July 2017

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
July, 2017
Volume 11, No.4


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 www.smythpl.org.

July 12th- Nicole Murphy Murphy has come a long way in a short time. Though she played in her father’s Vermont-based band as a teenager before getting married and moving to New Hampshire, Knox Murphy had for years traveled back to the Green Mountain State to play with her father before family and work obligations took priority. Once she picked up the guitar again, however, all the passion of her youth came flooding back. Performing in public, soon she was strumming and singing with other like-minded individuals at Henderson’s Pickin’ Parlor in Candia.

July 19th- Stan Jr.’s Super Legends Do you remember those good old days when we used to hang out together? Now you can relive those days with these fantastic flashbacks of Great Times, Great Friends, and Great Music! From the sounds of Las Vegas to Country Music, Easy Listening to Old Time Rock ‘n Roll, add a touch of Gospel, Stan Jr. has it all. As the front of a band, a solo entertainer, and a tribute artist, Stan Jr. is known as a dynamic personality and successful crossover act. He fills his performances with comedy, oldies, dance music, modern country, and specialty numbers on the harmonica and fiddle. In 2012, Stan was inducted into the Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame. He continues to record original work plus music by a wide variety of artists in his own style.

July 26th- Jeff Snow-Celtic Music Jeff Snow is a talented multi-instrumentalist who plays the music and tells the stories behind the songs. He plays six and twelve string guitar, autoharp, Celtic Bouzouki & Bodhran.
Jeff also plays the drums and a variety of other percussion instruments. A skilled guitar player, Jeff was featured in the August 2006 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He is also a contributor to the magazine. Jeff has performed for audiences of all ages and in a variety of settings including concert halls, libraries, museums, churches, schools, and private homes. When not singing, playing, or teaching Jeff can often be found on his bicycle, a golf course, or a beach.

August 2nd- Kitt Hollister (acoustic guitar)

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 atwww.judypancoast.com 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.
All seven performing groups are compensated, and all funds must be raised privately. The success of last year’s series was in large part due to the support of local businesses, and to the very generous support from a number of Candia families who were charter members of the Friends of the Summer Concert Series. That’s where you, the listener comes in. If you think that a high-quality, mid-week, outdoor event summer music series on the lawn right here in the middle of Candia is special, and something you’d like to support and see continue, we invite you, your business, or your family to become a Friend of the Summer Music Series by donating just $25 for the entire series of concerts. You will be recognized in our program guide if your donation is received by June 25, but more importantly, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you helped make this year’s event happen! If you feel you can make a more generous donation, it would help us even more. Thanks in advance for your support of this special Candia cultural event. Please indicate how you would like be identified in our program and on the Friends of the Concert Series sign, which is displayed at each concert.


How to Desserts with Christina Moran
Tuesday, July 25, 6 pm

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…
A conspiracy of faith: a Department Q novel Adler-Olsen, Jussi
The purity of vengeance Adler-Olsen, Jussi
Deadliest in show Barritt, Christy.
Here and gone Beck, Haylen,
A dog’s way home Cameron, W. Bruce
No middle name: the complete collected Jack Reacher short stories Child, Lee
Tom Clancy point of contact Maden, Mike
Nighthawk: a novel from the NUMA Files Cussler, Clive
Knife Creek Doiron, Paul
Dangerous minds: a Knight and Moon novel Evanovich, Janet
Same beach, next year: a novel Frank, Dorothea Benton
The book of summer: a novel Gable, Michelle
The little French bistro: a novel George, Nina,
A house among the trees: a novel Glass, Julia
Dying breath Graham, Heather
The Sunshine sisters Green, Jane
Camino Island Grisham, John
Homegoing: a novel Gyasi, Yaa
Threads of suspicion Henderson, Dee
The identicals: a novel Hilderbrand, Elin
Winter stroll: a novel Hilderbrand, Elin
Odd numbers: a Hanne Wilhelmsen novel Holt, Anne
Magpie murders Horowitz, Anthony
You will pay Jackson, Lisa
Just beyond the clouds: a novel Kingsbury, Karen
Love story: a novel Kingsbury, Karen
The silent corner: a novel of suspense Koontz, Dean R.
The Bourne initiative Lustbader, Eric Van
Ginny Moon Ludwig, Benjamin
The last word: a Spellman novel Lutz, Lisa
Daughters of the bride Mallery, Susan
The horse dancer Moyes, Jojo
Bad wolf: a novel Neuhaus, Nele
Murder games Patterson, James
Guilty treasures Phillips, Rachael.
The Alice network: a novel Quinn, Kate
The hand that feeds you Rich, A. J.
The ultimatum Robards, Karen
Truth be told Ryan, Hank Phillippi
The best American short stories 2011: selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines
Kiss Carlo: a novel Trigiani, Adriana
The Templars’ last secret: a Bruno, chief of police novel Walker, Martin
Deceived White, Randy Wayne
Indecent exposure Woods, Stuart

