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

For Youth

Welcome to the Youth Room!

To request materials without coming into the Library, fill out our Curbside Pickup form, use your Baldwin Library card to put items on hold through our online catalog, or contact the Youth Reference Desk via phone (248-554-4670) or email (youth.reference@baldwinlib.org).

Check out our wide selection of virtual programs including book clubs, take home kits, story times, and more!

Want to stay in-the-know on upcoming youth programs?  Sign up to receive our newsletter.

Are there titles you’d like to see at Baldwin? Make a recommendation! 

For Battle of the Books information, head to our Battle page.

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300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours

Monday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Holiday Closures

Sunday, April 17 - All Day: Easter

Upcoming Programs

Check out our calendar to register for story times and book clubs for January

Winter Reading Challenge Now – Through January 31 stop by the Youth Desk to pick up a bookmark, start reading, and earn a button!

January 22 Music & Movement Family Story Time Registration Required

January 26 Little Explorers (first come first serve)


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Encourage reading and help prepare your child for kindergarten.  Register now.

Earn prizes for every 250 books you read with your child before they enter Kindergarten! Sponsored by the Bob and Jean Kelly Endowment.

Reading Challenges

Read Native: Download the game card and visit the American Indian Library Association for details. Reading suggestions for the game card will be updated periodically.

Create an account or login to Beanstack to see our revolving reading challenges!

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. Checkout our programs for young listeners and their grownups from birth through age 5.

Book Bundles

For babies through 6th grade. Don’t know what you want to read? Want some surprises? Do you miss browsing our shelves? Fill out this Book Bundle form and a Youth Services Librarian will pull a bundle of surprise books for checkout.

Book Clubs

Reading becomes an even richer experience when it’s a shared one. Our book clubs are a great way to get readers of every age more comfortable discussing key themes in books.

Browse our various book clubs here.

Homework Help

Use these educational and fun databases to keep your kids learning and entertained! From our online database resources and live online tutoring to our friendly librarians, we’re here to help your children with their homework.

Books Unboxed

For Grades 4 to 12.

Join our new, free subscription book service and receive a surprise library book tailored to your preference on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Sign ups received after the third Tuesday of the month will be fulfilled the following month. Fill out this form to subscribe now.

Storybook Trail

Visit Beverly Park and walk the 0.4 miles trail and read an entire book that is posted on permanent posts throughout the park. Experience a new story every month April to December.

The current book is Little Penguin Stays Awake by Tadgh Bentley.

Kids Library Society

For Grades 3 to 6
Do you want to be more involved with the Library? Would you like to help us shape our upcoming programs? Register now for the next meeting.

Book Scavengers

We’ve hidden pictures in the Youth Room! How many can you find?

A new scavenger hunt will be added at the beginning of each month and will be available all month long. Visit the Youth Room to practice your sleuthing skills.

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.

Battle of the Books

Fourth and fifth grade students enrolled in the Birmingham Public School District are invited to participate in this challenging and fun book battle that encourages students to read and explore books of varying genres. Click here for the official Battle website.


A mock Newbery program for 6th to 8th graders in Birmingham Public Schools. Click on the following links for more information.

A list of last year’s titles can be found here. Birbery 2022 titles will be released in January 2022.

Save on Tickets to Local Attractions

MAP (Michigan Activity Pass) allows you to use your Library card to print passes for free or reduced admission to popular Michigan institutions. Click here to check out your pass today!

TLN (The Library Network) members save on tickets, dining and more at the Detroit Zoo! Click here for details and to purchase and print your discounted tickets.


Free Two-Hour Parking in Chester Street Deck

Metered street parking around Library

Free Parking on Sundays



300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Closures:

Sunday, April 17 - All Day: Easter

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