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  • Mon & Wed & Fri: 11am - 6pm
  • Tues & Thurs: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 1pm
  • Sunday: closed

Kids' Programs


Kids Creating at Baldwin Library– Spring events

If your kids like experimenting, building, exploring, creating, try our STEAM events featuring Maker

Kits borrowed from our library system. At each event we have different kits than we had in

previously. Explore among several stations and see what you can create! Some instructions are

provided, or just tinker. Work individually or with a partner or team, and come and

go as you want. Parents: This activity supports problem-solving, creativity, and

skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).

MAY 30, 3:45 (take #9 bus from school if you want, snack provided)- GET ELECTRIFIED!

STEM event with Heather from 4H - Participate in this exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics.  Youth will learn how to create working electronic circuits and devices.  Join in the fun and get electrified!


SUMMER READING Program -  "Build a Better World" theme this year.  Registration starts June 1st!

Beginning June 1st, come in to get your packet for our Summer Reading Program, for kids of all ages.   A full schedule of events (updated from previous promo lists) and reading activity logs will be available, as well as a few fun games to do.  

This summer's theme is "Building a Better World" -  Join us!   Research shows that kids who don't read over the summer lose skills for school and get behind.  Have them read for fun this summer at the library!

Some of our first featured events (get full schedule at registration):

Magician - Tuesday June 13th, 6:30 pm:

Isaiah Foster of LaCrosse Magic is bringing his high-energy magic show called Reading is Magical!  The 45-minute show has plenty of laughs and audience participation along with magic tricks and illusions.  Various favorite books help introduce the tricks.  Promises to be highly entertaining!

Snake, Rattle, and Roll!   -   Wed. June 21, 6:30pm

Slither into the world of reptiles by meeting live reptiles up close with Emily of Snake Discovery!  

Learn what makes reptiles so unique, and what kinds you can find in your own backyard.

At this hands-on program you’ll get to touch, hold, and even feed some of the reptiles!

This program is appropriate for all ages.


 More to come!


Storytime      Strengthen your child’s early literacy skills, and just have fun!

(Note: If BW schools are cancelled due to weather, there will be no Storytime.  If school is delayed two hours on a Tuesday, all ages are welcome at the evening class at 6:30pm.)  

School-year Storytime at Baldwin Library:  (Tuesdays from September through May)

We love to have kids spending time at our library!  We hold Storytime sessions for children from birth through age 5 or until they start attending school.   Registration is not required, just come as you like!   There is never any obligation for regular attendance, come on the days you can. 

Classes are at different times depending on the child’s age.   The pre-school classes are for children ages 3-5, involving stories, songs, crafts, plays, etc. for about 45 minutes (with no parent in the room). The sessions are offered at 9:30 am or 6:30pm on Tuesdays. (Please note: Though the library does not officially open on Tuesdays until 10:00am, the door will open at 9:30 to accommodate Storytime families).   These years are so crucial for early literacy development, and children at this age do it best through play, hearing stories, talking about the stories, and acting out themes related to the stories.  Our Storytime leader, Erica Wahlquist, is an experienced pre-school leader, who will warmly welcome your child and help them feel comfortable participating.  She uses timely topics and the interests of the children themselves to design a fun learning experience.

Younger children can attend the Lap-sit program at 9:45am (for up to age 2 years, with adult attending).   The Lap-sit program lasts for about 20 minutes, and is designed to introduce infants to the wonders of books and the library. A very simple story with lots of actions will be read, and children will be invited to participate if they are able in simple songs and finger plays. Children too young to participate will enjoy sitting on the parent's lap and watching and hearing the festivities. It's never too soon to expose kids to books, as considerable research shows the benefits later in their school and working years.  Nancy Phernetton is great working with this age group.    NOTE:   Currently we have no Lap-sit faciliator, but you are welcome to come read our books or sing together! 

For questions, call  Bonnie or Rebecca at 684-3813. We hope to see you here!


MUSIC and MOVEMENT - Fridays at 10:00am - Off until next autumn.

We will have a special Preschool Music and Movement session with Miss Erica on some Fridays at 10:00am.  Kids will try different easy musical instruments, march and dance around the room, and do fun exercises and games.  Let your kids come jump around here along with the boundless energy of Miss Erica!   Accompanying adults can relax with a magazine in our comfy lounge area by the windows, or work a puzzle.  Or plug in your laptop to our Wifi network and catch up!   Or if you want a good book, we have a few...  OFF for the summer; see you next fall!



NOTE:  In summer months meet at Mill Pond Park, or rain location is library

All are welcome to this fun socialization opportunity for home-schooled kids.  We will have some board games here, puppets, learning toys, etc. and feel free to bring your favorites from homealong with your family.  We will have some games available here too.   It should be great fun!

We meet at the Baldwin Library on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am until about 11:00am (library is not open at this time but the door will be open for this event).   In the summer months we'll meet in a nearby park.



Ongoing Activity Tables

We invite you to notice the table at the front of the library when you come in for ongoing activities that kids can participate in, usually involving some kind of creativity or exploration.  New research shows again how important creative play is for building children's brains and getting them ready for literacy skills and school readiness.  Some activities can be enjoyed by older kids as well, such as our recent table:  Build You Own Robot or Superhero or Alien out of Recyclables!    Kids loved that project, and no special materials were needed.  Another smaller table in the children's area has activities for younger children, such as making your own bookmark.

Activities are usually rotated after a few weeks, so come check them out!     


Fun Day Bags

Looking for some entertainment for a day at home with your younger kids?  Is it a No-School day and you are out of new ideas for keeping them busy?  We’ve put together a collection of special red bags called Fun Day bags for you to check out for up to three weeks.  Each collection has about 5 books, a DVD, and a fun music CD around a certain theme (trucks, princesses, farms, dogs, dance, etc.).  Themes will be rotated.  (Please check these bags out at the circulation desk rather than self-check so we can change the due dates on the DVD.)  If you let us know you like the Fun Day bags we might offer customized bags in the future where you can request a certain theme ahead of time. 


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The library has a program called 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten.  Join this nationwide movement to promote early literacy by reading regularly to your baby or toddler. Research shows that it’s never too early to start them loving books and it benefits them for the rest of their life.

If the goal sounds high, think of it this way::  Read 1 book a day for 3 years = 1095, read 10 books a week for 2 years = 1040, Read 3 books a day for 1 year = 1095.  Register at the library and get your tracking sheets and more information.   Reading a same favorite book over again counts!  So does Storytime!  Books Grandpa reads with them count too, as does the babysitter's sessions.

When you read a book with your child, color in a circle on the balloon chart.  After every 100 sheet is filled, bring it to the library and a balloon with your child’s name will go up on our blue sky chart.   At the end, your child will get their photo taken for the newspaper and website, a certificate of accomplishment, and a free book!   The best prize is a better life for your child!   Info: 715-684-3813.