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September Happiness at Smyth Public Library!

“Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued is just out of grasp…But if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne



As you sit down quietly with a book this Labor Day Weekend may happiness alight upon you!

The Library will be closed Labor Day Monday, September 2.

Celebrate Reading on September 6, National Read a Book Day and September 8, International Literacy Day!

Four reasons to pick up your library card: Free audio, ebooks, movies, music and more. Handy database to chart your ancestry. DVDs to entertain for free. Discounts for parks and museums.


We had a great Summer Concert Series thanks to your participation!

Special Thank you to all our Friend of the Concert Series, we hope that you enjoyed all of the varied and wonderful entertainment this summer.  We extend our appreciation for your community support and spirit.  We also acknowledge and thank our local sponsors, Candia Community Woman’s Club and Candia Firststop who generously donated toward the Series.



Upcoming Fall programs and “How To” nights featuring local skilled artisans:

Saturday, September 7, 10am-2pm-Smyth Public Library is having a Storywalk outside by the pond, hosted by the Friends of Smyth Public Library.

The storywalk features the book, In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming, Where a child explores the wonders of the natural world in this rhyming, beautiful bright colored picture storybook about the lives of small animals and insects living around a freshwater pond. Come join us to discover our own backyard pond and the stories it can tell. Come enjoy this outdoor literary experience.

Tuesday, September 10, 6 pm-“How To” Retirement Panel with Donna Wilton, local Medicare expert along with other professionals to provide a variety of retirement educational information.

Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 pm- Project Coyote by Christine Schadler, M.S., M.A., Wild Canid Ecologist.

Chris earned a Master of Science in Conservation Biology at Antioch University Graduate School.  Her thesis focused on the natural recovery of the Eastern Timber Wolf in Michigan.  

Beginning in the early 1990’s, Chris taught Conservation Issues, Dendrology and Wolf Ecology at the University of New Hampshire, receiving many teaching excellence and student recognition awards.  She continues to instruct and mentor adult degree candidates in the UNH System at Granite State College.

While wolf recovery was the focus of her early work, Chris’ attention shifted to the eastern coyote when she moved to New England.  She chose a farm with known coyote problems to raise sheep and train her border collies.  Using sound livestock management and common sense, she avoided any predation.

Chris is now the Representative for Project Coyote in NH and VT, and divides her time between teaching and working on her book “Becoming Wolf:  The Eastern Coyote in New England”.  Between presentations she can be found at camp in northern New Hampshire researching coyote feeding patterns in a mosaic of farms and woodlots.

Monday, September 23, 6:30 pm-“How To” Knit and Crochet with Lisa Cote. Come learn this beautiful craft and make your own gifts.

Tuesday, October 8th at 6pm-“How To” Edible Plants, An educational environmental program from NH State Park Rangers.

In theory, if every grocery store on Earth suddenly disappeared and you were not permitted to consume any meat, you could survive nicely on what is grown in the soil and on trees alone. But would you know how to? New Hampshire is a small New England state in a region of the U.S. renowned for its lovely pine trees, its fall foliage and the allure of the forests at the northern reaches of the Appalachian Mountain range. New Hampshire in particular boosts a number of edible wild plants; although you’ll want a field guide handy to confirm the safety of anything you decide to ingest, this program is a starter kit to some of the Granite State’s botanical and fungal snack offerings. Presented by SCA AmeriCorps Discover the Power of Parks Interpretive Rangers based in NH state parks in the Merrimack Region.

Wednesday, October 9, 6 pm-Lithuanian Travel program with Oonagh Williams, award winning Chef/Instructor, Consultant, Speaker, Chef/Instructor, Cookbook Author

Free Armchair Travels Lithuania Presentation – sponsored by ŽylonisTrust

Program by Oonagh Williams includes history, culture, food, and current events. Includes Lithuanian generous tasting buffet with full recipes provided – Lithuanian soft cheese spread, Andrulis slicing cheese, cold soup in warm weather, hot soup in cold weather, no bake dessert in hot weather, hot dessert in cold weather. Food ready prepared, served onto plates, cups so evenly distributed and attendees can eat at the beginning of the evening. Some may know Oonagh from her frequent appearances as featured Chef on WMUR’s Cooks Corner.

Pre-registration is required. Free and open to the public. Limited to 25 people.

Thursday, October 10, 6:30 pm-“How To” Labyrinth Walking with Judi Lindsey. Come learn this wonderfully relaxing and mindful practice right here in Candia.

Saturday, October 19, 7-9 pm is BEATLES night at Smyth Library-special 13th year!

This will be the thirteenth year for Beatles night at the Candia library. The evening will feature rare films, music, trivia, and door prizes. Every year features a new program so come join the music and fun!

Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 pm-Daniel Webster with Mike Faiella

The “God-like Daniel”

Daniel Webster was born in 1782 on a small farm in the New Hampshire wilderness .

Despite beginning life in poverty, he became a legend in New England and across America, both in his own lifetime and for a century after his death. He was Congressman, Senator, and Secretary of State under three Presidents. He is thought to have been one of the most outstanding lawyers ever, as well as the greatest public speaker in American history.

