Smythie– The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
Volume 8, No.7
God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.-James M. Barrie
IMPORTANT NOTICE (PLEA)
Friends In Need…
Smyth Library Is About to Lose Its Friends!
After almost 15 years at the helm of The Friends of Smyth Public Library, the current officers are moving on. If nobody steps up to take their place, The Friends of Smyth Public Library will be forced to dissolve!
The Friends provide invaluable support to the library. Funding provided by the Friends for essentials, such as a new computer system and furniture, as well as “extras”: special programming and the audio book program, has made our library the special place it is today. Please get involved so the Friends may continue their great contributions to our library!
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Heidi Deacon at the Smyth Public Library (483-8245) or either of the current officers, Pat Larkin at 483-8881 or Wendy Ducharme at 483-5826, before January 1st !
Chris Schadler of Project Coyote
Chris Schadler of Project Coyote is coming to the Smyth Public Library on December 9th at 6:30 pm.
She will speak about the evolution and myths surrounding coyotes, and what they are up to in NH. Including videos and a slide show, as well as Q&A, Chris’s engaging and fascinating talk is sure to be a wonderful time!
NEW Holiday Programs:
Christmas Cookie Swap
Saturday, December 20, 1-2 pm
Requirements: Drop off 4 dozen holiday cookies in a disposable container on Friday 12/19 between 5 and 7 pm and library elves will box up an assortment for you to pick up the next day 12/20 between 1-2 pm. Sign up by December 13 to participate.
HOLIDAY CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:
Santa Claus is Coming to the Library
Friday, December 12, 6:30 pm
(Story night special reading, goodies and photos!)
Saturday, December 20, 2:30-3:30 pm
Requirements: $5 fee and bring your own candies for decorations, and don’t forget your imagination and a smile.
December 13 Sign up deadline (event limited to 12 participants)
Daniel Bennett Group
January 3, Saturday at 8 pm
Held at Candia Congregational Church (1 South Road)
The Daniel Bennett Group was recently nominated as “Best Jazz Group” in the Hot House Magazine NYC Jazz Contest.The Village Voice has this description about our music, “saxophonist Daniel Bennett makes hay with an airy approach that’s buoyant enough to conjure notions of East African guitar riffs and Steve Reich’s pastoral repetition.” The Boston Globe writes, “the Daniel Bennett Group plays a mix of jazz, folk, and trance.” The Daniel Bennett Group just released a new album CLOCKHEAD GOES TO CAMP. The new album was recently featured on NPR’s “Here and Now” show.
(Candia Moore School 8th graders will sell refreshments with proceeds for their Washington, DC trip.)
(Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes
February 5, Thursday at 6:30 pm
The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages; over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the ‘sources’ of Doyle’s works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. But why? Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular?
This presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
Ann McClellan is professor of English and department chair at Plymouth State University where she teaches classes in 19th and 20th century British Literature. She is the author of How British Women Writers Transformed the Campus Novel as well as several national and international articles on writers like Virginia Woolf, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Jeannette Winterson. Her current project is on fan culture and the popularity of Sherlock Holmes.
Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council
These events are free and open to the public. Please call the library for further information at 483-8245. We look forward to hosting and hope to see you there!
What’s Else is New…
New Artwork at the Smyth Library Gallery
Come see the beautiful work of our own Moore school K-8 students on display!
New on our shelves…
The book of secrets: a novel Arnold, Elizabeth Joy.
A man called Ove: a novel Backman, Fredrik
The escape Baldacci, David
Jane and the twelve days of Christmas: being a Jane Austen mystery Barron, Stephanie
The burning room Connelly, Michael
Flesh and blood: a Scarpetta novel Cornwell, Patricia Daniels
Havana storm Cussler, Clive
A.D. 30: a novel Dekker, Ted
The job: a Fox and O’Hare novel Evanovich, Janet
The monogram murders: the new Hercule Poirot mystery Hannah, Sophie
Winter Street Hilderbrand, Elin
The perfect witness Johansen, Iris
Revival: a novel King, Stephen
A light in the wilderness: a novel Kirkpatrick, Jane,
The day of atonement: a novel Liss, David
First impressions: a novel Lovett, Charles C.
