Baldwin Public Library

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

General Programs

Read off Fines / Food for Fines

To celebrate National Teen Read Week this year we are inviting teens (or anyone, really) who have fines that are keeping them from using the library to read them off!  Or, you can choose to donate food to the community food pantry to get rid of fines too.

1)  “Fines Read-off “ - come to the library before the end of October, sit in our comfortable chairs, and read something of your choosing (or we’ll make suggestions) and for every 15 minutes you read you can knock a dollar off your fines.  This is great deal! 

2)       “Food for Fines” program - bring in a can or box of non-perishable food and for each item we will take a dollar off your existing fines (late fees only, not including replacement fees for lost items).   We will donate the food items to the Community Food Pantry.   Drop off the food at the library any time we are open until the end of October. 

Our accessible building is at 400 Cedar  St.,  for questions call:  715-684-3813


Kids Creating Events  (our new series that replaces Imaginators)

If you like making stuff, you'll like our new Maker Kits that we have temporarily.  Explore among several stations and see what you can create!  Some instructions are provided, or just tinker.  Work individually or with a partner or team.   Parents: This activity encourages exploration, problem-solving, and creativity while supporting skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).   Different maker Kits are provided at different events, so try them all!

 See specifics below:


Kids Creating Event - Sat. October 29, 10:30am - 12 (come and go as you like)  

At this event we have a different kit than we had previously.       3D Pens ( Best for ages 7 and up, as warm glue gun is involved).  

 - A 3D pen replaces ink to create 3D objects that you can take home!   Make a bracelet, stereoscopic model, art, home decorations, gifts, etc.   The color filament comes out of the pen warm and then hardens up off the paper!


Kids Creating Event - Sat. Nov. 12, 10:30am - 12 (come and go as you like)     Best for ages 7 or 8 and up.  

 LittleBits -  Synth:    Unleash your inner rock star!  Use keyboard, micro sequencer, synth speaker, etc. to explore electronic music.  Powerful but easy to use.

Little Bits - Gizmos/Gadgets:  Comes with electronic building blocks, detailed instructions for 12 projects, and all the accesories and tools you need to unleash the inventor within! Includes such items as mechanical arms, motors, sensors, wireless transmitters, buzzer, fan, batteries and cables, and lots more.


 LittleBits -  Premium: Play with light, sound, sensing, and buttons without wiring soldering or programming.  Instruction book has 10 possible projects, over 600,000 possible circuit combinations!

Teens Creating (Ages 12 and up)

Arduino Coding and Connecting to the Cloud   -    November 22, 2016  -   6:30p

Explore coding with the littleBits Electronics Arduino Coding Kit and learn how to turn a 
      computer into an Etch-a-Sketch!

With the littleBits Electronics cloudBit Starter Kit learn how to turn any dumb thing into an
      internet-connected smart device.


Library Book Sale All Week Nov. 14 - 19

 Now that the weather is turning colder, it’s time to read!   All this week the Friends of the Baldwin Library will have tables and display shelves full of books for sale during the hours the library is open. There are incredible price bargains on bestselling authors and novels, useful how-to books, movies, and audiobooks.  You might even find a holiday present for the reader on your list. Come browse!  The library, at 400 Cedar St., is an accessible space.  715-684-3813



 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!   During the fall and winter months 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 we plan to meet outside.   Ask for more information if you are interested.


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!


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!