April 2015

Smythie- The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library

April, 2015
Volume 8, No.11

Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever. -Charles Lamb


April Poetry Party
Thursday April 9, 6:30 pm

At this April Poetry party for all ages and backgrounds, people will come together simply to read or recite or listen to poems they know and love. No writing involved- just an hour of sharing poems by local or famous or individual poets, as you and your gathered participants wish. You are welcome to invite your friends and family to do a combined reading. Sign up for a five or ten minute slot. There will be goodies to share as well!

History is Coming to The Library
Thursday April 16, 6:30 pm

Dan Schroeder from the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro, NH will be presenting the WWII Traveling Trunk program. Since 2009, the traveling trunk program has brought noteworthy World War II memorabilia from both home and war fronts to schools and civic organizations through New Hampshire and beyond.

The Surprising Influence of NH Water Powered Mills375px-Amoskeag_Manufacturing_Co.,_Panorama_Downriver
Thurs April 30, 6:30 pm

Brad Wolff brings a vibrant interest in American history, and especially the history of water power in New England, to the presentation. He is a graduate of Tufts University in Boston and Notre Dame College in Manchester, and has done further graduate work at Plymouth State University. He recently retired from a long New Hampshire public school teaching career that included stints in Manchester, Bristol, and Ashland. He is the recipient of a number of educational awards, including the New Hampshire Department of Education Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award and selection as the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.

The history of canals used for water transportation highlighted many American history textbooks during their treatment of the 1800’s. Here in New England was a different story, with the use of “power canals” and “power races” used to position water to fall upon great water wheels and turbines to power machinery. The trajectory of development and growth in many New England towns and several cities was profoundly influenced by this application of water power. Brad will discuss this influence by examining economic, social, technological, and historical perspectives. He plans to enrich his presentation from his participation in the National Endowment for the Humanities water power seminar held at the Lowell, Mass. Historic National Park.
Sponsored by the Candia Heritage Commission

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Thursday May 14, 6:30 pm

Always an explorer at heart, Brian Fersch has continued the interests fostered as a boy scout thru his adult life by backpacking, fishing, kayaking and canoeing when possible with his wife Theresa, dog Jersey, and friends. A cost engineer/analyst by profession and artist-blacksmith by hobby, Brian’s interests have always been diverse, but no prior experiences in life could have prepared him for what would be one of his life’s greatest journeys- thru hiking the Appalachian Trail.
From February 14, 2014 to September 7, 2014 Brian thru-hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine, a journey of over 2185 miles. The Appalachian Trail was once described as a place “to see and see what there is to see” and the extent to which this saying rings true cannot be emphasized enough. Though filled with physical and mental challenges at every turn, hiking the Appalachian Trail is much more a lesson in discovering the natural world, friendship, acceptance, and humanity. Brian will provide a brief overview of the trail, share some great photos, and discuss these lessons and stories. Additionally, if you have any burning questions on long distance backpacking (thru-hiking), Brian would be thrilled to answer them.


