September 2016

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
September, 2016
Volume 10, No.6


Exciting new events coming in the Fall!
New First Friday Game Nights
Upcoming features starting soon:
Backyard games; Glow in the dark game night; Card games; Giant Jenga; Jacks; Life size Pacman; Marbles; Carnival; Dominoes; Minute to win it; Giant Yahtzee; Quidditch

What’s This??
The perfect place for our new events calendar!
See all our events and programs on one monthly calendar – great for the refrigerator
(if you can find space)
You can find it by pressing the “Events” tab at our website.
How to…?

September 14, 6:30 pm “How To” Make Ruffle Scarves with Doris Mann (supplies provided)

September 29, 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!

September 27, 6 pm “How To” Painting for Parent & Child with Currier Museum Art Center’s Holly Rousseau (supplies provided/please sign up)

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

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

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

Life Savvy: Life Skills for Teens and College Age Adults on First Fridays at 5:30pm with Game Night after.
First meeting on Friday, September 2nd featuring:
Organizing for School! Learn to Bullet Journal, use your syllabus wisely, take fantastic notes and study smart!

11th Annual Beatles Night

Saturday, October 8 at 7 pm

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…
Bullseye: a Detective Michael Bennett thriller Patterson, James
Crowned and dangerous Bowen, Rhys
The secret book of kings Brandes, Yokhi,
Letters from Skye: a novel Brockmole, Jessica
Sting Brown, Sandra
The great stink Clark, Clare.
Murder in thrall Cleeland, Anne
The girls: a novel Cline, Emma
A time of torment: a Charlie Parker thriller Connolly, John
Insidious Coulter, Catherine
The commodore: a novel Deutermann, Peter T.,
Curious minds: a Knight and moon novel Evanovich, Janet
Belgravia Fellowes, Julian
Three sisters, three queens Gregory, Philippa
The one man Gross, Andrew
Dead joker: a Hanne Wilhelmsen novel Holt, Anne
The book that matters most Hood, Ann
The hanged man: a mystery in fin-de-si©·cle Paris Inbinder, Gary,
Ellis Island Kerrigan, Kate
Rise the Dark Koryta, Michael
Deaf sentence Lodge, David,
Sweet tomorrows: a Rose Harbor novel Macomber, Debbie
Windfallen Moyes, Jojo
The technologists: a novel Pearl, Matthew
A great reckoning Penny, Louise
The perfect poison Quick, Amanda
When the music’s over: an Inspector Banks novel Robinson, Peter
Outfoxed Rosenfelt, David
My kind of town: a Joe Buonomo mystery Sandrolini, John,
Dear Committee Members Schumacher, Julie
Damaged: a Rosato & DiNunzio novel Scottoline, Lisa
China dolls: a novel See, Lisa
Derby Day: [a novel] Taylor, D. J.
The Secret corps: a thriller Telep, Peter
Habits of the house Weldon, Fay
Family tree: a novel Wiggs, Susan
Smooth operator Woods, Stuart
Another Brooklyn: a novel Woodson, Jacqueline
The Winter witch Brackston, Paula
The swarm Card, Orson Scott

New Non-Fiction…

Create your own website the easy way Moore, Alannah,
Wake up America: the nine virtues that made our nation great-and why we need them more than ever Bolling, Eric,
Flyover nation: you can’t run a country you’ve never been to Loesch, Dana,
American heiress: the wild saga of the kidnapping, crimes and trial of Patty Hearst Toobin, Jeffrey

Free $ for college for dummies Rosen, David,
Basic Western table etiquette and waiter service: Waiter course included
Herbs and nutrients for neurologic disorders: treatment strategies for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, multiple sclerosis, migraine, and seizures Kurn, Sidney,
5 acres & a dream, the book: the challenges of establishing a self-sufficient homestead Tate, Leigh,
The complete idiot’s guide to solar power for your home Ramsey, Dan,
Camp Sunset: a modern camper’s guide to the great outdoors
Girl in the woods: a memoir Matis, Aspen,
Let’s pretend this never happened: (a mostly true memoir) Lawson, Jenny
The perfect horse: the daring U.S. mission to rescue the priceless stallions kidnapped by the Nazis Letts, Elizabeth,
Crisis of character: a White House secret service officer discloses his firsthand experience with Hilary, Bill, and how they operate Byrne, Gary J.,

