Baldwin Public Library

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Hours

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

General Programs

Romance paperbacks on sale now!  Just in time for Valentine's Day...hundreds, in great condition.  

Only a bag for $1, or 10 cents a book!

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TRUSTEE WANTED

The Library is looking for a new member of the Board of Trustees to fill a vacancy. 

 

A full application, including description of the responsibilities, is below or can be picked up at the library help desk.  If you love libraries and would like to support ours into the future, consider applying for this volunteer opportunity.  Applications must be turned in by Feb. 12th to the front desk.

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  Library Board of Trustees Application

Library Mission Statement

          We believe in the freedom to read, to learn, to discover and share ideas.
          We provide free and equal access to books, programs, electronic media, and other resources
                 as well as professional guidance in finding and using them.

We offer cultural and educational experiences through opportunities for lifelong learning, spaces
        to connect and engage, and by fostering a love of reading and commitment to literacy.

          As our town grows and changes we will continue to enrich the quality of life here by
                maintaining a community center that is a vibrant and welcoming place.

The volunteer library Board of Trustees members are appointed by the Baldwin Village Board for a term of three years.  They attend regularly scheduled monthly meetings at the library.

Trustees work with the Library Director to: determine policies; set goals and objectives; prepare and approve the yearly budget; approve expenditures of library monies and participate in the yearly evaluation of the Library Director.  They must support and be guided by the Mission Statement. 

In cooperation with other public officials and boards they work to maintain public relations.

Trustees must live within the Village of Baldwin limits OR in a Town adjacent to the Village.

 What experience, knowledge or skills are you willing to share as a Trustee of the Baldwin Public Library?                         (Check all that apply)

____ Chair meetings or serve as Secretary or Treasurer for meetings

____ Help with occasional special events (e.g. make arrangements or set up or bake cookies)

____ Prepare special news releases or posters to promote library activities and services

____ Contribute blog posts or book reviews to social media or newspaper column or newsletter

____ Write grant proposals or help with research for projects

____ Special skills/interests I am willing to share__________________________________________
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Other comments___________________________________________________________________

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 Please complete this form and return it to the Baldwin Public Library by Feb. 12th , 2016

  Name_________________________________________________________________________

Address_______________________________________________________________________

Day phone_______________________                 Evening phone__________________________

E-mail  ________________________________________________________________________ 

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Frosty’s Magical Birthday Party at Library Tues. Feb. 2 at 6:00 pm

Storytime’s evening session will be replaced this week with this special event, starting earlier so we can still get kids home to bed on time.

 In this 40 minute, action-packed, and interactive magic show the kids help Robert prepare a surprise birthday party for the beloved Frosty, who you know from the TV program shows up yearly with the snow and wishes himself a “Happy Birthday!”   Frosty arrives just in time for his party and the kids can hug him and take pictures with him.  Will Frosty’s distant cousin Olaf show up too?

Designed for kids 18 months to 6 years old, this magic show features loads of audience participation, silly comedy, and magical creatures. 

 

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Warm Reads for Cold Nights - our adult winter reading game is back!

 

This is a fun way to discover new books and pass the time when you can't be outside!   We will begin on Jan. 11 and end March 4 - not as long of a program this year.   You can pick up your Tic-Tac-Toe game sheets here beginning Jan. 8th.   The object is to select categories from the squares and choose a book within that category to read.  We won't hide the categories this year, so you can decide yourself which way to go.  When you complete a row in any direction, you enter the sheet in our prize drawing.  Do this as many times as you like.  All we ask is that for each sheet turned in you write a one-paragraph review of one of the books, a brief summary and what you liked or didn't like. We post these so others can get ideas of good books to read.  At the end, several prizes will be handed out, so get in as many sheets as you can!

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Adult Literacy: More of a Problem Than we Know - Feb. 23, 1:00

A special Adult Literacy Awareness Event will occur in connection with our regular book club meeting. A local adult who is just learning to read will briefly share her experience trying to pass through life without being able to read and how her life has improved since she started meeting with a tutor at the library. Also meet her tutor, a volunteer from WESTCAP's Literacy Program.    Then those who want to can stay to join the library's Afternoon Book Club in discussing the book Hotdogs and Hamburgers: Unlock Life's Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age by  Rob Shindler, a heartwarming and funny story.  Multiple copies of the book are in the MORE system or available at the library if you want to read this short book before the event.

