August 2017

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
August, 2017
Volume 11, No.5


Smyth Public Library will present the 7th annual Summer Concert Series on seven consecutive Wednesdays beginning July5th. The series is held at the Candia Pond Park gazebo, behind the library at 55 High Street, and will move to the CYAA field house if it rains. The concerts are free, with funding from theFriends of Smyth Library and the Friends of the Concert Series. The concerts run from 6:30-8pm. Bring a chair or blanket for the lawn, and a hat, as the view is toward the setting sun. Ice cream will be available. Call the library at 483-8245 for updates, or watch our Music page at

August 9th- Judy Pancoast (Summer Reading Program finale) Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program with fun original songs about reading and books, and building a better world with Grammy nominee Judy Pancoast! Visit Judy and learn why she’s one of New England’s favorite children’s entertainers! During this performance, children who participated in the Summer Reading program will receive a free ice cream! Effervescent, eccentric, energetic….all of these words describe Judy Pancoast; a singer, songwriter and recording artist who radiates joy in her music. She crafts clever songs with infectious melodies that delight the young and the young at heart, as evidenced by the 2011 Grammy Award nomination for Best Children’s Album for her one-of-a-kind CD, Weird Things Are Everywhere!
August 16th- Bedford Big Band, a 20+ piece Big Band performing at events ranging from casual to black tie. From outdoor concerts to elegant dinner dances, fund raisers, weddings and anniversary parties — they do it all! Fun and stylish, truly everyone loves Swing and Big Band music! The band’s repertoire includes many of your favorite jazz and Big Band standards, Latin rhythms, waltzes, R&B, as well as some exciting contemporary arrangements that you’re sure to enjoy.

Are taking August off… so review your notes from past ones so you don’t forget everything you learned during the year. You know, like you did in high school.

Upcoming September programs and “How To” nights featuring local skilled artisans:
Tuesday, September 12, 6 pm-Live Birds of Prey outdoor demonstration with Jane Kelly.
Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 pm-“How To” Cooking with Edible Herbs by NH author Liz Babour.
Saturday, September 23, 10 am-“How To” Salad in a Jar with Debby Adair.
Bring your own mason type jar and a few of your favorite toppings. Lettuce will be provided.

If you have a special talent you’d like to share, please see Heidi at the front desk
Check out our “At-a-Glance” and monthly calendar on our website.

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…
The fallen Atkins, Ace
The child Barton, Fiona
Paradise valley Box, C. J
High as the heavens Breslin, Kate.
Down a dark road: a Kate Burkholder novel Castillo, Linda
Tom Clancy’s Op-center: out of the ashes Couch, Dick
The late show Connelly, Michael
A game of ghosts: a Charlie Parker thriller Connolly, John
Dragon teeth: a novel Crichton, Michael
The storm: a novel from the NUMA files Cussler, Clive
The wrecker Cussler, Clive
Deadfall Fairstein, Linda A.
The confusion of languages Fallon, Siobhan
The switch: a novel Finder, Joseph
Seven stones to stand or fall: a collection of Outlander fiction Gabaldon, Diana
Unsub: a novel Gardiner, Meg
Murder most medieval: noble tales of ignoble demises
The almost sisters Jackson, Joshilyn
Look behind you Johansen, Iris
Every last lie Kubica, Mary
The fall: a novel Lescroart, John T.
The China dogs: a thriller Masters, Sam,
A distant view of everything McCall Smith, Alexander
It happens in the dark O’Connell, Carol
Sixkill Parker, Robert B
Where the light falls: a novel of the French Revolution Pataki, Allison.
The Essex Serpent: a novel Perry, Sarah
Murder in Mayfair: an Atlas Catesby mystery Quincy, D. M.
Two nights: a novel Reichs, Kathy
Daring to dream Roberts, Nora
Finding the dream: Dream trilogy Roberts, Nora
Holding the dream Roberts, Nora
Collared Rosenfelt, David
The ministry of utmost happiness: a novel Roy, Arundhati
Final Girls: a novel Sager, Riley,
Mr. Rochester Shoemaker, Sarah,
House of spies Silva, Daniel
The duchess: a novel Steel, Danielle
Use of force: a thriller Thor, Brad
Waking hours Wiehl, Lis W.
A talent for murder: a novel Wilson, Andrew,
The force: a novel Winslow, Don

