Events

THE SMYTH PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTS:

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
TBA!

Adult Reading Group
Tuesday, July 31st at 7:30pm
Reading: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
NOTE: Moved from June 26th!
Pick up your copy at the front desk!
Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

Windham Swing Band (Summer Concert Series)
Wednesday, August 1st at 6:30 pm
Founded in 1998 the Windham Swing Band is a full 18-piece big band with saxophones, trombones, trumpets, bass, percussion and vocalist. Since 2004 it has been led by professional reedman and teacher Rob Daisy. The group plays an active year-round schedule of concerts, dances, and functions throughout the area. The Windham Swing Band plays music from the Big Band Era to the present, featuring many familiar standards such as “Sing, Sing, Sing,” and “In the Mood.” Its ballroom dance repertoire ranges from swing, waltz, and foxtrot to cha-cha, mambo, samba, rumba, and hustle. The band has made recent appearances at the Londonderry Old Home Days , Haverhill’s Ruckus Day, the York Beach (Maine) gazebo, Krystal Ballroom Dance Studio in Salem NH, and the Windham Community Band’s annual fundraiser at Castleton.

Directors
Swing Band Music Director
– Now in his eleventh year as Director, Rob Daisy has developed the Windham Swing Band in the musical traditions and styles of the Big Bands. Rob is an outstanding and versatile professional woodwind player (sax, clarinet, flute, oboe), private teacher and director. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, with extensive professional experience in classical and popular music, musical comedy and jazz. His experience includes stints in Pittsburgh, Germany, and Hawaii before coming to New Hampshire in 2001.

Swing Band Assistant Director – Rob Fogg III has been sitting in the drum chair for the Windham Swing Band since 2003 and was selected as assistant director in January 2013. Rob earned his Musical Education degree at the University of New Hampshire. He is Instrumental Music Director at The Derryfield School in Manchester. He plays drums and percussion throughout New England with amateur,semi-pro and professional groups.

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.

NEW Thursday Morning Book Club
Thursday, August 9th at 11am
Exhibit Alexandra 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.

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.

Cruising NH History
Tuesday, September 11th at 6pm
Learn about NH history markers with Michael Bruno.
Michael was born and raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. After serving in the U.S. Army for more than 23 years, Michael returned to New Hampshire in 2009. Michael has been a JROTC Army Instructor at White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield since his military retirement. Michael attained an Educational Specialist (Ed. S) degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Michael resides in the historic mountain community of Bethlehem where he is actively involved in town government.
In 2017, Michael wrote and sponsored an historical marker commemorating Frances Glessner Lee, who made significant contributions to the study of forensics. Michael is also a certified New Hampshire Granite State Ambassador. In his spare time, Michael enjoys hiking in the White Mountains and riding his motorcycle with his wife Kristin along the country roads of New Hampshire.

Sky Watch!
Monday, September 17th at 6pm
NH Astronomical Society will lead an indoor presentation. Sky watch to follow, weather permitting.

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!

Walking France with Gale Carey
Wednesday, October 10th at 6pm
One pilgrim’s story of 500 miles on the Chemin de St. Jacques.
The Chemin de St. Jacques is an amazingly beautiful walking route cherished by the French and traveled by pilgrims for nearly 1000 years. The journey through lush woodlands, flower-laden fields, volcanic formations, and ancient villages and towns, allows for meditative walking, engaging conversation, and introspection. Gale made this 35-day trek last summer and brings us the story of her journey as a modern day pilgrim – from the practical to the philosophical.

Gale Carey

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

12th Annual Beatles Night 2018
Saturday, October 13th at 7pm
Join us for a night of classic music!

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!