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July Shines at Smyth Public Library

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happy Birthday America!
Independence Day Weekend we will be closed Saturday the 2nd through Monday the 4th.  Enjoy this special patriotic holiday! Please see attached our NEW Smyth Library Calendar and “At A Glance” July Happenings! Print it out, hang it up and don’t miss anything!

Summer Concert Series:  Wednesdays 6:30 pm at the gazebo July 6 through August 24
July 6th– Robert Rivest-Family fun & summer kickoff event
July 13th– Nicole Murphy (sponsored by the Garden Club)
July 20th– Castlebay
July 27st– Peter Kirkpatrick
August 3th– Deborrah Wyndham
August 10th– Ramblin Richard
August 17th– Judy Pancoast “Judy’s Dance Party”
August 24th– Bedford Big Band

We are also extremely pleased to present our new Orion StarBlast 4.5″ telescope which will be available for preview at the Concert Series and also available for individual patron checkout.  This is provided to the library through the generous donation of the Friends of Smyth Public Library. We hope you enjoy a wonderful summer of music under the stars here at the library!

New for Adults and Teens: Tic-Tac-Read
Pick up your game board at the front desk and complete as many squares as you can between June 15 and August 15.  For each four squares in a row you will be entitled to a free ice cream at the Summer Concert Series and also be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for books!

Children sign up and join in the fun from July 6-August 17th
July 6th– On Your Mark, Get Set, Read, Go, Laugh and Play Robert Rivest at 6:30 pm
July 7th– Miniature Golf in the Library at 10 am
July 14th– Nutrition- Food Fun at 10 am
July 21st– Obstacle Course at 10 am
July 28th– Ninja Training at 10 am
August 4th– Science of Sports at 10 am
August 11th– Animal Athletes- Horses at 10 am
August 17th– Judy Pancoast “Judy’s Dance Party” 6:30 pm

NEW Family Fun at the Library:
June 30, 10 am-Story Time presents Suzanne Peterson from Lamprey River AC to share “Nature Show and Tell”:
An interactive presentation to introduce and handle various seeds from the forest. In this case, maples and conifers will be primary focus. We’ll dissect a pine cone and talk about seed dispersal. We’ll look inside a maple seed and see a small tree ready to sprout.  We’ll talk about seeds that grow and seeds that don’t become trees; both are important.  We’ll look at various nuts, which are also seeds. We’ll talk about which animals eat forest seeds. We’ll talk about this year’s unusually low number of maple seeds and why that might have happened. We’ll talk about how those low seed numbers might affect local populations of forest animals. In addition to the seeds, I will bring in samples of various leaves or needles that can help people identify which tree is which. For fun, I will also have some scratch and sniff plants; two that smell nice and one that stinks.

July 22, Movie night featuring KungFu Panda3 at 6pm.
First Friday game night, July 1, 6:30 pm ‘Mexican Train’ for Dominoe devotees or newbies interested in learning the game.  Sign up at the front desk.

Special Art Exhibits through July at the Smyth Library Art Gallery:
Local patron Lorraine Woodford with her artwork on display.  Also, by the display cabinet, Lorraine Briand showcases some of her miniature fairy house art.
We hope you enjoy these exhibits!

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.

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

NEW! July 12, 7 pm “How To” Telescope Skygazing with Bob Veilleux, master astronomer and educator from the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, complete with outdoor viewing at 8 pm to see the stars.

September 14, 6:30 pm “How To” Make Ruffle Scarves with Doris Mann (supplies provided)

September 27, 6 pm “How To” Painting for Parent & Child with Currier Museum Art Center’s Holly Rousseau (supplies provided/please sign up)

October 12, 6:30 pm “How To” Declutter and Downsize with Dave Downs

November 16, 6:30 pm “How To” Preserve Your Heirlooms with Lori Fisher, based on her experience as a museum curator for 15 years.

Please mark your calendars and don’t miss these upcoming events
June 30, 6 pm Outdoor Fairy Houses with Lorraine Briand.
Come find a place in the Smyth Public Library gardens and grounds to build a house and enjoy it all summer long.
All ages welcome and supplies provided FREE!

Tuesday, July 19; 6 pm Suzanne Peterson, Lamprey River AC educator to speak about Water Science and Caring for our Rivers.

Ongoing Programs:

July 28, 7:30 pm Reading group featuring Blindness by Jose Saramago (pick up your copy at the front desk)

A city is hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers-among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears-through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man’s worst appetites and weaknesses-and man’s ultimately exhilarating spirit. The stunningly powerful novel of man’s will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.

NEW Book Club forming and held this month on Thursday, June 30, 3 pm featuring The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (pick up your copy at the front desk)

The #1 New York Times bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize—the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly—Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Feel free to join the groups for many interesting discussions!

Drop in Coloring night for all ages, all supplies provided, every Friday 6-7 pm.  (packets also available for use in library anytime we are open)

Fridays, July 8 and 22, 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. Writers group meets 2nd and 4th Friday of each month 6:30 pm

NEW Children’s Programs

Summer Book Clubs:  Wednesdays July 20th and August 10th
2 pm-1st&2nd Grades (Gymnastic Girls-Maya’s Story/A Story of Young Michael Jordan)
3 pm-3rd-5th Grades (Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics/The Only Game)
4 pm-6th-7th Grades (Roller Girl/Fast Break)
5 pm-Teens (Soul Surfer/The Blind Side)
Snacks and drinks will be available at these events.

Summer Break time for these Children’s Programs which will not be held June-August.  But please sign up for next fall if interested:
Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.
Math and Mischief Club at the Library
Sewing Club- Registration required; $5 material fee, limited class size.

More Exciting Children’s program:

*Storytime with Samantha on Thursdays 10 am (ages: preschool and babies welcome) PJ Storytime second Friday of each month 6pm!
* Monthly FUN Night-(first Friday of each month) Family Game night with snacks!

*Snap Circuits: (2nd Friday of each month 6:30 pm) Build exciting projects including computer interfaced experiments and solar cell applications.

*Monthly Lego night -Third Friday of the month 6:30pm-all ages welcome.

*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…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.

Smyth Library has available:
Candia Walking Tour Guides to Candia Village, East Candia and Meetinghouse Hill ($2 each or $5 for all three to the Heritage 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)
Now Half Price! 2016 Candia Conservation Calendars-Local scenery featured by Candia’s own talented photographers. ($5 to the Candia Conservation Commission-all proceeds go toward sending a Candia student to Barry Conservation camp)
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.


Checkout one of our free passes at Smyth Public Library to visit one of these exciting museums.

Note-You can now reserve online at<> (Museum Pass tab)
Boston Museum of Science
Children’s Museum of NH
Currier Museum of Art
Fuller Gardens
Libby Museum
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park
SEE Science Center
Strawberry Banke
Hurry to visit these museums whose passes are only available for a short time:
NH Farm Museum-Expires July 31

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Friends of Smyth Public Library

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”.)

Special thank you to Dayle Smyrl, Mary Cady and Gwen Paprocki for all their work on our garden and flowers this spring and for their faithful help through the years!
All of our 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!
We are wishing you a very healthy and happy summer!
Heidi and Staff

Smyth Public Library
55 High Street
Candia, NH 03034

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