June 2017

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
June, 2017
Volume 11, No.3


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 5th- Rick Goldin:A Hammer and A Book; Songs About Building and Reading. Rick Goldin’s “A Hammer and A Book” music and puppet program is an upbeat and entertaining family concert that fits in well with the 2017 library summer reading theme “Build a Better World”. It includes songs about books, reading, and libraries, as well as songs about carpenters, tools, lumber, construction vehicles and other building themes. It also features appearances by Rick’s singing animal puppets Henry the Horse, Quackleberry Duck and others. Rick’s children’s concerts feature singing and song-leading of original and familiar songs (with guitar accompaniment), movement songs, child-participation, and lots of silliness and fun for the whole family.

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, ass 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- To Be Announced

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.

We Have Pizza and The Einsteins
The 1st and 2nd place winning teams
In the First Smyth Public Library Trivia Contest

Coming in July…

Lyme Disease and Food Based Healing
July 11, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


How To Gentle Yoga, with Pauline Fabiano
Wednesday, June 14. 7:30 pm

How To Summer Sweets, Flowered Desserts, with Chrystina Moran
Wednesday, June 21. 7:30 pm

How To Volunteering. Join us for easy, fun and enriching ways you can help your world.
Monday, June 26, 6 pm

How To Interview and resume build, with Artie Lynnwood
Tuesday, June 27. 5:30-7:30 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…
The Hollywood daughter: a novel Alcott, Kate
My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry: a novel Backman, Fredrik
Price of duty Brown, Dale
Some rise by sin: a novel Caputo, Philip
New boy Chevalier, Tracy
Full wolf moon: a novel Child, Lincoln
The broken road: a novel Evans, Richard Paul
The Jane Austen Project Flynn, Kathleen A
Into the water Hawkins, Paula,
The baker’s secret: a novel Kiernan, Stephen P
The shadow land: a novel Kostova, Elizabeth
Since we fell: a novel LeHane, Dennis
Black schooner Mason, K.D. ,
Unexpected catch Mason, K.D. ,
Rhett Butler’s people McCaig, Donald
Burntown: a novel McMahon, Jennifer
High stakes Michaels, Fern
The long drop: a novel Mina, Denise
The thirst: a Harry Hole novel Nesbø, Jo,
Robert B. Parker’s Little white lies: a Spenser novel Atkins, Ace
The girl who knew too much Quick, Amanda
The four legendary kingdoms Reilly, Matthew
Come sundown Roberts, Nora
From this day Roberts, Nora
Without warning: a J. B. Collins novel Rosenberg, Joel C
Trajectory Russo, Richard
The frozen hours: a novel of the Korean War Shaara, Jeff
The best of Adam Sharp Simsion, Graeme C.,
Against all odds: a novel Steel, Danielle
Secrets in summer: a novel Thayer, Nancy
House of names: a novel Toibin, Colm
Testimony Turow, Scott
The red hunter Unger, Lisa
The good assassin: a novel Vidich, Paul

New Non-Fiction…

No limits: blow the cap off your capacity Maxwell, John C.,
Hallelujah anyway: rediscovering mercy Lamott, Anne
The book of joy: lasting happiness in a changing world Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho
Everyday heroes: the true story of a lighthouse family Roberts, Seamond Ponsart,
Word by word: the secret life of dictionaries Stamper, Kory,
Hidden figures: the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race Lee Shetterly, Margot.
Home grown pantry: a gardener’s guide to selecting the best varietis & planting the perfect amounts for what you want to eat year-round Pleasant, Barbara,
Great shipwrecks of the Maine coast D’Entremont, Jeremy.
A long way home Brierley, Saroo
My fellow soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans who helped win the Great War Carroll, Andrew,
Desmond Doss: conscientious objector : the story of an unlikely hero
Doss, Frances M.
Young and damned and fair: the life of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII Russell, Gareth
The American spirit: who we are and what we stand for McCullough, David G.,
An invisible thread: the true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny Schroff, Laura

New Books on CD…
Revolution CD (12) Donnelly, Jennifer
Some enchanted evening CD (5) Dodd, Christina
Ghost medicine CD (9) Smith, Andrew
Against all odds: a novel Steel, Danielle
The seduction of the Crimson Rose CD (11) Willig, Lauren
Make lemonade CD (3) Wolff, Virginia Euwer

New Video…
Nixon DVD 063 [R]
The pistol DVD 1019 [G]: the birth of a legend
The Princess of Montpensier DVD 1020 [PG13]
A dog’s purpose DVD 1021 [PG]
The shack DVD 1022 [PG13]
Unleashing Mr. Darcy DVD 884 [PG]
US Navy carriers DVD NF

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

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 … 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

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
Helen Keller, ‘Optimism: An essay’

Be a role model…
“It’s important to pay it forward – and not just because it’s the nice thing to do. Studies show that altruism is key to resilience, and thus good health. People over 55 who volunteered with two or more organizations, for example, had a 44 percent lower chance of dying during the study than non-volunteers, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. When 1,500 adults were surveyed about their early educational experiences, it was found that a majority considered a time when they had been asked to ‘help out’ as essential to building self-esteem and motivation. Decades later, they remembered when a teacher asked them to tutor another student or help pass out the milk. Helping others makes us feel competent, improves our problem-solving abilities, and gives us a larger sense of purpose. All of that translates to more resilience.”
Excerpt from Bounce Back! by Virginia Sole-Smith/March 2017 realsimple.com

