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Smyth Public Library Remembers

Thank you to all Veterans

We are so grateful for your service!

Memorial Day weekend we remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

We can remember them by reading their stories or the stories of those who survived.

Come to the library to find great books to remember and celebrate.

Happy Memorial Day to all!

In honor of Memorial Day, we will be closed on Monday, May 27.

Commemorating DDay June 6, 1944! Smyth Public Library celebrates the 75th anniversary of DDay with a special selection of materials available!


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

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!!!!

F A special bonus question just on DDay, so study up and find out more about this remembrance day!

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.

Come join us on Thursday, June 6, 7 pm, for Skywatch Program and Night Telescope Stargazing

Presented by the NH Astronomical Society (including outdoor guided moon watch, weather permitting)

Summer Reading Program Signups start this day as well!


Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high.  Then life seems almost enchanted after all.

Vincent Van Gogh

Please note our Orion StarBlast 4.5″ telescope is also 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 a wonderful end of summer night under the stars!


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!


Thursday, June 13, 6 pm, Candia Honey with our own local expert Reggie Henshaw!

This program will cover all things Honey.  From harvesting to grades to uses and nutrition, Reggie Henshaw is well versed.  At 96 he is a living testimony of the benefits of honey.  Come learn about his expertise and wisdom.


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!


Presenting our 9th annual Smyth Public Library Summer Concert Series lineup featured at the Gazebo.

Wednesday nights 6:30-8 pm July 10-August 14. (Rain location: CYAA)

July 10th- Odds Bodkin presents A Universe of Stories. Odds Bodkin, Storyteller, Musician and Author-Summer Reading family kickoff.


July 17th- Windham Swing Band, an 18 piece with music from the 20’s. Come hear many of your favorite swing and Big Band standards. With great instrumentals, this band is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Travel with us back to a time of top hats and tuxs!


July 24th- Nicole Murphy Candia favorite!


July 31st- Granite Planet  Granite Planet is a retro cover band with a diverse playlist includes rock, pop, dance/disco, today’s country & a bit of blues. Most of their songs are upbeat and high energy – you’ll want to get up and dance!


August 7th- Windham Community Band Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program.


August 14th- Bedford Big Band Fun and stylish, truly everyone loves Big Band music! The band’s repertoire includes many of your favorite jazz and Big Band standards, Latin rhythms, waltzes, R&B, all arrangements that you’re sure to enjoy.

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 May 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.

For June we welcome Lithuanian Artwork.  Come visit soon!

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, May 23, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature:  Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig   (pick up your copy at the front desk)

A beautiful and poignant story of one family during the most violent and turbulent years of world history, Miss Burma is a powerful novel of love and war, colonialism and ethnicity, and the ties of blood. Miss Burma tells the story of modern-day Burma through the eyes of Benny and Khin, husband and wife, and their daughter Louisa. World War II comes to Southeast Asia, and Benny and Khin must go into hiding in the eastern part of the country during the Japanese Occupation, beginning a journey that will lead them to change the country’s history. Benny and Khin’s eldest child, Louisa, has a danger-filled, tempestuous childhood and reaches prominence as Burma’s first beauty queen soon before the country falls to dictatorship. As Louisa navigates her newfound fame, she is forced to reckon with her family’s past, the West’s ongoing covert dealings in her country, and her own loyalty to the cause of the Karen people. Based on the story of the author’s mother and grandparents, Miss Burma is a captivating portrait of how modern Burma came to be and of the ordinary people swept up in the struggle for self-determination and freedom.

June title is Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

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 May 23.

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share an intense, near-mystical bond. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, and his plans for a normal life are permanently dashed. Four years later, Jon reappears. He is different now: bigger, stronger, and with no memory of the time he was gone. Jon wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off—until the horrifying instant he realizes he possesses strange powers that pose a grave threat to everyone he cares for. Afraid of hurting Chloe, Jon runs away, embarking on a journey for answers.

Meanwhile, in Providence, Rhode Island, healthy college students and townies with no connection to one another are inexplicably dropping dead. A troubled detective prone to unexplainable hunches, Charles “Eggs” DeBenedictus suspects there’s a serial killer at work. But when he starts asking questions, Eggs is plunged into a shocking whodunit he never could have predicted.  With an intense, mesmerizing voice, Caroline Kepnes makes keen and powerful observations about human connection and how love and identity can dangerously blur together.

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, June 14 and 28 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, May 24, 6 pm featuring “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”; rated PG.  Join us for popcorn and a movie!

Book Clubs!

CCC  KIDS! On Summer Break; Restarting in the Fall!

Mrs. Lindsey’s Candia Conservation Commission KIDS! Two classes on the 1st and 3rd  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.

  • 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: May 16

Reading Day of the Dragon King  by Mary Pope Osborne


NEW~Cupcake Book Club- Wednesday, June 5, 3 pm

Reading Peace Love and Cupcakes (by Sheryl Berk)

Comic Book Club – Wednesday, June 12, 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 23 & June 13


Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

Meeting: June 6


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-Saturday, May 25, at 11 am

Featuring Spiderman into the Spider Verse rated PG


Teen Creative Club- Wednesday, May 22 at 4 pm

Soap Making


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  

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!

June is Food for Fines month.  Bring in non-perishables and we will donate them to our Candia Food Pantry and we’ll reduce your fines.

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

Thank you for taking the time to read this and please visit soon!

Keep Smiling!

Heidi and Staff

Your library is a storehouse for mind and spirit. Use it well.-Neil Armstrong



Smyth Public Library

55 High Street

Candia, NH 03034


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