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The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
July, 2018
Volume 12, No.4


Coming All Summer!
Smyth Public Library will present the 8th annual Summer Concert Series on six consecutive Wednesdays beginning July 11th. The series is held at the Candia Pond Park gazebo, behind the library at 55 High Street, and will move to the CYAA field house if it rains. The concerts are free, with funding from the Friends of Smyth Library and the Friends of the Concert Series. The concerts run from 6:30-8pm. Bring a chair or blanket for the lawn, and a hat, as the view is toward the setting sun. Ice cream will be available. Call the library at 483-8245 for updates, or watch our Music page at www.smythpl.org.

July 18th- Nicole Murphy
July 25th- Granite Planet
August 1st- Windham Swing Band
August 8th- Lumberjills-Featuring our own Storytime Librarian, Samantha Brouillard
August 15th- Bedford Big Band
Come enjoy the magic of summer music under the stars, complete with ice cream!

JULY FEATURES: Nicole Murphy & Granite Planet
July 18th- Nicole Murphy Murphy has come a long way in a short time. Though she played in her father’s Vermont-based band as a teenager before getting married and moving to New Hampshire, Knox Murphy had for years traveled back to the Green Mountain State to play with her father before family and work obligations took priority. Once she picked up the guitar again, however, all the passion of her youth came flooding back. Performing in public, soon she was strumming and singing with other like-minded individuals at Henderson’s Pickin’ Parlor in Candia.
July 25th- Granite Planet Granite Planet is a retro cover band featuring music from the 60’s to today, with a focus on the 80’s. Their diverse playlist includes rock, pop, dance/disco, today’s country & a bit of blues. Most of their songs are upbeat and high energy – you’ll want to get up and dance! While the majority of their covers are true to the originals we all know and love, a few are based on more recent versions. The addition of various unique covers helps to make GRANITE PLANET stand out among run-of-the-mill cover bands.
Summer Reading Program!!!
see children’s area below!


How-to’s are on a summer hiatus, but….

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

Check out our monthly calendar on our website for all our events and programs.


Smyth Public Library is now offering home delivery of library materials for any Candia community residents in need. Please contact us for a registration form for this service or use the link to a form to fill out on our website.

The library is proud to now offer The Healing Library; reading kits to aid with coping with difficult situations. We offer The Death of a Loved One, The Death of a Pet, plus Alzheimer’s & Your Family. These are located in the children’s room, along with books relating to each topic. The kits are available now for check out.

Digital Movies, Music and More –Instantly Available –24/7 –Free with your Library Card!
We are excited to announce hoopla digital coming next month: a new digital media service provided to you, our patron, through which you may access and enjoy nearly half a million titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV,Music Albums, eAudiobooks , eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone!
With hoopla, there are no hold lists, no extra apps or accounts needed or special steps to use it.
It just works! On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline or, in either the app or on a computer, all borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the internet by streaming.

Don’t forget – you can always borrow our internet hot spot or telescope!

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…

The charmers Adler, Elizabeth
Us against you: a novel Backman, Fredrik
The Moscow offensive: a novel Brown, Dale
Tom Clancy line of sight Maden, Mike
Fall of angels C leverly, Barbara
The woman in the woods Connolly, John
Depraved heart Cornwell, Patricia Daniels.
The perfect couple: a novel Hilderbrand, Elin
Varina: a novel Frazier, Charles
All we ever wanted: a novel Giffin, Emily
Grace Greenwood, T
Cave of bones Hillerman, Anne
The word is murder: a novel Horowitz, Anthony
The abbot’s tale: a novel Iggulden, Conn
The shadow killer Arnaldur Indriðason
To the moon and back: a novel Kingsbury, Karen
The lost vintage: a novel Mah, Ann
Timberline Mayo, Matthew P.
A Place for Us Mirza, Fatima Farheen.
The Paris wedding: a novel N Nash, Charlotte
There there Orange, Tommy
The president is missing: a novel Clinton, Bill
Exit strategy: a novel Pettus, Charlton
The pharaoh key Preston, Douglas J.
A curious beginning Raybourn, Deanna
Shelter in place Roberts, Nora
Dreams of falling White, Karen
Turbulence Woods, Stuart

