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May Days at Smyth Public Library

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero


Sunday, May 14  Happy Mother’s Day to all!  Have a wonderful day!

Inspiration from The Reading Mother by Strickland Gillilan:

“You may have tangible wealth untold;

Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.

Richer than I you can never be—

I had a Mother who read to me.”


Come join us on Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 pm, for Night Telescope Stargazing

Given by an instructor from the NH Astronomical Society (including outdoor guided moon watch, weather permitting)


“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos


We are excited to share our 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 spring skies!

“We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.” ― John Lubbock


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


Thursday, April 27, 6 pm-Turtles with Suzanne Peterson from Lamprey River Action Committee.


Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 pm – Get Outside! Candia

Presented by The Conservation and Heritage Commission in conjunction with Bear Paw:

There are many acres of conservation land in Candia and Bear-Paw has helped protect some of those as part of our efforts to protect the region’s water, wildlife, forests, and farmlands. Where are all these places? Are they open to the public? How do you get to them? Do they have trails? Is there parking? What is there to see when you get there? Why were they conserved? Come find out!   Conservation Commission, Heritage Commission, and Bear Paw members will highlight conserved lands and will share their favorite Candia walks.


Thursday, May 11, 6 pm, Artisan bread baking Part II-come learn to make Round bread loaves with Jodi Hedstrom


Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 pm, Lighthouses in New England with Jeremy D’Entremont

Everyone knows that there’s “something about lighthouses” that gives them broad appeal, but their vital role in our history and culture is little appreciated.  Our early nation was built on maritime economy, and lighthouses were part of the system that made that possible.  Due to automation, traditional lighthouse keeping is a way of life that has faded into the past.  Jeremy D’Entremont tells the history of New England’s historic and picturesque lighthouses primarily focusing on the colorful and dramatic stories of lighthouse keepers and their families.


Wednesday, May 24, 6 pm Yankee Ingenuity: Stories of Headstrong and Resourceful People presented by Jo Radner

Jo shares a selection of historical tales- humorous and thought-provoking – about New Englanders who have used their wits in extraordinary ways to solve problems and create inventions.  The stories are engaging and entertaining, but also may raise some profound questions about our admiration of ingenuity and about the ethics of pursuing discoveries without taking their potential outcomes into account.  The performance will include discussion with the audience, and may introduce a brief folktale or a poem about inventiveness and problem-solving.


Monday, May 22, 6 pm-How To Volunteering.  Join us for easy, fun and enriching ways you can help your world.


Thursday, June 1, 6 pm, Artisan bread baking (Part III)-come learn to make grilled pizza crust with Jodi Hedstrom


Thursday, June 8, 7 pm-Trivia Night Contest (gather a team and sign up for fun, food and prizes)

F  Teams of up to six members-Each team must have two Candia residents **(Children under 12 don’t count)** (Jesse Remington students and Moore School teachers are Candia residents)-25 questions/2 minutes each-Absolutely No Electronics Allowed-Sign-up at Front desk or email-Bring snacks & n/a drinks if you wish-Grand Prize…Pasquale’s Gift Certificate!!!!

Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 pm-How To Gentle Yoga, with Pauline Fabiano


Wednesday, June 21, 6 pm-How To Summer Sweets, Flowered Desserts with Chrystina Moran


Also coming soon our Smyth Public Library Summer Concert Series NEW lineup featured at the Gazebo, Wednesday nights 6:30-8 pm July-August.


Exciting new TEEN events!

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

Next Meeting:  May 15, Skin Care

Upcoming months featuring:  Lightbulb art; Poetry and Creative writing


Teen Book Club (Grades 6-12)

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

Next Meeting:  May 1 discussing Going Wild by Lisa McMann


New FFF!

May 5; First Friday Family Game Nights 6:30 pm

Come relax and play FUN games together. This month- Quidditch

Future Friday Features: Card games; Jacks; Carnival; Dominoes; Minute to win it; Giant Yahtzee

Monthly Family Movie Night on Friday, April 28, 6 pm, featuring “Moana” Rated PG.  Next month, “A Dog’s Purpose” Rated PG on May 26, 6 pm.  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!

Ongoing Programs:


Thursday, April 27, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

April feature:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (pick up your copy at the front desk)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER-Soon to be an HBO Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.


May title is Digital Fortress by Dan Brown.


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, May 12 and 26 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, May 12 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 PROGRAMS!  Please sign up at the Front desk!


Book Clubs!

Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pm; Meeting: May 20th (Night of the Ninja by M. Osborne)

Fifth Grade Book Club- Wednesday, May 19th (Pax by Sarah Pennypacker)


Math and Mischief Club-(K-3)

First and Third Monday 4pm

Meeting: May 1 and 15 featuring “Math Bowling”


Mad Scientist Club-(K-3)

Second and Fourth Monday 4pm

Meeting: May 8 and 22


Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

Meeting: May 4 featuring Hot Air Balloons


Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)

Second Thursday 3pm

Meeting: May 11


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! May 11-Suzanne Peterson shares her new book on the Lamprey River; May 12-“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



Local Fun Family Ideas for Weekends:

Saturday, April 29, Discover WILD New Hampshire Day for outdoor recreation fun (

ALSO, Don’t forget to take advantage of our awesome variety of museum passes.  Here are some to consider during the April vacation break:  Note-You can now reserve online at (Museum Pass tab)


NEW Museum Pass Available til June 30th!

New England Aquarium

Central Wharf, Boston MA

The New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. With more than 1.3 million visitors a year, the Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston and a major public education resource for the region. (Open daily 9-5)


Aviation Museum

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


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 April and May at the Smyth Library Art Gallery:


Come see the beautiful and creative work by our talented young patrons. We will feature the Moore School art student work through April and in May, come see the wonderful creations of our local youth from our Smyth Public Library programs.


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!



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)

Flowers available: 8th grade trip fundraiser!  Henry W. Moore School is having a flower sale through Three Rivers Fundraising in Franklin. Order annuals or bulbs on the website and a portion goes toward the 8th grade NY trip. (


Tuesday, May 2, at 4 pm come to the Candia Town Hall for a Community Assessment.

Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) has embarked on a “Becoming Age-Friendly” program to identify community assets, roadblocks, and opportunities for improving the livability for residents of all ages. Please join our public forum intended to spark discussion.

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


Help Wanted:  Smyth Public Library Gardener for May-September 2017

Library Grounds weeding for 2-4 hours each week. Respond to


Memorial Day Weekend we will be closed Saturday the 27th and Monday the 29th.  Enjoy this special holiday!

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


Keep Smiling!

Heidi and Staff


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