Baker Free Library

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Summer Reading Begins June 17!


This year, Adventure Begins at the Baker Free Library! Head out on new adventures while learning about habitats and wildlife in New Hampshire and around the world.
Sign-up for your program below beginning Monday, June 17. 


Once you've signed up for the Summer Reading program,
visit the library to pick up paper copies of your reading record or Reading Adventure Card.



Visit our event calendar to see the full summer line-up,
and to sign-up for any programs requiring registration.

Featured Events


A Wildlife Adventure | Presented by Squam Lakes Science Center
Monday, July 8 | 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Join a naturalist from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to meet three live animals that you could see on your next outdoor adventure! Learn about the places they live, what they eat, and the adaptations that help them survive. This presentation is recommended for children aged 5 and up in the company of a caregiver. Registration is not required.


Children's Concert with Mr. Aaron | At Bow Town Gazebo
Thursday, July 18 | 6:00PM
This summer, the library and the Baker Free Library Foundation are proud to sponsor a special concert at the Bow Town Gazebo, as part of the Bow Rotary Summer Concert Series! Join us for an action-packed, interactive performance from beloved children’s musician Mr. Aaron. All ages welcome. Registration is not required.

Drop-In Activities

Summer Storytime
Tuesdays at 10:30AM, June 18 - August 6
A weekly storytime for active bodies and minds. Explore stories, songs, and activities that address coordination and movement while promoting early literacy concepts. Each storytime includes stories, songs, instrument play and movement activities, and ends with plenty of open play time. Recommended for Ages 3-5, but all are welcome.


Craft Camp
Wednesdays at 3:00PM, June 19 - August 7
Throughout the summer, join us for a drop-in craft session every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00-4:00PM. Make a new project each week, led by one of our librarians! Various materials available while supplies last. Recommended for Ages 6-12. Younger children may need assistance from a caregiver and should be accompanied for the duration of the program.


Create S'More!
Each week at the library’s Creation Station, you can explore a bonus game, craft or activity at your own pace. A new activity will be introduced every Monday morning, and available all week long while supplies last. Drop in any time the library is open to explore what’s new!

Special Events for Children

*These events require registration in order to reserve your spot.


Survival Skills for Kids | Presented by Owl Eyes Wilderness
Monday, June 24 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Learn new skills to survive in the wilderness! In this hands-on, 90-minute workshop presented by Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival, participants will learn to tie unique knots, work with tools, and build a basic survival kit. Registration is required. Participants must be 8 years and older, and in the company of a parent or guardian for the duration of the event. A waiver may be required to use specialized tools on the day of the event.


Comics Workshop | Presented by Marek Bennett
Thursday, June 27 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Come create comics with award-winning cartoonist and graphic novelist Marek Bennett, author of the Freeman Colby series, at this special workshop for kids! No experience needed. For ages 8 and up. Please register to reserve your spot, as space is limited.


Cozy Campout: A Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Monday, July 29 | 5:00 PM
Bring your stuffed animal to a night of adventure at the library! Join us for an indoor campout featuring stories, games, activities and snacks for you and your stuffy to enjoy together. At the end of the night, your stuffy will remain at the library for a sleepover! Return the next morning to pick-up your friend, and see pictures of how they spent the night. Registration is required. For ages 3-6, in the company of a parent or caregiver.


Comic Creators Club
Thursday Afternoons | 3:30 - 4:30 PM | See Dates on Calendar
Do you love comic books and graphic novels? Try making your own! In this 3-part workshop, build your skills as a writer and illustrator with fun and unique challenges, while collaborating with others to produce your own comic or zine. The Comic Creators Club is designed for students entering Grades 4-8. One-time registration is required for this 3-part series.


"I Survived" Book Club
Thursday Afternoons | 3:30 - 4:30 PM | See Dates on Calendar
Learn about history's most incredible battles, man-made mishaps and natural disasters with books from the "I Survived" series, written by Lauren Tarshis! A new book will be selected for discussion at each meeting, with copies provided by the library. Following each discussion, readers will explore each topic through STEAM-based crafts and activities. Recommended for readers in Grades 3-6, or children reading at those grade levels.  One-time registration is required for this 3-part series.

June 20: I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic
July 18: I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916
August 1: I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii

Teen & Adult Program

Choose Your Own Reading Adventure Card

The Choose Your Own Reading Adventure Card is available to pick up at the library starting June 17th. Follow the path on reverse side of the card, scratch off a new reading challenge to create your customized Summer Reading Adventure and claim 1 raffle ticket for each challenge completed to put towards a weekly raffle drawing. The adventure awaits...


Grades Pre-K Through 6

Weekly Raffle: We will draw one raffle winner from each grade, every single week. Raffle winners will have their choice of prizes from anything available in this year's Summer Reading store. Available prizes include scratch art books and notebooks, squirt toys, slime, fidget spinners, and a wide assortment of books and stuffed animals! The more reading you do, the more raffle tickets you'll earn.


Choose Your Own Adventure: Participants can earn up to two bonus prizes by participating in the Choose Your Own Adventure challenge. Complete any three adventures, and win a free book! Complete all five adventures and you'll win a free 1-hour jump pass to Altitude Trampoline Park in Concord, NH.


Teens & Adults

Claim 1 raffle ticket for each reading challenge completed. Weekly drawings will be held for gift cards from local businesses and Summer Reading swag.


Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsor, Altitude Trampoline Park, for donating prizes to this year's Summer Reading Program. Visit them at the Steeplegate Mall in Concord, NH, or learn more by visiting their website.

Prizes for Teens & Adults

Claim 1 raffle ticket for each reading challenge completed. Weekly drawings will be held for gift cards from local businesses and Summer Reading swag.

Goodreads Group

Summer Reading participants can share reading recommendations and connect with other readers through our Goodreads group! There, the library has assembled book lists to help with many of your summer reading challenges. Simply visit the page and click the "bookshelf" link on the right-hand side of the page, then navigate to the task you're working on for ideas.