November 2016

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
November, 2016
Volume 10, No.8


Gerry Smith, WWII POW to speak
November 30, 6:30 p.m.
Gerry Smith, a co-pilot who was injured and parachuted, only to be captured by the Germans when shot down over Italy in November, 1843, will be speaking about his experiences during the war. He was a POW for 15 months and his left arm was badly damaged. Gerry spent a year at Cushing a Hospital in Framingham after the war. He then went on to teach Animal Science at UNH for 35 years and lives in Durham.

Restarting November 8, 6 pm “How To” Zendoodle
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

November 16, 6:30 pm “How To” Preserve Your Heirlooms with Lori Fisher, based on her experience as a museum curator for 15 years.

November 29 at 6 pm
“How To” Identify Animal Tracks
A naturalist from the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee will help participants become more attuned to wild signs in the winter to come. Learn which tracks belong to which animal, what various specks on the snow mean, and the various strategies that help nature survive winter.

December 8 at 6 pm “How To” Cook with Chocolate

December 9 at 6 pm “How To” Write a Novel with author Cary Flanagan

December 13 at 6:30 pm “How To” Make Holiday Crafts with Doris and Jesse Mann

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


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

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…
The Sultan of Byzantium Altun, Selçuk,
Hag-seed: The tempest retold Atwood, Margaret
The map of true places Barry, Brunonia
Sirius: a novel about the little dog who almost changed history Crown, Jonathan
Sweetbitter Danler, Stephanie
Champion of the world Dundas, Chad
The keep Egan, Jennifer
To rise again at a decent hour: a novel Ferris, Joshua
Vince Flynn: order to kill : a Mitch Rapp novel Mills, Kyle
Here I am: [a novel] Foer, Jonathan Safran
Mistress of the art of death Franklin, Ariana
Silent Fall Freethy, Barbara
The trespasser French, Tana
Broken trust: a badge of honor novel Griffin, W. E. B
The whistler: a novel Grisham, John
Night watch Johansen, Iris
Napoleon’s last island: a novel Keneally, Thomas
A Baxter family Christmas: a novel Kingsbury, Karen
This road we traveled Kirkpatrick, Jane,
Twelve days of Christmas: a Christmas novel Macomber, Debbie
Long way gone Martin, Charles
Coffin road May, Peter
Life after life: a novel McCorkle, Jill
Crash and burn Michaels, Fern
Paris for one and other stories Moyes, Jojo
Missing: a Private novel Patterson, James
Small great things: a novel Picoult, Jodi
The blind astronomer’s daughter: a novel Pipkin, John
The Obsidian chamber Preston, Douglas J.
By gaslight: [a novel] Price, Steven,
The velvet hours Richman, Alyson
The Twelve dogs of Christmas Rosenfelt, David
The whore’s child: and other stories Russo, Richard
Escape clause Sandford, John
The secrets of Wishtide: a Laetitia Rodd mystery Saunders, Kate
The Oslo conspiracy Skredderberget, Asle,
Precious and Grace McCall Smith, Alexander
The girl from Venice: a novel Smith, Martin Cruz
Pharaoh: a novel of Ancient Egypt Smith, Wilbur A.,
Only daughter Snoekstra, Anna
Two by two Sparks, Nicholas
Ordinary heroes Turow, Scott
A place at the table White, Susan Rebecca
The gatecrasher Wickham, Madeleine
Sex, lies & serious money Woods, Stuart
Widowmaker Doiron, Paul

