Blog: Children’s Program

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

Movie Night in the Park at Rivers Edge: Fri., Oct. 8th: 7:00pm

The Malden Public Library and Preotle, Lane & Associates present “Movie Night in the Park at River’s Edge” on Friday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m.

The movie will be on The Park at River’s Edge Great Lawn adjacent to 200 River’s Edge Drive in Medford. The Great Lawn section of the park will be transformed into an outdoor movie theatre where residents and visitors of all ages are welcome to gather and enjoy a free movie night featuring “Hotel Transylvania.”

The movie tells the story of Count Dracula, he’s the owner of the hotel called Hotel Transylvania where the world’s monsters can take a rest from humans. Dracula invites some of the most famous monsters to celebrate the 118th birthday of his beloved daughter Mavis. When the “human free hotel” is unexpectedly visited by an ordinary 21-year-old traveler named Jonathan, Dracula must do everything in his power to prevent Mavis from falling in love with him before the hotel’s guests learn a human is in the castle. The film is rated PG.

Attendees should bring their own blankets or chairs for use, drinks and snacks will be served.

The event is sponsored by the Malden Public Library and Preotle & Lane Associates. For more information, call the Library at 781-321-0218 or PL Management 781-391-8900.

Mexican Mirror Craft for Kids – for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Panda has designed a creative activity in honor of National Hispanic Heritage month. This special craft lets kids make a Mexican Mirror. Take-and-make kits are available now–upon request–at our Info Desk while supplies last.
This Mexican Mirror is a form of folk art known as Hojalata which is a type of ornate tin art that is celebrated for its color and craftsmanship. These tin folk art mirrors are made by crafts people in Mexico and use colorful segments and embossed tin pieces to create beautiful and functional works of art. Designs often vary by region. And this style of artwork dates back as far as the 1500s.
This craft is to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. From the 15th of September to the 15th of October we use this time to recognize the creative, intellectual, and historical contributions by Hispanic Americans. And to learn about and embrace the Hispanic Americans in our community.

New StoryWalk® – Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Our new StoryWalk® features the beautiful picture book Dreamers by Yuyi Morales, winner of the Winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award. You are invited to walk around the library building and enjoy this inspiring story on the following dates (weather permitting, of course–precipitation and winds of 13+ mph can be a challenge):
Thursday, September 16:  11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 18:  10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, September 20:  10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 21:  10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 30: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 2:  10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
And many more rain-free days 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.
Our recent StoryWalk® programs are supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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 https://maldenpubliclibrary.org/elibrary/page/4/

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

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Updated: World Book offers free online classes and support for families learning at home!

Update 4/6/2020: It is now even easier to gain World Book access without needing to sign up! Just go to: www.worldbookonline.com   Login-ID: wbsupport and Password: distancelearn.

If you are at home with kids right now and trying to continue their education or find fun educational activities to keep their minds nimble and engaged the task can seem overwhelming. Over the last few weeks the Malden Public Library has provided access to many sites that offer educational opportunities for families while they navigate this new challenge. But without having access to teacher resources, making lessons and finding tools to teach or help young students can feel like making it up as you go along. A number of previously for-pay services are now becoming accessible in response to the overwhelming need during this challenging time.

World Book has recently decided to make their online learning resources available for free during the Covid-19 outbreak, so that families can access online learning and eresources. Sign up is simple with the above username and password. Just click on the main link: www.worldbookonline.com  to sign in. 

But before you sign in take a look at the resources for parents, caregivers, and teachers on the main page. https://www.worldbookonline.com/training/distance-learning/distance-learning.htm There are great suggestions for how to help young students. Caregivers can access suggestions for lessons, resources for people new to online learning, and tools for teaching young learners all from the World Book home page.

Once signed in the site will direct users to a menu with options for subject based learning, activities, ebooks, educational games, encyclopedias and more.

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

 

 

Mango’s Little Pim: Language Lessons for Kids

Mango’s Little Pim is a fun, interactive language system for young learners! Little Pim includes animated videos and other tools to make learning a language simpler for kids. Mango Languages’ PhD-created and linguist-approved software teaches real conversations in more than 60 languages. This site offers training in the following languages:

Arabic

Chinese

English

French

German

Hebrew

Italian

Japanese

Russian

Spanish