March 2016

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
March, 2016
Volume 9, No.12


snowSaint Patrick’s Day Celtic Music with Jeff Snow
March 16, 6 pm

These evenings will feature local artisans who will teach and or demonstrate a skill

How to Zendoodle…
March 8, 6 p.m.

Zendoodling is a creative way to unwind your mind. Zen doodling is a form of meditation using ink and paper. mAll supplies provided and it is FREE.Space is limited. Please contact Laura to make sure you have a seat.

Contact: Laura Briggs 370-7162

March Essential Oils with Carrie LeSage

Introduction to Essential Oils
Thursday March 10, 6-7 pm

Come and get your basic introduction to using essential oils to support wellness in your life. We’ll discuss what essential oils are, how they work, and ways to use them. If you have never used them before, you may be surprised how easy they are to incorporate into your life!

Natural Solutions: Top Ten Essential Oils and How to Use Them
Thursday March 17, 6-7 pm

Join us for a class highlighting the basics of essential oils. We’ll talk about what they are, how you can use them to promote wellness, and which ones are most popular (and why). Participants also get a chance to win a free essential oil.

Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils
Thursday March 24, 6-7 pm

As we roll into the new season, find out how you can replace the harsh chemicals in your closet with natural cleaning solutions to leave your home smelling wonderful. We’ll cover the basics of essential oils for natural wellness support and show how they can cleanse and refresh your spring cleaning process!

How To Paint with Holly Rousseau from Currier Museum of Art
March 29, 6 pm

New painting lesson (oil pastel and tempera paint) inspired by “Plowing the Fields” by William Zorach…….Please sign up at front desk to reserve a spot (maximum 15 participants)

How To Grow Hydrangeas with Andi Ross
April 5, 6 pm

Woodturning with Rick Mitchell
May 24, 6:30 p.m.

How To Knit and Crochet with Lisa Cote
June 8, 6:30 pm

How To tips for Resumes and Interviews with Artie Lynnworth
June 29, 6 pm

If you have a special talent you’d like to share, please see Heidi at the front desk


New daily passes now available for the Boston Museum of Science!
Valid for up to 4 people per coupon for $10 per person admission.
Valid only for Exhibit Halls.
Coupon provided free of charge by the Smyth Public Library.


New Fiction…

Cometh the hour Archer, Jeffrey
Agenda 21 Beck, Glenn
The wolves Berenson, Alex
Nelly Dean: a return to Wuthering Heights Case, Alison A.,
Black Rabbit Hall Chase, Eve.
The undoing: a novel Dean, Averil,
A prisoner in Malta Depoy, Phillip
Find her: a novel Gardner, Lisa
The lightkeepers: a novel Geni, Abby
The girls she left behind: a Lizzie Snow novel Graves, Sarah
Back blast Greaney, Mark
The girl in the red coat: a novel Hamer, Kate,
Thin ice: a novel Hannon, Irene
Rules for a knight: the last letter of Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke
Hawke, Ethan
Before the fall Hawley, Noah
The opposite of everyone Jackson, Joshilyn
Breakdown: an Alex Delaware novel Kellerman, Jonathan
The language of secrets Khan, Ausma Zehanat,
A hard, cruel shore: an Alan Lewrie naval adventure Lambdin, Dewey
The tomb: a novel of Martha Landsem, Stephanie,
Violent crimes: an Amanda Jaffe novel Margolin, Phillip
The high mountains of Portugal: a novel Martel, Yann
Runaway May, Peter
Splinter the silence McDermid, Val
Midnight sun Nesb©ı, Jo,
Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack: a novel Knott, Robert
NYPD Red 4 Patterson, James
Forty thieves Perry, Thomas
What she left: a novel Richmond, T. R.
Brotherhood in death Robb, J. D
The song of Hartgrove Hall: a novel Solomons, Natasha
The passenger Tallis, Frank,
No shred of evidence: an inspector Ian Rutledge mystery
Todd, Charles
Only the stones survive Llywelyn, Morgan
On the wings of the morning Bostwick, Marie

New Non-Fiction…

Mind hacking: how to change your mind for good in 21 days
Hargrave, John.
The name of God is mercy: a conversation with Andrea Tornielli; translated from the Italian by Oonagh Stransky
Turn your mate into your soulmate: a practical guide to happily ever after Ford, Arielle.
Zero footprint: the true story of a private military contractor’s covert assignments in Syria, Libya, and the world’s most dangerous places Chase, Simon,
Vargic’s miscellany of curious maps: mapping the modern world Vargic, Martin,
Primal endurance: revolutionize your training approach to drop excess body fat, manage stress, preserve health, and go a lot faster!
Sisson, Mark
The gluten connection: how gluten sensitivity may be sabotaging your health– and what you can do to take control now Lieberman, Shari.
The complete idiot’s guide to solar power for your home Ramsey, Dan,
Angels of the underground: the American women who resisted the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II Kaminski, Theresa,
The train to Crystal City: FDR’s secret prisoner exchange program and America’s only family internment camp during World War II
Russell, Jan Jarboe,
Lincoln’s boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the war for Lincoln’s image Zeitz, Joshua
Rock Climb! Long, John
Climbing Anchors Long, John
Come and see: A photojournalist’s journey into the world of Mother Teresa Schaefer, Linda

