What would you do with a live rooster?

How do you feel about March Madness? I’ve never watched much basketball, but I do love brackets. So much so that I’ll happily play along as other topics get a chance to battle it out in a quest to become the best of the best.

One of my favorite matchups to watch is The Morning […]

About Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith is the supervisor of teen services at the Nashua Public Library and can also frequently be found at the reference desk. As a history and Spanish major at Kenyon College she spent a year in Salamanca, Spain. She earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.

Is the Civil War over?

Growing up in Maine, I felt pretty confident that what I learned about the Civil War was true. And I was totally confident that it was over.

I mean, we’ve made it as a nation for an additional 150 years, I think you can call that a done deal.

But last week I picked up […]

About Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith is the supervisor of teen services at the Nashua Public Library and can also frequently be found at the reference desk. As a history and Spanish major at Kenyon College she spent a year in Salamanca, Spain. She earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

India. The awe-inspiring crush of humanity. Roads crowded with every sort of vehicle and person and animal.

These are the images, I’m told, that stick with any visitor.

I have never been to India. Everyone I’ve spoken to who has traveled there for work or school or pleasure has described its overwhelming beauty, alongside its […]

About Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith is the supervisor of teen services at the Nashua Public Library and can also frequently be found at the reference desk. As a history and Spanish major at Kenyon College she spent a year in Salamanca, Spain. She earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.

Sophie’s Top Picks of 2013

I love end-of-the-year best-book lists. I get a great deal of satisfaction going through them and finding which ones I’ve read on my own, which ones I’ve at least heard about, and which ones are brand new on my radar.

I went through the books I read this year (86 so far) and identified my […]

About Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith is the supervisor of teen services at the Nashua Public Library and can also frequently be found at the reference desk. As a history and Spanish major at Kenyon College she spent a year in Salamanca, Spain. She earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.

Dead before we knew him

Despite current sentiment toward the federal government, I’ve always been a fan of the institution of the President of the United States.

So many different people have given the role so many different meanings. Some presidents are beloved, some are hated; all are unique men with complicated stories. And some of these intriguing stories are […]

About Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith is the supervisor of teen services at the Nashua Public Library and can also frequently be found at the reference desk. As a history and Spanish major at Kenyon College she spent a year in Salamanca, Spain. She earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.

Fangirling

“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell. Available in the Teen Room and in Adult Fiction.

After finishing Rainbow Rowell’s latest novel, Fangirl, I wanted more.

I wanted more of Cath, more of Levi, more of Reagan, even more of the often insufferable but ultimately essential Wren. And more of Rowell herself, an author who knows […]

About Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith is the supervisor of teen services at the Nashua Public Library and can also frequently be found at the reference desk. As a history and Spanish major at Kenyon College she spent a year in Salamanca, Spain. She earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.

Everybody Poops

Most mornings when using Starbucks’ drive-through, I don’t bother turning down the volume of my audiobook.

Just the other day, though, I was listening to Mary Roach’s Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal and I may have scarred the employees.

It’s not that Gulp is inappropriate or mean-spirited or violent or graphic, but it is […]

About Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith is the supervisor of teen services at the Nashua Public Library and can also frequently be found at the reference desk. As a history and Spanish major at Kenyon College she spent a year in Salamanca, Spain. She earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.