August 2016

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
August, 2016
Volume 10, No.5


August 13, 10 am-3 pm Check out Smyth Public Library and Friends of Smyth Library booths at Old Home Day-be sure to stop by for a visit and treats (coloring books and gumballs)!

Summer Concert Series
Wednesdays 6:30 pm at the gazebo July 6 through August 24
August 17th- Judy Pancoast “Judy’s Dance Party”
August 24th- Bedford Big Band
We are also extremely pleased to present our new Orion StarBlast 4.5″ telescope which will be available for preview at the Concert Series and also 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 enjoy a wonderful summer of music under the stars here at the library!

for Adults and Teens: Tic-Tac-Read
Pick up your game board at the front desk and complete as many squares as you can between June 15 and August 15. For each four squares in a row you will be entitled to a free ice cream at the Summer Concert Series and also be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for books!
See the children’s area for fun for kids

Exciting new events coming in the Fall!
New First Friday Game Nights
Upcoming features:
Backyard games; Glow in the dark game night; Card games; Giant Jenga; Jacks; Life size Pacman; Marbles; Carnival; Dominoes; Minute to win it; Giant Yahtzee; Quidditch


August 26, 5 pm “Angry Birds” starting with a LIFE SIZE giant version of the Angry Birds game with the movie starting at 6pm.

11th Annual Beatles Night on October 8 at 7pm. With Jack Beard

How to…?

September 14, 6:30 pm “How To” Make Ruffle Scarves with Doris Mann (supplies provided)

September 27, 6 pm “How To” Painting for Parent & Child with Currier Museum Art Center’s Holly Rousseau (supplies provided/please sign up)

October 12, 6:30 pm “How To” Declutter and Downsize with Dave Downs

November 16, 6:30 pm “How To” Preserve Your Heirlooms with Lori Fisher, based on her experience as a museum curator for 15 years.

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

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…
Murder on Brittany shores: a mystery Bannalec, Jean-Luc,
The trouble with goats and sheep: a novel Cannon, Joanna,
Among the wicked: a Kate Burkholder novel Castillo, Linda
First strike Coes, Ben
Old money: a Jake Crosby thriller Cole, Bobby
The graveyard of the Hesperides Davis, Lindsey
Field of Graves. Ellison, J. T
Killer look Fairstein, Linda A.
After the storm Flanagan, Cary
I am no one: a novel Flanery, Patrick,
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies Flint, Eric
A hero of France: a novel Furst, Alan
Falling Green, Jane
Night and day Johansen, Iris
The invoice Karlsson, Jonas,
Everything I don’t remember Khemiri, Jonas Hassen,
The asset: a thriller Kuhn, Shane,
Another one goes tonight: a Peter Diamond investigation Lovesey, Peter
A meal in winter: a novel Mingarelli, Hubert,
The unseen world Moore, Liz
Truly madly guilty Moriarty, Liane
The last one: a novel Oliva, Alexandra,
The trap Raabe, Melanie,
The Baker Street jurors: a mystery Robertson, Michael
The black widow Silva, Daniel
Magic: a novel Steel, Danielle
The wicked boy: the mystery of a Victorian child murderer Summerscale, Kate
The boy in the shadows Vallgren, Carl-Johan,
Throw away girls Vaughan, Jennifer.
All is not forgotten Walker, Wendy,
The woman in cabin 10 Ware, Ruth
Dishonorable intentions Woods, Stuart
Dark matter: a novel Crouch, Blake,

New Non-Fiction…

This is where you belong: the art and science of loving the place you live
Warnick, Melody,
Country driving: a journey through China from farm to factory Hessler, Peter,
If you can keep it: the forgotten promise of American liberty Metaxas, Eric
Code warriors: NSA’s codebreakers and the secret intelligence war against the Soviet Union Budiansky, Stephen,
The Panama papers: the largest financial scandal of modern times
Texas Ranger: the epic life of Frank Hamer, the man who killed Bonnie and Clyde Boessenecker, John,
A good month for murder: the inside story of a homicide squad Wilber, Del Quentin,
Lassoing the sun: a year in America’s national parks Woods, Mark
What the best college students do Bain, Ken,
Modern romance Ansari, Aziz
Unselfie: why empathetic kids succeed in our all-about-me world Borba, Michele,
This is your brain on music: the science of a human obsession Levitin, Daniel J
On trails Moor, Robert
Here comes Exterminator!: the longshot horse, the Great War, and the making of an American hero McGraw, Eliza R. L.,
The names of the stars: a life in the wilds Fromm, Pete,
Lucie Aubrac: the French resistance heroine who outwitted the Gestapo Rees, S
The Nazi Titanic: the incredible untold story of a doomed ship in World War II Watson, Robert P.,
Film cartridge: So close to home: a true story of an American family’s fight for survival during World War II Tougias, Michael
That woman: the life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor Sebba, Anne.
Ghost wars: the secret history of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet invasion to September 10, 2001 Coll, Steve.

