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September with Smyth Public Library


The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library

September, 2018

Volume 12, No.6


Cruising NH History
Tuesday, September 11th at 6pm
Learn about NH history markers with Michael Bruno.

Michael was born and raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. After serving in the U.S. Army for more than 23 years, Michael returned to New Hampshire in 2009. Michael has been a JROTC Army Instructor at White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield since his military retirement. Michael attained an Educational Specialist (Ed. S) degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Michael resides in the historic mountain community of Bethlehem where he is actively involved in town government.
In 2017, Michael wrote and sponsored an historical marker commemorating Frances Glessner Lee, who made significant contributions to the study of forensics. Michael is also a certified New Hampshire Granite State Ambassador. In his spare time, Michael enjoys hiking in the White Mountains and riding his motorcycle with his wife Kristin along the country roads of New Hampshire.


Sky Watch!
Monday, September 17th at 6pm
NH Astronomical Society will lead an indoor presentation. Sky watch to follow, weather permitting.

Friends of the Smyth Library Fall Book Sale

2 Opportunities
Friday, September 21st from 6-8pm

Saturday, September 22nd from 10am-1pm

$5 per bag! Book sale will be held at the library


Candia Garden Club Monarchs Talk
Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30pm
The Candia Garden Club will host guest speaker Donna Miller, a citizen scientist for Monarch Watch who helps with the tracking of monarchs during their fall migration. Her presentation: ”Where Have all the Monarchs Gone”, will cover the monarchs declining population in New Hampshire and how we can help. She will show slides of gardens designed specifically to attract monarchs and will discuss research work being done. The program is free and open to the public.


Walking France with Gale Carey
Wednesday, October 10th at 6pm
One pilgrim’s story of 500 miles on the Chemin de St. Jacques.
The Chemin de St. Jacques is an amazingly beautiful walking route cherished by the French and traveled by pilgrims for nearly 1000 years. The journey through lush woodlands, flower-laden fields, volcanic formations, and ancient villages and towns, allows for meditative walking, engaging conversation, and introspection. Gale made this 35-day trek last summer and brings us the story of her journey as a modern day pilgrim – from the practical to the philosophical.



How to Harmonica

Tuesday, September 25th at 6pm
Led by Mike Rogers who has been playing harmonica since the age of fifteen. Mike performs with harmonica and guitar and is blind as a result of retinitis pigmentosa. He simultaneously draws on forty-eight years of professional musicianship, fifteen years of teaching secondary education and twenty years of performing in schools from Maine to Georgia and throughout the Bahamas. Mike is joined by his wife Beverly who brings to the duo ten years of substitute teaching experience as well as previous work as a children’s storyteller for the public library system in Peach County, Georgia. They have been presenting these workshops for the past thirty years.
Mike and Beverly offer harmonica workshops for folks, ages eight through adult. Each student receives a harmonica. The workshop teaches simple songs and basic techniques. Most, if not all, students come away with a feeling of accomplishment and self-worth. Attitudes shift in each and every student, as they become absorbed with the process of entering the world of music!


Coming in October…

How to Knit/Crochet with Lia Cote
Thursday, October 11th at 6pm
Learn how to knit and crochet with Lisa Cote!

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      

Stay with me       Adebayo, Ayobami

A double life      Berry, Flynn

The locksmith’s daughter .     Brooks, Karen

Tailspin .     Brown, Sandra

She was the quiet one      Campbell, Michele

In the country of the young      Carey, Lisa.

Mary B: a novel .     Chen, Katherine,

The phantom tree .     Cornick, Nicola

Paradox      Coulter, Catherine

The masterpiece: a novel      Davis, Fiona

Less: a novel .     Greer, Andrew Sean

The big finish .     Hall, James W.

A measure of darkness: a novel      Kellerman, Jonathan

An unwanted guest .     Lapena, Shari

Assassin’s run      Larsen, Ward

The prisoner in the castle: a Maggie Hope mystery      MacNeal, Susan Elia

Canceled out      Mason, K.D. ,

Murder at Ochre Court      Maxwell, Alyssa

The quiet side of passion .     McCall Smith, Alexander

The Late Bloomers’ Club: a novel      Miller, Louise

Impostor’s lure: a Sharpe & Donovan novel      Neggers, Carla

With you always      Olsen, Rena

The Way of All Flesh      Parry, Ambrose.

