Baldwin Public Library

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Hours

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

General Programs

Warm Reads for Cold Nights - adult winter reading program runs Jan. 6 - March 31.  Get your Tic Tac Toe sheet today!

1. Program runs January 6th—March 31st.   Must be 18+
  to participate. Fill the cold months with reading fun!

2.  For every three books that you read, we ask that you
 fill out a brief review sheet (provided) giving your opinion
 (we will share these to help others get ideas about good
 books—or bad!)    This constitutes one entry for a prize.
 Once you complete your first entry, you may select a free
 book.  Every entry after (three books read and one short
 paragraph review) gives you another chance to win a
 prize at the end!

Step 1:   Begin anywhere in the Tic-Tac-Toe sheet.

Step 2:   Find a book from the Tic-Tac-Toe square you select.    Consult our list of recommended reads, search online,    or ask library staff.

Step 3:    Enjoy your new read, and once you have finished
        it, select another square to read.

Step 4:   Once you have completed 3 squares in a row (up-   and-down or diagonal), write a short paragraph review
  for one of those books and bring your sheet and
         review into the library to be entered for a prize (some
         good stuff like brand new bestsellers, gift certificates…)

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   Who Really Are the Masons?   - Saturday,  January 17th 2:00pm

There are many misconceptions about this civic organization, often portrayed in films such as National Treasure as mysterious.   Local members will answer your questions, tell how the Masons got started and why, and give examples of work they do in the community.   

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Download Free Music through your Library!        (This service is going away after December 31st)

Freegal is a free, legal music downloading service paid for by your library.  It offers access to about 7 million songs,  including the legendary Sony Music catalog.   No software is needed to download the music, just your library card.  Each patron can download three songs per week.  The link can be found on the MORE system homepage (www.more.lib.wi.us)        FREEGAL IS ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR, SO BUILD YOUR LIBRARY NOW!


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.


Microfilm Mondays

If you would like an introduction to our new digital microfilm machine for searching for your family history, these sessions are for you!  Our fancy new machine reads the library's collection of over 100 years of the Baldwin Bulletin newspaper on microfilm so you can find information on old events, birth and death notices, etc. and print out a copy or e-mail it.   Members of the local Baldwin Area Historical Society are so exited about this great tool for sharing history that they want to teach everyone how to do it!    Come anytime between 4:00 and 6:00 to get some help learning this and answering any history questions you might have.  The sessions will be offered on the second Monday of each month, until we teach the whole town!


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 scanner 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!