Christmas on 4th Street Mallery, Susan
The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe McCall Smith, Alexander
Seven wonders: a novel Mezrich, Ben
The forgers Morrow, Bradford
The ship of brides: a novel Moyes, Jojo
Us: a novel Nicholls, David
Robert B. Parker’s Blind spot Coleman, Reed Farrel
Hope to die Patterson, James
Private India: city on fire Patterson, James
Blue Labyrinth Preston, Douglas J.
The lavender garden: a novel Riley, Lucinda
Blood magick Roberts, Nora
Lila Robinson, Marilynne
The slow regard of silent things Rothfuss, Patrick
Sidney Sheldon’s chasing tomorrow Bagshawe, Tilly
Some luck Smiley, Jane
Pegasus: a novel Steel, Danielle
Station eleven: a novel Mandel, Emily St. John
What’s left behind Thomson, Lorrie,
Nora Webster: a novel Toibin, Colm
Lisette’s list: a novel Vreeland, Susan
The lobster kings: a novel Zentner, Alexi.
The glass cage: automation and us Carr, Nicholas G.,
Deep down dark: the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free Tobar, Héctor
Smoke gets in your eyes: and other lessons from the crematory Doughty, Caitlin.
The Copernicus complex: our cosmic significance in a universe of planets and probabilities Scharf, Caleb A.,
The elements: a visual exploration of every known atom in the universe Gray, Theodore W.
Molecules: the elements and the architecture of everything Gray, Theodore W.
Dr. Mütter’s marvels: a true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine Aptowicz, Cristin O’Keefe
My Gentle Barn: creating a sanctuary where animals heal and children learn to hope Laks, Ellie,
Winslow Homer: his art, his light, his landscapes Little, Carl.
A piano in every room Linde, Rosamond van der,
A slip of the keyboard: collected nonfiction Pratchett, Terry
Elephant Company: the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II Croke, Vicki.
Napoleon: a life Roberts, Andrew
Don’t give up, don’t give in: lessons from an extraordinary life Zamperini, Louis
New Books on CD…
The escape CD (13) Baldacci, David
The burning room CD (8) Connelly, Michael
Havana storm CD (9) Cussler, Clive
A.D. 30 CD (11) Dekker, Ted
The job CD (6) Evanovich, Janet
Gray mountain CD (12) Grisham, John
Hope to die CD (8) Block, Lawrence
Leaving time: a novel CD (12) Picoult, Jodi
Blue labyrinth CD (12) Preston, Douglas
Blended DVD 
Winning London DVD 754 [G]
Green card DVD 755 [PG13]
The legend of Hercules DVD 756 [PG13]
A most wanted man DVD 757 [R]
How to train your dragon 2 DVD 758 [PG]
Shrek forever after: the final chapter DVD SHREK IV
Q. What do you call a woman who can’t stop reading books?
A. Paige Turner.
Events at the 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
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:
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Check website for date and time
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk
Monthly Lego Night!
EVERY third Friday 6:30-7:30
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.
Tip from Heidi at the Circulation desk
Proof: Reading fiction sharpens social insight!
“Sneaking off to finish a novel on your weekend getaway can help you better navigate your fellow traveler’s moods and quirks. A new study in the journal Science found that volunteers who read brief excerpts from award-winning bestsellers achieved higher scores on tests of interpersonal insight and were able to more quickly and accurately determine a person’s thoughts based on a photo, compared with those who read other genres. Psychologists credit the effect to literary stories’ ability to engage readers in understanding characters’ motives and emotions.”
Excerpt from First 8/14/14
Come in for a book and sharpen up your insight.
Did you Know???
