Baker Free Library

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Storytimes for Early Learners

Fall, Winter and Spring Sessions Available

The library hosts three weekly storytimes for our youngest patrons and their caregivers, with content designed for all age groups. Storytimes run in 6-week sessions with a short break in between.  The next session starts in Fall 2020.

Baby Stay n' Play | Mondays, 11AM
A play group for infants from birth to 18 months, in the company of a parent or caregiver. Enjoy rhymes, music and movement with your little one! We’ll end with plenty of open play time, utilizing our collection of toys and manipulatives.

Toddler Storytime | Thursdays, 10:30AM
For children from 18 months to 3 years of age, in the company of a parent or caregiver. We’ll share stories, songs, flannel boards and more, and end with an open play time, allowing parents and their children to socialize and play together.

Preschool Storytime | Tuesdays, 10:30AM
A storytime designed for children aged 3-5, in the company of a parent or caregiver. Spark your child's curiosity as we learn about a new topic each week through stories, songs, music and movement! Includes a simple craft or activity at the end of each session.


Storytime Best Practices

  1. Registration is not required for storytime programs. We do ask that you arrive promptly, and be ready to begin at the scheduled time. The storytime room will open 10 minutes before each scheduled program; please leave yourself time to settle in before the program begins.
  2. We encourage parents and caregivers to participate as much as possible. This time is provided for both you and your child to bond, sing and play together, and to learn early literacy practices that you can replicate at home. Your child will be much more likely to participate in songs, games and movement activities if they see you doing so, too! Every storytime ends with an open play or craft time; we encourage grown-ups to socialize and talk to one another during this time only.
  3. We offer three storytimes weekly, with content designed for particular age groups. We believe that your child will be most engaged in the program designed for their age group. However, we recognize that every child responds uniquely to different stimuli, pacing, and presenters. Please feel free to attend whichever storytime your child is most excited about! Younger and older siblings are also invited to attend any offered storytime.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Baker Free Library takes part in the nationwide initiative 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to promote reading to newborns, infants and toddlers.  We encourage parent and child bonding while building strong early literacy skills. Studies have shown that reading to children from an early age helps them gain the confidence they need to become strong readers.

Stop by the library at anytime to sign up for the program! You will receive a 100-book chart to track your child's progress in the program (repeating books counts!). Once the chart is complete, your child may return it to the library for a small prize. When they complete the entire program by reading 1000 books, they will receive a customized certificate, a library tote bag and recognition of their #1000BooksB4K journey on our website and social media pages.


For additional resources, visit the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten website or contact our Youth Services Librarian, Juliana, for more information.


Outreach Opportunities for Schools

Our library offers a variety of free programs for all age levels.  Children can enjoy storytimes, literacy activites, and kid-friendly orientations to the library and its collections. Older students can participate in book talks, library orientations and one-on-one introductions of the Library's databases and digital resources. Educators in the Bow School District are also eligible for FREE library cards from the Baker Free Library. Contact us for more information at (603) 224-7113.

What We Can Provide for Students

  • Introduction and tour of the Library
  • Storytimes
  • Book Talks
  • Customized research lessons to suppport your cirriculum
  • Free Library Card Registration (for Bow residents 6 years or older, or Dunbarton residents enrolled in the Bow School District. *Must be in the company of a parent or caregiver!)

Our Youth Services Librarian, Juliana, is available to conduct school visits by appointment.