New Non-Fiction…

The happiness curve: why life gets better after 50 Rauch, Jonathan,
Suicide of the west: how the rebirth of tribalism, populism, nationalism, and identity politics is destroying American democracy Goldberg, Jonah,
This is the year I put my financial life in order Schwartz, John Burnham.
The bridesmaid’s daughter: from Grace Kelly’s wedding to a women’s shelter–searching for the truth about my mother Giles, Nyna,
Forest bathing: how trees can help you find health and happiness Li, Qing,
Launchers, Lobbers, and Rockets Engineer: Make 20 Awesome Ballistic Blasters from Ordinary Stuff Akiyama, Lance.
Death in the White Mountains: hiker fatalities and how to avoid being one
Boardman, Julie,
Your dad stole my rake and other family dilemmas Papa, Tom,
Lincoln’s last trial: the murder case that propelled him to the presidency Abrams, Dan,

New Books on CD…

Us against you: a novel CD (11) Backman, Fredrik
The Moscow offensive CD (11) Brown, Dale
Tom Clancy Line of Sight CD (10) Clancy, Tom
To the moon and back: a novel CD (8) Kingsbury, Karen
The Moscow Deception CD (9) Robards, Karen/ Whelan, Julia (NRT)
Shelter in place CD (12) Roberts, Nora
Turbulence CD (6) Woods, Stuart

New Video…

Must Love Dogs DVD 1095 [PG13]
Paddington 2 DVD 1033 [PG]
Death Wish DVD 1092 [R]
I can only imagine DVD 1093 [PG]
Paul, Apostle of Christ DVD 1094 [PG13]
Love, Simon DVD 1096 [PG13]
Pirates of the Caribbean DVD PIR5 [PG13] — Dead men tell no tales

Why did the Romanian stop reading?
To give his Bucharest!

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

Tip from the front desk
Owning Print Books Feels Different From Owning E-Books
Researchers from the University of Arizona and Towson University have found that the psychological experience of owning an e-book is significantly different from that of owning a print book. The results of their study published in Electronic Markets last month, make clear what many in the publishing industry have long suspected–that owning an e-book just feels different.
The study found that research participants “described being more emotionally attached to physical books, and said they use physical books to establish a sense of self and belonging,” according to the University of Arizona. Book lovers have long lamented the loss of “book smell” that accompanies the use of e-books, and participants also touched on other important aspects of book ownership: the use of bookshelves to curate a persona and the ability to augment the pages of a book with marginal notes, in particular.
Participants also “expressed frustration” with the lack of options with regard to file moving and sharing. Aggressive DRM practices have severely restricted readers’ ability to share e-books with friends. But, at the end of the day, e-books have some key advantages: the ability to change text size, and the ability to carry many at once, giving readers access to all reading options at all times.
Ultimately, according to the study’s lead author, Sabrina Helm, e-books and print books are entirely different products with different functions–the former being much more utilitarian and service-focused and the latter being more sensory-rich.(Excerpt by Ellen Duffer from Forbes.com 5/28/18)
Stop by the library for some sensory-rich titles, or download them on overdrive or hoopla and either way just enjoy the summer reads!

Heidi Deacon, Director

Writers’ group
Starting in September on the 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.

What does a book do to get thinner?
It has its appendix removed.
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.

Family Game Nights!!
First Friday of every month at 6:30
Coming up: card games, Giant Yahtzee, Dominoes and Quidditch

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

Try out our new “Volunteer Your World” ideas at Smyth Public Library. Visit our Volunteer Your World Page

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

Featuring : Magic-The Gathering
Held monthly on the First Wednesday of the month at 4 pm!
For ages 8 and up! Next meeting-August 1st

Family Movie Night
Friday, July 27, 6:00 p.m.

