Baldwin Public Library

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Hours

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

Kids' Programs


National Library Week – Kids get Culver’s coupons in exchange for coloring
Celebrate libraries and reading during the week of April 13 – 18 by coloring a picture of a favorite character or scene from a book on the sheets we have to hand out.  Turn it back in and get a coupon for a free frozen custard at Culver’s! We appreciate Culver’s support of libraries connecting kids and books. 

Food for Fines
Also for National Library Week we recognize the way libraries serve their communities by building up the Community Food Shelf.  The shelf is used by a large number of families and a wide variety of people.  If you have outstanding fines at the library, this is a way you can pay them off and help other people at the same time.  Bring in cans or boxes of non-perishable, unexpired food anytime the library is open between  April 13th and 18th.  We will take $1.00 off your fines for each item.   (This only includes late fees, not replacement fees for lost or damaged items.)

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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 activites can be nejoyed 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!  

 

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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, etc.).  Themes will be rotated frequently.  (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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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.

 

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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, there will still be the Toddler class at 10:30 and the evening class at 6:30pm.  All ages are welcome at one of those other classes instead.)

 

Themes for spring 2015:                                                                                                                                                                             

March 24 - Spring           March 31 - Easter Egg Hunt and storytime (special times, see calendar)       April 7 - Baseball                April 14 - Bubbles

April 21 - Sunshine                   April 28 - Gardens                        May 5 -     Special Mother's Day event                   May 12 - Fun at the Library

 

School-year Storytime at Baldwin Library:    

We love to have kids spending time at our library!  We hold Storytime sessions for children aged Pre-school,  Toddlers, and Lap-sit.   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. Younger children can attend the Lap-sit program at 9:45am (for up to age 24 months, with adult attending) or the Toddler program at 10:30am (for 2- to 3-year-olds, with adult attending). 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.

 

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.

 

The Toddler program will last about 30 minutes and involves a couple of stories, sing-along songs, puppets, and other activities designed to create a love of reading and the growth of creativity. One adult is required to be in the room and is encouraged to participate with the child as you see fit.

Parents of 2-year-olds can choose either the Lap-sit or Toddler session, depending on their child's readiness.  Parents of 3-year-olds can choose either Toddler or Pre-school depending on their child’s comfort level, whether they would be better with older or younger children, and whether they would like the parent in the room or not.

Accommodations can be made to bring younger or older children along to a particular session if a family has multiple children participating.

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