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Help Us Finish The
Lower Level Renovation!

All donations to the Baker Free Library Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Questions? Call the Library at (603) 224-7113 or email

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8/27/2016 - 10:00 AM
Book Donation Day

9/5/2016 - 5:30 AM

9/14/2016 - 5:00 PM
Library Board of Trustee meeting

9/20/2016 - 12:30 PM
Book Talk

9/20/2016 - 6:30 PM
Book Talk

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This Week in History

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A recent auction of a beautiful quilt by the Bow Quilt Club and a handcrafted mirror by master craftsman Bob Couch, brought in additional funds for the Library's Lower Level Renovation fundraising effort.  The items were displayed at the Summer Reading Community Celebration on 8/18 at the Gazebo.  From left to right: Tom Ives, Library Trustee Chairman, Lori Fisher, Library Director, Kate Kenyon, Library Assistant (in mirror); and Shay Mahoney, Library Volunteer (in mirror).  Photo by Eric Anderson
Flooring and Roof Replacement in September
The fllooring and roof upgrades have been scheduled around our class schedules in order to minimize the impact on customers.  The flooring in the upstairs Meeting Room and the two public bathrooms will be replaced sometime around Labor Day.  These floors are over 16 years old, and are starting to buckle in places, causing trip hazards.  Instead of VCT, we are installing an easy-to-clean-and-maintain vinyl plank flooring.  The upstairs Meeting Room will not be available during the week of August 29th.

The Library's 2000 Addition roof has deteriorated significantly over the past six months, and needs to be replaced before winter.  This will occur sometime during the month of September and will only take a few days.  Manchester Roofing has been contracted for the job, we have spoken to them about not monopolizing parking in our lot during the work. 

As always, if you have questions or concerns about either of these projects, please contact Library Director Lori Fisher at 224-7113 or
The Library will be CLOSED for Labor Day on Monday, 9/5.  We will re-open at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday 9/6. 
​Please remember that our book drop and CD/DVD drop are available 24/7, and that items may be renewed and reserved online through our catalog, using your library card number and the phone number associated with your account.

Registration for Fall Children's Programs
Starts Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Library patrons who are interested in attending any of the Fall Children's Programs can register starting on Tuesday, September 6th. These programs include Books & Babies, Active Listeners, Family Storytime and Rookie Readers. Registration must be done in person. Please bring your library card and a photo ID to the Circulation Desk. PROGRAMS WILL START THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26th.
Big Read Events in September & October
The Baker Free Library is proud to partner with 16 other public libraries in New Hampshire, with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts and New Hampshire Humanities, to participate in the 2016 Big Read project featuring The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

In Bow, we will be hosting Ronald W. Edsforth from Dartmouth College at White Rock Senior Living Community Room on Wednesday, 10/5 at 11 a.m.  He will speak on "Revisiting the Great Depression and New Deal: A 21st Century Interpretation of the Documentary Photography of the 1930s."

The kick-off event for the Big Read will be held at Labelle Winery on Sunday, 9/18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  For details see the graphic below.  Hope to see you there!

The Friends of the Baker Free Library 2nd Annual Baker Free Library Wreath Auction
The Friends of the Baker Free Library will hold the 2nd Annual Baker Free Library Wreath Auction from November 1st though 12th.  The Auction will benefit the Lower Level Renovation Project. Individuals, organizations, and businesses are invited to decorate and donate a wreath to be auctioned off!  Here are the details:
  • Wreath drop-off is Tuesday 10/25 through Saturday 10/29.
  • NO wreaths will be accepted after 4 p.m. on Saturday 10/29.
  • Wreath pick up can be arranged in advance by contacting Rita Morrison at or calling the library at 224-7113.
  • Any and all wreath themes accepted - get creative!
  • Wreaths do not have a size limitation and you may donate as many as you wish.
  • Wreaths cannot contain any live greenery; lighting is limited to battery operated; and wreaths must meet the target opening bid of $25.
Questions?  Contact Rita Morrison at or call the library at 224-7113.
Digital Sign submissions
revised 4/28/2016
If a non-profit organization within Bow or that has Bow membership is interested in submitting information for our digital sign, please download the Non-Profit Master Slide template, and using PowerPoint create a slide.  Slides should include your organization's logo in the bottom left corner, and your organiziation's contact information across the bottom.  Having an additional image in your slide is recommended (catches the public's eye) and basic text about who, what, when, where of your event in Georgia font size 18 or greater is also recommended.

Slides that do not contain contact information (such as a web address, email, or phone number) will not be included.  So make sure to put that information in your slide.  Slides submitted by outside non-profit organizations that are not on the template above will also not be included.

Send completed slides to with a start date for slide inclusion, and a date that the slide can be removed from the show.

If anyone needs a tutorial in how to create an effective PowerPoint slide, please contact the LIbrary at or call 224-7113 and request an appointment with one of our Library Assistants to learn how to create a PowerPoint slide on our public Internet computers.
Downloadable Library Program Calendars

August 2016.pdf
August 2016 Program Descriptions.pdf

September 2016.pdf
September 2016 Program Descriptions.pdf

Are you going out of town?
If you're concerned about not being available to pick up your reserved items, you can defer your reserves until you get back. Log in to your account to manage your reserved items or call the library at 224-7113.
Just a Reminder About Our Museum Passes!
The Friends of the Baker Free Library is pleased to offer museum passes to eight institutions in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including:
The New England Aquarium (Boston, MA)
Canterbury Shaker Village (Canterbury, NH)
McAulliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (Concord, NH)
​Children's Museum of NH (Dover, NH)
Currier Museum of Art (Manchester, NH)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
Museum of Science (Boston, MA)
​Seacoast Science Center (Rye, NH)
See Science Center (Manchester, NH)
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (Holderness, NH)
Strawbery Banke (Portsmouth, NH)
There is no fee to borrow the passes, but the borrower must have a current Baker Free Library card in good standing and be at least 18 years of age. One pass is allowed per family per day.  We are allowed to distribute only one pass per institution per day except for the Currier Museum of Art and the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, both of which allow us to distribute two passes per day.  Details about each institution's passes are listed on our museum passes page.  If you'd like to request a pass, call the library at 224-7113!