October 2016

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
October, 2016
Volume 10, No.7


Go to the EVENTS tab and see a printable calendar of library events and programs

Book sale by the Friends of the Library
Saturday, October 22nd, 9-12:30pm
at the old library at 195 High Street. Special $5 bag sale from 1-2 pm.

October 12, 6:30 pm “How To” Declutter and Downsize with Dave Downs

October 15, 10:30 am “How To” Make Autumn Fairy Houses with Lorraine Briand
(please sign up and receive list of items to gather and bring to build your own special house) Also, by the display cabinet, Lorraine Briand showcases some of her miniature fairy house art.

October 28, 6:30pm “How To” Write your Novel with Candia Author, Cary Flanagan, featuring her experience with the success of her newly published novel, “After the Storm”. We have it available for checkout now!

Restarting November 8, 6 pmHow 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.

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

How to Life Skills for Teens and College Age Adults on First Fridays at 5:30pm with Game Night after.

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…
The innocents Atkins, Ace
Pushing up daisies: an Agatha Raisin mystery
Beaton, M. C. writing as Marion Chesney
Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d: a Flavia de Luce novel Bradley, C. Alan,
The jealous kind: a novel Burke, James Lee
Fates and traitors: a novel of John Wilkes Booth Chiaverini, Jennifer
The Hamilton affair: a novel Cobbs Hoffman, Elizabeth,
Home Coben, Harlan
Twilight at Blueberry Barrens Coble, Colleen
When the cypress whispers Corporon, Yvette Manessis.
Pirate Cussler, Clive
The dollhouse: a novel Davis, Fiona
The wonder: a novel Donoghue, Emma
Ascension Dowling, Gregory,
Summit: a novel Farthing, Harry,
My brilliant friend Ferrante, Elena
Leave me Forman, Gayle
Monticello: a daughter and her father : a novel Gunning, Sally
Closed casket: the new Hercule Poirot mystery Hannah, Sophie
Razor girl: a novel Hiaasen, Carl
No echo Holt, Anne
The physick book of Deliverance Dane: a novel Howe, Katherine
Downfall: a Brady novel of suspense Jance, Judith A.
An obvious fact Johnson, Craig
Dear Mr. M: a novel Koch, Herman
Mischling: a novel Konar, Affinity
Manitou Canyon: a novel Krueger, William Kent
The wish Lewis, Beverly
Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne enigma: a new Jason Bourne novel Lustbader, Eric Van
Murder at Rough Point Maxwell, Alyssa
Presumption of guilt Mayor, Archer
Nutshell: a novel McEwan, Ian
The poet prince McGowan, Kathleen,
The last days of night: a novel Moore, Graham
Liar’s key Neggers, Carla
The pot thief who studied Georgia O’Keeffe Orenduff, J. Michael
Robert B. Parker’s debt to pay: a Jesse Stone novel Coleman, Reed Farrel
Commonwealth: a novel Patchett, Ann
Woman of God Patterson, James
Revenge in a cold river: a William Monk novel Perry, Anne
The garden of letters: a novel Richman, Alyson
Apprentice in death Robb, J. D
The kept woman: a novel Slaughter, Karin
The house at Tyneford: a novel Solomons, Natasha
Rushing waters: a novel Steel, Danielle
Winter sky Stewart, Christopher S
Beloved poison Thomson, E. S.,
A matter of justice Todd, Charles
The shattered tree: a Bess Crawford mystery Todd, Charles
A gentleman in Moscow Towles, Amor
The underground railroad: a novel Whitehead, Colson

New Non-Fiction…

A call to mercy: hearts to love, hands to serve Teresa, Mother
Making sense of God: an invitation to the skeptical Keller, Timothy
A killing in Amish country: sex, betrayal, and a cold-blooded murder Olsen, Gregg
Complications: a surgeon’s notes on an imperfect science Gawande, Atul
30-minute one-pot meals: feed your family incredible meals in less time and with less cleanup Cismaru, Joanna,
The man who made things out of trees Penn, Rob,
Waking the spirit: a musician’s journey healing body, mind, and soul
Schulman, Andrew,
Moscow nights: the Van Cliburn story : how one man and his piano transformed the Cold War Cliff, Nigel
The last love of George Sand: a literary biography Bloch-Dano, Evelyne.
Unofficial guide to FamilySearch.org: how to find your family history on the world’s largest free genealogy website McCullough, Dana,
Marked for death: the first war in the air Hamilton-Paterson, James.
Killing the rising sun: how America vanquished World War II Japan O’Reilly, Bill
Spies in the Congo: America’s atomic mission in World War II Williams, Susan
American treasures: the secret efforts to save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address Puleo, Stephen,
George Washington’s secret spy war: the making of America’s first spymasters
Nagy, John A,

