Blog: Author: Rebecca Smith

Magic by Scott Jameson – Wednesday, August 4, 7:00pm

Don’t miss the show that audiences are calling “Superb!,” “A blast!,” and “Heartwarming fun for the whole family!”  Join us on the front lawn of the library on Wednesday, August 4 at 7:00pm to see magician and juggler Scott Jameson in an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat! (Or perhaps we should say blanket, since we will be on the front lawn and therefore suggest that families bring a blanket on which to sit on the grass.)

This show is appropriate for children aged 4-11.

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

 

Tie-Dye for Kids: Thursday, July 29 – 3 sessions

THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL – ALL SIGN-UP SPOTS ARE TAKEN – THERE IS NO WAITING LIST

Don’t miss the tie-dying fun, starting at 3:00pm on Thursday, July 29! Kids will be able to choose their own colors and tie-dye pattern to create their own personally-designed t-shirt. Sign-up is required:  call the Children’s Room at 781-324-0218 to reserve a spot! There will be three sessions to choose from:  3:00, 3:30, and 4:00pm. (The process can get messy, so be sure to wear clothes that can take the abuse.) This tie-dying activity is appropriate for kids ages 4-10 and will take place on the front lawn of the library.

This program is funded by Preotle, Lane & Associates, Ltd.

 

New StoryWalk® – Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Our new StoryWalk® for July features the imaginative picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown. You are invited to walk around the library building and enjoy this fun story on the following dates (weather permitting, of course–precipitation and winds of 13+ mph can be a challenge):
Friday, July 16:  10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday, July 19-20:  depending on thunderstorm threat, perhaps just in the morning
Thursday, July 22:  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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.

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!

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:

Education.com

 

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