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Hours

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

Kids' Programs

POKEMON WEEK at Baldwin Library!     (just added event)

August 8 - 13, come in anytime the library is open, get a game sheet and play!
 Find hidden Pokemon figures in the library and win Pokemon books and other prizes!  No smart phone needed.    

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School-year Storytime and Pre-school Music and Movement will resume next fall.  In the meantime, join us for our Summer Reading program (below).

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Summer Reading at Baldwin Library - see schedule below

Come by any time after June 1st to pick up your materials for the Summer Reading Program, fun for kids and helpful in maintaining school skills.  We will have reading logs or activity sheets for tracking your children's reading and other learning activities, a list of all the special events and guest performers scheduled, and a craft project to get you started on the weekly fun.  Children of any age are welcome to participate in Summer Reading, and you may choose what you participate in, one thing or many.  The theme this year is "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!" and some of the events will center on fitness education or fun things like dancing or a nature hike.   Below is the list of events we currently have arranged  (all events subject to change given performer emergencies, so please check website and facebook for updates).

Summer Reading Program at Baldwin Library – 2016, events in date order           

                                                                                 
"Pint-sized Polka" event   -  Wednesday, June 8, 10:30am
Come bop around to a special guest all the way from Milwaukee, Mike Schneider and his accordion!  Mike takes polka tunes that are our heritage in Wisconsin and turns the words into songs for children. Last time he was here whole families had fun trying to polka!  You can just listen and tap your feet if you don't want to dance.  

"Remarkable Reptiles" event   -  Thursday June 16, 6:30pm
Want to pet lizards, see snakes, and get your picture taken holding a python?  This event is for you!  Don't worry, you can just sit back and watch if you don't want to touch   :-)   Come learn about these amazing creatures.  

Pickle Ball lessons!!    (for anyone age 10 and up)    -  **Please call to sign up for a spot**
Get involved with this newly hot sport this summer with free lessons from the B-Woodville Pickleball Club!  Rackets and balls will be provided.  There will be 2 sessions, enough to get you going for a summer of fun with your friends and family.  We’ll meet at the Baldwin tennis courts (at Millpond Park) on Monday June 20 and Monday June 27 at 6:30pm.  If it is raining for the first lesson we’ll meet the next week instead.  Give it a try!  Bring some friends if you want.  Pickleball combines bits of ping pong, badminton, and tennis.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEYsymCtIDY  

"Boogie in the Barnyard!" event  -  Wednesday, June 22, 1:00
Kids, come listen and maybe dance to a singing chicken!   You'll laugh at all the silly songs about chickens and other barnyard animals.  Also learn how to draw a chicken from an author of children's books.  John Duggleby comes all the way from Madison to perform for us.  Join us in shaking our tail-feathers!  

Pickle Ball lessons!!    (for anyone age 10 and up)  -  **Please call to sign up for a spot**  

Get involved with this newly hot sport this summer with free lessons from the B-Woodville Pickleball Club!  Rackets and balls will be provided.  There will be 2 sessions, enough to get you going for a summer of fun with your friends and family.  We’ll meet at the Baldwin tennis courts (at Millpond Park) on Monday June 20 and Monday June 27 at 6:30pm.  If it is raining for the first lesson we’ll meet the next week instead. Give it a try!  Bring some friends if you want.  Pickleball combines bits of ping pong, badminton, and tennis.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEYsymCtIDY  

Imaginators (suggested for those going into 4th through 8th grades)
If you like to build and experiment, join us for some hands-on creating and learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).  A 4H leader will demonstrate the projects and guide kids as they go.  All materials are supplied and the library provides a snack.    Themes:        June 28-     Rocket to the Moon         July 26-     Robotics Challenge           Aug 30 -    Not Just Cows and Plows

Tree Fun -  Wednesday,  June 29, 1:00 - guest Debby Walters
Debby will lead us on a hike around the library lawn with a cool chart to identify trees.  Then you can take the chart home and try it aroud your house too! She has a fun game for us to play too!   Deb works at the School Forest and will tell us about that because we are going there next week!   This event is part of our Summer Reading 2016 Fitness theme.  Hiking and looking at trees are fun ways of staying healthy!