New Non-Fiction…

Barking up the wrong tree: the surprising science behind why everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong Barker, Eric,
Make your bed: little things that can change your life…and maybe the world McRaven, William H.
The fact of a body: a murder and a memoir Marzano-Lesnevich, Alexandria
10 best gifts for your teen: raising teens with love and understanding Saso, Patt.
The captain class: the hidden force that creates the world’s greatest teams Walker, Sam
You don’t have to say you love me: a memoir Alexie, Sherman
Ruthless river: love and survival by raft on the Amazon’s relentless Madre de Dios FitzGerald, Holly Conklin.
The Jersey brothers: a missing naval officer in the Pacific and his family’s quest to bring him home Freeman, Sally Mott
Churchill and Orwell: the fight for freedom Ricks, Thomas E
Autumn of the Black Snake: the creation of the U.S. Army and the invasion that opened the West Hogeland, William,

New Books on CD…

Paradise valley CD (8): a novel Box, C. J
Heart of the matter CD (4) Giffin, Emily
Murder games: a thriller CD (6) Patterson, James
House of spies CD (11): a novel Silva, Daniel

New Video…
The Zookeeper’s Wife DVD 1027 [PG13]
Before I fall DVD 1028 [PG13]
The Fate of the Furious DVD 1029 [PG13]
The Lost City of Z DVD 1030 [PG13]
The boss baby DVD 1031 [PG]

The book about podiatry used footnotes whereas the book about proctology used endnotes.

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

7 Reasons Slow Reading Is Actually A Good Thing
(by Kerri Jarema; excerpt from ® 2017 Bustle)
“Yes, there are tons of cool things about being a fast reader, most importantly always being able to avoid spoilers, but in fact, reading on the slower side of the spectrum can actually be beneficial for you both mentally and intellectually. So the next time you have flashbacks of learning who died in the latest Harry Potter book before you got to the chapter or are feeling down on yourself for always being the last in the book club to finish the book, check out the seven reasons why you’re reading style is awesome below.”
It Can Help Cut Stress-“One of the benefits of slow reading that was mentioned was a decrease in stress. Reading slowly and engaging with a book means putting away your phone and social media (which has been proven to negatively affect attention span). You can force your mind to focus on only one thing at a time, which can keep you from being mentally bombarded by the entire world inside your phone..which can often contain tons of work emails, social engagements and stressful news.”
It Makes It Easier For You Make Connections-“One of the key advantages to slower reading is its effect on your ability to absorb new information and make connections to other facts. By allowing your brain to slowly absorb the facts of what you’re reading (whether it’s a short article in the newspaper or a long non-fiction book) you are making it easier to connect to the “web of knowledge” you already possess, full of other facts, ideas, memories and, of course, stories you already have in your brain. This way you can make valuable associations between what you already know, and what you’re learning.”
It Helps You Grasp Deeper Truths Within The Narrative-“Similar to making connections to your knowledge, reading slowly helps you pick up on more of the symbolism, foreshadowing, and other literary devices you might be glossing over if you’re reading more quickly. This makes the experience of a book much richer and more engaging.”
It Can Make You Smarter-“According to technology sage Nicholas Carr, our hyperactive online habits are damaging the mental faculties we need to process and understand lengthy textual information. Round-the-clock news feeds leave us hyperlinking from one article to the next, without necessarily engaging fully with any of the content. You might think hopping between tons of different articles every day is doing the opposite, but, in fact, it’s actually keeping us from learning new things and absorbing that information. If you really want to learn more from your reading, slow down.”
It Can Connect You To A Wider Community Of Likeminded Readers-“You might be a natural slow reader, but you’ll be happy to know that a lot of people are adopting the practice specifically to enjoy the many benefits, and the community is growing more vibrant. The continuity of relationships through reading is experienced when we borrow books from friends; when we read long stories to our kids until they fall asleep.”
It Can Be More Entertaining-“We don’t speed watch movies, or skip our way through an hour long TV episode. So, if we can commit to a two hour film or an entire day of binge watching Netflix, why shouldn’t we let ourselves do the same with books? Imagine fast-forwarding to the climax of the latest Marvel film or skipping the newest emotional reveal on your favorite drama. By speed reading books, you’re basically doing just that. And it might have a time and place, but really indulging in the plots of the books you read by slowly absorbing them can actually be way more fun.”
It Might Actually Help You Read More-“It may seem counterintuitive, but by reading more slowly you might actually be able to read more than your speed reading counterpart. Why? In order to read more slowly and intently, you have to set aside actual time to read. Whereas a fast reader might grab 15 minutes on their commute or 30 minutes before they fall asleep at night, a slow reader can make reading a ritual, a commitment, and work their way slowly through more books a month than another reader can squeeze in only here and there.”
Come find all your books at Smyth Public Library to savor and read to your heart’s content!

