September 2015

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
September, 2015
Volume 9, No.6

alaskaReturning Author Dan Szczesny with a Program on Alaska
Wednesday September 16, 6:30 pm

Notes from Alaska: Running from Mosquitoes in the Last Frontier, and Other Stories: In a series of essays as far ranging as hidden salmon fishing hot spots to walking into glaciers to finding eagles in Valdez Bay, Szczesny’s Alaska is terrifying and beautiful; a land of equal parts danger and wonder. If you want your travel tinged with a hint of off-road exploration, Notes From Alaska is the book for you. So, brush off the mosquitoes, boil up some dehydrated noodles and sit back and enjoy discovering an Alaska you’d never known existed.

“During our trip to Alaska, my wife and I determined to never stay at a hotel. So, we rented a SUV, grabbed tents and sleeping bags, and road tripped through the Last Frontier, covering as many miles as we could. Along the way, we met locals, discovered hidden fishing coves, were chased by mosquitoes in Denali National Park and walked inside glaciers. This slide presentation shows an off-the-beaten-path side of Alaska and is accompanied by reading from Notes from Alaska, a book being published next spring.”

book saleUsed Book Sale
Moore School Gym on October 24 from 9-3.

The Friends of the Smyth Public Library are currently looking for any volunteers to help with the book sale and for bake sale donations.
Ginny Jones can be reached at 566-5057 with questions or

walt whitmanWalt Whitman Program
Tuesday September 22nd, 6:00 pm

Poet and journalist Walt Whitman was born May 31, 1819 in West Hills, New York. Considered one of America’s most influential poets, Whitman aimed to transcend traditional epics, eschew normal aesthetic form, and reflect the nature of the American experience and its democracy. In 1855 he self-published the collection Leaves of Grass, now a landmark in American literature. Poet, journalist. Called the “Bard of Democracy” and considered one of America’s most influential poets, Walt Whitman was a writer whose verse collection Leaves of Grass is a landmark in the history of American literature. Come enjoy this presentation of the beloved Whitman and his beautiful works.

homeMonthly Movie Night – “Home”
Friday, September 25th, 6:30 pm

“When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.” – 20th Century Fox

The-Fab-Four-the-beatles-13783798-1280-80010th Annual Beatles Night
Saturday September 27th, 7:00 pm

This will be the tenth year for Beatles night at the Candia library. The evening will feature rare films, music, trivia, and door prizes. Every year features a new program so come join the music and fun!

scarecrowAnnual Smyth Public Library Scarecrow Competition

Join in the fun and create your very own scarecrow! The competition is open to everyone ages 1 to 101. Let your imagination run wild, but please remember to make sure that your scarecrow is appropriate for public display.

This year there is a challenge to all clubs to show off their talents. Girls/Boy Scouts, garden and women’s club, CYAA, school clubs. Join in the fun and sign up now!

Deadline for all entries will be October 12, 2015.


New Fiction…

Friction Brown, Sandra
After the storm: a Kate Burkholder novel Castillo, Linda
Trust no one: a thriller Cleave, Paul
The dust that falls from dreams: a novel De Berni©·res, Louis,
Last bus to wisdom: a novel Doig, Ivan
The precipice: a novel Doiron, Paul
Wicked charms: a Lizzy and Diesel novel Evanovich, Janet
Devil’s bridge: a novel Fairstein, Linda A.
All the single ladies Frank, Dorothea Benton
X Grafton, Sue
The taming of the queen Gregory, Philippa
Deadly assets Griffin, W. E. B
The marriage of opposites: a novel based on the life of Rachel Pizzarro Hoffman, Alice
The murderer’s daughter: a novel Kellerman, Jonathan
Last words Koryta, Michael
Silver linings: a Rose Harbor novel Macomber, Debbie
The night sister: a novel McMahon, Jennifer
Alert: a Michael Bennett novel Patterson, James
Truth or die Patterson, James
The nature of the beast: a Chief Inspector Gamache novel Penny, Louise
The seven sisters: a novel Riley, Lucinda
The last time I saw her: a novel Robards, Karen
Sing and other short stories Szczesny, Dan
A pattern of lies: a Bess Crawford mystery Todd, Charles
Who do you love: a novel Weiner, Jennifer
Starlight on Willow Lake Wiggs, Susan

