February 2017

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
February, 2017
Volume 10, No.11


Science of chocolate
With the Mariposa Museum
Presented by Melissa Brooks
Wednesday, February 15, 6 pm (Rescheduled to Wednesday, March 8, 6pm)

“Enjoy a Mayan legend about the theft of chocolate from paradise, and take part in a chocolate-making demonstration. While we wait for our home-made chocolate to temper (or crystallize), younger children can create a paper craft illustrating the origins of their favorite chocolate treat, and parents and older kids are invited to learn where the cacao tree grows, how the beans are processed, and what the “organic” and “fair-trade” designations mean in the world of cocoa. Everyone will have an opportunity to taste raw cacao nibs, imagine whether or not they would have enjoyed the original Mayan or Aztec drink, and sample a modern version of Mexican spiced hot chocolate. Kids will leave knowing that chocolate really does grow on trees!”

NH Cultural program with local author and photographer Rebecca Field
Tuesday, February 28, 6 pm
A photographer from the Concord area, Becky has published a book. “Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity,” (Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2015) features her photography, while also including firsthand stories by New Hampshire immigrants of their journeys to resettle here, and an introduction by Maggie Hassan. The book recently won two national awards. The program is an engaging and informative discussion of immigration, refugee and asylum-seekers and the many challenges they face both coming to America and after they arrive.
For more information on the book and project, visit www.DifferentRootsNH.com.

“Meet the Candia Candidates” night
Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 pm
All candidates for local office are invited. Attendees may ask questions of the candidates for contested offices. Come, listen, learn and be an informed voter.

Winter Telescope Stargazing
Tuesday, March 14, 7 pm outdoor guided moon watch weather permitting

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

Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 pm How to Painting class with Holly Rousseau from the Currier Art Museum
In this beginner level painting class for teens and adults, students will begin by exploring Pablo Picasso’s “Woman Seated in a Chair” (on view at the Currier Museum of Art). Led by an Art Center instructor, students will then use this inspiration to create Cubist style portraits in colorful acrylic paints.

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

More “How to’s” to look forward to:

Wednesday, April 12, 6 pm,
Raptor Wildlife Program with Maine Center for Wildlife Instructor, Sarah Kern
Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. “How to” AED and CPR training


Artisan bread baking-Thursday, April 6, 6 pm-come learn to make Italian bread with Jodi Hedstrom

El Camino Trail Walk- visual presentation by local author Christy Day- Wednesday, April 19, 6 pm
Advanced Retirement Planning Strategies; Tuesday, April 25 (two available sessions 2:30-4 pm and 6-7:30 pm)

And coming soon- Free Tax forms and instruction books for 1040/1040A/1040EZ as well as other printable forms.

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
Coming up: card games, Giant Yahtzee, dominoes, marbles and Quidditch

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!!


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

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…
The death of kings: a John Madden mystery Airth, Rennie,
The bear and the nightingale: a novel Arden, Katherine,
The fifth petal: a novel Barry, Brunonia
The sleepwalker: a novel Bohjalian, Chris
Not by sight Breslin, Kate.
Winter’s child Coel, Margaret
The agent runner: a novel Conway, Simon,
The girl before: a novel Delaney, J P,
The river at night Ferencik, Erica,
The dry: a novel Harper, Jane
Different class Harris, Joanne
Conclave Harris, Robert
Relativity Hayes, Antonia
The midnight bell Higgins, Jack
Three years with the rat: a novel Hosking, Jay,
The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel Hurwitz, Gregg
The afterlife of stars Kertes, Joseph,
The signal flame: a novel Krivak, Andrew
Fatal: a novel Lescroart, John T.
Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray: a novel Love, Dorothy
Circles in the Snow: a Bo Tully mystery McManus, Patrick F.
Everything you want me to be: a novel Mejia, Mindy
The girl in green Miller, Derek B
Purgatory road: a novel Parker, Samuel,
Never never Patterson, James
The old man Perry, Thomas
Burning bright Petrie, Nicholas
The Prometheus man: a novel Reardon, Scott,
The second Mrs. Hockaday: a novel Rivers, Susan,
The Ripper’s shadow: a Victorian mystery Rowland, Laura Joh
Two days gone: a Ryan DeMarco mystery Silvis, Randall,
Her every fear: a novel Swanson, Peter,
Ring of fire Taylor, Brad
A study in scarlet women Thomas, Sherry
Remember the lilies Tolsma, Liz
In a dark, dark wood Ware, Ruth
Inferno: a novel — Large Print Brown, Dan
Under the wide and starry sky— Large Print Horan, Nancy
The book of secrets — Large Print Kidman, Fiona

