May 2016

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
May, 2016
Volume 11, No.1


dan szczesny

Dan Szczesny’s India Program
Tuesday June 21, 6:30 pm
“When Baby U was just shy of ten months old, we stamped her Passport and headed out on a journey to reunite family that took us to Nepal, India and Turkey. From northern India by train, to walking the streets of Old Istanbul, having a baby along for the ride can be a challenge, and also unimaginably rewarding. And along the way, we found time to help an orphanage devastated by Nepal earthquakes, got stranded at the border, tracked down some of the finest Turkish Delight candy in the world and united the baby for the first time with her Great Grandmother. Join me for a look at this epic journey and hear passages from the upcoming book.”

Town-Wide Yardsale
Saturday June 4th, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Summer Reading Book Sale during the Town-wide Yard Sale. Stop by for children’s books and summer beach reads!
How to…?

fairy house

“How To” Make Fairy Houses, with Lorraine Briand (please sign up). Children and parents welcome

May 11, 6 pm


Planting for Pollinators

Wednesday, May 18th, 6:30pm
Presented by: The Rockingham County Master Gardeners


Woodturning with Rick Mitchell

May 24, 6:30 p.m.

combination knitting tutorial

combination knitting tutorial

“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 passes!!!

museum of science
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 on our shelves…
danielle steele
david baldacci
susan wittig albert
jane hamilton

New Fiction…
The last mile Baldacci, David
The widow Barton, Fiona
Shriver: a novel Belden, Chris,
The 14th colony Berry, Steve
Dodgers: a novel Beverly, William,
Bittersweet: a novel Beverly-Whittemore, Miranda
That darkness Black, Lisa
Tumbledown Manor Brown, Helen,
Exposure Dunmore, Helen
The midnight watch: a novel of the Titanic and the Californian Dyer, David,
Glory over everything: beyond the Kitchen house Grissom, Kathleen
The excellent Lombards Hamilton, Jane
Hide away Johansen, Iris
Lilac girls: a novel Kelly, Martha Hall
The murder of Mary Russell: a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes King, Laurie R
Brush of wings: a novel Kingsbury, Karen
Earnest Von Kreisler, Kristin,
Death of an alchemist Lawrence, Mary,
The waters of eternal youth Leon, Donna
No safe secret Michaels, Fern
Feverborn: a Fever novel Moning, Karen Marie
The taxidermist’s daughter Mosse, Kate a Reuben Frost mystery Murphy, Haughton.
City of secrets O’Nan, Stewart
‘Til death do us part Quick, Amanda
Miller’s Valley: a novel Quindlen, Anna
Country of red azaleas: a novel Radulescu, Domnica,
The obsession Roberts, Nora
Hemingway’s girl Robuck, Erika.
War hawk: a Tucker Wayne novel Rollins, James
Extreme prey Sandford, John
Most wanted Scottoline, Lisa
The summer before the war: a novel Simonson, Helen
The choice Sparks, Nicholas
Property of a noblewoman: a novel Steel, Danielle
Oil and marble: a novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo Storey, Stephanie,
Family jewels Woods, Stuart

New Non-Fiction…

timothy egan
tiny house
orchestra of exiles
The immortal Irishman: the Irish revolutionary who became an American hero Egan, Timothy
Apostle, or, Bones that shine like fire: travels among the tombs of the Twelve Bissell, Tom,
Miracles from Heaven: a little girl, her journey to Heaven, and her amazing story of healing Beam, Christy.
Selma and its aftermath: a photographic journey
Shoe dog: a memoir by the creator of Nike Knight, Philip H.,
Vitamin N: the essential guide to a nature-rich life Louv, Richard
The Duke of Wellington kidnapped!: the incredible true story of the art theft that changed a nation Hirsch, Alan,
Pretty Jane and the viper of Kidbrooke Lane: a true story of Victorian law and disorder : the first unsolved murder of the Victorian age Murphy, Paul Thomas,
Lab girl Jahren, Hope
The most perfect thing: inside (and outside) a bird’s egg Birkhead, T. R.,
Deep survival: who lives, who dies, and why : true stories of miraculous endurance and sudden death Gonzales, Laurence
Modern essentials: a contemporary guide to the therapeutic use of essential oils
Elle & Coach: diabetes, the fight for my daughter’s life, and the dog who changed everything Shaheen, Stefany.
The big tiny: a built-it-myself memoir Williams, Dee
How to eat in the woods: a complete guide to foraging, trapping, fishing, and finding sustenance in the wild Angier, Bradford
Wheat belly cookbook: 150 recipes to help you lose the wheat, lose the weight, and find your path back to health Davis, William
Italian country cooking: the secrets of cucina povera Werle, Loukie.
Bon Appetit weekend entertaining
Great by choice: uncertainty, chaos, and luck : why some thrive despite them all Collins, James C.
Orchestra of exiles: the story of Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the one thousand Jews he saved from Nazi horrors Aronson, Josh.
The ball: discovering the object of the game Fox, John.
AMC’s best day hikes in the White Mountains: four-season guide to 60 of the best trails in the White Mountains Buchsbaum, Robert.
The Last Goodnight: a World War II story of romance, adventure, and espionage Blum, Howard
The Mathews men: seven brothers and the war against Hitler’s U-boats Geroux, William
Left of boom: how a young CIA case officer penetrated the Taliban and al-Qaeda Smith, John
“Most blessed of the patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the empire of the imagination Gordon-Reed, Annette