Did you Know???
Molière died after collapsing on stage while acting in one of his own plays – ironically, he was playing the role of the hypochondriac.

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

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

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.

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

Our art gallery and (locked) glass case are 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, August 24, 7:30 pm
The Art of Fielding
By Chad Harbach
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk


In the Gallery…and case
Special Art Exhibits through the end of August at the Smyth Library Art Gallery:

Come see the beautiful and creative quilting and pottery by Candia author and artist Cary Flanagan.
We also have her new book release, After the Storm, available for checkout now!

Also, by the display cabinet, Lisa Cote showcases some of the award winning ‘Stitching 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 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…
Half price! — 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.

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

Check our website for passes!!!
All are listed in the “museum passes” tab of the website an can be reserved there
Woodman Institute Museum
Dover, NH
Established 1916 To Engage Minds, Ignite Curiosity, and Provoke Thought
(10-5 Wed-Sun/
NE Aqua Museum Pass Will be Available starting September 1st!
New England Aquarium; Central Wharf, Boston MA;

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

July 3 through August 14
Sign up anytime!
Baby—Preschool children-
Stories, games, crafts, music, puppets
During Thursday Story Time 10am
School Age Children (K-6)
Monday, July 17th 4pm- Egg Drop Challenge Monday,
July 24th 4pm- Gratefulness Rocks Monday,
July 31st 4pm- Habitat Building Monday,
August 7th 4pm- Animal Shelter Toys Monday,
August 14th 4pm- Marble Maze


Summer Break!!!
…but not Simon!!
Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.
Want to boost reading confidence?
Monday 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. Call Gwen for more info at 483-8245

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

Second Friday, 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

Summer Reading!
August 14th- Paint Slip and Slide – 5 PM
Summer Break for…

Family Movie Night
Friday August 25th, 6:00 p.m.
“The Lego Batman Movie” rated PG
August Programs: Kids – Bold Type; Adult & Family – Italics.

New books for children…
Seabiscuit vs War Admiral Shehata, Kat.
“The Star Spangled Banner.”
Parachute Parker, Danny,
Dragons love tacos 2: the sequel Rubin, Adam
Bear feels sick Wilson, Karma
Bear’s new friend Wilson, Karma
The golden weapons West, Tracey

New books for young adults…
Beren and Lúthien Tolkien, J. R. R
Ash and quill Caine, Rachel
Paper and Fire Caine, Rachel
Lord of shadows Clare, Cassandra
Once and for all : a novel Dessen, Sarah
Flight risk: a novel Fenn, Jennifer,
Endgame: the calling Frey, James
Sky key: an Endgame novel Frey, James
Maximum Ride: the Manga — 5 / Patterson, James
Count all her bones Henry, April
A court of wings and ruin Maas, Sarah J
Away laughing on a fast camel: even more confessions of Georgia Nicolson Rennison, Louise
Dancing in my nuddy-pants: even further confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Rennison, Louise
Startled by his furry shorts: confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Rennison, Louise
Then he ate my boy entrancers: more mad, marvy confessions of Georgia Nicolson Rennison, Louise