New Books on CD…

Cometh the Hour CD (10) Archer, Jeffrey
Tom Clancy Commander in chief CD (17) Greaney, Mark
Z: a novel of of Zelda Fitzgerald CD (10) Fowler, Therese Anne
Find her: a novel CD (10) Gardner, Lisa
Breakdown: an Alex Delaware novel CD (10) Kellerman, Jonathan
Midnight sun CD (5) Nesbø, Jo,
Brotherhood in death CD (11) Robb, J. D
The same sweet girls CD (5) King, Cassandra
Adam Canfield of the slash CD (5) Winerip, Michael

New Video…

Hotel Transylvania 2 DVD 898 [PG]
Woodlawn DVD 899 [PG]
The last witch hunter DVD 900 [PG13]
Spectre DVD 901 [PG13]
War of the worlds DVD 902 [PG13]
Steve Jobs DVD 903 [R]
The good dinosaur DVD 904 [PG]


Yesterday, a book fell on my head. I only have my shelf to blame!


¿Habla usted español?
Please join us for ¡Hablemos! FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH 6pm
¿Quién? Anyone who has learned some Spanish and wants to use it, not lose it
Hispanohablantes son bienvenidos también.
(Native speakers are welcome too)
¿Por qué? To meet other Spanish language lovers and enjoy some casual Spanish conversation
This is an opportunity to practice speaking and hearing Spanish to improve overall skills.
Consider bringing something to show the group (photos etc.) to stimulate discussion.
Please note, this is not a “Learn Spanish” class. This is for anyone who knows some Spanish and wants to practice.

Coloring Night
All ages, all supplies provided
Fridays 6-7 pm
Plus, packets available to use anytime we are open and you feel the urge

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

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.


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

There is the Thursday evening group:

State of Wonders by Ann Patchett
March 23, 7:30
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk


First meeting of this group will be Saturday, March 12 at noon.

THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir
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.

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

Did you Know???
The real Alice in Wonderland, was named Alice Lindell. Her family was friends with the author and he penned the story for her when she was 10.

Library Assets…

Our art gallery is always available for the works of local artists. Just see Heidi at the front desk to display your works

Tip From the Front Desk

What to do when you’re too stressed:
When you’re so frazzled that you can barely see straight, let alone deal with one more crisis, that’s a sign that you’ve been tense for too long, and that your stress is on the verge of morphing from the run-of-the-mill variety into the toxic kind. Here are proven ways to break the stress cycle:

Crack Open a Good Book!
Fiction, nonfiction-no matter. People who consider themselves regular for-pleasure readers report less stress than do nonreaders, and they’re also better equipped to cope with difficult situations, according to a 2015 study from the University of Liverpool, in the United Kingdom. Researchers believe that books allow you to “live” through more experiences, which gives you perspective about your own life.

Use Stress to Learn!
Under pressure? That’s the best time to take a break and work on your backhand or practice the piano (or finish that large nonfiction volume). “Stress helps the procedural-learning area of your brain-the part you use to hone skills that require repetitive practice,” says Shawn W. Ell, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at the University of Maine, in Orono. At the same time, losing yourself in an activity that you enjoy can lower your blood pressure, which will make you feel-you guessed it-less stressed.
Excerpt from January 2016

Read, relax, enjoy and come to Smyth Public Library to destress!

Heidi Deacon, Director

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!
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Downloadable Books!!!!
Ipods and Kindle work
Order right from our new 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

Did you know#2?
People in Iceland read more books per capita than in any other country.

Always hit the “Children” tab on our site for details and to see the newest events and activities for children

Exciting 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

Pajama Story Night
2nd Friday of the Month, 6-7 pm
Join us monthly for a night of storytelling and treats!

New Math Clubs
K-3rd grade
Mondays, 4-5 p.m.

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

3rd and 4th Grade BOOKCLUB!!
First Wednesday of the month, 3-4

3rd and 4th Grade BOOKCLUB!!
First Wednesday of the month, 6-7 (free pizza)

Mondays at 6:30 pm with Pattie- Sign up; $5 material fee, limited class size.

Read to Simon now at regular times…
Mondays 4-5 p.m.

