June 2015

Smythie: The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library

June, 2015
Volume 9, No.3

Time for springtime thanks…


Hop To It Gardens
255 Chester Turnpike, Candia, NH
Linda Dimicco, Owner

Many thanks to Dayle Smyrl for her many volunteer hours tending to Edna’s Garden this (and every) spring. We also thank her helpers, Carol West and Ginny Jones as well as the Candia Garden Club for their donation of marigolds. We also thank Gwen and Dave Paprocki for their time We appreciate greatly all the hard work on behalf of the library and in service to the community resulting in beautiful, well-kept gardens and landscaping, enhancing considerably the building and patrons’ visits.


harpHarp Music with Alethea Grant
Friday June 5th, 6:00pm

Join us for a beautiful performance of classical harp music preformed by returning harpist Alethea Grant! Program to include the following works:
Sonata for Harp by Dussek
Contemplation by Renie
Danse Des Lutins by Renie
Sonata for Harp by Hindemith.

birds of preyBirds of Prey with Jane Kelly
Wednesday June 10th, 6:30pm

Jane grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, with the majority of her time spent outdoors. Her father had a big influence on her enthusiasm for nature…taking her fishing, hiking and hunting. His appreciation for birds rubbed off on her.

5 1/2 years ago, between Nov 2nd to January 1st Jane found 10 dead barred owls, all hit by cars on the shoulder of highway 101. She had a heavy heart learning the impact of humans in cars and felt she needed to help advocate for all animals, specializing in raptors. She volunteered at a wildlife center where she started in rehabilitation and eventually worked in education with raptors, mammals and turtles for 3 1/2 years. Yearning to gain more knowledge of raptors, she took up the sport of falconry.

Jane is fortunate to have partnered with Tim and Selvi Lampman, of Veterinary Emergency and Surgery Hospital of Brentwood, NH. Between their amazing team and state of the art hospital, injured birds receive the best care 24-7. Their goal is to provide realistic care in hopes of getting these birds back to mother earth. Jane is honored to be in the presence of these amazing creatures and educate all age groups in making a difference for wildlife.

beesBee Program by Amy Papineau
Wednesday June 24, 7 pm
Sponsored by the Garden Club

Amy Papineau is a Field Specialist in Food & Agriculture with UNH Cooperative Extension, Merrimack County and is Co-Director of the Northern New England Pollinator Habitat Working Group. Amy works with the NH’s agricultural and horticultural industries, providing research-based education and information to help farmers, growers, and others solve problems, make informed decisions, and strengthen businesses while conserving natural resources. Amy is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with degrees in Environmental Horticulture and Plant Biology.

NH is home to hundreds of species of native bees. These bees have a big job – they’re responsible for pollination and reproduction of thousands of plant species in our fields, forests, wetlands, gardens, and farms. Amy Papineau, UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialist, will discuss the roles and importance of native bees in NH’s natural ecosystems and agriculture and will discuss what you can do to support native bees on your property by protecting, creating, and enhancing forage and nesting habitat. Amy will discuss the steps involved in creating perennial wildflower meadows and guidelines for creating bee gardens and nesting sites. As a group, we will build a “bee hotel” to provide nesting habitat for native bees at the Smyth Public Library.

WRITERS!!! See our events at the library section for a new group


New Fiction…
A god in ruins: a novel Atkinson, Kate
Maximus: a novel Black, Richard L.
Flight of the sparrow: a novel of early America Brown, Amy Belding
The forgotten room: a novel Child, Lincoln
Into the fire Couch, Dick
Solitude creek: a Kathryn Dance novel Deaver, Jeffery
Radiant angel Demille, Nelson
Providence rag: a Liam Mulligan novel DeSilva, Bruce
What lies behind Ellison, J. T
Your next breath Johansen, Iris
Dry bones: a Walt Longmire mystery Johnson, Craig
The girl of his dreams: a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery Leon, Donna
The love letters Lewis, Beverly
Water from my heart: a novel Martin, Charles
In plain sight Michaels, Fern
Perfect match Michaels, Fern
Robert B. Parker’s Kickback Atkins, Ace
14th deadly sin Patterson, James
The angel court affair: a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel Perry, Anne
The passing bells Rock, Phillip
Gathering prey Sandford, John
Early warning Smiley, Jane
Sing and other short stories Szczesny, Dan
The guest cottage: a novel T Hayer, Nancy
The ice twins Tremayne, S. K.,