New Non-Fiction…

Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms Tebow, Tim,
Your ten- to fourteen-year-old Ames, Louise Bates
Portraits of American women: from settlement to the present
Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again Trump, Donald J
The carnival campaign: how the rollicking 1840 campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler too” changed presidential elections forever Shafer, Ronald G,
The true believer: Stalin’s last American spy Marton, Kati
Why bother?: How the worst pick-up line of my life changed my financial future, and how it can change your, too! Bielagus, Peter
Love your life not theirs: 7 money habits for living the life you want
Cruze, Rachel.
Raising an entrepreneur: 10 rules for nurturing risk takers, problem-solvers, and changemakers Bisnow, Margot Machol,
In the plex: how Google thinks, works, and shapes our lives Levy, Steven.
Twilight warriors: the soldiers, spies, and special agents who are revolutionizing the American way of war Kitfield, James,
Secret service dogs: the heroes who protect the President of the United States Goodavage, Maria
Masters of the Swindle: True Stories of Con Men, Cheaters & Scam Artists
Morelli, Gianni (EDT) Schiavano, Chiara (EDT)
Get what’s yours for Medicare: maximize your coverage, minimize your costs Moeller, Philip.
The hidden life of trees: what they feel, how they communicate : discoveries from a secret world Wohlleben, Peter
The 3,000 mile garden: an exchange of letters on gardening, food, and the good life Land, Leslie
The seasoned life: food, family, faith, and the joy of eating well Curry, Ayesha,
Forks over knives family: every parent’s guide to raising healthy, happy kids on a whole-food, plant-based diet Pulde, Alona,
Classics: the best the world has to offer Muellerschoen, Mon.
Carry on: a story of resilience, redemption, and an unlikely family Fenn, Lisa,
How to write & illustrate children’s books and get them published!
Online resource: Heyday: the 1850s and the dawn of the global age Wilson, Ben,
Forty autumns: a family’s story of courage and survival on both sides of the Berlin Wall Willner, Nina

Defying the Nazis: the Sharp’s war Joukowsky, Artemis,
Irena’s children: the extraordinary story of the woman who saved 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto Mazzeo, Tilar J
Indestructible: one man’s rescue mission that changed the course of WWII
Bruning, John R
The tunnels: escapes under the Berlin Wall and the historic films the JFK White House tried to kill Mitchell, Greg,
Hero of the empire: the Boer War, a daring escape and the making of Winston Churchill Millard, Candice
Shall we wake the president?: two centuries of disaster management from the Oval Office Troy, Tevi,
The general and the president: MacArthur and Truman at the brink of nuclear war Brands, H. W
Ted Kennedy: the dream that never died Klein, Edward
In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! Coulter, Ann H.,
Trump revealed: an American journey of ambition, ego, money, and power
Kranish, Michael

New Books on CD…

What a difference a dog makes: big lessons on life, love, and healing from a small pooch CD (3) Jennings, Dana Andrew.
Christmas bliss CD(6) Andrews, Mary Kay
Lookaway, lookaway CD (13) Barnhardt, Wilton.
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: out of the ashes CD (9) Couch, Dick
Order to kill CD (9) Mills, Kyle
The trespasser: a novel CD (18) French, Tana
Sons of anarchy CD (6) Golden, Christopher
The Whistler CD (11) Grisham, John
Driving with the top down CD (8) Harbison, Elizabeth M.
Twelve days of Christmas: a novel CD (5) Macomber, Debbie
Resistant CD (11) Palmer, Michael
Missing: a Private novel CD (5) Patterson, James
Small great things: a novel CD (13) Picoult, Jodi
The Obsidian chamber CD (11) Preston, Douglas J.
Escape clause: a Virgil Flowers novel CD (8) Sandford, John
The kept woman: [a novel] CD (13) Slaughter, Karin
Two by two CD (13) Sparks, Nicholas
Sex, lies & serious money CD (7) Woods, Stuart

New Video…
Warcraft DVD 966 [PG13]
Captain America: civil war DVD 967 [PG13]
The shallows DVD 969 [PG13]
The legend of Tarzan DVD 970 [PG13]
Nerve DVD 971 [PG13]
Ratchet & Clank DVD 972 [PG]
Ice age DVD ICE 5 [PG] — Collision course /
A LEGO brickumentary

I just got out of the hospital. I was in a speed reading accident. I ran into a bookmark.
– Stephen Wright

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???
On days when he gave public readings from his novels, Charles Dickens had two tablespoons of rum with fresh cream for breakfast, and a pint of champagne for tea.

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.

Tip from the front desk
In honor of November’s:
Family Literacy Day on the 1st,
Book Lovers Day on the 5th,
Young Readers Day on the 8th and
National Day of Listening on the 25th try this:

You might have to push through a few eye rolls for this, but why not take a virtual family vacation ‘this holiday season’ by reading a book together out loud? Pile everyone on the ‘couch’ and dig into something by young adult authors like Carl Hiaasen, Scott O’Dell or ‘J.K. Rowling’. Escape into Rick Riordan’s mythology-inspired adventures, or start a chat about empathy with Wonder – there’s a reason these are still huge best-sellers.” Traveling to relatives or friends for the holidays? Try an audiobook and let the miles float away on a story.
Excerpt from BHG 7/2016

Smyth Public Library has all you need for a cozy family read; the perfect way to celebrate the holidays!
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?

