April 2017

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
April, 2017
Volume 11, No.1

Thursday, June 8, 7:00
1. Up to 6 people. Children under 12 don’t count towards the 6.
2. Must have at least 2 Candia residents
3. For purposes of this contest, all Jesse Remington faculty and students and Moore School teachers are Candia residents.
Get your neighbors, get your friends and smart enemies. We are asking for sign-ups just so we can judge how big the prizes will be. You can show up the night of and still join the fun.

El Camino Trail Walk– visual presentation by local author Christy Day- Wednesday, April 19, 6 pm

Turtles with Suzanne Peterson from Lamprey River Action Committee
Thursday, April 27, 6 pm

Rescheduled !! Telescope Stargazing
May 9, 7:30 pm outdoor guided moon watch weather permitting
We are also extremely pleased to present our new Orion StarBlast 4.5″ telescope which will be available for individual patron checkout. This is provided to the library through the generous donation of the Friends of Smyth Public Library. We hope you will try it out and enjoy these crystal clear spring skies!

Coming soon:
*Lighthouses in New England with Jeremy D’Entremont; Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 pm

*Yankee Ingenuity: Stories of Headstrong and Resourceful People presented by Jo Radner; Wednesday, May 24, 6 pm


How To Volunteering
Join us for easy, fun and enriching ways you can help your world.
Monday, April 24, 6 pm

How To Advanced Retirement Planning Strategies

Tuesday, April 25 (two available sessions 2:30-4 pm and 6-7:30 pm)

*How to Artisan bread baking (Part II)-come learn to make more bread with Jodi Hedstrom, Thursday, May 11, 6 pm

*How To Gentle Yoga, Wednesday, June 14. 7:30 pm with Pauline Fabiano

If you have a special talent you’d like to share, please see Heidi at the front desk


Free Tax forms and instruction books for 1040/1040A/1040EZ as well as other printable forms.

Check out our “At-a-Glance” and monthly calendar on our website.

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…
4 3 2 1: a novel Auster, Paul
A simple favor: a novel Bell, Darcey,
Unpunished Black, Lisa
Vicious circle: a Joe Pickett novel Box, C. J
Smash cut: [a novel] Brown, Sandra
The devil’s triangle Coulter, Catherine
The cutthroat Cussler, Clive
Lenin’s roller coaster Downing, David
Norse mythology Gaiman, Neil
Good time coming: a novel of the American Civil War Harris, C. S.
Third degree: a novel Iles, Greg
Man overboard: an Ali Reynolds novel Jance, Judith A.
The Orphan’s Tale Jenoff, Pam
Terminal: a Lomax and Biggs mystery Karp, Marshall
Bone box: a Decker/Lazarus novel Kellerman, Faye
Heartbreak Hotel: an Alex Delaware novel Kellerman, Jonathan
The echo of twilight Kinghorn, Judith,
The lost book of the Grail, or, A visitor’s guide to Barchester Cathedral
Lovett, Charles C.
Girl in disguise Macallister, Greer
Freud’s mistress Mack, Karen,
If not for you: a novel Macomber, Debbie
Darkness all around Magee, Doug
The killing bay: a Faroes novel Ould, Chris
Delirious Palmer, Daniel
The black book Patterson, James
Lincoln in the bardo: a novel Saunders, George
Racing the devil: an Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery Todd, Charles
The good at heart Werner, Ursula
In this grave hour: a Maisie Dobbs novel Winspear, Jacqueline
Deep down Harper, Karen
Down river Harper, Karen

New Non-Fiction…

No friends but the mountains: dispatches from the world’s violent highlands
Matloff, Judith,
Blue on blue: an insider’s story of good cops catching bad cops Campisi, Charles,
McGraw-Hill’s Praxis I and II Rozakis, Laurie
The birds of New Hampshire Keith, Allan R.
Mr. Darley’s Arabian: high life, low life, sporting life : a history of racing in twenty-five horses McGrath, Christopher
The $100 startup: reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love, and create a new future Guillebeau, Chris
Online resource: Etsy-preneurship: everything you need to know to turn your handmade hobby into a thriving business Malinak, Jason
How to start a home-based Etsy business Luker, Gina
Book yourself solid: the fastest, easiest, and most reliable system for getting more clients than you can handle even if you hate marketing and selling Port, Michael
As you wish: inconceivable tales from the making of The princess bride Elwes, Cary
Juliet’s answer: one man’s search for love and the elusive cure for heartbreak
Dixon, Glenn
Fodor’s Amsterdam’s 25 best
Ice ghosts: the epic hunt for the lost Franklin expedition Watson, Paul
Agent 110: an American spymaster and the German resistance in WWII Miller, Scott
Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: the mavericks who plotted Hitler’s defeat Milton, Giles
Never quit: from Alaskan wilderness rescues to Afghanistan firefights as an elite special ops PJ Settle, Jimmy
The stranger in the woods: the extraordinary story of the North Pond hermit
Finkel, Michael
Saints and strangers: being the lives of the Pilgrim fathers & their families,
Willison, George F.
Light come shining: the transformations of Bob Dylan McCarron, Andrew
World War II: a photographic history Boyle, David.

