December 2016

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
December, 2016
Volume 10, No.9

Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library
Presque Isle, Maine


Christmas Cookie Swap
Saturday, December 17, 10:30 a.m.

Live Birds of Prey program with Jane Kelly bringing her beautiful owls January 18, 6:30

“How To” Zendoodle
Zendoodling is 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

December 13 at 6:30 pm
“How To” Make Holiday Crafts with Doris and Jesse Mann

January 25, 6 pm “How to” Healthy Aging with Melissa Grenier, LCSW Program Coordinator

More “How to’s” to look forward to:
Wednesday, February 15, 6 pm Valentine Special! How to Chocolate Science with the Mariposa Museum

Tuesday, February 28, 6 pm NH Cultural program with local author and photographer Rebecca Field

Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 pm How to Kombucha, a healthy tea, with Mariah Kimball

Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 pm How to Painting class with Holly Rousseau from the Currier Art Museum

Wednesday, April 12, 6 pm, Raptor Wildlife Program with Maine Center for Wildlife Instructor, Sarah Kern

Also…Coming soon…
Meet the Candidates for Candia Offices
How to CPR/AED Training
Winter telescope stargazing

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

Family Game Nights!!
First Friday of every month at 6:30
January 6
Giant Jenga


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

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…
This was a man: the final volume of the Clifton Chronicles Archer, Jeffrey
No man’s land Baldacci, David
The other Einstein: a novel Benedict, Marie
The mothers: a novel Bennett, Brit
Summer sisters: a novel Blume, Judy
Night school: a Jack Reacher novel Child, Lee
The Sleeping Beauty Killer: an Under Suspicion novel Clark, Mary Higgins
Tug of war Cleverly, Barbara
The spy: a novel Coelho, Paulo
The wrong side of goodbye: a novel Connelly, Michael
Chaos: a Scarpetta novel Cornwell, Patricia Daniels.
Odessa sea Cussler, Clive
Turbo twenty-three: a Stephanie Plum novel Evanovich, Janet
The Mistletoe secret: a novel Evans, Richard Paul
The inheritance Finch, Charles
The whole town’s talking Flagg, Fannie
The serpent’s tale Franklin, Ariana
Victoria: A Novel from the Creator/Writer of the Masterpiece Presentation on PBS Goodwin, Daisy
Under the midnight sun Higashino, Keigo
Winter storms: a novel Hilderbrand, Elin
Faithful: a novel Hoffman, Alice
The chemist: a novel Meyer, Stephenie
Cross the line Patterson, James
The return of Captain John Emmett Speller, Elizabeth
The award: a novel Steel, Danielle
Grace Hammer: [a novel of the Victorian underworld] Stockbridge, Sara,
The Cavendon women Bradford, Barbara Taylor
The children’s crusade [text (large print)] Packer, Ann
Swim back to me Packer, Ann

New Non-Fiction…

Is this thing on? a friendly guide to everything digital for newbies, technophobes, and the kicking & screaming Stokes, Abigail,
Online resource: iPad all-in-one for dummies Muir, Nancy C
Windows 10 for seniors for dummies, 2nd edition Weverka, Peter.

The little free library book Aldrich, Margret,
Love does: discover a secretly incredible life in an ordinary world Goff, Bob.
The Resistible Rise of Benjamin Netanyahu Lochery, Neill.
The thieves of Threadneedle Street: the incredible true story of the American forgers who nearly broke the Bank of England Booth, Nicholas,
6 practice tests for the SAT DeSade, Marquis
Grain brain: the surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar–your brain’s silent killers Perlmutter, David,
Homestead kitchen: stories and recipes from our hearth to yours Kilcher, Eve,
The Savoy operas Sullivan, Arthur,
Eat, pray, love: one woman’s search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia Gilbert, Elizabeth
An unexpected light: travels in Afghanistan Elliot, Jason
The Etruscans: art, architecture, and history Borrelli, Federica.
The unredeemed captive: a family story from early America Demos, John
Kissinger — Volume I, — 1923-1968 : the idealist / Ferguson, Niall

New Books on CD…

This was a man CD (10) Archer, Jeffrey
No man’s land CD (10) Baldacci, David
Night school: a Jack Reacher novel CD (11) Child, Lee
The sleeping beauty killer CD (7) Clark, Mary Higgins
The wrong side of goodbye: a Bosch novel CD (10) Connelly, Michael
Odessa Sea CD (10) Cussler, Clive
Turbo twenty-three: a Stephanie Plum novel CD (5) Evanovich, Janet
Cross the line CD (7) Patterson, James
The award: a novel CD (8) Steel, Danielle

New Video…
Independence day DVD 973 [PG13] — Resurgence /
Star trek DVD 974 [PG13] — Beyond /
Alice through the looking glass DVD 975 [PG]
Finding Dory DVD 976 [PG]
The Wild Life DVD 977 [PG]
Valentine’s Day/New Year’s Eve-Double Feature DVD 978 [PG13]

My father gave me a really cheap dictionary for my birthday.
I couldn’t find the words to thank him.

