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

Kids' Programs

Family Craft Night At Baldwin Public Library - next one Feb. 21

Third Thursday of Every Month -   Drop in anytime from 5-7 and work at your own pace

Some materials and ideas are provided. Come be creative!


 SNOWSHOE by MOONLIGHT - Fri. Feb. 22, anytime between 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Come out to Giezendanner School Forest and enjoy a winter evening snowshoeing the lighted trails. The event runs from 6 to 8:30; come any time during that time period. Use your own snowshoes or request them from us (; the snowshoes are provided by the Baldwin-Woodville School District. Children through adult sizes are available. Afterwards relax around the fire and enjoy some treats.   Please share this event with your friends.


Kids' Book Club: Two times, different books, attend one or both:

*Friday March 1, 3:00pm (no school at B-W) - Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman  (this book is generally recommended for ages 8 - 12 but others are welcome) 

Get together with Miss Molly to discuss Fortunately, the Milk, by Wisconsin author Neil Gaiman, a very funny, odd adventure story.

You get a free copy of the book to keep!  Come pick it up at the library anytime in February, read it, and then come to Book Club on Friday, March 1st at 3:00

(no school at B-W) to talk about what you liked about the book and enjoy snacks.  Talk with other kids who like books or just listen.

We will also have games out in the library that day so you can come early or stay after and play Jumbo Jenga, Checkers, K'nex, Magnet Tiles, Board Games, and more.

* Tuesday  March 19, 6:00pm   Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library  by Neil Gaiman   (this book is generally recommended for ages 8-14 but others are welcome) 

Get together with Miss Molly to discuss Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, a wacky, action-packed puzzle adventure by Chris Grabenstein.

"Twelve-year-old Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games—board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!"                      

***The first 8 people who stop by to pick up the book get a free copy to keep!  Come pick it up at the library anytime in February, read it, and then come to Book Club on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:00 to talk about what you liked about the book and enjoy snacks.  Talk with other kids who like books or just listen.  This is the week after Spring Break so we hope you will have more time for reading the book then. 

We will also have games out in the library that day so you can come early or stay after and play Jumbo Jenga, Checkers, K'nex, Magnet Tiles, Board Games, and more.


MUSIC and MOVEMENT - Fridays at 10:00am, Sept. -  May   

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...  


  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 now at 10:00 am, and the Pre-school Class also at 10:00am now.  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 locations 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 Molly 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 10:00 am on Tuesdays.  
       Younger children can attend the Lap-sit Class at 10:00am (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!  
       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!

Themes for spring 2019:

1/8 - snowmen 3/12 - no storytime for spring break

1/15 - birds 3/19 - dinosaurs

1/22 - farms 3/26 - colors

1/29 - music 4/2 - big and bad

2/5 - being brave 4/9 - nature

2/12 - Valentines day 4/16 - Easter

2/19 - ABC, 123 4/23 - Earth day

2/26 - winter 4/30 - insects and spiders

3/5 - bears 5/7 - outer space


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.  National research shows that children were paying the price for adults not returning items on time and were being blocked from using the library just when they need it most.  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 charge replacement fees for long-overdue items.  Older fines might still be on your account. 


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.