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  • Mon & Wed & Fri: 11am - 6pm
  • Tues & Thurs: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 1pm
  • Sunday: closed

General Programs


SECRETS OF THE CONGDON MANSION MURDERS     - March 25, 10:30 am    Co-sponsored by the Woodville Library

Baldwin Library will have author Joe Kimball, expert on the Congdon Mansion murders in Duluth in 1977, one of the most famous crime cases in our area.   With new developments in the suspects’ lives, you’ll want to get Joe’s inside knowledge and update on the events!   He will bring copies of his book “Secrets of the Congdon mansion” to sign.

Joe Kimball was a long-time reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune who covered the infamous Congdon murders in Duluth, Minn., from its very beginning.  Elisabeth Congdon, an 83-year-old heiress -- partially paralyzed and in poor health -- was smothered in her bed in the middle of the night, and her night nurse was bludgeoned to death on the mansion's grand stairway. This year is the 40th anniversary of the murders.

Police charged Miss Congdon's adopted daughter, Marjorie, with the crime, saying she'd plotted with her then-husband to commit the murder. Their alleged motive: speeding up a multi-million dollar inheritance.  The husband was convicted; Marjorie was acquitted after a lengthy trial.

When the Duluth mansion, called "Glensheen," opened in the early 1980s as a tourist attraction, they refused to discuss the murders. Kimball published the first version of the book so that visitors would have information and perspective about the crime as they toured the 39-room mansion on Lake Superior.   

But that's not the end of the story. Marjorie has been in the news -- and in prison -- in the years since the mansion murders. Bigamy charges, two arson convictions, charges of another murder, and the mysterious death of an elderly man she befriended in Arizona have kept her story alive.”      Kimball continually updates his book: "Secrets of the Congdon Mansion," whenever there are new developments.

Retired now from the newspaper, Kimball lives in White Bear Lake, Minn., with his wife Julie Kramer, a mystery novelist. They have four grown children and three grandchildren.


 Take Charge of Your Health Holistically! -  Monday, April 3,  7:00pm

 A free presentation by 2 Health and Wellness Specialists:

 Hannah Ewing -    "Resolutions vs. Real Results"
            Hannah Ewing is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach who specializes in behavior change.  She is passionate about helping others figure out how healthy eating, exercise, self-care, etc. can become their lifestyle.  Learn how to make your wellness goals happen.

 Renee North   “Physics, Biology, & Energy: A New Paradigm”
         Renee says:   Field Control Therapy (FCT) resolved my Lyme Disease.   FCT is holistic, supportive, individualized, and gentle kind of bio-energy work.   Join me for a short presentation to learn why FCT is different from other approaches to health and why it is meaningful.    Renee is a nurse who has experience in the health care industry and is now a FCT practitioner.


Friday, March 31st – Teens Take Over the Library! -  Pizza and Movie after the library is closed.  

Starting at 6:00 – free pizza,     6:30 – “Fantastic Beasts” starts showing, done about 8:40.  Bring beanbag or chair if you want, or blanket.

Registration would be nice to help us plan, but walk-ins welcome.   Call 715-684-3813.


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



 All are welcome to this fun socialization opportunity for home-schooled kids.  Bring any board games that you have, and your family.  We will have some games available here too.   It should be great fun!   During the fall and winter months we meet at the Baldwin Library on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am until about 11:00am (library is not open at this time but the door will be open for this event).   In the summer we plan to meet outside.   Ask for more information if you are interested.


Lucky Day DVD copies

We have started a new 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 a new program this year 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 Thursday of each month, 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.  If this time does not work for you, call toll-free to Aracely (emphasis on the “Cel”) at 888-258-9966 to make an appointment. You no longer need to get to a state workforce site, they are coming out to the local libraries to meet people now!

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!