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Smyth Public Library Season of Joy

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
Norman Vincent Peale
Holiday closings for Christmas and New Year’s, December 24-26, January 1-2

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.

Upcoming 2017 programs and “How To” nights featuring local skilled artisans:

January 10, 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

Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 pm Live Birds of Prey program with Jane Kelly bringing her beautiful owls

Jane Kelly shares her story: “I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, the majority of my time was spent outdoors. My father had a big influence on my enthusiasm for nature…..taking me fishing, hiking and hunting. His appreciation for birds rubbed off on me. 5 1/2 years ago, between Nov 2nd to January 1st I found 10 dead barred owls all hit by cars on the shoulder of highway 101. I had a heavy heart learning the impact of humans in cars….I felt I needed to help advocate for all animals, specializing in raptors. I volunteered at a wildlife center where I started in rehabilitation and eventually worked in education with raptors, mammals and turtles for 3 1/2 years. Yearning to gain more knowledge of raptors, I took up the sport of falconry. I am fortunate to have partnered with Tim and Selvi Lampman, of Veterinary Emergency and Surgery Hospital of Brentwood, NH. Between their amazing team and state of the art hospital, injured birds receive the best care 24-7. Our goal is to provide realistic care in hopes of getting these birds back to mother earth. I am honored to be in the presence of these amazing creatures and educate all age groups in making a difference for wildlife.”

Wednesday, January 25, 6 pm How to Healthy Aging with Melissa Grenier, LCSW Program Coordinator
An education program by the Alzheimer’s Association. Please register at the front desk.
For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Wednesday, February 15, 6 pm Valentine Special! How to Chocolate Science with the Mariposa Museum

Tuesday, February 28, 6 pm NH Cultural program with local author and photographer Rebecca Field
A photographer from the Concord area, Becky has published a book. “Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity,” (Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2015) features her photography, while also including firsthand stories by New Hampshire immigrants of their journeys to resettle here, and an introduction by Maggie Hassan. The book recently won two national awards. The program is an engaging and informative discussion of immigration, refugee and asylum-seekers and the many challenges they face both coming to America and after they arrive.
For more information on the book and project, visit

Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 pm How to Kombucha, a healthy tea, with Mariah Kimball

Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 pm How to Painting class with Holly Rousseau from the Currier Art Museum
In this beginner level painting class for teens and adults, students will begin by exploring Pablo Picasso’s “Woman Seated in a Chair” (on view at the Currier Museum of Art). Led by an Art Center instructor, students will then use this inspiration to create Cubist style portraits in colorful acrylic paints.

Wednesday, April 12, 6 pm, Reptile and Raptor Wildlife Program with Maine Center for Wildlife Instructor, Sarah Kern

Also coming soon new “How To” nights: (dates to be announced)
*CPR/AED training
*Winter Telescope Stargazing
*Baguette bread baking

New “Meet the Candia Candidates” night at Smyth Public Library on Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 pm

Exciting new TEEN events coming in the New Year!

New Teen Creative Club held on the third Monday of each month at 5 pm.
Next Meeting: January 16, String Art
Upcoming months featuring: Jewelry; Lightbulb art; Poetry and Creative writing; Melted Crayon art

Also a New Teen Book Club (Grades 6-12)
First (open) Monday of each month at 5 pm with free pizza for all who sign up!
Next Meeting: January 9 discussing 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
January 6, Giant Jenga
Come relax and play FUN games together.
Future Friday Features:
Card games; 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 and on Friday, January 27, 6 pm, showing “Storks” 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, January 26, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

January feature: An Invisible Thread, by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski (pick up your copy at the front desk)

An Invisible Thread tells of the life-long friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness.

Stopping was never part of the plan…
She was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan. He was a homeless, eleven-year-old panhandler on the street. He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But then something stopped her in her tracks, and she went back. And she continued to go back, again and again. They met up nearly every week for years and built an unexpected, life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost three decades.
Whatever made me notice him on that street corner so many years ago is clearly something that cannot be extinguished, no matter how relentless the forces aligned against it. Some may call it spirit. Some may call it heart. It drew me to him, as if we were bound by some invisible, unbreakable thread. And whatever it is, it binds us still.

February Title: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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, January 13 and 27 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, January 13 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: January 19th (Balto of the Blue Dawn by M. Osborne)
Third & Fourth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, January 11th (Mr. Poppers Penguins by Richard Atwater)
Fifth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, January 18th (Rules by Cynthia Lord)

Math and Science Club-combined for January (K-3)
Second and Fourth Monday 4pm
Meeting: January 9th and 24th featuring “Building”

Art Club (K-5)
First Thursday 3pm
Meeting: January 5th featuring CD Art

Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)
Second Thursday 3pm
Meeting: January 12th featuring Fractured Fairytales

Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.
Want to boost reading confidence?
NEW “Drop In” Read to Simon Monday afternoons for 15 minute slots. Call Gwen at 483-8245 for more information.
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 Snowflakes on January 13th!

* 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.

Please visit 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 the year at the Smyth Library Art Gallery

Come see the beautiful and creative work of the 7th and 8th Grade students of Henry W. Moore School.
Students in 7th and 8th grade choose a four week “Unit of Study” which concentrates on a specific media. For their final project they are tasked to create a personally meaningful work of art demonstrating their mastery of that media.
Please stop by and enjoy their work, but please do not touch. Thank you.

Also, by the display cabinet, Lisa Cote showcases some of the award winning ‘Stitching Up the World’ knitting creations.

Coming to our Art Gallery in January:
The Road Not Taken: Artistic Interpretations of the Poetry of Robert Frost
This is a special traveling art exhibit by Corinne Dodge, Inge Seaboyer, and Judy Krassowski.

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” January Happenings attached or on our website! Print out, post up and don’t miss anything!

During this time of joy, we remember our wonderful patrons and wish you all a glorious Christmas!
“O Father, may that Holy star
Grow every year more bright,
And send its glorious beams afar
To fill the world with light.”
William Cullen Bryant
Enjoy this special Holiday season!

Heidi and Staff

Smyth Public Library
55 High Street
Candia, NH 03034

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