New books for juniors…
Philanthroparties!: a party-planning guide for kids who want to give back Cerone, Lulu,
The unbreakable code Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss,
Billy Baker’s dog won’t stay buried Coffin, M. T.
Check it out– and die! Coffin, M. T.
My teacher’s a bug Coffin, M. T.
The substitute creature Coffin, M. T.
Where have all the parents gone? Coffin, M. T.
Adventures from the Land of stories: the Mother Goose diaries ; and, Queen Red Riding Hood’s guide to royalty Colfer, Chris
The Land of Stories: worlds collide Colfer, Chris
Rise of the Isle of the Lost De la Cruz, Melissa,
Spider-Man presents the Marvel joke book
Restart Korman, Gordon
Heat Lupica, Mike
Nzingha, warrior queen of Matamba McKissack, Patricia
Cats in the city Watson, Tom
Beyond the bright sea Wolk, Lauren

Every month we ask a trivia question. If you know the answer, drop it off at the front desk or e-mail it here. We will randomly select the winner from the correct answers and the
Last month’s question and answer:
Q. Who was Geoffrey Crayon?
A. Washington Irving’s early pen name.
No Winner!

This Month’s Trivia Question:
From “Jeopardy”: This U.S. Poet Laureate is the only writer to win a Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry.

Book Blog

A few words about book reviews on line. For years I was one of Amazon’s reviewers. Although I still write a few (for the free books they send to me), I have stopped. If you, like me, go to Amazon for reviews from real readers, you’ll note that they now only “publish” reviews from “verified purchasers”. If I review a book I took out from the library it no longer gets posted.
There is a good reason for that. Entrepreneurs were charging for good reviews. Writers could pay as little as $3.99 for a five star review. These books were not purchased from Amazon or even read. Amazon’s answer was to go with just reviews written by their customers. The result is that the quality of reviews you find is not nearly as good. Gone are the ones with “41 out of 50 helpful votes”.
But this leads to my second point. I started looking for books on Goodreads. I noticed that all their books, which were also rated on the classic five start basis, were consistently half to a full star lower in score than Amazon.
The answer for this goes to the one star reviews. As a reviewer, I learned that a one star rating immediately got several thumbs downs. Don’t think authors and their friends don’t check out those reviews.
As proof they do, I got several thank yous from authors for good reviews and an argument from a Greek author whose translation I panned. He defended it as being done by his “best English students”.
Bottom line: go to Goodreads. It is a great resource.

Rick Mitchell

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
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 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.

It’s summer, so some beach reading…
Fiction…two old friends

Two old friends and masters of the mystery, Ace Atkins and David Rosenfelt, return with their major characters, Quinn Colson and David Carpenter, respectively. Both series are superb, but very different. Colson is a sheriff in a rough and tumble county in Mississippi, Carpenter is a part-time defense attorney in New Jersey.
The Colson series can be course and profane, which is fitting for the characters and crimes. Carpenter is laugh out loud funny and more “family friendly”.
Like all series, they are better read in order, but COLLARED stands alone well. THE FALLEN is much more of a series and the reader would be well-served to have read the prior episodes. In this case, at least the prior one or two.
Final note: the Carpenter series always features dogs in the mystery.


Knife Creek is also part of a series. This one stars Mike Bowditch, a Maine Fish & Game warden. These books stand-alone just fine.
This one starts with the unique chore for the game warden of shooting wild boars that are beginning to move into Maine and ends up with murder and kidnapping mysteries.
Some of the fun for readers from Candia will be in recognizing the locales. This one is set in southwestern Maine and features the popular Saco River canoe miles starting in New Hampshire.

Non-fiction …

Killers of the Flower Moon is a very interesting account of the murders of several, and probably many members of the Osage tribe in the 1900s. The Osage were some of the wealthiest Americans at that time. Oil had been discovered on the rotten part of Oklahoma that they had been given as a reservation. Every tribe member was paid an oil allowance every year from the oil leases. They were only paid to members of the tribe or were passed by inheritance.
The murders were “investigated” by locals with an interest in the cases and then the Bureau of Investigation that became the FBI. The partially successful investigation in this case helped catapult it into a real bureau.
Mr. Crann infuses a lot of background information into the story, but it all adds to the story. This is an interesting and readable history.

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 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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