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

Kids' Programs

Registration for the Summer Reading program has begun.  Get your packet and full list of events now and join the fun!


EXPRESS YOURSELF!!- Tues. July 10, 1:00 pm

Think you can't write poetry?   You might be surprised!  From ancient times to hip-hop rapping, people have found they like to express their feelings and ideas in poems.
Kate and Robin are teachers who have had great success with these workshops before.  They'll show you what poems are and lead kids in finding their hidden poet inside. They'll prompt ideas - writing about yourself and about someone or something important to you - and by the end you will have 2 poems of your own!   You can read them to others or keep them to yourself.   The environment will be very supportive and designed for beginners.  Give it a try!    The teachers ask that the youth be in 4th grade or above.


Books and Birds in the Forest - Wed. July 11,  1:00

Baldwin Library Summer Reading has an exciting visit to the Giezenanner School Forest planned! We'll meet at the Forest (see directions below) and hear stories there from Miss Molly.  Then Debby Walters will help us use crafted binoculars to look for birds in the trees, and do more fun forest activities! (There is a bathroom and shelter there.)  Please dress appropriately for being outside.  If it's raining very hard, go to the library instead.  Head south on HWY 63 until you reach 30th Ave and turn left (east).  After crossing Cty Rd BB, the entrance to the school forest is the first driveway on the left.  2424 30th Ave.  If you’d like to go and don’t have a ride, please call Rebecca or Bonnie at 715-684-3813 x114. 


Coding Camp- Tuesdays from 6-7pm (except July 3rd)

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). 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.


Ice Cream Social and Kids' Book Swap - Tues.  June 26, between 4:00 and 6:oopm (sponsored by Friends of the Baldwin Library)

Bring your gently loved books from home you no longer need and swap for new ones! Then enjoy various flavors of ice cream floats, outside if it's nice!  A free-will offering helps the Friends of the Baldwin Library support library programs and activities.  Stay for Bedtime Storytime at 6:30 if you want.

BEDTIME STORYTIME - Tues. June 26th, 6:30 pm (also July 24, Aug. 21)
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.

"Kid Power!" guest performer - Wed. June 27, 10:30 am

Special guest performer Rachael Kroog will bring a show filled with music, comedy, juggling, puppets, live animals (including a chinchilla and bearded dragon!), and a message of Kid Power is Kind Power!  Rachael started out performing in Disneyworld and now does lively, interactive shows all over the midwest.  


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 through May 11th.  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 making your own bookmark.   We also have puzzles, magnet tiles for building, meditative coloring, a puppet theater in our children's playroom, blocks, a 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.