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Smyth Public Library Reminders

Thank you to all Veterans!

Memorial 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.

Happy Memorial Day to all!

In honor of Memorial Day, we will be closed on Monday, May 28.

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!

Thursday, June 7, 7 pm-Trivia Night Contest (gather a team and sign up for fun, food and prizes)

F Teams of up to six members- (Jesse Remington students and Moore School teachers are invited)

F 25 questions/2 minutes each-Absolutely No Electronics Allowed-Sign-up at Front desk or email-Bring snacks & n/a drinks if you wish-Grand Prize…Tuckaway Tavern Gift Certificate!!!!

Saturday, June 9, 12-2 pm, “How To” Pizza on the Grill with Jodi Hedstrom (sign up required&bring a mixing bowl)

Tuesday, June 12, 6 pm, “How To” Hand Stamp Cards with Debbie Dunn (sign up required)

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

Wednesday, June 20, 6 pm, “How To” Hiking Safety with Julie Boardman

Since 1849, over 200 hikers, climbers and backcountry skiers have died in the White Mountains. Although many fatalities took place on Mount Washington, in recent years more deaths have occurred elsewhere. Most of the deaths didn’t have to happen. They were the result of an oversight or a bad decision. Julie Boardman wrote Death in the White Mountains in the belief that by studying past fatalities and identifying the mistakes that caused them we can learn how to be safe in the mountains. Boardman has a PowerPoint presentation in which she tells the stories of several victims, describing the fatal errors they made, and also shares surprising facts from her research.

Presenting our 8th annual Smyth Public Library Summer Concert Series lineup featured at the Gazebo, Wednesday nights 6:30-8 pm July 11-August 15.

July 11th- Odds Bodkin presents Libraries Rock. Odds Bodkin, Storyteller, Musician and Author-Summer Reading family kickoff.

July 18th- Nicole Murphy Candia favorite!

July 25th- Granite Planet Granite Planet is a retro cover band with a diverse playlist includes rock, pop, dance/disco, today’s country & a bit of blues. Most of their songs are upbeat and high energy – you’ll want to get up and dance!

August 1st- Windham Swing Band, an 18 piece with music from the 20’s. Come hear many of your favorite swing and Big Band standards. With great instrumentals, this band is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Travel with us back to a time of top hats and tuxs!

August 8th- Lumberjills Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program with our own Storytime librarian, Samantha Brouillard and friends! Effervescent, spirited, energetic….all of these words describe the beautiful music from these Candia natives.

August 15th- Bedford Big Band Fun and stylish, truly everyone loves Big Band music! The band’s repertoire includes many of your favorite jazz and Big Band standards, Latin rhythms, waltzes, R&B, all arrangements that you’re sure to enjoy.


NEW Thursday Morning Book Group :

Smyth Public Library is making space for a new reading club on the second Thursday of the month at 11-noon. Come in and pick up the title for the next meeting on June 14:

The Story of Arthur Truluv, by Elizabeth Berg

A beautiful, life-affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness.


Smyth Public Library is now offering home delivery of library materials for any Candia community residents in need. Please contact us for a registration form for this service or use this link to a form to fill out on our website.


NEW-Hoopla downloadable media

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.


New Magic Game Club!

June 6, First Wednesday Game at 3 pm.

Children ages 8-18 come play magical games together.

Monthly Family Movie Night on Friday, May 25, 6 pm featuring “Peter Rabbit” rated PG. Join us for popcorn and a movie! Next month feature is on June 22, 6 pm featuring “Isle of Dogs” rated PG.

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.

Coming June 1st-Traveling art exhibit from UNH-Amy Beach, NH composer, celebrating her life and music.

Amy Beach was an extremely accomplished composer at a time when such work was thought to be beyond the capabilities of women. Beach was born in Henniker, NH in 1867 and 150 years later, she is being celebrated with a traveling exhibit curated by the UNH University Museum. The Amy Beach Exhibit will be on display in the Smyth Public Library Art Gallery for the month of June.

Also, please visit the glass display case featuring new silver pieces crafted by the late Elizabeth Nutt, Candia Silversmith.

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, May 24, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature: The Alchemist by Paul Coelho (pick up your copy at the front desk)

Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

June book title: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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, June 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.


Book Clubs!

Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pm; Meeting: June 21

Reading A Perfect Time for Pandas by Mary Pope Osborne

Dear America Book Club- Wednesday, June 6, 3 pm

Reading Early Sunday Morning (The Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows)

Fifth Grade Book Club – Wednesday, June 13, 3 pm

Reading Stuart Little by E.B. White (snacks included!)

Sixth/Seventh Grade Book Club – Wednesday, June 13, 4 pm

Reading The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (snacks included!)

Also, possible future Cookbook Book Club and Creative Writing Club

New STEM Club (K-3)

Combined Math and Science

Second Thursday 3pm; Meeting: June 14

Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

Meeting: June 7

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-First Monday of the month. Registration required, limited class size.

Next meeting on June 4th.

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 Thursday of each month 6:30pm!

* 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, June 13, at 4 pm

Discussing: Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (pizza included!)

Teen Creative Club- Wednesday, May 23 at 4 pm featuring: Vision Boards!

Smyth Library has available:

NEWLY REDUCED: 2018 Candia Conservation Calendars-Local scenery featured by Candia’s own talented photographers. (Half price-$5 to the Candia Conservation Commission-all proceeds go toward sending a Candia student to Barry Conservation camp)

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.


Local Fun Family Ideas for Weekends:

ALSO, Don’t forget to take advantage of our awesome variety of museum passes. Here are some to consider during these warm and sunny days: 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

June 2nd-TOWN WIDE YARD SALE- Smyth Library Book Sale (8 am-2 pm)

Please come to the library for books galore. If you miss 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.


We’re on Facebook!

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

June is Food for Fines month. Bring in non-perishables and we will donate them to our Candia Food Pantry and we’ll reduce your fines.

Please see our Smyth Library Calendar for June Happenings attached or on our website! Print out, post up and don’t miss anything!

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

Keep Smiling!

Heidi and Staff

Smyth Public Library

55 High Street

Candia, NH 03034


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