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Landscaping Plans 2024

June 2024

As mid-June approaches, notable changes are taking place in the landscaping at Baker Free Library. Two key projects involve the retrieval of a time capsule from 1977 and the relocation of two war monuments.

In May 1977, the Bow Men’s Club organized the burial of a time capsule at the library's front entrance. Paul Violette, who attended the event as a young boy, provided images of the occasion to the library. Locating the buried time capsule was a challenge, but with assistance from Tim Sweeney, the Director of Public Works, and the Eastern Valley Landscaping team, Library Director Martin Walters successfully uncovered it. The time capsule now rests in a secure location and will remain sealed until the Town's 300th Anniversary.

Time Capsule Burial May 1977 - Images provided by Paul Violette

Time Capsule Retrieval June 2024

On the morning of June 11th, the war monuments were delicately relocated to their permanent spots. Eastern Valley Landscape expertly placed the monuments in position near the library's entrance from the parking lot. Keep an eye out for updates on the unveiling of the monuments, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony upon completion of this phase of the project.

The complete landscaping plan is showcased in the library and is available for viewing during the library's operating hours.

May 2024

Here at Baker Free Library we have the honor of being the caretakers of two war memorials – the WWI and WWII monuments. For decades, these monuments graced our front lawn; unfortunately, for subsequent decades following the various stages of library expansion, these monuments essentially became part of our “backyard” laying in the shadow of very large trees. 


With the new landscape project beginning this month, we are excited to be able to reposition the war monuments. Improving outdoor library space is simply a continuation of the development of Baker Free Library that began with the first renovation in the 1960s. Today, your public library provides free access to the information marketplace and is a cultural, educational, and social hub for the community; consequently, it is perfect for us to be able to honor those heroes who fought for these freedoms by placing our war monuments front and center once again.


April 2024

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."


As Marcus Tullius Cicero noted thousands of years ago, a garden and a library make a perfect combination. Baker Free Library could not agree more with the ancient philosopher. This April, we celebrated World Landscape Architecture Month with the unveiling of our new landscaping plan. First mentioned in 2022 with the removal of the linden trees, the landscape plan has been developing through various stages. Baker Free Library has an excellent facility, amazing staff, incredible programs, and a strong collection. What remains is creating beautiful and functional outdoor spaces for our patrons to enjoy. With the aid of a local landscape architect, Suzanne Smith Meyer and landscaping company, Eastern Valley Landscaping Baker Free Library is ready to move forward with this exciting project.