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Smyth Public Library Autumn Warmth!

“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.” Leo Tolstoy

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Albert Einstein

~Thank You to All Veterans~

For Veteran’s 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.

The Library will be closed Veteran’s Day Monday, November 11.  Happy Veteran’s Day to all!

In Loving Memory of Simon

This week our beloved Border Collie, Simon passed away on Friday, October 18.  He loved hearing stories from our little readers and playing with children and greeting all our patrons when he was here at the front desk with our Circulation Librarian Gwen Paprocki.  We will all miss him!  Please read a book to a friend in honor of Simon and don’t forget to take a few moments to hug your dog and tell them you love them.


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

Thursday, October 24, 7 pm-Mount Everest with Joe Pratt

In 2012 only one amateur climber from America was able to summit Mount Everest from the north side. The climb was dedicated to the worldwide eradication of polio.  Joe Pratt, through photos and video will tell his story of joining a Russian expedition, five weeks of training and acclimatizing on the mountain and the final 24 hour push to the summit in conditions that took the lives of six climbers that night. His talk will cover the history of polio in America and the current status of the effort to eradicate the disease worldwide. The presentation will be one hour with questions following. Sponsored by The Raymond Area Rotary Club.

Thursday, November 14 at 6 pm:  “How to Make Super Soups”   Marilyn Mills, RD,LD,CDE – Hannaford Supermarket Dietititan.  (Registration signups)

Every wonder what makes a great soup?  What’s the difference between stock and broth?  What’s bone broth?  When should I add spices or herbs to my soup?  Attendees will receive a recipe book and soup recipes for Make your Own Ramen Soup, Morroccan Tomato Soup, Ginger Miso Soup, Easiest Pumpkin Soup. Tasting of Creamy Sweet Potato Hommus soup made 3 easy ingredients to “Wow” your friends. Come learn deliciously ways to warm your way into winter with these satisfying comfort meals.

Wednesday, November 13, 6 pm: Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook with Bob Cottrell

This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire. Cottrell will be accompanied by his appropriately named Chinook, Tug.

Tuesday, November 19 at 6 pm: “How To” Painting class with Currier Museum of Art instructor and Candia native, Holly Rousseau

In this beginner level class, students will begin by exploring autumn landscapes from the Currier Museum of Art permanent collection. Led by an Art Center instructor, students will then create their own autumnal scenes in watercolor paints and oil pastels.

Tuesday, December 10, 6 pm: “How Much is it Worth?”  Value of Old and Rare Books Appraisal program with Ken Gloss. Registration is required.

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will discuss the value of old and rare books. Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (, which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

Ken will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston.

Thursday, December 12, 6-7 pm, Story Time with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Come in your PJs for a special visit from the North Pole and hear stories and share snacks and go home with a small gift.

Saturday, December 14, 12-2 pm, Holiday Gingerbread House making party!  All goodies provided, just sign up and bring your smiles!

Saturday, December 21, 11-2 pm, Fifth Annual Christmas Cookie Swap!

Bake  five dozen homemade cookies and drop off Friday, December 20, between 5-8 pm and pick up anytime between 11-2 pm on Saturday your new tray with a new selection of goodies to take home and share with your family and friends. Sponsored by the Friends of Smyth Public Library.


October 31, 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:

Book feature: Master Thieves by Stephen Kurkjian

In a secret meeting in 1981, a low-level Boston thief gave career gangster Ralph Rossetti the tip of a lifetime: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was a big score waiting to happen. Though its collections included priceless artworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and others, its security was cheap, mismanaged, and out of date. And now, it seemed, the whole Boston criminal underworld knew it.
Nearly a decade passed before the Museum museum was finally hit. But when it finally happened, the theft quickly became one of the most infamous art heists in history: thirteen works of art valued at up to 500 million, by some of the most famous artists in the world, were taken. The Boston FBI took control of the investigation, but twenty-five years later the case is still unsolved and the artwork is still missing.


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, October 27, 6 pm featuring “Aladdin” rated PG.  Join us for popcorn and a movie! Next month movie is on November 22, 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 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:

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 7 pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature: One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain

Set in early 1950s rural South Carolina, One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah Creamer’s quest to find her “mama bone,” after she is left to care for a boy who is not her own but instead is the product of an affair between her husband and her best friend and neighbor, a woman she calls “Sister.” When her husband drinks himself to death, Sarah, a dirt-poor homemaker with no family to rely on and the note on the farm long past due, must find a way for her and young Emerson Bridge to survive. But the more daunting obstacle is Sarah’s fear that her mother’s words, seared in her memory since she first heard them at the age of six, were a prophesy, “You ain’t got you one good mama bone in you, girl.”

November book title: Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall

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.


CANDIA MOMS-MOMMY & ME GROUP: Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  (October 8th – Nov 26th)

The Smyth Public Library Meeting Room
**entrance will be through the side door – I will have more info for those attending**

FREE to any Mom or Mom-To-Be who lives in Candia.
**Registration is required – there are limited spaces available**

SIGN-UPS: Please email Carol at:
**Please include: Your name, your cell number, number of children and their ages.**

– This is a non-profit FREE group that was created on a volunteer basis, to provide moms and babies a safe place to meet and socialize, seek advice, etc.

– Siblings are welcome, however, this group is geared towards babies age 0-18 months.

-You are welcome to bring your own coffee, tea and snacks.
-This group will run for 8 weeks and take a break for the holidays.


Book Clubs!

Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pm, November 21

Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne


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; November 14

Theme: Electricity and Snap Circuits


Art Club (K-4)

First Thursday 3pm

First Meeting: November 7

Theme: Fall portraits


Creative Craft Club (K-4)

Fourth Thursday 3pm; Canceled for Holiday

Theme: Happy Thanksgiving


Candia Conservation Kids with Judi Lindsey on First or Third Monday 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)

                                For Storytime on Thursday, October 31, children and parents encouraged to come in costume!

* 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 Thursday, November 14 at 5 pm and every second Thursday at 5 pm

Teen Creative Club-Third Thursday at 5 pm, November 21

(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 Fall Weekends:

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

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


Please support The Friends of the Smyth Public Library! When you order on Amazon, first start at and choose, “The Friends of the Smyth Public Library” as your charity to support. Every time you order on Amazon, Amazon will donate a percentage back to The Friends. Every order helps!


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 and Instagram!

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

Please see our Smyth Library Calendar for November 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.


Hope all your days are filled with the warmth of books and friends!


Heidi and Staff


Smyth Public Library

55 High Street

Candia, NH 03034


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