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Celebrate Summer with Smyth Public Library

Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony,

“that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”

John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776

Happy Independence Day to all!

In honor of Independence Day, we will be closed on Thursday, July 4.

Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading. Reading can reduce stress, increase empathy for others and keep your mind sharp. And it’s fun! Challenge yourself to a summer of reading and visit us to check out our summer reading programs for all ages.


A Universe of Stories

We are celebrating the 50th Moon landing this year with a Summer Reading Program theme, “A Universe of Stories.” Library patrons will be invited to explore the universe with themed crafts and be inspired by authors and  musicians of all kinds. Books, magazines, movies and more are available for patrons looking for new ways to experience the world of space. The Smyth Public Library Summer Concert series will coincide with the program, making Summer Reading even more universally fun.

Designed to help strengthen literacy skills in young people of all ages, the Summer Reading Program lays the groundwork for preschoolers to become lifelong readers and learners, helps elementary school children develop positive attitudes about reading, and strengthens the high level of literacy that teens need for higher education and future employment.

Students who read at least four books over the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books. Nine out of ten kids say they are more likely to finish a book they’ve picked out themselves; summer Reading Program participants may choose to read whichever books they want, including those not related to the “Universe” theme.



Baby—Preschool children- stories, games, crafts, music, puppets-During Thursday Story Time 10am


School Age Children (K-6)

Wednesday, July 3rd 3pm- Make Galaxy Slime

Wednesday, July 17th 3pm- Galaxy Painting

Wednesday, July 24th 3pm- Cardboard Space Shuttles

Wednesday, July 31st 3pm- Space Suncatchers

Wednesday, August 7th 3pm- Make a Bottle Rocket!

Wednesday, August 14th 3pm- Solar Systems


~Read a book~ fill out a mini review form at the front desk~ enter for gift card raffle prizes~


Wednesday, July 3rd 4pm- Nuts and Bolts Enterprise

Wednesday, July 17th 4pm- Make Chocolates

Wednesday, July 24th 4pm- Water Balloon Relay Race

Wednesday, July 31st 4pm- Bubble Paint


Pick up your inspiring challenge list at the front desk for summer long fun .


Smyth Public Library will present the 9th annual Summer Concert Series on seven consecutive Wednesdays beginning July10th. The series is held at the Candia Pond Park gazebo, behind the library at 55 High Street, and will move to the CYAA field house if it rains. The concerts are free, with funding from the Friends of Smyth Library and the Friends of the Concert Series. The concerts run from 6:30-8pm. Bring a chair or blanket for the lawn, and a hat, as the view is toward the setting sun. Ice cream will be available. Call the library at 483-8245 for updates, or watch our Music page

Wednesday nights at 6:30pm

July 10th- Summer Reading Program Opener for Families- Odds Bodkin

July 17th- Windham Swing Band

July 24th- Nicole Murphy

July 31st- Granite Planet

August 7th-Community Band Summer Reading Finale for all ages

August 14th- Bedford Big Band

Come enjoy the magic of summer music under the stars, complete with ice cream!

(CYAA Rain location)


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 June 27:

High Season, by Judy Blundell

No matter what the world throws her way, at least Ruthie Beamish has the house. Located by the sea in a quiet Long Island village, the house is her nest egg—the retirement account shared with her ex-husband, Mike, and the college fund for their teenage daughter, Jem. The catch? To afford the house, Ruthie must let it go during the best part of the year.

It’s Memorial Day weekend and the start of what Jem calls “the summer bummer”: the family’s annual exodus to make way for renters. This year, the Hamptons set has arrived. Adeline Clay is elegant and connected—and will never need to worry about money. Before long, she demonstrates an uncanny ability to help herself to Ruthie’s life. Is Adeline just being her fabulous self, or is she out to take what she wants?

When an eccentric billionaire, his wayward daughter, a coterie of social climbers, and Ruthie’s old flame are thrown into the mix, the entire town finds itself on the verge of tumultuous change. But as Ruthie loses her grasp on her job, her home, and her family, she discovers a new talent for pushing back. By the end of one unhinged, unforgettable summer, nothing will be the same—least of all Ruthie.


Our second annual trivia contest was a close competition with a nail biter finish.  All won gift certificates to Tuckaway Tavern and Cello’s!

First place:  The Nerf Herders

Second place (3-way tie):  The Einsteins; The Sit Arounds; Froport

Special thanks to our excellent question poser and his lovely assistant, Rick and Poly Mitchell!


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.


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

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 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 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 work of the Lithuanian Children

A Traveling art exhibit from Fermata Arts Foundation program “Let’s Build a Roof over the World”.

Next month features Candia artist 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:

Tuesday, June 25, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature: Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (pick up your copy at the front desk)

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother’s sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn’t sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she’s never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory–surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places. A bewitching novel of hope and transformation, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers.

July book title: The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s  Journey by Linda Greenlaw

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, July 12 and 26 at 6:30 pm

SEEKING WRITERS of all levels and abilities!

We have a wonderful writing group at Smyth Public Library 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.



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 in the Fall-Candia Conservation Commission Kid’s Club 3-4:30 pm-First and Third Monday of the month. Registration required, limited class size.


Please Sign Up at the Front Desk


More Exciting Children’s program:

*Storytime with Jessica on Thursdays 10 am and 6 pm (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


Smyth Library has available:

NEWLY REDUCED: 2019 Candia Conservation Calendars-Local scenery featured by Candia’s own talented photographers. (Half price-$5 to the Candia Conservation Commission-all proceeds go toward sending a Candia student to Barry Conservation camp)

Candia Walking Tour Guides to Candia Village, East Candia and Meetinghouse Hill ($2 each or $5 for all three to the Heritage Commission)

A Sense of Place: Candia’s Past & Present 1763-2014  A Compilation of Town Tributes, Personal Histories & Cherished Memories in Celebration of the Semiquincentennial ($15 to the Heritage Commission) Water Powered Mill Sites in Candia, New Hampshire ($20 to 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.


Local Fun Family Ideas for Weekends:

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

Boston Museum of Science

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

Please come to the library for books galore at our in-house book sale.  We have all new selections 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”.)


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.  This is the last week to bring in non-perishables for our Candia Food Pantry and reduce your late fee.

Please see our Smyth Library Calendar for July Happenings attached or on our website!  Print out, post up and don’t miss anything!


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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