companion pretty good jokes live! CD (2)
The secret chord: a novel CD (11) Brooks, Geraldine
The gangster: an Isaac Bell adventure CD (8) Cussler, Clive
Clawback: a novel CD (8) Jance, Judith A.
The same sweet girls CD (5) King, Cassandra
A girl’s guide to moving on: a novel CD (9) Macomber, Debbie
Nypd Red 4 CD (7) Patterson, James
Private Paris CD (8) Patterson, James
The Wedding CD (7) Sparks, Nicholas
Adam Canfield of the Slash CD (5) Winerip, Michael
Preacher’s kid DVD 693 [PG13]
Nothing but the truth DVD 905 [R]
Eragon DVD 906 [PG]
Black mass DVD 907 [R]
Creed DVD 908 [PG13]
The 33 DVD 909 [PG13]
The Peanuts movie DVD 910 [G]
In the heart of the sea DVD 911 [PG13]
Victor Frankenstein DVD 912 [PG13]
Room DVD 913 [R]
Brooklyn DVD 914 [PG13]
Spotlight DVD 915 [R]
Alvin and the Chipmunks: the road chip DVD 916 [PG]
Over New England DVD
The hunger games — Part 2 / — Mockingjay
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. Groucho Marx
Events at the Library…
¿Habla usted español?
Please join us for ¡Hablemos! FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH 6pm
¿Quién? Anyone who has learned some Spanish and wants to use it, not lose it
Hispanohablantes son bienvenidos también.
(Native speakers are welcome too)
¿Por qué? To meet other Spanish language lovers and enjoy some casual Spanish conversation
This is an opportunity to practice speaking and hearing Spanish to improve overall skills.
Consider bringing something to show the group (photos etc.) to stimulate discussion.
Please note, this is not a “Learn Spanish” class. This is for anyone who knows some Spanish and wants to practice.
Tuesday, April 12, 6 pm HOW TO ZENDOODLE
Zendoodling is a creative way to unwind your mind. Zen doodling is a form of meditation using ink and paper.
All supplies provided and it is FREE.
2nd Tuesday of each month
Contact: Laura Briggs 370-7162
Coloring night for all ages, all supplies provided,
Fridays 6-7 pm
Plus, packets available to use anytime we are open and you feel the urge
Did you Know???
Coloring books for adults have led to a global shortage of PENCILS
The craze is sweeping the world as grown-ups seek to switch off their electronic devices to de-stress. But pencil manufacturers can’t keep up with growing demand as coloring in fans want to use only the best.
The globe’s largest pencil manufacturer, Faber Castell, is already having to put on extra shifts in a bid to cope with demand.
Knitting & Crochet Circle
Help with the cap, blanket, and scarf charity project, work on your own items, or just come to learn. Call Lisa 587-0603 for more info.
Third Thursday of the month, 7pm
2nd and 4th Friday of every month, 6:30pm
The Smyth Public Library hosts a gathering of writers once or twice a month where we work together on timed writing exercises using prompts and other sources of inspiration. The writing periods will be followed by sharing some of the work with each other.The goal of the group is to loosen up and get the pen moving on paper. We don’t seek to have a finished work by the end of the session and you don’t need to arrive with a finished piece of writing to share. The writer’s group is a place to meet with other writers and to flex your writing muscles.
Please come ready with a writing medium of your choice: paper and pen/pencil, computer, tablet, etc.
10 Great Reasons to Read (and more)
1. Read to understand the past.
2. Read to explore your world.
3. Read to plan your future.
4. Read to visit new places.
5. Read to create great things.
6. Read to make a good decision.
7. Read to have fun.
8. Read to exercise your mind.
9. Read to keep in touch.
10. Read because you can.
10 Great Things You can do for Free at your library
1. Take a class.
2. Find a venue for your creativity.
3. Watch or checkout a movie.
4. Join a book club for any age group.
5. Download an audio or e-book.
6. Apply to college or for a job.
7. Introduce your children and yourself to new friends.
8. Attend an inspiring program.
9. Discover your favorite new author.
10. Find a quiet place to study, read or just relax.
Heidi Deacon, Director
LOVE TO SHARE A GOOD BOOK?
NOW THERE ARE 2 WAYS
How about sharing your thoughts on a book at the friendly monthly book discussion groups?
There is the Thursday evening group:
All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
April 20, 7:30
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk
Saturday, March 12 at noon.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk
Ongoing Book Sale!
You can browse at your leisure now and bring home a favorite to keep or to give away to a friend. Just look for the bright signs just inside our main doors on the left. Pay at the front desk. Only $1 for hardcover and $.50 for paperbacks. Proceeds go to the Friends of Smyth Library. Come find a treasure or two or more for your very own.
Monthly Lego Night!
EVERY third Friday 6:30-7:30 for all ages
Did you Know???
