December 2017

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
September, 2017
Volume 11, No.6


Tuesday, September 12, 6 pm

Live Birds of Prey
outdoor demonstration with Jane Kelly.

Coming in October!

Annual Friends of the Smyth Library Book Sale
October 21, 9-2 at the Smyth Memorial Building

“How To” Cooking with Edible Herbs
with NH author, Liz Babour
Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 pm

“How To” Salad in a Jar
with Debbie Adair
Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m.
Bring your own mason jar with a few 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…
Blame Abbott, Jeff
Seeing red Brown, Sandra
Meddling kids: a novel Cantero, Edgar,
Beneath copper falls Coble, Colleen
Charlatans Cook, Robin
Rizzoli & Isles: I know a secret : a novel Gerritsen, Tess
Y is for yesterday Grafton, Sue
The last Tudor Gregory, Philippa
The saboteur Gross, Andrew
Summer people Hilderbrand, Elin
Crime scene: a novel Kellerman, Jonathan
Sulfur Springs: a novel Krueger, William Kent
A stranger in the house Lapeła, Shari,
Assassin’s code Larsen, Ward
Any dream will do: a novel Macomber, Debbie
Jessica’s secret Mason, K. D.
The burning girl: a novel Messud, Claire
The Store Patterson, James
Glass houses: a novel Penny, Louise
The diary of Ellen Rimbauer: my life at Rose Red
Sleeping in the ground: an Inspector Banks novel Robinson, Peter
Afterlife Sakey, Marcus
Exposed Scottoline, Lisa
No mortal thing Seymour, Gerald,
The good daughter: a novel Slaughter, Karin
City of masks Sykes, S. D.,
Barely legal: a Herbie Fisher novel Woods, Stuart
A talent for murder: a novel Wilson, Andrew,
The force: a novel Winslow, Don

New Non-Fiction…

The strength switch: how the new science of strength-based parenting can help you and your child flourish Waters, Lea,
The big lie: exposing the Nazi roots of the American Left D’Souza, Dinesh
Parallel worlds: a journey through creation, higher dimensions, and the future of the cosmos Kaku, Michio
At the ends of the earth: a history of the polar regions Mulvaney, Kieran.
Salad perfection cooking class Jeffery, Belinda
Sons and soldiers: the untold story of the Jews who escaped the Nazis and returned with the U.S. army to fight Hitler Henderson, Bruce B.
Castle of the eagles: escape from Mussolini’s Colditz Felton, Mark,
Sisterhood of spies: the women of the OSS McIntosh, Elizabeth P.,
Rescued from ISIS: the gripping true story of how a father saved his son
Bontinck, Dimitri,
Stanton: Lincoln’s war secretary Stahr, Walter,
Legacy: a biography of Moses and Walter Annenberg Ogden, Chris.
Robert Wood Johnson: the gentleman rebel Foster, Lawrence G.,
New Hampshire Guide to Upland Invasive Species

New Books on CD…

The A.B.C. Murders CD (5): a novel Christie, Agatha
The Seven Dials Mystery CD (7): a novel Christie, Agatha
Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? CD (6): a novel Christie, Agatha
Seeing Red CD (12) Brown, Sandra
The last Tudor CD (15) Gregory, Philippa
Any dream will do: a novel CD (8) Macomber, Debbie
Bertie plays the blues CD (9) McCall Smith, Alexander
Love over Scotland CD (12) McCall Smith, Alexander
The unbearable lightness of scones CD (12) McCall Smith, Alexander
Exposed: [a Rosato & DiNunzio novel] CD (8) Scottoline, Lisa
Barely legal CD (6) Woods, Stuart

New Video…
Table 19 DVD 1033 [PG13]
The Case for Christ DVD 1034 (PG)
The Circle DVD 1035 [PG13]
The Hunter’s Prayer DVD 1036 [R]
The Exception DVD 1037 [R]
The LEGO Batman movie DVD 1038 [PG]
Big Little Lies DVD BLL1 [R]

Sure reading a book under a tree is peaceful but imagine how stressful it is for the tree to see a bunch of its dead friends in your hand.
– Kyle Lippert

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

Build a better hometown
Improving where you live can start with the smallest step.

Come share your skills at our Smyth Public Library “How To” Series

Are you a whiz at canning, houseplants or knot tying?
An incredible cook, artist or bird watcher?
The tech-savviest of your friends?
Reach out to your local community and volunteer your TIME and knowledge.
We are always looking for new ‘How To’ presenters at Smyth Public Library.
If you have a skill, we can build a class around it.
Read this if you need any inspiration:

“You’ve thought it before, haven’t you? If you were in charge of your block, your neighborhood, your town, you’d make some serious changes. Here’s the secret: You don’t need to be in a position of power-or have untold amounts of free time-to make a difference. All it takes is the right idea and follow-through. ‘The popular myth is that those who make change reach some big, massive tipping point,’ says Nilofer Merchant, author of The Power of Onlyness. ‘But it’s a myth. Real change makers simply say, ‘I see something that I think matters.’
Once you’ve zeroed in on what matters to you locally, Merchant promises that doing something to improve it isn’t a huge leap. ‘We have to grant ourselves permission to take the first step,’ she says. When you think, ‘What difference could I possibly make?’ you’re trying to imagine 38 steps ahead. Instead, Merchant suggests asking, ‘What is the first thing I could do?’
Think of it as micro-activism. ‘Doing things on a smaller level feels good,’ says Ashley Ford, a New York City essayist whose own micro-activist moment-a tweet encouraging others to pay off kids’ delinquent school lunch accounts-blossomed into a nationwide movement that raised more than $150,000. ‘It makes you feel connected to your home and the people who live around you.’”

