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August with Smyth Public Library


The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library

August, 2018

Volume 12, No.5




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




August 15th- Bedford Big Band

Come enjoy the magic of summer music under the stars, complete with ice cream!





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 banker’s wife                                                        Alger, Cristina,

The sinners                                                                 Atkins, Ace

The killing habit                                                          Billingham, Mark

Murder on the Left Bank                                            Black, Cara

A gathering of secrets                                                 Castillo, Linda

The gray ghost                                                            Cussler, Clive

Believe me: a novel                                                     Delaney, J P,

Before and again: a novel                                            Delinsky, Barbara

Stay hidden                                                                 Doiron, Paul

The Romanov empress: a novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna          Gortner, C. W

The night ferry                                                            Hammer, Lotte,

Liar, liar                                                                       Jackson, Lisa

Double blind                                                               Johansen, Iris

After the monsoon                                                      Karjel, Robert,

Island of the mad: a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes                                                                                              King, Laurie R

Like dandelion dust                                                     Kingsbury, Karen

Cottage by the sea                                                      Macomber, Debbie

The winter soldier                                                       Mason, Daniel

A death in Eden                                                          McCafferty, Keith.

The throwaway: a thriller                                           Moreci, Michael,

Dear Mrs. Bird: a novel                                              Pearce, A. J.

The Dante chamber                                                     Pearl, Matthew

The Moscow deception                                              Robards, Karen

Rescued                                                                       Rosenfelt, David

The other woman                                                        Silva, Daniel

The good fight: a novel                                               Steel, Danielle

Spymaster: a thriller                                                   Thor, Brad

Clock dance: a novel                                                   Tyler, Anne

The Skaar invasion                                                      Brooks, Terry

The hills have spies                                                    Lackey, Mercedes

Low Chicago                                                               Martin, George R. R.


New Non-Fiction…



Bad blood: secrets and lies in a Silicon Valley startup                       Carreyrou, John,

Amity and Prosperity: one family and the fracturing of America      Griswold, Eliza,

Blood & ivy: the 1849 murder that scandalized Harvard                   Collins, Paul

Conan Doyle for the defense: the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world’s most famous detective writer                Fox, Margalit,

The zoomable universe: an epic tour through cosmic scale, from almost everything to nearly nothing                                                                                            Scharf, Caleb A.,

Ticker: the quest to create an artificial heart                                       Swartz, Mimi,

One pot: 120+ easy meals from your skillet, slow cooker, stockpot, and more

Happy by design: how to create a home that boosts your health and happiness                                                                                                                              Harrison, Victoria,

Calypso                                                                                              Sedaris, David

Tip of the iceberg: my 3,000-mile journey around wild Alaska, the last great American frontier                                                                                         Adams, Mark

God, faith, and reason                                                                         Savage, Michael

Indianapolis: the true story of the worst sea disaster in U.S. naval history and the fifty-year fight to exonerate an innocent man                                                             Vincent, Lynn

The soul of America: the battle for our better angels                                     Meacham, Jon

Katahdin, an historic journey: legends, explorations, and preservation of Maine’s highest peak mountain                                                                          Neff, John W.

It happened in New Hampshire: remarkable events that shaped history

Rogers, Stillman

Black cowboys of the Old West: true, sensational, and little-known stories from history                                                                                                   Wagner, Tricia Martineau.


New Books on CD…

Operation homecoming CD (15): Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the words of U.S. troops and their families

Before and again: [a novel] CD (12)   Delinsky, Barbara

The perfect couple: a novel CD (11) Hilderbrand, Elin

Liar, liar CD (11)                                Jackson, Lisa

Cottage by the sea: a novel CD (9)     Macomber, Debbie

The pharaoh key CD (8)                    Preston, Douglas J.

The other woman CD (9)                   Silva, Daniel

Spymaster: a thriller CD (8)               Thor, Brad

Dragon Marked CD (8)                                  Eve, Jaymin

The Decaying Empire CD (8)             Thalassa, Laura


New Video…


The hurricane heist DVD 1088 [PG13]

Pacific Rim DVD 1097 [PG13] — Uprising /

Black Panther DVD 1098 [PG13]

A wrinkle in time DVD 1099 [PG]

A quiet place DVD 1100 [PG13]

Sherlock Gnomes DVD 1101A [PG]

Beethoven’s big break DVD 514 [PG]

Ocean’s eleven DVD 609 [PG13]

The Godfather DVD 623 [R]

ToothFairy DVD 696 [PG]

The pacifier DVD 697 [PG]



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

Six Beach Reading Alternatives~

for Those Who Stay Out of the Sun


Every summer we hear this: “Great beach reading for the summer!” or “Be sure to toss this new title in your beach bag – next to the sunglasses and SPF 50!” or “The perfect paperback for poolside sunbathing!”

