Baldwin Public Library

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

Kids' Programs

Kids Creating Events 

If you like making stuff, you'll like our new Maker Kits that we have temporarily.  Explore among several stations and see what you can create!  Some instructions are provided, or just tinker.  Work individually or with a partner or team.   Parents: This activity encourages exploration, problem-solving, and creativity while supporting skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).   Different maker Kits are provided at different events, so try them all!

 See specifics below:


Kids Creating Event - Sat. October 29, 10:30am - 12 (come and go as you like)  

At this event we have a different kit than we had previously.       3D Pens ( Best for ages 7 and up, as warm glue gun is involved).  

 - A 3D pen replaces ink to create 3D objects that you can take home!   Make a bracelet, stereoscopic model, art, home decorations, gifts, etc.   The color filament comes out of the pen warm and then hardens up off the paper!


Kids Creating Event - Sat. Nov. 12, 10:30am - 12 (come and go as you like)     Best for ages 7 or 8 and up.  

 LittleBits -  Synth:    Unleash your inner rock star!  Use keyboard, micro sequencer, synth speaker, etc. to explore electronic music.  Powerful but easy to use.

Little Bits - Gizmos/Gadgets:  Comes with electronic building blocks, detailed instructions for 12 projects, and all the accesories and tools you need to unleash the inventor within! Includes such items as mechanical arms, motors, sensors, wireless transmitters, buzzer, fan, batteries and cables, and lots more.


 LittleBits -  Premium: Play with light, sound, sensing, and buttons without wiring soldering or programming.  Instruction book has 10 possible projects, over 600,000 possible circuit combinations!

Teens Creating (Ages 12 and up)

Arduino Coding and Connecting to the Cloud   -    November 22, 2016  -   6:30p

Explore coding with the littleBits Electronics Arduino Coding Kit and learn how to turn a
      computer into an Etch-a-Sketch!

With the littleBits Electronics cloudBit Starter Kit learn how to turn any dumb thing into an
      internet-connected smart device.

 Kids Creating  (Ages 7and up)

Simple Robotics with Cubelets and Lego WeDo   -   Dec.  8, 2016   -   3:45p 
             (you can ride the #9 bus from school to library, snack provided)

Make simple robots with Cubelets robotic blocks.

Make models with working motors and sensors with the Lego WeDo kit. Then program your model to perform simple activities.


Kids Creating    (Ages 6 and up)

Simple Robotics with robots Dash & Dot and Sphero   -    December 29, 2016  -    6:00 pm

Explore the world of simple robots.   Use basic coding concepts to control Dash & Dot robots or
       roll Sphero over ramps and through mazes. 

Read off Fines / Food for Fines

To celebrate National Teen Read Week this year we are inviting teens (or anyone, really) who have fines that are keeping them from using the library to read them off!  Or, you can choose to donate food to the community food pantry to get rid of fines too.

1)  “Fines Read-off “ - come to the library before the end of October, sit in our comfortable chairs, and read something of your choosing (or we’ll make suggestions) and for every 15 minutes you read you can knock a dollar off your fines.  This is great deal! 

2)       “Food for Fines” program - bring in a can or box of non-perishable food and for each item we will take a dollar off your existing fines (late fees only, not including replacement fees for lost items).   We will donate the food items to the Community Food Pantry.   Drop off the food at the library any time we are open until the end of October. 

Our accessible building is at 400 Cedar  St.,  for questions call:  715-684-3813


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.  Themes:   Sept 13 - Leaves, Sept 20 - All Things Fall, Sept 27 - Apples, Oct. 4 - Scarecrows, Oct. 11 - Pumpkins, Oct. 18 - Harvest,  Oct. 25 - Halloween event,  Nov 1 - All Things Brown,  Nov. 8th - Pilgrims, Nov. 15 - Day of Thanks, Nov 22 - NO Storytime, Nov. 29 - Red and Green, Dec. 6 - Special Holiday Storytime with Santa (all ages at 10am or 6:30pm)

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 (except Nov. 4th when there is no school), 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!


Library Book Sale All Week Nov. 14 - 19

 Now that the weather is turning colder, it’s time to read!   All this week the Friends of the Baldwin Library will have tables and display shelves full of books for sale during the hours the library is open. There are incredible price bargains on bestselling authors and novels, useful how-to books, movies, and audiobooks.  You might even find a holiday present for the reader on your list. Come browse!  The library, at 400 Cedar St., is an accessible space.  715-684-3813


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.