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Winter Warmth at Smyth Public Library

Please mark your calendars and don’t miss these upcoming programs:

January 27, 6 pm, Marina Kirsch presents “Flight of Remembrance”.

Author of World War II Memoir Provides Insight into Life, Love, and Survival under the Nazi Regime

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:00 p.m.—The Smyth Public Library in Candia will host a book presentation and signing by Marina Dutzmann Kirsch, the author of Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival, the true narrative of her family’s experiences against the backdrop of World War II tragedy and devastation in Latvia, Poland, and Germany.

As World War II recedes into distant memory, great attention is being rightfully focused on the remaining Allied veterans. But what of those who served on the other side? For Rolf, the author’s father and the main protagonist of Flight of Remembrance, a young, Latvian aeronautical engineering student of Baltic German descent, who was forced under the threat of execution to flee his homeland in 1939 before the first Soviet takeover, the only nation that would accept him was Nazi Germany. In 1940 Berlin, he meets a young German woman, Lilo, and a love story begins that will endure more than 70 years and across two continents. Rolf’s worst fear comes to pass when he is drafted into the Luftwaffe in 1941. Despite the immeasurable evil, suffering and desolation of World War II, a synchronistic chain of events enables Rolf and Lilo to see their most cherished dreams materialize out of postwar catastrophe and ruin.

The author will discuss the book’s subject matter, protagonists, inspiration, and special research accompanied by World War II era photographs.


January 29, 6 pm Family movie night (featuring Hotel Transylvania 2)  Free popcorn too!

February 4, 6 pm How to speak conversational Spanish
¿Habla usted español?  Please join us for ¡Hablemos!
¿Quién? Anyone who has learned some Spanish and wants to use it, not lose it
Hispanohablantes son bienvenidos también.
(Native speakers are welcome too)
¿Por qué? To meet other Spanish language lovers and enjoy some casual Spanish conversation.
This is an opportunity to practice speaking and hearing Spanish to improve overall skills.
Consider bringing something to show the group (photos etc.) to stimulate discussion.
Please note, this is not a “Learn Spanish” class. This is for anyone who knows some Spanish and wants to practice.

February 10, 6:30 pm New Hampshire Wild History with UNH Professor Katherine Gillman
Do you wonder why you don’t see Eastern meadowlarks anymore? Are you curious about the sighting of lynx tracks in northern New Hampshire several years ago? Would you recognize the call of the northern leopard frog if you heard it? Come to this presentation to take a virtual journey through New Hampshire’s past. You’ll learn about changes in the land and the effects on wildlife populations over time. You’ll also learn why changes in habitat are behind the decline of many of our rarest species today, and what you can do to help.

Katherine is PhD student at the University of New Hampshire where she is studying the impacts of a deadly fungal pathogen on populations of bats in the northeastern US.

March 16, 6 pm Saint Patricks Day Celtic Music with Jeff Snow

Introducing a 2016 series of “How To” nights featuring local skilled artisans:

February 9, 6 pm How to Zendoodle

Zendoodling is a creative way to unwind your mind.  Zen doodling is a form of meditation using ink and paper.
All supplies provided and it is FREE.
Space is limited. Please contact Laura to make sure you have a seat.
Contact: Laura Briggs 370-7162

February 17, 6 pm How To Take a Great Photo with Judi Lindsey

March 29, 6 pm How To Paint with Holly Rousseau from Currier Museum of Art
Adult painting lesson (oil pastel and tempera paint) inspired by “Plowing the Fields” by William Zorach
Please sign up at front desk to reserve a spot (maximum 15 participants)

April 5, 6 pm How To Grow Hydrangeas Garden program with Andi Ross

Upcoming “How To” nights: Knitting with Lisa Cote and Woodcraft with Rick Mitchell

These events are free and open to the public.  Please call the library for further information at 483-8245.  We look forward to hosting and hope to see you there!