Texas Ranger      Patterson, James

A rumored fortune      Politano, Joanna Davidson,

Final resting place      Putnam, Jonathan F.,

Under a dark sky: a novel      Rader-Day, Lori

A tale of two murders      Redmond, Heather

Eagle & crane      Rindell, Suzanne

Six: blood brothers      Sasser, Charles W.,

Feared: a Rosato & DiNunzio novel      Scottoline, Lisa

Pieces of her      Slaughter, Karin

The middleman      Steinhauer, Olen

The money shot      Woods, Stuart


New Non-Fiction


Outnumbered: from Facebook and Google to fake news and filter-bubbles–the algorithms that control our lives      Sumpter, David J. T.,

Gypsies of the White Mountains: history of a nomadic culture       Heald, Bruce D

Death of a nation: plantation politics and the making of the Democratic Party      D’Souza, Dinesh

Breaking trail      Hetteen, Edgar.

Why we sleep: unlocking the power of sleep and dreams       Walker, Matthew P.,

In my blood: six generations of madness and desire in an American family

     Sedgwick, John,

Fly girls: how five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history      O’Brien, Keith

Mosquito rain: Alaskan travel essays .     Szczesny, Dan

Cruising New Hampshire history: a guide to New Hampshire’s roadside historical markers      Bruno, Michael A.,


New Books on CD…

Tailspin CD (11)      Brown, Sandra

Double blind CD (8)      Johansen, Iris

A measure of darkness CD (7): a novel      Kellerman, Jonathan

Texas Ranger CD (6)      Patterson, James

Feared CD (9)      Scottoline, Lisa

The middleman CD (8)      Steinhauer, Olen

Identical CD (11)      Turow, Scott

The money shot CD (6)      Woods, Stuart


New Video…

Overboard DVD 1102 [PG13] 

The equalizer DVD 1103 [R] 

Amanda and the fox DVD 1104 [PG] 

Show Dogs DVD 1105 [PG] 

Deadpool 2 DVD 1106 [R] 

Zoo DVD 1107 [PG] 

Ready player one DVD 1108 [PG13] 

The Boxcar Children DVD 1109 [G] — Surprise Island / 

The mask of Zorro DVD 731[PG13] 

Legendary DVD 948 [PG] 

God’s not dead: A light in darkness DVD GOD3 [PG] 

Fellowship of the ring: special extended edition DVD LORDX [PG13]


We love it when you borrow books…just don’t overdue it!!

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

What Rereading Childhood Books Teaches Adults About Themselves

People’s favorite childhood stories often stick with them throughout their lives. When the book-centric social media site Goodreads tracked the books most reread, many of them were children’s books, including J. K. Rowling’s entire Harry Potter series, C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.

For many, having kids of their own provides an opportunity to share these beloved stories with the next generation. But revisiting them alone as adults can also provide comfort, relaxation, and the pleasure of rediscovery. Not only do rereaders rediscover the story, but they may also rediscover themselves.

Rereading “reminds us that we can experience something intensely and not be seeing everything at the time. And going back, we see something different,” says Jill Campbell, an English professor at Yale. “It’s a way of thinking more about a book that’s had an impact on you, but it’s also a way of thinking about your own life, memories, and experiences. The continuities and the differences.”

There is an allure to the repetition of rereading, submitting to the rhythms of a narrative, place, and characters you know well, and the familiar emotions they evoke. Rereading also has a different pace. I tear through a book on the first read, to find out what happens next, but rereading feels mellower and more leisurely, even while relearning the parts I’ve forgotten.

The takeaways are often different too, when reading a book through the lens of adulthood.

(excerpt by Emma Court-theatlantic.com7/27/18)


Find all your favorites at Smyth Public Library and reread to your heart’s content!

-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-October 3rd


Family Movie Night   

Friday, September 28, 6:00 p.m.


rated PG ~


Did you Know???

When a ship sailed into ancient Alexandria, it was required to turn over all of its books.  The books would be taken away and copied.  The originals went into the Library of Alexandria and the copy given to its owner on the ship. 


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 groups!

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, September 27st at 7:30 pm


Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Feel free to join the group for many interesting discussions!

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

*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!

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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…


Book Clubs!

Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pm; First Meeting: October 19th

Reading Tigers at Twilight by Mary Pope Osborne

Dear America Book Club- Wednesday, October 3

Reading A City Tossed and Broken by Judy Blundell

Rick Riordan Book Club – Wednesday, October 11th

Reading The Lightning Thief

STEM Club (K-3)

Combined Math and Science

Second and Fourth Thursday 4pm; First Meeting: October 12

Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

First Meeting: October 5

Wednesday, October 31, 3pm, Halloween Party for ALL ages! Come in costume!  Play SPOOKY games and eat CREEPY snacks!