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  Interested in things like Robotics??  

Check out our new program called Imaginators!  It's a monthly series of fun hands-on workshops for kids who like to build, create, figure things out, be messy, imagine, or just have fun!    All are welcome, but projects will be designed for around 4th - 8th graders.  Usually held on the last Tuesday of every month from 3:45 - 5:00 (kids can get there by taking bus 9 from BW schools with permission slip from home that morning and be picked up later).                                

Co-sponsored by 4H/UW Extension, a 4H leader will demonstrate the different projects and guide kids as they go.   All materials are supplied for free, and the library will provide a snack. Everyone is welcome, and you can come just once or every time.  Call the library if you have questions:  715-684-3813 and ask for Rebecca.                                    

Parents- the projects are totally fun for kids, but will also involve learning about science and math principles in coordination with the STEM emphasis in schools today (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), important for preparing kids for jobs in future years.

Tentative schedule of themes is:    

Sept. 22 -     Rollercoaster and Ski jumps  (Note - this first one is NOT on the last Tuesday of the month)

Oct. 27 - Bubbles Blast!

Nov. 24- Lego Engineering

Dec.  29 -    Let it Snow, let it snow  (wear outside clothes!)

Jan. 26 -  Robotics Challenge

Feb. 23- Skyscrapers and Bridges

Mar. 29 -  Fun with Food

Apr. 26 -  Sink or Swim

June 28-    Rocket to the Moon

July 26-     Robotics Challenge

Aug 30 -  Not Just Cows and Plows

Note;  If Tuesday nights don't work for your family, try the Thursday night program at the Hammond Library.

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HOMESCHOOL GAMES GATHERING

 All are welcome to this fun socialization opportunity for home-schooled kids.  Bring any board games that you have, and 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).   As we see how attendance goes, we will be open to adjusting the date or time as folks want.

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Lucky Day DVD copies

We have started a new program to help a little with the wait times for popular DVDs.  The MORE system has given permission for libraries to start a Lucky Day collection if
they want to, where they can buy an extra copy of a few really hot movies to keep in their library, only for their local patrons to check out.  The first copy must be available to
the whole system for circulating among everyone on the Holds List, but the second copy can be kept on the Luck day shelf at our library for whoever walks in to find them there!  You can only keep the DVD for 3 days, however, and no Holds can be placed on these copies as the purpose is to keep the movie moving among all the people who want it.  Right now we can only afford to buy a few movies at a time, but they are good ones, so check this shelf out next time you are in the library.  It might be your lucky day!

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1000 Books before Kindergarten

The library has a new program this year called 1000 Books B4K.  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 counts!  So does Storytime! 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.  Prizes will be given at various intervals, but the best prize is a better life for your child!   Info: 715-684-3813.



History Nights at the Library

Members of the Baldwin Area Historical Society will be at the library on the second Thursday of every month from 5-7pm to meet with any interested people about any topic of your choice.  Come anytime during that period and ask questions about searching for family history or history of a building in town, look at old photos and help identify them, learn about the new microfilm reader and how to find anything from old Baldwin Bulletin newspapers, learn about the 1940 census records newly opened to the public, etc.   Bring an item, a question, or just come and talk about history with others who love it too!   For more information call Leila at: 715-222-9485


Job Searching help from WI Workforce, they come to you!

On the third Thursday of each month, a Job Center expert come to the library to meet with anyone interested in job searching ideas, how to look online for jobs, how to type up a resume or check the one you have, interviewing tips,  etc.  If this time does not work for you, call toll-free to Aracely (emphasis on the “Cel”) at 888-258-9966 to make an appointment. You no longer need to get to a state workforce site, they are coming out to the local libraries to meet people now!


New Microfilm Scanner makes reading local history much easier

Through the generous donation of an anonymous local couple’s estate, and the hard work of the Friends of the Baldwin Library, we are pleased to announce we have purchased a ScanPro 3000 for our history room.  It does amazing things and should make it much easier for anyone to research their family history or the history of the area.  The system reads our collection of microfilm containing over 100 years of the Baldwin Bulletin newspaper and transfers it to a digital view on a big monitor.  You can then easily search for names or topics of interest, adjust the size of the text or the brightness, etc., print it out or e-mail it to someone or save it to a portable device.  The Baldwin Area Historical Society will be demonstrating it and helping people learn how to use it during their History Nights (see item below) or make an appointment with our library staff to give it a try!