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Smyth Public Library Giving Thanks

Surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and …just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert

This Thanksgiving we remember all our wonderful and kind patrons and we are truly grateful for those who have given of their time in participation in our library functions and those who have given generously in sharing books and donations and for all those adding encouraging enthusiasm and spirit in being such an important part of the Smyth Public Library.

We are especially thankful for our 2017 library volunteers Margi Mason, Mary Papa, Doris and Jesse Mann, Pattie Davis, Dayle Smyrl, Mary Caddy and Jennifer Buzzell and our fabulous Friends of Smyth Public Library group.  Under the wonderful leadership of the President, Ginny Jones, the Friends have given hours of dedicated work to the book sales and other fundraisers.  Through this the Friends have been able to provide invaluable support to the library. Funding provided by the Friends has given us a new telescope, a “How To” Cooking with Edible Herbs Program, the BookPage subscription, and help with the Bedford Big Band concert and the New England Aquarium pass. 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.


The Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday from November 23-24.

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

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 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, 6 pm, Holiday Movie Night.

Exciting new Family events!

New FFF!

December 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 Tuesday, November 21, 6 pm, features :  “Nut Job 2”  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.

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

Special Art Exhibits through the end of December at the Smyth Library Art Gallery

Come see the beautiful and creative work of the art students of Henry Moore School.

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:

Wednesday, November 29, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature:  Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (pick up your copy at the front desk)

Called a “magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom” by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.

December title is The Storied Life of A.J. Firky by Gabrielle Zevin

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, December 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.


Friday, December 8 at 6:30 pm.  Special PJ Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus


Book Clubs!

Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pmMeeting: December 21

Reading Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne

Dear America Book Club- Wednesday, December 6

Reading Standing in the Light by Mary Pope Osborne

Fifth Grade Book Club – Wednesday, December 13

Reading A Little Princess by Frances Burnett Hodgson

Sixth and Seventh Grade Book Club – Wednesday, December 20

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: December 28

Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

Meeting: December 7

Theme: Paul Klee

Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)

Second Thursday 3pm

First Meeting: December 14

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.

November 27-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! Special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Friday, December 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! (please sign up at the Front Desk!)

Teen Book Club-Monday, December 4, at 5pm

Discussing Mare’s War by Tanita Davis (pizza included!)

Teen Creative Club- Monday, December 18 at 5 pm

Making Memo Boards

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)

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

Perfect holiday shopping idea:  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”.)

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.


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.

And remember, we have the hotspot, the internet, and a warm fireplace with books in the event a storm leaves you without power.  Call us to be sure we have power and then come on in and enjoy our cozy space!

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” December happenings!  Print it out, hang it up and don’t miss anything!

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy.  They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

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

Enjoy this special Holiday season!

Heidi and Staff

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