Please Sign Up at the Front Desk

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 Movie Club- Wednesday, September 26, at 3:30 pm featuring: “Ready Player One” rated PG13.

TEEN PROGRAMS Starting in October!

(please sign up at the Front Desk!)

Teen Book Club-Wednesday, October 17 at 4 pm

Discussing House of Furies by Madeline Roux

Teen Creative Club- Wednesday, October 24 at 4 pm

Water color painting!

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…

Walk this wild world      Brewster, Sam,

What color is your underwear?      Lloyd, Sam

An adventure with Billy Bunny      Pledger, Maurice.

An adventure with Morris Mouse      Pledger, Maurice.

Have you got my purr?      West, Judy,

Emmet’s awesome day      Holmes, Anna

Teeny tiny animals       Ryals, Lexi.

Star wars, the clone wars — Meet Ahsoka Tano .     Mayer, Kirsten


New books for young adults…

Beyond high school: a guide to your rights and responsibilities

The butterfly conspiracy: a Merriweather and Royston mystery      Conroy, Vivian,

Fugitive six      Lore, Pittacus

Catwoman: soulstealer      Maas, Sarah J

Moxie: a novel      Mathieu, Jennifer

These rebel waves      Raasch, Sara

A touch of gold      Sullivan, Annie,

A reaper at the gates      Tahir, Sabaa

The Hollow .     Verday, JessicaShackled 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~


by Jennifer Mathieu 

Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.   Goodreads

New books for juniors…

A kids’ guide to America’s Bill of Rights: curfews, censorship, and the 100-pound giant      Krull, Kathleen

Fort Ticonderoga      Maynard, Charles W.

Who was Albert Einstein?      Brallier, Jess M.

Who was Jackie Robinson?      Herman, Gail

Who was Babe Ruth?      Holub, Joan

The Red Fox Clan q      Flanagan, John

Pokémon adventures — Volume 1 / .    Kusaka, Hidenori,

Jedi Academy .     Brown, Jeffrey

The scroll of kings      Prineas, Sarah

Sunny      Reynolds, Jason

Copyboy     Vawter, Vince


From the Junior Shelves~

Fort Ticonderoga

by Charles W. Maynard

This lively series uses the stories of celebrated forts to draw students into the history of the United States. The excitement begins with the Spaniards in 1672, who built the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States–the Castillo de San Marcos–in St. Augustine, Florida. Students learn next about Fort Clatsop, the wooden encampment that the explorers Lewis and Clark built after reaching the Pacific Ocean in 1805.   Goodreads

Trivia Time!

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

A.    2016 – Bob Dylan

No Winner!

This Month’s Trivia Question:

What is considered the first science fiction novel?

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.


Anthony Horowitz’s THE WORD IS MURDER is an entertaining mash-up of a modern Agatha Christie murder mystery and Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes – Watson detective novel.

The narrator is a youth book novel writer and television and movie screenwriter who is convinced by an eccentric “police consultant” to write about him as he solves a crime = Doyle.

The crime plot is a woman goes to a funeral home and plans her funeral in every detail.  She goes home and is murdered = Christie.

The book is neither as good as a Christie nor as good as a Sherlock, but it is amusing with a good plot.

In a world where no one can be trusted and secrets are currency, one woman stands without fear.

Mallory Bright is the only daughter of London’s master locksmith. For her there is no lock too elaborate, no secret too well kept. Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster and protector of Queen Elizabeth – the last of the Tudor monarchs – and her realm, is quick to realise Mallory’s talent and draws her into his world of intrigue, danger and deception. With her by his side, no scheme in England or abroad is safe from discovery; no plot secure.

But Mallory’s loyalty wavers when she witnesses the execution of three Jesuit priests, a punishment that doesn’t fit their crime. When Mallory discovers the identity of a Catholic spy and a conspiracy that threatens the kingdom, she has to make a choice – between her country and her heart.

Mallory, however, carries her own dark secrets and is about to learn those being kept from her – secrets that could destroy those she loves.

Once Sir Francis’s greatest asset, Mallory is fast becoming his worst threat … and everyone knows there’s only one way Sir Francis deals with those.  Goodreads


So much Conan Doyle this month.  CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE can be cursed by the description: “It should have been 80-100 pages shorter”.  There is a lot of not so relevant asides to the story-in-chief of a wrongfully convicted man whose conviction Sir Arthur Conan Doyle got overturned.  Along the way, the author makes reference to another real case Doyle had overturned which seemed more interesting, but there I go digressing.

The best part of the book was all the background on Conan Doyle himself.  For fans of the author, this is good.

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Got a book to recommend?

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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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