New Books on CD…

The war lovers CD (12) Thomas, Evan
Sting CD (10) Brown, Sandra
The girls: a novel CD (8) Cline, Emma
Insidious CD(9) Coulter, Catherine
Larose CD (12) Erdrich, Louise
CURIOUS MINDS CD (6) Evanovich, Janet
Sweet tomorrows CD (8) Macomber, Debbie
Bullseye CD (6) Patterson, James
Key of knowledge CD (9) Roberts, Nora
Damaged: [a Rosato & DiNunzio novel] CD (11) Scottoline, Lisa
Rushing waters: a novel CD (7) Steel, Danielle
Smooth operator CD (6) Woods, Stuart

New Video…
Lucy DVD 945 [R]
The ring DVD 946 [PG13]
The angry birds movie DVD 947 [PG]
God’s not dead 2 DVD 948 [PG]
The man who knew infinity DVD 949 [PG13]
Fathers & daughters DVD 950 [R]
The Bear DVD 952 [PG] Lacombe, Andre
Sicario DVD 953 [R]
Faster DVD 954 [R]

Teacher: “Give me two pronouns.”
Student: “Who? Me?”
Programs at the 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

Did you Know???
Alexandre Dumas fought his first duel at age 23. During the course of the duel, his trousers fell down

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
Inspiration for Children heading back into the world of books!
Reasons to READ:
~to explore the world & kingdoms beyond
~to understand other points of view
~to experience the past & imagine the future
~to become a better writer & improve your spelling~grammar~vocabulary
~to research people and ideas & to learn something new
~to relax, refresh & rejuvenate your soul

How to be a Great Reader:

Think about what you already know & Discover a purpose for reading
Make sure to understand what you read & Try to figure out the new words
Look at pictures or Form pictures in your mind
Draw conclusions & Predict what will happen next
And most FUN of all…Practice

To Understand what you read…
Identify cause and effect & Find the main idea
Look for supporting details & Make connections
Think about the author’s purpose
Use context clues & Make predictions
Visualize & Infer to Distinguish fact from opinions
Read to Imagine
Read to Grow
Read to Dream
(excerpts from Smart Bookmarks)

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

Never underestimate the responsiveness of authors. Note the times of the emails…
On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 6:36 AM, Boyd Chivers wrote:
Dear Mr. Coonts: Please explain why you always capitalize Marine Corps in your excellent book “Liberty’s Last Stand” and not Air Force. Sincerely, Boyd Chivers USAF, 1965-1970
From: Stephen Coonts
Date: Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 9:11 AM

Hey Boyd,
An interesting question, although technical. The nuances of editing are dictated usually by one of two standards, the Associated Press Manual of Style, or the Chicago Manual of Style. Each publisher chooses which his editors will use, and the authors’ manuscripts are line edited to conform. As it happens, the writer can make tiny inputs. The style manuals direct that army, navy, marine corps and air force be lower case unless you say U.S. Army, etc. This choice drives former marines wild (actually there are no former marines: They are Marines–and once a Marine always a Marine, I’m told) and they write me hot letters, lots of them. Yours is the first in thirty years from an air force guy. So if I had my druthers it would be army, navy, Marine Corps, and air force. That way the line editor is only a little unhappy and the Marines are singing in the rain.
This is unsatisfactory, I know, so I’ve concluded that I can’t win this battle and don’t have the energy to try. Now I let the publisher’s line editor work their evil way upon my words.
Best wishes,
Steve Coonts

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?

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
September 22, 7:30
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

New Yorker Magazine

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 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 in October!

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 ClubMonday, 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
Special Thursday Story Times

Guinea Hen Story! Special Thursday Story Time on September 15 at 10 am with Candia Author, Robin Vergato, reading her new book, Charlie Finds a Home.

on September 29 at 10 am with Suzanne Peterson, Lamprey River Advisory Council educator to speak about Turtles complete with Turtle Board and Turtle Trivia.

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.
First Meeting: October 3
Talking about what you read during the summer.
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.

Life Savvy: Life Skills for Teens and College Age Adults on First Fridays at 5:30pm with Game Night after.
First meeting on Friday, September 2nd featuring:
Organizing for School! Learn to Bullet Journal, use your syllabus wisely, take fantastic notes and study smart!

