March 2017

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
March, 2017
Volume 10, No.12


Winter Telescope Stargazing
Tuesday, March 14, 7 pm outdoor guided moon watch weather permitting
 looks like a postponement – info to follow

“How to” make Kombucha, a healthy tea with Mariah Kimball
Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 pm

“How to”Volunteer Join us for easy, fun and enriching ways you can help your world.
Monday, March 28, 6:00 pm

Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. “How to” AED and CPR training
We’ll try and schedule another class

“How to” Painting class with Holly Rousseau from the Currier Art Museum

In this beginner level painting class for teens and adults, students will begin by exploring Pablo Picasso’s “Woman Seated in a Chair” (on view at the Currier Museum of Art). Led by an Art Center instructor, students will then use this inspiration to create Cubist style portraits in colorful acrylic paints.
Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 pm

More “How to’s” to look forward to:
Artisan bread bakingThursday, April 6, 6:00 pm-come learn to make Italian bread with Jodi Hedstrom

Wednesday, April 12, 6 pm, Raptor Wildlife Program with Maine Center for Wildlife Instructor, Sarah Kern

El Camino Trail Walk– visual presentation by local author Christy Day- Wednesday, April 19, 6 pm

Advanced Retirement Planning Strategies; Tuesday, April 25 (two available sessions 2:30-4 pm and 6-7:30 pm)

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


Free Tax forms and instruction books for 1040/1040A/1040EZ as well as other printable forms.

Check out our “At-a-Glance” and monthly calendar on our website.

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…
The prisoner Berenson, Alex
The cruelty Bergstrom, Scott,
Beyond all dreams: a novel Camden, Elizabeth
Ill will: a novel Chaon, Dan
Because you’re mine Coble, Colleen
What you break Coleman, Reed Farrel
Garden of lamentations Crombie, Deborah
A divided spy Cumming, Charles
The English agent Depoy, Phillip
Long time lost Ewan, Chris
History of wolves: a novel Fridlund, Emily
Right behind you: a novel Gardner, Lisa
Gunmetal gray Greaney, Mark
We were the lucky ones Hunter, Georgia,
Always: a novel Jio, Sarah
Snowblind: a thriller Ragnar Jónasson
A piece of the world: a novel Kline, Christina Baker
The patriots: a novel Krasikov, Sana
I see you Mackintosh, Clare
The dark room Moore, Jonathan,
The lost girl of Astor Street Morrill, Stephanie,
The Worthington wife Page, Sharon.
Robert B. Parker’s Revelation Knott, Robert
Rather be the devil: a novel Rankin, Ian
A perilous undertaking: a Veronica Speedwell mystery Raybourn, Deanna
Echoes in death Robb, J. D
The Chilbury ladies’ choir: a novel Ryan, Jennifer
The undesired: a thriller Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The murder of Willie Lincoln Solomon, Burt,
The mistress: a novel Steel, Danielle
The fortunate ones: a novel Umansky, Ellen M.
Below the belt Woods, Stuart

New Non-Fiction…

How America lost its secrets: Edward Snowden, the man and the theft
Epst, Edward Jay,
Hillbilly elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis Vance, J. D
At the end of the world: a true story of murder in the Arctic Millman, Lawrence
The book thieves: the Nazi looting of Europe’s libraries and the race to return a literary inheritance Rydell, Anders,
What doesn’t kill us: how freezing water, extreme altitude, and environmental conditioning will renew our lost evolutionary strength Carney, Scott
The drug hunters: the improbable quest to discover new medicines Kirsch, Donald R.,
How to hygge: the Nordic secrets to a happy life Johansen, Signe,
Confidence: how winning streaks and losing streaks begin and end
Kanter, Rosabeth Moss.
The magnolia story Gaines, Chip,
Lara: the untold love story that inspired Doctor Zhivago Pasternak, Anna,
The log of Bob Bartlett: the true story of forty years of seafaring and exploration, Bartlett, Bob,
All the gallant men: an American sailor’s firsthand account of Pearl Harbor
Stratton, Donald
Washington’s farewell: the founding father’s warning to future generations
Avlon, John P.,
The wars of the Roosevelts: the ruthless rise of America’s greatest political family
Mann, William J
Three days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s final mission Baier, Bret

New Books on CD…

Robert B. Parker’s Revelation CD (7) Knott, Robert
Never Never CD (7) Patterson, James
Echoes in death CD (11) Robb, J. D
The mistress: a novel CD (6) Steel, Danielle
Below the belt CD (7) Woods, Stuart
The secret keepers CD (14) Stewart, Trenton Lee

New Video…

Eastern Promises DVD 088 [R]
Trolls DVD 956 [PG]
Jack Reacher DVD 1000 [PG13] — Never go back /
Arrival DVD 1001 [PG13]
Manchester by the sea DVD 1002 [R]
Allied DVD 1003 [R]

Bookkeepers are problems for libraries.