Twelve Days by Alex Berenson
The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
Bitter Creek by Peter Bowen
Endangered: a Joe Pickett Novel by C. J. Box
The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Her Name is Rose: a Novel by Christine Breen
Resurrected by Norm Clark
Pinnacle Event: a Novel by Richard A. Clarke
The Stranger by Harlan Coben
Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta
A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders
Hyacinth Girls by Laurel Frankel
The Siege Winter: a Novel by Ariana Franklin
Crash & Burn: a Novel by Lisa Gardner
The Mephisto Club: a Novel by Tess Gerritsen
Winter at the Door: a Novel by Sarah Graves
Dynamo: a Novel by Eleanor Gustafson
Who Buries the Dead: a Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery by C. S. Harris
Cold Betrayal: an Ali Reynolds Novel by Judith A. Jance
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: a Novel by Rachel Joyce
Leaving Berlin: a Novel by Joseph Kanon
Motive: an Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman
Shame and the Captives: a Novel by Thomas Keneally
Luckiest Girl Alive: a Novel by Jessica Knoll
Dark Angels: a Novel by Karleen Koen
The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
World Gone By Dennis LeHane
Hush Hush: A Tess Monaghan Novel Laura Lippman
Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café by Max Lucado
Last One Home: a Novel by Debbie Macomber
The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery
Too Bad to Die: a Novel by Francine Mathews
The Chessmen by Peter May
Where They Found Her: a Novel by Kimberly McCreight
Gun Street Girl: a Detective Sean Duffy Novel by Adrian McKinty
Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell
Everything I Never Told You: a Novel by Celeste Ng
Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
Vanessa and Her Sister: a Novel by Priya Parmar
The Accidental Empress: a novel by Allison Pataki
Steadfast Heart by Tracie Peterson
The Midnight Rose: a Novel by Lucinda Riley
Obsession in Death by J. D. Robb
The Only Words That are Worth Remembering: a Novel by Jeffrey Rotter
Eden Falls by Jane Sanderson
Netherwood by Jane Sanderson
Ravenscliffe by Jane Sanderson
The Wounded Heart: an Amish Quilt Novel by Adina Senft
The Outsiders by Gerald Seymour
The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons
Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers: a 44 Scotland Street novel by Alexander McCall Smith
Prodigal Son: a Novel by Danielle Steel
All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer
A Dangerous Place: a Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Murder of Magpies

Luckiest Girl Alive

Crash and Burn

Chess Men

eden falls

The Accidental Empress

When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning
How the Body Knows Its Mind by Sian Beilock
Quiet by Susan Cain
In the Land of Believers by Gina Welch
Dear Investor, What the Hell Are You Doing? by Ken Weber
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross
Master Thieves by Stephen A. Kurkjian
Healthcare Made Easy by Michelle Katz
Finding Zero by Admir D. Aczel
The Teenage Brain by Frances E Jensen
The 20/20 diet by Phillip C. McGraw
The Long Awakening by Lindsey O’Connor
The Autoimmune Solution by Amy Myers
Sushi by Ryuichi Yoshii
Sheet Pan Suppers by Molly Gilbert
More Than Happy by Serena Miller
Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy by Mike Huckabee
Madison’s Gift by David O. Stewart

dead wake

finding zero


Audio Books
Twelve Days by Alex Berenson
Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
The Hunters CD by W. E. B. Griffin
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Absolute Fear CD by Linda Jackson
Cold Betrayal CD by J. A. Jance
The First Bad Man CD by Miranda July
Motive by Jonathan Kellerman
Sword of God by Chris Kuzneski
Last One Home by Debbie Macomber
The Book of the Dead by Douglas J. Preston
The Last Days by Joel C. Rosenberg
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel

the notebook

sworn to silence

Surf’s Up
The Hunger Games — Part I / — Mockingjay
Big Hero 6
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
The Reef
Exodus: Gods and Kings
The Penguins of Madagascar
The Expendables 3
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Madeline’s Manners
Sing-Along Songs: It’s a Small World — Disneyland Fun
Christmas with the Chipmunks
Mighty Machines — Chomp! Crunch! Tear!
Good Boy!: Follow Along

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What do you do if your pet starts eating your library book?
Take the words right out of its mouth!


Knitting and 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.

Love to Share a Good Book?

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

This month’s book is Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis. Date TBA, 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.

Monthly Lego Night!
EVERY third Friday 6:30-7:30


Secrets & Spies
The author of Last Days of the Condor, James Grady, explains our fascination with escaping our mundane lives.

last days of condor“We all want to know what’s really going on. Starts when we’re kids. What’s inside this box? Behind that closed door? By the time we’re teenagers, we’ve also acquired one of the best ways to figure out what’s going on: We’ve learned to read. And discovered that fiction lets us feel truths, see possibilities and experience knowledge beyond ‘just the facts,’… So we seek out good stories beyond our official reality’s headlines. At their core, spy novels are about secrets. Secrets create power. Power determines how we live. That’s a formula for fiction that matters-matters to us in this world where making sense of what’s really going on turns out to be a lifelong endeavor, one that fiction lets us do from the safety of our own sheltered lives. Right vs. wrong, good vs. evil, the essential nature of power and politics, all that and more unfold in a safe, fictional package for us to enjoy.” (excerpt from Parade March 1, 2015)

Come to Smyth Public Library and check out a book to find out what’s really going on!


