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September Smythie

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
September, 2019
Volume 13, No.6


Story Walk
Saturday, September 7th from 10am-2pm

The Friends of the Smyth Public Library will host a story walk for all ages! We will start in the library, then move to the woods and pond behind the library. Come join us for this outdoor literary experience. The story walk features the book, In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming. In this book, a child explores the wonders of the natural world in this rhyming, beautiful bright colored picture storybook about the lives of small animals and insects living around a freshwater pond.

Project Coyote with Chris Schadler
Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30pm

Chris Schadler earned his Master of Science in Conservation Biology at Antioch University Graduate School and her these focused on the natural recovery of the Eastern Timber Wolf in Michigan. Now, come learn the true story of the eastern coyote – how and when it arrived in New England, how it lives among us but is rarely seen and how it contributes to keep our forests and fields healthy. Learn why it is a creature of our own making! It is smart, beneficial and by its presence, gives “wild” back to our wild lands. This New Wild also requires that livestock and pet owners step up to steward our creatures with greater care. Despite the ecological benefits the coyote brings, it is the most persecuted carnivore in North America. Yet, it survives and thrives despite efforts to eradicate it.


How to Retirement Plan Panel
Tuesday, September 10th at 6pm

Hosted by Donna Wilton, join us here at the library to learn more about retirement planning with this panel and discussion session. Local Medicare experts along with other professionals will provide a variety of educational information, so come prepared with any questions!

How To Knit & Crochet Night with Lisa Cote
Monday, September 23rd at 6:30pm

Learn to knit and crochet with Lisa Cote! Open to adults and children.
Please register at the front desk.

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.

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…

Co-opted: A mother. A daughter. All in one. Bigwood, Joan
The guest book: a novel Blake, Sarah
The bitterroots: a novel Box, C. J
When the killing’s done Boyle, T. Coraghessan.
Outfox Brown, Sandra
Things you save in a fire Center, Katherine
Our daily bread: a novel Davis, Lauren B.,
The perfect wife: a novel Delaney, Jp
Perla De Robertis, Carolina
A hologram for the king: a novel Eggers, Dave
Shadow tag Erdrich, Louise
Tidelands Gregory, Philippa
The winemaker’s wife Harmel, Kristin
Never have I ever: a novel Jackson, Joshilyn
All the flowers in Paris: a novel Jio, Sarah
The girl who lived twice: a Lisbeth Salander novel Lagercrantz, David
Assassin’s revenge Larsen, Ward
The most fun we ever had Lombardo, Claire,
The doll factory: a novel Macneal, Elizabeth,
SEAL Team Six: hunt the Leopard Mann, Don
Black sun: a novel Matthews, Owen,
Rival’s break Neggers, Carla
Inland: a novel Obreht, Tea
The last good guy Parker, T. Jefferson
The inn Patterson, James
City of windows Pobi, Robert,
Old bones Preston, Douglas J.
Chances are… Russo, Richard
The murder list Ryan, Hank Phillippi
The last widow Slaughter, Karin
The dark side: a novel Steel, Danielle
The turn of the key Ware, Ruth
The Nickel boys: a novel Whitehead, Colson
The Oysterville sewing circle: a novel Wiggs, Susan
Contraband Woods, Stuart

New Non-Fiction…

The four sacred secrets: for love and prosperity : a guide to living in a beautiful state Preethaji
The complete idiot’s guide to the Bible Campbell, Stan.
The ghosts of Eden Park: the bootleg king, the women who pursued him, and the murder that shocked jazz- age America Abbott, Karen
To the moon and back: a childhood under the influence Kohn, Lisa,
Chase darkness with me: how one true-crime writer started solving murders Jensen, Billy,
Sandworm: a new era of cyberwar and the hunt for the Kremlin’s most dangerous hackers Greenberg, Andy,
The weather machine: a journey inside the forecast Blum, Andrew,
Feet, don’t fail me now: the rogue’s guide to running the marathon Kaplan, Ben,
Sullivan’s Corner: The Last Years of the Farm
Historic Nova Scotia
The liberation of Paris: how Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz saved the City of Light Smith, Jean Edward
Alone at dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the untold story of the world’s deadliest special operations force Schilling, Dan

