Baldwin Public Library

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

General Programs

 Quilt Program -  Sat. April 14, 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".    She will bring examples of different eras to show.

    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.      In addition to presentations and classes, Bev runs Bev's Quilt Appraisal in North Branch, MN.  



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. 


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...  :-)


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 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!