Baldwin Public Library

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

General Programs

VOTING TUESDAY will be confusing for many. Take time this weekend to study the sample ballot so you will vote the way you intend on the 14th. It is a Party Primary, which means you can only vote within ONE party's list of candidates for various positions. Then in a couple months the parties will face off against each other. If you vote across party lines in this one your ballot will be discarded!  We have a sample ballot at the library as well as links to non-partison information. Check these 2 offical government websites for non-partisan official notices:, or      (click the red link that says Sample Ballot). 



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 (


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!  
  Back by popular demand.            Thanks to the Friends of the Baldwin Library!


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.

Adult Summer Reading Road Trip Game

Help us cover all the states on our special scratch-off map before September.  Read a book about a state (a novel set in a state, a non-fiction about a state, or the author from that state).  Get our list of suggestions, and let us know when you are done.  Each book finished gets you entered in a prize drawing too.


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 Aug.  14th.  Come whenever you want, you are not obligated to come every time.  Free!


Allison, our new convener, invites you to an informal meeting at the library on Monday, July 16, at 10:00am.  Any level of participation is appreciated.  Decide if you want occasional meetings or just to be called when an opportunity to help comes up (work a shift at the annual book sale and get first look, bring bars for a guest program, etc.)   

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.   Olderfines might still be on your account. 


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


Lucky Day DVD copies

We have a 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 Lucky 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 them moving quickly among all the people who want them. 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 an exciting program 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.


Job Searching help from WI Workforce, they come to you!

On the third Wednesday of each month between 1:00 and 3:00, 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.  You no longer need to get to a state workforce site, they are coming out to the local libraries to meet people now!    No appointment is necessary, just stop in when convenient.  If these times do not work for you, they are very happy to set up an appointment at any other time.  Please call the library at 684-3813 to get their contact information.

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!