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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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9/27/2016 - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime

9/27/2016 - 3:30 PM
White Rock Book Group

9/27/2016 - 6:00 PM
Grapes of Wrath Movie Screening @ Red River Theatre

9/29/2016 - 10:30 AM
Active Listeners

9/30/2016 - 10:30 AM
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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!

NEA BIG READ EVENTS @ Baker Free Library
In partnership with 16 other libraries, Baker Free Library is proud to co-sponsor the 2016 NEA Big Read! We are holding three Big Read events in Bow/Concord:
Tuesday 9/27 at 3:30 p.m.: The Grapes of Wrath book discussion at White Rock Senior Living Complex, 6 Bow Center Road.
Tuesday 9/27 at 6:00 p.m.: Screening of the movie The Grapes of Wrath at Red River Theater, South Main Street, Concord with a panel discussion afterwards. To purchase tickets visit
Wednesday 10/5 at 11 a.m.: Ronald W. Edsforth of Dartmouth College will speak on “Revisiting the Great Depression and New Deal: A 21st Century Interpretation of the Documentary Photography of the 1930s” at White Rock Senior Living Complex, 6 Bow Center Road.

Big Read Events.pdf

The Baker Free Library Trustees have voted to start Phase II Lower Level Renovations as of 10/1/16!  This is the final phase of the Lower Level Renovation project, and will be active through January 2017.

Due to the Renovations, the following services will be impacted: 

The Friends Book Sale will close as of 9/17/2016.  However, Book Donation Saturdays (the 4th Saturday of each month) will continue through the renovation period.  Be prepared that the Friends will be able to accept only the higher quality used books during that time, and those items will be stored off site until the renovation is complete.
We will not be taking reservations for the Welch Meeting Room and the two Group Tutoring Rooms for reservation dates between 10/1/16 and 1/31/17.  However, if a group/individual does want to use one of those rooms during that time period, please call one or two days ahead of the date you need and we will check with the contruction crew to see if they need to be in those rooms.  Also, our Upstairs Meeting Room will be available for advance reservation as usual during the renovation time frame.
Parking will be at a premium during the Renovation time frame.  Please remember to use the back of the NHADA parking lot (to the right of the playground) during the daytime, and the Bovie parking lot after 5 p.m.

Thank you in advance for your patience during this major transition - and we are all very excited about the new spaces we'll have to offer Bow residents after the New Year!  Questions?  Email or call 224-7113.
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.
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September 2016.pdf
September 2016 Program Descriptions.pdf

October 2016.pdf
October 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!