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Autumn at Smyth Public Library

Fall is one of the best seasons to get back into reading, the leaves are falling, the air is cooler, and our shelves are bursting with amazing books to discover this autumn. Something about the crisp weather, hot beverages, warm soups, and blankets make for the perfect setting to curl up with a new book.  So find a cozy reading chair and let the warmth and brilliance of books color your world.

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

 In honor of Veteran’s Day, please mark your calendars and don’t miss this amazing and inspiring program:

November 30, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 pm

Gerry Smith returns with Part II of his WWII POW program

Gerry 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.

If you heard Gerry speak last winter, he has more to tell with even more exciting details to share.  If you did not get the opportunity to join us last time he was here, please come hear this incredible true story!

Upcoming programs:

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

 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 Family Heirlooms with Lori Fisher, based on her experience as a museum curator for 15 years.

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 with Liz Barbour (with FREE food-Signups Required!)

Following Liz’s discussion will be a cooking demonstration and sampling of two delicious recipes.  Add in Liz’s easy cooking technique tips and you are on your way to creating great meals you can prepare at home.

Enjoy a cooking demonstration of two recipes and samples for all to taste.  Recipes included.

Liz Barbour has been cooking professionally in the Boston area since 1992 and started The Creative Feast in 2004.  Liz’s cooking demonstrations and recipes have been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, Channel 9’s “Cooks Corner” and in various publications including New Hampshire Magazine.

Liz shares her skills as a working chef and entertaining communicator, whose relaxed and humorous attitudes toward food demystify the cooking process.  Sit back and watch while Liz prepares and presents exciting dishes for you and your friends to enjoy.

Professional Experience:

  • Chef at Grappa in Maynard, MA
  • Chef and Manager at Barsamian’s in Cambridge MA
  • Catering Chef at Baker’s Best in Newton, MA
  • Pastry Chef at The Inn At Harvard in Cambridge, MA
  • James Beard Foundation in New York City, NY  

December 9, 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!

December 13 at 6:30 pm-“How To” Holiday Crafts with Doris and Jesse Mann

Featuring Folded Fabric Ornaments.  All supplies provided.  Please sign up!

New 3rd Annual Christmas Cookie Swap-Saturday, December 17

This year feel free to come join in the fun at 10:30 am.  Bring 5 dozen to share and mingle while you swap. If you would rather just drop off Friday and pick up Saturday that is fine also.  Requirements: Drop off 5 dozen homemade holiday cookies in a disposable container on Friday 12/16 between 5 and 7 pm and library elves will box up an assortment for you to pick up the next day 12/17 between 12-2 pm.  Sign up by December 15 to participate.

New Sunday, December 11, 2-4 pm, Holiday Gingerbread House making party!  All goodies provided, just sign up and bring your smiles!

New Holiday Family Movie Nights! Join us for popcorn, treats and a movie!

November 22, Tuesday 6 pm Special Feature presentation:  Finding Dory!  Rated PG

December 30, Friday 6 pm Special Feature presentation:  The Secret Life of Pets!  Rated PG

Exciting new TEEN events!


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

Next meeting on Friday, November 4th.

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

First Meeting:  November 20, 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 (Grades 6-12)

First Monday of each month at 5 pm with free pizza for all who sign up!

First Meeting:  November 7 discussing Stargirl and next month-The Honest Truth

New FFF!

First Friday Family Game Nights 6:30 pm

November 4, Glow in the Dark games.

Come relax and play FUN games together.

Future Friday Features:

Card games; Giant Jenga; Jacks; Life size Pacman; Marbles; Carnival; Dominoes; Minute to win it; Giant Yahtzee; Quidditch

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:

Wednesday, November 16, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

November feature:  Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan (pick up your copy at the front desk)

Cambridge student Serena Frome’s beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England’s legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named “Sweet Tooth.” Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves the stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one.

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)

Second and Fourth Fridays 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 coming soon 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, December 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.  All new kits and all ages welcome!  Have fun learning all about electronics!

CHILDREN’S FALL PROGRAMS for November!  Please sign up at the Front desk!

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 3pmMeeting: November 17th (Afternoon on the Amazon)

Third & Fourth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, November 9th (Frindle)

Fifth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, November 16th (Wooden Bones)

Cookbook Book Club-Third Friday 5:30pmMeeting: November 18th (The Kids Around the World Cookbook)

Math and Mischief Club (K-3)

First and Third Monday 4pm

Meeting: November 7th featuring Even Steven and Odd Todd

Mad Scientist Club (K-3)

Second and Fourth Monday 4pm

Meeting: November 14th featuring the Solar System

Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

Meeting: November 3rd featuring Full Body Portraits

Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)

Second Thursday 3pm

Meeting: November 10th featuring Story Bags and Mystery Bags

Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.

Want to boost reading confidence?

Read to Simon Monday afternoons starting November 7th.

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.

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.


Don’t forget to take advantage of our awesome variety of museum passes.  Here are some to consider in this beautiful fall weather:  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

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.

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 November at the Smyth Library Art Gallery

Come see the beautiful and creative work of the art students of Henry Moore School.

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

The Library will be closed for Veterans Day, November 11, and for the Thanksgiving holiday, November 24-25.

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

Enjoy this beautiful, colorful season!

Heidi and Staff

Smyth Public Library

55 High Street

Candia, NH 03034


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