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March Smythie

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
March 2020
Volume 13, No.12


Traveling Egypt and Israel
Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 pm
A photo journey with the Meagher’s

Tax forms are available at the front desk


Sign up for a possible
How To: “College Essay” workshop
Write Your College Essay
offered by Robin Small

In this one day workshop, students may arrive with no more than a college essay
prompt and will leave with the tools they need to create finished products that
showcase their unique voices and experiences. We will inspire their creativity,
help them inject personality into their essays so they stand out to readers, and
turn a task that seems as exciting as cleaning the bathrooms at the airport into
one that you might actually enjoy.

How To: Painting with Currier Art Museum

Tuesday, March 24, 6 pm
In this beginner level class, students will begin by exploring springtime scenes from the Currier Museum of Art permanent collection. Led by an Art Center instructor, students will then create their own landscapes using paint and collage techniques, drawing inspiration from the birch trees and lilacs of New Hampshire.

Coming next month…

Tuesday, April 14, 6 pm-How To: Medicare
With Donna Wilton

Thursday, April 16, 6:30 pm-How To: Planting for Pollinators
Sponsored by the Ag Commission

Tuesday, April 21, 6 pm-How To: Estate Planning Workshop
with Karen Lovett

Thursday, April 23, 6 pm-How To: Whole Grains-rescheduled
How to Whole Grain Your Plate or Bowl with Marilyn Mills, MS,RD,LD,CDE Clinical Dietitian/Hannaford Dietitian

Wednesday, April 29, 6 pm-Live Animal Athletes
With Squam Lakes Science Center

Thursday, April 30, 6 pm-Pollinators
With Jerry Scheider who will share with children and adults how these creatures live, thrive and survive in our world. T-shirt craft after for all participants.

Check out our monthly calendar on our website for all our events and programs.

Candia Heritage Trust Fund books!
Smyth Public Library~A History 1791-2016 for $10 each
A Sense of Place~Candia’s Past & Present 1763-2014 for $15 each
Water Powered Mill Sites in Candia, NH for $20 each
Special: Buy all three for only $35

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…

The Light After the War Abriel, Anita.
The Warsaw protocol Berry, Steve
Above the bay of angels: a novel Bowen, Rhys
The third to die Brennan, Allison
The curse of Treasure Island Bryan, Francis.
Love by the letters: a Regency Novella trio Burrowes, Grace
Mardi Gras murder Byron, Ellen
Crossroad: a novel Cameron, W. H.,
The summer list: a novel Doan, Amy Mason,
House on endless waters: a novel Elon, Emunah,
Children of the stars Escobar, Mario,
The last passenger Finch, Charles
The dark corners of the night Gardiner, Meg
One minute out Greaney, Mark
The big lie Grippando, James
Perfect little children Hannah, Sophie
The mercies: a novel Hargrave, Kiran Millwood,
Last girl standing Jackson, Lisa
A good day for a massacre Johnstone, William W
The museum of desire Kellerman, Jonathan
The whispers of war Kelly, Juliana Francis
I owe you one: a novel Kinsella, Sophie
The other Mrs.: a novel Kubica, Mary.
Apeirogon: a novel McCann, Colum
The queen’s fortune: a novel of Desiree, Napoleon, and the dynasty that outlasted the empire
Pataki, Allison.
Blindside Patterson, James
Crooked river Preston, Douglas J.
The dinner list Serle, Rebecca
The heiresses: a novel Shepard, Sara
The absolution Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Thunder Bay: a thriller Skelton, Douglas,
A divided loyalty: an Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery Todd, Charles
Salt River White, Randy Wayne

