Attention! Baker Free Library DOES NOT charge fines for overdue materials. We have been notified of an email phishing scam from 'Bow Public Library' requesting fine payments. Please ignore any suspicious emails and contact us directly at (603) 224-7113 with any questions.
With a library card, families can now borrow Tinker Kits from the Baker Free Library. These kits include two books each on a scientific topic, as well as games, toys and manipulatives that help children explore and engage with the world around them. Currently, the library circulates 5 Tinker Kits:
Recommended for Ages 3-6
Recommended for Ages 4+
Recommended for Ages 7+
Ocean Kit (2)
Recommended for Ages 4+
Simply search for "Tinker Kit" in the library catalog to learn more. The library also circulates a telescope for budding stargazers! The Orion StarBlast 4.5 Reflector Telescope, provided by the New Hampshire Astronomical Society, is available to borrow with a valid library card (borrower must be 18 or older).
The library offers two weekly, in-person storytimes for our youngest patrons and their caregivers. Storytimes are offered in 6-to-8 week sessions every season. The next session begins on May 3, 2022.
Shimmy & Shake Storytime | Tuesdays @ 10:30AM
A special storytime for movers and shakers! This 45-minute program includes music and songs, yoga and movement activities, and ends with a family dance party. Recommended for ages 3-6, but all ages are welcome.
Family Storytime | Thursdays @ 10:30AM
Explore a new topic each week through stories, songs and rhymes, and engage in literacy activities designed to spark your child’s imagination. Each session ends with plenty of open play time, allowing children and their caregivers to meet and socialize together. All ages welcome.
Baker Free Library takes part in the nationwide initiative 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to promote reading to newborns, infants and toddlers. Studies have shown that reading to children from an early age helps them gain the confidence and early literacy skills they need to become strong readers.
Stop by the library anytime to sign up for the program. Upon sign-up, your child will recieve a canvas library tote bag and their first 100-book chart, to track their progress in the program. Every time your child completes a 100-book chart, they may return it to the library for a small prize. When they complete the entire program by reading 1000 books, they will receive a certificate of completion, a free book of their choice, and recognition of their accomplishment on our website and social media pages!
The library strives to support the cirriculum of all educators in Bow. With outreach, children can enjoy storytimes, literacy activites, and child-friendly orientations to the library and its collections, while older students can participate in book talks, library orientations and one-on-one introductions of the Library's digital resources. Educators in the Bow School District are also eligible for FREE library cards from the Baker Free Library, whether or not they live in Bow. Please contact us at (603) 224-7113 for more information.
What We Can Provide for Students
Our Youth Services Librarian, Juliana, is available to conduct school visits by appointment.