November 2014

SmythieThe monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library

November, 2014
Volume 8, No.6

Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils” -Cyril Connolly

What’s New…

Rosamond van der Linde, author of “A Piano In Every Room”
a piano in every roomRosamond van der Linde will be reading excerpts of her new book “A Piano In Every Room” November 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Rosamond van der Linde co-founded a music school unlike any other, blending love of music, love of people and a passionate commitment to education, and community service. “A Piano In Every Room” tells the astonishing tale of a family living in 42-room house with 34 pianos. The story includes Rosamond’s victory over childhood polio, while her husband, Rein van der Linde, survived the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. Their sheer courage created their destiny. Later, raising a remarkable musical family of seven pianists the parents shaped their own children’s lives, embraced their community, and grew into a cultural treasure for America, and friends around the world.

Rosamond will make available for those who attend her readings to have an opportunity to participate in a free drawing for one of her new books “A Piano In Every Room”.

Chris Schadler of Project Coyote
rich bard coyoteChris Schadler of Project Coyote is coming to the Smyth Public Library on November 9th at 7:00 pm.

Chris earned a Masters of Science in Conservation Biology at Antioch University Graduate School. Her thesis focused on the natural recovery of the Eastern Timber Wolf in Michigan.

Beginning in the early 1990’s, Chris taught Conservation Issues, Dendrology and Wolf Ecology at the University of New Hampshire, receiving many teaching excellence and student recognition awards. She continues to instruct and mentor adult degree candidates in the UNH System at Granite State College.
While wolf recovery was the focus of her early work, Chris’ attention shifted to the eastern coyote when she moved to New England. She chose a farm with known coyote problems to raise sheep and train her border collies. Using sound livestock management and common sense, she avoided any predation.
Chris is now the Representative for Project Coyote in NH and VT, and divides her time between teaching and working on her book “Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote in New England”. Between presentations she can be found at camp in northern New Hampshire researching coyote feeding patterns in a mosaic of farms and woodlots.

What’s Else is New…(and now tradition)

Scarecrow contest
Pick up an entry form today! (due Oct. 22)
Display your scarecrow by 10/20 on our front lawn. Pick up a copy of the rules today. Library patrons will vote for their favorite.

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…

Shotgun lovesongs Butler, Nickolas
The lost key Coulter, Catherine
The three emperors: an Ethan Gage adventure Dietrich, William
Gray Mountain Grisham, John
The king of lies Hart, John
Neverhome Hunt, Laird
Strange shores: an Inspector Erlendur novel Arnaldur Indriðason
Imperfect birds Lamott, Anne
The floating book Lovric, Michelle.
Return to Promise Macomber, Debbie
Three can keep a secret: a Joe Gunther novel Mayor, Archer
Eye contact: a novel McGovern, Cammie
The bone clocks: a novel Mitchell, David
The true account Mosher, Howard Frank
The wonder of all things Mott, Jason
Abundance: a novel of Marie Antoinette Naslund, Sena Jeter
Burn Patterson, James
Leaving time: a novel Picoult, Jodi
Bones never lie: a novel Reichs, Kathy
Deadline Sandford, John
Espresso tales McCall Smith, Alexander
A sudden light Stein, Garth
The paying guests Waters, Sarah
Never coming back Weaver, Tim,
Watch me go Wisniewski, Mark S.,
Paris match Woods, Stuart
Born of fury Kenyon, Sherrilyn
Son of no one Kenyon, Sherrilyn
The king: a novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Ward, J. R.

New Non-Fiction…

What we see when we read: a phenomenology ; with illustrations Mendelsund, Peter.
Thxthxthx: thank goodness for everything Dieterich, Leah.
Failing forward: turning mistakes into stepping stones for success Maxwell, John C.,
Jesus on trial: a lawyer affirms the truth of the gospel Limbaugh, David.
The end of absence: reclaiming what we’ve lost in a world of constant connection Harris, Michael
Killing Patton: the strange death of World War II’s most audacious general O’Reilly, Bill
13 hours: the inside account of what really happened in Benghazi Zuckoff, Mitchell
The outermost house: a year of life on the great beach of Cape Cod Beston, Henry
Oogy: the dog only a family could love Levin, Larry
Isabella: the warrior queen Downey, Kirstin.
Every man a tiger, Clancy, Tom
To marry an English Lord MacColl, Gail
The mystery of Lewis Carroll: discovering the whimsical, thoughtful and sometimes lonely man who created Alice in Wonderland Woolf, Jenny.
Gustavus Adolphus the great Ahnlund, Nils,
George Frideric Handel: a life with friends Harris, Ellen T,
Being George Washington: the indispensable man, as you’ve never seen him Beck, Glenn

