January 2016

The Monthly E-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
January, 2016
Volume 9, No.10


MICHELEAuthor Michele Albion

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” -Amelia Earhart, 1932

A fearless pioneer and a record-breaking pilot, Amelia Earhart engaged the nation and the world when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Today people remember her most for her disappearance on the last leg of her round-the-world flight in 1937. But more than a record breaker or a ghost lost over the Pacific, Earhart was ambitious, driven, and strong at a time when all three of these traits were considered unfeminine. Earhart’s words and her example encouraged women to step beyond the narrow confines of their traditional roles.

The Quotable Amelia Earhart brings together statements from a variety of sources and covers a wide range of topics, including Earhart’s flights and her opinions on politics, work, religion, and gender equality. This definitive resource provides a concise, documented collection of Earhart’s quotations so that her words, as well as her achievements, may inspire a new generation.

Author Marina Lirsch
January 14, 6:30

As World War II recedes into distant memory, great attention is being rightfully focused on the remaining Allied veterans. But what of those who served on the other side? For Rolf, the author’s father and the main protagonist of Flight of Remembrance, a young, Latvian aeronautical engineering student of Baltic German descent, who was forced under the threat of execution to flee his homeland in 1939 before the first Soviet takeover, the only nation that would accept him was Nazi Germany. In 1940 Berlin, he meets a young German woman, Lilo, and a love story begins that will endure more than 70 years and across two continents. Rolf’s worst fear comes to pass when he is drafted into the Luftwaffe in 1941. Despite the immeasurable evil, suffering and desolation of World War II, a synchronistic chain of events enables Rolf and Lilo to see their most cherished dreams materialize out of postwar catastrophe and ruin.

The author will discuss the book’s subject matter, protagonists, inspiration, and special research accompanied by World War II era photographs.

New Hampshire Wild History with UNH Professor Katherine Gillman
January 27, 6:00

Do you wonder why you don’t see Eastern meadowlarks anymore? Are you curious about the sighting of lynx tracks in northern New Hampshire several years ago? Would you recognize the call of the northern leopard frog if you heard it? Come to this presentation to take a virtual journey through New Hampshire’s past. You’ll learn about changes in the land and the effects on wildlife populations over time. You’ll also learn why changes in habitat are behind the decline of many of our rarest species today, and what you can do to help.

Katherine is PhD student at the University of New Hampshire where she is studying the impacts of a deadly fungal pathogen on populations of bats in the northeastern US.

Learn to Paint!
February 10, 6:30 pm

A painting class for adults taught by a member of the Currier Museum (oil pastel and tempera paint) inspired by the museum’s “Plowing the Fields” by William Zorach for a maximum of 15 participants. Sign up sheet at front desk.

New Series- How Do They Do That?

First up: How to take great pictures is February 17th with Judi Lindsey
If you have a gift or skill to share and would like to present in future months, please email librarian@smythpl.org

New Conversational Spanish Group with Andy Soha
Thursday, February 4th at 6 pm


March 16, 6 pm Saint Patrick’s Day Celtic Music with Jeff Snow

April 5, 6 pm Hip, Hip, Hydrangea Garden program with Andi Ross


New Fiction…

Mrs. Jeffries learns the trade Brightwell, Emily
The gilded life of Matilda Duplaine Brunkhorst, Alex,
The pilgrim Bunn, T. Davis,
House of the rising sun: a novel Burke, James Lee
Tom Clancy commander-in-chief: a Jack Ryan novel Greaney, Mark
Harbour Street: a Vera Stanhope mystery Cleeves, Ann
The pharaoh’s secret: a novel from the NUMA files Cussler, Clive
Red icon Eastland, Sam
Time and time again Elton, Ben.
The wild girl: the notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932 Fergus, Jim
Beatrice and Benedick Fiorato, Marina.
The Italian wife Furnivall, Kate
Ghost to the rescue Hart, Carolyn G.
Ashley Bell: a novel Koontz, Dean R.
Secret sisters Krentz, Jayne Ann
Blood, salt, water: a novel Mina, Denise
The whispering city Moliner, Sara,
Bull Mountain Panowich, Brian
The Brontë plot Reay, Katherine,
The bone labyrinth: a Sigma Force novel Rollins, James
Precious gifts: a novel Steel, Danielle
The warlords of Nin Lawhead, Steve.

New Non-Fiction…

Part of our lives: a people’s history of the American public library
Wiegand, Wayne A.,
The well-educated mind: a guide to the classical education you never had : updated and expanded Bauer, S. Wise,
The money makers: how Roosevelt and Keynes ended the Depression, defeated fascism, and secured a prosperous peace Rauchway, Eric.
The Pentagon’s brain: an uncensored history of DARPA, America’s top secret military research agency Jacobsen, Annie
The Lufthansa heist: behind the six-million-dollar cash haul that shook the world Hill, Henry,
Polish your poise with Madame Chic: lessons in everyday elegance
Scott, Jennifer L.
The ghosts of K2: the epic saga of the first ascent Conefrey, Mick,
438 days: an extraordinary true story of survival at sea Franklin, Jonathan
Devotion: an epic story of heroism, friendship, and sacrifice Makos, Adam
Hunter killer: inside America’s unmanned air war McCurley, T. Mark,
America’s hidden history: untold tales of the first pilgrims, fighting women, and forgotten founders who shaped a nation Davis, Kenneth