New Non-Fiction…

Option B: facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy Sandberg, Sheryl
Goodbye, things: the new Japanese minimalism Sasaki, Fumio,
The true Jesus: uncovering the divinity of Christ in the gospels Limbaugh, David.
Target: Patton: the plot to assassinate General George S. Patton Wilcox, Robert K.
The Black Hand: the epic war between a brilliant detective and the deadliest secret society in American history Talty, Stephan
Astrophysics for people in a hurry Tyson, Neil deGrasse
A street cat named Bob: and how he saved my life Bowen, James,
Recipes for repair: a 10 week program to combat chronic inflammation and identify food sensitivities Piazza, Gail,
Tips for resumes and interviews: all in one hour Lynnworth, Artie.
The 21 indispensable qualities of a leader: becoming the person others will want to follow Maxwell, John C.,
The hornet’s sting: the amazing untold story of World War II spy Thomas Sneum
Ryan, Mark,
IBM and the Holocaust: the strategic alliance between Nazi Germany and America’s most powerful corporation Black, Edwin
The last mission of the Wham Bam boys: courage, tragedy, and justice in World War II Freeman, Gregory A
Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & lies — The Civil War Fisher, David E

New Books on CD…

Full wolf moon CD (6): a novel Child, Lincoln
Dangerous minds CD (6): a Knight and Moon novel Evanovich, Janet
Camino Island CD (7): a novel Grisham, John
Into the water CD (9): a novel Hawkins, Paula,
Robert B. Parker’s Little white lies CD (6): a Spenser novel Atkins, Ace
Come sundown CD (14) Roberts, Nora
Kiss Carlo CD (13) Trigiani, Adriana
Testimony CD (11) Turow, Scott
Indecent exposure CD (6) Woods, Stuart

New Video…
Beauty and the beast DVD 1023 [PG]
Greater DVD 1024 [PG]
Two by two DVD 1025 [G]: God’s little creatures
Mine DVD 1026 [PG13]
A street cat named Bob DVD 850 [PG]
Hoodwinked DVD 467 [PG13]
Great masters DVD GC 780 (2) — Haydn, his life & music Greenberg, Robert,
The history of ancient Egypt Parts 1-4 DVD GC (4) Brier, Bob,

The book about birds flew off the shelf, but the confused librarian shelved the one about Tesla’s battery under “current events”.

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

July 22 is National Hammock Day!
Book a Little Family Time! You might have to push through a few eye rolls for this, but why not take a virtual family vacation by reading a book together out loud? Pile everyone on the hammock and dig into something adventurous…(excerpt from BHG.com July 2016)
(Excerpt from Real Simple July 2017)
Your first grader needs to maintain her skills, your teen has a date with 1984, and you just want everyone’s brain (including your own) to not become mush by August. “The best way to keep kids deeply connected with books is to read together as a family”, says Pam Allyn, founder of LitWorld and author of What to Read When.

1~Make it an Adventure

Start the summer with a special event. The only rule: Kids get to read whatever they want. And you get snacks.
Try a campout with smores and mystery books, a picnic with trail mix and surprise titles, a slumber party or cook a theme dinner with a matching book.

2~Set up a Family Book Club

Think party-not homework. “There has to be food,” says Kari Riedel, found of the website Bookopolis, which helps kids discover new books recommended by peers (like Yelp for reading). Try pizza night, cookie tasting event or doughnuts with cocoa. And consider your guest list to include grandparents and cousins, even over Skype. Include hands-on activities, act out scenes or google a related video to watch. And everyone comes up with at least one question for the group.

3~Keep Them Motivated

Schedule reading time
Let them choose the books
Use Audiobooks

Come find all your book supplies for the summer here at Smyth Public Library!