New Books on CD…

Personal [CD] Child, Lee
The snow angel: a novel [CD] Beck, Glenn
Smoke screen [CD] Brown, Sandra
Sunrise CD collection: Sunrise, Summer, Someday, Sunset Kingsbury, Karen
Midnight angel [CD] Kleypas, Lisa
First impressions [CD] Roberts, Nora
Deadline: a novel [CD] Sandford, John
Paris Match [CD] Woods, Stuart

New Video…

High school musical, the concert: extreme access pass DVD 746 [PG]
Chuck Norris three film collector’s set
Hannah and her sisters DVD 748 [PG13]
The fault in our stars DVD 749 [PG 13]
Lions for lambs DVD 750 [R]
Transformers DVD 751 [PG13]
Mr. Peabody & Sherman DVD 752 [PG]
Back to the future DVD BACK-II [PG] — Part II
Back to the future: DVD BACK-III [PG] — Part III
Game of thrones: DVD Throne I [R] — The complete first season
Game of thrones: DVD Throne II [R] — The complete second season
Game of thrones: DVD Throne III [R] — The complete third season

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. -Mark Twain

Events at the 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

Monthly Reading Group
Love to read a good book?
How about sharing your thoughts on a book at the friendly monthly book discussion group?
This month’s book is:
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
November 21st, 7:30
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

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

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.

Tip from Heidi at the Circulation Desk

This month’s challenge: New Books, New Friends!
Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project has this advice: “Having close relationships is an important key to happiness, so one of my goals is to strengthen my friendships. A fun way to do it? Form or join groups. I recently started a book group, but instead of reading the usual choices, we dive into young-adult and children’s literature…I get to read wonderful books and talk about them with friends who share my passion. You might be thinking, I don’t have time to join a group, much less start one of my own. If you can’t meet once a month, how about every six weeks? Or just a few times a year? The benefits are well worth it.”
Want to be part of a book club group? Join one in progress here at Smyth Library or start one of your own. Other fun ideas: Start a family book club at home or across the miles with children, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.
We’ll be happy to help you on your start to becoming happier with books!

Did you Know???

The first public library built in the United States was in Peterborough in 1833.

Library Assets…

Our new website allows for searching with mobile devices and quick access to events and programs. Go to
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!

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.


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is a science museum located in Concord, next door to the NHTI campus.
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!

Happy Birthday to:

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Kurt Vonnegut, born on November 11, 1922, was an extremely popular American writer of humor and science-fiction novels and short stories. Vonnegut has particularly remained an important mentor for young pacifists, although his work has inspired a rather rabid cult following amongst others.
Ironically, Vonnegut, one of the 20th century’s great American pacifists, was born on Armistice Day. Born in Indianapolis on November 11, 1922, Kurt Vonnegut entered a well-to-do family that was hit very hard by the Depression. Vonnegut went to public high school and later enrolled at Cornell University in 1940. Under pressure from his father and older brother, he studied chemistry and biology. He had little real love for the subjects, and his performance was poor. He did, however, enjoy working for the Cornell Daily Sun.