New Non-Fiction…

Outwitting History: the Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books
Lansky, Aaron,
Tiny habits: + the small changes that change everything Fogg, B. J.,
The richest man in Babylon: now revised and updated for the 21st century Clason, George S.
Memory-making mom: building traditions that breathe life into your home Smartt, Jessica,
American Sherlock: murder, forensics, and the birth of American CSI Dawson, Kate Winkler,
The unexpected spy: from the CIA to the FBI, my secret life taking down some of the world’s most notorious terrorists Walder, Tracy,
The nourishing homestead: one back-to-the land family’s plan for cultivating soil, skills, and spirit Hewitt, Ben
The darkest places: unsolved mysteries, true crimes, and harrowing disasters in the wild
The falcon thief: a true tale of adventure, treachery, and the hunt for the perfect bird
Hammer, Joshua,
Christmas trees for pleasure and profit Wray, Robert D.
The skinnytaste cookbook: light on calories, big on flavor Homolka, Gina.
Best of the best: the best recipes from the 25 best cookbooks of the year — Vol. 15 :
The autoimmune Paleo cookbook: an allergen-free approach to managing chronic illness Trescott, Mickey.
Overcome: crush adversity with the leadership techniques of America’s toughest warriors Redman, Jason
Sugaring: a maple syrup memoir, with instructions Hauser, Susan,
Adventurer’s son: a memoir Dial, Roman.
Mengele: unmasking the “Angel of Death” Marwell, David George,
When time stopped: a memoir of my father’s war and what remains Neumann, Ariana,
The race of aces: WWII’s elite airmen and the epic battle to become the masters of the sky
Bruning, John R.,
Operation Chastise: the RAF’s most brilliant attack of World War II Hastings, Max
The splendid and the vile Larson, Erik
No ordinary men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, resisters against Hitler in church and state Sifton, Elisabeth,
Historical New Hampshire
Hidden History of the New Hampshire Seacoast Nelson, Terry,

New Books on CD…

The orchid thief CD (8): a true story of beauty and obsession Orlean, Susan
The Warsaw Protocol: a novel CD(10) Berry, Steve
Caleb’s crossing CD (10) Brooks, Geraldine
The ex: a novel CD (6) Burke, Alafair
A cold trail CD (9) Dugoni, Robert
Great American stories CD (5): 10 unabridged classics
The lost painting CD (6): [the quest for a Caravaggio masterpiece] Harr, Jonathan
The museum of desire CD (9) Kellerman, Jonathan
Lost CD (6) Patterson, James
Blindside CD (7) Patterson, James.
Crooked River CD (11): A Pendergast Novel Preston, Douglas.
New Video…

Sanditon DVD 1236 [PG13]
Nebraska DVD 1237 [R]
The Musketeer DVD 1238 [PG13]
Planet 51 DVD 1239A [PG]
Midway DVD 1240 [PG13]
Doctor Sleep DVD 1241 [R]
Maleficent DVD 1242 [PG] — Mistress of evil /
Knives out DVD 1243 [PG13]
Arctic dogs DVD 1244A [PG]
Cranford: return to Cranford DVD 251 [PG]

The New York Public Library turns 125 years old this year. Going into 2020, here are the top 10 books checked out during its history:
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: 485,583 checkouts
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss: 469,650 checkouts
1984 by George Orwell: 441,770 checkouts
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: 436,016 checkouts
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: 422,912 checkouts
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White: 337,948 checkouts
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: 316,404 checkouts
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: 284,524 checkouts
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling: 231,022 checkouts
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: 189,550 checkouts

Tip from the front desk

Vincent Van Gogh’s Favorite Books
“Vincent loved literature,” the Van Gogh Museum writes. “In general, the books he read reflected what was going on in his own life. When he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a minister, he read books of a religious nature. He devoured Parisian novels when he was considering moving to the French capital.”
In his letters to [brother] Theo, he weaves together the sacred and profane, describing his spiritual and creative strivings and his unrequited obsessions. In his reading, he tested his values and desires. We get a sense of how Van Gogh’s reading complemented his pious, yet romantic nature in the list of some of his favorites, below, compiled by the Van Gogh Museum.
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843)
The Bible
John Keats, The Eve of St. Agnes (1820)
George Eliot, Scenes of Clerical Life (1857)
Henry W. Longfellow, The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1887)
Hans Christian Andersen, What the Moon Saw (1862)
Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ (1471-1472)
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1851-1852)
Victor Hugo, Les misérables (1862)
Voltaire, Candide (1759)
Shakespeare, Macbeth (c. 1606-1607)
Shakespeare, King Lear (1606-1607)
Charles Dickens, Hard Times (1854)
Emile Zola, La joie de vivre (1884)
“Vincent read moralistic books often favoured among members of the Protestant Christian community” in which he was raised by his minister father. He looked also to the morality of Charles Dickens, whose works he “read and reread… throughout his life.” Zola’s “rough, direct naturalism” appealed to Van Gogh’s desire “to give an honest depiction of what he saw around him: farm labourers, a weathered little old man, dejected or working women, a soup kitchen, a tree, dunes and fields.”
Excerpt by Josh Jones (January 9,2020)

Find your inspiration on the many shelves at Smyth Library and then discover your art at our Currier program!

