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September Happiness at Smyth Public Library

“Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued is just out of grasp…But if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” 

Nathaniel Hawthorne

As you sit down quietly with a book this Labor Day Weekend may happiness alight upon you!

The Library will be closed Saturday through Monday, September 3rd-5th.

Celebrate Reading on September 6, National Read a Book Day and September 8, International Literacy Day!

Please see attached our NEW Smyth Library Calendar and “At A Glance” September Happenings!  Print it out, hang it up and don’t miss anything!


Upcoming programs:

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)

NEW! September 29, 6:30pm “How To” Write your Novel with Candia Author, Cary Flanagan, featuring her experience with the success of her newly published novel, “After the Storm”.  We have it available for checkout now!

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 TEEN events coming in the Fall!


“How To” Life Skills for Teens and College Age Adults on First Fridays at 5:30pm with Game Night after.

First meeting on Friday, September 2nd featuring:

Organizing for School!  Learn to Bullet Journal, use your syllabus wisely, take fantastic notes and study smart!

Also a New Teen Creative Club held on the third Monday of each month at 5 pm.

First Meeting:  October 17, Stained Glass

Upcoming months featuring:  Spa & shave supplies; Nail art & cake mugs; String Art; Jewelry; Lightbulb art; Poetry and Creative writing; Melted Crayon art

Also a New Teen Book Club held on the first Monday of each month at 5 pm.

First Meeting:  October 3

Talking about what you read over the summer.

New FFF!

First Friday Family Game Nights 6:30 pm

September 2, Come relax and play board games.

Future Friday 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

Fourth Friday Monthly Family Movie Night on September 23, 6:30 pm Special Feature presentation:  Jungle Book!  Rated PG.  Join us for popcorn and a movie!

October 8, Saturday 7-9 pm is BEATLES night at Smyth Library-special 11th year!

This will be the eleventh year for Beatles night at the Candia library. The evening will feature rare films, music, trivia, and door prizes. Every year features a new program so come join the music and fun!


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!

We are also extremely pleased to present our new Orion StarBlast 4.5″ telescope which will be 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 will try it out and enjoy a wonderful end of summer night under the stars!


We had a great Summer Concert Series thanks to your participation!

Special Thank you to all our Friend of the Concert Series, we hope that you enjoyed all of the varied and wonderful entertainment that your donation made possible.  We extend our appreciation for your contribution and for your community support and spirit.  We also acknowledge and thank our local sponsors, Candia Garden Club, Friends of Smyth Public Library, Candia Women’s Club, Candia FirstStop, Candia Trailers and Beva Distributors/Lavallee Construction who generously donated toward the Series.  Finally, we thank Pattie Davis for her enthusiastic efforts and donated time and energy throughout the whole season of music.

Very Hearty Congratulations to the Teen Summer Reading raffle participants:

1st place-Mallory Syvertson ($25 book gift card)

2nd place-Isabelle Lemieux ($10 book gift with Award Plate)

And thank you to all the great reviews submitted.  Well done youth readers!

Ongoing Programs:

Thursday, September 22, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

September feature:  Far from the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy (pick up your copy at the front desk)

In Thomas Hardy’s first major literary success, independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, the soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy, and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. One of his first works set in the semi-fictional region of Wessex, Hardy’s novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships.

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)

Friday, September 9 and 23 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 from6:30 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.


Guinea Hen Story!  Special Thursday Story Time on September 15 at 10 am with Candia Author, Robin Vergato, reading her new book, Charlie Finds a Home.

TURTLES!  Special Thursday Story Time on September 29 at 10 am with Suzanne Peterson, Lamprey River Advisory Council educator to speak about Turtles.  She will introduce six very special turtles that you might find as you explore outside.  We will learn why common turtles are common and why others are having a hard time.  The morning will include Turtle Board and Turtle Trivia.

Friday, September 9 at 6 pm.  Special NEW Snap Circuit Night.  Come create and build your own board of electrical inventions.  Build over 175 exciting projects now with lights.  Bring your ipod or phone and watch your music play or create your own games containing over 70 computer interfaced experiments. All new kits and all ages welcome!  Have fun learning all about electronics!



Book Clubs!

First Meeting will discuss what everyone read over the summer and what they will read this year in book club.

Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pm; First Meeting: October 20th

Third Grade Book Club- Wednesday, October 5th

Fourth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, October 12th

Fifth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, October 19th

Sixth and Seventh Grade Book Club- Wednesday, October 26th

Cookbook Book Club-Third Friday 5:30pm; First Meeting: October 21st


Math and Mischief Club (K-3)

First and Third Monday 4pm

First Meeting: October 3rd


Mad Scientist Club (K-3)

Second and Fourth Monday 4pm

First Meeting: October 24th


Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

First Meeting: October 6th


Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)

Second Thursday 3pm

First Meeting: October 13th


Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.

Want to boost reading confidence?

Read to Simon Monday and Thursday afternoons.

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 if interested.

Children’s Monday Night Sewing Club 6:30 pm– Registration required; $5 material fee, limited class size.


Please Sign Up at the Front Desk


More Exciting Children’s program:

*Storytime with Samantha on Thursdays 10 am (ages: preschool and babies welcome) PJ Storytime second Friday of each month6pm!

* 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

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)

Aviation Museum

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

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.


Fall Book Sale, Saturday, October 22, 9 am-3 pm

Held at the Smyth Memorial Building at 194 High Street.  Special bag sale from 1:30-3 pm.

Until then please visit our in-house book sale.  We are adding new titles daily.  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, 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, “Smyth Public Library” or “Keep Calm and Read On”.)


Special Art Exhibits through September at the Smyth Library Art Gallery

Come see the beautiful and creative work of:

Local patron Lorraine Woodford with her artwork on display.  Also, by the display cabinet, Lorraine Briand showcases some of her miniature fairy house art.

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 these exhibits!

Special thank you to Dayle Smyrl, Mary Cady and Gwen Paprocki for all their work on our garden and flowers this summer and for their faithful help through the years!


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Thank you to all our wonderful patrons for your faithful support of our community library.


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