Blog: Author: Rebecca Smith

Foxes in Soxes: take-and-make craft for kids

Our new take-and-make craft for kids–Foxes in Soxes–is now available! Each bag contains nearly everything needed for kids to make their own charming Fox in Socks–just provide your own scissors, glue, and pencil. The instructions even include a fun fact about foxes! To reserve a craft for curbside pickup (while supplies last), please call the library at (781) 324-0218.

Children’s Books for Black History Month

Our children’s room has many books that provide interesting reading for Black History Month and throughout the yearHere is a list of just some of the titles available, including books about individuals whose names might not be as familiar as Rosa Parks or Jackie Robinson. Some of these titles are also available in other formats, such as ebooks or audiobooks, so if we can help you find something not on the list or help you place a hold, please contact the library at 781-324-0218.

“A Squash and a Squeeze” StoryWalk®

It’s a new year, and we have a new StoryWalk®!  You are invited to walk around the library building and enjoy this fun rhyming tale on the following dates (weather permitting, of course–precipitation and wind can be a challenge):
Friday, February 26 – 10:30am – 5:30pm
Wednesday, March 3 – 10:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday, March 11 – 10:30am – 5:30pm
Friday, March 12 – 10:30am – 5:30pm
More dates to come!
StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children—and adults!—to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll along the walkway, you’re directed to the next page in the story.
StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

“Grab and Go” Craft Bags for Kids – Reserve yours now!

Kids can celebrate Autumn by getting a “grab and go” craft bag that includes all the materials needed to make a colorful leaf wreath. Our library also has Dragon craft bags, with instructions included in the bag (families need to provide their own glue, scissors, and black marker). One of each craft bag per child, while supplies last.

To reserve a bag, call the library at 781-324-0218 during regular curbside hours to schedule a pickup time (while supplies last). Remember, we’re now open an hour later on Wednesday evenings and 10-2 on Saturdays.



Join us for Virtual Preschool Story Time!

Young children (ages 3-5) are invited to join us on Zoom for story times, which feature several picture books, songs, and rhymes and last for about 30 minutes. To receive the Zoom link for each story time, please email rsmith(at) (anytime up until 15 minutes before the program is set to begin).

Story times will take place on the following days:

Tuesday, March 2, 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 16, 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 30, 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday,  April 13, 11:00 a.m

Tuesday,  April 27, 11:00 a.m.


Reserve your Book Bundle today!

The Malden Public Library is now offering Book Bundles of picture books, early readers, and board books in popular themes! 

To reserve your book bundle, call our Info Desk (781-324-0218, Monday-Friday, 10:15 am – 5:30 pm) or send an email to rsmith(at) and let us know your name, library card number, and which book bundle you’re interested in. One bundle per child, please.

When you receive notification (by email or phone) that your books are waiting on our holds shelf, call the Circulation Desk at the above number, provide your name and library card number, and schedule your pick-up time.

Current Picture Book Bundles:

Kindergarten – Friends – Shapes – Pirates – Counting – Stanley – Knights – Ice Cream – Sharks – Presidents – Babies – Ducks

Early Reader Bundles:

Poppleton – Henry and Mudge – Fancy Nancy – Cat in the Hat Learning Library

Board Book Bundles:

ABC – Trucks

Song & Rhyme Time: At-Home

For those young children and caregivers who have been missing Song & Rhyme Time programs at our library, our Children’s Librarian, Ms. Rebecca, has made several short videos to help families enjoy a bit of the program at home. We miss you and look forward to being able to offer these programs again in person at the library! Stay healthy and safe.

Song & Rhyme Time – Part 1

Song & Rhyme Time – Part 2

Song & Rhyme Time – Part 3


For those who would like a bit more variety, here are some similar kinds of at-home Mother Goose videos being offered by other libraries.

Online Learning for Kids!

There are wonderful interactive websites so that your children can practice skills and keep learning while they are home from school. We will keep adding to this page as we discover more opportunities.


Here is a variety of sites offering math activities for different grade levels:

60+ Awesome Websites for Teaching and Learning Math

Here are sites relating to reading:

11 Free Reading Websites

Free Reading Program


Check out these games to help make reading fun:


Science websites for interactive learning:

From Edheads to Wonderville

Adventures in Chemistry  Resources, activities, videos, games for elementary and high school students (free through March 31)


Are you missing storytime? Here are some videos featuring special readers of entertaining books:

Storyline Online


Don’t forget to keep the A in STEAM! Here are some ways to spark creativity:

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems