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

For Youth

The Baldwin Public Library’s Youth Department is a great place to spend an afternoon. We have a diverse variety of programs and events to satisfy our visitors, from young families to upper elementary-age children.

Feel free to call us at 248-554- 4670 or email us anytime OR stop by the Youth Desk during the Library’s open hours. Please visit our events page to register for our many programs. We look forward to talking with you! Read on to browse our offerings and stop by next time you’re in downtown Birmingham.

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300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009


Monday to Thursday 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

See what’s new in our youth department, including upcoming events, programs and more.

Story Times
Reading to your child is a great way to grow a lifelong reader. And it’s easy to start them early with engaging story times led by our enthusiastic librarians. We have programs for young
listeners and their parents from birth through age 5.

Youth Homework Help
The Library is loaded with excellent homework options for youth. From our online database resources and live online tutoring to our friendly librarians, we’re here to help your children with their homework.

1000 Books before Kindergarten

We are excited to offer this free program that encourages reading and helps prepare your child for kindergarten. A big thank you to the Bob and Jean Kelly Endowment for making this early literacy initiative possible. The goal is to share 1,000 books together before your child starts kindergarten. Click here for more information.

Youth eNewsletter
Want to stay in-the-know on upcoming youth programs? Sign up for our monthly newsletter here.

Purchase Suggestion

Are there titles you’d like to see at Baldwin? Make a recommendation! Residents of Birmingham, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms or Bloomfield Hills are invited to share suggestions on great titles we may be missing from our collection. To be considered, please include your Library barcode or mailing address, as well as supporting details about your suggestion (book, CD, DVD, etc.). If your item is added, we’ll be sure to contact you. Let us know here

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is an exciting reading enrichment program the Library sponsors through the Birmingham School District. Fourth- and fifth-grade students from all Birmingham elementary schools are invited to participate in a challenging yet fun book battle that encourages reading and a deep understanding of books of varying genres. After reading a select number of titles, students are invited to battle against other teams and answer detailed questions on all the books covered. Battle kickoff is November 3 and the event will be held on February 10.

In this “mock” Birmingham Newbery program for students in the Birmingham School District, sixth through eighth graders read 10 chosen books. Five students from each school are then chosen to meet at the library and discuss all the selections and vote on which book is deserving of the Birbery award. The 2018 Birbery goes to Refugee by Alan Gratz. Three honor books were chosen this year: Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson, See you in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, and The Ethan I was Before by Ali Standish.

ALA’s Great Websites for Kids

The American Library Association reviews and recommends websites for kids on many topics of interest: animals, the arts, history & biography, literature & languages, mathematics & computers, and sciences & social sciences.

2018 Preschool Directory

This directory contains a comprehensive list of local preschool programs, including contact information.

April’s Feature: Mermaids



Library Hours

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

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

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Baldwin Public Library

300 W. Merrill St.

Birmingham, MI 48009


Check Out Our Digital Services


Baldwin has thousands of titles that you can watch, read, and listen to on your computer or mobile device - all without having to set foot in the library.

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300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday

9:30 am - 9:00 pm

Friday and Saturday

9:30 am - 5:30 pm


12:00 pm - 5:00pm

Library Closed

May 26-28 - Memorial Day Weekend

July 4 - Independence Day

September 1-3 - Labor Day Weekend


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