Baldwin Public Library

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Hours

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

General Programs

PLANNING YOUR DIGITAL ESTATE:  What You Need to Know About Your Online Personal Information When You’re Gone      Tues. March 3,  6:30 pm     cookies and juice
      
Guest Presenter Barb Krueger will respectfully address a topic most of us haven't thought about but that is becoming a large issue in today's digital society.   With so much more happening online now, what if you need to get into someone else's accounts and don't know the access information?   When a person is incapacitated or passes away, what happens to all their online accounts?  
          Some examples of things you might encounter:
   If Mom is in the hospital, is anyone making sure there are funds in her automatic bill-pay account? 
   Can your family get into your e-mail to get the utility invoice to pay or cancel if they need to?   
   Would you know how to get in your daughter’s Facebook account to let her friends know she’s ill?
   So many documents are stored online, can you get into your brother's computer to find his Health Care Directive or Military Discharge DD214 for benefits if he is unconscious? Do you have the right?  
    Those life situations are stressful enough without having frustrating details like passwords.   Learn how to make sure your digital estate is guarded when needs to be and can be opened when needed.
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TAX FORMS   have arrived, but they only printed a few of the basic forms this year.   MOST OF THE COMMON ONES CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT: www.irs.gov IF YOU WANT TO PRINT THEM OFF.    There is also a phone number on the IRS site where you can call to have a paper form mailed to you. 

We would be happy to show you how to download these.  In fact, the government is moving toward not having any paper forms at all in coming years, and has reduced the number of forms they will print this year. 

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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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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!