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Mon,  Wed,  Fri:    9am - 6pm
Tues & Thurs:       9am - 7pm
Saturday:              9am - 1pm
Sunday: closed

Kids' Programs


We will pass them on to the schools before the Open House.  Lists for what each grade needs are in a binder at the library, or on the school website (


HENNA TATTOO ART - Wed. Aug. 15, 1:00 

Learn about or try this beautiful temporary skin art with Janey from De-vine Designz, a well-known area henna artist who appears at many festivals and programs.  Safe, natural henna is used (not black henna!) Jane will talk about henna and how to use it correctly as she works so you can watch and learn if you don't want to participate.)  See what she can do for you!  For teens, older kids, and adults.


SNAKE DISCOVERY Program - Thurs. Aug. 23, 10:30 am

Learn what makes reptiles so unique, and what kinds you can find in your own backyard.  
 If you want you'll get to touch, hold, and even feed some of the reptiles after the talk!  
 Emily is back by popular demand.   Thanks to the Friends of the Baldwin Library for bringing the program!


Coding Camp- Tuesdays from 6-7pm (NOT Aug. 7th, LAST ONE is Aug. 14th)

Learn about coding and have fun trying different games with robots, cars, electric circuits, etc.   We'll offer kits and instructors at 6:00 on Tuesdays and you use your creativity to explore.  In the next years the world will need lots of coders to make tons of cool things work!    Camp starts June 12 and happens every Tuesday in June and July (except July 3).   We'll also meet on Aug. 14th (but NOT the 7th).  Come whenever you want, you are not obligated to come every time.  Free!


Create with K'nex -  Every Thursday this summer, anytime between 4:40 - 5:30

Baldwin Library has a new set of K'nex, which we will put out for free play June 7th.  Come anytime between 4:30 and 5:30.  We'll have pictures of suggested creations or just do your own.   If your kids like Legos, they'll love to do even more building engineering with K'nex!   Lots of small pieces, not for very young children.



We miss our pre-school friends during the summer off of Storytimes, so we've scheduled a couple Storytimes in the evenings.  Wear Pjs if you want, join us for some quieting down stories before bed.

Baldwin Library is now Fine-Free !!

With a goal of increasing access to our services and not blocking any members of the community from the library, Baldwin Library items checked out from now on will NOT incur late fees if returned after the due date.  We hope any folks who haven't been in the library for a while will join us again!   

The fine print:  All items still need to be returned, though!    We will quickly charge replacement fees for long-overdue items.   Some other libraries will still charge fines for their items.   Older fines might still be on your account. 


MUSIC and MOVEMENT - Fridays at 10:00am   (on break for the summer)

We will have a special Preschool Music and Movement session on Fridays at 10:00am September through May.  Kids will try different easy musical instruments, march and dance around the room, and do fun exercises and games.  Let your kids come jump around here to get their boundless energy and winter cabin fever energy out!   Accompanying adults can relax with a magazine in our comfy lounge area by the windows, or work a puzzle.  Or plug in your laptop to our Wifi network and catch up!   Or if you want a good book, we have a few...  


  The Baldwin Library’s school-year Storytime is on break for the summer.  We'll resume in the fall.

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

  Held Tuesdays from September through May, with a break over the winter holidays.  The Lap-sit Class is at 9:45 am, and the Pre-school Class at 9:30am.  Registration is not required, just come when you can.   NOTE:  IF the schools are cancelled due to bad weather, Storytime will be cancelled.  If school is just delayed, we will try to hold Storytime. If you are not sure you can check the website or facebook or call us before you venture out.

           We love to have kids spending time at our library!  We hold Storytime sessions for ages birth through age 5 or until they start attending school.  Research shows how important the first few years are in building children’s reading readiness, affecting their future success in school, work, and life.

       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 (without parents in the room). These years are so crucial for early literacy development, and children at this age do it best through play, hearing stories, talking about the stories, and acting out themes related to the stories. Our Storytime leader will warmly welcome your child and help them feel comfortable participating.  She uses timely topics and the interests of the children themselves to design a fun learning experience.  The sessions are offered at 9:30 am on Tuesdays.  
       Younger children can attend the Lap-sit Class at 9:45am (for up through age 2 years, with adult attending).  The Lap-sit program lasts for about 20 minutes, and is designed to introduce infants and toddlers 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 join 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 reading!  Nancy Phernetton is great working with this age group.
       The library, at 400 Cedar St. in the municipal building, is an accessible building.  Call 684-3813 for more info.  We hope to see you here!


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 coloring or making your own bookmark.   We also have puzzles, magnet tiles for building, meditative coloring, a puppet theater in our children's playroom, blocks, a toy kitchen and work bench, and logic and skill games.  Come hang out!


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. 


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The library has a 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 taken 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.