NEW: The library is proud to now offer The Healing Library, kits to aid with coping with difficult situations. We offer The Death of a Loved One, The Death of a Pet, and Alzheimer’s & Your Family. These are be located in the children’s room, along with books about each topic. The kits are available to check out.

Now you can check out a telescope and check out the night sky! Check out the telescope for 1 week!

Now you can also check out our Mobile HotSpot for 1 week!

Movie Night: Paddington 2 Rated PG
Friday, June 22nd at 6pm
“Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.”-IMDB

How to Day Lilies with Fiona McKenna
Wednesday, June 27th at 6:30pm
Join us for a presentation with Fiona McKenna on planting and growing day lilies.

LIBRARIES ROCK! ODDS BODKIN’S FAMILY RHYTHM AND STORIES SHOW! Summer Reading Program Opener! (Summer Concert Series)
Wednesday, July 11th at 6:30 pm
A mix of pure imagination, fun and music for the whole family! Kids and parents will blast it out when Odds Bodkin invites them to learn simple, catchy songs and really SING as part of The Rock ‘n Roll Three Little Pigs and Other Musical Tales!
Since 1982, Odds Bodkin has made his living as a master storyteller, author, creative musician and educator. He is renowned for his renditions of epic tales for universities and high schools and his ethics-based stories for children.

NEW Book Club! Every second Thursday!
Thursday, July 12th at 11am
Reading: Exhibit Alexander by Natasha Bell
He thought he knew everything about her until she went missing.
Before she disappeared, Alexandra Southwood lived an average, happy life: devoted to her wonderful husband, Marc, and caring for her two beautiful daughters. But now, held in a room against her will, Alexandra is forced to think about all she’s lost, and imagine how Marc and her daughters are coping in the wake of her disappearance. She’s shown news clips of Marc, desperately appealing to the public for information on her whereabouts. She tortures herself with visions of her family’s devastated new reality. And as she envisions Marc’s distress, she can’t help but remember their courtship, their marriage—all that he saved her from and all that they’ve built together.

Nicole Murphy (Summer Concert Series)
Wednesday, July 18th at 6:30 pm
Murphy has come a long way in a short time. Though she played in her father’s Vermont-based band as a teenager before getting married and moving to New Hampshire, Knox Murphy had for years traveled back to the Green Mountain State to play with her father before family and work obligations took priority. Once she picked up the guitar again, however, all the passion of her youth came flooding back. Performing in public, soon she was strumming and singing with other like-minded individuals at Henderson’s Pickin’ Parlor in Candia.

Granite Planet (Summer Concert Series)
Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 pm
Granite Planet is a retro cover band featuring music from the 60’s to today, with a focus on the 80’s. Their diverse playlist includes rock, pop, dance/disco, today’s country & a bit of blues. Most of their songs are upbeat and high energy – you’ll want to get up and dance! While the majority of their covers are true to the originals we all know and love, a few are based on more recent versions. The addition of various unique covers helps to make GRANITE PLANET stand out among run-of-the-mill cover bands.

Movie Night!
Friday, July 27th at 6pm

Windham Swing Band (Summer Concert Series)
Wednesday, August 1st at 6:30 pm
18 piece Big Band playing music from the 20’s. Fun and stylish, truly everyone loves Swing and Big Band music! The band’s repertoire includes many of your favorite jazz and Big Band standards.

The Lumberjills (Summer Reading Program finale- Summer Concert Series)
Wednesday, August 8th at 6:30 pm
Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program with our own Storytime librarian, Samantha Brouillard and her two soul sisters! During this performance, children who participated in the Summer Reading program will receive a free ice cream! Effervescent, spirited, energetic….all of these words describe the beautiful music from these three Candia natives.

Bedford Big Band (Summer Concert Series)
Wednesday, August 15th at 6:30 pm
A 20+ piece Big Band! Fun and stylish, truly everyone loves Swing and Big Band music! The band’s repertoire includes many of your favorite jazz and Big Band standards, Latin rhythms, waltzes, R&B, as well as some exciting contemporary arrangements that you’re sure to enjoy.

How to Harmonica Workshop
Tuesday, September 25th at 6pm
Mike Rogers has been playing harmonica since the age of fifteen. Mike performs with harmonica and guitar and is blind as a result of retinitis pigmentosa. He simultaneously draws on forty-eight years of professional musicianship, fifteen years of teaching secondary education and twenty years of performing in schools from Maine to Georgia and throughout the Bahamas. Mike is joined by his wife Beverly who brings to the duo ten years of substitute teaching experience as well as previous work as a children’s storyteller for the public library system in Peach County, Georgia. They have been presenting these workshops for the past thirty years.
Mike and Beverly offer harmonica workshops for folks, ages eight through adult. Each student receives a harmonica. The workshop teaches simple songs and basic techniques. Most, if not all, students come away with a feeling of accomplishment and self-worth. Attitudes shift in each and every student, as they become absorbed with the process of entering the world of music!

How to Knit/Crochet with Lia Cote
Thursday, October 11th at 6pm
Learn how to knit and crochet with Lia Cote!

Cultural History of Mt. Washington with Dan Szczesny
Tuesday, Nov. 13th at 6:30pm
Dan Szczesny will discuss his new book The White Mountain.

Ongoing Programs:
Thursday, June 28th at 7:30pm Reading group featuring The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (pick up your copy at the front desk)

Please see Reading Groups Page for a description of this months book.

Feel free to join the group for many interesting discussions!

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)

Try out our new “Volunteer Your World” ideas at Smyth Public Library. Come to our monthly meeting (Last Monday of the month) or visit our Volunteer Your World Page
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. Writers group meets 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at 6:30 pm

See the “children,” “teen,” and “music series” tabs for more great events!