A British charity bookstore is pleading with members of the public to stop donating copies of bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The Oxfam shop on Castle Street in Swansea, Wales, has been posting on its Facebook and Twitter pages to ask members of the public to donate vinyl records instead of E.L. James’ novel, which store workers said has been clogging up their shelves for months.
Our art gallery is always available for the works of local artists. Just see Heidi at the front desk to display your works
Making Your Life Easy:
By going to our website, you can search our entire catalogue for books, CD’s, DVD’s and movies. Once found, you can check to see if what you want is in. If so, just to our website and reserve the book. The next time you come in, it will be waiting for you at the front desk. WITH OUR NEW WEBSITE YOU CAN DO IT WITH YOUR MOBILE DEVICE!
PLUS!! Check out our smythpl.org website updates and Smyth Library’s new Public Catalog featuring:
– A crawl of new items.
– “What’s Hot” now covers several choices.
-“Most Popular” titles (a combination of checkouts and reserves are used to determine this list).
– “More Search Options” includes Medium that lets members search by DVD or Large Print, etc.
More Research Options:
Full text articles from thousands of magazines, journals and national newspapers, plus NoveList. Call or e-mail us and provide your name and your library card number, and we’ll give you the password.
We’re on Facebook!
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Look at our page on Facebook for events and updates about our library!
Ipods and Kindle work
Order right from our new website!
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Smyth Library
IS BACK FOR THE NEW SEASON!
Check our website for passes!!!
All are listed in the “museum passes” tab of the website
Did you know#2?
People in Iceland read more books per capita than in any other country.
Always hit the “Children” tab on our site for details and to see the newest events and activities for children
Children’s Cookbook Book Club
April 15 at 5:30 pm
Pick a recipe, sign up and bring your dish to share.
We will discuss how good the recipe was among other things, including eating all the delicious food!
April is Poetry month
Join us April 20 at 3pm for a Children’s Poetry Workshop
April Vacation Week!
Spring Science- Monday 4/25, 5:00 pm
Drop-in Crafting- Wednesday 4/27, 4:30- 7:30 pm
Garden Party- Thursday 4/28, 11:00 am
Bird House Decorating- Friday 4/29, 5:00 pm
Exciting Children’s programs:
• *CALDECOTT CHALLENGE – read through the award winning titles on your own or with a friend
• *1000 BOOKS before Kindergarten- memory registers will be made available for parents
Pajama Story Night
2nd Friday of the Month, 6-7 pm
Join us monthly for a night of storytelling and treats!
New Math Clubs
Mondays, 4-5 p.m.
FUTURE ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS!!
Every second Friday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 we break out our snap circuits! Build exciting projects including computer interfaced experiments and solar cell applications. This event is for ages 8-14 and signups are required.
Check our Facebook page for some cool snap circuit projects
3rd and 4th Grade BOOKCLUB!!
First Wednesday of the month, 3-4
3rd and 4th Grade BOOKCLUB!!
First Wednesday of the month, 6-7 (free pizza)
Mondays at 6:30 pm with Pattie- Sign up; $5 material fee, limited class size.
Read to Simon now at regular times…
Mondays 4-5 p.m.
Why is reading to a dog educational and fun? Because Simon is soft, furry and warm and he loves the attention you give him when you practice your reading out-loud skills! Sign up for a fifteen minute time slot between 3:00 & 4:00. Reading is In the Children’s Library Room and is one-on-one with Ms. Gwen and Simon present. Parents and others must wait outside for their reader. The last two minutes can be for meeting and spending time with Simon. Sign-ups start Thursday, February 12th at the front desk. Simon and Gwen Paprocki are certified through Therapy Dogs International.
New books for children…
Seeking the wolf tree Cleavitt, Natalie Laura,
If not for the cat: haiku Prelutsky, Jack
D is for drinking gourd: an African American alphabet Sanders, Nancy I.
Rough & tough tractors and trucks
Jamie O’Rourke and the big potato: an Irish folktale dePaola, Tomie
Dear fish / written and illustrated by Chris Gall Gall, Chris
When cats go wrong Hacking, Norm,
Toot & Puddle: you are my sunshine Hobbie, Holly.
Johnny Tractor’s new friend Knopf, Susan.
LEGO Harry Potter, characters of the magical world Richards, Jon,
Strictly no elephants Mantchev, Lisa
Fishing with dad: my father’s fishing secret Rosen, Michael J
Ellie Bear and the fly-away fly Rowinski, Kate,
The luckiest St. Patrick’s Day ever! Slater, Teddy
The Alphabet from Z to A: (with much confusion on the way) Viorst, Judith
The legend of the Easter egg Walburg, Lori.
The night before St. Patrick’s Day Wing, Natasha.