New Non-Fiction…

A man for all markets: from Las Vegas to Wall Street, how I beat the dealer and the market Thorp, Edward O,
Voices of war: stories of service from the home front and the front lines
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: the true story of New York’s City’s greatest female detective and the 1917 missing girl case that captivated a nation Ricca, Brad
Colonial spirits: a toast to our drunken history Grasse, Steven
The glass universe: how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars Sobel, Dava
Eat to live cookbook: 200 delicious nutrient-rich recipes for fast and sustained weight loss, reversing disease, and lifelong health Fuhrman, Joel
The case against sugar Taubes, Gary
Kombucha!: the amazing probiotic tea that cleanses, heals, energizes, and detoxifies Childs, Eric,
Tracing your ancestry: a step-by-step guide to researching your family history Helmbold, F. Wilbur.
A citizen-soldier remembers, 1942-1946 McAvoy, George E.
The big break: the greatest American WWII POW escape story never told
Dando-Collins, Stephen,
The lost city of the Monkey God: a true story Preston, Douglas J.

New Books on CD…

Tripwire CD (12) Child, Lee
The abstinence teacher CD (9) Perrotta, Tom
Camouflage CD (6) Pronzini, Bill
The doomsday key CD (11) Rollins, James
The blue horizon CD (7) Smith, Wilbur A.,
Warlock: a novel of ancient Egypt CD (5) Smith, Wilbur A.,

New Video…
My best friend DVD 989 [G]
Castles in the sky DVD 990 [PG]
The girl on the train DVD 991 [R]
Saving Private Ryan DVD 992 [R]
Pete’s dragon DVD 993 [PG]
The accountant DVD 994 [R]
Inferno DVD 995 [PG13]
A man called Ove DVD 996 [PG13]
Storks DVD 997 [PG]
Journey to the center of the earth DVD 998 [PG]
USS Indianapolis DVD 999 [R]: men of courage
Vaxxed DVD NF 614.523
The pilgrims NF DVD 974.4

What makes “Civil Disobedience” such a great essay?
Thoreau editing.

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
Zendoodling is a creative way to unwind your mind. Zendoodling 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

Did you Know???
Author Thomas Harris gained inspiration for his infamous character Hannibal Lector from a real person, a man named Alfredo Ballí Treviño. Harris met Treviño while interviewing another inmate at Nuevo Leon State Prison.

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.

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

Tip from the front desk
“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”
Lucy Larcom
American poet

Smyth Public Library welcomes you to our NEW 2017 Volunteering series on the last Monday of each month at 6 pm. We want people to discover the happiness that comes when you lend a hand, serve a cause, fill a need, or execute a specific task. One of the best things in life is to share our gifts and skills with others. So come find ways to teach others what you know by tapping into your experiences and skills.

“According to US Census data, the number of volunteers…will increase 50% over the next 13 years from just under 9 million in 2007 to more than 13 million in 2020. 25.8 million people volunteered for formal organizations in the last year, and research shows, a typical volunteer serves 51 hours per year or about one hour per week and are less likely to volunteer out of a sense of duty or obligation and much more likely to volunteer as part of a social interaction. The biggest inducement to volunteer is being asked by a family member or friend.

Through volunteering you can lend your talents and experience to strengthen your community. Retirement can be seen as a second half of life instead of just a time to rest and relax. David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, said, “America’s baby boomers are an untapped resource of extraordinary proportions. They are the largest, healthiest, best-educated generation in history-and they can leave an incredible legacy through service to others.” They’re looking to add deeper meaning to their lives, searching for activities that require more than just lending a helping hand.
Baby boomers are retiring to something instead of from something and to thrive on being part of a movement to make a difference. As activists, they don’t want to sit in a rocking chair but rather in the driver’s seat.”
(excerpt from Checkitout Winter 2017)

We invite you to participate in volunteering in whatever way suits you best. We have numerous opportunities you can participate in as a team or on your own. There are many varied ways to give and serve others but the important thing is how doing good for others helps everyone in our community and world, including you. Come Check it out!

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?

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
February 23, 7:30
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

In the Gallery…and case
Work by local author and photographer Rebecca Field, a photographer from the Concord area. Come see her work published in her book, “Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity”.
By the display cabinet, Lisa Cote showcases some of the award-winning “Stitch Up the World” knitting creations.
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 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!
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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 website!
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Smyth Library


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

Kids’ Stuff…

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

Exciting Children’s programs:
Math and Science Club (K-3)
Second and fourth Mondays 4pm
This month, Lego Math Game

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, February 8 3 p.m.– The White Elephant
Fifth Grade Book ClubWednesday, February 15 at 3pm – Gone Crazy in Alabama
Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)3rd Thursday of every month, 3 p.m. – Knights at Dawn
Books for all can be picked up at the front desk

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


Friday, February 10, 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.
This month: Melted Crayon Art
Upcoming months featuring: String Art; Lightbulb art; Poetry and Creative writing; Melted Crayon art
New Teen Book Club (Grades 6-12)
First Monday of every month with free pizza for anyone who signs up.
Currently Reading: Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

