Baldwin Public Library

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Hours (as of 3/1/2018)

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

Kids' Programs

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NEW HOURS - MARCH 1st

Beginning March 1st we’ll open earlier in the morning as we have heard that some people would like that.  We will need to close a little earlier on a couple nights to make up for the increased staff time.  The new hours beginning in March will be:   Monday/Wednesday/Friday:  9:00am-6:00pm,   T & Th: 9:00am – 7:00pm, and Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm.  These will be on our website and Facebook page if you forget, and we will have new brochures and signs up at the library. 

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Seize the Night Sky: Be a Stargazer -  Tues. March 27, 6:00 pm

Astronomer Jon Heasley returns after his popular eclipse talk last year to tell us how to become a stargazer, what to look for when, and will give us a sample of telescope viewing!  Spring is a nice time for stargazing because it gets dark early and there are no bugs...  :-)

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Magnus Chase Book Club       (for grades 5 +)         Meets 5:30 - 6:30 on dates below,   themed snacks and activities provided too!

Talk about this awesome series by Rick Riordan. Magnus is a homeless boy who finds out he is the son of a Norse god, and the Viking myths are true!  Now he must  choose to accept his duty and prevent doomsday, Ragnarok.

 Thurs.   Jan. 18:     The Sword of Summer
 Thus.    Feb. 22:     The Hammer of Thor
 Thurs.  Mar. 29:     
The Ship of the Dead
Meets  just once a month so you can fit reading the book into your busy schedule. Come to all or just one.  We can help you order a free copy of the book from the MORE system.

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MUSIC and MOVEMENT - Fridays at 10:00am - 

We will have a special Preschool Music and Movement session on Fridays at 10:00am during the cold months of the year.  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...  

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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.  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.

       The Baldwin Library’s school-year Storytime resumed on Tuesday Jan. 9th.  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.

       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!

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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!

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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. 

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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.