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Celebrate Summer with Smyth Public Library

Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony,
“that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”

John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776

Happy Independence Day to all!


In honor of Independence Day, we will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.

Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading. Reading can reduce stress, increase empathy for others and keep your mind sharp. And it’s fun! Challenge yourself to a summer of reading and visit us to check out our summer reading programs for all ages.

NH libraries set to ‘rock out’ to this year’s Summer Reading Program theme

New Hampshire libraries will pump up the volume in the coming months for this year’s Summer Reading Program theme, “Libraries Rock!” Library patrons will be invited to make rock and music themed crafts and be inspired by authors and musicians of all kinds. Books, magazines, movies and more are available for patrons looking for new ways to experience music. The Smyth Public Library Summer Concert series will coincide nicely with the program, making the “Libraries Rock” theme even more fun.

Designed to help strengthen literacy skills in young people of all ages, the Summer Reading Program lays the groundwork for preschoolers to become lifelong readers and learners, helps elementary school children develop positive attitudes about reading, and strengthens the high level of literacy that teens need for higher education and future employment.

Students who read at least four books over the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books. Nine out of ten kids say they are more likely to finish a book they’ve picked out themselves; summer Reading Program participants may choose to read whichever books they want, including those not related to the “Libraries Rock” theme.



Baby—Preschool children- stories, games, crafts, music, puppets-During Thursday Story Time 10am

School Age Children (K-6)

  • Wednesday, July 11th 3pm- Make a Pet Rock
  • Wednesday, July 18th 3pm- Make Maracas
  • Wednesday, July 25th 3pm- Gratefulness Rocks
  • Wednesday, August 1st 3pm- Musical Instruments
  • Wednesday, August 8th 3pm- Fairy Houses
  • Wednesday, August 15th 3pm- Marble rock Maze


~Read a book~ fill out a mini review form at the front desk~ enter for gift card raffle prizes~

  • Wednesday, July 11th 4pm- Messy Twister
  • Wednesday, July 18th 4pm- Book review videos
  • Wednesday, July 25th 4pm- Tie Dye
  • Wednesday, August 1st 4pm- Book review videos
  • Wednesday, August 8th 4pm- Paint Slip and Slide
  • Wednesday, August 15th 4pm- Book review videos


Pick up your own inspiring game sheet at the front desk for summer long fun with a chance to win.

Wednesday, June 27, 6:30 pm, “How To” Day Lilies with Fiona McKenna


Smyth Public Library will present the 8th annual Summer Concert Series on seven consecutive Wednesdays beginning July11th. The series is held at the Candia Pond Park gazebo, behind the library at 55 High Street, and will move to the CYAA field house if it rains. The concerts are free, with funding from the Friends of Smyth Library and the Friends of the Concert Series. The concerts run from 6:30-8pm. Bring a chair or blanket for the lawn, and a hat, as the view is toward the setting sun. Ice cream will be available. Call the library at 483-8245 for updates, or watch our Music page at

  • Wednesday nights at 6:30pm
  • July 11th- Summer Reading Program Opener for Families- Odds Bodkin
  • July 18th- Nicole Murphy
  • July 25th- Granite Planet
  • August 1st- Windham Swing Band
  • August 8th- Lumberjills Summer Reading Program Dance Party for all ages
  • August 15th- Bedford Big Band

Come enjoy the magic of summer music under the stars, complete with ice cream!


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 July 12:

Exhibit Alexandra, by Natasha Bell

He thought he knew everything about her until she went missing.

Before she disappeared, Alexandra Southwood lived an average, happy life: devoted to her wonderful husband, Marc, and caring for her two beautiful daughters. But now, held in a room against her will, Alexandra is forced to think about all she’s lost, and imagine how Marc and her daughters are coping in the wake of her disappearance. Marc’s pain is visceral. He thinks of nothing but her. Even when the police discover Alexandra’s bloody belongings by the river, turning their missing-persons case into a murder investigation, he cannot accept that she is lost to him. He shifts from total despair to frantic action, embarking on his own journey through the dark maze of secrets she kept and passions he never understood. Following a trail that leads him to find answers to questions he never meant to ask, he’s forced to confront how frighteningly little he’s grasped about the woman he loves.

Exhibit Alexandra is a shocking psychological portrait, an original and unrelenting thriller that ultimately proves how unknowable even those closest to us can be.


Our second annual trivia contest was a close competition with a nail biter finish. All three won gift certificates to Cello’s!

First place: The Sit Arounds

Second place: The Einsteins

Third place: The Legion of Doom

Special thanks to our excellent question poser and his lovely assistant, Rick and Maeve Mitchell!


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!

July 11, First Wednesday Game at 3 pm.

Children ages 8-18 come play magical games together.

Monthly Family Movie Night on Friday, June 22, 6 pm featuring “Paddington 2” rated PG. Join us for popcorn and a movie! Next month movie is on July 27, 6 pm.

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 Amy Beach

A 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, June 28, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (pick up your copy at the front desk)

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….
Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.

July book title: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

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, July 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.

Special Congratulations to Writing Group member, Jennifer Wise, who recently published an article in Northern Woods magazine.

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.

Starting in the Fall-Children’s Monday Night Sewing Club 6:30 pm-First Monday of the month. Registration required, limited class size.

Next meeting on September 10th.

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 20, at 4 pm

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

Teen Creative Club– Wednesday, June 27 at 4 pm featuring: Vision Boards!

Teen Movie Club- Thursday, June 28 at 3 pm featuring: Love, Simon!

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:

Now Available: NH State Park Passes! From epic mountains, spanning lakes and evergreen forests, NH State Parks has 93 properties and endless experiences to choose from. The NH Division of Parks and Recreation’s Library Pass entitles admission to all day-use parks (except a few) for two adults and four dependents. It is not valid for use at the metered parking or for camping. This is a wonderful program offered and we hope that it is enjoyed by many families!

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

Please come to the library for books galore at 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. Last week to bring in non-perishables for our Candia Food Pantry and reduce your late fee.

Please see our Smyth Library Calendar for July 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

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