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 …is taking March off!!
Zendoodling is 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

Did you Know???
Evelyn Waugh’s first wife’s name was Evelyn. They were known to friends as ‘He-Evelyn’ and ‘She-Evelyn’.

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
Giant Marbles this month!!
Coming up: card games, Giant Yahtzee, dominoes and Quidditch

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

Tip from the front desk

3.5! Hours per week you should read to live longer.

600! Dollars per year saved on books you read free from the library if you zoom through two new titles a month. PLUS, you can also get free classes and discounted tickets to museums, gardens and aquariums.

50,000+! Little Free Libraries around the world. “Take a book, Leave a book.” That’s the motto of the Little Free Library (, a community-driven free-book exchange started in Wisconsin in 2009 by Todd Bol. As a tribute to his mother, a former teacher, he built a wooden box shaped like a one-room schoolhouse and filled it with volumes for his neighbors to enjoy (and add to). See our Little Free Library, hosted at the CYAA, sponsored and maintained by our Friends of Smyth Public Library.

7! Children’s books worth reading as an adult. Why not opt for some bedtime literature that’s more soothing than the newspaper? Ilene Abramson, director of children’s services for the Los Angeles Public Library and a member of a book club that reads only children’s books, suggests what to poach from your kid’s room:
~Bunnicula, by James Howe
~Eloise, by Kay Thompson
~A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
~Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White
~A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginnings, by Lemony Snicket
~The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
~The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf

1! New Year Resolution Reboot
If there’s one resolution we can keep this year it’s to spend less time scrolling and more time reading. Books have the power to transport, entertain, enlighten, inspire, and comfort – and sometimes one page-turner does all of the above.
So whether you devour fiction or history, sci-fi or self-help, come to Smyth Public Library and find your life-changing titles.
Excerpts from Living magazine (Melissa Ozawa)12/16

Heidi Deacon, Director

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

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.

How about sharing your thoughts on a book at the friendly monthly book discussion group?
Thursday, March 23rd, 7:30 pm
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk


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


In the Gallery…and case
Work by local author and photographer Rebecca Field, a photographer from the Concord area. Come see her work published in her book, “Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity”.
By the display cabinet, Lisa Cote showcases some of the award-winning “Stitch Up the World” knitting creations.

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 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…
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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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

Kids’ Stuff…
Check out our monthly calendar for children on the children’s tab on our website.

Exciting Children’s programs:
Math and Science Club (K-3)
Second and fourth Mondays 4pm
This month, building with Geometry Boards

Art Club (K-5)
First Thursday 3pm

Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.
Want to boost reading confidence?
Monday and Thursday 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.

Children’s Monday Night Sewing Club
Every Monday at 6:30 pm
Registration required; $5 material fee, limited class size.


Third and Fourth Grade Book Club
Wednesday, March 8 3 p.m. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Fifth Grade Book ClubWednesday, March 15 at 3pm – Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)3rd Thursday of every month, 3 p.m. – Viking Ships at Sunrise by M. Osborne
Books for all can be picked up at the front desk

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

Friday, March 10, 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

New Teen Creative Club held on the third Monday of each month at 5 pm.
This month: Cupcake wars!!
Upcoming months featuring: String Art; Lightbulb art; Poetry and Creative writing; Melted Crayon art

New Teen Book Club (Grades 6-12)
First Monday of every month with free pizza for anyone who signs up.

