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Grazing Among the Lupine - Sugar Hill, NH

Photo by Eric Anderson

May 2023 Newsletter

Director's Message:

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.

-Ansel Adams


May is National Photography Month! Established by Congress in 1987, National Photography Month is an opportunity to celebrate the importance that photographs have in our lives. The first photograph was taken almost 200 years ago, and since then, the art form, the technology, and the influence of this medium has developed immensely. A brief look at the 100 most influential photographs of all time shows the significance that this form of expression has had in capturing our history and politics, shaping our art and culture, exposing war, finding peace, celebrating mother nature, and even discovering outer space.


Here in Bow—and especially at Baker Free Library—there is one particular photo caption that is inescapable: Photo by Eric Anderson. Hundreds of photographs taken by Eric Anderson have graced the walls of the Town buildings and Baker Free Library, enshrining for posterity the history, beauty, and people of Bow. In this month dedicated to photography, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Eric Anderson for all the wonderful pictures he has shared with Baker Free Library over the years.


Other fun ways to celebrate photography are to check out some books and eResources from your public library to learn more about taking the perfect picture. As the opening lines from Ansel Adams suggest, photography is about what you bring to it. Whether you are using a smartphone, a point-and-shoot, or a digital SLR, you can create a thousand words with a single click, and can spend this month telling your next great story.

-Martin Walters, Library Director

Featured Event

Celtic Flutes Spring Concert

Thursday, May 25th | 7pm

Join us for an evening of Celtic music in the historic 1914 Reading Room. Professional musicians from the faculty of the Manchester Community Music School will transport you to the Emerald Isle with classics like Skye Boat Song, Londonderry Air, A Gaelic Offering and many more.

This concert is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Reserve Your Seat Today!

Youth Programming

Summer Reading Program 2023

'Find Your Voice' | June 17 - August 10

This year, Find Your Voice with the library’s Summer Reading Program! Explore music, theatre, storytelling, language and communication of all kinds. Participants entering grades K-6 can earn prizes by reading and attending events at the Baker Free Library, all summer long. A separate program is also available for pre-readers, teens and adults. Registration for the program will begin on Saturday, June 17, and continue throughout the summer. Stay tuned for a full schedule of programs and special events!

Drop-In Stay & Play

Every Tuesday in May | 10:30am - 11:30am

Our regularly scheduled storytimes are on a break as we prepare for Summer Reading. Instead, join us for an hour of open play time! The library's collection of toys, instruments and manipulatives will be available for children of all ages to use. The room will be open for an hour; feel free to drop by for any or all of our play time. Registration is not required.

After School Programs

Page Turners

Tues. May 4th | 3:30pm

This Book Club is designed for readers in grades 5-8, or any interested student reading at those grade levels. Read any book of your choosing based on a monthly topic or theme, then share your book with other readers! Enjoy snacks, crafts and activities at every meeting, as you explore new books with readers just like you.

Art Lab

Wed. May 10th | 3:30pm

A program for young artists, creators, and storytime graduates. Listen to a new story each month, then take part in sensory, art, and engineering activities designed to inspire our creativity and curiosity. Recommended for Grades K-4, in the company of a parent or caregiver.

Magic Tree House Book Club

Mon. May 15th | 3:30pm

Each month, travel the world and explore new subjects with books from The Magic Tree House series, written by Mary Pope Osborne. Chat, craft and play at every meeting! This program is recommended for readers in Grades 2-4, or any interested child reading at those grade levels.

Visit our Online Calendar to register for these programs!

Adult Programming

Growing Your Own Healing Garden

Wednesday, May 10th | 6:30pm

Long before we designed gardens for landscape aesthetics, we cultivated plants for their medicinal value. From roots that relax and seeds that soothe to leaves for improved memory, this presentation seeks to inspire personalized home healing gardens. We’ll discuss a potpourri of easy to grow medicinal herbs while showcasing garden designs that range from micro to magnificent. You’ll be growing your own first aid kit before you know it and empowering the flora within.

Registration Required

Adult Book Talks


Tues. May 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.

May Book Discussion:

Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey

Book Talk at BFL

Tues. May 9th

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! 

May Book Discussion:

What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline


White Rock Book Group

Tues. May 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!

May Book Discussion:

What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline

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

Spark! Craft Club

Tues. May 2nd | 6:00pm

Calling all crafters! Join us the first Tuesday of every month to work on your art in the company of friends. Amelia will prepare a brief 30 minute art exercise to SPARK! your creativity, then provide the space for you to complete your specific craft projects and socialize with fellow makers and DIYers. Miscellaneous materials will be provided for those looking to try something new.

