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Perfect Fall Days at Smyth Public Library

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.” Peter Golkin



October is National Book Month!  Celebrate and read a book you have always meant to read!!

“I do so hate finishing books. I would like to go on with them for years.” Beatrix Potter

Promote Health on October 5, and join Prevention magazine’s Virtual 5K walk. A community event you can do in any community.  Find out more at

The Library will be closed Columbus Day Monday, October 14.


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

Wednesday, September 25, 7 pm-“How To” Seed Saving with Ron Trexler, Master Gardner and Hooksett Garden Club President

In this presentation people will learn how to collect seeds and save them for next year.

Please feel free to come early for the 6 pm Garden Club Plant Sale held in the side parking lot.

Tuesday, October 8, 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.

Tuesday, October 15, 6:30pm-Bee Keeping, An educational program with Kathy Kuhn sponsored by the Ag Commission.

Ken and Kathy Kuhn of Candia’s own Jacks Honey are presenting a free class on Beekeeping!

This in-depth lecture will include all you need to know to begin your own hive and harvest your own honey.

From equipment, hive types, bee anatomy, pollen & pollination to bee schools and local organizations, you will learn it all… and so much more!

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.

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!


September 26, 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:

The Piano Teacher, a novel by Janice Y.K. Lee

In 1942, Will Truesdale, an Englishman newly arrived in Hong Kong, falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their love affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Will is sent to an internment camp, where he and other foreigners struggle daily for survival. Meanwhile, Trudy remains outside, forced to form dangerous alliances with the Japanese—in particular, the malevolent head of the gendarmerie, whose desperate attempts to locate a priceless collection of Chinese art lead to a chain of terrible betrayals.
Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong and is hired by the wealthy Chen family as their daughter’s piano teacher. A provincial English newlywed, Claire is seduced by the heady social life of the expatriate community. At one of its elegant cocktail parties, she meets Will, to whom she is instantly attracted—but as their affair intensifies, Claire discovers that Will’s enigmatic persona hides a devastating past. As she begins to understand the true nature of the world she has entered, and long-buried secrets start to emerge, Claire learns that sometimes the price of survival is love.


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, September 27, 6 pm featuring “Dumbo” rated PG.  Join us for popcorn and a movie! Next month movie is on October 25, 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 welcome Abigail DeTore and Bess Deacon our new librarian assistants.



Smyth Public Library presents:

Free Math Tutoring available 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:

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 7 pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

October book title: One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain

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! Sign-ups required!

Book Clubs!

Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pm, October 17


Also, possible future Cookbook Book Club and other book clubs for middle graders on Thursdays at 4pm, if interest.


STEM Club (K-4)

Combined Math and Science

Second Thursday 3pm; October 10

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; October 24

Theme: Collages


Candia Conservation Kids with Judi Lindsey on First and Third Mondays at 3pm

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!

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 food!

Join Gabi Bedard and Talia Merrill for pizza and ice cream!


Teen Book Club-Starts Wednesday, October 17 at 5 pm and every second Wednesday at 5 pm

Teen Creative Club-Fourth Wednesdays at 5 pm, October 24 (making slime!)

(please sign up at the Front Desk!)

Needed! Your Nature photos!

For the Candia Conservation Commission Calendar. 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 (Museum 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”.)


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’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 October 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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