Paul; Rizzi, Rick Minard, Donna Deos, Mike Griffin, Tom Ives, Lori Fisher, Mark Leven, Peter Bloomfield, Chris Carey, and Gary Nylen

Paul Rizzi, Rick Minard, Donna Deos, Mike Griffin, Tom Ives, Lori Fisher, Mark Leven, Peter Bloomfield, Chris Carey, and Gary Nylen

At their April 1st Rotary meeting, the Bow Rotary Club presented a check for $20,000 to the Baker Free Library Foundation and the Baker Free Library Trustees in support of the Lower Level Renovation project.  The Rotary Club made their pledge to the project back in 2013, and now that 90% of the fundraising for the project is complete, the Club decided to cut the check in hopes that others in the community will come forward to help us raise the last 10% of the monies needed.  This is the largest donation to an organization that the Bow Rotary has made, and the Library staff, trustees, Foundation, and Lower Level committee members are very grateful for their generous support.

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On March 9th, 2016 during the town meeting, Bow approved the last $50,000 of the $300,000 in public funds to go to the library’s lower level renovation.  The Lower Level Committee and the Baker Free Library Foundation are 90% done with the private fundraising, and looking to start construction in the fall of 2016!

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Consider a Donor Tree leaf for your family

We’re close to making the our private fundraising donation goal of $300,000 for the Lower Level project! Please consider helping us continue to raise funds for Phase 2 of the Lower Level Renovation.

Currently we’ve raised $250,000 through town taxation, and almost $200,000 in private donations. We still need to raise $100,000 privately, and will ask for the last $50,000 from the Town at the 2016 Town meeting.

Giving Tree with leaves and rocks

Giving Tree with leaves and rocks. Photo by Eric Anderson.

Donations of $500 or more will be recognized on the new Donor Tree on the first floor of the Library. Donor cards can be picked up at the Library and dropped off or mailed with a check, or downloaded here: DONOR-CARD-public-page-2.pdf. Donations may also be made online through our PayPal link. For more information, contact Mark Leven, Baker Free Library Foundation Director, at 490-8217 or, or Lori Fisher, Library Director, at 224-7113 or

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Save the Date – Grand Opening of Phase 1 & Friends Book Sale

The Grand Opening of the Phase 1 Lower Level Renovations will take place on the same day as our Summer Reading Kickoff Event, Friday 6/19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading is “Master the Art of Reading.” Families are invited to join us as we kickoff eight weeks of special summer events and classes. Children can register for the Summer Reading Club, put up paint splotches for any books they have already read, and participate in several fun activities. A picnic dinner is provided for all who attend. In addition, families and Bow residents are encouraged to tour the newly renovated spaces in the Lower Level, use our new elevator, and enjoy the re-opening of the Friends Book Sale. The Bow Heritage Commission will display some Bow artifacts and explain their plans for the Baker Heritage Room. So come enjoy some food, tour our new spaces, and meet up with your neighbors! For more information, please contact Lori Fisher, Library Director, at 224-7113, or by email

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Phase 1 of Lower Level Renovation project begins 3/26!

The Library Trustees are pleased to announce that the Library’s Lower Level Renovation project will begin on 3/26 with Phase 1 of a two-phase renovation plan!  Phase 1 will focus on addressing accessibility issues (replacing the elevator and bringing the interior stairway up to code), as well as creating the Baker Heritage Room, Small Meeting Room, and two Group Tutoring rooms.  Those areas are part of the old 1967 basement of the Library.  Phase 2, which we hope will commence in 2016, will encompass renovating the unfinished basement areas fromt he 200 renovation, and include creating the 75-person meeting room, an informal meeting space, a cafe/kitchenette area, and a Friends book sale space. The Library Trustees will be using a combination of allocated Town monies and privately raised funds to pay for Phase 1 of the project.

With the start of Phase 1 on 3/26, there will be areas of the Library cordoned off to allow for work to be completed.  The entrance to the LIbrary will be down to one of the two main doors due to the elevator installation, and partitions will be built to enclose the interior stairway so it can be renovated. All of the construction will be completed by early May, in time for a grand unveiling and reopening of the Friend’s Book Sale on June 19th  in conjunction with the Summer Reading Kick-off.  Library staff and our construction team from Cobb Hill will do our best to keep disruption during our regular operating hours to a minimum.  As always, if you have any comments or issues surrounding your experience at the Library, please contact Lori Fisher, Library Director, at 224-7113 or by email

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