Download Free Music through your Library! "Free music with Freegal" class on Monday, March 10, at 6:30pm - 7:15. Our visiting Tech advisor Barb Krueger willl introduce our new MORE sytem product, Freegal, and show you how to download songs onto a device or computer, answering questions along the way.
Freegal is a free, legal music downloading service paid for by your library. It offers access to about 7 million songs, including the legendary Sony Music catalog. No software is needed to download the music, just your library card. Each patron can download three songs per week. The link can be found on the MORE system homepage (www.more.lib.wi.us)
“Journey for Freedom: Defection from Communist Czechoslovakia” at Library - Saturday, March 15 at 1:00pm
The 1980’s Cold War comes vividly to life in this personal tale of a journey to freedom in America.
Join us at the Baldwin Library on Saturday, March 15th at 1:00pm for a free presentation by author and professional speaker Peter Vodenka. He will describe his heroic escape from Communist Czechoslovakia with his wife, 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son in the middle of a cold, dark, rainy night while being chased by border guards with machine guns, spotlights, and dogs.
From a dream under the Iron Curtain-to living free in America, from minimum wage on a North Dakota pig farm to owning a construction business, this is the ultimate version of the American dream. Peter pulls his audience directly into the story as he describes the events of careful planning for his defection, the chase and migration challenges, and the beauty of life in America today. You will understand how we too often take our freedoms for granted, and why Peter risked his family’s lives and gave up everything he had for the opportunity to come here.
The presentation is free to the public. Mr. Vodenka will be available to sign his books afterward.
Warm Reads for Cold Nights -adult reading program runs Jan. 7th - Mar. 31
We had a lot of fun with this last year, so give it a try! Pick up a Tic Tac Toe game sheet and start reading. Scratch off stickers to reveal different book genres, and read a book from each in your choice of row patterns. For every row completed (three books read), you write a short review of one of the books, which will be shared with others. For your first review you will receive a free book! For each three you read after, you get another chance to win a prize at the end. We will have lists of suggested books available too. Fill up these cold nights with reading fun!
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.
If you would like an introduction to our new digital microfilm machine for searching for your family history, these sessions are for you! Our fancy new machine reads the library's collection of over 100 years of the Baldwin Bulletin newspaper on microfilm so you can find information on old events, birth and death notices, etc. and print out a copy or e-mail it. Members of the local Baldwin Area Historical Society are so exited about this great tool for sharing history that they want to teach everyone how to do it! Come anytime between 4:00 and 6:00 to get some help learning this and answering any history questions you might have. The sessions will be offered on the second Monday of each month, until we teach the whole town!
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 scanner 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
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!
Want computer time for signing up for the new health care?
Your local libraries are offering reserved space and longer time periods on the computers for people exploring health insurance options on the online Affordable Care Act marketplace
(in Wisconsin the official website is: www.healthcare.gov)
Either call to reserve a spot or just show up anytime (but allow time to apply!) Bring relevant documents with you (income, taxes, S.S.#, etc.)
Other times available by appointment: Rebecca at Baldwin (715-684-3813) or Karen at Woodville (715-698-2430)
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!