New Books on CD…

My story CD (7) Smart, Elizabeth
The caretaker CD (9) Ahmad, A. X.
The bone orchard CD (8) Doiron, Paul
Jade Dragon Mountain: a novel CD(10) Hart, Elsa
Eighth grave after dark CD (8) Jones, Darynda
Dexter by design: a novel CD (9) Lindsay, Jeffry P.
Full measure: a novel CD (8) Parker, T. Jefferson
The black Widow CD (12) Silva, Daniel
Magic: a novel CD (7) Steel, Danielle
Dishonorable intentions CD (7) Woods, Stuart

New Video…
Miracles from Heaven DVD 939 [PG]
Allegiant DVD 940 [PG13]
Batman v Superman: dawn of justice DVD 941 [PG13]
Kung fu panda 3 DVD 942 [PG]
The sixth sense DVD 943 [PG13]
The last castle DVD 944 [R]
Rameses: Wrath of god or man? DVD NF 932
The Kennedys DVD NF 973.9
DVD (6) Wolfson, Richard.

In of thymes Charles Dickens’ kitchen you’d find the best and the worst of thymes.

Events at the Library…

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???
The first book printed in Oxford was a study of the Apostles’ Creed. Its first page carried a misprint: it was dated 1468 rather than 1478.

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.

Tip from the front desk
“Rereading the same book produces new insights because the reader is a different person. Indeed, a good book is very much like a mirror: The glass is the same year after year, but the reflection in it changes over time.”
Christopher B. Nelson, president of St. John’s College, in the Wall Street Journal

“Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” – Carl Sagan

We know that our patrons love spending their summer days soaking up the sun and reading great books! To celebrate your love for the books of summer, drop by Smyth Public Library for those last minute book, audio and movie selections! Are you looking for a suggestion? Ask our staff! We would love to help you find some new literary adventures.
Please continue to follow us online/register for events at For more information on programs call 603-483-8245 or email us at

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


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

Teammates by David Halbertstam
August 25, 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 for all ages

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 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!

Downloadable Books!!!!

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


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.

Check our website for passes!!!
All are listed in the “museum passes” tab of the website an can be reserved there

Kids’ Stuff…

Always hit the “Children” tab on our site for details and to see the newest events and activities for children
Exciting Children’s programs:

Summer Break time for these Children’s Programs which will not be held June-August. But please sign up for next fall if interested:
Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.
Math and Mischief Club at the Library
Sewing Club- Registration required; $5 material fee, limited class size.

Children sign up and join in the fun from July 6-August 17th
August 11th- Animal Athletes- Horses at 10 am
August 17th- Judy Pancoast “Judy’s Dance Party” 6:30 pm
Free prizes for reading! Come in and pick up anytime!

Special Thursday Story Time on September 29 at 10 am with Suzanne Peterson, Lamprey River Advisory Council educator to speak about Turtles complete with Turtle Board and Turtle Trivia.

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


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

1000 BOOKS before Kindergarten
Personal memory registers and book bags are available for parents

Teen/Young Adult “How To” Program starting next month!
Every first Friday of the month from 5:30-6:30 pm
Life Savvy: Life skills for teens and young adults will be starting Friday, September 2nd with Organizing for School: Bullet Journals and more.
More to come this fall including, resume help and basic first aid.
Look for updates as fall rolls in and don’t miss this great opportunity to expand your life savvy.

Teen Creative Club
Coming in the fall…featuring:
Stained Glass; spa & shave supplies, nail art & cake mugs, string art, jewelry; lightbulb art, poetry and creative writing, and melted crayon art.

