Blog: Children’s Program

The category for Children’s programs that will be featured on the Children’s Collection page.

Virtual Music Hour for Kids: Saturday, January 16, 2:30pm

This special music program is being presented by the Maud Powell String Institute. Join us on Saturday, January 16, at 2:30pm for an hour of fun and educational activities, learn about the Violin Family instruments, and listen to some cool examples. Violinist Dorisiya Yosifova, a member of the Institute’s string faculty, cannot wait to play violin for you! Recommended for ages 5-10.

This event will take place virtually via Google Meet. Interested participants should email the Children’s Librarian rsmith(at) to receive the Google Meet invitation and to request a cardboard instrument which can be picked up in advance.

“The Maud Powell String Institute is a nonprofit string preparatory program for ages 4-18 which provides affordable, high-quality music education to immigrant and underserved children in Medford, Somerville, Malden and the surrounding areas. Our mission is to promote diversity by fostering a safe and collaborative environment for students to express themselves fully though music while at the same time give the highest quality training at a low cost. MPSI is committed to all our students’ success, regardless of their circumstances, and our focus is on providing each and every student with opportunities to learn and grow. We are here to make a difference!”
The Maud Powell String Institute is currently offering FREE remote lessons for a limited time and is also building a scholarship fund for students in need.


Decorative Paper Spiral – Take and Make Craft

Get ready to celebrate the New Year with this stunning black-and-gold paper spiral! Adults, teens and tweens, and older children (ages 8-9, with adult help) can learn how to make these wonderful decorations.  The “take-and-make” bag contains folded paper to make two large paper spirals. Get a glue stick and scissors, and you’re ready to create this special craft. One bag per person, while supplies last.

To reserve a bag, call the library at 781-324-0218 during regular hours and schedule a contact-less curbside pickup time.

“Take-and-Make” – A Penguin Razzamatazzy Winter Wonderland Craft

Children can celebrate the beginning of the winter snows with a “take-and-make” craft bag that includes materials and instructions to create a  Penguin Razzamatazzy Winter Wonderland! (One bag per child, while supplies last.)
To reserve a bag, call the library at 781-324-0218 during regular curbside hours and schedule a pickup time. We’re open Saturday 10-2.

“Winter Is Here” StoryWalk®

We invite you to walk around the library building and enjoy our new StoryWalk® for December on the following dates (all weather permitting, of course–precipitation, wind, and frozen ground are a challenge):
Wednesday, December 9 – 10:30am – 4:30pm
Wednesday, December 16 (maybe…) – 10:30am – 4:30pm
Friday, December 18 – 10:30am – 4:30pm
Tuesday, December 22 – 10:30am – 4:30pm
Wednesday, December 23 – 10:30am – 4:30pm
Thursday, December 31 – 10:30am – 4:30pm
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.

Winter Solstice Paper Chain – Take and Make

Children can join Panda in making a festive paper chain to celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice (December 21). The “take-and-make” bag contains enough paper strips to make a 4-foot chain. All you need to supply is a glue stick (or tape). One bag per child,  while supplies last.

To reserve a bag, call the library at 781-324-0218 during regular hours and schedule a contact-less curbside pickup time.

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 – Bears – Knights – Ice Cream – Sharks – Presidents – Babies – Ducks

Early Reader Bundles:

Fly Guy – Elephant & Piggie – 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.

Universal Class offers 500 Courses – including Parenting Skills

Good parenting skills are something we learn, not something we are born with. Universal Class offers over 500 online continuing education courses, including parenting skills such as basic parenting, behavior management, positive parenting techniques, early childhood development, and many more.  Check out Universal Class at

Harry Potter at Home

Are you wondering how to fill the hours at home with your children while still engaging them? Well we would suggest reading of course and we’re not the only ones! The Wizarding World has assembled a superstar team with J.K. Rowling, Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing, and Scholastic to bring you Harry Potter at Home, a hub that provides access to Harry Potter books and related activities. It’s as easy as 1-2-3: just add magic and subtract boredom. 

What does this all mean? Well for starters you will be able to access the first Harry Potter book through Overdrive in ebook and audiobook format until the end of April. No waitlists, just instant magical gratification! Teachers have been given an open license to read any and all seven Harry Potter books to their students online. There’s plenty more as well, from arts and crafts to articles and puzzles. You can sign up to have a newsletter delivered to your email weekly which will update you on the latest activities or you can just check the website. Registration is required but it’s FREE! With Harry Potter at Home, there’s something for everyone! 

The Malden Public Library and The Wizarding World know that reading, drawing, doing word searches, and other activities are more than just fun distractions. Reading can transport you to another world when you need a break from this one. It teaches you to think critically and empathize. It improves your language and listening skills and can lengthen short attention spans. It helps expand your imagination which is something to nurture rather than grow out of. You get these same benefits from listening to a book as you do from reading one. When parents read or listen to a book with their children they are helping to engage and prepare their children for the world while creating a shared experience that bonds them. So add a little magic to your home today and remember that with books you can go anywhere you want