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

Kids' Programs

Summer Reading program at the library:

Tons of research shows that you can stop the "Summer Slide of School Skills" by having your child read over the summer.  It's the time to read for fun!    To help you, we have a program with fun ways to read and track progress, and lots of fun events that emphasize creative learning too.

Start reading for fun this summer on June 15, when you can get your reading log and activity sheets here.    Each week turn in your sheet and get a prize, and do an activity on the table.  The tables will change every Monday.  See you then!

Along with tracking your reading, our exciting Summer Reading Program for 2015:  "Every Hero Has a Story" has many special events planned as well.   

Here is the schedule at this time, with more details below (watch for possible changes due to performers' schedules):

Every Week:  Do fun reading, bring your sheet in and get a prize, do an activity on the table (changes every Monday)

June 16    Tue.     10:30 am-           “Police Are Our Community Heroes”, and ice cream, kickoff

June 23    Tue.     6:30 pm               Bedtime Storytime, pre-schoolers (wear PJs if you want, about 30 mins.)

June 25    Thur.     1:30 pm –          Jim Lenz, Magic and Science Guy – “Find the Superhero in You”

June 30   Tue.       6:30 pm -           Bedtime Storytime for Preschoolers (30 mins, wear PJs if you want)

July 7        Tue.     6:30 pm -          The Tarantula “Spider-Man”

July 9        Thur.     1:30 pm -          “Sword in the Stone” play about Merlin’s magical powers, fabled King Arthur, and a young man finding his strength

July 13     Mon.    10:30 am -           Some ambulance and firefighter friends will visit to show us how they save the day!   We will get to look at their trucks, and more.

July 14     Tue.       6:30 pm             Bedtime Storytime, pre-schoolers (30 mins, wear PJs if you want)

July 21     Tue.     10:00 am -          Storytime:  Children of the World, for Pre-schoolers (about 30 mins).       

July 22     Wed.      1:00 pm -          “Monarch Butterfly Heroes” (see their amazing powers, learn how you can be a hero and save them)

July 28     Tue.       6:00 pm              Hot Young Adult book/movie discussion on Paper Towns (by author of Fault in our Stars) movie out 7/24

July 28     Tue.       6:30 pm -           Bedtime Storytime for pre-schoolers (30 mins., wear PJs if you want)

July 29    Wed.     10:30 am -          Superhero Crafts and Games! (Different stations of fun activities on being a superhero!)

Aug. 4     Tue.        5:00 pm-           Closing Picnic, Pete the Cat will visit!   Dress as a superhero if you want, get final prizes, ride horse and take picture! 

Aug. 13   Thur.      6:30 pm -           American Idol Singing Pop Star night for older youth (we have Playstation 2 console and video games, mikes, etc.)


June 16, 10:30am - Police are our Heroes

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    Special event as part of our Summer Reading Program 2015:  "Every Hero has a Story" -

Kick off thinking about heroes by recognizing those in our own area!  Baldwin Police Officers will show their awesome car, let you hold their badges, hat, etc. and talk about how police officers can help us.

We will have a yummy ice cream treat too!  Get your first reading activity sheet and hear about the fun we have planned for this summer!


Tues. June 23, 6:30 pm - Bedtime Storytime

Little ones are welcome at this special summer Storytime by Miss Erica.   Come hear cozy stories, wear 'jamas if you want.


June 25, 1:30pm - Jim Lenz

Library Guest Performer will do Magic and Science  


This special event called “Find the Superhero in You!” on Thurs. June 25th at 1:30 pm brings back popular Jim Lenz, the “Magic and Science Guy” of Green Bay.  Last year Jim helped us make rockets and even floated a boy in mid air!  

Jim loves to show the magical powers of science and he’ll have kids participating in awesome activities to show their own superpowers.  
He’ll tell how knowing basic science concepts helped him save the life of a man who had fallen through ice, getting Jim a Heroism Award.   
At the end, he will even lie on a bed of sharp nails! 