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
Currently on a writer’s break!
Sign up if interested in joining the group!
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 Wednesday of the month, 6 pm

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

Family Movie Night
Friday, March 27, 6 pm

“Arctic Dogs”rated PG

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!

Did you Know???

The earliest recorded use of ‘wicked’ to mean ‘cool, good’ is from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel, This Side of Paradise. Fitzgerald’s first novel also provides us with the first known uses of the words ‘T-shirt’ and ‘daiquiri.’

In theGallery…

Art by Moore School students

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 Book groups! 2 times!
How about sharing your thoughts on a book at the friendly monthly book discussion group?

Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m.
by Tara Westover

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head doe the hills” bag. Her father distrusted the medical establishment and the family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when an older brother became violent. When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. This memoir is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes of severing one’s closest ties.
*book overview as written on the cover
Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

Thursday Morning Book Group :

Thursday, March 26, 11 a.m.
No Great Mischief
by Alistair MacLeod
“In 1779 Calum MacDonald set sail in exile from the Highlands of Scotland with his wife and twelve children, along with the dog who would now be left behind. After a catastrophic crossing he landed in the New World at Cape Breton, by which time he had become a widower and a grandfather. Two hundred years later, another MacDonald tells the story of coming of age in that same bleak Cape Breton landscape. Alexander is orphaned by a cruel accident on the ice, and his yearning for connection with family produces two of the most vivid narrative strands: a summer spent in the mines with his wild older brothers that ends in murder and, much later, his tender care for one of those brothers, now a dying alcoholic.”
*book overview as provided on the back cover
Extra titles of this book will be available at the front desk

Patron to pregnant librarian: “When is the baby due?”
Pregnant librarian: “Oh! It’s mine. I get to keep it.”

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.

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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.
Candia Kids Conservation Club with Mrs. Lindsey
First and Third Mondays, through May at 3 pm

Library Clubs! Meeting on Thursdays 3&4 pm

First Thursdays 3 pm
Art Club (K-5) April 2

Second Thursdays 3 pm
STEM Club (K-5) March 12
Leprechaun traps

Third Thursdays 3 pm
Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2) March 19
Carnival at Candlelight by Mary Pope Osborne

Fourth Thursdays 3 pm
Crafting Club (K-5) March 26
Pet rocks

***Also, possible two new clubs!

Saturdays 1 pm
Creative Writing Club

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

Happening 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 with sessions by appointment.
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 Abigail
Preschoolers and babies welcomed
WHEN: Every Friday @9:30am (also Sat 3/14,4/18,5/16)
WHERE: The Smyth Public Library Meeting Room
**entrance will be through the side door – I will have more info for those attending**
FREE to any Mom or Mom-To-Be who lives in Candia.
**Registration is required – there are limited spaces available**
SIGN-UPS: Please email Carol at:
**Please include: Your name, your cell number, number of children and their ages.**
ABOUT:– This is a non-profit FREE group that was created on a volunteer basis, to provide moms and babies a safe place to meet and socialize, seek advice, etc.
– Siblings are welcome, however, this group is geared towards babies age 0-18 months.
– Bathrooms, a kitchen sink, small fridge and a microwave are available during this time for use.– I will be providing some baby toys, blankets and seats.-You are welcome to bring your own coffee, tea and snacks.

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…
A child’s seasonal treasury Jones, Betty,
Choppers Hamilton, John
Llamas De la Bédoyère, Camilla,
Nicola Bayley’s book of nursery rhymes Bayley, Nicola
It’s mine! Lionni, Leo
The sea mice and the stars Steven, Kenneth C,
The napping house Wood, Audrey
Found Yoon, Salina.

