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Winter Warmth at Smyth Public Library

“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snow in the field or woods, if you would keep your spirits up.  Bear with brute nature.  Be cold and hungry and weary…Ah, but is this not a glorious time of year for your deep inward fires?”
-Henry David Thoreau, Journals

NEW YEAR-NEW YOU! Exciting 2018 upcoming “How To” nights and Winter Programs:

Tuesday, January 30, 6:30 pm, “How To” Vision Boards with Laura Klain

Vision Board and Goal Setting Workshop-So what exactly is a Vision Board, anyway?

This collage creation is a fun, concrete way to express your hopes, dreams and goals for the New Year.

Tuesday, February 13, 6 pm, “How To” Cranberry Chocolate Chip Scones with Jodi Hedstrom

Tuesday, February 20, 6 pm, “How To” Improve your Memory-Confirming Names workshop with Neil Kutzen

Thursday, February 21, 6 pm, “How To” Mindfulness with Liz Korabek (Part 2 of a 4 part monthly series Feb-Apr)

The Practices That Grow the Brain Library Series-Learn HOW TO settle your mind and be present.

This is a one hour experiential workshop with Liz Korabek-Emerson, certified mindfulness teacher

Thursday, March 8, 6:30 pm, Meet the Candia Candidates night with moderator, Rick Mitchell

Tuesday, March 13, 6 pm, Wild Brook Trout Restoration program with Doug Whitfield from NH Fish and Game

Tuesday, March 27, 6 pm, “How To” Prevent and Repair Lyme Disease with NH Author, Laura Piazza

Thursday, March 29, 6 pm, Climate Change program, presented by Candia Conservation Commission.

NEWLY RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, May 22, 6 pm, “How To” Fight Fatigue with Dr. Deborah Bonfanti

Having trouble waking up? Falling asleep? Staying asleep? Come learn why you may be tired.

“There are different types of fatigue (low-energy), and identifying when one’s energy dips and rises are essential keys in discovering the underlying factors snagging one’s energy. If someone wakes up with energy, and it drops after lunch, that is very different from someone who wakes feeling tired but then has high energy at night. The cause is completely different, and so the treatment will need to be different, as well.” – Deborah Bonfanti, ND


COMING SOON-Hoopla downloadable media

hoopla is the digital service of Midwest Tape, a leading provider of entertainment media products and services: DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and shelf-ready solutions, to public libraries across North America for over a quarter of a century.

hoopla digital provides public libraries the ability to offer patrons an enormous selection of digital video (movies and TV shows), music, audiobooks, ebooks and comics to their patrons using a unique model that allows patrons to borrow content immediately, removing artificial availability constraints and maximizing the power of digital content and Internet distribution. Technologically, we focus on the latest browser, phone, tablet, and TV products to deliver the best possible experience to our user – our passion – the public library patron.


New FFF!

February 2, 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, February 23, 6 pm featuring “The Stray” 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 offer two T-Mobile Hotspot wireless modems 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 winter nights under the stars!

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

Special Art Exhibits through the end of February at the Smyth Library Art Gallery:

Come see the beautiful and creative work of children from Estonia: THE PEACE IN THE WORLD:

Pärnu Sütevaka Humanitaargümnaasium, Estonia

“Our students and teachers often say that Sütevaka is not a school but a lifestyle.”

On the occasion of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Fermata Arts Foundation (2008-2018) we are happy to announce a traveling exhibition of children’s drawings that will be traveling around New England states from January of 2018 until January of 2019. The first group of drawings will be from the Pärnu Sütevaka Humanitaargümnaasium, a school in Pärnu, Estonia, on the shore of the Baltic Sea. The school was founded by the Sütevaka Society, a group of local young intellectuals wishing to offer an alternative to the outdated Soviet educational system, on August 30, 1990. Pärnu Sütevaka Humanitaargümnaasium is the first private high school established in Estonia after it regained its

independence. The exhibition consists of twenty eight (28) drawings from students in grades 5 -10. Student age: from 12 to 18 years old. This exhibition is courtesy of Andres Laanemets, School Principal and Kristel Kallau, Art Director

Also, please visit the glass display case featuring 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. 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 her 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, February 22, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature:  The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent (pick up your copy at the front desk)

Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha’s courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.
Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendent of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family’s deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.

March title is Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

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, February 9 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 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.


Book Clubs!

Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pmMeeting: February 15

Reading Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

Dear America Book Club- Wednesday, February 7, 3 pm

Reading Mirror, Mirror on the Wall; The Diary of Bess Brennan (The Perkins School for the Blind 1932)

Fifth Grade Book Club – Wednesday, February 14, 3 pm

Reading Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Sixth/Seventh Grade Book Club – Wednesday, February 14, 4 pm

Reading The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Also, possible future Cookbook Book Club and Creative Writing Club

New STEM Club (K-3)

Combined Math and Science

Second and Fourth Thursday 3pm; Meeting: February 8 & 22

Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

Meeting: February 1, Gingerbread cookie decorating!

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.

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!

* 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

NEW TEEN PROGRAMS! (please sign up at the Front Desk!)

Teen Book Club-Wednesday, February 21, at 4 pm

Discussing books to movies (pizza included!) 

Teen Creative Club- Wednesday, February 28 at 4 pm

Making your own designed mugs with sharpies!

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

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”.)

NEW! 2018 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)

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: WMUR closings, 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!

The Library will be closed on February 19 for Presidents Day.

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

During this time of winter chill, we are so grateful and thankful for all the warm smiles from all our patrons!

Stay safe and warm,

Heidi and Staff

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