Eighty five years after his death, he would be the hero in The Devil and Daniel Webster, the most popular short story ever written in America. In the words of the storyteller, “He was the biggest man in the country. He never got to be President, but he was the biggest man. There were thousands that trusted in him right next to God Almighty.”

Michael Faiella, a retired history teacher, will talk about Daniel Webster: the local boy, the man, and the legend.


August 29, Thursday Morning Book Group at 11 am:

Smyth Public Library is making space for a new reading club on the fourth Thursday of the month at 11am.  Come in and pick up the title for the next meeting featuring:

Out Stealing Horses, a novel by Per Petterson

We were going out stealing horses. That was what he said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It was 1948 and one of the first days of July.

Trond’s friend Jon often appeared at his doorstep with an adventure in mind for the two of them. But this morning was different. What began as a joy ride on “borrowed” horses ends with Jon falling into a strange trance of grief. Trond soon learns what befell Jon earlier that day―an incident that marks the beginning of a series of vital losses for both boys.

Set in the easternmost region of Norway, Out Stealing Horses begins with an ending. Sixty-seven-year-old Trond has settled into a rustic cabin in an isolated area to live the rest of his life with a quiet deliberation. A meeting with his only neighbor, however, forces him to reflect on that fateful summer.


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, August 30, 6 pm featuring “The Secret Life of Pets 2” rated PG.  Join us for popcorn and a movie! Next month movie is on September 27, 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!


Smyth Public Library presents:

Free Math Tutoring available starting  on September 3rd with weekly drop in sessions Tuesdays from 4-6 pm.

With Candia resident, Scott Hewitt, retired Math teacher and current instructor at community college.

For all ages and abilities with help from Arithmetic to Calculus.


We also have T-Mobile Hotspot wireless modems now available for individual checkout.

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


Special Art Exhibits at the Smyth Library Art Gallery:

Come see the creative artwork of Candia’s own children.  The Kids Conservation Club meets monthly at the library led by Judi Lindsey and will display their creations during August and September.

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, August 29, 7 pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature: Empty Seats by Wanda Adams Fischer

What Little Leaguer doesn’t dream of taking to the mound and striking out one of his heroes? This novel follows three such dreamers who were were drafted to play minor league ball, thinking it would be an easy ride to playing in the big time. Little did they know that they’d be vying for a spot with every other talented kid who aspired to play professional baseball. Young, inexperienced, immature, and without the support of their families and friends, they’re often faced with split-second decisions. Not always on the baseball diamond.

September book title: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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)

The Smyth Public Library Writing Group is on hold for now!  Please let us know if you are interested in joining and we’ll let you know when the group starts up again.

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.

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.

CHILDREN’S FALL PROGRAMS Starting in October! Please sign up at library!


(For all events the library staff will bring children to library from Moore School and parents to pick up at library)


Book Clubs!

First Meeting will discuss what everyone read over the summer and what they will read this year in book club.


Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pm


Also, possible future Cookbook Book Club and other book clubs for middle graders on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 4 pm.


STEM Club (K-4)

Combined Math and Science

Second Thursday 3pm

Theme: Balloons and gravity


Art Club (K-4)

First Thursday 3pm

First Meeting: October 3

Theme: Mask making


Creative Craft Club (K-4)

Fourth Thursday 3pm


Candia Conservation Club

First and third Mondays of each month starting October and ending in May from 3-4:30 pm


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.

Please Sign Up at the Front Desk


More Exciting Children’s program:

*Storytime with Jessica, our new Storytime Librarian, 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


TEEN PROGRAMS Starting in October!

Seeking Teen Reader Leaders to Run a new monthly Book Club for Teens by Teens! You pick the title, the time, and we pick up the pizza!

Teen Book Club-First Thursdays at 4 pm

Teen Creative Club-Third Thursdays at 4 pm

(please sign up at the Front Desk!)

NEW! Needed! Your Nature photos!

For the Candia Conservation Commission Calendar. Deadline Sept. 1st.  Only nature and animals within Candia please. No manmade objects or structures in the photos. And no domestic animals. See the CCC website for details and how to submit. 

Smyth Library now has available:

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.

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.


Fun Family Museum Trips for Back to School Inspiration:

No big trips this summer? 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!


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 Pass tab)

Aviation Museum

Boston Museum of Fine Arts  

Boston Museum of Science  

Currier Museum of Art

Fuller Gardens

Libby Museum

McAulliffe Shepard Discovery Center

Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park

SEE Science Center

Squam Lakes Science Center

Strawbery Banke


Friends of Smyth Public Library


Thank you for joining the fun at Old Home Days and supporting the Friend’s with Cotton Candy, Raffle prizes and smiles!


For more fun and books please visit our in-house book sale.  We are adding new titles daily.  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”.)


Special thank you to Dayle Smyrl, Mary Caddy and Marilyn Williams for all their work on our garden and flowers this summer and for their faithful help through the years!

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Like the Smyth Public Library page on Facebook for events and updates about our library!

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


Thank you to all our wonderful patrons for your faithful support of our community library.

Keep Smiling!

Heidi and Staff


Smyth Public Library

55 High Street

Candia, NH 03034


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