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Smyth Public Library Holiday Joy~

It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.  May that be truly said of us, and all of us!”

Charles Dickens

The Library will be closed for the Christmas and New Year Holiday on December 24-25 and January 1.

Special holiday hours on December 26-27 from 5-8 pm and December 31 from 2-5 pm. 


Upcoming Holiday program:

Saturday, December 21-6th Annual Christmas Cookie Swap

This year feel free to come join in the fun at 11 am.  Bring 5 dozen homemade cookies with recipes to share and mingle while you swap. If you would rather just drop off Friday and pick up Saturday that is fine also.  Requirements: Drop off 5 dozen homemade holiday cookies in a disposable container on Friday 12/20 between 5 and 7 pm and library elves will box up an assortment for you to pick up the next day 12/21 between 12-2 pm.  Sign up to participate.

NEW YEAR-NEW YOU! Exciting 2020 upcoming “How To” programs and events:

Tuesday, January 14, 6 pmKeys to Speaking Confidence that No-One is Talking About

With Linda Ugelow  (Open to all ages)

You stand up to speak at a meeting and your heart starts racing, palms sweaty, you can’t remember your talking points… this is common for many people, but it doesn’t have to be.  Most people assume that being afraid of speaking is natural. We are told that fear is inevitable and we either push through it or avoid it by staying out of the spotlight. You can be set free from this and truly enjoy being on the stage.

Join Smyth Public Library and Linda Ugelow for a fun, interactive presentation and leave with the secrets to true ease and confidence that will banish speaking anxiety once and for all.
During the Class you will:
1. Explore personal beliefs around being seen and heard
2. Find ease by reasoning with old story lines
3. Rebuild your inner critic around freedom and self-expression

BIO: Linda Ugelow is host and producer of the Women Inspired TV show which highlights the lives of artists, healers, change-agents and entrepreneurs. As a speaker and confidence coach for entrepreneurs and professionals, she has helped hundreds of people overcome their fears of being seen and heard so they can enjoy the experience of speaking during important moments like meetings, presentations, interviews, on stage, or on camera. Her upcoming book, Delight in the Limelight is due out in 2020.


Thursday, January 16, 6 pm-How To Maple Sugaring Seminar

Sponsored by the Ag Commission


Thursday, February 13, 6 pm-How To Whole Grains

with Marilyn Mills, MS,RD,LD,CDE Clinical Dietitian/Hannaford Dietitian

Tuesday, February 25, 6 pm-Hidden History of the Seacoast

with local NH author, Terry Nelson


Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 pm-Traveling Egypt and Israel

A photo journey with the Meagher’s

Tuesday, March 24, 6 pm-How To Painting with Currier Art Museum

In this beginner level class, students will begin by exploring springtime scenes from the Currier Museum of Art permanent collection. Led by an Art Center instructor, students will then create their own landscapes using paint and collage techniques, drawing inspiration from the birch trees and lilacs of New Hampshire.


Coming in January! Saturdays 10am-1pm-How To “College Essays” workshop

Write Your College Essay

offered by Robin Small

In this one day workshop, students may arrive with no more than a college essay

prompt and will leave with the tools they need to create finished products that

showcase their unique voices and experiences. We will inspire their creativity,

help them inject personality into their essays so they stand out to readers, and

turn a task that seems as exciting as cleaning the bathrooms at the airport into

one that you might actually enjoy.


Hoopla downloadable media

hoopla is the digital service of Midwest Tape, a leading provider of entertainment media products and services: DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and shelf-ready solutions, to public libraries across North America for over a quarter of a century.

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. Technologically, we focus on the latest browser, phone, tablet, and TV products to deliver the best possible experience to our user – our passion – the public library patron.


New FFF!

January 3, First Friday Family Game Nights 6:30 pm. Come relax and play FUN board games together.

Monthly Family Movie Night on Friday, December 27, 6 pm.  Featuring: Abominable Rated PG. Join us for popcorn and a movie!

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 have T-Mobile Hotspot wireless modems 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 autumn nights under the stars!


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


Special Art Exhibits through the end of December at the Smyth Library Art Gallery

Candia native, Thomas Philbrick will have his art work on display through December.

The glass display case features new silver pieces crafted by the late Elizabeth Nutt, Candia Silversmith and the award winning ‘Stitching Up the World’ trophy.

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, January 22, 7pm Monthly Reading Group

Book feature: Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (pick up your copy at the front desk)

As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is “as good as anyone.” Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides “physical, intellectual and moral training” so the delinquent boys in their charge can become “honorable and honest men.”
In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear “out back.” Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King’s ringing assertion “Throw us in jail and we will still love you.” His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.

