Blog: Author: Rebecca Smith

Thumbprint Craft, Saturday, September 26, 11:00 a.m.

Children ages 5 and up are invited to get a “grab and go” craft bag at the library and get creative with their fingers and thumbs at the virtual craft program this Saturday at 11 a.m. To see what inky adventures lie ahead, check out this Emberley page  and The Artful Parent.

To reserve a bag, via call the library after 10 a.m. and schedule a time for curbside pickup (while supplies last). Remember we’re now open an hour later on Wednesday evenings!

A Zoom link will be posted in the program description of the library’s online calendar, 5-10 minutes before the program begins.

Dragon “Grab and Go” Craft

Families can reserve a craft bag for curbside pickup, and kids can make their own colorful paper dragons at home. Instructions are included in the bag. Families will need to provide their own glue, scissors, and black marker. One bag per child, while supplies last. Appropriate for ages 4 and up.

Call us at 781-324-0218, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., to reserve the craft.

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:

Shapes – Grandmas – Pirates – Underwear – Counting – Dinosaurs – Pigs – Dogs – Stanley – Bears – Elephants – Monsters – Birds – Knights – Telling Time – Ice Cream – Sharks – Trucks – Presidents – Robots – Babies – Ducks

Early Reader Bundles:

Fly Guy – Elephant & Piggie – Little Bear – Poppleton – Henry and Mudge – Biscuit – Fancy Nancy – Little Critter – Cat in the Hat Learning Library

Board Book Bundles:

ABC – Trucks – Colors – Numbers – Boynton

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Suffering from cabin fever? Longing for adventure? Get yourself outdoors and explore! Nature is a soothing balm in these stressful times. This lovely body of water is the South Reservoir, located in the Middlesex Fells Reservation, just about three miles from Malden.

For a fun activity, take yourself (or your family) on a scavenger hunt! This special Nature Scavenger Hunt is based on things actually seen in the Lawrence Woods, the southwestern-most section of the Fells. Parking is available near Victory Park on Winthrop Street in Medford. A gravel-stepped trail entrance is located on the far side of the playing field. You can bring along nature guide books (available from our library!) to help identify and learn more about what you discover.

To keep your bearings, here is a map of the Middlesex Fells Reservation

And if you’d prefer a scavenger hunt closer to home, try this Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Have fun out there! (And don’t forget to bring a mask and practice social distancing. The Lawrence Woods is fairly unpopulated though.)

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



Diane Edgecomb, Award-winning Storyteller

On Thursday, July 16, at 3:00 p.m., Diane Edgecomb will tell marvelous stories about “Superheroes Around the World.” People in all countries tell folktales about superheroes with amazing powers! Celebrate our common love of story by coming to hear these exciting and engaging multicultural tales. Recommended for children, ages 4-11.

This program is supported by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.