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Autumn Warmth at Smyth Public Library

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thank you to all Veterans!
For Veteran’s Day weekend we remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
We can remember them by reading their stories or the stories of those who survived.
Come to the library to find great books to remember and celebrate.
Saturday, November 11  Happy Veteran’s Day to all!

The Library will be closed in observation of Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 10th.

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

Saturday, October 28, 10-11 am-Live Bird of Prey outdoor demonstration with Jane Kelly and her hawk.
Meet at the gazebo, weather permitting.

Thursday, November 9, 6 pm, “How To” Watercolors with Currier Art Museum Instructor Holly Rousseau.
Holly will be leading a watercolor lesson based on the Monet in the Currier permanent collection.
Adults/Teens-signup required, class size limited.

Friday, November 17, 6 pm, “How To” Holiday Desserts and Treats with Chrystina Moran.
All ages-signups required.

NEW! Thursday, November 30, 6 pm, Bobcat Program with Doug Whitfield, Wildlife Steward with NH Fish and Game Department.

Sunday, December 10, 2-4 pm, Holiday Gingerbread House making party!  All goodies provided, just sign up and bring your smiles!

Saturday, December 16-4th Annual Christmas Cookie Swap

This year feel free to come join in the fun at 11 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 12/15 between 5 and 7 pm and library elves will box up an assortment for you to pick up the next day 12/16 between 12-2 pm.  Sign up by December 11 to participate.

Wednesday, December 20, 6 pm, “How To” Memoir Writing with our Children’s librarian, Nicole Escobar.

Wednesday, December 27, 7 pm, Holiday Trivia Night.

Get your teams together for Candia’s Second Trivia Contest with BIG prizes to the top teams!!  Teams of six or more with at least two Candia residents. First Prize: $60 gift certificate to Tuckaway Tavern; Second (if 8 or more teams) $30 certificate. So start planning and get your neighbors, get your friends and smart enemies.  Sign up or show up the night of and join the fun.

Exciting new Family events!

Harvest fun for the month of October-Solve the mystery and make your guess as to our tricky treats displayed at the front desk.  Closest guess on 10/31 wins them all!

New FFF!

November 3; 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, October 27, 6 pm, features :  “Strange Magic”  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 extremely pleased to announce our new T-Mobile Hotspot wireless modem which is now available for individual checkout.  So what is a hotspot?

A hotspot, also commonly called a WiFi hotspot, is a small area in which one can be connected to the Internet or a LAN (local area network) without wires. A hotspot is a rather simple structure consisting of a Wi-Fi wireless router, which is a device that links the LAN (the hotspot) to the ISP’s broadband network, which can be for instance the telephone line or a fiber optic cable giving Internet connectivity. The router shares the Internet connection from the Internet service provider (ISP) to whoever is connected to the hotspot.

Don’t forget the 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 the crisp, clear autumn nights under the stars!

Special Autumn Exhibits at the Smyth Library Art Gallery and Glass Display Case:

Local patron Lorraine Woodford with her artwork featured in the gallery through October.

The Henry Moore School art students will have their work on display November and December.

The glass display case features new silver pieces crafted by the late Elizabeth Nutt, Candia Silversmith.

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen announced silversmith Elizabeth Nutt, as a recipient of the League’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Elizabeth Nutt just always knew, ever since age 12 when she discovered metalworking at summer camp, that she would grow up to be a silversmith. In 1970, she left her native Cleveland to buy a farm and build a studio in Candia. Since then, she has taught and mentored dozens of aspiring craftspeople, all the while building a national reputation for her work. “I wanted to be affiliated with the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen where I could become part of a supportive network of craftspeople,” she says. She has also taught at the University of New Hampshire and served a quarter of a century as head of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Department at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. The exhibit features elegantly simple yet complexly-executed pieces along with one of Nutt’s nature photographs, showing the foliage and flowers that underlie all her work.

Also, the display case lower level includes the award winning ‘Stitching Up the World’ knitting creations.

We hope you enjoy these exhibits and 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 local pieces.

Ongoing Programs:

Thursday, October 26, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature:  Voice of the Violin by Andrea Camilleri (pick up your copy at the front desk)

The fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series
Inspector Montalbano, praised as “a delightful creation” (USA Today), has been compared to the legendary detectives of Georges Simenon, Dashiell Hammett, and Raymond Chandler. As the fourth mystery in the internationally bestselling series opens, Montalbano’s gruesome discovery of a lovely, naked young woman suffocated in her bed immediately sets him on a search for her killer. Among the suspects are her aging husband, a famous doctor; a shy admirer, now disappeared; an antiques-dealing lover from Bologna; and the victim’s friend Anna, whose charms Montalbano cannot help but appreciate… But it is a mysterious, reclusive violinist who holds the key to the murder.

November title is Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

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, October 27 and November 10 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.


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, November 10 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!

Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pm; Meeting: November 16th

Reading Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne

Dear America Book Club- Wednesday, November 1st

Reading Standing in the Light by Mary Pope Osborne

Fifth Grade Book Club – Wednesday, November 8th

Reading A Little Princess by Frances Burnett Hodgson

Sixth and Seventh Grade Book Club – Wednesday, November 15th

Reading Chomp by Carl Hiassen

Also, possible future Cookbook Book Club

New STEM Club (K-3)

Combined Math and Science

Second and Fourth Thursday 4pm; Meeting: November 9

Theme: Egg Science

Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

Meeting: November 2

Theme: Monet

Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)

Second Thursday 3pm

First Meeting: November 9

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.

October 30-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, November 10, 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! (please sign up at the Front Desk!)

Teen Book Club-Monday, November 6, at 5pm

Discussing Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh

Teen Creative Club- Monday, November 20th 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

NEW Boston Museum of Fine Arts Pass (very limited number available).

Children’s Museum of NH

Currier Museum of Art

Libby Museum

New England Aquarium; Central Wharf, Boston MA; (sponsored by the Friends of SPL)

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/

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.

Thank you to all who donated and participated in the Fall Book Sale but if you missed it, 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”.)

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.


Smyth Public Library seeking Part time Assistant Librarian for evenings and weekends. This person will work the front desk, circulating materials, social media updates, assisting with searches, and maintaining a welcoming and productive environment. Candidates must have the necessary interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively and collaboratively with patrons and staff. He/she must also have a willingness to learn new technologies and to assist others in using them effectively. This is a part-time position with the possibility of increased time in the future.  It includes 2 Saturdays a month and 1 or 2 nights, with flexibility of schedule being of importance. EOE. Send resume to Heidi Deacon,

We’re on Facebook!

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

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

Thank you to all our wonderful patrons for your faithful support of our community library.

Hope all your days are filled with the warmth of books and friends!

Heidi and Staff

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