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New Year of Giving at Smyth Public Library

“My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.”

Jimmy Carter, U.S. president

Smyth Public Library welcomes you to a Happy New Year and challenges you to ‘Give more and stress less’!

Make your first resolution an easy one by joining our NEW 2017 Volunteering series and start the year off by coming in to Smyth Public Library once a month and we’ll get you volunteering in whatever way suits you best.   We have numerous opportunities you can participate in as a team or on your own from the privacy of your couch.  There are many varied ways to give and serve others but the important thing is how doing good for others helps everyone in our community and world, including you.  “Studies show that helping a friend or even a stranger is better at relieving time-related stress than spending an equal number of minutes chilling out or doing something just for yourself (this from a Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, and Yale report”).  (excerpt from goodhealth)

You are invited to come join us for our first new Volunteering night on Tuesday, January 31 at 6 pm for easy, fun and enriching ways you can help your world.

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

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.


Thursday, February 2, 6:30 pm Live Birds of Prey program with Jane Kelly bringing her beautiful birds.

February 8, 6:30 pm “How To” and Genealogy with Deborah Spezzaferri

Join us to learn General Genealogy essentials with information about using  Deb has been doing family ancestry for more than 40 years and has traced her family back to the 1600s.

February 14, 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, 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

Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 pm– “Meet the Candia Candidates” night at Smyth Public Library, Rick Mitchell, Moderator

Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 pm How to make 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” and program nights:

*Winter Telescope Stargazing-Tuesday, March 14, 7 pm (outdoor guided moon watch weather permitting)

*CPR/AED training-Monday, March 27, 5:30 pm (registration and $5 fee required; limited enrollment)

*Artisan bread baking-Thursday, April 6, 6 pm-come learn to make Italian bread with Jodi Hedstrom

*El Camino Trail Walk- visual presentation by local author Christy Day- Wednesday, April 19, 6 pm

*Advanced Retirement Planning Strategies; Tuesday, April 25 (two available sessions 2:30-4 pm and 6-7:30 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:  February 20, Jewelry

Upcoming months featuring:  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:  February 6 discussing All American Boys


New FFF!

February 3; First Friday Family Game Nights 6:30 pm-Life Size Pacman

Come relax and play FUN games together.

Future Friday Features:

Card games; Jacks; Marbles; Carnival; Dominoes; Minute to win it; Giant Yahtzee; Quidditch

Next Monthly Family Movie Night on Friday, January 27, 6 pm, showing “Storks” Rated PG and February 24, 6 pm, featuring “Trolls” 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, February 10 and 24 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.


Friday, February 10 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: February 16th (Knights at Dawn by M. Osborne)

Third & Fourth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, February 8th (The White Elephant by Sid Fleischman)

Fifth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, February 15th (Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia)

Math and Science Club-combined for January (K-3)

Second and Fourth Monday 4pm

Meeting: February 13th and 27th featuring “Building with Legos”

Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

Meeting: February 2 featuring CD Art

Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)

Second Thursday 3pm

Meeting:  February 9th 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!   February 10-“Ducks”

* 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:

2017 Candia Conservation Calendars-Local scenery featured by Candia’s own talented photographers. ($10 to the Candia Conservation Commission-all proceeds go toward sending a Candia student to Barry Conservation camp)

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)

And coming soon- Free Tax forms and instruction books for 1040/1040A/1040EZ as well as other printable forms.


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-LAST MONTH AVAILABLE!

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 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 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 February:

Work by local author and photographer Rebecca Field, a photographer from the Concord area. Come see her work published in her book, “Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity”.

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


Heidi and Staff

Smyth Public Library

55 High Street

Candia, NH 03034


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