Logically, Dick Frances was a jockey before he turned his hand to writing.

'This book on speed reading is due back in ten minutes.'


Art Wanted!

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 Easier!

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 ebsite, 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!


Discover New Hampshire with our NEW free library passes! Here is just a sampling of the adventures you and your family can enjoy:

American Independence Museum, Aviation Museum, Children’s Museum, Libby Museum, Currier Museum, Fuller Gardens, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, The Fells Historic Hay Estate & Gardens, Museum of NH History, NH Farm Museum, Seacoast Science Center, See Science Center, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Wright Museum.

See the museum tab on our website for details.

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Smyth Library:

Downloadable Books!!!! Ipods and Kindle work! Order right from our new website


Beverly Cleary

Beverly ClearyBeverly Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon, on April 12, 1916 and lived on a farm in Yamhill, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged with the State Library to have books sent to Yamhill and acted as librarian in a lodge room upstairs over a bank. There, Beverly learned to love books.
When the family moved to Portland, where Beverly attended grammar school and high school, she soon found herself in the low reading circle, an experience that has given her sympathy for the problems of struggling readers. By the third grade she had conquered reading and spent much of her childhood either with books or on her way to and from the public library. Before long her school librarian suggested that she write books for children when she grew up. The idea appealed to her, and she decided that someday she would write the books she longed to read, but was unable to find on the library shelves — funny stories about her neighborhood and the sort of children she knew.

After graduation from junior college in Ontario, California, and the University of California at Berkeley, Beverly entered the School of Librarianship at the University of Washington, Seattle. There she specialized in library work with children. She was the children’s librarian in Yakima, Washington, until she married Clarence Cleary and moved to California.

Beverly’s hobbies are travel and needlework. When children ask Beverly where she finds her ideas, she replies, “From my own experience and from the world around me.” Henry Huggins, written when she was in her early thirties, was her first attempt at writing. Her advice to the many children who write asking for “tips” on writing is for them to read widely while growing up, and when the time comes for them to write, they will find their own way of writing and will not need tips to guide them.
Mrs. Cleary’s books have earned her many prestigious awards, including three Newbery medals. -Scholastic.com


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

Exciting new Children’s programs:

• Sewing Club starts January 5. Mondays at 6:30 pm-signups and fee required

• 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

• January 7 BOOK CLUBS restart -3rd and 4th grade club together on the first Wed. of the month after school 3-4 p.m.; 5th and 6th grade club on Wed. nights 6:00 -7:00. Permission slips will be given out through the school. Attendance allowed only if signed up and permission slip given to school. Every month’s book is listed on our website

Pajama Story Night
2nd Friday of the Month, 6:30 pm
Join us monthly for a night of storytelling and treats!

New Math Clubs Have Returne: Math and Mischief at the Library!
Join Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s, where you will build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club. Bouncy dice explosion; Glow in the dark Geometry; Toilet paper Olympics. Hands-on games that get children fired up about math. Over-the-top fun with friends each week. Make math the cool thing to do after school. Be ahead of the curve and come along for the ride. Math will never be the same.

Simon Says Read to Me, Please!
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
I Think, I Am! by Louise L. Hay
I Wonder Why the Wind Blows and Other Questions About Our Planet by Anita Ganeri
I Wonder Why Mountains Have Snow on Top and Other Questions About Mountains by Jackie Gaff
Popcorn: Poems by James Stevenson
Shep the Pheep of Caladeen by Laura Appleton-Smith
Disney Planes Look and Find by Art Mawhinney
1001 Wizard Things to Spot by Gillian Doherty
Disney’s Winnie the Pooh’s A to Zzzz by Don Ferguson
Red: a Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
You Can Do It, Sam by Amy Hest
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
Miss Spider’s New Car by David Kirk
Wiggle’s Squiggles by David Kirk
A Pocketful of Pets by Jane Belk Moncure
The Porcupine Mouse by Bonnie Pryor
Stone Angel by Jane Yolen
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked : Too Cool for Rules by J. E. Bright
Marley to the Rescue! by M. K. Gaudet
Amelia Bedelia and the Baby by Peggie Parish
Ellie the Homesick Puppy by Holly Webb