Ever feel like summer reading means you have to head to the beach and the rays to get your reading done?


While lots of people enjoy digging into a new breeze book while soaking up sunshine and digging their toes into the sand, there are plenty of us who prefer to stay out of direct sunlight.


If reading on the sandy shores isn’t quite your cup of tea, here are some alternative locales to consider for your leisurely summertime reading.


  1. Porch Life

If you’re fortunate enough to live in a home (or be visiting a home-away-from-home) with a porch, that’s an ideal place to set up a summertime reading sanctuary! Built-in awnings and umbrellas create enough shelter from the sun while you enjoy the warmth of the season.


  1. Tree Time

If you want to soak in summer in the great outdoors, but still want to avoid those distracting sunny rays, a tree is an excellent place to hide away with your book of choice. Choose a tree with dense leaves and a thick trunk, and consider taking along a cushion to sit on. (Roots can be dirty and uncomfortable to sit on for an extended period of time.)


  1. Window to the World

It’s a common misconception that you have to go outside to enjoy the summer weather. If you’d prefer to stay inside, that’s a-ok! Set yourself up by a window with your book and a glass of something refreshing, and you’ll be ready to read all day enjoying the summer breeze (without the summer bugs).


  1. Coffee Tea and Read

Who doesn’t love pulling out a book in a cheerful cafe? Plus, if they’ve cranked up the air conditioning or have the ceiling fans running (or ideally, both), then you can enjoy your book in the comfort of a cool space with ready access to snacks all summer long.


  1. Bedtime Stories

There’s so much to do during the day — never underestimate the pleasure of reading on a summer night! As the air cools down for the evening, click on that trusty lamp and enjoy the summer evening breeze as you tuck yourself into a great story.


  1. Umbrella Ella Ella

Heading to the beach anyway, despite all these lovely alternatives? The beach umbrella is a time honored and very effective sun-avoidance tactic! Enjoy the company of others and the occasional dip in the water… knowing that the comfort of a shady reading spot is ready when you are.

Excerpt by Margaret Dunham (6/27/18)



Swing by Smyth Public Library for all your reads to relish these beautiful August days and nights.

Enjoy the season… with or without the sand!


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.


Librarian pick up line: “Are those books late? Because you got fine written all over you!”


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, August 24, 6:00 p.m.


“The Boxcar

Children~Surprise Island”

rated PG ~


Did you Know???

Two Oxford students learned that Rudyard Kipling was being paid 10 shillings per word, so they sent him ten shillings and asked for one of his bet words. He wrote back: “Thanks”.


Did you Know 2???

“Tsundoko” is a Japanese word for buying too many books, letting them pile up in your home and never reading them.


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, September 13, 11:00 a.m.

All the Beautiful Girls

By Elizabeth J. Church

A powerful novel about a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past amongst the glamour of 1960s Las Vegas—and finds unexpected fortune, friendship, and love.



With her uncanny knack for understanding the hidden lives of women, Elizabeth J. Church captures both the iconic extravagance of an era and the bravery of a young woman who dances through her sadness to find connection, freedom, and, most important, herself.

*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk


Thursdays evenings…


Thursday, August 30, 7:30 p.m.


October 1964 by David Halberstam



“October 1964 should be a hit with old-time baseball fans, who’ll relish the opportunity to relive that year’s to-die-for World Series, when the dynastic but aging New York Yankees squared off against the upstart St. Louis Cardinals. It should be a hit with younger students of the game, who’ll eat up the vivid portrayals of legends like Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris of the Yankees and Bob Gibson and Lou Brock of the Cardinals. Most of all, however, David Halberstam’s new book should be a hit with anyone interested in understanding the important interplay between sports and society.”

–The Boston Globe


“Halberstam’s latest gives us the feeling of actually being there–in another time, in the locker rooms and in the minds of baseball legends

–San Francisco Chronicle

*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 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)


The Candia Heritage Commission is pleased to announce the acquisition of a valuable historical resource, bound volumes of the Rockingham County News encompassing the years 1978-1998. The newspaper begins with the “Candia Current”, weekly news from our town. Within the pages of the newspaper is a wide variety of news from Candia and our surrounding towns. A survey of a volume gives a delightful illustrated picture of life in Candia during that year. A sample copy can be viewed at the Smyth Public Library. A two week loan of a volume can be arranged by contacting Sis Richter 483-2585, president of the Historical Society or Diane Philbrick 483-8239, chair of 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!