Try out our new “Volunteer Your World” ideas at Smyth Public Library. Come to our monthly meeting or check out our website link to find ways you can share your time and skills for the good of others. Here’s a summer holiday idea:

“Give-Back Getaways: Interested in doing good, but can’t find the time in your everyday life? Take a volunteer vacation! Several resorts and organizations offer the chance to give back as you kick back…You choose how much time to donate – hours, days or more – pick your adventure and go.”
Try these:
If you have 2 weeks: The social enterprise arm of the global group WE runs volunteer trips for families, teens and young adults to developing countries. Go and you’ll work alongside locals on project already underway. (metowe.com/trips)
If you have 2 days: Spend it volunteering at Give Kids the World Village, that provides kids with life-threatening illnesses a vacation at zero cost. (universalorlando.com)
If you have 2 hours: Guests at Sandals and Beaches Resorts can sign up for Scholastic Reading Road Trip, an excursion that takes volunteers to a local school to help children with their reading and vocabulary. (islandroutes.com)
Excerpt from GH Real Life kind cycle/May 2017

Did you Know???
The author of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, was one of the writers on the 1990s children’s TV show Clarissa Explains It All.

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, June 29, 7:30 pm
Ordinary Grace
By William Kent Krueger
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk


In the Gallery…and case
Different Roots, Common Dreams
New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity
by Rebecca Fields

Did you Know???
Elvis Presley loved reading comic books as a boy. His favorite hero was Captain Marvel, Jr. It is reputed he got the original inspiration for his jet black hair with the curl hanging down in the middle of his forehead was inspired by Captain Marvel, Jr.

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.

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

Available only until June 30th

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.

Exciting Children’s programs:
Please stay tuned for information on our Summer Reading Program! Sign ups begin June 19th and the Summer reading program is running from July 3rd to August 14th with programs every week!


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

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 Break!!! There will be summer programs every other week starting July 10th including Messy Twister (shaving cream and food coloring), Tie Dye and Paint Slip and Slide!!

Family Movie Night
June 23, 6:00 p.m.
“Smurfs: The Lost Village” rated PG

New books for children…

Can astronauts see me?: space
Can lizards disappear?: reptiles and birds
Did dinosaurs baby-sit?: dinosaurs and prehistoric animals
Do plants eat meat?: plants
Which bug uses a torch?: creepy-crawlies
Who has a trumpet nose?: mammals
Who hid inside a horse?: ancient times
Do rivers ever end?: planet Earth Ganeri, Anita
Signs along the river: learning to read the natural landscape Robertson, Kayo.
I can draw people Gibson, Ray.
LEGO Star Wars character encyclopedia
How much can a bare bear bear?: what are homonyms and homophones?
Cleary, Brian P.,
Bats at the beach Lies, Brian
Bats at the library Lies, Brian
Ben’s Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the battle of Bunker Hill Philbrick, Nathaniel
The creepy computer mystery Levy, Elizabeth
The mystery of the missing dog Levy, Elizabeth

New books for young adults…
Abigale Hall: a novel Forry, Lauren A.,
The vicar’s daughter Kilpack, Josi S.,
The names they gave us Lord, Emery,
Saving the world and other extreme sports Patterson, James
Seeker Rossi, Veronica
The steep & thorny way Winters, Cat

New books for juniors…
Ripley’s believe it or not! curioddities
DOUBLE CROSS: deception techniques in war Janeczko, Paul B
LEGO Ninjago: build your own adventure
Draw cool stuff Sautter, Aaron.
Beach party surf monkey Grabenstein, Chris
Little Nemo’s big new dreams: a TOON graphic
Prisoner of ice and snow Lauren, Ruth,
Camp Half-Blood confidential: your real guide to the demigod training camp Riordan, Rick
The dark prophecy Riordan, Rick
Guys read — Heroes & villains


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. What country’s authors have won the most Nobel Prizes for Literature?
A. France
Clara Carr

This Month’s Trivia Question:
Who coined the word “nerd” and in what book did it first appear?

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…a pair of WWII spy novels

A little bit of “Downton Abbey” meets World War Two spy novel, sets two very different Brits off to solve mysteries. They start when a parachutist falls to his death on Farleigh Place, an aristocrat’s ancestral home. Unbeknownst to him, one of his daughters works at Benchley Park, the famous British decoding camp.
Ben Cresswell, a family friend is assigned to investigate the parachutist’s death. Is he the spy he appears?
A good plot with excellent characters, Rhys Bowen spins a good yarn while being true to the historical context in In Farleigh Field.

William Christie’s A Single Spy is a twist on the normal spy novel. Aleksi Smirnov is an orphan, a thief and a hustler. He gets recruited by the Russian intelligence organization to become embedded in Germany before the Second World War. His primary allegiance is to himself, but that means self-preservation above all.
He is set up as the nephew of a Nazi official. For the next seven years he works gathering intelligence while trying to avoid detection by the Gestapo. His assignments send him into the Middle East and ultimately Tehran where Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt are meeting for the novel’s climax.
This novel moves along well. The plot follows this unique double agent character through the events leading up to the war and well into it.

Non-fiction …or not…?

Okay, I’ll succumb to conventional wisdom and concede that Norse mythology is probably not non-fiction, but this isn’t a novel either.
Neil Gaiman retells the often hilarious stories of Norse mythology. Unlike the Greeks and the Romans, it certainly appears that the Vikings did not take their gods that seriously.
These stories are very entertaining. After all, there is a reason we get Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from these stories.

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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