March 2015

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

March, 2015
Volume 8, No.10

“Our life is March weather, savage and serene in one hour.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


harpHarpist Alethea Grant
March 5, 6:30

Check out YouTube for videos of Alethea’s classical playing!

Author James Marino
March 10, 7:00

James Marino

James Marino will discuss the authorship and publishing of his debut young adult novel, The Keepers of Mercia.

Marino worked in the marketing department of a Fortune 500 financial company for eight years before attaining a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Fiction Writing from Southern New Hampshire University and joining the English Department there as an adjunct professor. He has a deep appreciation of nature that can be seen in the well-crafted images that punctuate his writing. He resides on Havenhill Farm in New Hampshire with his wife Megan, their son Max, and several furry friends.His book, the Keepers of Mercia, is a YA/Adult fantasy novel with a strong coming-of-age story weaved into a fantastical setting.



    A Touch of Stardust by Alcott, Kate
    First Frost by Allen, Sarah Addison
    The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Berkeley, Anthony,
    A Memory of Violets: a Novel of London’s Flower Sellers by Gaynor, Hazel
    We are Pirates: a Novel by Handler, Daniel.
    Sonoma Rose: an Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Chiaverini, Jennifer
    The Nightingale by Hannah, Kristin
    Esther: Royal Beauty by Hunt, Angela Elwell,
    The Winter Family by Jackman, Clifford.
    Dreaming Spies: a Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by King, Laurie R
    Murder at the Breakers: a Gilded Newport Mystery by Maxwell, Alyssa
    The Winter Sea: a Novel by Morrissey, Di
    The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Quinn, Julia
    The Great Zoo of China by Reilly, Matthew
    Blood Infernal by Rollins, James
    The Scent of Death by Taylor, Andrew,
    A Spool of Blue Thread: a Novel by Tyler, Anne
    Murder at the Brightwell by Weaver, Ashley.
    The Marriage Game: a Novel of Queen Elizabeth I by Weir, Alison
    The Promise by Wiseman, Beth
    The Swimmer by Zander, Joakim,

    we are piratesTouch of Stardustthe swimmer

    30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage Pillemer, Karl A.
    Farming the Woods: an Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests Mudge, Ken,
    How to Slackline!: a Comprehensive Guide to Rigging and Walking Techniques for Tricklines, Longlines, and Highlines Ashburn, Hayley.
    Wide-Open World: How Volunteering Around the Globe Changed One Family’s Lives Forever Marshall, John,
    A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France Richmond Mouillot, Miranda.
    American Warlord: the True Story of a Father and Son Dwyer, Johnny.
    Gateway to Freedom: the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad Foner, Eric

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    Books on CD

    The nightingale CD (14) Hannah, Kristin
    Blood infernal CD (13) Rollins, James
    The first bad man CD (7) July, Miranda
    Obsession in death CD (11) Robb, J.D.

    the nightengale

    The drop DVD 783 [R]
    The book of life DVD 784 [PG]
    Fury DVD 785 [R]
    Flushed away DVD 786 [PG]
    Kung fu hustle DVD 787 [R]
    Dinosaur planet DVD NF 567.9
    Jaws of the Pacific DVD NF 597.31
    Living with tigers DVD NF 599.756
    Nefertiti resurrected DVD NF 932

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PUPIL: Do you have Moby Dick?

LIBRARIAN: Yes, we do.

PUPIL: I thought something smelled fishy in here.


Knitting & Crochet Circle
Third Thursday of the month, 7pm
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.

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

the giver

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

The Giver by Lois Lowry
March 25th, 7:30
Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

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.


Five Habits of Great Students

Lessons from a Top-Ranked STEM School signaled a refreshing return to basics. Habit number one, according to the post’s authors, both teachers at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey? Reading.

“For us, reading is the single most important factor leading to academic achievement,” the teachers wrote in their contribution to the Washington Post’s education-focused blog, The Answer Sheet.
(excerpt from BookLinks November 2014)

It is never too early to encourage a child to love reading, even if he’s a few years away from doing it himself. One key is to make sure that the books you choose to read meet certain simple criteria based on age and stage of development. Here are some guidelines to follow when reading to children:
The best books are picture-perfect, tell simple stories, and focus on the familiar — and the favored.

Choose ones that are about things your children experience every day and books about your children’s obsession du jour will capture (and hold) attention and boost learning.

Did you Know???read in bed

A lubrocubicularist is a person who reads in bed!


Art Wanted!

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 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!


libby museumLibby Museum located in Wolfeboro.

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.

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Smyth Library:

Downloadable Books!!!!

Ipods and Kindle work! Order right from our new website!