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???
Hugh Lofting, author of Dr. Doolittle, thought books should have a ‘senile’ category to complement the ‘juvenile’ section.

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
“Read a novel: it’s just what the doctor ordered”
“It’s well-established science that reading boosts vocabulary, sharpens reason and expands intellectual horizons. But the latest round of research on the benefits of literature focuses on how it improves not our IQ, but our EQ. Book lovers profess a deep emotional bond with books, and scientists are increasingly looking to explain just what it is about fiction that improves our mental health.”
Excerpt from Time Magazine November 7, 2016 by Sarah Begley
Come to your library and find help for all life’s vagaries. Here are a few therapeutic titles suggested that we would be happy to provide or help you find something similar in scope.
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins for helping you embrace life
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt for weighing a career change
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin for taking your mother for granted
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin for wishing you had a valentine
Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry for dealing with aging parents
What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt for bereavement
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim for lackluster marriages

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.

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

Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
November 15, 7:30
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

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

In the Gallery…and case
All this month in the glass case: “Stitching Up the World”
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

Library Assets…
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!


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

Downloadable Books!!!!

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

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:
Math and Mischief Club (K-3)
First and Third Monday 4pm
Mad Scientist Club (K-3)
Second and Fourth Monday 4pm
Art Club (K-5)
First Thursday 3pm
Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)
Second Thursday 3pm
“Story Bags and Mystery Bags”
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.


Third and Fourth Grade Book ClubWednesday, December 14 at 3 p.m.– Last Slice of Rainbow
Fifth Grade Book ClubWednesday, December 21st at 3pm – Sadako and Thousand Paper Cranes
Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)Thursday, December 15th at 3pm – Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Cookbook Book ClubFriday, December 16 at 5:30pm – Monkey Pudding and other Dessert Recipes
Sixth-twelve Grade Book ClubMonday, December 5 at 5pm-On the Day I Died

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


Friday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.
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

New Teen Creative Club held on the third Monday of each month at 5 pm.
Nail Art and Mug Cakes
Upcoming months featuring: String Art; Jewelry; Lightbulb art; Poetry and Creative writing; Melted Crayon art

New Six to twelve grade Book Club the first Monday of each month at 5 pm with pizza!
Next month: The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (PG-13)
December 27, 6 p.m.

New Teen Opportunities at Smyth Public Library

We are looking for more teens to participate in the Smyth Library Teen Advisory Group.
The group goal would be to bring suggestions and fresh perspective of our youth to the Smyth Public Library programs. They would meet once per month during the school year and be facilitated by a staff member. The group would present ideas to the Director and would be responsible for creating, initiating, promoting and implementing the programs.
Our goal is to have our youth participate in a variety of workshops, classes and events, for example: Lego night, Teen Crafts, the Middle and High School Book Club, Oration Day/Youth Poetry Slam and/or Teen Yoga. In addition, they could arrange for visiting artist programs in collaboration with our local schools and other institutions.
To apply for membership of the Teen Advisory Group, please email for an application or more information.

New books for children…
A first Bible story book Hoffman, Mary
Signing at school Collins, S. Harold
Will’s words: how William Shakespeare changed the way you talk Sutcliffe, Jane
The Berenstain Bears lessons in love Berenstain, Stan
Santa Mouse, where are you? Brown, Michael
Vidia and the fairy crown Driscoll, Laura.
McBroom’s wonderful one-acre farm: three tall tales Fleischman, Sid
The Snowbelly family of Chillyville Inn Hawkinson, Cheryl
How to be a hero Heide, Florence Parry
The not-so-faraway adventure Larsen, Andrew
The legend of the Christmas tree Osborne, Rick.
Madeline Finn and the library dog Papp, Lisa,
SantaKid Patterson, James
The snow must go on!: a way, way off-broadway adventure Wigand, Molly.
Cinderella: kindness and courage Green, Rico.
Ezra and the pilot Heddle, Jennifer,
Star Wars rebels — Rise of the rebels / Kogge, Michael

New books for young adults…
Serafina and the black cloak Beatty, Robert
How to keep a boy from kissing you Eglington, Tara,
Girl in the blue coat Hesse, Monica,
Shame the stars McCall, Guadalupe Garcia,
Heartless Meyer, Marissa
Replica: Replica — Lyra ; — Gemma / Oliver, Lauren
The almost king Saxon, Lucy
Blood red snow white Sedgwick, Marcus
Days of blood & starlight Taylor, Laini
Faces of the dead Weyn, Suzanne

