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Shining Stars at Smyth Public Library

A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.-Madeleine L’Engle

Enjoy books and stars this Labor Day Weekend and may lights shine upon you!
The Library will be closed Saturday through Monday, September 2nd-4th.
Celebrate Reading on September 6, National Read a Book Day and September 8, International Literacy Day!

Please note our Orion StarBlast 4.5″ telescope which is 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 a wonderful end of summer night under the stars!

We are also extremely pleased to announce our new T-Mobile Hotspot wireless modem which will soon be available for individual checkout.

We had a great Summer Concert Series thanks to your participation!

Special Thank you to all our Friend of the Concert Series, we hope that you enjoyed all of the varied and wonderful entertainment that your donation made possible. We extend our appreciation for your contribution and for your community support and spirit. We also acknowledge and thank our local sponsors, Friends of Smyth Public Library, Candia Women’s Club, Candia Garden Club, Candia FirstStop and Candia Trailers and Equipment who generously donated toward the Series.

Hearty Congratulations to the Teen Summer Reading raffle winner: Talia Merrill

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

Tuesday, September 12, 6 pm-Live Birds of Prey outdoor demonstration with Jane Kelly and her hawk and other birds.

Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 pm-“How To” Cooking with Edible Herbs by NH author Liz Babour.

Saturday, September 23, 10 am-“How To” Salad in a Jar with Debby Adair.
Bring your own mason type jar and a few of your favorite toppings. Lettuce will be provided.

October 7, Saturday 7-9 pm is BEATLES night at Smyth Library-special 12th year!
This will be the eleventh year for Beatles night at the Candia library. The evening will feature rare films, music, trivia, and door prizes. Every year features a new program so come join the music and fun!

Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 pm- The Women’s Land Army of America with Linda Matchett
By 1942, over two million men had left the farms to join the military, yet the crops had to be harvested to feed the U.S., its troops, and our Allies. Gas and rubber rationing impacted the use of migrant workers. Listen to members of the Women’s Land Army and the farmers they served to learn how the WLAA was formed and saved the agricultural industry from ruin during this critical time in our nation’s history.
Linda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. She is author of several romance novellas. Under Fire, the first in her trilogy about amateur sleuth/WWII correspondent Ruth Brown has just been released by eLectio Publishing (

Wednesday, October 11, 6 pm-“How To” Essential Oils for Healthy Immunity with Julianne Maguire.

Postponed for now-“How To” Memoir Writing with our Children’s librarian, Nicole Escobar.

Exciting new Family events!

New FFF!
September 1; First Friday Family Game Nights 6:30 pm. This month- Board Games
Come relax and play FUN games together.
Future Friday Features: Card games; Jacks; Carnival; Dominoes; Minute to win it; Giant Yahtzee
Monthly Family Movie Night on Friday, August 25, 6 pm, features “The Lego Batman Movie” Rated PG. Join us for popcorn and a movie! Next month feature: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid-The Long Haul” Rated PG on Friday, September 22, 6 pm.
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:

Tuesday, September 26, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature: The Martian by Andy Weir (pick up your copy at the front desk)

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

October title is Voice of the Violin by Andrea Camilleri

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)

Friday, September 8 and 22 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.


ANIMAL TRACKS! Special Nature Program on Wednesday, November 15 at 6 pm with Suzanne Peterson, Lamprey River Advisory Council educator to speak about animal tracking complete with samples and examples.

Friday, September 8 at 6 pm. Special Snap Circuit Night. Come create and build your own board of electrical inventions. Build over 175 exciting projects now with lights. Bring your ipod or phone and watch your music play or create your own games containing over 70 computer interfaced experiments. All new kits and all ages welcome! Have fun learning all about electronics!

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 3pm; First Meeting: October 19th
Reading Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne

Dear America Book Club- Wednesday, October 4th
Reading Journey to the New World by Kathryn Lasky

Fifth Grade Book Club – Wednesday, October 11th
Reading Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Sixth and Seventh Grade Book Club – Wednesday, October 18th
Reading Schooled by Gordon Korman

Also, possible future Cookbook Book Club

New STEM Club (K-3)
Combined Math and Science
Second and Fourth Thursday 4pm; First Meeting: October 12
Theme: Egg Science

Art Club (K-5)
First Thursday 3pm
First Meeting: October 5
Theme: Monet

Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)
Second Thursday 3pm
First Meeting: October 12th

Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.
Want to boost reading confidence?
Read to Simon Monday and Thursday afternoons.
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.

Starting October 2nd-Children’s Monday Night Sewing Club 6:30 pm- Registration required; $5 material fee, limited class size.

Please Sign Up at the Front Desk

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! Ducks on Friday, September 8, 6 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

TEEN PROGRAMS Starting in October! (please sign up at the Front Desk!)

Teen Book Club-Monday, October 2nd at 5pm
Discussing Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh

Teen Creative Club- Monday, October 16th at 5 pm
Making Bullet Journals

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)

Now Half Price! 2017 Candia Conservation Calendars-Local scenery featured by Candia’s own talented photographers. ($5 to the Candia Conservation Commission-all proceeds go toward sending a Candia student to Barry Conservation camp)

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.


Checkout one of our free passes at Smyth Public Library to visit one of these exciting museums.

Note-You can now reserve online at (Museum Pass tab)

ALSO, Don’t forget to take advantage of our awesome variety of museum passes. Note-You can now reserve online at (Museum Pass tab)

Aviation Museum
Children’s Museum of NH
Currier Museum of Art
Libby Museum
NE Aqua Museum Pass Will be Available starting September 5th! (sponsored by the Friends of SPL)
New England Aquarium; Central Wharf, Boston MA;

Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park
SEE Science Center
Squam Lakes Science Center
Strawbery Banke
Woodman Museum, Dover , Established 1916 To Engage Minds, Ignite Curiosity, and Provoke Thought

(10-5 Wed-Sun/

Attention Job Seekers!
Are you unemployed or underemployed or know someone who is?
NHTI in Concord has a FREE short-term (3 week) skill building, assessment and certification program that can make you more employable. WorkReadyNH helps job seekers improve their skills and add a nationally recognized credential to their resume. To learn more about this program or find out when the next session is being offered visit or call 603.206.8180.

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.

Fall Book Sale, Saturday, October 21, 9 am-2 pm (8 am early entrance fee $5)
Held at the Smyth Memorial Building at 194 High Street.

Until then 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 book bags for sale with, “Smyth Public Library” or “Keep Calm and Read On”.)

Special Art Exhibits through September at the Smyth Library Art Gallery
Come see the beautiful and creative work of:
Special Art Exhibits through the end of August at the Smyth Library Art Gallery:

Come see the beautiful and creative quilting and pottery by Candia author and artist Cary Flanagan.
We also have her new book release, After the Storm, available for checkout now!

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!

Special thank you to Dayle Smyrl, Mary Caddy and Jennifer Buzzell for all their work on our garden and flowers this summer and for their faithful help through the years!


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Please see our Smyth Library Calendar and “At A Glance” September happenings! Print it out, hang it up and don’t miss anything!

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