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Robert Frost
March 26, 1874- January 29, 1963

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life- it goes on.”


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:

•Sewing Club starts January 5. Mondays at 6:30 pm-signups and fee required

•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

•January 7 BOOK CLUBS restart -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.

Pajama Story Night
2nd Friday of the Month, 6:30 pm

Join us monthly for a night of storytelling and treats!

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.

reading dogSimon Says Read
Third Thursday of the month, 10:15am

Gwen Paprocki brings Simon, her certified reading therapy dog to Storytime for another special session with the kids.

New Books for Children

Winnie: the True Story of the Bear who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Walker, Sally M
Papa is a Poet: a Story about Robert Frost by Bober, Natalie S
One Fine Day: a Radio Play by Van Steenwyk, Elizabeth
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Jenkins, Emily
I, Vivaldi by Shefelman, Janice Jordan,
Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Tillman, Nancy

New Books for Juniors

Trash to Treasure: a Kid’s Upcycling Guide to Crafts by Scheunemann, Pam,
The Cottage in the Woods by Coville, Katherine
To the Frontier by Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody
Masterminds by Korman, Gordon
Sir Walter Raleigh and the Quest for El Dorado by Aronson, Marc
The Foxman by Paulsen, Gary

New Books for Young Adults

The Question of Miracles by Arnold, Elana K.
Captive by Carter, Aimee
Deep Blue by Donnelly, Jennifer
Rogue Wave: a Waterfire Saga Novel by Donnelly, Jennifer
The Honest Truth by Gemeinhart, Dan,
The Keepers of Mercia by Marino, James I
The Teenagers’ Guide to School Outside the Box by Greene, Rebecca,


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. What is Guy Montag’s occupation in Fahrenheit 451?
A. Firefighter

No Winner!

This Month’s Trivia Question:

What famous author took a urinal home from (one of) his favorite bars? He figured he had “spent” away so much there, he owned a part of it.


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

This Month’s Fiction…

posioned chocolatesAnthony Berkeley’s The Poisoned Chocolates Case is something of classic. I saw it referred to in one my new mysteries and I was intrigued. The mention in the new mystery said it was a mystery with six different resolutions. I was intrigued.

The book was written in the 1920’s and takes place a few years after WWI. A club has been formed of amateur sleuths that include a mystery writer, romance novelist, an academic, a trial lawyer and a few more to make six. It is an exclusive club that one has to apply to to join. Their mission is to take a case the police has not solved and solve it. On six consecutive nights, the sleuths reveal their solutions and each one is different.
Besides the mystery and humor, the book is a study in methods used by mystery writers including deduction, sitting back and contemplating from afar and doing additional legwork. Each uses a slightly different method and some develop more information. Mr. Berkeley writes a good deal of it tongue in cheek, subtly lampooning the British parlor mystery.

The results are intriguing and the process very interesting and amusing. The writing is very British early 20th century and times does not flow for the modern reader, but this is definitely worth a few hours of good mystery solving – with the proviso that there is only one right solution, despite six answers.

Non-Fiction Homage

41George W. Bush’s biography of his father, 41, is more an homage than an historical piece. That being said, it is an extremely interesting personal account of a man with a diverse and interesting career. From eastern elite to war hero to oil man to Congressman, diplomat, spy and President, George H. W. Bush’s life is the stuff fiction is made from. His son’s biography is expectedly partisan about his father. It is unexpectedly non-partisan about politics. It also gives an inside view of a president’s life with a perspective only another president could take. This was interesting and very enjoyable.

A Fictional Homage

moriartyEvery fan of Sherlock Holmes worries when faced with a Sherlock adaptation. I was somewhat mollified by the blurb that this one was sanctioned by the Doyle estate. Mr. Horowitz does a great job. In addition to being a homage to Sherlock and his unique skills, he creates a great mystery. Both Sherlock and Moriarty are central players without, for the most part, being there. There is also some humor in the Scotland Yard perspective of Sherlock.

It appears that before his untimely death, Moriarty was approached by the Moriarty of America about joining forces in Britain. A Pinkerton had been chasing the American mastermind and joined forces with a Scotland Yard investigator to find him. After that, “the game was afoot”. Investigator Jones was embarrassed by Sherlock Holmes in a case that had been memorialized by Watson. Since then, he had adopted Holmes’ ways, so teh book included a good amount of deduction.

This is a very good mystery. It captures the flavor of Doyles’ Holmes without giving the reader the feeling that it was a Sherlock rip-off. Highly entertaining and – once again – I am given another reason to return to the original Sherlock. This was a reminder of that excellence.

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 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.