New Books on CD…

The art of friendship CD (3): 70 simple rules for making meaningful connections Horchow, Roger.
Does this beach make me look fat?: true stories and confessions CD (5)
Scottoline, Lisa
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis CD (11): [the untold story] Leaming, Barbara
Unpunished CD (7) Black, Lisa
The Cutthroat CD (8) Cussler, Clive
Chose the wrong guy, gave him the wrong finger CD (7) Harbison, Elizabeth M.
Man overboard CD (9) Jance, Judith A.
If not for you: a novel CD (9) Macomber, Debbie
Once a crooked man CD (10): a novel McCallum, David,
Humans, bow down CD (8) Patterson, James
The other woman CD (11) Ryan, Hank Phillippi
Truth be told CD (10) Ryan, Hank Phillippi
The charmed children of Rookskill Castle CD (8) Fox, Janet S.,

New Video…
The fox and the hound and The fox and the hound II DVD 006 [G]
The Rescuers DVD 011 [G]
Allied DVD 1003 [R]
Deepwater horizon DVD 1004 [PG13]
Hacksaw Ridge DVD 1005 [R]
Moonlight DVD 1006 [R]
Sing DVD 1007 [PG]
Now you see me DVD [PG13]

What was Socrates’ favorite thing to mold?
Play dough.

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

“How To” Zendoodle … 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 ongoing 2nd Tuesday of each month
For any questions contact: Laura Briggs 370-7162

Did you Know???
Stieg Larsson said that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was based on what Pippi Longstocking would be like as an adult.

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.

Family Game Nights!!
First Friday of every month at 6:30
Giant Marbles this month!!
Coming up: card games, Giant Yahtzee, dominoes and Quidditch

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

Tip from the front desk
Great Motto: “People First. Great relationships are the key to a happy personal life and a successful career.” Jane Hoffman

Come to our library on Monday, April 24 to explore Volunteering opportunities and join the ‘Kind Cycle’. You can help kick-start a cycle toward a kinder, gentler world. Psychologists call it “the norm of reciprocity.” If you’re nice to someone, they are likely to be the same to you…and to others. Be always on the lookout for simple ways to boost the kind-o-meter or see below for some fun ideas to put to good use today. (excerpt from GH magazine 12/16)

• Recycle, Reuse (earth911.com) Get in the spring-cleaning spirit: Head out to your garage and look for spare lumber and old containers of paint that may be hidden away. Instead of tossing these items, go to earth911.com and plug in your zip code-the site will tell you where to bring the supplies so another person can put them to good use.

• Pick up some Essential Goodness Mixes ($5, kingarthurflour.com)-For each box sold, the company donates a meal to hunger-relief organization Feeding America.

• Drink Wine, Do Good! Each bottle of One Hope Wine sold helps fund a cause specified on its label. (onehopewine.com)

• Spread Warmth-For every pair of comfy cushion Bombas socks you buy, another is donated to a homeless shelter. (bombas.com)

• Bring back the Birdhouse. With breeding season about to start, do your part to help protect local feathered friends. Find one at your local garden store, or make your own by downloading species-specific instructions from birds.cornell.edu/nestinginfo

• Chew for Change. You’ve heard of walking for charity, but chewing? Now you can do just that with Project 7 Chewing Gum (project7.com). Every time you buy a pack of vitamin-infused peppermint-vanilla, fresh-mint, or mango-mint gum, half of your money goes to nonprofits that support one of seven critical issues, from homelessness to the environment. The socially conscious company is eco-minded as well: The gum and 40-percent-recycled packaging are produced domestically.

• For ways to give back in your area, visit (allforgood.org) the volunteer website for the international non-profit organization Points of Light.

• Hit the Road. A car, a valid driver’s license, and a good driving record let you help patients get to doc appointments through the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program.

• Get Crafty. Flex your creative muscles by knitting, crocheting, or sewing blankets or making motivational cards for charities like Project Linus and Cards for Hospitalized Kids.

Heidi Deacon, Director

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

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.