Middle School/Teen Book Discussion (for those going into 6th - 9th grades)    
We'll meet twice this summer:  Wed. June 29 at 1:00, and Wed. July 27 at 1:00.  Books will be available to pick up a few weeks before the discussion date.   For the first discussion you can pick up your book any time after June 1st.   Call the library if interested  (715-684-3813) and we will get you a free copy of the book or just come in and sign up. Come give us your ideas and we can negotiate the second book to be read!  
The title for the first discussion is:    Crenshaw By Katherine Applegate.   " Jackson and his family have fallen
on hard times.  There’s no more money for rent.  And not much for food, either.  His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan.  Again.  Crenshaw is a cat.  He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary.  He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?"    Come give your opinion about this popular book.  

Books and Birds Story Hour at the School Forest – Wednesday, July 6, 1:00

We have an exciting field trip planned!  We'll meet at the School Forest (see directions below) and 
hear some stories there from Miss Erica.  Then we'll use homemade binoculars to search for birds
in the trees, and do more fun stuff!   Miss Debby will also help us enjoy this great local resource.

To get there:    Head south on HWY 63 until you reach 30th Ave and turn left.  
After crossing Cty Rd BB the entrance to the school forest is the
first driveway on the left.  
The address is:    2424 30th Ave.

Fitness Fun and Games–   Wednesday, July 13, 10:30 am   (*****note time change from previous listings due to Hospital Open House) 
We will have a little fun fitness training and games for kids, led by staff from the Baldwin Area Medical Center.  No pressure, just fun!   This fits into our theme for Summer Reading this year:  "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!"    Wear comfortable clothes but don't worry about your fitness level    :-)

Imaginators (suggested for those going into 4th through 8th grades)
If you like to build and experiment, join us for some hands-on creating and learning STEM proejcts (science, technology, engineering, and math).  A 4H leader will demonstrate the projects and guide kids as they go.  All materials are supplied and the library provides a snack.    Themes:            June 28-     Rocket to the Moon         July 26-     Robotics Challenge           Aug 30 -    Not Just Cows and Plows

FREE POOL PARTY- Tuesday, July 26, 5:00 -7:00 pm

The Baldwin and Woodville Libraries have reserved the public pool (behind the older part of the high school) for library kids to have fun tonight!  There is no cost, as the libraries are picking that up.  There will some snacks available too. There will be a lifeguard on duty.  Come any time between 5 and 7pm. See the school website under the Community section for more info and rules about the pool.   (www.bwsd.k12.wi.us)

Crafts and Games, Face Painting and Fun with the Princesses!  -  Wed. July 27,  1:00

Miss Erica and some members of the Baldwin Court will lead us in a bunch of fun take-home craft projects and games, face painting, and stories.  There will be many table stations to choose from, for a variety of ages.  This is one of our last Summer Reading activity days!

 Middle School/Teen Book Discussion (for those going into 6th - 9th grades)    

We'll meet twice this summer:  Wed. June 29 at 1:00, and Wed.  Aug 3 at 1:00.  Books will be available to pick up a few weeks before the discussion date.   For the first discussion you can pick up your book any time after June 1st.   Call the library if interested  (715-684-3813) and we will get you a free copy of the book or just come in and sign up. Come give us your ideas and we can negotiate the second book to be read!  
The title for the second discussion is:    Wolf Hollow By Lauren Holk.   
Wolf Hollow    By Lauren Wolk

Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount. 

 

 

CLOSING PICNIC – Thursday, August 4, any time between 5 and 7pm.
We'll provide food and drink, choice of shade or sun, and music from a live acoustic band. This will be a fun night for the whole family!  Some book characters might even show up!  We'll close by drawing for prizes for all the great readers, too. 

Imaginators (suggested for those going into 4th through 8th grades)
If you like to build and experiment, join us for some hands-on creating and learning STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).  A 4H leader will demonstrate the projects and guide kids as they go.  All materials are supplied and the library provides a snack.    Themes:            June 28-     Rocket to the Moon         July 26-     Robotics Challenge           Aug 30 -    Not Just Cows and Plows

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 Are your kids interested in things like Robotics?   Do they like to create, figure things out?  

