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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

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NEW YEAR-NEW YOU!  “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Try Volunteering:  See our website Volunteer tab for ideas!  When you give thanks by donating your time to help others, you get big rewards in return.  People who volunteer report reduced stress, lower rates of depression, and better physical health than non-volunteers.

AND please don’t miss this super opportunity:  Smyth Public Library is joining the Souper Bowl of Caring.  Between now and Super Bowl Sunday on February 3rd bring in one can of soup or $1 and we’ll give all to the Candia Food Pantry for a big Win Win!


NOW COMING February 1-Kanopy downloadable movies

With Kanopy, Smyth Public Library Patrons Will Have Access to more than 30,000 Films, For Free

The popular on demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at Smyth Public Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on instantly. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award winning documentaries, rare and hard to find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films. With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides you with four per month access to films of unique social and cultural value (browse for your first download at

Exciting 2019 upcoming “How To” nights and Winter Programs:

Wednesday, January 30, 6 pm, “How To” Knit and Crochet with Lisa Cote

Tuesday, February 12, 6 pm, “How To” Sketching with Sue Anne Bottomley

Artist and instructor Sue Anne Bottomley flips through her sketchbook made on site while in a botanical garden. Her three class sessions will guide you through choosing a sketchbook, materials, tools, and techniques. Learn to record your favorite views of the world, both at home or in your town, or while traveling. It is never too late to explore your artistic POV.

Sue Anne is a NH native and a graduate of UNH. A life-long sketcher, printmaker, painter, and author with three recently written and illustrated books of local interest. Her first book is “Colorful Journey: An Artist’s Adventure Drawing Every town In New Hampshire“, which is available for checkout along with her inspiring book, ‘Pep Talks for the Would-Be, Should-Be Artist’.

Wednesday, February 20, 6 pm, “How To” Ask a Muslim Anything with Robert Azzi

A Conversation with Robert Azzi. Are you challenged to understand all the media noise about Islam and what it means to be a Muslim? Join Robert Azzi, an Arab-American and native of New Hampshire, for a conversation about his experiences as a Muslim in America. Robert is a photo journalist, columnist, public speaker, education consultant and world traveler who is eager to answer questions and engage in conversation about his life, how he came to convert to Islam, about the religion of Islam and its history – especially in America, and about the Middle East, terrorism, and associated political and social issues. As Robert says, “Nothing is off the table…I’m learning more about this great country and my wonderful neighbors than I ever expected when I started this venture.”

Monday, March 18, 6:30 pm, “How To” Mindfulness with Liz Korabek

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


Monday, March 4, 6 pm, Hershey Chocolate Dynasty with Laura Keyes (chocolate for all attendees~)

Today the name Hershey is synonymous with quality milk chocolate. But that wasn’t always the case. Milton S. Hershey worked hard and failed often before his chocolate company was finally successful. And when he did become a household name and had earned a vast fortune, Milton and his wife Catherine decided to give it all away. Because of their generosity, tens of thousands of orphans have been saved, protected, and educated. Attend this illustrated lecture to hear the “behind the scenes” story of this beloved American company. Laura Keyes graduated from UW-Madison with a Master’s Degree in Library Studies, and has been presenting on historic topics for over ten years. She enjoys researching literary symbolism, and is contracted to write a book on that subject. In her non-existent spare time, Laura is a wonderful baker and accomplished vocalist.

Thursday, March 5, 6:30 pm, Meet the Candia Candidates night with moderator, Rick Mitchell

Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 pm, Walking the El Camino Trail with Judi Lindsey


Hoopla downloadable media-an enormous selection of digital video (movies and TV shows), music, audiobooks, ebooks and comics to patrons to borrow content immediately, removing artificial availability constraints and maximizing the power of digital content and Internet distribution. Technologically, hoopla focuses on the latest browser, phone, tablet, and TV products to deliver the best possible experience to the public library patron.


