July | 2024

Eastern Valley Landscape Laying Pavers for the New Patio

Photo by Eric Anderson

July 2024 Newsletter

Director's Message:

Happy 4th of July!

The Baker Free Library landscape project is well underway. Three important parts of the plan have already taken place: retrieval of the 1977 time capsule, relocation of the war monuments, and installation of the flag pole.

In May 1977, the Bow Men’s Club organized the burial of a time capsule at the library's front entrance. Locating the capsule was a challenge, but with assistance from Tim Sweeney, the Director of Public Works, and the Eastern Valley Landscaping team, the capsule was successfully retrieved. The time capsule will remain sealed until the Town's 300th Anniversary.

Eastern Valley Landscaping has been doing an amazing job! They expertly relocated the war monuments to their new position at the library's entrance. The installation of an impressive flagpole enhances the new monument space.

Baker Free Library is grateful to Eastern Valley Landscaping for their excellent and tidy work.

-Martin Walters, Library Director

Featured Event

2024 Summer Reading Program

Adventure Begins at Your Library!

This year, Adventure Begins at the Baker Free Library! Head out on new adventures while learning about weather, habitats and wildlife both in New Hampshire and around the world. Throughout the summer, special events will be offered for every age group. Registration is open throughout the summer with prizes available to kids, teens and adults!

Youth Programming


Summer Storytime

Every Tuesday through August 6th | 10:30am

In this all-ages family storytime, you'll explore interactive stories, songs, and activities that help to promote early literacy learning while addressing attention, coordination and motor development. Each storytime includes songs, instrument play and movement activities, and ends with open play time, allowing children and their families to socialize. Recommended for Ages 2-6, but all are welcome.

Weekly Summer Programs

*Registration is required to reserve your child's space through our Online Calendar.

Create S'More!

Every Monday

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!

Craft Camp

Every Wednesday through August 7th | 3:00pm

Throughout the summer, join us for a drop-in craft session every Wednesday afternoon. Make a new project every 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.

"I Survived" Book Club

Thursdays* | 3:30pm

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 topics 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.

July 18: I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916

August 1: I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii

Comic Creators Club

Thursdays* | 3:30pm

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.

*July 11th | July 25th |August 8th

July Special Events

A Wildlife Adventure with Squam Lakes Science Center

Monday, July 8th | 3:30pm

There are many adventures to be had in the outdoors. 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.

Mr. Aaron: A Bow Rotary Concert

Thursday, July 18th | 6:00pm | At the Town Gazebo

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. At Bow Town Gazebo.

Cozy Campout: A Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Monday, July 29th | 5:00-6:30pm

Bring your stuffed animal to a night of adventure at the library! On July 29, 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 to reserve a spot. For ages 3-6, in the company of a parent or caregiver. *Stuffed animals will remain at the library overnight, so please bring a stuffy your child can sleep without!*

Adult Programming

Free Yoga Classes for First Responders

Saturday Mornings in July | 8:30am

Every Saturday during the month of July, we invite all first responders to free yoga and meditation classes at Baker Free Library. These sessions, led by Josephine Fanelli of YogiSTRONG, aim to provide much-needed relaxation and mental clarity to the individuals who tirelessly serve our communities. Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or trying yoga for the first time, these sessions offer a welcoming and supportive environment to help you recharge and rejuvenate. Participants will have the opportunity to learn breathing exercises, mindfulness practices, and gentle stretches designed to enhance physical and mental resilience.

Space is limited. Registration is required to reserve your spot.

Saturday, July 6; Saturday, July 13; Saturday, July 20; Saturday, July 27

Ayurveda Summer: Cleanse & Balance

Tuesday, July 16th | 6:00pm

This summer learn how to cleanse and balance your body using medicinal Ayurveda principles with Josephine Fanelli. Josephine, owner and founder of YogiSTRONG is a NAMA Certified Ayurveda Health Counselor. She is a current student of Herbalism and a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), American Herbalist Guild (AHG).

We will discuss…

What is Ayurveda

Goals of Ayurveda

What are Doshas

How does food play a part in balances and imbalances

Herbs and Foods for Summer wellness

Food and drink sampling

Registration is required.

Adult Book Talks

Book Talk at BFL

Tues. July 9 | 12:30pm & 6:30pm

Do you love to read? Are you willing to try books outside your comfort zone? Do you enjoy talking about books with others? Then our monthly Book Group is for you! 

July Book Discussion:

The Art Thief by Michael Finkel


White Rock Book Group

Tues. July 16th | 1:00pm

Do you want to read outside of your comfort zone? Do you enjoy talking about books with others? Then our monthly Book Talk at White Rock Senior Center is for you!