Family Movie Night
February 23, 7:30 p.m.
“Trolls” rated PG

New books for children…
Scholastic’s the magic school bus in the Arctic: a book about heat
One proud penny Siegel, Randy
The top of the world: climbing Mount Everest Jenkins, Steve
When I was little: a four-year-old’s memoir of her youth Curtis, Jamie Lee
A hat for Mrs. Goldman: a story about knitting and love Edwards, Michelle,
Volume, sheet: Hello, Olaf! Posner-Sanchez, Andrea,
The iciest, diciest, scariest sled ride ever! Rule, Rebecca
Wild birds Ryder, Joanne
Cat Heaven Rylant, Cynthia
Brave Irene Steig, William

New books for young adults…
The Faerie Wars Chronicles: Faerie Wars Brennan, Herbie
The Purple Emperor Brennan, Herbie
Ruler of the realm Brennan, Herbie
A sparrow in Terezin Cambron, Kristy.
The conjurer’s riddle Cremer, Andrea R.
The inventor’s secret Cremer, Andrea R.
The turncoat’s gambit Cremer, Andrea R.
The Faery Reel: tales from the Twilight Realm
The book jumper Gläser, Mechthild,
Paper covers rock Hubbard, Jenny
Closer to the heart Lackey, Mercedes
Sleeping freshmen never lie Lubar, David
The outlaws of Sherwood McKinley, Robin
Fade McMann, Lisa
Wake McMann, Lisa
The Sunita experiment Perkins, Mitali.
Dragons from the sea: Denmark and western Frankia A.D. 845 Roberts, Judson.
The road to vengeance: western Frankia spring and summer A.D. 845
Roberts, Judson.
Viking warrior: Denmark A.D. 845 Roberts, Judson.
Carve the mark Roth, Veronica
Love and first sight Sundquist, Josh,
Hacking harvard: a novel Wasserman, Robin
The secret hour Westerfeld, Scott
Touching darkness Westerfeld, Scott
Memoirs of a teenage amnesiac Zevin, Gabrielle

New books for juniors…
100 things guys need to know Zimmerman, William,
Three cups of tea Thomson, Sarah L.
Star Wars, episode I: the visual dictionary Reynolds, David West.
Death on the river of doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Amazon adventure
Seiple, Samantha
The inquisitor’s tale, or, the three magical children and their holy dog
Gidwitz, Adam
The golden specific Grove, S. E
One false note Korman, Gordon
The golden key MacDonald, George
Maddigan’s Fantasia Mahy, Margaret
Wingin’ it with the Wright Brothers Smith, Dona.
Wren to the rescue Smith, Sherwood
Wren’s quest Smith, Sherwood
A traitor among us Van Steenwyk, Elizabeth
The sweetest sound Winston, Sherri,
Wolf Hollow: a novel 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 using our website. We will randomly select the winner from the correct answers and
Last month’s question and answer:
Q. Easy: Who was the modern Prometheus?
A. Frankenstein
Marlene Renfro – winner!

This Month’s Trivia Question:
What author has used the pen name “Busy Body”?

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 librarian@smythpl.org
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 Amazon.com 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.

Excellent fiction…

Derek Miller was a journalist during the Gulf War. What he saw there grabbed his interest. He returned after the Iraq War and The Girl in Green is the result.
In the first war, a British journalist and an American see and experience an atrocity. They return to Iraq years later when the improbable seems to have occurred. That is the layout for a fairly good mystery. But this book is not so much a mystery as a description of the people, tribes, religions and nations of the area and the mess that has been made by the area’s people, tribes, religions and nations.
The book is a good informative mystery without ever getting polemical or preachy. Highly recommended.

Light reading…

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that was written with the author’s tongue so firmly imbedded in his cheek throughout.
Circles in the Snow is the latest in Patrick McManus’ Bo Tulley series. I can assure you that this one stands alone, because I have not read its predecessors. I have put the series on my “beach read” list.
Bo Tulley is the over-educated (art degree) sheriff of the ever-corrupt Bligh County in Idaho. As a matter of fact, the “Bligh Way” means corruption and it was brought to an art form by father and grandfather, the county’s sheriffs before the honest Bo took over.
Very light enjoyable reading.

Non-fiction …

Colonial Spirits by New Hampshire’s own Steven Grasse is a fun informative book. It combines good colonial history about taverns and spirits with recipes. Every town had its tavern (or two) and every tavern had its particular recipe. Mr. Grasse uses the recipes to illustrate his history. This may not be the kind of book that you sit down and read in one sitting, but it is one to share with friends – perhaps over a “tavern cocktail”.

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 librarian@smythpl.org 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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