Baldwin Public Library

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

Kids' Programs

SUMMER FUN FOR TEENS  (ask us for more details). 

Summer-long Activities for 6th grade on up

June 1st - August 5th: Reading BINGO!   Get your game sheet any time after June 1st.   Turn it in by the Aug. 5th to be entered for prizes. 

June: Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt -   Can you find the neighborhood locations in the photos?

July: Serve Your Community Scavenger Hunt -   Choose 5 service activities from the list and take a photo.

Complete activities and be entered in the prize drawing.

High School Book Club will meet twice  -  Read the book and come talk about it with others who like to read (snack provided).

June 22nd,  4:00p  - All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

July 20th,  4:00p  -  Holding Up the Universe  by Jennifer Niven

Request your copy from the MORE system today and start reading!  Ask us to do it if you prefer.


Middle School Book Club will meet twice - Read the book and come talk about it with others who like to read (snack provided).

June 27th, 4:00p -  The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Aug 1st,  4:00p  - The Girl Who Drank the Moon  by Kelly Barnhill

We'll request a copy and you pick it up.   Copies of the first book are available as of June 1st.


SUMMER READING Program for Elementary Students-  "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!

Initial List of events (get full schedule at registration, and watch website or Facebook for change announcements):

June 1,  Thurs.  any time -  Registration packet available, do fun craft, build your house and add it to the community

June - Aug. 8th:     Do fun reading activites and turn in sheets weekly for prizes

June 6,   Tues.    4:00 pm  -  Fun in Foreign Lands - culture, stories, craft, music and language from Norway, suggested for grades 2 - 5.

June 8,  Thurs.   dusk  -   June Bug Days Family Movie night under the Mill Pond Tent, refreshments

June 13,  Tues.   6:30 pm  -  Isaiah the magician, "Reading is Magical!"   Pre-school on up will enjoy!

June 20, Tues.   6:30 pm -  Bedtime Storytime for Pre-schoolers,  wear jammies if you want, listen to stories

June 21,  Wed.  6:30 pm -   "Snake, Rattle, and Roll!" with Emily Roberts - learn about snakes and other reptiles, touch and feed them if you want!   Suggested for ages 4 and up.

June 24,   Sat.   10:00 am - 12:00 pm -  Nature Craft at Farmer's Market under bandstand at Bailey Park

June 28,   Wed.   1:00 -  K - 5 grade activity, crafts and outside fun

July 12,  Wed.  1:00 pm -   Lumpaworld challenge - See if you can get the Lumpas home through STEM fun!  Suggested for grades 2 - 6

July 13,   Thurs.   4:00 pm - Fun from Foreign Lands - culture, stories, craft, music and language from Asia and Australia, sugggested for grades 2 - 5

July 18,     Tues   1:00 pm -   The Great American Solar Eclipse and You - learn about the first total solar eclipse since 1979 to happen in August.  This astronomer will show us how to enjoy it here in Wisconsin.

July 26,   Wed.   6:30 pm -   Play by the wonderful Traveling Lantern Theater, geared toward the whole family:  "Ribbles Build a Residence". Animals learn about houses and building a better world.  

July 27,   Thurs.   6:30 pm  -  Bedtime Storytime for Pre-schoolers,  wear jammies if you want, listen to stories.

Aug. 3,  Thurs.,   4:00 pm -- Fun From Foreign Lands - culture, stories, crafts, music and language from Central and South America

Aug. 8,  Tues.,   5:00 pm - 7:00 pm --  Picnic, Obstacle course, prizes drawn

For more details on events see or call us 715-684-3813


Sat. June 24, 10 - 12 at Farmers' Market (Main Street, Bailey Park bandstand)

Nature craft - make "binoculars" and go hunting for little bird pictures around the park!


Crafts and Games - Wed. June 28th, 10:00am (suggested for K and up, pre-schoolers welcome with helper)

Try a bunch of craft projects or outside games!   (in case of rain we'll play inside games). 


STEM Challenge Fun - Wed. July 12, 1:00 -   Welcome to LumpaWorld!

The silly people who live here come in four types:

Rollies (marbles) can only roll places; Skybumps (stickers) only fly in little

airplanes; Bouncers (pom-poms) can only launch themselves with catapults;

Swooshers (packing peanuts) can only ride on ziplines. When disaster hits, will

you be able to get them home in time?

Age Range: Ages 8 and up. 6 - 7 year olds should have an older helper with them.


Great American Eclipse - Tues. July 18, 1:00 -

Are You Ready for The Great American Solar Eclipse?? - Learn about the first total solar eclipse since 1979 visible in the US, to happen in August.  Astronomer  John Heasley of Driftless Stargazing will show us how to be wowed by it here in Wisconsin.    Activites will include audience participation, demonstration, and safe sun viewing.  He will tell us exactly when and how to watch it in Baldwin!   John is an astronomy educator for Driftless Stargazing LLC and a Solar System Ambassador for NASA/JLP.


BEDTIME STORYTIME for Pre-schoolers - July 27, 6:30 pm

Join us in your jammies, if you want, for cozy stories.


 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.