In 1942, Vonnegut left Cornell, right as the university was preparing to ask him to leave due to poor academic performance. He enrolled at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon) in 1943. He studied there only briefly before enlisting in the U.S. Army.
On December 14, 1944, Vonnegut was captured in the Battle of the Bulge. He was held as a POW in Dresden, and was there when the Allies bombed Dresden, an entirely unexpected attack. Vonnegut and the other POWs were some of the only survivors. They waited out the bombing in a meat cellar deep under the slaughterhouse. This experience would not only shape his worldview, but would provide the direct inspiration for his most famous novel, Slaughterhouse Five.
Vonnegut was repatriated in May 1945, and upon his return married Jane Marie Cox. He studied anthropology at the University of Chicago, but the department unanimously rejected his M.A. thesis. According to the university’s rules, a high-quality piece of writing could be substituted for a dissertation. Twenty years later, Vonnegut showed the department Cat’s Cradle, and he was awarded his degree in 1971.
When his sister and her husband both died in 1958, Vonnegut adopted their three eldest children. He and his first wife had three children of their own, and they later adopted a seventh. Jane Marie Cox and Vonnegut separated in 1970, and in 1979, he married photographer Jill Krementz.
Due to his reputation as a science fiction writer, Vonnegut’s first novels were published only as paperbacks with gaudy covers which misrepresented the novels and discouraged serious critical attention. The hardcover editions of Cat’s Cradle (1963) and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965) were a significant improvement, although they sold only a few thousand copies. In 1966-1967, all of Vonnegut’s novels were reissued in paperback, and he began to develop a significant underground following. During the 1960s, Vonnegut published a collection of short stories and four more novels, including his sixth and greatest novel, Slaughterhouse Five. The novel’s popularity and broad critical acclaim focused new attention on Vonnegut’s earlier work.
He continued to write prolifically until his death, publishing his final novel, Timequake, in 1997. With its publication, he retired from fiction writing. His final publication was a book of essays entitled A Man without a Country (2005). He worked as a senior editor at In These Times, a progressive Chicago magazine, until his death.

Kurt Vonnegut passed away in 2007.

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Did you Know?
Americans check out more than 2 billion items each year from their public libraries; the average user takes out more than seven books a year.

Kids’ Stuff…
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:
• Monthly Lego Night – every third Friday 6:30-7-30 pm, begins 9/19
• Monthly Pajama Storytime- every second Friday 6:30
• Sewing Club-Mondays at 6:30 pm-signups and fee required, started 9/8
• Caldecott Challenge– read through the award winning titles on your own or with a friend
• 1000 Books before Kindergarten- helpful registers will be made available for parents
• Book Clubs-3rd and 4th grade club together on the first Wed. of the month after school; 5th and 6th grade club on Wed. night 6:00 -7:00 with pizza. Permission slips will be given out through the school. Attendance allowed only if signed up and permission slip given to school.Every month’s book islisted on our website
• Math and Mischief at the Library:Mondays October 6-November 24 from 3-4 pm Grade K-2,Tuesdays October 7-November 25 from 3-4 pm Grade 3-5Join 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.Space is limited, so be sure to sign up!

Looking for a Good Book to Read?

The Butterfly and the Violin
By Kristy Cambron

Book Review by Jayda Ragas

The Butterfly and the Violin is a book based in two time periods: the time of Hitler’s rule, and present day. The life story of a young woman named Adele becomes involved with a beautiful painting that Sera Williams, who owns an art gallery, once saw and is avidly looking for still. Sera and her co-worker have been searching for the original piece of artwork, the painting of a girl who experienced life in a concentration camp, for many years, and finally came upon a copy of it. To unravel the mystery of the painting, Sera has to travel across the country and meets a handsome William Hanover. He may be the key to finding the original painting, and he may also be the key that unlocks her heart that has been closed off to love for more than two years. Adele’s life completely changes in 1942 when she is taken away to a concentration camp for women, after being caught smuggling Jews out of Austria. Her violin is what keeps her alive in this godforsaken place, and with her faith in God, she keeps hope that she will somehow make it out alive.

Kristy Cambron wrote this novel so beautifully, and intertwined the mystery of the painting, of Adele, and Sera’s heartbreak so well and so flawlessly. This book is a work of religious historical fiction, and there are horrifying descriptions of the conditions in which Adele and her friends and everyone else have to live, so this may be harder for some people to read. The depiction of the evil and cruelty of Hitler and his soldiers is so clear and vivid, and gives readers insight as to what it was like to have to live in that time. Readers with very sensitive hearts will certainly be moved to tears by The Butterfly and the Violin, but it will be worth it to get to the end and finally discover the mystery of the painting’s background with Sera, and to understand the emotions that form after being trapped in a concentration camp for something as pure as trying to save innocent people.

