- Mon & Wed & Fri: 11am - 6pm
- Tues & Thurs: 10am - 8pm
- Saturday: 9am - 1pm
- Sunday: closed
National Library Week - April 13-18 – celebrate with us two ways:
Culvers' Coupons - Kids get Culver’s coupons in exchange for coloring
Celebrate libraries and reading during the week of April 13 – 18 by coloring a picture of a favorite character or scene from a book on the sheets we have to hand out. Turn it back in and get a coupon for a free frozen custard at Culver’s! We appreciate Culver’s support of libraries connecting kids and books.
Food for Fines
Also for National Library Week we recognize the way libraries serve their communities by building up the Community Food Shelf. The shelf is used by a large number of families and a wide variety of people. If you have outstanding fines at the library, this is a way you can pay them off and help other people at the same time. Bring in cans or boxes of non-perishable, unexpired food anytime the library is open between April 13th and 18th. We will take $1.00 off your fines for each item. (This only includes late fees, not replacement fees for lost or damaged items.)
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!
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!