“Sherlock Gnomes” rated PG ~

Did you Know???
Hugh Lofting, the author of the Dr. Dolittle books for children, reportedly told a critic who was somewhat dismissive of his work that if his books were classified as “juveniles” then those written for older readers should be called “seniles.”

In theGallery…

The Artwork of Lorriane Woodford
Paintings by Candia artist Lorraine Woodford

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

Now! 2 times!
How about sharing your thoughts on a book at the friendly monthly book discussion group?

Thursdays mornings…

Thursday, August 9, 11:00 a.m.
Exhibit Alexandra
By Natasha Bell
He thought he knew everything about her until she went missing.
Before she disappeared, Alexandra Southwood lived an average, happy life: devoted to her wonderful husband, Marc, and caring for her two beautiful daughters. But now, held in a room against her will, Alexandra is forced to think about all she’s lost, and imagine how Marc and her daughters are coping in the wake of her disappearance. She’s shown news clips of Marc, desperately appealing to the public for information on her whereabouts. She tortures herself with visions of her family’s devastated new reality. And as she envisions Marc’s distress, she can’t help but remember their courtship, their marriage—all that he saved her from and all that they’ve built together.
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

Thursdays evenings…

Thursday, July 31, 7:30 p.m.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

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 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.

Available at the library…
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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Look at our page on Facebook for events and updates about our library!

Downloadable Books!!!!
Ipods and Kindles work and you can
Order right from our website!
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Smyth Library

Check our website for passes!!!
Two new passes: NH State Parks and Fuller Gardens
All are listed in the “museum passes” tab of the website and can be reserved there.

Kids’ Stuff…
NH libraries set to ‘rock out’ to this year’s Summer Reading Program theme

SUMMER READING IS HAPPENING Here at Smyth Public Library
Wednesdays from JULY 11- AUGUST 15
Come in and sign up and be a part of the fun!

Baby—Preschool children- stories, games, crafts, music, puppets-During Thursday Story Time 10am

School Age Children (K-6)
Wednesday, July 11th 3pm- Make a Pet Rock
Wednesday, July 18th 3pm- Make Maracas
Wednesday, July 25th 3pm- Gratefulness Rocks
Wednesday, August 1st 3pm- Musical Instruments
Wednesday, August 8th 3pm- Fairy Houses
Wednesday, August 15th 3pm- Marble rock Maze

~Read a book~fill out a mini review form at the front desk~enter for raffle prizes~
Wednesday, July 11th 4pm- Messy Twister
Wednesday, July 18th 4pm- Book review videos
Wednesday, July 25th 4pm- Tie Dye
Wednesday, August 1st 4pm- Book review videos
Wednesday, August 8th 4pm- Paint Slip and Slide
Wednesday, August 15th 4pm- Book review videos

Pick up your own inspiring game sheet at the front desk for summer long fun with a chance to win.
Check out our monthly calendar for children on the children’s tab on our website.

Baby—Preschool children-
Stories, games, crafts, music, puppets
During Thursday Story Time 10 a.m.
Teen Book Club:
Teen Book club MOVIE(gr. 8+)-Fourth Thursday every month at 4pm last meeting: July 26 (w/snacks)
Feature: Wonder woman Warbringer (PG13)

Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s Certified Therapy dog.
Want to boost reading confidence?
Monday 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. Call Gwen for more info at 483-8245

Pajama Story Night
2nd Thursday of the Month, 6-7 pm
Join us monthly for a night of storytelling and treats!
Storytime with Samantha
Thursdays, 10 a.m.
Preschoolers and babies welcomed

Second Friday, 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 books for children…
H is for home run: a baseball alphabet Herzog, Brad
Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His dream of Don Quixote
Engle, Margarita
A stone for Sascha Becker, Aaron,
In a small kingdom dePaola, Tomie
The bagel king Larsen, Andrew
Rattlesnake vs. secretary bird Pallotta, Jerry

New books for young adults…
Winterveil Burtenshaw, Jenna,
Into the Bright Unknown: Gold seer trilogy — 3 Carson, Rae
Like a river glorious: Gold seer trilogy — 2 Carson, Rae
Love & war: an Alex & Eliza story De la Cruz, Melissa,
Elegy Hudson, Tara
A history of glitter and blood Moskowitz, Hannah,
Goldenhand: an Old Kingdom novel Nix, Garth
Deception: a defiance novel Redwine, C. J
The cage Shepherd, Megan
The hunt Shepherd, Megan
My name is Victoria Worsley, Lucy

From the Young Adult Shelves~

A History of Glitter and Blood
by Hannah Moskowitz
Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies.