Don’t forget we still have Coloring night for Adults and children.  Every Friday 6-7 pm.  Come swirl away your stress and find your creative genius anew!  (Supplies provided or bring your own!)  A pack of supplies will also be available for check out.

Thursday, January 28, 7:30pm

Monthly Reading Group December feature:

The Quiet American, by Graham Greene

Graham Greene’s classic exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam

“I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused,” Graham Greene’s narrator Fowler remarks of Alden Pyle, the eponymous “Quiet American” of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career. Pyle is the brash young idealist sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission to Saigon, where the French Army struggles against the Vietminh guerrillas.
As young Pyle’s well-intentioned policies blunder into bloodshed, Fowler, a seasoned and cynical British reporter, finds it impossible to stand safely aside as an observer. But Fowler’s motives for intervening are suspect, both to the police and himself, for Pyle has stolen Fowler’s beautiful Vietnamese mistress.
Originally published in 1956 and twice adapted to film, The Quiet American remains a terrifying and prescient portrait of innocence at large. This Graham Greene Centennial Edition includes a new introductory essay by Robert Stone.
Feel free to join the group for many interesting discussions!

Fridays, February 12th and 26th at 6:30 pm

SEEKING WRITERS of all levels and abilities!

We have a wonderful writing group at Smyth Public Library on the second and fourth Friday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Please let us know if you would like to be a part and sign up or just come by and start writing.

Smyth Library has available:

NEW!  2016 Candia Conservation Calendars-Local scenery featured by Candia’s own talented photographers. ($10 to the Candia Conservation 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)

January Artwork at the Smyth Library Gallery

Come see the marvelous display of artwork from the students of The Henry W. Moore School Minds in Motion Outing Club featuring: Celebrating Nature Through Art!
Coming in February, Jesse Remington High School Art students.

Please pass the word to artists and artisans of the Smyth Library art gallery’s new oak display shelves.  We would love to present local art work and look forward to hosting new pieces soon.
We hope you enjoy the exhibit!

Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.
Want to boost reading confidence?
Read to Simon Monday afternoons held from 4-5 pm.

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 on the wait list if interested.

More Math and Mischief at the Library:
Mondays 4-5 pm for Grades K-3
Join Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s, where you will build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club.  Bouncy dice explosion; Glow in the dark Geometry; Toilet paper Olympics.  Hands-on games that get children fired up about math.  Over-the-top fun with friends each week.  Make math the cool thing to do after school.  Be ahead of the curve and come along for the ride.  Math will never be the same.
(Registration required, please sign up at the front desk)

More Exciting Children’s program:

*Storytime with Samantha on Thursdays 10 am (ages: preschool and babies welcome) with special holiday celebrations coming soon!  PJ Storytime second Friday of each month 6pm!

*Next meeting February 3rd BOOK CLUBS-first Wednesday of the month meetings (3-4pm and 6-7pm**) Join up and pick up your books at the front desk this week. (**children must be dropped off at library)

*Starting in 2016 Monthly FUN Night-(second Friday of each month) Game night, Chess night and Snap Circuits: Build exciting projects including computer interfaced experiments and solar cell applications.

*Monthly Lego night-February 19-Third Friday of the month 6:30pm-all ages welcome.  After a fantastic fall the weekly Lego club will resume in March 2016.

*Sewing Club- Mondays at 6:30 pm with Pattie- Sign up; $5 material fee, limited class size.

*CALDECOTT CHALLENGE – read through the award winning titles on your own or with a friend

*1000 BOOKS before Kindergarten- Personal memory registers and book bags are available for parents

New Teen Opportunities at Smyth Public Library

Teen Book Club starting 2016…signup online or at the front desk!

We are looking for more teens to participate in the Smyth Library Teen Advisory Group.

The group goal would be to bring suggestions and fresh perspective of our youth to the Smyth Public Library programs.  They would meet once per month during the school year and be facilitated by a staff member.  The group would present ideas to the Director and would be responsible for creating, initiating, promoting and implementing the programs.
Our goal is to have our youth participate in a variety of workshops, classes and events, for example: Lego night, Teen Crafts, the Middle and High School Book Club, Oration Day/Youth Poetry Slam and/or Teen Yoga. In addition, they could arrange for visiting artist programs in collaboration with our local schools and other institutions.