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 January 23:

Chances Are, by Richard Russo

One beautiful September day, three men convene on Martha’s Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college circa the sixties. They couldn’t have been more different then, or even today–Lincoln’s a commercial real estate broker, Teddy a tiny-press publisher, and Mickey a musician beyond his rockin’ age. But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend right here on the Vineyard in 1971: the disappearance of the woman each of them loved–Jacy Calloway. Now, more than forty years later, as this new weekend unfolds, three lives are displayed in their entirety while the distant past confounds the present like a relentless squall of surprise and discovery. Shot through with Russo’s trademark comedy and humanity, Chances Are . . . also introduces a new level of suspense and menace that will quicken the reader’s heartbeat throughout this absorbing saga of how friendship’s bonds are every bit as constricting and rewarding as those of family or any other community. For both longtime fans and lucky newcomers, Chances Are . . . is a stunning demonstration of a highly acclaimed author deepening and expanding his remarkable achievement.

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)

Smyth Public Library Writing Group for all levels and abilities!-On Break, but sign up for future meetings.

 “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.

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.



NEW CCC  KIDS! Mrs. Lindsey’s Candia Conservation Commission KIDS!

Do you love nature? Animals? The forests and the ponds? Join Mrs. Lindsey for her new nature club! Please register at the library (waiting list only)

  • The first and third Mondays of each month
  • 3-4:30 pm
  • 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!


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 3pmMeeting: January 16

Reading Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne


Also, future Creative Writing Club on Saturdays, coming soon!


New STEM Club (K-3)

Combined Math and Science

Second Thursday 3pm; Meeting: January 9

Theme: Building Season Wheels


Art Club (K-5)

First Thursday 3pm

First Meeting: January 2


Friday, December 27, 6 pm, Movie Night featuring: Abominable, rated PG


Please Sign Up at the Front Desk

More Exciting Children’s program:

*Storytime with Jessica, our new Storytime Librarian, on Thursdays 10 am (ages: preschool and babies welcome)

*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! (please sign up at the Front Desk!)


Teen Book Club-Thursday, January 16 at 5 pm


Smyth Library now has available:

NEW! 2020 Candia Conservation Calendars-Local scenery featured by Candia’s own talented photographers. ($10 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.  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.

Heritage Commission is now selling three books:

Smyth Public Library~A History 1791-2016 for $10 each

A Sense of Place~Candia’s Past & Present 1763-2014 for $15 each

Water Powered Mill Sites in Candia, NH for $20 each

Special package price for all three: $35

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 Winter Holiday outings:

No big trips this vacation? 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 Pass (limited number available).

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/


Inclement Weather Notice

The Library may close when weather conditions exist making it hazardous for travel. The primary criteria for any decision will be the safety of the staff and the library patrons. If hazardous road conditions occur, the following means of notification will be used, whenever possible: a posting on the website, facebook and WMUR or a sign on the door.  The Library and the Moore School do not always respond to a weather event in the same way. However, if school is canceled or delayed, there will be no children’s programs at the Library that day.

And remember, we have the hotspot, the internet, and a warm fireplace with books in the event a storm leaves you without power.  Call us to be sure we have power and then come on in and enjoy our cozy space!


Friends of Smyth Public Library


We are especially thankful for our 2018 library volunteers Mary Papa, Priscilla Wheeler, Doris and Jesse Mann, Dayle Smyrl, Mary Caddy, Marilyn Williams and our fabulous Friends of Smyth Public Library group.  Under the wonderful leadership of the President, Ginny Jones and Treasurer, Amie Jones, the Friends have given hours of dedicated work to the book sales and other fundraisers.  Through this the Friends have been able to provide invaluable support to the library. Funding provided by the Friends has given us a new telescope, sponsored “How To” classes, the BookPage subscription, and help with the Bedford Big Band concert and the New England Aquarium pass. If you would like to find out about or join the Friends as they continue their great contribution to our library please call or email the library. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Heidi Deacon at the Smyth Public Library (483-8245) or Ginny Jones at 483-0561.


Perfect holiday shopping idea:  The Smyth Library In House Book Sale.

Friends are having a “Buy one get one free” sale during the month of December!

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!

(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!

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


During this time of joy, we remember our wonderful patrons and wish you all a glorious Christmas!

“O Father, may that Holy star

Grow every year more bright,

And send its glorious beams afar

To fill the world with light.”

William Cullen Bryant

Enjoy this special Holiday season!

Heidi and Staff



Smyth Public Library

55 High Street

Candia, NH 03034


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