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Spring into Smyth Public Library

“And the Spring arose on the garden fair,

Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;

And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast

Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley

April is Poetry month so pick out a volume or two and be swept away by verse or be inspired to script your own.

Come celebrate Poetry with us on:

Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 pm, for a Poetry Reading with two published poets, Liz Ahl and Martha Carlson-Bradley, longtime New Hampshire residents with strong followings and performing great events together.

The poetry by Liz Ahl explores intersecting natural and human-made landscapes, “settling down” into domesticity and

community, and what it means to find and make a home. Readers will recognize places and elements of their lives in many of these poems—three-season camps, town meetings, rutted mud-season roads, farmstand sweet corn, and chores like splitting firewood or making trips to the transfer station. As fellow poet Ann Hudson shares, “Ahl explores psychological and literal geographies, what it means to inhabit a space, and the beauties and mysteries she discovers there. . . . These dazzling poems draw us in to the vibrant spaces they mark and make.”

The poems by Martha Carlson-Bradley often lift, erase, disarrange, or subvert the language of the 1727 New-England Primer—a book read by children in New England and beyond throughout the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth. She captures different voices in the Puritan community, from white Puritan children struggling with class and mortality, duty and the afterlife, to a Native American survivor of internment and an enslaved young man from Africa. As poet Diane Gilliam remarks, “Martha Carlson-Bradley brings to the fore, with her own sharp-edged lines, the mortality of all humanly formulated mandates that arise from the great transpersonal stories. . . . [She] has given us the kind of book on which our lives depend.”

Exciting 2018 upcoming “How To” nights and Programs:

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

Discussing Lyme Disease and Food-Based Healing. DID YOU KNOW? NH continues to be among the highest ranked U.S. states for Lyme disease cases per capita. NH state testing reveals that more than 50% of the ticks tested carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Learn more about Lyme disease prevention and food-based healing from Sunapee resident and author Laura Piazza, who has made nutrition a priority in her fight against Lyme disease. Topics will include: Laura’s story and how she the importance of good nutrition when battling Lyme (or any other inflammatory illness); What to do if bitten by a tick; The danger of the wait-for-symptoms-to-appear approach that some doctors recommend; Prevention techniques and yard maintenance practices that help reduce the tick population. Laura will provide samples from her cookbook and will have copies available.

Thursday, March 29, 6 pm, Climate Change in New Hampshire: Connecting the Dots. Program presented by Candia Conservation Commission.

Fires in the west, flooding in Texas and Florida… drought, flooding and a blizzard in New Hampshire… are they connected? We will discuss the various climatic changes occurring across the globe, the country, and the impacts we are experiencing in New Hampshire. Local data from New Hampshire Climate Assessments, Mount Washington, and predicted future trends will be presented. We will connect the dots between the extreme weather events we are experiencing, what actions are being taken, and how we can all be better prepared.

Thursday, April 12, 6 pm, “How To” Mindfulness with Liz Korabek (Part 4 of a 4 part monthly series Jan-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

Wednesday, April 18, 6 pm, “How To” Ebooks and Downloadables from Overdrive and Hoopla with Smyth Public Library staff.

Tuesday, April 24, 6 pm “How To” Painting class with Lauren Steele from the Currier Art Museum

In this beginner level painting class for teens and adults, students will begin by exploring a van Gogh piece currently on view at the Currier Museum of Art. Led by an Art Center instructor, students will then use this inspiration to create a watercolor piece.


Wednesday, May 16, 6 pm, “How To” Essential Oils with Carrie LeSage (Sponsored by The Friends of Smyth Library)

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

Tuesday, May 29, 6 pm, “How To” Improve your Memory-Confirming Names workshop with Neil Kutzen

See this video on the program coming late May and don’t FORGET to sign up for a spot!

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


NEW-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!

April 6, 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, April 27, 6 pm featuring “Coco” 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 Exhibits at the Smyth Library Art Gallery and Glass Display Case:

Special Art Exhibits at the Smyth Library Art Gallery:

Come see the beautiful and creative work of children from Candia Moore School art students.

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, April 26, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (pick up your copy at the front desk)

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

May book title: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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, April 13 and 27 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 3pm; Meeting: April 19

Reading Lions at Lunchtime by Mary Pope Osborne

Dear America Book Club- Wednesday, April 4, 3 pm

Reading One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping; The Diary of Julie Weiss (Vienna, Austria to New York, 1938)

Fifth Grade Book Club – Wednesday, April 11, 3 pm

Reading Matilda by Roald Dahl (snacks included!)

Sixth/Seventh Grade Book Club – Wednesday, April 11, 4 pm

Reading The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (snacks included!)

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: April 12 & 26

Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

Meeting: April 5

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, April 18, at 4 pm

Discussing: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (pizza included!)

Teen Creative Club- Wednesday, March 28 at 4 pm

Making your own designed mugs with sharpies! Next month, April 25, Cupcake Wars!

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.

Also coming soon: Free Tax forms and instruction books for 1040/1040A/1040EZ as well as other printable forms.


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

Aviation Museum

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

Children’s Museum of NH

Currier Museum of Art

Libby Museum

New England Aquarium-expires June 30! 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.

Blind Date with a Book-still available at $1 each

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”.)

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!

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

Thank you for taking the time to read this and please visit soon!

Keep Smiling!

Heidi and Staff

“Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.” Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Smyth Public Library

55 High Street

Candia, NH 03034


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