300 W. Merrill St. Birmingham, MI 48009 | (248) 647-1700

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday
9:30am – 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday
9:30am -5:30pm

Sunday
12:00pm – 5:00pm

BALDWIN PUBLIC LIBRARY ANTIRACISM STATEMENT

June 15, 2020

Earlier this month, in a note to staff, the Baldwin Public Library Board of Directors condemned institutional racism and expressed its desire that Baldwin become a more effective antiracist organization. It invited staff to raise concerns and make suggestions for proactively improving BPL’s internal and external policies, practices, and behaviors. Also last week, the City of Birmingham, with which BPL is affiliated, issued a Proclamation on Social Injustice, which the Baldwin Public Library wholeheartedly endorses.

This week, we wish to state publicly that we stand alongside our peers, the American Library Association and Michigan Library Association, in condemning all violence and racism towards Black people, Indigenous people, and all people of color.

In company with other libraries all over the country, we will continue to share books and other resources with you and with each other that deepen our shared understanding of Black history, institutional racism, and systemic racial violence and inequality. Black lives matter.

Because racism is so pervasive in our society, we and our institutions are inherently implicated. Therefore, we must work actively to dismantle its roots. Thus, to further our educational mission, the Baldwin Public Library is actively examining its internal and external policies and practices through an antiracism lens. We are also committed to curating additional programming and partnerships to support antiracism work in our community. In the coming weeks and months, the Library will develop plans and benchmarks to ensure that our commitment to this cause truly does bear fruit.

We stand with the many library workers, patrons, and community members who are fighting for justice and equality. And we set forth a long-term commitment to becoming a more effective antiracist institution.

In solidarity,

Ashley Aidenbaum, President | Frank Pisano, Vice President | Melissa Mark, Secretary | Jim Suhay | Bob Tera | Jennifer Wheeler

Baldwin Public Library Board of Directors

Books in the Media – August

Books in the Media – August

Here is a sample of some of the books prominently featured in the media this week. August 4: NPR: I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories by Laura van den Berg Tap for the review Must I Go by Yiyun Li Tap for the review The NYT: In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based...

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Books in the Media – July

Books in the Media – July

Here is a sample of some of the books prominently featured in the media this week. July 24: Digital Spy: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett Tap for the interview NPR: Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson  Tap for the review  The Loneliness of the...

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August 4, 2020 Bloomfield Hills Library Millage Election

August 4, 2020 Bloomfield Hills Library Millage Election

Fact Sheet on the proposed renewal of the contract between the Baldwin Library and the City of Bloomfield Hills What is the Baldwin Public Library?The Baldwin Public Library is the municipal library of Birmingham. Does Baldwin serve only the residents, property...

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Books in the Media – June

Books in the Media – June

Here is a sample of some of the books prominently featured in the media this week. June 23 Entertainment Weekly: Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh Tap for the review The Lightness by Emily Temple Tap for the review NYT: What's Left of Me Is Yours by Stephanie...

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Reopening Plans

Return to Library Home Page  Baldwin Public Library Reopens July 6 for Grab & Go Service (BIRMINGHAM - June 30, 2020) The Baldwin Public Library will reopen to the public on Monday, July 6 for Grab & Go service. This reopening to the public moves the Library...

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Librarian Letters

Librarian Letters

Would you or your child like to receive a letter from a Baldwin Librarian? We would love to write you one! Fill out this form and a librarian will joyfully write you or your child a letter.    

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Baldwin Library Idea Lab

 

Explore. Tinker. And learn! The Idea Lab is our newest space where big ideas come to life and where people of all ages and tech levels are welcome. Drop in or sign up for a skill- or project-based class or make an appointment today to learn how to use our 3D printer or laser engraver. We also have a variety of tools available, including an embroidery machine, soldering equipment, design software, and more.

 

Free Parking in Chester Street Deck through September 1

Metered street parking around Library

Free Parking on Sundays

 

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300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday
9:30 am - 9:00 pm

Friday & Saturday
9:30 am - 5:30pm

Sunday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Library Closed

September 5-7, 2020 - Labor Day Weekend 

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Baldwin is now open to the public

 

 

Baldwin is open to the public for Grab & Go service. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the Library. We ask that you limit your visit to 45 minutes or less.

Curbside Pickup is available 7 days a week.

The Youth Room is currently closed and will reopen to the public in mid-July. Items from the temporary Kids Corner have been moved into the Youth Room. If you'd like any materials from the Youth Room, our librarians will be happy to asist you and retrieve items for you.

View more details about Baldwin's phased reopening plan.

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