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
November 16, 7:30
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

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

In the Gallery…
All this month the created artwork of Moore School Students
Our art gallery is always available for the works of local artists. Just see Heidi at the front desk to display your works

Library Assets…
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!


Check our website for passes!!!
All are listed in the “museum passes” tab of the website an can be reserved there
Downloadable Books!!!!
Ipods and Kindle work
Order right from our website!
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Smyth Library

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:
Starting in October!

Math and Mischief Club (K-3)
First and Third Monday 4pm

Mad Scientist Club (K-3)
Second and Fourth Monday 4pm

Art Club (K-5)
First Thursday 3pm

Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)
Second Thursday 3pm
“Story Bags and Mystery Bags”

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


Teen Book Club (Grades 6-12)- Monday, November 7th at 5pm
Third and Fourth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, November 9th at 3 p.m. – FRINDLE
Fifth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, November 16th at 3pm – WOODEN BONES
Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2) – Thursday, November 17th at 3pm – AFTERNOON ON THE AMAZON
Cookbook Book Club- Friday, November 18at 5:30pm – THE KIDS AROUND THE WORLD COOKBOOK

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


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

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.
November 21, Spa products/shaving supplies
Upcoming months featuring: Nail art & cake mugs; String Art; Jewelry; Lightbulb art; Poetry and Creative writing; Melted Crayon art

New Six to twelve grade Book Club the first Monday of each month at 5 pm with pizza!

New Teen Opportunities at Smyth Public Library

We are looking for more teens to participate in the Smyth Library Teen Advisory Group.

The group goal would be to bring suggestions and fresh perspective of our youth to the Smyth Public Library programs. They would meet once per month during the school year and be facilitated by a staff member. The group would present ideas to the Director and would be responsible for creating, initiating, promoting and implementing the programs.
Our goal is to have our youth participate in a variety of workshops, classes and events, for example: Lego night, Teen Crafts, the Middle and High School Book Club, Oration Day/Youth Poetry Slam and/or Teen Yoga. In addition, they could arrange for visiting artist programs in collaboration with our local schools and other institutions.
To apply for membership of the Teen Advisory Group, please email for an application or more information.

New books for children…
Horses Hall, Nancy Wilson.
Naughty! Castle, Caroline.
River Rose and the magical lullaby Clarkson, Kelly.
The 101 Dalmatians
Walt Disney Donald and his friends
Pond LaMarche, Jim
Goodnight, my duckling Tafuri, Nancy
McBroom’s wonderful one-acre farm: three tall tales Fleischman, Sid
Fat Bat and Swoop Landry, Leo

New books for young adults…
Graduation day Charbonneau, Joelle
Independent study Charbonneau, Joelle
The testing Charbonneau, Joelle
You against me Downham, Jenny
Newton and Polly: a novel of Amazing Grace Hedlund, Jody
Willow Hoban, Julia
Empire of storms Maas, Sarah J
The Floating Islands Neumeier, Rachel
A lady unrivaled White, Roseanna M

New books for juniors…

The LEGO neighborhood book: build your own town! Lyles, Brian.
Maker projects for kids who love games Sjonger, Rebecca,
Very funny, Elizabeth! Tripp, Valerie
The Champlain monster Danziger, Jeff.
Forest secrets: a fairy houses mystery Kane, Tracy L.
Fairy Haven and the quest for the wand Levine, Gail Carson
Stranded Probst, Jeff
The Hammer of Thor Riordan, Rick
Everland Spinale, Wendy,

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 was Arthur Conan Doyle’s occupation before writing? No Wikipedia and “doctor” is not good enough.

A. Ophthamologist
No winner.

This Month’s Trivia Question:
The main elements of what beloved series came from the author’s boarding school experience of lining up in two perfectly straight lines to go anywhere and from his meeting someone who had their appendix removed?

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, Rick Mitchell, admit to a rather limited taste in reading materials. I generally eschew science fiction, fantasy and what are euphemistically referred to “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 am therefore resorting to pilfering reviews from for a book (at least) a month 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.

Thus the pilfered…

Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love and family comes a romantic and suspenseful novel from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy

In SILENT FALL, Dylan Sanders is attending a wedding in the mountains when his trip takes a terrible turn. A former lover appears out of nowhere, demands a private conversation, and lures him into the woods, then leaves him there, drugged and disoriented. The next morning, the woman has disappeared, and Dylan is accused of her murder.