New Books on CD…

Home CD (7) Coben, Harlan
Pirate CD (8) Cussler, Clive
Three sisters, three queens CD (17) Gregory, Philippa
Downfall: a Brady novel of suspense CD (11) Jance, Judith A.
Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay CD (7) Coleman, Reed Farrel
A great reckoning: [a novel] CD (11) Penny, Louise
Apprentice in death CD (11) Robb, J. D

New Video…
Me before you DVD 951 [PG13]
The hateful eight DVD 957 [R]
The huntsman: winter’s war DVD 958 [PG13] Hemsworth, Chris,
127 hours DVD 959 [R]
Criminal DVD 960 [R]
Genius DVD 961 [PG13]
The hired heart DVD 962 [PG]
Love & friendship DVD 963 [PG]
Free state of Jones DVD 964 [R]
The jungle book DVD 965 [PG]
The Spitfire Grill DVD 968 [PG13]
Crank DVD CRANK1 [R]
Crank 2: high voltage DVD CRANK2 [R]
The boys of ’36 DVD NF 797
Red Riding Hood DVD 702 [PG13]
Reservation Road DVD 955 [R]
Iris DVD 956 [R]

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

Programs at the Library…

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 Healthy Campus Week, American University provided coloring sheets and crayons for students in an effort to help them unwind…taken from the findings that..‘Adult coloring books can help with a number of emotional and mental health issues.’ American University is following in the footsteps of several other colleges who have done the same. The University of Wyoming has an Art-Well program designed to “color your stress away”. Another school partaking in the wellness exercise is the University of Missouri, Mizzou. Health experts suggest that adult coloring books are a great way to decrease stress and anxiety, as well as promote overall wellness.” (excerpt from aol.com 9/2016)
Come to Smyth Public Library to unwind with our tantalizing collection of coloring books!
The following titles are available for your inspiration along with all the coloring supplies you may need:
The Official Outlander Coloring Book by Diana Gabaldon
GeoDesigns-Color Your Imagination Wild!
Small Animals of North America Coloring Book by Elizabeth McClelland
The Birdwatcher’s Coloring Book by Dot Barlowe
Creative Cats Coloring Book
Redoute’ Flowers Coloring Book by Charlene Tarbox
Wild Animals Coloring Book by John Green
Creative Coloring Inspirations-Art Activity Pages to Relax and Enjoy!
We also have numerous children’s coloring books for all the little ones or even the slightly larger “little ones”.
Heidi Deacon, Director

Did you Know???
Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness, avoided reading reviews of his work and instead measured them with a ruler. The longer the review, the better he felt about it.

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.

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

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

October 20, 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

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 smythpl.org 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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Look at our page on Facebook for events and updates about our library!

Downloadable Books!!!!
Ipods and Kindle work
Order right from our new website!
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Smyth Library


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.

Check our website for passes!!!
All are listed in the “museum passes” tab of the website an can be reserved there

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 coming soon:
Starting this month!

Math and Mischief Club (K-3)
First and Third Monday 4pm
First Meeting: October 3rd

Mad Scientist Club (K-3)
Second and Fourth Monday 4pm
First Meeting: October 24th

Art Club (K-5)
First Thursday 3pm
First Meeting: October 6th

Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)
Second Thursday 3pm
First Meeting: October 13th

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 6:30 pm- Registration required; $5 material fee, limited class size.


Teen Book Club- Monday, October 3rd at 5pm
Third Grade Book Club- Wednesday, October 5th at 3pm
Fourth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, October 12th at 3pm
Fifth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, October 19th at 3pm
Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)- Thursday, October 20th at 3pm
Cookbook Book Club- Friday, October 21st at 530pm
Sixth and Seventh Grade Book Club- Wednesday, October 26th at 3pm

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

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

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.
First Meeting: October 17, Stained Glass
Upcoming months featuring: Spa & shave supplies; Nail art & cake mugs; String Art; Jewelry; Lightbulb art; Poetry and Creative writing; Melted Crayon art

New Teen Book Club held on the first Monday of each month at 5 pm.

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 librarian@smythpl.org for an application or more information.