Our art gallery and (locked) glass case is always available for the works of local artists. Just see Heidi at the front desk to display your works

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

Thursday, April 27th, 7:30 pm
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Locks by
Rebecca Skloot
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk


In the Gallery…and case
Work by the students at our very own Moore School
By the display cabinet, Lisa Cote showcases some of the award-winning “Stitch Up the World” knitting creations.

Library Assets…

Brought to you by the Friends of the Smyth Public Library
The Little Free Library is up and running at the CYAA complex – anyone can take advantage!!

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.

Available at the library…
2017 Candia Conservation Calendars-Local scenery featured by Candia’s own talented photographers. ($10 to the Candia Conservation Commission-all proceeds go toward sending a Candia student to Barry Conservation camp)
Candia Walking Tour Guides to Candia Village, East Candia and Meetinghouse Hill ($2 each or $5 for all three to the Heritage Commission)
A Sense of Place: Candia’s Past & Present 1763-2014 A Compilation of Town Tributes, Personal Histories & Cherished Memories in Celebration of the Semiquincentennial ($15 to the Heritage Commission) Water Powered Mill Sites in Candia, New Hampshire ($20 to the Heritage Commission)

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 website!
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Smyth Library

Available only until June 30th
Check our website for passes!!!
All are listed in the “museum passes” tab of the website an can be reserved there

Kids’ Stuff…
Check out our monthly calendar for children on the children’s tab on our website.

Exciting Children’s programs:
Math and Science Club (K-3)
Second and fourth Mondays 4pm
This month, building with Geometry Boards

Art Club (K-5)
First Thursday 3pm

Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)
Second Thursday 3pm
Sorry – no meeting in March

Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.
Want to boost reading confidence?
Monday and Thursday afternoons.
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! In the Children’s Library Room ~ one-on-one with Ms. Gwen and Simon present. (Simon and Gwen Paprocki are certified through Therapy Dogs International) Please sign up if interested.

Children’s Monday Night Sewing Club
Every Monday at 6:30 pm
Registration required; $5 material fee, limited class size.


Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)
-Third Thursday 3pm; Meeting: April 20th (Hour of the Olympics by M. Osborne)

Third & Fourth Grade Book ClubWednesday, April 12th (A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky)

Fifth Grade Book ClubWednesday, April 19th (Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson)

Books for all can be picked up at the front desk

Pajama Story Night
2nd Friday of the Month, 6-7 pm
Join us monthly for a night of storytelling and treats!

Story with Samantha
Thursdays, 10 a.m.
Preschoolers and babies welcomed


Friday, March 10, 6:00 p.m.
we break out our snap circuits! Build exciting projects including computer interfaced experiments and solar cell applications. Build over 175 exciting projects now with lights. All new kits and all ages welcome! Check our Facebook page for some cool snap circuit projects

1000 BOOKS before Kindergarten

Personal memory registers and book bags are available for parents

New Teen Creative Club held on the third Monday of each month at 5 pm.
This month: Stained glass!!
Upcoming months featuring: String Art; Lightbulb art; Poetry and Creative writing; Melted Crayon art

New Teen Book Club (Grades 6-12)
First Monday of every month with free pizza for anyone who signs up.

Family Movie Night
April 28, 6:00 p.m.
“Moana” rated PG

New books for children…

Easter Gibbons, Gail
Tractor Mac, parade’s best Steers, Billy.
This is Black Widow Wong, Clarissa.
This is Falcon Wong, Clarissa.
This is Hawkeye Wong, Clarissa.
This is Hulk Wong, Clarissa.
This is Iron Man Wong, Clarissa.
This is Ant-Man Wyatt, Chris,
5-minute Marvel stories
Max’s Easter surprise
Masters of Spinjitzu West, Tracey
Battle for the bolt badge Whitehill, Simcha.

New books for young adults…
King’s cage Aveyard, Victoria
A lady in disguise Byrd, Sandra
The green man Datlow, Ellen
Firebirds November, Sharyn

New books for juniors…
How to Remember (Almost) Everything Ever: Tips, Tricks and Amazing Things to Discover About Your Memory Eastaway, Rob.
Maria Mitchell: the soul of an astronomer Gormley, Beatrice
LEGO Harry Potter: building the magical world Dowsett, Elizabeth.
Star wars, the clone wars character encyclopedia
882 1/2 amazing answers to your questions about the Titanic Brewster, Hugh.
Mad kings & queens: history’s most famous raving royals Rattle, Alison.
My Name is America: a Revolutionary War patriot — The journal of William Thomas Emerson : Denenberg, Barry
The Metropolitans Goodman, Carol
Big Nate — What’s a little noogie between friends? Peirce, Lincoln
A wind in the door L’Engle, Madeleine
Beauty: a retelling of the story of Beauty & the beast McKinley, Robin
Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure Mull, Brandon
Spirit animals — Book 1, — Wild born / Mull, Brandon
Encyclopedia Brown and the case of the secret pitch Sobol, Donald J
Encyclopedia Brown finds the clues Sobol, Donald J

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
Last month’s question and answer:
Q. Who, according to Agatha Christie was “a detestable, bombastic, tiresome, egocentric little creep”?
A. Hercule Poirot
No winner!