Did you Know???
People in India are the world’s biggest readers, spending an average 10.7 hours a week.
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
Coming up: card games, Giant Yahtzee, dominoes and Quidditch

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 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, July 27, 7:30 pm
A Visit from the Goon Squad
By Jennifer Egan
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk


In the Gallery…and case
Cary Flanagan’s Quilts and Pottery

Did you Know 2???
There’s a word for that. In Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means “buying lots of books and then never getting around to reading them.”

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 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.

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

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

ALL Year Long!!!

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!
Monday, July 24th 5pm– Tie Dye Monday
August 7th– Paint Slip and Slide

Family Movie Night

July 28, 6:00 p.m.
“Boss Baby” rated PG

New books for children…
M is for music Krull, Kathleen
Ivy loves to give Blackwood, Freya
Aunt Nina and her nephews and nieces Brandenberg, Franz
Olivia the spy Falconer, Ian
Barbie and the Three Musketeers
Chloe and Maude Boynton, Sandra
Dr. Nicholas is ridiculous! Gutman, Dan
Mayor Hubble is in trouble! Gutman, Dan
Miss Child has gone wild! Gutman, Dan
Miss Kraft is daft! Gutman, Dan
Mr. Burke is berserk! Gutman, Dan
Mr. Harrison is embarrassin’! Gutman, Dan
Mr. Jack is a maniac! Gutman, Dan
Mrs. Lilly is silly! Gutman, Dan
Ms. Beard is weird! Gutman, Dan
Leonardo da Vinci: a nonfiction companion to Monday with a mad genius Osborne, Mary Pope
A perfect time for pandas Osborne, Mary Pope

New books for young adults…
Walkaway: a novel Doctorow, Cory
Thirteen reasons why Asher, Jay
Days to the gallows Basto, Katherine Spada
The passion of Dolssa: a novel Berry, Julie Gardner
Max Cohen-Scali, Sarah,
The carousel painter Miller, Judith
The pearl thief Wein, Elizabeth

New books for juniors…
Draw Really Cool Stuff: Six Books in One! / [Doug DuBosque] DuBosque, D. C.,
Grace Casanova, Mary
El deafo Bell, Cece
The Titanic Mission Gutman, Dan
In over their heads Haddix, Margaret Peterson
At the bottom of the world Nye, Bill
The fight to save Mustangs: Angels Club 3 Vail, Courtney


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 coined the word “nerd” and in what book did it first appear?
A. Dr. Suess in If I Ran the Zoo
No Winner!

This Month’s Trivia Question:
Who was Geoffrey Crayon?

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.

Fiction…an experiment in mysteries…

Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders is an interesting experiment in mystery books. I almost missed the beginning in what I thought was an irrelevant “Editor’s Note”. It is essential to the book. The novel starts as a rather obvious Agatha Christie rip-off/styled mystery that was pretty good. Just as it was getting tired, the book switched gears and voices completely. The editor was back.
The book is divided into halves: the Agatha Christie one and then the editor’s. To be frank, I thought the second part was too long and a bit over the top, but overall the book was interesting and a pretty good mystery(ies).


Ginny Moon, by New Hampshire’s Benjamin Ludwig, hits you in the gut on the first page and keeps on hitting. Based in part upon the Ludwig family’s experience, Ginny Moon is a 14 year old autistic girl adopted after her biological mother’s parental rights were terminated. It is written in Ginny’s voice. This allows the reader to see the trap that is her mind and compared to what is really going on in her life and that is compared to the conceptions of her of those around her.
This is a novel that is not easy reading, but impossible to put down. I assure you that it will stick with you for a long long time.

Non-fiction …

Word by Word is written by an editor of the Merriman Webster Dictionaries and tells, in great detail, how a dictionary is written and all the information contained in it. There is a lot of valuable and interesting information. For instance: did you know that the much maligned “irregardless” really is a word? Or, that the root of “pumpernickel” is “fart goblin”?*
Two cautions. This is not a book you can sit and read cover to cover. Take it in bits and pieces and you may well find yourself skimming parts without losing much. Also, the author is a tad cynical and uses foul language liberally.
*The book uses a lot of footnotes, so I’ll add mine. This is the first time in over ten years of the Smythie, that the word “fart” appears.

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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