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

Jan. 26 -      Robotics Challenge

Feb. 23-     Skyscrapers and Bridges

Mar. 29 -    Fun with Food

Apr. 26 -    Sink or Swim (postponed until May 3rd due to illness)

May - there will be NO Imaginators on the last Tuesday, only ths make-up April one on May 3rd)

June 28-     Rocket to the Moon

July 26-     Robotics Challenge

Aug 30 -    Not Just Cows and Plows

 

NOTE:  If Tuesdays nights does not work for your family, try the similar program at the Hammond Library on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30pm.

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HOMESCHOOLERS GAMES GATHERING - NOTE:  In summer months meet at Mill Pond Park, or rain location is library

 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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Ongoing Activity Tables

We invite you to notice the table at the front of the library when you come in for ongoing activities that kids can participate in, usually involving some kind of creativity or exploration.  New research shows again how important creative play is for building children's brains and getting them ready for literacy skills and school readiness.  Some activities can be enjoyed by older kids as well, such as our recent table:  Build You Own Robot or Superhero or Alien out of Recyclables!    Kids loved that project, and no special materials were needed.  Another smaller table in the children's area has activities for younger children, such as making your own bookmark.  Activities are usually rotated after a few weeks, so come check them out!     

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Fun Day Bags

Looking for some entertainment for a day at home with your younger kids?  Is it a No-School day and you are out of new ideas for keeping them busy?  We’ve put together a collection of special red bags called Fun Day bags for you to check out for up to three weeks.  Each collection has about 5 books, a DVD, and a fun music CD around a certain theme (trucks, princesses, farms, dogs, dance, etc.).  Themes will be rotated.  (Please check these bags out at the circulation desk rather than self-check so we can change the due dates on the DVD.)  If you let us know you like the Fun Day bags we might offer customized bags in the future where you can request a certain theme ahead of time. 

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kids reading1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The library has a new program called 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten.  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 over again counts!  So does Storytime!  Books Grandpa reads with them count too, as does the babysitter's sessions.

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.   At the end, your child will get their photo tkaen for the newspaper and website, a certificate of accomplishment, and a free book!   The best prize is a better life for your child!   Info: 715-684-3813.

 

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Storytime:      

Strengthen your child’s early literacy skills, and just have fun!

(Note: If BW schools are cancelled due to weather, there will be no Storytime.  If school is delayed two hours on a Tuesday, there will still be the Toddler class at 10:30 and the evening class at 6:30pm.  All ages are welcome at one of those other classes instead.)

 

School-year Storytime at Baldwin Library:  (ended May 4th, will resume in the fall)    

We love to have kids spending time at our library!  We hold Storytime sessions for children aged Pre-school,  Toddlers, and Lap-sit.   Registration is not required, just come as you like!   There is never any obligation for regular attendance, come on the days you can.

Classes are at different times depending on the child’s age.   The pre-school classes are for children ages 3-5, involving stories, songs, crafts, plays, etc. for about 45 minutes (with no parent in the room). The sessions are offered at 9:30 am or 6:30pm on Tuesdays. Younger children can attend the Lap-sit program at 9:45am (for up to age 24 months, with adult attending) or the Toddler program at 10:30am (for 2- to 3-year-olds, with adult attending). Please note: Though the library does not officially open on Tuesdays until 10:00am, the door will open at 9:30 to accommodate Storytime families.

 

The Lap-sit program lasts for about 20 minutes, and is designed to introduce infants to the wonders of books and the library. A very simple story with lots of actions will be read, and children will be invited to participate if they are able in simple songs and finger plays. Children too young to participate will enjoy sitting on the parent's lap and watching and hearing the festivities. It's never too soon to expose kids to books, as considerable research shows the benefits later in their school and working years.

 

The Toddler program will last about 30 minutes and involves a couple of stories, sing-along songs, puppets, and other activities designed to create a love of reading and the growth of creativity. One adult is required to be in the room and is encouraged to participate with the child as you see fit.

Parents of 2-year-olds can choose either the Lap-sit or Toddler session, depending on their child's readiness.  Parents of 3-year-olds can choose either Toddler or Pre-school depending on their child’s comfort level, whether they would be better with older or younger children, and whether they would like the parent in the room or not.

Accommodations can be made to bring younger or older children along to a particular session if a family has multiple children participating.

 For questions, call  Bonnie or Rebecca at 684-3813. We hope to see you here!