April Patron Question of the Month: Can we have a joint library card with Hooksett?
A couple of residents referred to their desire for a joint free library card with Hooksett Public Library in our 2016 Library Resources and Services survey.  Here's a "short" explanation of why that option does not exist right now:

The way public library laws are structured in New Hampshire, each public library is funded by their town.  This means the library card for a town library is just for that town library, not residents in other towns in the state.  There are three exceptions to this, where some libraries have banded together in consortiums to purchase library catalog software and share materials among all of the members.  The biggest of these three consortiums is GMILCS.  GMILCS, Inc. is a nonprofit consortium of public and academic libraries including Amherst, Bedford, Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett, Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, Salem, Windham, New England College, and the New Hampshire Institute of Art. They do have a common library card that can be used at all of those libraries.

In 2010, when Bow was exploring the purchase of a new library catalog system, we did submit an application to become part of the GMILCS consortium.  We were accepted by the GMILCS governing board, but when we received the financial breakdown of the fees we would need to pay, both upfront and annually, the Trustees and Director realized that it was unaffordable.  The initial amount to be set up as a member library was $50,000, and the annual fee thereafter would be between $10,000 and $15,000. Instead, we chose to stay within the funds set aside by Bow residents into a capital reserve fund for the replacement of our catalog system, and installed Apollo by Biblionix, which we still have today.  We spend $3600 annually to have this system.

If you compare Town of Bow stats with Hooksett stats, you'll see that the communities are quite different (based on 2015 NH Public Library statistics):
  Bow Hooksett
Population 7,642 14,176
Building Sq Ft 8,000 25,000
Visits per year   65,000 107,000
Annual budget  $511,000 $656,000
Annual circulation 102,000  201,000
Per capita income $65.09 $42.07

Hooksett has many businesses to supplement their tax base, while Bow has a wealthier populace and more suburban tax base.

We are able to borrow materials from Hooksett through the state's Inter-Library Loan system, which Bow residents use a great deal.  Our community is very well-read and uses our library quite a bit. But we also have to answer to Bow residents regarding taxes.  Back in 2010, and now, we are not in a financial position to become part of GMILCS.  It is something that we keep an eye on, and it could happen in the future.  For now, you can purchase an out-of-town library card for Hooksett for $60. Otherwise, if you just need access to their materials, you can request them through us and we'll get them to you free of charge.

Questions?  Email Lori Fisher, Director, at lori@bakerfreelib.org.
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NH Downloadable Books Ebook Copyright Statement
2/24/2011
Due to the increasing number of questions regarding the legality of converting ebook file formats, OverDrive, the provider of ebooks available through the NH Downloadable Books (NHDB) consortium, has published a copyright notice.  This notice is also supported by a statement from Michael York, New Hampshire State Librarian. You may download the notice here.

Questions?  Please contact Lori Fisher, library director, at lori@bakerfreelib.org.
Services at the Baker Free Library
updated 7/23/2016
 
CIRCULATION SERVICES
 
Most materials found on the Library's shelves can be checked out, with a few exceptions: Reference materials (marked REF on the label) and the latest issues of magazines (marked with a red dot on the cover) cannot be checked out.
 
For detailed information about our Circulation Services, please visit our Library Policies page to download the Library's Circulation Policy in pdf format.
 
Fines: The Library does not charge fines for overdue items except for DVDs. If an item is overdue on your card for more than 30 days, or if you have a fine on your account, your card is suspended and you will not be able to check out or renew any materials.  Suspended accounts are cleared as soon as all overdue items are returned, fines are paid, and/or lost items are paid for.
 
Reserves: When an item you want is not available you can place that item on reserve.  When the item is returned, it will be held for you and you will be notified by e-mail, text message, or a phone call. 
 
Renewals: Any of the items you check out can be renewed unless the item is on reserve for another patron, or if it is a DVD that is already overdue.  To see if an item can be renewed, call the Library or e-mail info@bakerfreelib.org.
 
Interlibrary Loan: We participate in the NHU-PAC statewide resource sharing system in order to provide interlibrary loan service to our patrons. Items that are published within the last six months are not available via interlibrary loan. To use this service, visit our Request An Item page or call the Library.
 
Purchase Suggestions: We accept suggestions for book purchases.  Please submit the form on the Request An Item page to make a suggestion.  Purchase decisions are made using a number of criteria, including professional review journals and online sources. Not all suggestions will be purchased for the Library.  Please contact the Library Director with specific purchasing questions.
 
SERVICES IN THE LIBRARY
 
Printing, Photocopying, Faxing, and Scanning: For black and white photocopies, the charge is 10 cents per page. To print using the public Internet computers, the charge is 10 cents per page for black/white, $1 per page for color.  Please note that default printer is the black/white printer.  To receive or send a fax, the fee is $2 for the first page, with additional pages at $1 each.  The library will provide you with a confirmation receipt for all faxes sent.  The library does have one scanner available to use with a specific public Internet computer. Use of the scanner is free of charge, but users must have a valid Baker Free Library card.

Meeting Rooms: The Library has two meeting rooms available for free use by non-profit groups that include at least one Bow resident. The Baker Room is located in the Library's basement, and is available for a maximum of 30 people during regular Library hours.  The Meeting Room is located off of the Library's entrance, and is available for use by a maximum of 35 people between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily.  For more information, please visit our Meeting Room Reservation page.
 
Programming: The Library offers a wide variety of programming for babies, children, teens, adults, and seniors.  For detailed information about ongoing and upcoming programs, please visit the Children's Event page, the Teen Event page, and the Adult Event page.  Also, the Library Calendar contains information about all upcoming Library programs.
 
Public Computers: The Library has three computers dedicated to the Library's catalog of materials and four computers dedicated to word processing and Internet access.  The public is welcome to use the Library's catalog computers.  To access our Internet computers, all patrons must have a valid Baker Free Library Card, and must read and sign the Library's Internet Access policy.  Children under the age of 10 must have a parent sign a permission form for Internet access, and a parent must be present during the child's time on the computer.  Children between the ages of 11 and 18 must have an Internet permission form signed by a parent on file with the Library before Internet access will be allowed.  All Internet users are required to sign up at the Circulation Desk for a computer before use.  If all four Internet computer are occupied, use is restricted to 60 minutes.  Please visit the Library Policies page to download the Library's Internet Policy in pdf format.
 
WiFi Access: The Library offers wireless Internet access for laptops and handheld devices that contain a wireless network interface card. If you decide to use this wireless network, you are accepting the Library's Internet Policy.  Please visit the Library Policies page to download and read the Library's Internet Policy in pdf format. The wireless Internet access offered is unfiltered and not secure. Information sent to and from your device using the wireless network may be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and appropriate software. The wireless network is available throughout most of the first floor of the Library, although dead spots do occur. There are no printing services available through our wireless network. 
 
OUTREACH SERVICES
 
Book Delivery Service: Residents of the Town of Bow who are unable to visit the Library due to a temporary or permanent illness or disability can take advantage of our free book delivery service.  This service, staffed by volunteers, provides weekly pick up and drop off services. Please call the Library or e-mail info@bakerfreelib.org to take advantage of this service.

Digital Sign submissions
revised 4/28/16
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 lori@bakerfreelib.org 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 info@bakerfreelib.org 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.