New Books on CD…

The soul of an octopus: a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness CD (8) Montgomery, Sy
Career of evil CD (15) Galbraith, Robert
Whistleblower CD (7) Gerritsen, Tess
The bone labyrinth CD (12) Rollins, James
Precious gifts CD (7) Steel, Danielle
The other daughter CD (8) Willig, Lauren
Chasing secrets CD (6) Choldenko, Gennifer

New VidEOS…

RV DVD 870 [PG]
Mr. Holmes DVD 871 [PG]
The man from U.N.C.L.E. DVD 872 [PG13]
The good lie DVD 873 [PG13]
Mrs. Miracle DVD 875 [G]
Inside out DVD 875 [PG]
Ant-Man DVD 877 [PG13]
Home alone DVD 878 [PG]
The snowman: and the snowman and the snowdog DVD 879 [G]
Mission impossible DVD 880[PG13] — Rogue nation
Pan DVD 881 [PG]
Minions DVD 882 [PG]
Paper towns DVD 883 [PG13]

TEACHER: Tell the class what book you read and then tell them something about the plot.
PUPIL: I read “The Life of Thomas Jefferson.” He dies at the end.


On Developing Your Reading Skills
By Will Manley

If you really want your books to take you far away from your humdrum world, you have to set aside an hour or two or three and dedicate yourself to the mastery of some very un-American virtues: daydreaming, indolence, self-indulgence, impracticality, solitude, and yes, even sloth!

First, turn off your work gadgets: your cell phone and your computer; they’re all about efficiency, and efficiency is the curse of the daydreamer!

Next, turn off your play gadgets: iphones; televisions, DVD players, IPods and Xboxes. They kill the imagination.

Third, find a comfortable chair in a quiet room.

Fourth, start reading. Let your book wash over your soul like the tides of the ocean.

Come to Smyth Public Library to find books for all your cozy winter reading!


Coloring Night
For all ages, all supplies provided, every Friday 6-7 pm.

Knitting & Crochet Circle
Third Thursday of the month, 7pm

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.

Writers’ Group
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.

How about sharing your thoughts on a book at the friendly monthly book discussion group?

THE QUIET AMERICANThe Quiet American by Graham Greene
January 28, 7:30
*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.

LEGO CLUBMonthly Lego Night!
EVERY third Friday 6:30-7:30 for all ages

Did you Know???
Hugh Lofting, author of Dr Doolittle, thought books should have a ‘senile’ category to complement the ‘juvenile’ section.

Library Assets…

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!
Like the Smyth Public Library
Look at our page on Facebook for events and updates about our library!

Downloadable Books!!!!
Ipods and Kindle work
Order right from our new website!
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Smyth Library


Kids’ Stuff…
Always hit the “Children” tab on our site for details and to see the newest events and activities for children


Smyth Public Library is now Seeking a Youth Service/Children’s Librarian:
We seek a tech savvy, outgoing individual to continue our exciting Children’s programs, overseeing year-round story time and early reader activities and to promote our new Young Adult area; expand programming for local youngsters; and to lead our Summer Reading Program. 12-15 hrs/wk including evening hours. Please send your resume and letter of interest to librarian@smythpl.org.

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, 6:30 pm

Join us monthly for a night of storytelling and treats!

New Math Clubs
Mondays, 4:00-5:00

K-3rd grade

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

First Wednesday of the month
3-4 pm for 3rd-4th graders
5-6th graders 6-7 pm with free pizza!

Teen Readers Wanted
Join our teen book club! If interested, let us know at the front desk.

99K Sinmger Sewing MachineSEWING CLUB
Restarts in 2016 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.


Willy’s stories Browne, Anthony
Find the magic Cohen, Lee.
The blue ribbon day Couric, Katie,
Peg + Cat E DVD 029 — A totally awesome Christmas.
The most wonderful thing in the world French, Vivian,
A cloak for the dreamer Friedman, Aileen.
Volume, audio disc: Olaf’s night before Christmas Julius, Jessica,
Bear’s first Christmas Kinerk, Robert
On the day the tall ships sailed Paraskevas, Betty.
Santa is coming to New Hampshire Smallman, Steve,
Happy! Williams, Pharrell.