Like the Smyth Public Library

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-Come in 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, August 15th 3pm- Marble rock Maze

NEW! Wednesday, August 22nd 3pm- Gears, Gears, Gears!




~Read a book~fill out a mini review form at the front desk~enter for raffle prizes~

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 Wednesday every month at 2pm: August 26 (w/snacks)

Feature: City of Bones (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 our new Librarian-Jessica

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…

Liners and merchant ships

Pete the Kitty and the groovy playdate         Dean, Kim,

Llama Llama loves to read                              Dewdney, Anna

The blackberry mouse                                    Grimsdale, Matthew.

The very sleepy pig                                        Malam, John

Niblet & Ralph                                               OHora, Zachariah,

Hernanco fandango: the great dancing dog!     Swirles, Rachel,

Dragon for sale                                                Macdonald, Marianne


New books for young adults…

Spinning silver                                                Novik, Naomi

Grace and fury                                                Banghart, Tracy E.,

The bird and the blade                                    Bannen, Megan,

Bleed like me                                                   Desir, Christa,

Shackled                                                          Leveen, Tom.,

The rest of us just live here                            Ness, Patrick

The third twin             Omololu,                                 Cynthia Jaynes,

Notes from my captivity                                Parks, Kathy

Empty                                                                         Walton, K. M.



From the Young Adult Shelves~


The Rest of Us Just Live Here

by Patrick Ness

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?


What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…Goodreads



New books for juniors…

The button war: a tale of the Great War         Avi

Windmill dragons: a Leah and Alan adventure : a TOON graphic      Nytra, David,

It’s a doggy dog world                                     Greenwald, Tom,

A stitch in time                                               Kalmar, Daphne,

Rise of the earth dragon                                  West, Tracey

Song of the poison dragon                              West, Tracey


From the Junior Shelves~

It’s a Doggy Dog World (Crimebiters! #2)

by Tommy Greenwald

Adam Stower (Illustrations)


Jimmy is sure that his dog Abby is special. After all, it was Abby who (with the help of Jimmy & friends) helped nab the criminal Barnaby Bratford and shut down Barnaby’s babysitting service, a front for robbing the nice folks of Quietville. Jimmy’s parents, on the other hand, are starting to feel like Abby is one destructive little dog (she chewed up Mom’s entire shoe collection!) and they insist on enrolling Abby in obedience training. The only problem is that the longer Abby’s in class, the more normal (read: boring) she becomes. Jimmy’s superhero crime-fighting vampire dog is slowly becoming just like every other dog. She doesn’t even sneak out at night anymore! At the same time Jimmy’s friends (the Crimebiters) are realizing that there’s just not very much crime to fight in their tiny town. But when Jimmy joins the lacrosse team & mysterious things start happening on and off the field, the Crimebiters realize that Abby better get back to her crime-fighting ways… and fast! 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:

  1. Who was the first American novelist to win the Nobel Prize for literature?
  2. Sinclair Lewis (1930)


No Winner!



This Month’s Trivia Question:


Who was the most recent American 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


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 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.






Ambrose Parry’s THE WAY OF ALL FLESH is a great novel with all the elements: good and interesting history, character development (I hope there is a sequel), good mystery and some romance thrown into the mix.


It is set in Edinburgh in 1847 as ether is starting to be used as an anesthetic and male doctors are starting to do “midwifery”. That is the historical backdrop. Raven, a young doctor and the main character, finds his “hoor” friend dead having died in agony. As he begins his apprenticeship with the preeminent “male midwife” of the time, the death of his friend haunts him, especially as it is repeated.


Thus, begins the mystery and the medical career of Raven. Along the way there are a cast of characters that, although somewhat typical, are not cardboard cutouts.


The mystery is a good one and the medicine of that age is intriguing. A very very good book.



It’s August…pure beach reading…


Rescued is David Rosenfelt’s 17th Andy Carpenter novel. Andy is an independently wealthy defense attorney who hates to work almost as much as he loves dogs. Dogs always start the yarn and occasionally play a part in the solving of the case.


All of these books stand alone. Andy is laugh out loud funny and the mysteries are always good (I have a standing reserve on them when they come in to the library). His support team are all unique from his adored ex-cop wife to the geriatric computer geniuses. Thoroughly enjoyable every time.





In the Enemy’s House, Howard Blum uses recently declassified files to track the history of Soviet infiltration into America and our government. It started in 1947 and led code-breaker nerd Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lampshire into an improbably alliance and a chase that lasted years. The hunt ultimately resulted in the capture of the Rosenbergs, who the two hunters did not want executed.

This is the stuff of which spy novels are made.



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

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