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Perfect Fall Days at Smyth Public Library!

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”Peter Golkin


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

Tuesday, September 25, 6 pm-“How To” Harmonica Workshop with Mike Rogers. (Complete with Harmonicas for $3 each).  Come learn a new instrument and make your own music.

Wednesday, September 26, 6:30 pm Tuesday, September 25, 6 pm. “Where Have all the Monarchs Gone”

The Candia Garden Club will host guest speaker Donna Miller, a citizen scientist for Monarch Watch who helps with the tracking of monarchs during their fall migration. Her presentation, will cover  the monarchs declining population in New Hampshire and how we can help. She will show slides of gardens designed specifically to attract monarchs and will discuss research work being done.

Wednesday, October 10, 6 pm-Walking France with Gale Carey, local NH author.

Come see and hear about her journeys abroad.

Thursday, October 11, 6:30 pm-“How To” Knit and Crochet with Lisa Cote. Come learn this beautiful craft and make your own gifts.

Saturday, October 13, 7-9 pm is BEATLES night at Smyth Library-special 13th year!

This will be the thirteenth year for Beatles night at the Candia library. The evening will feature rare films, music, trivia, and door prizes. Every year features a new program so come join the music and fun!

Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 pm-Bizarre Birds of the World with Stephen R. Hale, Owner Open World Explorers

Come see and hear stories of some truly bizarre birds.

Thursday, October 25, 5:30-7 pmBear-Paw Regional Greenways Drinking Water Lecture
Bear-Paw Regional Greenways will hold a public lecture to inform the residents about where their drinking water comes from and how to protect it..


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 onOctober 11:

Anatomy of a Miracle, by Jonathan Miles

A profound new novel about a paralyzed young man’s unexplainable recovery—a stunning exploration of faith, science, mystery, and the meaning of life.  Rendered paraplegic after a traumatic event four years ago, Cameron Harris has been living his new existence alongside his sister, Tanya, in their battered Biloxi, Mississippi neighborhood where only half the houses made it through Katrina. One stiflingly hot August afternoon, as Cameron sits waiting for Tanya during their daily run to the Biz-E-Bee convenience store, he suddenly and inexplicably rises up and out of his wheelchair.


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.


Magic Game Club!

October 3, First Wednesday Game at 3 pm.

Children ages 8-18 come play magical games together.

Monthly Family Movie Night on Friday, September 28, 6 pm featuring “Wonderstruck” rated PG.  Join us for popcorn and a movie! Next month movie is on October 26, 6 pm.

Teen Movie Club- Wednesday, September 26, at 3:30 pm featuring: “Ready Player One” rated PG13.

Wednesday, October 31, 3pm, Halloween Party for ALL ages! Come in costume!  Play SPOOKY games and eat CREEPY snacks!

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 welcome our new Storytime librarian, Jessica Bronson, along with Linda Meagher and Abby McKenna, librarian assistants.

We are also happy to announce a new Smart TV in our meeting room which was provided by the generosity of the Candia Community Woman’s Club for library programs, presenters and groups using the space. 

Thank you Candia Community Woman’s Club!

We also have two T-Mobile Hotspot wireless modems now available for individual checkout.

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 artwork of Candia’s own Lorraine Woodford.

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, September 27, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (pick up your copy at the front desk)

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

October book title: The Lost Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

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)

October 12 and 26: Smyth Public Library Writing Group for all levels and abilities!

We have a wonderful writing group at Smyth Public Library that meets 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, which we now have available for checkout.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

The thing that benefited me the most was joining writing classes and ultimately taking a writing M.A. It wasn’t the teaching itself–though of course this can be useful–but meeting other students who became my writing friends and peers. Having this support network can be absolutely invaluable, as they are the best placed to give feedback, encouragement, deadlines and maybe even the uncomfortable truths that are needed to make your writing as good as it can be. –Luke Tredgit, debut author of Kismet.


Book Clubs!

First Meeting will discuss what everyone read over the summer and what they will read this year in book club.


Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pmFirst Meeting: October 19th

Reading Tigers at Twilight by Mary Pope Osborne


Dear America Book Club- Wednesday, October 3

Reading A City Tossed and Broken by Judy Blundell

Rick Riordan Book Club – Wednesday, October 11th

Reading The Lightning Thief

Also, possible future Cookbook Book Club


New STEM Club (K-3)

Combined Math and Science

Second and Fourth Thursday 4pm; First Meeting: October 12

Theme: Science


Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

First Meeting: October 5



Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)

Second Thursday 3pm

First Meeting: October 12th


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 October 1-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 Jessica, our new Storytime Librarian, on Thursdays 10 am (ages: preschool and babies welcome)

* 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 Starting in October! (please sign up at the Front Desk!)


Teen Book Club-Wednesday, October 17 at 4 pm

Discussing House of Furies by Madeline Roux


Teen Creative Club- Wednesday, October 24 at 4 pm

Water color painting!


Smyth Library now has available:

The Candia Heritage Commission is pleased to announce the acquisition of a valuable historical resource, bound volumes of the Rockingham County News encompassing the years 1978-1998.  The newspaper begins with the “Candia Current”, weekly news from our town.  Within the pages of the newspaper is a wide variety of news from Candia and our surrounding towns.  A survey of a volume gives a delightful illustrated picture of life in Candia during that year.  A sample copy can be viewed at the Smyth Public Library. A two week loan of a volume can be arranged by contacting Sis Richter 483-2585, president of the Historical Society or Diane Philbrick 483-8239, chair of 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.


Fun Family Museum Trips for Fall outings:

No big trips this fall? No problem! Smyth Public Library has you covered with historical novels to take you away to fascinating destinations while you’re still curled up in your favorite reading spot. Check them out at the library!


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).

Currier Museum of Art

Libby Museum

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

For those who missed the Friends fall book sale, please visit our in-house book sale.  We are adding new titles daily.  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.


Special thank you to Dayle Smyrl, Mary Caddy and Dick Weeks for all their work on our garden and flowers this summer and for their faithful help through the years!

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The Library will be closed for Columbus Day on Monday, October 8th.

Please see our Smyth Library Calendar for October happenings!  Print it out, hang it up and don’t miss anything!


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

Hope all your days are perfect!

Heidi and Staff

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