June | 2024

Butterfly Arrives for the Season

Photo by Eric Anderson

June 2024 Newsletter

Director's Message:

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

-Henry David Thoreau

June is Great Outdoors Month! First started 25 years ago as Great Outdoors Week, this national celebration has since expanded to the whole month of June. Whether it is an evening stroll through your local park or a more adventurous trail hike, spending time outdoors is one of the best ways to improve your all-around wellbeing. The Granite State offers amazing outdoor recreational opportunities, including 1,300 lakes and ponds, 10,000 miles of streams and rivers, 18 miles of coastline, and over 4,000 miles of trails. Take some time during Great Outdoors Month to benefit from all that nature has to offer you.


If you need some help celebrating Great Outdoors Month, come join our Summer Reading Program – this year’s theme is Adventure Begins at Your Library! We will be hosting a variety of outdoor education programs, including a Survival Skills: Wilderness Workshop for Kids and a Wildlife Adventure with a Squam Lakes Science Center naturalist. There will be fun activities for all ages throughout the summer. Check our website for more details.


Baker Free Library is proud to have strong partnerships with local organizations that support the beauty and vitality of greenspaces in our community – such as the Bow Garden Club and Bow Open Spaces. Our landscape project, beginning this month, is another way that we will celebrate the great outdoors and bring some of its inestimable value closer to our patrons. Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”.


Baker Free Library: The place to know … everything better.

-Martin Walters, Library Director

Featured Event

2024 Summer Reading Program

Starting June 17th | 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 begins on Monday, June 17th and is open throughout the summer and is open to kids, teens and adults.

Youth Programming


Summer Storytime

Every Tuesday from June 18th - 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 from June 19th - 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.

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

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

June Special Events

Survival Skills Workshop with Owl Eyes Wilderness

Monday, June 24th | 3:30pm

Learn new skills to survive in the wilderness! In this hands-on, 90 minute workshop, participants will learn to tie unique knots, work with tools, and build a basic survival kit. 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. *Registration is required to reserve your space.

Comics Workshop with Marek Bennett

Thursday, June 27th | 4:00pm

Come create comics with award-winning cartoonist and graphic novelist Marek Bennett, author of the Freeman Colby graphic novel series, at this special workshop for kids! Participants will learn the basics of comic creation with activities designed to spark their imagination. No prior experience necessary. Ages 8 and up. *Registration is required to reserve your space.

Adult Programming

Craft Club

Tuesday, June 4th | 6:00pm

Learn the art and technique of Sumi-e, Japanese ink painting! All supplies provided. Registration is required to reserve your seat.

Eat Well, Move Often with Renee Plodzik, APRN

Wednesday, June 5th | 6:30pm

Join us for an evening of health and vitality with local cookbook author, Renee Plodzik, APRN. Renee will share some of her favorite recipes from her recently released cookbook, Eat Well Move Often Volume 2 that contains a collection of NEW seasonal recipes incorporating whole foods to nourish and strengthen us. This second cookbook is a supplement to Eat Well Move Often Stay Strong. Renee loves sharing nutrition and wellness practices to help cancer survivors and the community stay strong. Registration is required to reserve your seat.

Brain Health "Normal or Not"

Thursday, June 6th | 6:30pm

Join us on Thursday, June 6th at 6:30pm with a representative from Granite VNA to learn about ways to stimulate brain health as you or your loved one ages.

Many of us have asked that question "What did I come in here for?" Memory loss can impact our lives, when should we be concerned about forgetfulness. Learn the difference between what is normal and what is not and discover ways to stimulate brain health. Registration is not required.

Returning North with the Spring: Retracing the Journey of Naturalist Edwin Way Teale

Monday, June 10th | Presentation starts 6:30pm

In 1947, Edwin Way Teale, the most popular naturalist in the decade between Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson, followed the progress of spring over four months from the Everglades to the summit of Mount Washington. His best-selling book, North with the Spring, recounts the epic journey he and his wife Nellie undertook. In 2012, John Harris set out to retrace Teale's route, stopping at unfamiliar wild places on the same calendar date on which Teale visited. Using Teale's journal notes and photographs, Harris examined and compared changes in the flora, fauna, and lives of the people along the way. His account documents the losses, details the transformations, and celebrates the victories, for a remarkable number of east coast refuges have grown wilder during the intervening years.