New books for children…
Chick & Dee-Dee’s Lamprey River adventure
Manners mash-up: a goofy guide to good behavior
Ancient Egypt: a first look at people of the Nile Strachan, Bruce,
Disney’s treasure planet: a read-aloud storybook Hapka, Cathy
Lass: lessons from a sheep dog Gebauer, Roland,
Floss Lewis, Kim
Minions: seek and find King, Trey,
Disney’s The jungle book 2
Jack gets a clue: the case of a tortoise in trouble Krulik, Nancy
The pledge of allegiance: In remembrance-September 11, 2001
Who grew my soup Darbyshire, Tom

New books for young adults…
The fever code Dashner, James
Michael Vey: fall of Hades Evans, Richard Paul
Captain Wentworth’s diary Grange, Amanda
Queen of shadows: Throne of Glass Series, Book 4. Maas, Sarah J
Winter Meyer, Marissa
Hollow city: the second novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Riggs, Ransom
Nerve Ryan, Jeanne.

New books for juniors…
Florida Hamilton, John
The summer before boys Baskin, Nora Raleigh
The door within Batson, Wayne Thomas,
Isle of Swords / by Wayne Thomas Batson Batson, Wayne Thomas,
Ribbon the border collie: from herder to healer Bezek, Lyn.
The bronze key Black, Holly
Kids’ whodunits: catch the clues! Conrad, Hy
Horse tales
The hero’s guide to being an outlaw Healy, Christopher
The hero’s guide to storming the castle Healy, Christopher
One white dolphin Lewis, Gill.
The poet’s dog MacLachlan, Patricia
Sticks & stones Mlynowski, Sarah
Red thread sisters Peacock, Carol Antoinette

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. A famous author, as a six year-old, asked his mother to introduce him to a famous author. That famous author did not like children and told him to “Buzz off!” Name both.

A. Bunney-like Beatrix Potter told Roald Dahl to “buzz off”
Kudos to Patti Davis who got the correct answer!!!

This Month’s Trivia Question:
What was Arthur Conan Doyle’s occupation before writing? No Wikipedia and “doctor” is not good enough.
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 librarian@smythpl.org

Fiction…dark thriller/mystery

A policeman is released from prison after serving thirteen years. A boy waits for him with a gun to avenge his mother’s murder.
Not a bad opening to capture your attention in John Hart’s REDEMPTION ROAD.
As the cop tries to clear his name with the aid of (of course) a female detective, he gets set up as the prime suspect in copycat murders to the one that caused him to be imprisoned years before.
This is a good, dark serial killer thriller. Mr. Hart’s writing is always good. Don’t expect lots of grins and giggles. This is intense from the outset and does not relent.

More (excellent) fiction…

It is not often that I find a novel that is not a mystery/thriller or a romance that holds my interest. CHAMPION OF THE WORLD sure did. This is a real good story with historical interest, developed and complex characters and a good plot. The historical note at the end puts everything in perspective. I read it about half way through and it added to the book. I’d suggest reading it, if not at the beginning, then once you get into the book.

The main character, Pepper Van Dean, is former lightweight wrestling champion of the world. The book opens in 1921 when he and his card sharp wife are reduced to being carnival acts. From there, he gets back into the wrestling world which, at that point, was real but on the cusp of being turned into the theatrical dance it is today. There were fixed matches, but for the most part it was real. The game was also facing the same segregation/integration issues that boxing had a few years before with Jack Johnson. The attitude towards desegregation in sports and the effect such an effort would have in the 1920’s were eye-opening. The author gives a fine historical context without being preachy.

Pepper is a particularly good character. He has the conflicting ingredients of being intelligent yet devoted to a violent sport while addicted to the competition. All the other characters are unique and none are cardboard cutouts. Even the mob guys are not cookie cutter.

This book is highly recommended. It is thoroughly entertaining, well-written, has a history to share and is thought-provoking. Can a novel be anything else?

Non-fiction …

THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE TRIPOLI PIRATES is a terrifically readable history. They are rare. The authors do a wonderful job both with the war against the Tripoli pirates and the events and world situation leading up to it. In some respects I wished that more detail and background were provided but this presentation flowed well without distractions and minutiae.

The book starts with the background of a nascent nation trying to establish itself in a world of empires. The empires can afford tribute to the pirates and corrupt beys who prowl the Mediterranean, but not the young USA. Jefferson is faced with war, bribery or allowing the crippling of young America’s shipping in one of the world’s most profitable regions.

The comparisons of the beys then and the radical Islamists is inevitable especially after reading a particularly chilling statement by Tripoli’s ambassador, but the book does not read as if there is an agenda behind it.

This is not a dry, in depth, footnote ridden tome of the war, but a very good and entertaining overview that explores well the events and the characters. Highly recommended.

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 all contributors (less for me to write!), especially children and teens to review and recommend favorite books. Just drop Heidi Deacon an e-mail at librarian@smythpl.org 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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