John Steinbeck’s puppy ate his original manuscript of Of Mice and Men.
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 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
Ipods and Kindle work!
Order right from our new website!
Arthur C. Clarke
Born on December 16, 1917, in Minehead, England, Arthur C. Clarke established himself as a preeminent science fiction and nonfiction writer during the mid-20th century. He wrote the novels Childhood’s End and 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was also turned into a film with Stanley Kubrick. Clarke authored more than 100 books, and many of his ideas around science had links to future technological innovation. The son of a farmer, he studied at King’s College, London, and worked in scientific research before turning to fiction.He was a radar instructor in World War II, and originated the idea of satellite communication in a scientific article in 1945, decades before they became a reality. He also predicted space shuttles, super-fast computers, lightning quick communications and that man would reach the moon.
His themes were exploration – in both the near and distant future – and the position of humanity in the hierarchy of the universe. His first book was Prelude to Space (1951), and while he is credited with some of the genre’s best examples – Rendezvous with Rama (1973), The Fountains of Paradise (1979) – his name will always be associated first with2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) which, under the direction of Stanley Kubrick, became a highly successful film.
Later works include the sequels to 2001, 2010: Space Odyssey II (1982, film 1984), 2062: Odyssey III (1988), and 3001: the Final Odyssey (1997). Other books include The Garden of Rama (1991) and The Snows of Olympus(1994).Non-fiction publications include Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World (1980, also a TV series) and Arthur C Clarke’s Chronicles of the Strange and Mysterious (1987).
Clarke married in 1953, and was divorced in 1964. He had no children. He was knighted in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth, although poor health prevented him from traveling to London to receive the honor in person.
Clarke had emigrated to Sri Lanka in 1956, drawn by marine diving which he said was as near as he could come to the weightlessness in space. He died on March 19, 2008, in Sri Lanka. He had been suffering from breathing problems, had post-polio syndrome for decades, and used a wheelchair. He was 90 years old. Upon Clarke’s death, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse paid tribute to him as a “great visionary.”
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:
• NEW *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
New Math Clubs Returning in January: 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.
From our Shelves
Not One Damsel in Distress – World Folktales for Strong Girls
Book Review by Julia McKenna
This book is, to put it bluntly, absolutely phenomenal. A collection of folk tales from around the world, Not One Damsel in Distress captures the classic allure of fairy tales with a positive, empowering message to encourage all young girls to pursue their goals. From Atlanta to the Pirate Princess to Nana Miriam, Jane Yolen has collected together some of the most entertaining an imaginative folk tales from around the world. They impart a unique perspective into various cultures, and leave the reader with a new perspective on ethnic identity. They also encourage girls to think of themselves not as the princess in the tower, but as the princess fighting the dragon or outwitting the sorcerer. This book teaches girls the valuable lesson that they can be intelligent and brave, just like the knights in shining armor of yore.
My personal favorite is The Fitcher’s Bird, a classic Grimm fairytale. In the story, Gretchen, the poor daughter of a beggar, rescues her sisters from the grasp of an evil wizard who she outsmarts with her ingenuity and quick thinking. By doing so, she saves their lives, and also rescues her father from the poverty they have been living in. The reader should be warned that the tale does have some more mature themes, such as violence, but overall is an excellent story about an intelligent and creative girl overcoming hardship and evil in order to save her family that she loves. The other tales, such as Mizilca, who cuts off her hair and fights in the place of her father, and Molly Whuppie, who outsmarts a giant and saves her family, reflect on similar themes and make this book an excellent read for the young and young at heart!
New books for children…
Telephone Barnett, Mac
Madame Martine Brannen, Sarah S,
Warning: do not open this book! Lehrhaupt, Adam.
The eye of the whale: a rescue story O’Connell, Jennifer,
The lily cupboard Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey.