New Non-Fiction…

Check these out: one librarian’s catalog of the 200 coolest, best, and most important books you’ll ever read Sheridan, Gina
Rising strong Brown, Brene
Whole body intelligence: get out of your head and into your body to achieve greater wisdom, confidence, and success Sisgold, Steve,
The gratitude diaries: how a year looking on the bright side can transform your life Kaplan, Janice
Prevail: discover your strength in hard places Trimm, Cindy,
For the love: fighting for grace in a world of impossible standards Hatmaker, Jen,
One thousand wells: how an audacious goal taught me to love the world instead of save it Nardella, Jena Lee,
Harry’s last stand: how the world my generation built is falling down, and what we can do to save it Smith, Harry Leslie,
Inequality and instability: a study of the world economy just before the Great Crisis Galbraith, James K.
The quartet: orchestrating the second American Revolution, 1783-1789
Ellis, Joseph J
Don’t trust, don’t fear, don’t beg: the extraordinary story of the Arctic 30 Stewart, Ben,
The tricky art of co-existing: how to behave decently no matter what life throws your way Toksvig, Sandi.
Birth of a theorem: a mathematical adventure Villani, Cédric,
Never bite when a growl will do Nastasi, Michael.
Entertaining Hillier, Malcolm.
The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing Kondō, Marie,
Do less, get more: how to work smart and live life your way Wasmund, Sháá,
Barbarian days: a surfing life Finnegan, William
Having the last say: capturing your legacy in one small story Gelb, Alan.
The millionaire and the bard: Henry Folger’s obsessive hunt for Shakespeare’s first folio Mays, Andrea
Avenue of spies: a true story of terror, espionage, and one American family’s heroic resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris Kershaw, Alex
Zero Night: the untold story of World War Two’s greatest escape Felton, Mark,
The audacity of hope: thoughts on reclaiming the American dream Obama, Barack
The Oregon Trail: a new American journey Buck, Rinker

New Books on CD…

Tom Clancy under fire CD (11) Blackwood, Grant
Wicked charms CD (5) Evanovich, Janet
Deadly assets CD (9) Griffin, W. E. B
The murderer’s daughter: a novel CD (11) Kellerman, Jonathan
Silver linings CD (7) Macomber, Debbie
Alert: a Michael Bennett novel CD (7) Patterson, James
The audacity of hope: [thoughts on reclaiming the American dream] CD (5)
Obama, Barack

New Video…
The big year DVD 827 [PG]
The Divergent series — Insurgent / — DVD 828 [PG13]
It’s complicated DVD 829 [R]
Beasts of the southern wild DVD 830 [PG13]
Mr. & Mrs. Smith DVD 831 [PG13]

His friends assured him she was well-read.
He opened the door to find his sunburned blind date.

dr seuss


knitKnitting & Crochet Circle
Third Thursday of the month, 7pm

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.

quill-inkWriters’ Group
Last 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.

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

One Summer by Bill Bryson
September 17th, 7:30

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.

Tip from the front desk
When you are short on time or energy (or both), just read to children!

“Although most parents know that reading aloud is important, many don’t do it. A recent study conducted by the literacy nonprofit Reading is Fundamental found that only one-third of parents read to their kids every night. But for babies and young children, reading fosters an emotional bond with their caregivers and helps them to develop language skills. Even as your children learn to read on their own, it’s important to continue reading aloud to them, since hearing the words strengthens a child’s comprehension. And if you can get your kids to consider reading as fun, you can help give them an academic boost. British researchers followed about 6,000 children beginning in 1970 and found that those who read for pleasure scored higher not only in vocabulary and spelling but also in math. ‘You want your children to read good literature, including nonfiction,’ says Kathy Barclay, a professor of early childhood and reading at Western Illinois University, in Macomb. But don’t panic if your youngster is plowing through a series based on a television show. ‘There’s nothing wrong with whatever superhero your child is hooked on. Quantity makes the big difference,’ says Barclay.”

From January 2014 excerpt

Smyth Public Library has all you need to read to your children and watch the stress melt away!

~Heidi Deacon, Director

legosMonthly Lego Night!
EVERY third Friday 6:30-7:30

Did you Know???

The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’.


Art Always Wanted!!!
Our art gallery is always available for the works of local artists. Just see Heidi at the front desk to display your works

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

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!


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.

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

Sewing Club
Each Monday for school months 6:30-8:00 sign-ups required. ($5 per month for supplies.) Sign up at the front desk!

Book Clubs
3rd-4th grade club together on the first Wed. of the month after school starting in October. Librarian will pick up the children directly from school and walk them over to the library. Parents pick up at 4. Parents rotate to bring snack.5th-6th grade club on first Wed. night of the month 6:00 -7:00 with pizza.
The children’s librarian will pick out the books and children may attend if they have read the book. Attendance only if signed up and Moore School permission slip is returned to school office. Book club runs through the school year only.

