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

General Programs

The Roots of Permaculture: Making Ecological Gardens - Monday, Oct. 15, 7:00 pm

What exactly is this permaculture we hear so much about? Is it different from organic gardening?  Learn about

creating sustainable, ecologically sound gardens at this free presentation by Chris Kerrschneider, certified permaculture designer.  


Area Libraries Offer Traveling Book Club - Feed Your Face While You Feed Your Mind

 Book clubs are great ways to discuss with others how you felt about a book, what you didn’t like or what you might have learned about other lives and worlds.  They are even more fun when you can have snacks and maybe a drink while you chat!  However, if you don’t look forward to cleaning the house and baking when it’s your turn for hosting, this might be the book club for you:  Six St. Croix County Libraries are starting a new Traveling Book Club that will rotate each month between different restaurants.  We think it will be fun to explore different towns and eateries while you meet new people and try new books.  Or bring your own friends and family for a fun night out!  Please register at your local library and order a copy of the book from our system.  Then on the third Thursday of the month join us to relax over food and beverage at 6:00 pm if you want, with discussion beginning at 6:30.  You are not obligated to go to every one or to buy any food.  Signing up ahead will help us plan at the restaurants, but don’t let that stop you from showing up anyway!  We’ve chosen a variety of books that all have lots of possible topics for discussion.  For questions or to register, call any of the following libraries:

Oct. 18 –    Baldwin (715-684-3813)    –    Phoenix Grill
       The Same Sky   by Amanda Eyre Ward   (a girl journeys to reunite family, adoption topic)

Nov. 15 –    Deer Park (715-269-5464)    -   Laurel Supper Club
            Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier    (classic suspense, is new wife’s home haunted?)

Jan. 17 –    Woodville  (715-698-2430)   –   Phoenix Grill in Baldwin
            Bear Town by Fredrik Backman   (hot Scandinavian author, will hockey save a small town?)

Feb. 21 –    Somerset  (715-247-5228)  –   Bass Lake Cheese Factory
            Delicious by Ruth Reichl    (the foodie scene in New York and a WWII treasure)

Mar 21 –    Hudson   (715-381-0468)  -   Postmark Grille
            Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser   (real story of the Little House books and pioneer life)

Apr 18 –    Roberts  (715-749-3849)   -   Barn Board
            Before We Were Yours  by Lisa Wingate  (based on true story of stolen children in TN)


Storytelling Walk in the Woods - Sat. Oct 20th, 6:30 pm (done by 7:30pm)

For elementary and middle school kids and families.   Hear 4 stories at different sites along a lighted trail in the School Forest.  Guides with flashlights provided.  Popcorn and cider afterward.   Some scary stories about ghosts, Hansel and Gretel, but no jumping-out creatures or gory displays.  Directions at:

Guides with flashlights provided.  Popcorn and cider afterward.   Some scary stories about ghosts, Hansel and Gretel, but no jumping-out creatures or gory displays.

 If rain or snow, event is cancelled.  Check for last-minute details on the website or facebook page or call library at 715-684-3813. 


FRIENDS OF THE BALDWIN LIBRARY - Meeting on Nov. 12, 11:00 am

 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.)   


Lap-sit Storytime Leader Wanted

We are hoping to find a warm, welcoming person to facilitate our storytime for ages birth to 24 months.  We meet on schoolyear Tuesdays from 10- 10:20 am. 
 The library staff can provide you with theme kits  of books and songs and finger plays;  you just need to lead the kiddos and their adults through them.  There is no pressure to be perfect, 

just a willingness to read a book or two out loud, and singing off-key is fine!  We think you will find it is delightful fun and very rewarding to introduce little ones to the joys of the library!  Possible sharing of the duties could be explored. 

 If you might be interested, we will happily tell you more about it!  Please talk to Rebecca, Bonnie, or Judy. 


Quilt Program - Sat. Oct 27, 10:30 am

Bev Proulx, quilt expert and popular speaker, will give a FREE program featuring many different quilts of various eras and styles.  Her topic is:   "An Eye for Color: How quilters have used color over the past 200 years".    In addition to presentations and classes, Bev runs Bev's Quilt Appraisal in North Branch, MN. 

 She will also be available for optional afternoon sessions of appraising quilt value if people are interested in making appointments with her ($45 per session).  The reasons people might want an heirloom, antique, or new quilt appraised include:   to establish a replacement value for insurance purposes before a loss due to fire or flood;  to determine a fair market value for sale of the quilt; to determine value for donation, gift, or estate purposes as required by the IRS; to provide insurance coverage while your quilt is at an exhibit or competition or being shipped; and just to learn more about the quality and history of a quilt.   Please call the library to reserve an appraisal spot at 715-684-3813 if you are interested.  The opening program is free.


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. 


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 4:30-6:00 pm 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!