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“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”
Beatrix Potter

Happy 150th Birthday Beatrix Potter!

Helen Beatrix Potter, known as Beatrix, was born on 28 July 1866 in Kensington, London. Beatrix was always encouraged to draw, and she spent many hours making intricate sketches of animals and plants, revealing an early fascination for the natural world that would continue throughout her life. Two of Beatrix’s earliest artist models were her pet rabbits, Benjamin Bouncer and Peter Piper.
After being rejected by several publishers, Beatrix decided to publish The Tale of Peter Rabbit herself, printing an initial 250 copies for family and friends in December 1901. The book’s instant success encouraged Frederick Warne & Co., who had previously turned it down, to reconsider their decision, offering to take it on as long as Beatrix re-illustrated it in color. On publication in October 1902, it was an immediate bestseller. The following year, Beatrix published The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tailor of Gloucester with Frederick Warne, and the rest of her legendary tales followed. July 28, 2016 marks the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter.
To celebrate come checkout our books by and about the beloved author and illustrator.

Speaking of authors, CONGRATULATIONS to Candia’s Cary Flanagan, and her new release, “After the Storm”. We have it available for checkout now!

PLUS! August is officially “Family Fun” and “National Picnic” Month
With even more Fun in August to Celebrate with on:
August 3-Watermelon Day
August 5-Summer Olympics begin in Rio
August 9-Book Lover’s Day-(our favorite!)
Come to the library and gather all your FUN materials for these happy days of August!

Please see attached our NEW Smyth Library Calendar and “At A Glance” August 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 (with Ice Cream too!)
July 27st- Pete Kilpatrick Band
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 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

MORE Family Fun at the Library:
August 13, 10 am-Smyth Public Library and Friends of Smyth Library booths at Old Home Day-be sure to stop by for a visit and treats!

August 5, 6:30 pm First Friday game night: ‘Mexican Train’ for Dominoe devotees or newbies interested in learning the game.

August 26, 5 pm Movie night featuring Angry Birds starting with a LIFE SIZE Angry Birds giant version of the game with the movie starting at 6pm.

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:

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.

Exciting new events coming in the Fall!

New Teen “How To” Life Skills on Fourth Fridays at 5pm with a movie after.

Also a new Teen Creative Club starting up featuring:
Stained Glass; Spa & shave supplies; Nail art & cake mugs; String Art; Jewelry; Lightbulb art; Poetry and Creative writing; Melted Crayon art

New First Friday Game Nights-upcoming features:
Backyard games; Glow in the dark game night; Card games; Giant Jenga; Jacks; Life size Pacman; Marbles; Carnival; Dominoes; Minute to win it; Giant Yahtzee; Quidditch

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.

Feel free to join the group 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, August 12 and 26, 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: Wednesday August 10th

2 pm-1st&2nd Grades (Salt in His Shoes)
3 pm-3rd-5th Grades (The Only Game)
4 pm-6th-7th Grades (Fast Break)
5 pm-Teens (The Blind Side)
Snacks and drinks will be available at these events.

TURTLES! Special Thursday Story Time on September 29 at 10 am with Suzanne Peterson, Lamprey River Advisory Council educator to speak about Turtles complete with Turtle Board and Turtle Trivia.

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 Science 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
Squam Lakes Science Center
Strawbery Banke
Hurry to visit these museums whose passes are only available for a short time:
NH Farm Museum-Expires July 31

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

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

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