About the Presenter:

John R. Harris is currently an adjunct faculty member in Environmental Science at Franklin Pierce University. He holds a Ph.D. in British and American literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has taught courses in nature writing, environmental literacy, regional history, American literature, and composition at Franklin Pierce University. In addition, he has organized and helped to edit two regional anthologies, Where the Mountain Stands Alone and Beyond the Notches: Stories of North Country New Hampshire.

This program is in collaboration with the Bow Garden Club. There will be light refreshments at 6pm for those in attendance.

This is a NH Humanities sponsored program and is free and open to the public.

Baking History: Hot Water Cake

Wednesday, June 26th | 6:30pm

Most of us have old family recipes baked into our memories, but sometimes the origins of those recipes get lost in time. This baking class, co-hosted by the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office and the Baker Free Library, will inspire participants to “bake history” and explore their roots.

The class will kick off with a brief presentation by New Hampshire State Archivist Ashley Miller and New Hampshire State Registrar & Vital Records Director Kristin Kenniston. Ashley and Kristin, whose departments fall under the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office, will describe the origins and family history behind the recipe and provide participants with information on how they can research their genealogy. After the presentation, Amelia Holdsworth of Baker Free Library will guide participants through an old recipe for “Hot Water Cake” step-by-step.

This free class is suitable for individuals of all baking levels.

Adult Book Talks

Book Talk at BFL

Tues. June 11th | 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! 

June Book Discussion:

Foster by Claire Keegan


White Rock Book Group

Tues. June 18th | 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!

June Book Discussion:

Foster by Claire Keegan


Tues. July 2nd | 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.

July Book Discussion:

Hunting Game by Helene Tursten

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.

Peaceful Pages: A Mind, Body & Soul Book Club

*Thursday, June 20th | 6:00pm

Join us in Peaceful Pages: A Mind, Body & Soul Book Club guided by owner and founder of Yogistrong, Josephine Fanelli and discover new ways to nurture your mind, body, and soul through the power of literature and mindfulness every month.

Whether you’re an avid reader or simply looking for a new way to explore personal growth, Peaceful Pages offers a unique and engaging experience. Each month, Josephine will lead the group in a discussion of a different book that focuses on themes of mindfulness, self-care, and inner peace. Alongside the book discussion, participants will also engage in meditation and movement exercises designed to deepen their understanding of the book’s messages and cultivate a sense of calm and centeredness.

June Book Discussion

The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama

Books available to pick-up at the Circulation Desk today!

For more information, visit our Online Calendar

BFL Seed Library

Start Your Seeds Today!

The Seed Library is back at Baker Free Library! Browse the seed library database and find the seeds you need. Fill out the Sign Out Form located next to the database. Bring your seeds home to plant!

We offer a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flower seeds that are suitable to grow in the Northeast regional zone. Seed availability subject to change.

In the Gallery

June Exhibit - Eva Kjellberg "Inspirations"

June 1st - June 28th

"Inspirations" highlights New England Themed Turn of The Century buildings, still functional or repurposed that have intrigued me. My medium of choice is watercolor, allowing for fluid movement and spontaneity; my subject can be impressionistic or illustrative. Familiar sites can become beacons for my inspiration, the paintings selected for this show represent subjects that have been inspirational in my artistic journey. I am fascinated by architecture from the turn of the century New England. I also enjoy painting urban scenes of everyday life and people going about their day. I have studied art at various schools in New York City; I was a creative Arts Therapist, followed by a practice as a Clinical Social Worker. Now retired I have continued my art studies and taken courses at Kimball Jenkins. My paintings have appeared in numerous group and individual shows. I am a member of The New Hampshire Women’s Caucus on the Arts.

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.

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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

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.

June 27th      Open Mic - Local High School Musicians

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

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

June 12, 2024. 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Jo Radner will present “Tangled Lives: Native People and English Settlers in Colonial New England,” juxtaposing Native American traditions with the stories told by colonial ancestors. The NH Humanities Council sponsors this event.

June 26, 2024. 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

The D’Accord Quartet will sing popular songs from most eras and genres with the performance sprinkled with humor and appreciation for nostalgia.

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