New Non-Fiction…
The road to character Brooks, David
Called: my journey to C.S. Lewis’s house and back again Pemberton, Ryan J.,
Walking on eggshells: navigating the delicate relationship between adult children and their parents Isay, Jane.
Taking charge: what to do if your identity is stolen
Ghost boy: the miraculous escape of a misdiagnosed boy trapped inside his own body Pistorius, Martin
The Wright brothers McCullough, David G.,
Grow all you can eat in 3 square feet Dorling Kindersley, Inc. (COR)
Puppy chow is better than Prozac: the true story of a man and the dog who saved his life Goldstein, Bruce,
Stenciling & embossing greeting cards: 18 quick, creative, unique & easy-to-do projects Barker, Judith,
America’s war: talking about the Civil War and emancipation on their 150th anniversaries
Michelle Obama: a life Slevin, Peter B.,

New Books on CD…
A God in Ruins: a novel CD (14) Atkinson, Kate
Your Next Breath CD (9) Johansen, Iris
Resolution: [a novel] CD (4) Parker, Robert B
Gathering prey: a novel CD (9) Sandford, John
Early warning: a novel CD (15) Smiley, Jane

New Video…
Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day DVD 801 [PG]
Interstellar DVD 802 [PG13]
Labor Day DVD 803 [PG13]
The Monuments Men DVD 804 [PG13]
Sister act DVD 805 [PG]
Facing the giants DVD 806 [PG]
Words by heart DVD 807 [PG]
Paddington DVD 808 [PG]
The best of me DVD 809 [PG13]
The red tent DVD 810 [PG]
American sniper DVD 811 [R]
Wild DVD 812 [R]

monkeyBook dedication: “To my daughter Leonora without whose never-failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time.” – Wodehouse


Writers’ Group
Last 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.

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


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

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
May 21st, 7:30

Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

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 the front desk

‘Tis the season to start a new book club for the summer.
Here are some fun and inspiring ideas to grab your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to you join you for a good read!

Cooking group-choose a fun cookbook and meet over a shared meal.
Travel group-choose a destination, find a book and develop your dream trip together.
Classic group-choose a favorite and reread a timeless treasure and perhaps find a whole new view on the story.
Best sellers group-choose a best seller and find out what all the rage is about.
Music group-choose a musician and discover the life and mind behind the notes.
Family group-choose a comedy to bring the whole family together for a new tradition and forever memory.
(works for bringing far-flung relatives together too!)
New genre group-try a new mystery, science fiction, or romance that you normally would pass on.
History group-study together with your group and unearth new vistas on a world of topics.

There are so many wonderful books to share together!Come to Smyth Public Library and we’ll be happy to help provide all the books you need!

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

Did you Know???scorpian

As well as being a real species of scorpion, a ‘book scorpion’ is someone who is hostile to books or learning; the phrase is first recorded in 1649 in a work by poet Andrew Marvell.

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 Look at our page on Facebook for events and updates about our library!


otterSquam Lakes Natural Science Center

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.

Downloadable Books!!!!
Ipods and Kindle work- order right from our new website! Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Smyth Library!!!


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:

• 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

• BOOK CLUBS -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

Pajama Story Night
2nd Friday of the Month, 6:30 pm
Join us monthly for a night of storytelling and treats!

New Math Clubs Have Returned!

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.

Future Engineers and Builders!!!
Every second Friday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 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

Simon Says Read to Me, Please!

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! Sign up for a fifteen minute time slot between 3:00 & 4:00. Reading is In the Children’s Library Room and is one-on-one with Ms. Gwen and Simon present. Parents and others must wait outside for their reader. The last two minutes can be for meeting and spending time with Simon. Sign-ups start Thursday, February 12th at the front desk. Simon and Gwen Paprocki are certified through Therapy Dogs International.