New books for children…
The best town in the world Baylor, Byrd
Rhio saves the big day Curtin, John
Finding Winnie: the true story of the world’s most famous bear Mattick, Lindsay,
Charlie finds a home: A homeless guinea hen’s journey Vergato, Robin
Shark tooth tale Klein, Abby.
Goody O’Grumpity Brink, Carol
Jalapeno Bagels Wing, Natasha
If you were my bunny McMullan, Kate
Me and my dragon Biedrzycki, David

New books for young adults…
Scrambled eggs at midnight Barkley, Brad.
With malice Cook, Eileen
My lady jane Hand, Cynthia
The novice Matharu, Taran,
Blue lily, lily Blue Stiefvater, Maggie
The Dream Thieves Stiefvater, Maggie
Sweethearts Zarr, Sara

New books for juniors…
The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, Book 2) Black, Holly
The war that saved my life Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
The land of stories: An author’s odyssey Colfer, Chris
The ghostfaces; book 6 Flanagan, John
Scorpion Mountain; book 5 Flanagan, John
Slaves of Socorro; book 4 Flanagan, John
Leapholes Grippando, James

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. The events in which monumental work of fiction all take place on June 16, 1904?
A. James Joyce’s Ulysses
Ray Cresswell, a Winner!!!

This Month’s Trivia Question:
What famous American author signed his early works with the pen name “Josh” before adopting his much more famous one?
From the New and Recent Shelves~
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Fiction…(attention techies)

BOUNTY started with a bang as a great mystery with the cyber world as the backdrop. It turned into a cyber world book with a mystery as a backdrop.

Let me start by saying that although I am not a complete Luddite, I am not a geek. I appreciate the cyber world as the great advancement that it is. I know it has a huge underbelly, but that does not intrigue or interest me. That is my failing – at least where this novel is concerned. If you are really into the dark net and all that entails, I am sure you will love this book. It gets into that world and all its lingo. If, like me, you are not into it, the language became near indecipherable and boring. As far as a mystery/thriller goes, do not count this one as a taut, sparse novel. There is a lot of redundancy. I got the message that the bad guys were doing things no one ever thought was possible by the fourth or fifth time I was told it. I really enjoyed the book for the first half or so while the mystery/thriller was out-weighing the cyber-stuff. The last quarter, in particular, lost that understandable twist every turn of the first couple hundred pages. The ending lacks something as well (unless you count practicing throwing a book against the wall as an asset).

Bottom line is that if you are a techie or a geek (said with respect) this is a great book for you. If you are not and you are looking for a good mystery, this is not for you. Deaver’s latest and greatest, STEEL KISS, embodies all the fears of the cyber world in a more everyday scenario.

More fiction…

Something relatively new to the publishing business is estates of authors sanctioning the continuation of authors’ series. The Parker estate has given Ace Atkins the privilege of continuing Spenser. If you liked Parker’s Spenser, you’ll like Atkins’. He captures the old familiar tone and wonderful dialogue. All the old characters are here in SLOW BURN with a few new ones added to the mix. Quirk is replaced and there’s a new fight brewing with Boston’s new generation of criminal leaders. These will keep the franchise fresh as we are obviously set up for the next one.

The plot of this one is very good. Firebugs are committing arson all over Boston. In a different format, we get their perspective interwoven with Spenser’s sleuthing. The author’s note reveals that it is based upon arsons in Boston in the 1980’s. I wish he had elucidated. Since the bad guys are revealed in the first pages, this is a mystery of how they will be caught, not who are they? Spenser makes a giant mistaken leap, which allows for some fisticuffs (as well as the set-up).

This is typical Spenser fare, which is always good. There is one tell-tale sign that Atkins wrote it and not Parker, though. Parker never allowed Spenser to make a grammatical error. Suddenly he has forgotten the proper use of “I” and “me”.

Non-fiction …coming soon…
I’m a huge fan of RIVER OF DOUBT and DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC. They are spell-binding page turners. HERO OF THE EMPIRE is a very good history, but it is not the captivating yarn of Ms. Millard’s prior books. It is ostensibly the story of Winston Churchill and his heroism in the Boer War. It is more background on the Boer War, Britain’s attitude towards colonialism, British military tactics and Churchill’s unabashed glory-seeking than an account of capture and escape. For all those ingredients it is very good. However, the recipe did not quite work. I felt as if I spent most of the time reading background material rather than “meat”.

That being said, it is a terrific history of all those aspects of the story. Not being conversant with the Boer War, I appreciated learning about it. Not knowing of Churchill’s naked ambition, it was a view of him I had never seen before. The book also shows the beginning of the transformation of Great Britain’s military from the line ’em up and march with dignity to modern warfare. Unfortunately, we do not get to see how the British ultimately beat the Boers who had better arms and tactics while Churchill was in South Africa. His escape and return to England ended the book, so understandably the war story was cut short.

I recommend this book, but not with full endorsement that I recommend RIVER and DESTINY to everyone with even a tangential interest in history.
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