Bow: Library renovation still on schedule

Monitor staff
Monday, April 11, 2016

The Bow Rotary Club acted on its pledge to donate $20,000 to the Baker Free Library lower-level renovation project with a check presentation earlier this month.

The club pledged its donation about two and half years ago.

“We has some excess cash and knew we could raise the balance” in time, said Bob Couch, public relations chairman for the Bow Rotary Club.

The project, which completed phase one last June, includes adding small and large meeting areas, additional storage space and bathrooms.

At town meeting, voters approved a final $50,000 installment to the town’s $300,000 contribution to the renovation project. With the town holding up its end of the deal, the Club followed through on its pledge, and work is expected to begin in the fall.

“We’re on the home stretch,” said Tom Ives, a member of the library’s board of trustees.

More than $250,000 has been raised privately, including $35,000 from Merrimack County Savings Bank. Ives said the project is looking for about $45,000 more to reach its goal of matching the town’s contribution.

Two of the rooms will be dedicated to donor organizations. The biggest room, which can seat 75 people and has a raised platform, will be named for Merrimack County Savings Bank. The slightly smaller meeting room will be named after the Bow Rotary Club.

“It will be a casual meeting area,” Ives said. “The main floor will have some seating and you can get a cup of coffee.”

Ives said there will be another meeting with the construction team from Cobb Hill sometime this summer to plan the start date. 

Because the project was divided into two phases, the public will continue to have access to the library when construction resumes. The only impediment library users may find is some clanging coming from the worksite.

“I’m sure the hammers will make some noise,” Ives said.


(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3314, nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)