Simon Says Read

Gwen Paprocki brings Simon, her certified reading therapy dog to Storytime for another special session with the kids
Third Thursday of the month, 10:15am

New books for children…

Babies on the go Ashman, Linda.
Tell the time with Tic-Toc the clown Paul Bennell ; illustrated by Mark Gravas
Johnny Appleseed: a poem Lindbergh, Reeve
The party McPhail, David
Pumpkin heads! Minor, Wendell
I’m a little teapot Trapani, Iza

New books for juniors…

My prairie year: based on the diary of Elenore Plaisted Harvey, Brett.
Who was Sacagawea? Fradin, Dennis B
Isabel: taking wing Dalton, Annie.
Inkdeath, Book #3 Funke, Cornelia Caroline.
Dark waters Holt, Christopher,
Dawn Hunter, Erin
Midnight Hunter, Erin
Moonrise Hunter, Erin
Starlight Hunter, Erin
Sunset Hunter, Erin
Twilight Hunter, Erin
The curse of the gloamglozer #4 Stewart, Paul
The last of the sky pirates #5 Stewart, Paul
Stick Dog chases a pizza Watson, Tom
The Dark Lord’s demise White, John,
Gaal the Conqueror White, John,
The iron sceptre White, John,
Quest for the king White, John,
The sword bearer White, John,
The Tower of Geburah: a children’s fantasy White, John,

New books for young adults…

The hearts of horses Gloss, Molly.
Dexter by design: a novel Lindsay, Jeffry P.
Dexter is delicious: a novel Lindsay, Jeffry P.
Confessions of an ugly stepsister Maguire, Gregory
Pirates!: the true and remarkable adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, female pirates Rees, Celia
Distant waves: a novel of the Titanic Weyn, Suzanne

Trivia Time!

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. Which John Stienbeck novel is based on the biblical story of Cain and Abel?
A. East of Eden

Sue Robidoux and Pattie Davis

This Month’s Trivia Question:
Q. What book was originally banned in America for including an illustration of a topless woman?

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 month’s Fiction…another sure thing…

One of the sure thing writers in today’s world of mysteries and thrillers is John Sandford. Deadline is the eighth novel featuring Virgil Flowers. He’s the mod cowboy fisherman first featured in Sandford’s Lucas Davenport books. These books are just as good as the Davenport series. Flowers is an excellent cop/investigator and brings a woodsy free-wheeling attitude to his investigations. This one starts in typical atypical fashion – Virgil is brought to rural town by his friend Johnson Johnson to investigate dognappings. Of course, it blossoms from there. It seems one can never go wrong with John Sandford (except for one or two of his earliest works under a different pseudonym). This is a fine stand alone book if you have not partaken of Mr. Flowers.


Astoria is an account of Manifest Destiny before Manifest Destiny had a name. John Jacob Astor, an immigrant from Germany, had a vision of building a great trading empire around the colonization of the Pacific northwest. His plans included hiring the best North American trappers (hopefully American) who would head overland and ships to go around South America to stock and join them at the mouth of the Columbia River. His great scheme was to establish a colony there. His men would name the first encampment “Astoria”.

Mr. Stark tracked both the overland group (stocked with French Canadian paddlers) and the first ship all the way west and after they got there. he adds good insights into the personalities of the leaders and the psychologist aspects of such a huge mission. Obviously, since we have no Astoria on the map, today, the mission failed. The author does a laudable job of tracking the failure and puts it into historical perspective. It still had an effect on our claims to land in the Pacific northwest, but he also speculates on what the North American continent would look like today had it worked.
The book started strong and then hit a lag when describing in a little too much detail the overland portion of the mission. The book picked up from there. This is an extremely readable history of a little known effort to spread America across the continent.

Hilarious fiction coming soon…

If you love “The Big BangTheory” on television, you will love Don, the main character of this book. Better yet, if you read THE ROSIE PROJECT, you will love this book. This is the sequel to PROJECT. Although this book probably stands alone, it will be infinitely better if you read the PROJECT first.
As this book began, I was afraid that this was going to be one long joke carried through 300+ pages. I was delighted that it picked up and Don was put into more and different situations and problems. Of course, Don can fix problems. After the increased diversity of situations improved the book, actual tension was introduced that made it even better. It turned out I had to stay up to read the final hundred pages.

Don and Rosie are still terrific, even through Rosie’s pregnancy. There are new characters introduced like rock star neighbor and the psycho therapist; old friends like Dave and Sonia are given bigger roles.

This book will make you laugh, make you think and take you on the ups and downs of a relationship, even if one is a compulsive genius (think Sheldon on Big Bang). Highly recommended for a fun amusing ride sure to make you laugh and warm your heart.

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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