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May Days at Smyth Public Library

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”-William Shakespeare (April 23, 1564)

Happy Earth Day and Week!

Saturday, April 27: Come join in on the fun for Candia Town-wide Roadside Cleanup Day! (Pick up blue trash bags here!)

Clean up 9-11 am then celebrate with food and fun at Moore Park 11-12 including recycled art activity with Judi Lindsey and food for sale by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts!

Ideas to celebrate Earth Day everyday:

**If you’re stuck between “I want to do right by the earth!” and “But I have no clue where to start,” subscribe to the e-newsletter Today We Will. Every weekday you’ll be encouraged to make small, easily achievable lifestyle tweaks that will pay off over time. (

**Try an eco-audit. The Nature Conservatory’s carbon calculator ( helps you determine your footprint, then offers tips on what you can do to decrease it.


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

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 pm, NH Covered Bridges with Glenn Knoblock –a New Hampshire Humanities event

Covered wooden bridges have been a vital part of the NH transportation network, dating back to the early 1800s. Given NH’s myriad streams, brooks, and rivers, it’s unsurprising that 400 covered bridges have been documented. Often viewed as quaint relics of a simpler past, they were technological marvels of their day. It may be native ingenuity and NH’s woodworking tradition that account for the fact that a number of nationally noted covered bridge truss designers were NH natives.

Tuesday, April 30, 6 pm, “How To” Simplifying Medicare-Part II with Donna Wilton

Three part series continued on last Tuesday of the month May 28.

Are you turning 65 or Retiring? Are you or a loved one enrolling in Medicare? This series can help and make the transition smoother and remove the stress for Medicare eligible clients transitioning into Medicare Insurance. Thoroughly educated in the matters of Medicare, Donna will take the time to ensure understanding of Medicare Part A, B, C and D, and  offer a focus on educating and guiding people thru the transition into Medicare and avoiding lifetime penalties Her mission is to help others understand the complexities of Medicare.

Also, coming in May and June:

Wednesday, May 8, 6 pm, “How To” Interior Design with Cynthia Cheney

“Inspiration to Love the home you’re in Now” Presenting creative but modest ways to freshen the Entrance, Foyer, Dining Room, Living Room, Kitchen, Bedrooms and Bathrooms along with what and where to splurge.

Cynthia’s mission is to help discerning clients create homes that they love to live in.  “We want to put a smile on their face every time they walk in the door.  After extensive communication we present our clients with fabulous ideas that represent their personality and taste.”  For over 25 years Clark has been designing and decorating the interiors of lake houses, urban condos, small and large homes and boutique offices in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Clark worked for one of Boston’s top design firms, Bierly-Drake Associates.  Clark earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in interior design and regularly attends educational seminars and trade shows.  She is WCAA, Window Coverings Association of America, certified.  Along with being featured in a national publication, local newspapers and magazines, Clark was the 2017 winner of Small Home Design for NH Home magazine.

Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 pm, Beekeeping with Lorry Roy

This program about beekeeping will cover the many things to consider as you step into the world of beekeeping, and will also include pollinator friendly gardening.

Lorry lives in Goffstown NH with her husband, 5 chickens and thousands of bees. She started beekeeping 8 years ago and is a member of Pawtuckaway  Beekeepers Association.  Her interest in beekeeping began when she read about colony collapse disorder and the plight of native pollinators.  She has always loved gardening and thought introducing honeybees to her property would be a good fit.  She will be talking about how to start the adventure of beekeeping and how to create a pollinator friendly garden.

Wednesday, May 15, 6 pm, Redwing Hiking in the White Mountains with Steve Hale

Presentation documenting my personal journey as a Redline Hiker in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Redline Hiking is the goal to hike all the miles of trails on the map (denoted often as redlines) of some large area (in this case the  1,440 miles of trails in the White Mountains of NH and ME).  Here I showcase and storytell some of my interesting trail encounters with wildlife, wildflowers, and wild scenery.

Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 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 -Grand Prize…Tuckaway Tavern Gift Certificate!!!!

Thursday, May 30, 6 pm Family Collage class with Currier Art Museum instructor

In this class, parents will work side by side with their children to create a collage inspired by both the Mount Washington Cog Railway as well as artwork of the Railway in the Currier Museum of Art collection. Led by an Art Center instructor, students will use colorful cut paper and pastels to make their own scene of a train coming down a mountain.