Family Movie Night
March 24, 6:00 p.m.
“Sing” rated PG

New books for children…
Fish don’t play ball McCann, Emma
Becoming Bach Leonard, Thomas,
Snow day Kassirer, Sue
Mudball Tavares, Matt
Henry and Leo Zagarenski, Pamela,
One grain of rice Demi

New books for young adults…

Wayfarer Bracken, Alexandra
This is our story Elston, Ashley,
Rules of the game: an Endgame novel Frey, James
Wintersong Jae-Jones, S,
The wish granter: a Ravenspire novel Redwine, C. J
An ember in the ashes Tahir, Sabaa

New books for juniors…
Civil War Stanchak, John E.
Ivy + Bean and the ghost that had to go Barrows, Annie
The crimson skew Grove, S. E
Nightfall Halpern, Jake,
An eagle in the snow Morpurgo, Michael
The end of Olympus O’Hearn, Kate
I survived the shark attacks of 1916 Tarshis, Lauren
Clementine and the family meeting Pennypacker, Sara
Katie Kazoo Switcheroo Krulik, Nancy
Ramona forever Cleary, Beverly

Every month we ask a 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
Last month’s question and answer:
Q. What author used the pen name “Busy Body”? Who
A. Ben Franklin, who also used Silence Dogood, Harry Meanwell, Alice Addertongue, Richard Saunders and Timothy Turnstone among others. P.S. He also named this Gothic font.
No winner!

This Month’s Trivia Question:
Who, according to Agatha Christie was a“a detestable, bombastic, tiresome, egocentric little creep”?
Non-literary bonus question: After coffee and peanut butter, what is the most recognizable smell (by Americans)?

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
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 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.


There was recently a television that challenged teams to “get off the grid” and not be found by a team of expert trackers. They should have read this book.
An innocuous older man is living the quiet life in Vermont when he is passed by a slow-moving car while walking his dogs. From there the action picks up as he goes on the run.
To say much more be a spoiler. He is not only tracked, but is a tracker setting up a dual cat and mouse game. It slows a bit in the middle as Mr. Perry gets a small bout of the redundancies, but The Old Man is a good thriller filled with ways to stay “off the grid”.

More fiction…

For readers of Lilac Girls and The Nightingale, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir unfolds the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II

As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond. They defy the Vicar’s stuffy edict to close the choir and instead “carry on singing,” resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. We come to know the home-front struggles of five unforgettable choir members: a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past.

An enchanting ensemble story that shuttles from village intrigue to romance to the heartbreaking matters of life and death.
Non-fiction …

The award-winning author presents a provocative, thoroughly modern revisionist biographical history of one of America’s greatest and most influential families—the Roosevelts—exposing heretofore unknown family secrets and detailing complex family rivalries with his signature cinematic flair.
Drawing on previously hidden historical documents and interviews with the long-silent “illegitimate” branch of the family, William J. Mann paints an elegant, meticulously researched, and groundbreaking group portrait of this legendary family. Mann argues that the Roosevelts’ rise to power and prestige was actually driven by a series of intense personal contest that at times devolved into blood sport. His compelling and eye-opening masterwork is the story of a family at war with itself, of social Darwinism at its most ruthless—in which the strong devoured the weak and repudiated the inconvenient.
Mann focuses on Eleanor Roosevelt, who, he argues, experienced this brutality firsthand, witnessing her Uncle Theodore cruelly destroy her father, Elliott—his brother and bitter rival—for political expediency. Mann presents a fascinating alternate picture of Eleanor, contending that this “worshipful niece” in fact bore a grudge against TR for the rest of her life, and dares to tell the truth about her intimate relationships without obfuscations, explanations, or labels.
Mann also brings into focus Eleanor’s cousins, TR’s children, whose stories propelled the family rivalry but have never before been fully chronicled, as well as her illegitimate half-brother, Elliott Roosevelt Mann, who inherited his family’s ambition and skill without their name and privilege. Growing up in poverty just miles from his wealthy relatives, Elliott Mann embodied the American Dream, rising to middle-class prosperity and enjoying one of the very few happy, long-term marriages in the Roosevelt saga. For the first time, The Wars of the Roosevelts also includes the stories of Elliott’s daughter and grandchildren, and never-before-seen photographs from their archives.
Deeply psychological and finely rendered, illustrated with sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs, The Wars of the Roosevelts illuminates not only the enviable strengths but also the profound shame of this remarkable and influential family.

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I hope you have enjoyed this edition. Comments, suggestions and, of course, reviews are always welcomed.
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