Check out these FUN New Items to take home for a week!

Ukulele kit-comes with instruction booklet, tuner, strap, case and more for musical fun!

Baking pans for special cakes and treats for all your family, friends and loved ones!  (Valentine Heart available soon!)

Monthly Family Movie Night on Friday, January 25, 6 pm featuring “Sgt. Stubby-An American Hero” based on a true story; 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 three 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 February at the Smyth Library Art Gallery:

Sketches by artist Sue Anne Bottomley

“Drawing Your World”: a preview. A NH native and a graduate of UNH. A life-long sketcher, printmaker and painter, recently written and illustrated three books of local interest. “Colorful Journey: An Artist’s Adventure Drawing Every town In New Hampshire”.

Coming next month:  Moore School Art student creations

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, January 31, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature:  The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (pick up your copy at the front desk)

In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl from his childhood in the 1940s—Keiko Okabe, with whom he forged a bond of friendship and innocent love that transcended the prejudices of their Old World ancestors. After Keiko and her family were evacuated to the internment camps, she and Henry could only hope that their promise to each other would be kept. Now, forty years later, Henry explores the hotel’s basement for the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot even begin to measure. His search will take him on a journey to revisit the sacrifices he has made for family, for love, for country.

February title is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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 February 14:

Love and Ruin, by Paula McLain

In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. There she also finds herself unexpectedly—and unwillingly—falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

On the eve of World War II, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest’s relationship and careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must forge a path as her own woman and writer.

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 8 and 22 at 6:30 pm

“The next thing most like living one’s life over again seems to be a recollection of that life, and to make that recollection as durable as possible by putting it down in writing.”

Benjamin Franklin

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!

NEW CCC  KIDS! Mrs. Lindsey’s Candia Conservation Commission KIDS! Two classes on the 1st and 2nd Mondays of the month (3-4:30 pm)

Do you love nature? Animals? The forests and the ponds? Join Mrs. Lindsey for her new nature club! Please register at the library (waiting list only)

  • Meet in the Moore School lobby
  • Take walks in nature to discover plants, animals and more
  • Create art projects based on the environment
  • Come dressed and prepared to go outside in all kinds of weather!


Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pmMeeting: February 21

Reading A Big Day for Baseball by Mary Pope Osborne


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

Reading The Fences Between Us; The Diary of Piper Davis (by Kirby Larson)

NEW~ Comic Book Club – Wednesday, February 13, 3 pm

Also, possible future Cookbook Book Club and Creative Writing Club. Please let us know if you are interested!


STEM Club (K-3)

Combined Math and Science

Second and Fourth Thursday 3pm; Meeting: February 14 & 28


Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

Meeting: February 7, Gingerbread cookie decorating!


Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.

Want to boost reading confidence? Read to Simon

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.


Please Sign Up at the Front Desk


More Exciting Children’s program:

*Storytime with Jessica on Thursdays 10 am (ages: preschool and babies welcome) NEW! PJ Storytime second Thursday of each month 6pm with Maryjo!

* 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 20, at 4 pm

Discussing Dear Martin by Nic Stone (pizza included!)


Teen Creative Club- Wednesday, January 23 at 4 pm

Cupcake Decorating & Consuming

Next month on Wednesday, February 27

Teen Movie- City of Bones, January 30 at 3:30 pm

Smyth Library has available:

NEW! 2019 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)

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.

Heritage Commission is now seeking your Library Memories

Leave your special memories of time spent at our library at the front desk or


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.

No big trips this winter? 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!

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 Science (starting February 1st)

Aviation Museum

Boston Museum of Fine Arts Pass  

Christa McAulliffe Discovery Center

Currier Museum of Art

Libby Museum

NH Park Passes

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

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”.)


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: a posting on the website, facebook and WMUR 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 Monday, February 18 for Presidents Day.

Please see our Smyth Library Calendar for 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



Smyth Public Library

55 High Street

Candia, NH 03034


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