New Books on CD…

The last mile CD (10) Baldacci, David
The 14th colony: a novel CD (12) Berry, Steve
Fool me once CD (8) Coben, Harlan
The obsession CD (12) Roberts, Nora
Extreme prey: a novel CD (9) Sandford, John
Most wanted CD (10) Scottoline, Lisa
Family jewels CD (6) Woods, Stuart

New Video…

The big short DVD 917 [R]
Over New England DVD
Bridge of spies DVD 918 [PG13]
The revenant DVD 920 [R]
Amistad DVD 921 [R]
Windtalkers DVD 922 [R]
Baseball Legends (DVD)
The Civil War
Star Wars DVD STAR VII [PG13] — Episode VII, — The force awakens /
Thomas and the magic railroad


One trouble with developing speed reading skills is that by the time you realize a book is boring you’ve already finished it.
– Franklin P. Jones

Events at the Library…
¿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 for all ages, all supplies provided,

Fridays 6-7 pm
Plus, packets available to use anytime we are open and you feel the urge

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.

knitting crochet
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.

2nd Tuesday of each month, 6 pm
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.
Space is limited. Please contact Laura to make sure you have a seat.
Contact: Laura Briggs 370-7162

Tip from the front desk
Smyth Public Library is more than just a great place to find books and resources. You can also tap into your creative side and find a new way to banish stress.
Check out this excerpt from 3/14/16 First magazine and then come checkout all our programs to find the ones that help you discover your creativity waiting within!

“Creative activities are stress busters in the same way that meditation is,” says Robert Reiner, Ph.D., a psychologist with New York University. And the benefits go beyond feeling calm, content and focused–creative hobbies also lower the risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 50% and extend life expectancy by 12%.

Conquer fear with painting
Subjects in a UMass study who painted experienced a 71% greater reduction in fearful thoughts than people who did not partake in creative activities.

End brain fog with coloring
Coloring complex pictures causes the brain region that governs cognitive functions to light up, sharpening attention and concentration.

Calm anxiety with a sketch
Repetitive motion of moving a pencil across paper triggers the relaxation response, a deep form of rest in which your pulse slows and your brain generates calming alpha waves.

Ease loneliness with scrapbooking
Organizing photos helps you feel connected to the people you are scrapbooking about.

Quiet sadness with knitting

The rhythmic quality of stitching blocks the activity of the stress hormone noradrenaline.

Increase productivity with photography

Taking photos gives the brain a break from daily pressures, which leaves people feeling more rested, resilient and better able to handle their to-do’s.

Lower pain and increase your mood with journaling

Studies show that writing creatively for 15 minutes daily revs the output of painkilling, mood-elevating serotonin.

So, come and check out one of these programs offered at Smyth Public Library:
Coloring night, Writing group, Zendoodling and our “How To” series offerings of photography, knitting, woodcraft, fairy houses, painting, and preserving family memories, and discover your creative outlet at Smyth Public Library.

Heidi Deacon, Director
How about sharing your thoughts on a book at the friendly monthly book discussion groups?
There is one evening group:
boys in the boat
Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
May 19, 7:30
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk
~And another group~

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joy luck club
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Thursday, May 25 time to be determined

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.

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

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

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.

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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

strawberry bank

Check our website for passes!!!
All are listed in the “museum passes” tab of the website

Kids’ Stuff…
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

pj story

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

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 grade May 18th at 4pm (Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski)
4th Grade May 11th at 3pm (The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan)
6-7th Grade May 11th at 5pm (Seraphina by Rachel Hartman)
Teens: June 6th at 5 pm-Currently Reading: The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron (Pick up titles at the front desk)

Hey teens!…
TEEN ADVISORY GROUP meets on May 16th at 5pm. Help grow the teen programming!