Excerpt from RealSimple August 2017, Melanie Mannarino

Heidi Deacon, Director

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.

Did you Know???
H.A. Rey and his wife Margret fled Paris on bicycles with the first manuscript of Curious George in 1940, shortly before the city was taken by Nazis. The manuscript was nearly seized by an official who suspected the Reys were spies, but upon seeing its content, released it back to the couple.

What do pregnant women and apostrophes have in common? They’re prone to contractions.

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

In the Gallery…
Cary Flanagan’s Quilts and Pottery

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, August 26, 7:30 pm
The Martian
By Andy Weir
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk


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.

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 Kindles 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 and can be reserved there
Woodman Institute Museum
Dover, NH

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

Art Club (gr. K-5)-First Thursday every month. First meeting: October 6th

STEM Club (gr. K-2)
Second and fourth Thursday every month. First meeting: October 12th

Children’s Sewing Club
Starts Monday October 2nd at 6:30 pm
Registration required; $5 material fee, limited class size.


Book Clubs (please book up first book at the Smyth Public Library front desk)
Magic Tree House Book Club (gr. K-2)-third Thursday every month first meeting: October 19th Book:

Dear America Book Club (gr. 3-4)-first Wednesday every month first meeting: October 4th Book: Journey to the New World

Fifth Grade Book Club (gr. 5)-second Wednesday every month first meeting: October 11th Book: Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Sixth and Seventh Book Club (gr. 6-7)-third Wednesday every month first meeting: October 19th Book:Schooled by Gordon Korman

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!

Storytime 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

Teen Clubs:
Teen Book club (gr. 8+)-First Monday every month at 5pm first meeting: October 2nd Book: Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh

Teen Creative Club (gr. 8+)– Third Monday every month at 5pm first meeting: October 16th

Family Movie Night
Friday, September 22nd, 6:00 p.m.
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Long Haul” rated PG

New books for children…
Hunter & Stripe and the soccer showdown Elliott, Laura,
Disney Bolt: a read-aloud storybook Marsoli, Lisa Ann,
Life Rylant, Cynthia
Gotta go! Gotta go! Swope, Sam.
Ride, Fly Guy, ride! Arnold, Tedd
What is God like
Panda patrol: caring for a cub Hatkoff, Juliana.
Stuart Little 2: Stuart finds a friend Lakin, Patricia
Bunny trouble Ring, Susan
Ten wriggly wiggly caterpillars Tarbett, Debbie.
Surprise puppy! Walker-Hodge, Judith
New books for young adults…
Into the hurricane Connelly, Neil O.,
The library of fates Khorana, Aditi,
Rutka’s notebook: a voice from the Holocaust Laskier, Rutka,
Carpe diem CD (7) Cornwell, Autumn.
The seeing stone CD (7) Crossley-Holland, Kevin
Finnikin of the rock CD (11) Marchetta, Melina
Sword of the rightful king CD (7): [a novel of King Arthur] Yolen, Jane

New books for juniors…
An illustrated treasury of Scottish mythical creatures Breslin, Theresa,
Science fair: a story of mystery, danger, international suspense, and a very nervous frog Barry, Dave
The Isle of the Lost: a Descendants novel De la Cruz, Melissa,
The list Forde, Patricia,
Ophelia and the marvelous boy Foxlee, Karen
My big fat zombie goldfish: the seaquel O’Hara, Mo,
Prisoner of war Spradlin


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 WINNER
Last month’s question and answer:
Q. From “Jeopardy”: This U.S. Poet Laureate is the only writer to wind a Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry.
A. Robert Penn Warren (fun fact: his grandson was my son’s best man)
No Winner!

This Month’s Trivia Question:
From “Jeopardy”: This author’s less known second middle name was “Balfour”. Who was it?

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.
Overdrive selections…

I received a complimentary copy of COLTER’S JOURNEY, a new book by William W. Johnstone. It was fantastic. Not only was it a western in the classic sense, but it was a heckuva story that was historically accurate. I was pleased that this was the first in a new series.
I was so enamored by the writing and the plot that I went to see who this William W. Johnstone was. Amazon described Johnstone as “a prolific writer”. Boy is he. When I checked further, he had one series with 23 books!
Overdrive (ebooks available through our catalogue) has eight of his novels. If you like westerns or just plain good historical novels, check him out.


A dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent – from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.

It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love – and by hope.
The tale begins with Anjum – who used to be Aftab – unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her – including Musa, sweetheart and ex-sweetheart, lover and ex-lover; their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be and always will be. We meet Tilo’s landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs’ Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi.

As this ravishing, deeply humane novel braids these lives together, it reinvents what a novel can do and can be. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts. Goodreads

Near Non-fiction …

Mark Sullivan’s Beneath A Scarlet Sky is coming soon to your library nearest to you.
Technically, this is fiction. In the author’s note, Mr. Sullivan explains that the story is historically accurate and that he spent three years speaking with and reliving the war years with the book’s main character, Pino Stella.
The action takes place in 1943-1944 on the “Forgotten Front” of WWII – Italy’s mainland. Stella, as a teenager, helped refugees flee to Switzerland and then worked as a spy under the noses of the Nazis.
The book is everything one would expect from a very good war novel, but the fact that all the events are true and were lived by Mr. Stella makes parts heart-stopping.
Sullivan explained that the reason the book is a novel is because of the dialogue he fleshed out and a few other fillers. This was also the technique used by Shaara in his excellent KILLER ANGELS about Gettysburg.
This book is very highly recommended.

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I hope you have enjoyed this edition. Comments, suggestions and, of course, reviews are always welcomed.
Rick Mitchell
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