New books for children…
There’s a map on my lap! Rabe, Tish
Jane’s animal expedition: a lift-the-flap book Aigner-Clark, Julie.
Five little kittens Cowley, Stewart.
Dr. Seuss’s one fish, two fish, three, four, five fish Geisel, Theodor Seuss,
My world Brown, Margaret Wise
The village of round and square houses Grifalconi, Ann
Hello, Tree! Ryder, Joanne
Daisy-head Mayzie Seuss, Dr
Mouse’s first fall Thompson, Lauren
Bad Kitty for president Bruel, Nick
Bad kitty gets a bath Bruel, Nick
Speed demons Jones, Jasmine
Ghost in the house Lindsay, Elizabeth.
Night of the ninth dragon Osborne, Mary Pope

New books for young adults…
Crown of midnight: a throne of glass novel book two Maas, Sarah J
Heir of fire-Book three Maas, Sarah J
Throne of glass-book one Maas, Sarah J
Cinder- Book One Meyer, Marissa
Cress — Book three, — The lunar chronicles / Meyer, Marissa
Fairest: Levana’s story Meyer, Marissa
Scarlet. — Book two, — The lunar chronicles / Meyer, Marissa
Ghost talkers Kowal, Mary Robinette
Like the red panda Seigel, Andrea.

New books for juniors…
With courage and cloth: winning the fight for a woman’s right to vote Bausum, Ann.
The iron trial Black, Holly
Return to the Isle of the Lost De la Cruz, Melissa,
The English roses Madonna
Harry Potter and the cursed child: The official script book of the original West End production special rehearsal edition — Parts I & II / Thorne, Jack,
Tales from a not-so-graceful ice princess Russell, Rachel Renee.
Dork diaries: tales from a not-so-fabulous life Russell, Rachel Renee.
Dork diaries: tales from a not-so-popular party girl Russell, Rachel Renee.
How to dork your diary Russell, Rachel Renee.
Brave: the junior novelization Trimble, Irene


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 famous American author signed his early works with the pen name “Josh” before adopting his much more famous one?
A. Mark Twain, er, Samuel Clemens
No Winner!!!

This Month’s Trivia Question:
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.
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


THE POT THIEF WHO STUDIED GEORGIA O’KEEFE is the seventh in J. Michael Orenduff’s “Pot Thief’s” series. I had read the first one years ago. I don’t know if they improved, but after reading this one, I can’t figure out why I skipped the intervening six.
If you like witty repartee and word play with some literary and musical references, this is the book for you. The dialogue is as good as Robert Parker’s but with more puns and humor.
Hubie, the main character, runs an artifact store in Albuquerque, which he stocks to a great extent with pots he “steals”. He digs them up in violation of our Native American antiquities laws. He does so with a pure heart, to allow the original artist’s art to survive and be appreciated outside museums.
In this one, he is commissioned to find a pot that can only be found on a secret secure nuclear bomb site in the New Mexican desert. Then the fun begins.
The most fun is at the nightly cocktail hour with his good friend Suze. It is their conversation style that is most amusing, although Hubie’s inner thoughts are equally humorous.
The plot is good with plenty of twists. As repeated above, the dialogue is terrific. You need not have read any of the preceding books to enjoy this one.

More fiction…

Liz Moore’s moving story of a daughter’s quest to discover the truth about her beloved father’s hidden past.
Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that David’s mysterious history comes into question. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David’s colleagues. Soon she embarks on a mission to uncover her father’s secrets: a process that carries her from childhood to adulthood. What Ada discovers on her journey into a virtual universe will keep the reader riveted until The Unseen World’s heart-stopping, fascinating conclusion.

Non-fiction …
Nathaniel Philbrick is well-known for respected histories. VALIANT AMBITION is another. The book starts a tad on the slow side. Mr. Philbrick gives detailed accounts of virtually every Revolutionary War battle in the northeast as he begins his portraits of Benedict Arnold and George Washington as generals and people. Much of the Washington account is generally not new and known to Revolution or Washington buffs, but there are good insights into those surrounding him in the NY, PA and NJ campaigns.
Although a bit plodding, that introduction is necessary, especially in Arnold’s case. It shows the roots of his dissatisfaction, ego and financial difficulties.
The last third of the book that concentrates on our most famous traitor really picks up and makes the earlier slight slog worth it.
Recommended for the reader who really wants to get into the early Revolutionary War and understand Benedict Arnold’s treachery.
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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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