Last month’s non-literary bonus question: After coffee and peanut butter, what is the most recognizable smell (by Americans)?
Crayola Crayons

This Month’s Trivia Question:

What children’s book was written by a famous spy novelist?

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 librarian@smythpl.org
I admit to a rather limited taste in reading materials. I generally eschew science fiction, fantasy and what are euphemistically referred to as “chic books”. I realize this is a deficiency in not only me, but the “From the New and Recent Shelves” section of “The Smythie”.
I may therefore resort to pilfering reviews from Amazon.com for a book at times to widen the breadth of this service. I’d much rather have a contributing reviewer (or twelve). If you’ve read a book you’ve loved, please shoot me a review so we can enjoy a more personal perspective.

Special thanks to Denise Richter for this review…

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Have you ever wanted to leave the world behind and find yourself? Jean Perdu does just that in a unique way in this fictional, international, bestseller by German author Nina George. “Monsieur Perdu” takes his bookstore barge on a journey along the Siene River in France — sparked by an unopened letter that has him in turmoil. After suffering for many years with demons from a lost love, Monsieur Perdu embarks on this journey with his unique gift of choosing remedies in the form of books for his friends, acquaintances, and customers. His travels find him connecting with some interesting and lovable characters as he meanders through France. His heartwarming journey is filled with laughter and tears, anger and happiness, love and loss, but most importantly, peace, as he forms genuine, yet surprisingly unlikely friendships.

More fiction…

For readers of mysteries, we often develop relationships with characters. After so many years, it was wonderful to see Biggs and Lomax again. Somehow Lomax has not yet made it to the stand-up comedy stage, but not for lack of trying.

If you’ve read the others in the series, you’ll remember Biggs and Lomax as LAPD partners who are completely engaging real-life characters. Biggs is the narrator and he’s got a girlfriend after his loving wife died of cancer (it adds real depth to the character) and a family that stars his irrepressible father. The books also have excellent plots that, as this one does, often get personal.

In TERMINAL, Biggs and serious love interest are baby sitting a precocious girl. When her mother is seized by the authorities in China, the plots takes off in two directions. The mystery and the personal, both centering around the little girl.

This is a unique book. It combines an excellent police mystery with a good personal story. The depth and quality of both are rare and unsurpassed. I think Karp has developed into a top writer in this genre. His early books seemed to concentrate on the humor as much as the story line. His novels now have much more depth. This book stands well alone, but readers of its predecessors will be pleased to see the old characters and their continued development.

Non-fiction …

The audacious and inspired history of horse racing told through the bloodline of twenty-five exceptional Arabian steeds.

In 1704 a bankrupt English merchant sent home the colt he had bought from Bedouin tribesmen near the ruins of Palmyra. Thomas Darley hoped this horse might be the ticket to a new life back in Yorkshire. But he turned out to be far more than that, and although Mr. Darley’s Arabian never ran a race, 95% of all thoroughbreds in the world today are descended from him. In this book, for the first time, award-winning racing writer Christopher McGrath traces this extraordinary bloodline through twenty-five generations to our greatest modern racehorse, Frankel.

The story of racing is about man’s relationship with horses, and Mr. Darley’s Arabian also celebrates the men and women who owned, trained and traded the stallions that extended the dynasty. The great Eclipse, for instance, was bred by the Duke who foiled Bonnie Prince Charlie’s invasion (with militia gathered from Wakefield races) and went on to lead the Jockey Club. But he only became a success once bought and raced by a card-sharp and brothel-keeper – the racecourse has always brought high and low life together.

McGrath expertly guides us through three centuries of scandals, adventures and fortunes won and lost: our sporting life offers a fascinating view into our history. With a canvas that extends from the diamond mines of South Africa to the trenches of the Great War, and a cast ranging from Smithfield meat salesmen to the inspiration for Mr Toad, and from legendary jockeys to not one, but two disreputable Princes of Wales (and a very unamused Queen Victoria), Mr. Darley’s Arabian shows us the many faces of the sport of kings. Amazon.com

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Got a book to recommend?
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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
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