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Smyth Public Library Giving Thanks

“Surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and …just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

This Thanksgiving we remember all our wonderful and kind patrons and we are truly grateful for those who have given of their time in participation in our library functions and those who have given generously in sharing books and donations and for all those adding encouraging enthusiasm and spirit in being such an important part of the Smyth Public Library.

We are especially thankful for our 2016 library volunteers Margi Mason, Mary Papa, Callie Pouliot, Matthew Nerney, Ann Nerney and Pattie Davis and our fabulous Friends of Smyth Public Library group. Under the wonderful leadership of the President, Ginny Jones, the Friends have given hours of dedicated work to the book sales and other fundraisers. Through this the Friends have been able to provide invaluable support to the library. Funding provided by the Friends has given us a new telescope, a “How To” Declutter program, the BookPage subscription, a new sign board and help with the Bedford Big Band concert and the Boston Museum of Science pass. 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.

Hearty Congratulations to Lisa Cote and her ‘Stitching Up the World’ group who recently won the New Hampshire 2016 award for best Volunteer Group in the state! We at Smyth Public Library are proud to announce that out of hundreds of nominations this local Candia group of women who meet and stitch their work every third Thursday evening in the library have been chosen to receive this prestigious award. Come see their shining trophy and beautiful work on display in our glass display case.

In honor of Veteran’s Month, 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 March, 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:

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!

December 13, 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

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!

Exciting new TEEN events coming in the Fall!

New Teen Creative Club held on the third Monday of each month at 5 pm.
Next Meeting: December 19, Nail art & cake mugs
Upcoming months featuring: 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!
Next Meeting: December 5 discussing On the Day I Died and next month-The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
New Vacation Teen Movie Night on Tuesday, December 27, 6 pm Special Feature presentation: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! Rated PG13. Join us for popcorn and a movie.
New FFF!
First Friday Family Game Nights 6:30 pm
December 2, Glow in the Dark Bowling.
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
Next Monthly Family Movie Night on Thursday, December 29, 6 pm Special Feature presentation: Secret Life of Pets! Rated PG. Join us for popcorn and a movie!
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 crystal clear winter skies!

Ongoing Programs:

Thursday, December 15, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

December feature: Farewell, My Lovely, by Raymond Chandler (pick up your copy at the front desk)

A Philip Marlowe Mystery

Marlowe’s about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.

Chandler is not only the best writer of hardboiled PI stories, he’s one of the 20th century’s top scribes, period. His full canon of novels and short stories is reprinted in trade paper featuring uniform covers in Black Lizard’s signature style. A handsome set for a reasonable price.
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, December 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 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.


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 WINTER PROGRAMS for December! Please sign up at the Front desk!

Book Clubs!
Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pm; Meeting: December 15th (Revolutionary War on Wednesday)
Third & Fourth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, December 14th (The Last Slice of Rainbow)
Fifth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, December 21st (Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes)
Cookbook Book Club-Third Friday 5:30pm; Meeting: December 16th (Monkey Pudding and Other Dessert Recipes)

Math and Mischief Club (K-3)
First and Third Monday 4pm
Meeting: December 5th featuring Geometry Boards

Mad Scientist Club (K-3)
Second and Fourth Monday 4pm
Meeting: December 12th featuring the Senses

Art Club (K-5)
First Thursday 3pm
Meeting: December 1st featuring Holiday Cards

Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)
Second Thursday 3pm
Meeting: December 8th featuring Photo Prompts

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! Special Santa and Mrs. Claus visit on December 9 at 6:30 pm

* 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

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)


Don’t forget to take advantage of our awesome variety of museum passes. Here are some to consider during the Holiday break: 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
Inclement Weather Notice

The Library may close when weather conditions exist making it hazardous for travel. The primary criteria for any decision will be the safety of the staff and the library patrons. If hazardous road conditions occur, the following means of notification will be used, whenever possible: a posting on the website or a sign on the door. The Library and the Moore School do not always respond to a weather event in the same way. However, if school is canceled or delayed, there will be no children’s programs at the Library that day.

Perfect holiday shopping idea: 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 book bags for sale with details, “Smyth Public Library” or “Keep Calm and Read On”.)

Special Art Exhibits through the end of December 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, Lisa Cote showcases some of the award winning ‘Stitching Up the World’ knitting creations.

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

The Library will be closed for the Holidays, November 24-25; December 24-26 and January 1-2.
Thank you to all our wonderful patrons for your faithful support of our community library.
Enjoy this special Holiday season!

Heidi and Staff

Smyth Public Library
55 High Street
Candia, NH 03034

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