New books for Juniors…
Lives of the artists: masterpieces, messes (and what the neighbors thought) Krull, Kathleen
Lives of the musicians: good times, bad times (and what the neighbors thought) Krull, Kathleen
Stadium stories: New England Patriots Donaldson, Jim.
Stupid history: tales of stupidity, strangeness, and mythconceptions throughout the ages
Gregory, Leland.
Mac cracks the code Barnett, Mac
Dog man: fetch-22 Pilkey, Dav
The double helix Trueit, Trudi Strain,
Begin Ulrich, Philip,
Morning Ulrich, Philip,
Widewater Ulrich, Philip.
From the Junior Shelves~

Dog Man: Fetch-22
(Dog Man #8)
Dav Pilkey

Li’l Petey gets caught in some family drama in the eighth Dog Man book from worldwide bestselling author and artist Dav Pilkey.
Petey the Cat is out of jail, and he has a brand-new lease on life. While Petey’s reevaluated what matters most, Li’l Petey is struggling to find the good in the world. Can Petey and Dog Man stop fighting like cats and dogs long enough to put their paws together and work as a team? They need each other now more than ever — Li’l Petey (and the world) is counting on them!

Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of doing good. Goodreads

New books for young adults…
Right of way Barnholdt, Lauren,
The start of me and you Lord, Emery,
Tweet cute Lord, Emma
One of us is next McManus, Karen M.,
The saintly buccaneer Morris, Gilbert
We all looked up Wallach, Tommy,

From the Young Adult Shelves~

The Saintly Buccaneer: 1777
(The House of Winslow #5)
by Gilbert Morris
A rip-roaring sea-saga and history lesson combined, this is faith-filled historical fiction at its finest.

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. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Is the opening sentence of what novel?
A. Pride and Prejudice

No Winner!
This Month’s Trivia Question:

What famous author lived next door to Mark Twain in Hartford, CT?

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

World War 2 Fiction…

TASK FORCE BAUM by James D. Simpson is the novelized account of a clandestine raid on a German POW camp ordered by General Patton. He ordered the virtual suicide mission to extricate his son-in-law. The raid was pitifully undermanned and a disaster virtually from beginning to end.
The novel is made better by the fact that it is based on true events.

The start of World War II looms over three friends who struggle to remain loyal as one of them is threatened with internment by the British government, from the author of the “sweeping, stirring” (Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Room on Rue Amélie ) The Light Over London.

In August of 1939, as Britain watches the headlines in fear of another devastating war with Germany, three childhood friends must choose between friendship or country. Erstwhile socialite Nora is determined to find her place in the Home Office’s Air Raid Precautions Department, matchmaker Hazel tries to mask two closely guarded secrets with irrepressible optimism, and German expat Marie worries that she and her family might face imprisonment in an internment camp if war is declared. When Germany invades Poland and tensions on the home front rise, Marie is labeled an enemy alien, and the three friends find themselves fighting together to keep her free at any cost.

Featuring Julia Kelly’s signature “intricate, tender, and convincing” (Publishers Weekly) prose, The Whispers of War is a moving and unforgettable tale of the power of friendship and womanhood in the midst of conflict. Goodreads

World War 2 Non-fiction…

Operation Chastise, the destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams in north-west Germany by the RAF’s 617 Squadron on the night of 16/17 May 1943, was an epic that has passed into Britain’s national legend.

Max Hastings grew up embracing the story, the classic 1955 movie and the memory of Guy Gibson, the 24-year-old wing-commander who led the raid. In the 21st Century, however, he urges that we should see the dambusters in much more complex shades. The aircrew’s heroism was entirely real, as was the brilliance of Barnes Wallis, inventor of the ‘bouncing bombs’. But commanders who promised their young fliers that success could shorten the war fantasised as ruthlessly as they did about the entire bomber offensive. Some 1,400 civilians perished in the biblical floods that swept through the Mohne valley, more than half of them Russian and Polish women, slave labourers.

Hastings vividly describes the evolution of Wallis’ bomb, and of the squadron which broke the dams. But he also portrays in harrowing detail those swept away by the torrents. He argues that what modern Germans call the Mohnekatastrophe imposed on the Nazi war machine temporary disruption, rather than a crippling blow. Ironically, Air Marshal Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris gained much of the public credit, though he bitterly opposed Chastise as a distraction from his city-burning blitz. Harris also made perhaps the operation’s biggest mistake – failure to launch a conventional attack on the huge post-raid repair operation which could have transformed the impact of the dam breaches on Ruhr industry.

Here once again is a dramatic retake on familiar history by a master of the art. Hastings sets the Dams Raid in the big picture of the bomber offensive and of the Second World War, with moving portraits of the young airmen, so many of whom died; of Barnes Wallis; the monstrous Harris; the tragic Guy Gibson, together with superb narrative of the action of one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history. Goodreads

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