Who will carve the turkey this Thanksgiving? Pallotta, Jerry
The message of the birds Westerlund, Kate
Where the sunrise begins Wood, Douglas
New books for juniors…
Malice towards none: Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address Levin, Jack E.,
The Water Castle Blakemore, Megan Frazer
Secrets of Shakespeare’s grave Hicks, Deron R.
Diary of a wimpy kid: the long haul Kinney, Jeff
Flashpoint Korman, Gordon
Rush Revere and the American Revolution: time-travel adventures with exceptional Americans Limbaugh, Rush H.,
An elephant in the garden Morpurgo, Michael
Lost children of the far islands Raabe, Emily.
The blood of Olympus Riordan, Rick
Bright Island Robinson, Mabel Louise,
Sarah Whitcher’s story Yates, Elizabeth
New books for young adults…
Sneak Angler, Evan
Spark Angler, Evan
Storm Angler, Evan
Swipe Angler, Evan
Not one damsel in distress: world folktales for strong girls Yolen, Jane
The headhunter’s daughter Myers, Tamar
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
Last month’s question and answer:
Q. What book was originally banned in America for including an illustration of a topless woman?
A. Where’s Waldo
Lynn Chivers and someone whose name I lost ;(
This Month’s Trivia Question:
Q. Who has been portrayed in film and television more than any human figure from literature (fiction)?
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 email@example.com
This month’s Fiction… historical fiction…
David Liss writes thoughtful historical fiction. His main character has been, in the past, a Jewish Brit named Benjamin Weaver. In this book, The Day of Atonement, Sebastian Foxx, a Weaver protégé, is the main man. Foxx was born in Portugal and he was secreted to England as a boy before the Inquisition could get him. This book is an account of his return to Lisbon to extract revenge. The history lessons are in Portugal of the 1750-60’s and that country’s diabolical Inquisition. The Inquisition in Portugal lasted longer and was worse (according to this book) than the better known Spanish one. The plot is a mystery thriller with lots of twists and turns. This novel is not as good as Liss’ Conspiracy of Paper, which is top of the line historical fiction/mystery, but it is very good.
Operation Shakespeare is one part thriller and five parts education, which works extremely well. In order for the reader to understand the sting, he must understand the huge black market in weapons and military products. Mr. Shiffman supplies this education in an interesting way that never crosses into the pedantic. I spent much of the book shaking my head at what is going on and how America’s technology is being robbed by foe and friend alike. The short answer is there is no answer to the thievery.
The sting itself is the stuff out of a LeCarre novel. Mr. Shiffman does a great job switching tones from the educational to the thriller voices. Neither breaks the stride of the other.
This is a thoroughly readable, scary, education with a thriller sting operation that brings it all together. Highly recommended.
There is one major disappointment with Philip Beard’s Swing. I’m on the board of trustees of my local library and I so wanted to tell them to purchase it, but it is only in e-book. If the NH state library is smart, they will purchase it. It is the best book I have read in quite a while.
The blurb describing the book would lead one to believe that this is a coming of age book. It is not. There is a part that is, but it is more the mapping of a life.
The narrator, Henry, was 11 years old living in Pittsburgh in 1971 when the Pirates went to the World Series, his father left for a younger student and he met John (that’s all in the first pages – no spoiler). He is now a professor and going through all the very natural traumas of adulthood, being a father, a husband, a non-tenured professor and a brother.
Mr. Beard takes the reader back and forth from 1971 to the present and tells his story through the lives of Henry, his wife, his daughter, his new friend and his sister. The way Mr. Beards switches to and fro is magical. It adds force and suspense to the book. Not to be trite, but this is one of those “you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry” books.
Perhaps what is most spectacular about the book is that there is nothing spectacular about the lives. They are people you’d meet in any given day, yet Mr. Beard elevates them to be characters in a book that no one should miss. The writing is terrific. I obviously can’t say enough about it, except: stop reading this and read SWING!
After posting this review on Amazon, the author sent me a note and told me that the book would be published in December. Heidi has assured me that it is on the buy list for the library…don’t miss it.
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