New Books on CD…

The bitterroots: a novel CD (8) Box, C. J
Outfox CD (12) Brown, Sandra
Labyrinth CD (9) Coulter, Catherine
Tidelands CD (13) Gregory, Philippa
The Inn CD (6) Patterson, James
Old bones CD (9) Preston, Douglas J.
A spool of blue thread CD (11) Tyler, Anne
Contraband CD (6) Woods, Stuart

New Video…

Strike DVD 1193 [R]
The miracle maker: [the story of Jesus] DVD 1194A [G]
The intruder DVD 1195 [PG13]
Tolkien DVD 1196 [PG13]
Shazam! DVD 1197 [PG13]
Unplanned DVD 1198 [R]
A Dog’s Journey DVD 1199 [PG]
The meg DVD 1200 [PG13]
The secret life of pets 2 DVD 1201 [PG]

Ever think about the fact that Sitting Bull won Custer’s Last Stand?

Tip from the front desk

11 Journaling Tips For People Who Are Absolutely Terrible At Keeping A Journal
Excerpt by Charlotte Ahlin (
Journaling! It’s a mindful practice that’s been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, so naturally there is massive pressure to be good at it. [But]..Your journal is for you, so find a practice that makes you feel relaxed, or engaged, or mindful.. and stick with it. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
1 It doesn’t have to be a literal journal
Here’s the thing: there are no actual rules to journaling. Let go of judgment… if you find it easier to record your thoughts on a Word doc, or on a legal pad, or on index cards, or on a voice memo, or in the note-taking app of your phone, that is 100% fine and still counts as journaling.
2 Start small
You can start by writing one sentence every day. Heck, you can start by writing one word every day. If it’s helpful to you, buy a journal that already has a clear, labelled slot for writing every day, so you don’t even have to bother writing down the date (you can even find one with daily writing prompts if that’s your jam). The next time you pause to write a to-do list or a tweet or to check your email, take ten extra seconds to jot down one single thought you’ve had so far today on a post-it note. Congratulations! Journaling is just that but a lot more of it.
3 Use social media
If you’re having trouble with a paper and ink journal, you can start a blog. Many blogging sites will allow you to set your page to be accessed by a password, so you don’t even have to share it with the world. You can also get together a group of friends and start an online group or email chain to share weekly or monthly life updates. Or you can find a pre-existing group on a site like Facebook or Reddit.
4 Make it yours
If you go the traditional journal route, pick one that you really like. That sounds obvious, but too often we feel obligated to write in journals that were gifted to us by well-meaning relatives. Pick out something that you think is cool or.. decorate it yourself, buy a nice pen, and feel free to journal in public so that people think you’re mysterious and interesting.
5 Set reminders
Look, I’m generally against setting timers and reminders for things you enjoy, because that’s a great way for pleasant distractions to turn into overwhelming chores. But if you’re the kind of person who thrives on structure and schedules, then set a literal alarm or timer or reminder to carve out five to ten minutes a day for journaling. Just be sure not to beat yourself up if you skip it sometimes.
7 It’s not a calendar
I mean, fine, if what you really want is to keep a beautiful, hand drawn calendar of all the things you have to do and the money you spend, that’s all well and good. But if what you want is to keep a journal that records all your thoughts and feelings and screenplay pitches, don’t get hung up on writing out your daily schedule in your journal. Keep it separate from your planner or your Google calendar. One is for scheduling, the other is for free-form expression.
8 Write (or draw, or rant) about whatever
You also don’t have to write about your thoughts and feelings. You don’t have to write about what you did that day. You can fill your journal with doodles and day dreams about being married to Jason Momoa. The point is to take a moment to write or draw and unwind, not to meticulously record every last thing that happens to you.
9…or follow prompts and rules
On the other hand, if you prefer to follow daily writing prompts, or answer the same five questions every day, or just write a three word summary of how you feel that evening, that’s also fine. Again, it’s about the process, not the product. Unless you become a famous person or a serial killer, no one else is ever going to read this without your permission.
10 Create rituals
End your day with journaling and a mug of tea! Have a special journaling blanket that you like to snuggle under! Put on your carefully selected journaling playlist! Write with a fluffy pen! Make journaling a nice, relaxing activity, not just another item on your to-do list.
11 Relax
Most important of all: Relax. Have fun with journaling. If you’re not enjoying it, you can always stop. You don’t have a moral obligation to fill out every page, and you can always pick it back up again. If you try to punish yourself into keeping a daily journal, there’s just no point. The more you let journaling be a fun way to unwind, the more you’ll want to journal.
Come in and find more journaling inspiration at Smyth Public Library where we have books on keeping a nature journal and trying a sketchbook journal and stories about journals and their creators.