New Books For Juniors
The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book: 181 Simple Machines and Clever Contraptions by Yoshihito Isogawa
My America: a Poetry Atlas of the United States
A Book of Narnians: the Lion, the Witch and the Others by James Riordan
Catch You Later, Traitor: a Novel by Avi
Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks
The Land of Stories: a Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: the Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
Seven Wonders Book 4: The Curse of the King by Peter Lerangis
Mark of the Rhief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
My Secret Guide to Paris by Lisa Schroeder
A Plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen

New Books for Young Adults
Atlantia: a Novel by Allyson Braithwaite Condie
The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Silence by Deborah A. Lytton
Clariel: the Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix
A Cold Legacy: a Madman’s Daughter Novel by Megan Shepherd

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 receive one free week of overdue fine amnesty on one book!

Last month’s question and answer:
Q. What famous author took a urinal home from (one of) his favorite bars? He figured he had “spent” away so much there, he owned a part of it.
A. Ernest Hemingway

Scatology always brings em in! Multiple winners: Ray Cresswell, Tom Giffen, and Myra Reynolds

This Month’s Trivia Question:
What is Britain’s bestselling novel of all time?


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

the life we buryAllen Eskens’ The Life We Bury is two books in one. I wish he had stuck with the first, because then I would have been more secure in my five star rating.

The background: the narrator is a college student with an assignment to write a biography of someone old. He ends up with a convicted murderer. As he begins his writing, we get introduced to his alcoholic mother, autistic brother and attractive neighbor (this all happens in the first pages – no spoilers). As we get to know all of them, we learn that all of them have buried at least one life in their past. Thus, the novel’s name. This was a terrific study. What could have been soap operatic, was truly thoughtful and interesting. That was the first 50-60% of the book.

After that, it turned into a murder mystery thriller with our intrepid narrator becoming a sleuth and being endangered at every turn. This was completely different in pace and tone from the first part of the book. Equally excellent, but totally different.

Murder mystery thrillers are very common. The kind of insight and character development of the first part of this book is not. I wish Mr. Eskens had stuck with the first part throughout. But he did a masterful job with the thriller, so all-in-all it was still extremely entertaining. Highly recommended.

when the books went to warThe subtitle for Molly Guptill Manning’s When Books Went to War is “The Stories That Helped Us Win World War Two”. That is unfortunate, because it implies a warm fuzzy cute book. This is a good hard-hitting book that is much more than listing the “stories”. It accounts the move of America to counter the Germans’ book burnings and its restrictions of freedoms in Europe. Ms. Manning gives a fine account of the bureaucratic and popular triumphs in trying to get books to our troops. It is more than the positive effect of the books on our men (and too few women). But she also shows our shortcomings in politics, war and discrimination at the same time. For the great positives of the book effort, there was, as always, some shadows. It is a complete account without using fillers to extend the book.

One of my great criticisms is when an author thinks his book should be a certain length and adds superfluous filler to get there. This book is filled with interesting information without anything extra. It is an informative, even-handed account of an interesting facet of our war effort. Highly recommended.

Character Driven Mystery
a fine summer's dayIan Rutledge is the long-time main character of Charles Todd. From a “good” family he becomes a policeman rather than joining his father’s law profession. A Fine Summer’s Day takes place as World War I breaks out in Europe. Ian faces the crises of finding killers and wondering what the assassination of the Archduke will do to Europe. As the investigation continues, he keeps one eyed turned to the headlines. He also has his sister and family to think of as events swirl around him.

The book is not plodding in pace, but a bit methodical. It’s no page turner, but it is a thoughtful look at this young man’s life. Ian is as important to the novel as the mystery is. The mystery is a pretty good one. However, I will deign to give you a piece of advice. If you want to enjoy the mystery more, don’t read the prologue. The prologue telegraphed who the killer will be. If you want the mystery to be more fun, skip it.

This is a character driven book and series. Mr. Todd captures the England and Scotland Yard well. If you want thrills and a page-turning mystery, don’t look here. If you want really well developed and drawn characters with full lives away from sleuthing, this is the book for you.

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