To apply for membership of the Teen Advisory Group, please email for an application or more information.

Inclement Weather Notice

The Library may close when weather conditions exist making it hazardous for travel. The primary criteria for any decision will be the safety of the staff and the library patrons. If hazardous road conditions occur, the following means of notification will be used, whenever possible: a posting on the website or a sign on the door.  The Library and the Moore School do not always respond to a weather event in the same way. However, if school is canceled or delayed, there will be no children’s programs at the Library that day.

Upcoming Holiday closing for Presidents Day on February 15

Please note the new Checkout Reminder effective October 15, 2015
Checkouts will be restricted for patrons with late fee balances of $10 or more.  Once paid down, borrowing privileges will be restored.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Enjoy a free pass to a local museum at Smyth Public Library on these cold winter days.

Here are some to consider:

American Independence Museum- Exeter 772-2622
Aviation Museum of New Hampshire- 27 Navigator Road; Londonderry-669-4820
Canterbury Shaker Village- 288 Shaker Road;
NEW! Children’s Museum of NH-6 Washington Street;
Currier Museum of
Fells Historic Hay Estate & Gardens- Lake Sunapee, Newbury- 763-4789-
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center-Concord- 271-7827-
Museum of New Hampshire History- Concord- 228-6688-
New Hampshire Farm Museum- Milton- 652-7840-
New Hampshire Snowmobile Museum- Bear Brook State Park, just off Rt. 28, Allenstown, NH
Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park-Rye-436-8043-
SEE Science Center-Manchester-669-0400-
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center-Route 113-Holderness-968-7194-
Strawberry Banke-Portsmouth-433-1100-
Wright Museum-Wolfeboro-569-1212-

**Coming in February, Boston Museum of Science passes!


We’re on Facebook!

Like the Smyth Public Library page on Facebook for events and updates about our library! 

Please pass the word:  Smyth Public Library is now Seeking a Youth Service/Children’s Librarian:
We seek a tech savvy, outgoing individual to continue our exciting Children’s programs, including year-round storytime and early reader activities and to promote our new Young Adult area; expand programming for local youngsters;  and to lead our Summer Reading Program. 12-15 hrs/wk including evening hours.  Please send your resume and a thoughtful letter of interest to

Friends of Smyth Public Library

We are elated to announce that The Friends of the Smyth Public Library has been selected to be a part of the exciting Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program featuring the blue Good Karma bag. This innovative program is designed to create revenue streams for nonprofits like us.
For every blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag purchased during February 2016 at the Raymond, NH Hannaford, $1 will be donated to our organization! The bags retail for just $2.29!

The Friends provide invaluable support to the library. Funding provided by the Friends for essentials, such as a new computer system and furniture, as well as “extras” such as special programming and the audio book program, has made our library the special place it is today. If you would like to find out about or join the Friends as they continue their great contribution to our library please call or email the library.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Heidi Deacon at the Smyth Public Library (483-8245) or Ginny Jones at 483-0561.

Remember to browse the Smyth Library In House Book Sale.

Thanks to all who attended the annual book sale.  If you missed it or want more, please visit our in-house book sale.  We have a brand new selection to choose from.  All proceeds benefit the Friends of Smyth Library.  Also, if you are looking for a suggestion, please ask, we would love to help you find some new literary adventures to borrow or buy for your own!  Hidden treasure awaits you at Smyth Public Library, come and discover!

(Also, Two new book bags for sale with details, “Smyth Public Library” or “Keep Calm and Read On”.)

During this cold time of year, we are thankful for the warm smiles from our wonderful patrons and wish you all a safe and healthy winter!

Heidi and Staff
Smyth Public Library
55 High Street
Candia, NH 03034


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