Here’s to hoping you might try it out and along with relaxing, may you awaken the writer within!
Heidi Deacon, Director

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

Coloring night for all ages, all supplies provided, Fridays 6-7 pm

Writers’ group
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.

Drop In Family Game Nights!!
First Friday of every month at 6:30

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, 6:30pm

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

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

“Dumbo”rated PG

Did you Know???
In January 2017, two of the biggest trending topics in the media were “fake news” and “alternative facts”. This inspired consumers to buy every physical copy of 1984 from Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, by the end of the month. Amazon was unable to get more newly printed copies in stock until February 3rd.

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!

In theGallery…

Mrs. Lindsey’s CCC Kids Club Art Show on Moles

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?

Tuesday, September 24th, 7:00 p.m.
Where the Crawdads Sing
By Delia Owens
Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

Thursday, September 26th at 11:00 a.m.
The Piano Teacher
By Y.K. Lee

Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

The book of incantations was useless.
The author had failed to run a spell check.

Library Assets…

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!
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.

Smyth Library Patrons Now Have Access to Kanopy featuring more than 30,000 Films, For Free!
Library card holders can access Kanopy and view up to four films per month. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.
With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

Don’t forget – you can always borrow our internet hot spot, telescope and newly offered Ukulele and a dozen baking pans!

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 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.
Smyth Library has available:
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. 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.

NEW! Needed! Your Nature photos!
For the Candia Conservation Commission Calendar. Deadline Sept. 1st. Only nature and animals within Candia please. No manmade objects or structures in the photos. And no domestic animals. See the CCC website for details and how to submit.

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!

Kids’ Stuff…
Check out our monthly calendar for children on the Children’s tab on our website.
CHILDREN’S FALL PROGRAMS Starting in October! Sign up now!

Candia Kids Conservation Club with Mrs. Lindsey
Monday, October 7&14 at 3 pm

Library Clubs! Meeting on Thursdays 3&4 pm

First Thursdays 3 pm
Art Club (K-5) October 3
Mask Making

Second Thursdays 3 pm
STEM Club (K-5) October 10
Balloons and Gravity

Third Thursdays 3 pm
Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2) October 17
Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne

Fourth Thursdays 3 pm
Crafting Club (K-5) October 24

***Also, starting two new clubs at 4 pm!

First Thursdays 4 pm
Creative Club (Grades 4-7)

Second Thursdays 4 pm
Harry Potter Readers Club (Grades 4-7)

Starting in October on the Second and Fourth Thursdays at 4pm.

Seeking Teen Readers to Lead and Run a new monthly Book Club for Teens by Teens!
You pick the title, the time, and we pick up the pizza!

Smyth Public Library presents:
Free Math Tutoring available starting on September 3rd with weekly drop in sessions Tuesdays from 4-6 pm.
With Candia resident, Scott Hewitt, retired Math teacher and current instructor at community college.
For all ages and abilities with help from Arithmetic to Calculus.

Baby—Preschool children-
Stories, games, crafts, music, puppets
During Thursday Story Time 10 a.m.

NOW presenting two Storytimes:
Thursdays, 10 am with Jessica
Thursdays, 6 pm with Linda
Preschoolers and babies welcomed
Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s Certified Therapy dog.
Want to boost reading confidence?

