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

Kids' Programs

Kids Creating Events in October

If you like making stuff, you'll like our new Maker Kits.  Explore among several stations and see what you can create!  With the MakerStudio Gear and Winches sets you can tackle engineering challenges.  Turn recycled materials into vehicles with parts like gears, tow-hook, winches, wheels, rods, hub caps, and more.  Work individually or with a partner or team.   Best for ages 7 and up.  

Other opportunities include building structures, solving logic puzzles, learning programming. With Magna-Tiles, create houses, castles, or whatever your imagination designs.  With the Gravity Maze, solve the puzzle to get your marble to the tower.  The Robot Turtles board game lets you learn programming while you play.  Younger kids might like the button maker, where you choose a picture and we make a button for your backpack or jacket with it.  Good for ages 5 and up.

Choose one or come to both events:        Monday October 10 6:30 - 7:30pm     and / or      Thursday Oct. 13th from 3:45 to 5:00pm    (after-school snack provided).
              For the Thursday after school session you can take Bus 9 from BW schools right to the library (remember a note for your teacher if you normally ride a different bus). 

 Parents: This activity encourages exploration, problem-solving, and creativity while supporting skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).


School-year Storytime is on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 13th.   New folks are welcome any time!

Storytime:      Strengthen your child’s early literacy skills, and just have fun!

(Note: If BW schools are cancelled due to weather, there will be no Storytime.  If school is delayed two hours on a Tuesday, all ages are welcome at the evening class at 6:30pm.)  

School-year Storytime at Baldwin Library:  (from September through May)    

We love to have kids spending time at our library!  We hold Storytime sessions for children from birth through age 5 or until they start attending school.   Registration is not required, just come as you like!   There is never any obligation for regular attendance, come on the days you can. 

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 (with no parent in the room). The sessions are offered at 9:30 am or 6:30pm on Tuesdays. (Please note: Though the library does not officially open on Tuesdays until 10:00am, the door will open at 9:30 to accommodate Storytime families).   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, Erica Wahlquist, is an experienced pre-school leader, who 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. 

Younger children can attend the Lap-sit program at 9:45am (for up to age 2 years, with adult attending).   The Lap-sit program lasts for about 20 minutes, and is designed to introduce infants 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 participate if they are able 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 books, as considerable research shows the benefits later in their school and working years.  Nancy Phernetton is great working with this age group.  

 For questions, call  Bonnie or Rebecca at 684-3813. We hope to see you here!



Returning this year and expanding we will have a special Preschool Music and Movement session with Miss Erica on some Fridays at 10:00am.  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 along with the boundless energy of Miss Erica!  

Accompanying adults can relax with a magazine in our comfy lounge area by the windows.  Or plug in your laptop to our Wifi network and catch up!   Or if you want a good book, we have a few...

We will run a 7-week session from October 7 through Nov. 18th (the week before Thanksgiving), and then resume some activities in January if there is interest.   We might add some Arts and Crafts, Mother Goose, or other themed sessions too!


HOMESCHOOLERS GAMES GATHERING - NOTE:  In summer months meet at Mill Pond Park, or rain location is library

 All are welcome to this fun socialization opportunity for home-schooled kids.  We will have some board games here, puppets, learning toys, etc. and feel free to bring your favorites from homealong with your family.  We will have some games available here too.   It should be great fun!

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 teh summer months we'll meet in a nearby park.


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.  Activities are usually rotated after a few weeks, so come check them out!     


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. 


kids reading1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The library has a new 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 tkaen 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.