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…

Beatrix Potter and the unfortunate tale of a borrowed guinea pig Hopkinson, Deborah
Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa Dewdney, Anna
Waiting Henkes, Kevin
Cockatoo, too Murguia, Bethanie Deeney,
Curious George joins the team Platt, Cynthia,
Library day Rockwell, Anne F.,
Toot & Puddle: You are my sunshine Hobbie, Holly
Dear fish Gall, Chris

New Books for Young Adults…

Hit Grover, Lorie Ann
Dangerous girls Haas, Abigail.
The Headmistress of Rosemere Ladd, Sarah E
Endure: a Defy novel Larson, Sara B
The young Messiah: a novel Rice, Anne
Library of Souls: the third novel of Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children Riggs, Ransom
Anna and the Swallow Man Savit, Gavriel.
The hired girl Schlitz, Laura Amy
Salt to the sea: a novel Sepetys, Ruta
Hope Copeland, Lori

New Books for Juniors…

Building Apps (Digital and Information Literacy) La Bella, Laura.
The finest hours: the true story of a heroic sea rescue Tougias, Mike
Sybil Ludington: Revolutionary War rider Abbott, E. F.,
Princess Labelmaker to the rescue!: an Origami Yoda book Angleberger, Tom
A week without Tuesday Banks, Angelica.
Some kind of courage Gemeinhart, Dan,
Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics Grabenstein, Chris
Under their skin Haddix, Margaret
Audacity Jones to the rescue Larson, Kirby
American ace Nelson, Marilyn
Rise of the Titans #5: Pegasus O’Hearn, Kate
Pax Pennypacker, Sara
Broken ground Schwab, Victoria,


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. New Englanders are known to use “wicked” to mean “good” or “cool”. In what American novel was “wicked” first used in that manner? If it helps, the same novel gave us “T shirt” and “daiquiri”.
A. THIS SIDE OF PARADISE by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ray Cresswell

This Month’s Trivia Question:
What author was a taste-tester for Cadbury Chocolate as a boy?

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


A “Revenant” is a person who has returned, usually from the dead. Micheal Punke’s book of that name is the account of Hugh Glass who survived a mauling by a bear in the earliest days of western trapping. It is a dark book and the account of Glass’s ordeal is unrelenting. I counted. There were two light moments in the entire book. Spurred by revenge, Glass works his way down river and then back up to get to his quarry. Based on a real feat, the book could not be more realistic. Although dark and relentless, the book captures the reader and carries him along on the mission. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but, to be frank, after reading it, I saw no reason to see the movie!


To Noah Hawley’s BEFORE THE FALL as a thriller or mystery is to give it short shrift. It is quite a bit more. It is a look at our society, especially the way the world is viewed in times of twenty-four hour news coverage. On a smaller scale, it examines expectations and the viewpoints of the varied characters in the book.

The book grabs attention right away as rich and famous people board a private jet on Martha’s Vineyard. Mr. Hawley grabs the attention of the reader when he finishes the short introduction of the boarding passengers and crew with the blunt statement that the plane would crash in a few minutes.

After the crash, Scott Burroughs, an unknown drunk painter survives as does a four year old boy. Scott carries the boy miles to shore and, rather than being a reluctant hero, enters the media driven world where nothing is as it seems, unless it sells. One of the victims is a 24 hour cable news mogul who introduced the world to news with a viewpoint (think Roger Ailes). His family, except for the boy, dies with him. There is a financial wiz and his wife and the crew. All have histories. All of their stories are told as the investigation into the crash continues. What happened? Who has motives if the crash were not accidental? As the story is told, it all becomes more complex until the final resolution that is told with a nice little bang.

The way the story is told, through the back histories of all the players, keeps the story moving. As the world presses on Scott, who does not want to be hero, the world of media is nicely indicted, which adds tension through an on-going backstory.

This book was engaging from beginning to end with only a slight slowdown in the middle. Perhaps the scariest thing is not to crash in a plane, but to be a survivor. Highly recommended.


THE SPEECHWRITER by Barton Swaim is an interesting inside view of the Governor Sanford administration and its “language” from an insider. The author tells us early on that he took the job after getting his doctorate in English. It took a while for the book to lose the voice of the superior academic, but once it did it was enjoyable and insightful. The author had a true respect/hate relationship with the governor. At times he ripped him unmercifully for his personal foibles and massacres of the English language. At other times he wrote of him with great respect for being a politician who stuck to his guns for ill or for good.

This was an appropriately sort book that covered the insider’s view of an administration from the viewpoint of a man who had to write for a politician who knew what he wanted to say but could not articulate and who loved to belittle his writers. His writing included speeches, letters to constituents and written for constituents. This was an interesting view from a unique perspective of a unique politician.

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 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