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

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…
Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: the uproar at the front door Bruel, Nick
Happy Birthday Bad Kitty Bruel, Nick
One big heart: a celebration of being more alike than different Davis, Linsey,
Nana and the hungry whistle-pig Dawber, Elda,
Llama Llama mess mess mess Dewdney, Anna
Just in Case You Ever Wonder Lucado, Max.
A stone sat still Wenzel, Brendan
The Berenstain Bears’ when I grow up Berenstain, Mike,
The night before kindergarten Wing, Natasha.
The night before preschool Wing, Natasha.

New books for juni ors…
Bolivar Rubin, Sean
The tail of Emily Windsnap Kessler, Liz
The beasts of Grimheart Larwood, Kieran
The capture Lasky, Kathryn
Pharaoh’s secret Moss, Marissa
Dog Man: for whom the ball rolls Pilkey, Dav
The miraculous Redman, Jess,
The summer camp mystery Warner, Gertrude Chandler

From the Junior Shelves~

The Beasts of Grimheart
(The Five Realms #3)
by Kieran Larwood
David Wyatt (Illustrations)

The bard looks up at the three figures. They have black hooded cloaks and long robes. From the holes in their masks, three pairs of eyes watch him: cold, calm, emotionless.’Yes,’ says the bard. ‘They’re bonedancers. You don’t need to sound quite so excited, though. They have come to kill me.’

And so it is that the bard and and his young apprentice Rue are taken to Spinestone, the temple warren of the bonedancers. It is here that the bard is ordered to retell the tale that has got him in so much trouble . . . and so to the next instalment in the astonishing tale of Podkin One-Ear . . .

Podkin, Paz and Pook once again find their home under threat, but this time they are ready to fight! Podkin and the others leave for Sparrowfast to ask their uncle for the use of his magic bow. It’s the one weapon that could save them all. But as they flee into the forest depths, it seems they have been betrayed . . .

New books for young adults…
Girl, wash your face: stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you were meant to be Hollis, Rachel
Star wars: the bounty hunter wars Jeter, K. W.
House of salt and sorrows Craig, Erin A.,
The storm crow Josephson, Kalyn.
Prized O’Brien, Caragh M
Girl, stop apologizing: a shame-free plan for embracing and achieving your goals
Hollis, Rachel

From the Young Adult Shelves~

House of Salt and Sorrows
by Erin A. Craig
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

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. What book was mentioned by the following musicians: The Beatles (Rocky Raccoon), Jethro Tull (Locomotive Breath), Elton John (Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream) and even Bing Crosby (Bye Bye Baby)?

A. The Gideon Bible!

No Winner!

This Month’s Trivia Question:

Strunk & White wrote the classic Element of Style, the Bible of good writing. What other classic did White write?

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.


Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They’re best friends, lovers—unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can’t agree. They each want a different future for their son.

What if they could have both?

After the End by Clare Mackintosh is a gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning. Goodreads

More Fiction…

One of the best in the series by one my favorite authors of mystery/thrillers. Were there a Mt. Rushmore of thriller writers, Crais would be on it and A Dangerous Man would be one of the exhibits.

Elvis Cole and Pike are Crais’s long time heroes. This time Pike takes more of the starring role, but both he and Elvis are shining. You need not have read prior books in the series, although those who have had will appreciate the depth of the two stars better. The first books in the series had a lot of humor from Elvis. There is some here, but mostly this is an excellent plot with very engaging characters.


I had never heard of George Remus before picking up Karen Roberts’ Ghosts of Eden Park. He was the largest bootlegger during Prohibition with a network of warehouses and distributors centered in Cincinnati. I always thought that the ‘leggers were mostly importers driving across the Great Lakes in winter or pulling up to shore with boatloads of booze on all our coasts. But Remus took advantage of the medical alcohol loophole to sell millions of barrels.

The book not only chronicles his – and his wife’s – rise to power with all the accompanying excesses of the Roaring Twenties, but it also captures the industry, America’s attitude to the dry laws and how much the Volstead Act was ignored.

From the liquor trade the book follows the murder and trial that was the downfall of the dynasty.

There is a lot of good history here of the period beyond the account of Remus’. For instance, you’ll learn why Capone and others were nailed for Tax evasion.

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 and the library staff
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