Registration Required

Resilient Raptors Webinar pt. 5

Tuesday, May 25th | 6:30pm | Virtual Program*

Contamination and Continued Diligence

This final program dovetails back to our pilot webinar as we return to the topic of ecosystem contamination and how it persists today. While there are readily available alternatives, lead (Pb) is still used in hunting ammunition and in fishing tackle. This creates significant ongoing threats to wildlife, both from current use and the legacy of old ammo and fishing tackle left in lakes, streams, and forests. We will conclude by presenting the various steps we can collectively take to ensure the continued success of our Bald Eagle population.  *Register for the Zoom Link Here

Book of the Month

This Time Tomorrow

by Emma Straub

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time? It is the night of Alice’s fortieth birthday. She finds herself all alone, reminiscing of the past. She stumbles home, and wakes the next day on the morning of her sixteenth birthday. Flustered and confused, Alice is determined to figure out how she got here… when she got here. Follow Alice on her enlightening journey through time, as she figures out where and when she’s meant to be.

-Recommended by Lauren, Circulation Coordinator & Marketing Assistant

Reserve this title today!

BFL Seed Library

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

May Exhibit

May 1 - May 26

Bow Earth by Martha Sawyer

As a painter, Martha admires the Fauves with their bold lines and outlines, bright colors, and moody scenes. She also finds interest in works made by the post-impressionists. Much of her work shows her devotion to line, color and stylistic paint application. Although her subjects vary, she finds botanicals and their fragile petals and endless organic shapes a favorite challenge. Her floral gardens and wooded trails supply her with a variety of natural and seasonal subjects.

Martha earned a B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in painting from UNH, along with a certificate to teach art in K-12 in the State of New Hampshire. She exhibits her work in local galleries and she has been a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association since 2022.

If you are interested in being a Featured Artist in the Gallery, contact Amelia at

Digital Resources

Explore the digital resources Baker Free Library has to offer. Free to Baker Free Library card holders, get access to a large variety of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, comics, movies, and even historical documents from HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition. If you have any questions or trouble logging on, give us a call at (603) 224-7113

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Bow, NH 03304

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In the Community

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 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.

May 10, 2023. Container Gardening presentation has been CANCELLED. New speaker for this date is Matt LeBlanc of Bow Police Department who will be speaking of the K-9 program.


May 24, 2023. Enjoying Bow’s Forests and Open Spaces. Eric Thum of Bow Open Spaces will be speaking of Bow’s trails and forests and Bow Open Spaces role in preserving and maintaining these spaces.

Bow Garden Club

The Secret Lives of Garden Herbs Monday, May 8th 6:00pm

Rosemary goes great with chicken, but did you know that it may also help stave off Alzheimer’s disease? Or that sage can help with hot flashes? Come learn surprising ways that common culinary herbs and companion plants can also help your family stay healthy.

Bow Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday, May 27th 8am-12pm

Perennials from members gardens and plants purchased from local nurseries are sold with proceeds being used for civic beautification projects, educational programs and the BGC Annual Scholarship.

Bow Rotary Club

Bow Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest a Big Success

If you would like encouragement about the future, you should listen to the Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest around this time next year. Wednesday March 8th, eight high school students from Bow and Dunbarton, gave speeches using the Rotary Four-Way Test: Is it the Truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Does it build goodwill and better friendships?  Is it beneficial to all concerned?  

Topics ranged from the benefits of summer camp to making ADHD a superpower, but all eight were well-prepared and interesting. Baker Free Library’s Lower Level was the location, and parents of the speakers, Rotary members and other town residents attended. In between speeches, members of the Club provided information about international projects, Club projects and Club experiences. 

The Contest is an annual one, offering high school students an opportunity to test their speech writing and delivery skills in front of a friendly audience and impartial judges, with cash prizes awarded. 

Seniors from Dunbarton, Marissa Green, Vanessa Hood, and Piper Watford and Bow, Finnegan “Finn” Bonner-Gerber, were challenged by Juniors Sabrina Barnard (Bow), Adeesh Cooper (Dunbarton) and Joseph McDowell and Sophomore Lexana Farr (both from Bow). 

First place went to Adeesh “Adee” Cooper, with a prize of $500; Second place went to Finn Bonner-Gerber, with a prize of $300, and Third place to Joseph McDowell. Ms. Cooper will go on to compete in the Rotary District Speech Contest semifinals, where she has the chance at an additional cash prize.


Save The Date! The 12th annual Bow Rotary Car Show will be May 20th from 8:00 to 2:00 in the fields behind Concord Group Insurance on South Street in Bow. Food, Music, Fun, and oh yes, AWESOME CARS!!