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Smyth Public Library~A Winter Haven

“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.”
-John Boswell

THANK YOU to all who have filled out the survey!  But, if you have not yet, please complete the survey below and help us reach our goal of 500 responses. Every member of the family is welcome to complete this survey.  You can also pick up paper copies at the library. Thank you so much for sharing your time and input! Click on the link for the survey here:


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

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.”

Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 pm, Isles of Shoals Garden with Marie Nickerson

The Candia Garden Club will host guest speaker Marie Nickerson, a Master Gardener who works during the summer for UNH overseeing Celia Thaxter’s garden on the Isles of Shoals. Under Marie’s guidance the garden that had not been tended for some time has been brought back to its former glory just as Celia had planted it. Marie will present a slideshow of beautiful flowers and seascapes sure to brighten up the winter. The program is free and open to the public.

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.

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

Monday or Wednesday, March 11 or 13, 6:30 pm, Walking the El Camino Trail with Judi Lindsey and Barb Robidoux

Tuesday, March 12, 6:30pm at the Moore School- Henry W. Moore School presents “Understanding Bullying and How Parents Can Help”

A presentation on bullying and cyberbullying among school aged children.  Dr. Meghan McCoy will discuss ways parents can assist their children in developing skills to manage what they see and how to help.  This event is open to all members of the Candia community.

Meghan K. McCoy, Ed.D. is the Manager of Programs at the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University.  Dr. McCoy is also an Adjunct Faculty of Psychology at BSU. Her work focuses on professional development of educators on bullying, cyberbullying, and digital behaviors among children, teens, and college students. Dr. McCoy works with and trains K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students and consults in K-12 education. Dr. McCoy has presented her work and the work of MARC at many state, regional, national, and international conferences and has published work in many peer-reviewed journals.


Thursday, March 14, 6:30 pm, Friend’s of the Smyth Public Library Pie Fundraiser on National Pi Day!

Bring a pie for the contest or come just for a piece of yummy goodness.  To enter a pie, fill out an entry form and pay $10 entrance fee.  Not a baker? No Problem! $5 gets you a ticket to be a taster.  Prize for top pie!  Gift packs for all entries. Tickets and entry forms at front desk.

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


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!


NOW LIVE-Kanopy downloadable movies

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

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!  (Football, Heart, Flower, Mickey, Monkey, Teddy, Cross, Bunnies, Donuts & more!)

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!


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.

Special Winter Exhibits at the Smyth Library Art Gallery and Glass Display Case:


Special Art Exhibits through March at the Smyth Library Art Gallery: Moore School Art students present: Grid Portraits

Seventh grade students chose a photograph of a hero, created a grid to enlarge it and used shading to add value. Come see the amazing results!

Also, please visit the glass display case featuring our special exhibits. Dolls and silver pieces 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 oak display shelves.  We would love to present local art work and look forward to hosting local pieces.


Ongoing Programs:

Thursday, February 28, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature:  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (pick up your copy at the front desk)

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

March title is The Long Haul, A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy

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 March 14:

Orchid & the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes

An unforgettable young woman navigates Dublin, London and New York, striving to build a life raft for her loved-ones amidst economic and familial collapse. In this dazzlingly original debut novel, award-winning Irish writer Caoilinn Hughes introduces a heroine of mythic proportions in the form of one Gael FoessA tough, thoughtful, and savvy opportunist, Gael is determined to live life on her own terms. Raised in Dublin by single-minded, careerist parents, Gael learns early how a person’s ambitions and ideals can be compromised— and she refuses to let her vulnerable, unwell younger brother, Guthrie, suffer such sacrifices.

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, March 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.

 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.


Monthly Family Movie Night on Friday, February 22, 6 pm featuring “Orphan Horse”; rated PG.  Join us for popcorn and a movie!

Book Clubs!

NEW CCC  KIDS! Mrs. Lindsey’s Candia Conservation Commission KIDS! Two classes on the 1st and 2ndMondays 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.

  • 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: March 21

Reading A Big Day for Baseball by Mary Pope Osborne


NEW~Cupcake Book Club- Wednesday, March 6, 3 pm

Reading Peace Love and Cupcakes (by Sheryl Berk)

Comic Book Club – Wednesday, March 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: March 14 & 28


Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

Meeting: March 7


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! Storytime Thursday evenings- 6pm with Maryjo!

* Monthly FUN Night-(first Friday of each month) Family Game night drop in!

*Snap Circuits: (2nd Friday of each month 6:30 pm) Build exciting projects including computer interfaced experiments.

*Monthly Lego night -Third Friday of the month 6:30pm-all ages welcome.

*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, March 20, at 4 pm

Discussing Dear Martin by Nic Stone (pizza included!)


Teen Creative Club- Wednesday, March 27 at 4 pm

Teen Movie- The Hate U Give, February 27 at 3:30 pm



Smyth Library has available:

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.  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


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)

Aviation Museum

NEW Boston Museum of Science

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-

More Friends welcomed!  Would you like to help the library?  Then please consider becoming a Friend!  See Heidi for more information!

Please visit the Smyth Library In House Book Sale.

See the new “Blind Date with a 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!


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!

Please see our Smyth Library Calendar for March 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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