Fairy and Gnome Party…Make Wands; Decorate Wings; Create Toadstools; Eat Delicious Fairy Food; Make Gnome Hats; Take Home a Book and your Creations. May 25, 3:30 pm

99K Singer Hand Crank Sewing Machine

99K Singer Hand Crank Sewing Machine

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

Children’s Cookbook Book Club
May 20 at 5:30 pm featuring Around the World Cookbook by Abigail Johnson Dodge
Open to all ages! Pick a recipe, sign up and bring your dish to share.
We will discuss how good the recipe was among other things, including eating all the delicious food!


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…
The big book of animals / Sheila Hanly Hanly, Sheila
Anything but ordinary Addie: the true story of Adelaide Herrmann, queen of magic Rockliff, Mara,
Fairy houses Kane, Tracy L.
The wonderful things you will be Martin, Emily Winfield,
Waiting for high tide McClure, Nikki,
The King’s Commissioners Friedman, Aileen
The Little Penguin Wood, A.J.
Homeplace Shelby, Anne
The friendship fairy Provins, Amanda

New books for young adults…
Indiana Jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull Rollins, James
Glass sword Aveyard, Victoria
Red queen Aveyard, Victoria
A Lady at Willowgrove Hall Ladd, Sarah E
Dawn’s prelude Peterson, Tracie
The walls around us: a novel Suma, Nova Ren
The story of Kullervo Tolkien, J. R. R
Bluescreen: a Mirador novel Wells, Dan
The reluctant duchess White, Roseanna M

New books for juniors…
How to code in 10 easy lessons: learn how to design and code your very own computer game McManus, Sean,
Fairy houses –everywhere! Kane, Barry.
The fairy house handbook Walsh, Liza Gardner.
The Mayflower and the Pilgrims’ New World Philbrick, Nathaniel
The unknown Applegate, Katherine
The goblin’s puzzle: being the adventures of a boy with no name and two girls called Alice Chilton, Andrew S.
Raymie nightingale DiCamillo, Kate
Dead end in Norvelt Gantos, Jack
The mark of the dragonfly Johnson, Jaleigh
Mission hurricane Goebel, Jenny,

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. Where did Sting write “Every Breath You Take”?
A. Ian Fleming’s desk at his Jamaica retreat “Goldeneye”.
No Winners!!!

This Month’s Trivia Question:

Who was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson?
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

This is a good story that captures a generation. Kids in 1965 and old men fifty years later, the boys formed the musical group “Shuffle” while in high school. When Jack gets expelled, they decide to head off to London to make it as big as that new group, the Beatles. The book moves back and forth from 1965 to 2015 and Jack narrates the teen years and the current story is told in the third person.

That’s just what this is. A good story with serious parts and amusing episodes. There are several aspects well-told. Mr. May captures both the psychedelic ’60’s and old age, well. There is nothing special about these guys, as Jack’s grandson will attest. But they had a great episode in their youth and when Maurie wants to clean up history – and a murder – they all trek from Glasgow to London. In the 60s they were naive teens with all the dreams attendant to youth. In their late sixties they have the disappointments, aches and pains attendant to old age.

Both stories are captivating. Mr. May slips in just enough humor to prevent the book from being overly depressing or maudlin, while at the same time showing, for the most part, busted lives. Their is a haunting quality to the tales and the telling that captivates the reader. This is a very different novel. Although we know that Maurie wants to return to London before he dies of terminal cancer to clear up a murder, this is by no means a mystery or crime novel. The “mystery” is merely the vehicle for the old guys to go back to London and relive their youthful dream chase.

Highly recommended, but be forewarned, Although there is some humor, there are not a lot of grins and giggles. These guys are on the downslope of lives that never hit the heights of which they once dreamed.

N on-fiction …
A curse of non-fiction?

”This would have made a terrific, couldn’t put it down…magazine feature article.”

Unfortunately though, this is a book. The terrific story is bogged down by minutia and redundancy and references to pop culture that are not that enlightening.

That having been said, the story is intriguing and the “great criminal mastermind” is an extremely amusing character. We’re talking free TV licenses for the elderly up against one of Britain’s treasures! The twist at the end is one out of a Victorian novel.

If you can fly through some of the extras, this is a fun true crime book.

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