Catherine Hilliard, a beautiful psychic haunted by her own dark past, is reluctant to offer up her cryptic visions to help skeptical Dylan figure out what’s going on, but she can’t leave her best friend’s brother-in-law on his own … or deny the powerful, inexplicable connection between them.

It soon becomes clear that a wily and ruthless mastermind has targeted both of them, with a motive that’s very personal. Soon their race to expose the truth is no longer about staying out of jail but about staying alive …

Fans of Nora Roberts, Karen Robards, Mary Higgins Clark and Tess Gerritsen will enjoy this romantic thriller from award-winning author Barbara Freethy

* Silent Fall is the second book in the Sanders Brothers Duo (Silent Run is the first book). The heroes are brothers and the books are loosely connected but can also be read on their own.

Fiction…two old mystery friends

Twelve Dogs of Christmas is another winner. If you’ve read the Andy Carpenter dog series you know how good the books are and this one meets all expectations. What else needs to be said?

If you are a newbie, relax, sit back and enjoy the ride. This stands alone just fine, but you’ll want to go back and read the rest.

Once again, Andy gets sucked into defending another person with dog ties. This time an elderly woman who takes in puppies. This is a humorous book (as usual), but for the uninitiated it is not a “cozy” mystery as much as one that stars a self-effacing warm defense lawyer with a great team of unlikely investigators and allies.

“Pups”, the elderly woman with the big heart is accused of murder. To say much more would be to spoil. Andy comes to her rescue. The book is told in the first person with a few short chapters interspersed by the alleged bad guy.

This is just a darn fun, amusing, well-written good mystery with plenty of twists and turns and superior characters.

The Innocents is not your typical mystery because it is so character driven. Ultimately, a murder mystery, it takes quite some time before the murder actually occurs. That means many pages of building the mystery while enjoying the lives of these complex characters. Even if you have not read the prior books, you will appreciate the depth and complexity of them all. Mr. Atkins gives enough background to understand them without boring those of us who do not miss an entry in the series.

In this novel, there is a new proprietor of the county’s strip joint and she has upgraded it with the bouncing help of the local motorcycle gang. Quinn has returned from Afghanistan and gets enlisted to re-up temporarily as a deputy to the aggressive Lilly. A young girl has journals and a phone relating to her brother’s supposed suicide that she is trying to get anyone to read any pay attention to the contents. She gets a job at the strip club and all heck breaks lose. There are bad guys in abundance and no one is sure who is allied with whom. It is really a delicious mix of personalities.

“All heck” would not be used in this book. A caution. The language is foul. It is perfectly appropriate, but if you are offended by four letter words, this book has a never ending stream. Some recent study has said that cussing is a sign of intelligence. It would seem that Mr. Atkins bears that out. This is an intelligent, excellent book. I can’t wait for the next one.

More (excellent) fiction…

A Winter Sky is the type of book that makes you shake your head and ask: why isn’t this atop the best seller list?

The story is dark, yet never drops into an abyss of depression. A difficult task that Mr. Stewart accomplishes with aplomb. A Polish resistance fighter suffers injuries that result in amnesia in the very last stages of WWII in Poland. The Germans occupiers are fleeing as the Russians are coming in to start their own brutal occupation. The fighter wants to find home even though he does not know where it is. All he has is part of a photo. As he tries to stumble his way to wherever home is, a driven SS colonel still wants to fight his personal war against the resistance.

The author creates a unique blend of a dark end of war story with something of a captivating tense thriller. There is appropriate violence that one would expect of the times. There is an element of warmth that is unexpected. There is the thriller element that keeps the reader glued to the book.

Highly, highly recommended.

Non-fiction …

It is great to see a book of this quality make the best seller list. I would rank it among the very best of histories.

This is the political history of the Korean War, aka “police action”, that saw Truman pitted against MacArthur. Mr. Brands gives an extensive detailed account of the war and the protaganists’ relationship without ever, and I mean ever, becoming tedious. That is a true artist. There are too many facts, quotes and references to say “it reads like a novel”, but I hated to put it down and was sad it ended. Perhaps the only time anyone was sad a war ended.

The history is intriguing and, like the war itself, the forgotten history. All the great characters of the 40s-50s are there: Truman, MacArthur, Marshall, Acheson and more. I had little knowledge of the war and its global implications. This book brought it all home in a highly readable fashion.
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I hope you have enjoyed this edition. Comments, suggestions and, of course, reviews are always welcomed.
Rick Mitchell
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