Tuesday, June 11, 6 pm New England Sea Serpent talk, with historian, Mike Failea

An enormous creature has been lurking off the coast of New England for centuries–at least according to numerous accounts. It has been seen by Native Americans, ship captains, clergymen, government officials, and residents of seacoast villages. Are these stories believable?  Is this mammoth sea monster fact or fable? Were these witnesses lying or were they mistaken in what they saw? Or were they really seeing some still unidentified giant snake-like sea animal?

Michael Faiella will examine the legend and reality of the great New England sea serpent.  Michael is a retired public school history teacher. He grew up on an island where the creature was spotted (according to Scientific American) in the 19th century.

Wednesday, June 12, 6 pm “How To” Ebay class with Robbin Levin

Robbin Levin, eBay Community Influencer, trained and certified by eBay University over 8 years ago as an eBay Education Coach, bringing current & continued education for online selling on eBay and beyond. This class teaches you the basics of selling on ebay. Learn how to create a professional listing. From research to shipping. A fantastic way to earn extra income. For the selling hobbyist or the serious entrepreneur. Everyone that attends class has a chance to win class raffle!


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!


Also coming to Deerfield in May:

The Inn at Deerfield, Inc. presents Marjorie Burke on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 6:00pm.  Marjorie will speak about her experience as the primary caregiver for her husband Donald, who lived with Alzheimer’s for many years.  She supported him in their home for 6 years, and then they transitioned to a new relationship when he moved to a memory care facility. Together, they wrote Melting Ice ~ Shifting Sand which chronicles their challenges with Alzheimer’s.  Pilgrimage on Ice and Sand continues to follow their journey, this time only through Marjorie’s voice, after it was no longer safe for Donald to remain living at home.  She will speak about her experiences with Alzheimer’s as a caregiver and the spouse of an assisted living resident, and the decision making process along the way.  There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience.

The presentation will be held at the Deerfield Community Church, 15 Church Street, Deerfield, NH.  There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact The Inn at Deerfield at 603-463-7002 or

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


Special Art Exhibits through April 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 featuring Gabi Bedard artwork and one piece made with friends.

Be sure to 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, April 25, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature:  Salt Houses by Hala Alyan   (pick up your copy at the front desk)

On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967.
Lyrical and heartbreaking, Salt Houses follows three generations of a Palestinian family and asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can’t go home again.

May title is Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig

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 April 25.

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

A mesmerizing debut set in Colombia at the height Pablo Escobar’s violent reign about a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both
Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation.
When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in-maid from the city’s guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona’s mysterious ways. But Petrona’s unusual behavior belies more than shyness. She is a young woman crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the rip tide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction. As both girls’ families scramble to maintain stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal.

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, May 10 and 24 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, April 26, 6 pm featuring “Mary Poppins Returns”; 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: April 18

Reading Day of the Dragon King  by Mary Pope Osborne


NEW~Cupcake Book Club- Wednesday, May 1, 3 pm

Reading Peace Love and Cupcakes (by Sheryl Berk)

Comic Book Club – Wednesday, May 8, 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: May 9 and 23


Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

Meeting: May 2


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 Movie Club-Wednesday, April 24, at 3:30 pm

Featuring Eigth Grade rated R


Teen Book Club-Wednesday, May 15, at 4 pm

Discussing Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire (pizza included!)


Teen Creative Club- Wednesday, May 22 at 4 pm

Soap Making


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:

Enjoy a Digital Magazine!

The 25 digital magazines in the collection can be checked out without impacting how many eBooks or audiobooks you can borrow at once. They can be read on a computer browser or within the Libby app on a mobile device. Enjoy!

Smyth Library has available:

2019 Candia Conservation Calendars-Local scenery featured by Candia’s own talented photographers. ($5 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 spring? 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

Boston Museum of Science

Boston Museum of Fine Arts Pass  

NEW Childrens Museum in Dover, NH –only through April 30

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

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 Town Wide Yard/Book Sale-Saturday, June 8 (8am-2pm)

You are welcome anytime to 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!


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 May happenings!  Print it out, hang it up and don’t miss anything!

Inspiration from The Reading Mother by Strickland Gillilan:

“You may have tangible wealth untold;

Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.

Richer than I you can never be—

I had a Mother who read to me.”


Sunday, May 12  Happy Mother’s Day to all!  Have a wonderful day!

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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