But when Beckan’s clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn’t have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected.

This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love. Goodreads

New books for juniors…
Into the Nightfell Wood Bailey, Kristin,
A legend of starfire Burt, Marissa
A sliver of stardust Burt, Marissa
Brilliant Doyle, Roddy
Moving target Gonzalez, Christina Diaz,
Return fire Gonzalez, Christina Diaz,
Mez’s magic Schrefer, Eliot
Currents Smolik, Jane Petrlik,
The case of secrets Struthers, Alfred

From the Junior Shelves~

The Case of Secrets
by Alfred M. Struthers (Goodreads Author)

It looked like an ordinary book. Old and boring. But when 11 year old Nathan Cole picks it up off the attic floor, strange things begin to happen; things he can’t explain…or ignore. The book leads him througha complex set of clues left by Alastair Raven, a renowned New York City architect who vanished in the mid 1800’s, never to be heard from again. Through every twist and turn Nathan is convinced that Raven is reaching out to him, leading him to something. But what? What could a man who lived 150 ago possibly want him to know? As Nathan works to answer that question, an even bigger mystery looms…one that dates back through his family for countless generations. Se what surprises await him in this action-packed novel that shows how one book can change your life. Forever. Goodreads


Every month we ask a trivia question. If you know the answer, drop it off at the front desk or e-mail it here. We will randomly select the winner from the correct answers and the WINNERwill win ONE FREE WEEK of OVERDUE FINE AMNESTY ON ONE BOOK

Last month’s question and answer:
Q. What acclaimed children’s author and poet spent much of his career as a cartoonist for Playboy and also wrote songs for the 1960s folk scene?

A. Shel Silverstein
No Winner!

This Month’s Trivia Question:

Who was the first American novelist to win the Nobel Prize for literature?

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
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 Amazon.com 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.


The Winter Soldier is a novel by Daniel Mason (The Piano Tuner)
that combines medicine, love and war. A well-to-do Austrian medical student joined the World War I war effort and went to the front lines where he learned out-of-classroom medicine and human compassion.

He also fell in love with one of the sisters who taught him all he needed to know about wartime medicine.

The author is a professor of clinical psychiatry and it shows in his knowledge of medicine and in a particularly poignant part of the book that deals with a war weary soldier.

No spoilers, but this is not as expected. It is well-written with some unique and interesting medical history mixed into the very good plot.

How It Happened by Micael Koryta is my obligatory mystery/thriller. After all, this is beach reading time.

Koryta has written several dark mysteries, so this is a bit of break. In this novel, his “hero” is an FBI specialist in confessions. He elicits the jailhouse confession of a low-class druggie woman well-known to the authorities. Convinced the confession is accurate, he goes against the evidence to pursue the man she alleged was the murderer.

To add another level of intrigue, it is all takes place in a coastal town in Maine where he summered. He has his own ghosts to face along with a not-so-pleasant history that influences his investigation.

This is a good mystery different than the usual whodunit.


I kept looking for a reference to a ghostwriter. This book is that well-written. I was immediately captivated in the first chapter. The Man Who Climbs Trees by James Aldred reads like a thriller. How could the opening of a book about climbing trees start with a bang? And then keep delivering?
Each chapter is about a different huge tree the author climbed for various filming projects. Sounds tedious, but this book never was. Every giant tree was interesting. Every climb and experience was different. There were close encounters with animals, insects and dangers nicely interspersed with the author’s continuing reverence and respect for the trees themselves.

This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book not to be missed by nature lovers and adventure seekers. It is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

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 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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