Young Adult book review…

NERVE, by Jeanne Ryan, review by Nicole Escobar
Would you do anything for the chance at your dream life? Young Vee has always been thought of as cautious, the person who doesn’t want to rock the boat no matter how happy or unhappy that makes her. But when she steps out of her comfort zone to play a game of Nerve (basically Truth or Dare without the Truth), Vee finds that stepping out of what she thought was her comfort zone may really just be stepping into her true self. Paired with the handsome and charming Ian because of their instant chemistry as shown in a steamy kiss and love song serenade within their first few minutes of meeting the challenges get more and more scary and seemingly impossible as the stakes get higher and the prizes get bigger. But when the final challenge and Vee’s chance at a dream she never thought possible finally lands in front of her she is the one asking herself, how far will you go for your dream?
Those of you who have only seen the movie are missing out on a lot of the real motivation that the characters in this story go through. The movie changes many things, instead of a dream of fashion school in New York Vee dreams of being a photographer, and instead of Ian needing to get out of a bad situation where his only fault was being born into the wrong family, he is a prisoner of a game because of some wrong choices he made on his own.
While the movie is all about a game of life or death, the real story is much more complicated. What do you do when the unseen hands of a game know everything about you and exactly where to pull? Unlike in the movie there is no quick and easy fix to stop the fast moving game, because nothing as easy as a movie tied up in a pretty red bow will lead you to believe.

New books for juniors…
Shakespeare retold Nesbit, E. (Edith)
The wolf keepers Broach, Elise
The fire dragon storm Cameron, Anne
Beck and the great berry battle Driscoll, Laura.
The battle of Hackham Heath Flanagan, John
A twist of fate Friedman, Laurie B.,
Alistair Grim’s Odditorium Funaro, Gregory
The Lost Property Office Hannibal, James R,
Lily’s pesky plant Larsen, Kirsten
Foxheart Legrand, Claire
The extra yard: a Home team novel Lupica, Mike
The bicycle spy McDonough, Yona Zeldis
The secret keepers Stewart, Trenton Lee
Addison Cooke and the treasure of the Incas Stokes, Jonathan,
The trouble with Tink Thorpe, Kiki
The adventurer’s guide to successful escapes White, Wade Albert,

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 main elements of what beloved series came from the author’s boarding school experience of lining up in two perfectly straight lines to go anywhere and from his meeting someone who had their appendix removed?

A. Madeline
Lyn Chivers – winner!

This Month’s Trivia Question:

Who was fiction’s first detective?
Bonus: Identify erroneous author in “New on Our Shelves” in this issue.

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, Rick Mitchell, admit to a rather limited taste in reading materials. I generally eschew science fiction, fantasy and what are euphemistically referred to “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 am therefore resorting to pilfering reviews from for a book (at least) a month 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.

Thus the pilfered…

“Intriguing . . . a captivating wartime whodunit.” –Boston Globe

London, 1920. In the aftermath of the Great War and a devastating family tragedy, Laurence Bartram has turned his back on the world. But with a well-timed letter, an old flame manages to draw him back in. Mary Emmett’s brother John—like Laurence, an officer during the war—has apparently killed himself while in the care of a remote veterans’ hospital, and Mary needs to know why.

Aided by his friend Charles—a dauntless gentleman with detective skills cadged from mystery novels—Laurence begins asking difficult questions. What connects a group of war poets, a bitter feud within Emmett’s regiment, and a hidden love affair? Was Emmett’s death really a suicide, or the missing piece in a puzzling series of murders? As veterans tied to Emmett continue to turn up dead, and Laurence is forced to face the darkest corners of his war experiences, his own survival may depend on uncovering the truth.

“An elegant, moving read.” –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Fiction…another old mystery friend

Harlan Coben started his illustrious career with an ex-basketball star turned sports agent turned investigator named Myron Bolitar. Myron had a super-rich friend and super hero like figure, Win Lockwood. They return in Home, and although this book is not as humorous as the first ones were, the quality has improved. Coben never lost his fastball.
In Home Win and Myron are after the kidnappers of two boys kidnapped years ago. One is a relative of Win’s. The mystery starts in London with a bang and the two friends work on both sides of the pond in this taut psychological mystery/thriller.

Historical fiction…

Graham Moore’s Last Days of Night is the fictionalization of the “wars” that Edison entered into with anyone who wanted to challenge his supremacy in “lighting” America. This one concentrates on the battles between George Westinghouse and Edison, the self-proclaimed inventor of the incandescent light bulb. It is told through the voice of a young attorney engaged by Westinghouse to fight the 200+ lawsuits Edison brought against him.
The history in the book and the portrayal of the main characters, including Tesla, is more interesting than the plot, which seems contrived at times. But then again, why wouldn’t a first person narrator give himself top-billing in every scene?

Non-fiction …

The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts is a detailed account of the lengths the trainers of Europe’s finest horses went to protect them from the Nazis in World War II, horses were still essential to the Germans’ war effort. Every one they could find was “drafted” into the war effort. But there was another culture for horses than just work (and food) animals. The Germans tool great pride in their horsemanship, a throwback to when cavalry was all four legged.
Many of the best horses for riding were in occupied Eastern Europe, including the best known (although maybe not the best) Lippanzers.
Ms. Letts traces the efforts of some of the Germans to breed the “perfect the horse” and the lengths the owners and breeders went to protect the best horses.
This is highly recommended for horse lovers. Mere history buffs may find it a bit too much.

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Want to write a blurb?
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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 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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