New Books for Children…
How to surprise a dad Reagan, Jean
Small wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre & his world of insects Smith, Matthew Clark,
The inside story Brodsky, Kathy
My bent tree Brodsky, Kathy
Flying feet: a story of Irish dance / by Anna Marlis Burgard ; illustrated by Leighanne Dees Burgard, Anna Marlis.
The sky painter: Louis Fuertes, bird artist Engle, Margarita
L.L. Bear’s island adventure Rowinski, Kate
The Hedgehog Sheehan, Angela
Batman-Training Bruce Wayne Kowitt, Holly
Who Would Win? Whale vs. Giant squid Pallotta, Jerry
Phineas and Ferb Nothing but trouble Green, John
The Tale of Despereaux No ordinary mouse DiCamillo, Kate
Young Cam Jansen and the Library mystery Adler, David

Once upon a hill An Appalachian Tale Blevins, Wiley
Thomas the Tank Engine, Edward’s Exploit Awdry, W.
The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the white water mystery Berenstain, Stan

New Books for Young Adults…
Temple boys Buxton, J. P.
Seeker Dayton, Arwen.
Taken Henderson, Dee
A heart revealed: a proper romance Kilpack, Josi S.,
Under a painted sky Lee, Stacey,
Vanishing girls Oliver, Lauren

New Books for Juniors…
The island of Dr. Libris Grabenstein, Chris
Wonder at the edge of the world Helget, Nicole Lea,
Crystal keepers Mull, Brandon
Sky Raiders Mull, Brandon
Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger Scieszka, Jon
The hostage prince Yolen, Jane


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. Who created Mary Poppins and how many Mary Poppins books are there?

A. There are eight books written by P.L. Travers and illustrated by Mary Shepard

No winners!

This Month’s Trivia Question:

You’ve got a fifty-fifty shot at this one: Which slipper, left or right, did Cinderella leave behind? Parenthetically, the slipper was originally a fur one until a translation changed it to glass in the 1600’s.

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 to librarian@smythpl.org

Non-fiction …

A HIGHER CALLLike a lot of people, I have read a lot of books no WWII – non-fiction, fiction, personal accounts, dry narratives, the works. This one is unique and stands out among them all.

Shortly put, A Higher Call is the story of an American bomber pilot who was saved – or rather not killed by – a German fighter pilot. That could have been kept a magazine article as it once was. What Mr. Makos has done is turn it into a masterful book. From the individual stories of the two men comes the perspective of pilots during the war. Along with that comes some rather unique insights into the air forces and their effect on the war. Best of all, is the perspective of Franz Stigle, the German pilot. I have never read in a German’s words, what it was like for the German pilots who knew from the African campaign on that not only were they losing, but the loss was inevitable. It was a perspective wonderfully told without emotional effects, just stark reality.

This is not a maudlin book by any means, it is an entertainingly told biography of the two men that brings to light the air war from both sides. Highly, highly recommended (as if you couldn’t tell).

Another great series…

VIPERSA Scourge of Vipers is a wonderful mystery/thriller that is different from the norm in that the narrator is a journalist. Not only is he a journalist, but he is working for a dying newspaper that, at one time, was an excellent paper with journalist ethics and investigative excellence. Liam, a winner of the Pulitzer, is hanging non for his love of the old time journalistic ethos of the paper paper. Although the new publishers do not want any good journalism, he is intent on bringing the story home. He has noble intentions. He plays his connections – including Rhode Island’s governors who also plays him – to get to the story.

So. We have a journalist in what he perceives as a dead industry doing throwback investigation. We get an excellent mystery. Excellent characters with not a cardboard character in sight. He is in love she is maybe not. He wants to do investigative reporting, his publisher, not or maybe.

The story is rife with current issues, including the death of journalism. Liam is a great, real character with personality to blow the doors off this excellent novel. This is fun as well as thought-provoking (about the plight of journalism) and a darn good mystery to boot. This is part of a series, but it stands alone. Even better, I can’t wait for the next installment.

Something different…

PLEASENTCan’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? By Roz Chast

Roz Chast, the author of this book is a cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine. The book is written in the cartoon style. I would not normally read something written this way but it was recommended by a friend so I said I would try it. I am very glad I did. The illustrations are very funny and add to the enjoyment of the book. The book is written as a memoir but it is mostly about the author’s relationship with her elderly parents as they age and eventually die. It certainly is not a funny topic but it is so well written and in such a way that I laughed out loud frequently, which I don’t generally do when I am reading a book. The author is honest about her less than kind feelings at many times and says things that many of us think when we are dealing with our parents but refrain from saying out loud. It is refreshing and once again the way she describes their interactions are very comical.

This book not only makes you laugh but it also makes you seriously think about your relationships with your parents and adult children. She explores a wide range of human emotions when it comes to those family relationships. Perhaps it helps us to think a few more kind thoughts about the people in our families who sometimes frustrate us but we love anyway. ~Review by Lynn Chivers

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