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Smyth Public Library – February Newsletter

Please mark your calendars and don’t miss this amazing and inspiring program:

March 1, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 pm
Gerry Smith, WWII POW program
He was shot down over Italy in November, 1943. He was a POW for 15 months. He was the co-pilot who was injured and parachuted, only to be captured by the Germans. His left arm was badly damaged. He spent a year at Cushing a Hospital in Framingham after the war.
He taught Animal Science at UNH for 35 years and lives in Durham.

March 3, 6 pm Conversational Spanish Group
¿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.

March 16, 6 pm Saint Patrick’s Day Celtic Music with Jeff Snow

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

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

March 8, 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

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

May 25, 6:30-7:30 How To Woodcrafting with Rick Mitchell.

Upcoming “How To” nights: Knitting with Lisa Cote

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, February 25, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group
December feature: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
Feel free to join the group for many interesting discussions!

INTRODUCING the new Smyth Public Library:
Saturday Book Club-A new book discussion group is forming.
1st meeting will be Saturday March 12th at Noon.
Book Selection: The Martian by Andy Weir.
Books can be picked up at the library after 2-09-16. Contact: Kristy Lavoie at 587-0808 for details.

Fridays, February 26, March 11 and 25, 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.

Please join me in welcoming Nicole Escobar as our new Youth Service/Children’s Librarian!

School vacation week movie nights:
February 23, 6 pm Teen movie night (featuring Woodlawn) Free popcorn!
February 26, 6 pm Family movie night (featuring The Good Dinosaur) Free popcorn!
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 March 2nd 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 -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 March 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.

February Artwork at the Smyth Library Gallery

Come see the marvelous display of artwork from the students of The Henry W. Moore School!
Coming in March, 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!

Smyth Library has available:
Free Tax forms and instruction books for 1040/1040A/1040EZ as well as other printable forms per request.
NEW! 2016 Candia Conservation Calendars-Local scenery featured by Candia’s own talented photographers. ($10 to the Candia Conservation Commission-all proceeds go toward sending a Candia student to Barry Conservation camp)
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)
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.
New Website Catalog feature on your library card account:
Now you can choose to view your own checkout history. Under “My Account”, choose “History” and download a copy or use Ctrl F, to search for any title.
Please remember the Checkout Reminder that 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.

Please note this new Candia event:
The town is hosting a Community Profile event on April 15-16, called “Candia 2026: Come Shape Our Town’s Next Decade.” This is a preliminary part of the process to revise the town’s Master Plan, as well as create separate committees to act on issues that come from this event.

A Community Profiles gathers residents together to determine how they see the town now, their priorities for the future, and how they would like to see action taken. It’s also a great way to meet your neighbors and make your voice heard on how our town develops during the next decade.

For more information about the event, please check out;
Try this cozy local idea:
Charmingfare Farm has perfect Conditions for a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride
Travel along the snow covered trails passing by our winter pastures leading into the forest. This sleigh will head out to Moose Meadow by way of our secondary smaller trails. You will make a stop at the bonfire for about 40 minutes and are welcome to bring along your own refreshments to enjoy fire-side. (For tickets or more information call 483-5623 or

And try a free pass to a local museum at Smyth Public Library on these bright winter days.
Here are some to consider:
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-
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 soon, Boston Museum of Science passes!

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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 snowy 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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