July Book Discussion:

The Art Thief by Michael Finkel


Tues. August 6th | 1:00pm

Love mysteries? Join the Whodunits to sleuth through a new one every month! This mystery-exclusive book club meets at White Rock Senior Center on the first Tuesday of every month.

August Book Discussion:

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Copies of Book Talk books are available at the Circulation Desk at the Library. For more information on joining one of the Book Talk groups, contact Amy Bain at amy@bakerfreelib.org.

Landscaping Project

Stay Informed!

The landscaping project at Baker Free Library is underway and . Stay informed through our blog located on our website where we will post picture updates, historical reference and more. The complete landscaping plan is showcased in the library and is available for viewing during the library's operating hours.

Click Here for the Blog!

In the Gallery

July Exhibit - Linda Graham

July 1st - July 27

Exhibit Title: Touching the Ground

Art has woven in and out of my life as the constant thread. When in doubt or in joy, I turn to the making of art.

I have drawn since I could hold a pencil and saw the magic it held. My early work was based on my drawings of natural forms, which I translated into stencils. I then used the stencils to create wall designs or individual panels. One exceedingly large example of this work is in the Conservation room of the Weare Town Offices. It is dated 1984.

I am largely self-taught, though I think of it as self-directed. I have followed individual artists, studied with individuals I admire; read and taken classes about technique and history of art. Drawings are an important part of my work, whether I paint in the studio or on location.  Recently I discovered I could paint freely from drawings I made even many years ago. I recall the location and use the drawing as the guide but explore color combinations.

I use gold gesso as a suggestion of mystery and the everlasting. The gold lies beneath appearances.

If you are interested in being a Featured Artist in the Gallery in 2024, contact Amelia at amelia@bakerfreelib.org

Holiday Closure

Baker Free Library will be CLOSED on Thursday, July 4th.

Photo taken by Eric Anderson

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In the Community

Bow Rotary Club’s 36th Annual Recognition & Community Service Awards Night

The 36th Annual Recognition & Community Service Awards Night was hosted by the Baker Free Library on June 20th. Seven recipients were recognized and received awards for their dedication and service to our community and Rotary Club.

Pictured L-R: David Scanlan-MC; Ben Kiniry - International Service Award; Ken Moulton – Club Service Award; Linda Bliss – Paul Harris Fellow; Michelle Fortin – Paul Harris Fellow; Lee Kimball – Community Service Award; Mridula Naik – Vocational Service Award; Tanya Frost – New Generations Award; Rotary Club President, Matt Dodge (Eric Anderson Photo)

Bow Rotary Club

Bow Rotary Club Summer Concert Series – 2024

Save The Dates!! 

Concerts are held from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on Thursday evenings except for August 11th, which is on a Sunday evening.

In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will move inside the Community Building.

July 11th        Nick’s Other Band - New Hampshire's Premier Dance Band - Website

July 18th        Mr. Aaron - Best Children's Performer - NH Magazine - Website

July 25th        Supernothing - a Reggae/Rock 5 piece out of the 603 - Website

August 1st     Kid Pinky - a rock-n four-piece blues band from Bow - Website

August 8th     The Freese Brothers Big Band - Honoring the Big Band Tradition - Website

August 11th   The Hot Skillet Club - Hot vintage jazz with a western swing flavor - Website


Concert Sponsors

Allied Insurance Agency

Baker Free Library

Baker Free Library Foundation

Capital Chiropractic Center

Century 21 Real Estate

Charles Schwab

Cobb Hill Construction

Delta Dental

Joya Dennehy, Realty One Group Next Level

O'Keefe & Flanagan Electric

Merrimack County Savings Bank

Twin Oaks Home Inspection LLC

UBS Financial Services

Bow Young at Heart

Bow Young at Heart is a social club open to all residents 55 and older. The public is always welcome to attend any meeting or event. Meetings begin at 11:30 am with a social hour, followed by a speaker at 12:30 pm. Bring your own lunch, dessert is provided. Held at the Old Town Hall 91 Bow Center Road

July 10, 2024. 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

The Merrimack County Savings Bank will offer a program about fraud prevention.

July 26, 2024. 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

The club will hold its an annual ice cream social followed by games with prizes. Guests are welcome.

For more information about the club and joining us for our meetings or how to become a member contact Peter Cherici at fairfield_a@hotmail.com

Town Updates

The Town of Bow has worked diligently in providing up to the minute notification of all that is happening in the community. In order to stay informed, visit the website Town of Bow or follow on Facebook @bownewhampshire