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Autumn Begins at Smyth Public Library

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” -George Elliot

Please see our Smyth Library Calendar for “At A Glance” October Happenings! Print out, post up and don’t miss anything!

Harvest fun for the month of October-Solve the mystery and make your guess as to our tricky treats displayed at the front desk. Closest guess on 10/31 wins them all!

Upcoming programs:

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

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

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

October 15, 10:30 am “How To” Make Autumn Fairy Houses, with Lorraine Briand (please sign up and receive list of items to gather and bring to build your own special house)

Restarting November 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 Ongoing 2nd Tuesday of each month
For any questions contact: Laura Briggs 370-7162

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

New November 29 at 6 pm “How To” Identify Animal Tracks

A naturalist from the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee will help participants become more attuned to wild signs in the winter to come. Learn which tracks belong to which animal, what various specks on the snow mean, and the various strategies that help nature survive winter.

“How To” Coming for the Holidays:
December 8 at 6 pm-“How To” Cook with Chocolate
December 13 at 6:30 pm-“How To” Holiday Crafts

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.

Next meeting on Friday, October 7th featuring:

Roadside Safety! How to be safe on the street with helpful tips from the Candia Police Department. Learn what to do when pulled over, ow to stay safe on the roadside when you break down and more.

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
October 7, Come relax and play FUN games together.
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 October 28, 6:30 pm Special Feature presentation: Ice Age 5-Collision Course! 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!

October 25 at 6:30 pm Live Aquatic Invertebrates with Suzanne Peterson, Lamprey River Advisory Council educator

A naturalist from the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee will bring in a sample of some of the cool invertebrates that live in our local rivers and ponds. Participants can handle the animals and learn some fun facts as they practice identifying them.

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 these cool, clear autumn skies!

Ongoing Programs:

Thursday, October 20, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

October feature: The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (pick up your copy at the front desk)

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

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, October 14 and 28 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.


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, October 14 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. 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 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

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)

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-2 pm
Held at the Smyth Memorial Building at 194 High Street. Special $5 bag sale from 1-2 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:
Pat E. Nickerson with her artwork on display featuring Oil and Watercolor Paintings.
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!


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The Library will be closed Columbus Day, Monday, October 10th.
Thank you to all our wonderful patrons for your faithful support of our community library.
Enjoy this beautiful, colorful season!

Heidi and Staff

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