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

Kids' Programs

HOLIDAY STORYTIME - Tues. Dec. 12 - Special Guest Santa!

9:30am - all ages for stories.  Santa will arrive around 10am for visits, those children who don't want to see him can have a treat and do a craft.  No evening session.

Gingerbread Houses Craft Event - Tues. Dec. 12, anytime between 6:00 and 7:00 pm

The famous Baldwin Library Gingerbread Houses are Back!    For decades Miss Judy led kids and families in decorating gingerbread houses at the library for the holidays, and this year we are reviving the tradition.   The whole family is invited on the evening of December 12 anytime between 6 and 7 pm to make and take home this classic Christmas project.   We will provide all materials and have the house frame glued together.  You will choose how to decorate from an assortment of candies and baubles.  Fun!

Imaginators STEAM with 4H: Fun with Food Engineering - Tues. Dec. 19th, 3:45 pm (take BW bus #18, snack provided) (suggested for grades 4-8)

What’s happening to your food?   Explore the physical and chemical changes in some of your favorite foods.   Look at 10 different stations and try some treats!
 Learn what a food scientist really does.               


Board Game Night - Thurs. Dec. 28, drop in between 4:00 - 7:45 pm

Stop in during this week off of school to play board games and card games of all kinds at the library.   Choose from our collection or bring your favorite from home.   Come anytime between 4:00pm and 7:45 pm (the library closes at 8pm).


MUSIC and MOVEMENT - Fridays at 10:00am -October 6 - Nov. 17th.  We'll break for the holidays and resume in January.

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!


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, with a break from Dec. 12 - Jan. 9th)

Storytime will be held:  Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, and then be on break until Jan. 9th, 2018

       The Baldwin Library’s school-year Storytime resumes on Tuesday Sept. 5th!   We are thrilled that Miss Nancy will be back for the Lap-sit Class at 9:45 am, and Miss Erica will be back for the Pre-school Class at 9:30am.  Strengthen your child’s early literacy skills, and have fun!   Registration is not required, just come when you can.

       We love to have kids spending time at our library!  We hold Storytime sessions for ages birth through age 5 or until they start attending school.  Research shows how important the first few years are in building children’s reading readiness, affecting their future success in school, work, and life.
       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 (without parents in the room). 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.  The sessions are offered at 9:30 am on Tuesdays.  
       Younger children can attend the Lap-sit Class at 9:45am (for up through age 2 years, with adult attending).  The Lap-sit program lasts for about 20 minutes, and is designed to introduce infants and toddlers 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 join 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 reading!  Nancy Phernetton is great working with this age group.
       The library, at 400 Cedar St. in the municipal building, is an accessible building.  Call 684-3813 for more info.  We hope to see you here!



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.