This guest appearance is part of our Summer Reading Program with the theme: Every Hero Has a Story.  We welcome the whole family, though if kids under 4 get restless they might prefer to play in the library children's room.  The library at 400 Cedar St. is an accessible space.   715-684-3813



             “Spider-Man” at Library next Tues. July 7th       6:30pm


      Are you into spiders?   Well, maybe if they are in a cage?   Our next special guest at the library is bringing awesome Tarantula spiders to show kids, and tell about what their superpowers are.   You can choose to hold them – or not!    There will also be books about spiders and Spider-Man, and drawing for door prizes.  Dave Mattison is the Spiderman, and he will be here on Tuesday July 7th at 6:30pm.   This guest appearance is part of our Summer Reading Program with the theme: Every Hero Has a Story.  The library at 400 Cedar St. is an accessible space.   715-684-3813


                                     “Sword in the Stone” play at library Thurs. July 9th, 1:30

      Traveling Lantern Theater Productions of Oregon is visiting us on Thursday, July 9th, at 1:30, with a well-known story brought to life.  “The Sword in the Stone” tells the tale of young Wart, who stumbles upon an unusual friend: a memorable and beloved old sorcerer named Merlin.  With Merlin's guidance, he is astonished to discover that he is the only person in the kingdom who can pull an embedded sword from its massive stone pedestal: The legendary blade, Excalibur.  Little does he know that he will grow up to become the just, ethical, and legendary King Arthur! This event is part of our Summer Reading Program with the theme: Every Hero Has a Story.  It asks kids to think about what heroic qualities they might find in themselves.  All plays are geared for (but not limited to) children in the K-8 grade levels. Shows last about 45 minutes. 

      Traveling Lantern has been educating and entertaining children nationwide since 1985.  Their mission is to bring great stories to children, to draw them into an active theater experience, to excite their minds and to tickle their imaginations.  They encourage audience interaction.  We hope you can join us!  


July 13,  10:30am -    EMTs and Firefighters are Heroes:  

                        Local Life-Saving Heroes at the Library Monday July 13th

       As part of our Summer Reading celebration of heroes, we are having some local EMTs and firefighters visit the library on Monday, July 13 at 10:30 am.  These folks will tell us how they can help us when we need it in a medical emergency or fire situation, and in many other ways.  Kids will get to see their cool trucks, equipment, uniforms, and more!   

      This event is part of our Summer Reading Program with the theme: Every Hero Has a Story.  Previously we had a police officer visit.  We hope you can join us!  The library at 400 Cedar St. is an accessible space.   715-684-3813


July 22 - Monarch Butterflies -

As part of our Summer Reading Program, "Every Hero has a Story", hear Deb Walters, School Forest Director, show the ways monarch butterflies  are heroic and how YOU can be a hero by helping to save them!    Kids also will do some activities and get milkweed seeds to plant at home.


July 28 - Paper Towns movie/book discussion for teens, young adults

One of the latest hot books among teens and young adults to be made into a movie is Paper Towns, written by John Green, author of the recent hit The Fault in Our Stars.   The Paper Towns movie is coming to theaters July 24th.     

Beginning in early July we will have copies of the book here for anyone to check out; read it and see what the movie is based on and how they did adapting it.    On Tues. July 28 we will have a free-flowing discussion of the book and movie (if you've had a chance to see it, or want to), with snacks.   Everyone in attendance can enter their name for a drawing of 2 tickets to see the movie!


July 29 -    Superhero Fun!

There will be stations of various activities, crafts, and games around the theme of superheroes, such as Make Your Own Cape, etc.    Creative fun for your superheroes of all ages!


Aug. 4 -  Picnic

Our closing event for Summer Reading is a picnic (we provide the food).    Dress as any superhero you like (or we'll help with a cape if you don't have one) and enjoy the picnic, get prizes for all those who have been reading, and take a picture sitting or riding on a real horse with a real cowboy!  

Also, Pete the Cat will make an appearance!!

 5:00, outside on our lawn if weather is permitting, or inside the Village Meeting room if heavy rain.  Bring blanket or chairs if you'd like.


Aug. 13 -     American Idol Singing Pop Star Night

Older kids and teens, we have a Playstation 2 console and video games, mikes, all you need to show your inner rock star!   Bring friends and have a competition!  Snacks provided.

For more info, call 715-684-3813



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.



Storytime:      (Storytime has ended for the school year.  It will resume in September.  Please join us for Summer Reading program soon!)

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.)


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!