Forbidden Bunting, Eve
Rembrandt’s ghost Christopher, Paul,
The last disciple Hanegraaff, Hank.
The obsidian blade Hautman, Pete
The painter’s daughter Klassen, Julie


Seven women: and the secret of their greatness Metaxas, Eric
Do I have to say hello?: aunt Delia’s manners quiz for kids and their grownups Ephron, Delia,
Seven men and the secret of their greatness Metaxas, Eric
Crenshaw Applegate, Katherine
The one and only Ivan Applegate, Katherine
Dear America: the Pearl Harbor diary of Amber Billows — Early Sunday morning : Denenberg, Barry
Dear America: the diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish immigrant girl — Dreams in the golden country : Lasky, Kathryn
Dear America: the diary of Nellie Lee Love, the great migration North — Color me dark McKissack, Patricia
A pack divided Hunter, Erin
The book of trees Lieberman, Leanne,
The sword of summer Riordan, Rick
Why is this night different from all other nights? Snicket, lemony

Every month we will ask the 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 the WINNER will win ONE FREE WEEK of OVERDUE FINE AMNESTY ON ONE BOOK

August’s question and answer:
Q. What is the subtitle of Uncle Tom’s Cabin?
A. Life Among the Lowly

Winner: Judi Lindsey

This Month’s Trivia Question:
Stepping out from literature to the “arts”: What song was played the most times on the radio during the twentieth century? It is the only one to have been played more than 8,000,000 times and only three others were played more than 7,000,000 times


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 librarian@smythpl.org

Fine Writing…

BULLBULL MOUNTAIN is a great book. Part family saga and part mystery, it starts as what looks like an account of a backwoods red neck family to a crime family who has modernized from moonshine to meth with marijuana in between. From there the twists and turns starts into an excellent thriller/mystery. There is plenty of violence, so it is not for the faint of heart, but all the violence is fitting and not gratuitous. Through multiple generations the Burroughs family maintains its stranglehold on Bull Mountain and their criminal enterprises. To maintain their solitude and profits intimidation and violence are used without hesitation.

Off to the side of the mountain, though, is Sheriff Clayton Burroughs. He is the black sheep of the family because he went to the right side of the law. His brothers “allow” him to sheriff off the mountain. His flight from the family business has made him a troubled soul. The real fireworks start when he tries to save the family.

There is an absolutely astounding twist that makes this a truly unique and excellent book. The writing is very good,the pace fast, the characters unique (and brutal) and better developed than just some vicious rednecks and a troubled sheriff. But what really makes the book is the final twist. It is not a mere quick surprising ending, but a well thought out and developed plot line for which Mr. Panowich is to be truly and heartily congratulated.

Light Fiction…

PROMISEThis is Crais’ second novel featuring a trained dog and, like the first, it is great. Maggie is not the central character, but one of several main characters, but her relationship with her police trainer and past as a Marine dog adds a depth and empathy to the mystery that is not common in run-of-the-mill mystery/thrillers.

Elvis and Pike return. Pike does not have a very active role, but a new Delta force type, Jon, is introduced who is a lot like Pike (maybe too much) but has Homeland connections which are vital. Elvis still has some humor, but not the goofiness in the first books. He has grown up.

The plot is a good one combining explosives, Homeland security, deception (of course), a young K-9 police officer and his dog all mixed together in a mystery that keeps changes focus. Is it terror or something more or less? Is the focus of Pike’s investigation a good woman or bad? These are all typical of Mr. Crais. His mysteries work because they are rarely straightforward. Like Pike, the reader’s expectations are constantly changing.

This is well-recommended. Another very solid Richard Crais novel and you gotta love the dog!

Non-Fiction …


Now an Award-Winning Finalist in the Non-Fiction: Narrative category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. Against the backdrop of World War II tragedy and devastation in Latvia, Poland and Germany and three decades of European history, this true narrative provides a window into the palpitating heart of wartime upheaval through the lives of Rolf Dutzmann and Lilo Wassull—two people fatefully positioned “on the other side.” In December of 1939, swept along on a tide of dire necessity and circumstance due to the imminent Soviet takeover of his homeland, Rolf, a young Latvian aeronautical engineering student, flees with his family to Germany, a country fully under Hitler’s control and already engaged in a brutal war. While the account chronicles Rolf’s pursuit of his technical dream against daunting wartime odds, it is first and foremost a poignant love story that plays out against a panorama of worldwide chaos and destruction. It is also a story of the seen and unseen forces that coalesce to keep Rolf and Lilo alive after they meet in 1940 Berlin, leading them through a chain of cataclysmic events including Rolf’s draft into the Luftwaffe and his father’s assignment as chief inspector of V-2 rocket production; the bombing of Berlin; the destruction of their homes; their numerous desperate, cross-country escapes from the bombing, the advancing Soviet troops from the east, and other Allied forces from the west; the POW camp hardships; and the deprivation of the postwar years. Despite the immeasurable evil, suffering and desolation of World War II, a synchronistic chain of events provides an uplifting reminder that love and hope may take wing even out of the ashes of life’s most terrifying adversities. Amazon.com.

Ever want to be one of those know-it-all reviewers?
Got a book to recommend?
Want to write a blurb?
Have a child with a favorite book who would like to contribute to the Smythie?

We welcome contributors (less for us to write!), especially children and teens to review and recommend favorite books. Just drop Heidi Deacon an e-mail at librarian@smythpl.org or “reply” to this and we’ll include it here. It need not be a new book – it can be a golden oldie, a classic, a trashy beach book or whatever you have enjoyed.

I hope you have enjoyed this edition. Comments, suggestions and, of course, reviews are always welcomed.

~Rick Mitchell