The Berenstain Bears and the Easter story Berenstain, Jan
New books for young adults…
Etiquette & espionage Carriger, Gail
The siren Cass, Kiera
Lady midnight Clare, Cassandra
Hope Copeland, Lori
Front lines Grant, Michael
This is where it ends Nijkamp, Marieke.
New books for juniors…
DIY nail art: 75 creative nail art designs Rodgers, Catherine.
LEGO Harry Potter: building the magical world Dowsett, Elizabeth.
Overboard Brezenoff, Steven.
An unsinkable ship Brezenoff, Steven.
Wooden bones Carter, Scott William,
Hour of the bees Eagar, Lindsay,
The Lincoln project Gutman, Dan
Seraphina: a novel Hartman, Rachel
The legend of the rift Lerangis, Peter
The key to extraordinary Lloyd, Natalie
Prince of Persia, the sands of time: a novel based on the motion picture
Withering-by-Sea Rossell, Judith.
Every month we ask a trivia question. If you know the answer, drop it off at the front desk or e-mail it using our website. We will randomly select the winner from the correct answers and
will win ONE FREE WEEK of OVERDUE FINE AMNESTY ON ONE BOOK
Last month’s question and answer:
Q. What author was a taste-tester for Cadbury Chocolate as a boy?
A. Roald Dahl
This Month’s Trivia Question:
Where did Sting write “Every Breath You Take”?
From the New and Recent Shelves~
We (being I) are always looking for contributors to this reviews section. The editor has a limited range of taste, so any reviews would be more than welcomed. Just e-mail them in reply to this, or to email@example.com
I think THE STEEL KISS is Deaver’s best Lincoln Rhyme novel. As I read it, I constantly marveled at how a mind could conjure so many intriguing, captivating, smart and breath-taking plots and subplots and mesh them so well together in one book. There are about three plots with much more in the complex relationships of the players. This is not a criticism, but a reader who knows the characters from prior books will enjoy this book a lot more than one who hasn’t – the difference between five stars and four and half, probably.
As usual for Rhyme’s nemeses, this bad guy has a certain talent. Without spoiling, the most I can say is that his m.o. is such a part of all of our everyday lives, that it makes it all the more chilling. What is not usual, though, is that Rhyme is working a civil case here. He has retired from the police force. That stirs the pot in a lot of ways, especially with his relationship with Sachs.
It is difficult to review this book without spoilers. The tension starts with the first page and never lets up. Deaver has the horrible habit, talent, annoying characteristic of ending every chapter with a “What!?” which makes the book all that harder to put down at any given time. There are so many twists in this book it is impossible to number them. All three or more (depending how you count them) plot lines constantly keeps the reader on edge.
I’ve always put Deaver on the Mt. Rushmore of this genre. If there were a top figure, this book might have sealed his position on the top of the mountain. This a must for any mystery reader, but a real must for Rhyme fans.
Jacqueline Winspear’s JOURNEY TO MUNICH can stand alone, but it would be far far better if you’ve read the earlier ones. I know, because I have not. That meant that I missed all the references to people and places. I’m sure the backstory of Maisie Dobbs would have added richness and depth. That having been said, this book made me want to go back and get to know her. According to other readers, this is sort of a new phase of the character’s life so that it will not detract from me starting at the beginning.
Maisie gets enlisted to go to Munich in 1938, before WWII breaks out to recover an elderly businessman who was captured by the Nazis for whose release Britain has made a deal. She has also been asked to talk a young partying woman to return to England by the girls’ powerful father. Maisie and this girl have a history, so it is not an easy task. The two plots merge nicely together and the book, after a fairly slow pace, picks up in the last third. It is a nice look at the way Germany was being viewed from within and from without before Hitler began his real international aggression. Maisie is a good character – obviously, or she would not have lasted into 12 books. The historical context adds much to the plot and they each drive the other.
The library has several others in the series and “Overdrive”, the State Library’s e-books has them all.
N on-fiction …
If you at a TR-phile there will not be much new in this focused biography. Mr. Lunde is a museum naturalist. His focus, and the theme of the book, was that TR was a naturalist, too. He started collecting animal specimens as a young child and continued to do it through his African safari after his presidency. The theorem is that even though Roosevelt was an avid hunter, he did so (most of the time) as a naturalist. This is youth as a “museum curator” and shown through his many writings on his specimens and hunts. The book also portrayed Roosevelt’s awakening to the loss of wilderness and game animals. He was a leader, not only in collecting specimens, but also in reforming game hunting so it was sustainable. It is a good theory and well supported. That part of the book was very interesting.
Unfortunately, I found the telling very dry. Hunt after hunt after hunt beginning in the teen years and going into his late forties. Mixed in were some biographical tidbits well-known to all that did not add to the telling. I think forty or fifty pages fewer would have made the book sing. I found myself skimming over the detailed accounts of hunts and collections of mice and shrews. All-in-all a good book, but not great and not overly revealing about Teddy Roosevelt. But it did offer a different slant.
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