Simon Says Read to Me, Please!
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…

Just for today John, Antony
Trapped!: a whale’s rescue Burleigh, Robert
A house for Hermit Crab Carle, Eric
The tiny seed Carle, Eric
See you next year Larsen, Andrew
When young Melissa sweeps: poem Turner, Nancy Byrd,

New books for young adults…

Mapmaker Bomback, Mark,
A prince without a kingdom Fombelle, Timothee De
Legacy of kings Herman, Eleanor,
Tiger’s curse Houck, Colleen
The passage Killgore, James,
Secret of the Sevens Lindquist, Lynn.
American meteor Lock, Norman

New books for juniors…

Can we help?: kids volunteering to help their communities Ancona, George
Terrible typhoid Mary: a true story of the deadliest cook in America Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
The name of this book is secret CD (5) Bosch, Pseudonymous
Heidi Heckelbeck has a secret Coven, Wanda.
Lilliput Gayton, Sam,
The wreck of the Ethie Hyland, Hilary.
Nooks & Crannies Lawson, Jessica
My brother’s secret Smith, Daniel B.
The coastwatcher Weston, Elise.


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 amnesty on one book!

Last month’s question and answer:

Q. Who shares a July 31 birthday with Harry Potter (who was 35 this year)?
A. J.K. Rowling used author’s prerogative and gave Harry her own birthday.

No winners!

This Month’s Trivia Question:

By what name is the writer François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778) better known?

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

N.B.: the editor is on vacation this month, so this list is a tad abbreviated…

True Vacation Reading…

True beach reading, J.A. Konrath’s* Jack (short for Jacqueline) Daniels books are fun, witty, cop mysteries. You really get to know and like Jack, her partner, friends, enemies and family. They are best in enjoyed in order. The end of the fifth is definitely the start of the sixth. If you enjoy these, there are three more, but not a continuation of the series. Those stand alone better and are also named for drinks (alcohol does not play a big role at all).
The books can be obtained for your e-reader from Overdrive.
N.B.: rated R

*The first few gave attribution to Jack Kilborn as co-author, the later ones do not.

N on-fiction …

last seasonThe Last Season is a wonderful warm book that gives the reader a look at a loving son, loving father, life in general and aging. All of it uses a season of Ole Miss football as an entertaining backdrop.

The author has just lost the Mitt Romney campaign (not all on his own) and he decides to spend more time with his father who is now 95. As a child they spent every fall weekend going to Ole Miss football games in the vaunted SEC where football is religion. He decides as a way to regroup and reclaim his life to go to every game of the 2013 season with his father.

During our ride along with them we get the author’s extremely well-written impressions of his past, the present he now sees with his elderly parents and glimpses of the future as he watches his father and realizes that time is not endless. This is not at all bittersweet. This is a celebration of an admittedly lucky life with an honest reflection of what it meant to be raised in the South of the sixties.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. It is a touching thoughtful memoir written without any cynicism whatsoever. What could a man who recognizes the luck he has had in life ever be negative about?

badlandsC.J. Box is consistently very good and this is one of his better ones. I’ve “borrowed”’s blurb for the book. Be assured, it is up there with his tops…
Edgar Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box is back with a masterpiece of suspense set in a time and place that readers won’t soon forget.
Twenty miles across the North Dakota border, where the scenery goes from rolling grass prairie to pipeline fields, detective Cassie Dewell has been assigned as the new deputy sheriff of Grimstad-a place people used to be from, but were never headed to. Grimstad is now the oil capital of North Dakota. With oil comes money, with money comes drugs, and with drugs come the dirtiest criminals hustling to corner the market.

In the small town resides twelve-year-old Kyle Westergaard. Even though Kyle has been written off as the “slow” kid, he has dreams deeper than anyone can imagine. He wants to get out of town, take care of his mother, and give them a better life. While delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident and takes a mysterious bundle from the scene. Now in possession of a lot of money and packets of white powder, Kyle wonders if his luck has changed.
When the temperature drops to 30 below and a gang war heats up, Cassie realizes that she may be in over her head. As she is propelled on a collision course with a murderous enemy, she finds that the key to it all might come in the most unlikely form: an undersized boy on a bike who keeps showing up where he doesn’t belong. Because a boy like Kyle is invisible. But he sees everything.

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