Blog: Children’s Program

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

We are out of Eclipse Glasses

Our programs are full! We have completely maxed out our supply of eclipse glasses. But if you still want to view the eclipse with us we will be live streaming it through NASA on a big screen in the library. You can also join us on the lawn and bring your own viewing device such as a pin hole viewer. You can learn how to make one here: Pin Hole Camera 

We at the library hope that you have a happy and safe eclipse! And thank you for being so excited about science and our planet. It is wonderful that an event like this can bring so many people together!

Celebrate the Eclipse at the Library

On April 8th, 2024 a total solar eclipse will be making it’s way across North America.  The library will be streaming the entire event starting at 1pm thru the eyes of NASA.

Join us on the lawn to view the solar eclipse. Starting at 2pm we will hand out eclipse glasses to all registrants so they may view this once in a lifetime event with us at the library.

Glasses will not be available before the event and will not be available to anyone viewing the eclipse elsewhere.

Registration is required: Celebrate the Eclipse

 

April Programs for Children

Happy Spring! We have a number of great ongoing programs this month including storytimes, chess, and book clubs. Check out our calendar to see when these fun activities meet.

In addition to our usual fare, we have a number of other fun events for kids just in time for Spring break! So check out this list and then plan your trip to the library on days when we have some extra fun to offer.

  • Solar Eclipse viewing: April 8th 2-4 pm

    Both our events for this program are full, but you can join us in the library to watch the full NASA live stream on a big TV.

  • Rockabye Beats with Shon Gordon: Tuesday, April 16th at 10 am

    Hey folks, our performer had to postpone so while we have cancelled this Tuesday April 16th Rockaby Beats performance we will reschedule. Keep an eye out!
    Rockabye Beats is more than just an entertaining music program—it’s a place where friends are made and families grow closer by creating music together! Shon grew up with music at a very early age. His parents are both musicians…it was unavoidable! With Rockabye Beats, Shon’s goal is to make kids music as entertaining for the adults as it is for the kids, while at the same time, subliminally teaching basic Spanish vocabulary. This program, presented in coordination with the North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network, is supported by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Lego Designers Club: Tuesday, April 16th 2-4 pm

    Are you a kid who loves to build, create, explore? Do you love legos or building blocks? Then come to our Spring vacation Lego Building Club and create new and interesting designs. Test out shapes, patterns, and colors. Or build your favorite monster, car, or sky scraper. The only limit here is your imagination. This is a two hour program that allows kids age 5-10 time to explore their creativity and spacial reasoning. Because bricks are small and younger kids might get frustrated or lose something up their nose,  we suggest this program is for kids in Kindergarten and above.  Projects will be displayed in the glass art case on the first floor once they are completed.

  • Through Me to You Puppetry: Wednesday, April 17th at 10:30 am

    This magically interactive program features 30 minutes of engaging stories and songs performed by the puppets, followed by 30 minutes of puppet free play. This event was possible through the generous help of the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

  • Musical Storytime: Thursday, April 18th at 10:30 am

    Join New England Conservatory student and viola-player, Yen-Chun Lin, as she tells stories set to music. Focusing on our favorite pink animal, she will be sharing her musical versions of Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems and If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff, as well as introducing young listeners to her instrument through interactive games.

 

And don’t forget about our book clubs this month and in May.

Book Bunch is meeting April 18th at 4pm. The book is: Mr. Wolf’s Class by Aaron Nels Steinke.

And the next meeting of Book Squad is Thursday May 2nd at 4pm and we are reading: Keeper of the lost cities : the graphic novel by Celina Frenn.

The Book Squad – book club for 4th & 5th graders

Beginning November 2, this book club for 4th and 5th graders will meet monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 4:00pm for about 45 minutes. The program will include an informal book discussion, some snacks, and a book-related activity when appropriate. Sign up at the Children’s Room desk or by calling the Children’s Room at 781.388.0803. Regular attendance is encouraged. Pick up the book from the Children’s Room desk before the club meeting.

December 7 selection:  How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Crowell

January 4 selection:  Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Book Bunch – book club for 2nd & 3rd graders

Beginning October 19, this book club for 2nd and 3rd graders will meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month at 4:00pm for 50 minutes. The program will include an informal book discussion, some snacks, and a book-related activity when appropriate. Sign up at the Children’s Room desk or by calling the Children’s Room at 781.388.0803. Regular attendance is encouraged. Pick up the book from the Children’s Room desk 2-3 weeks before the club meeting.

 

October 19 selection:  Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

November 16 selection:  The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

December 21 selection:  The Creature of the Pines by Adam Gidwitz

January 18 selection: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

February 15 selection:  Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli

March 21 selection:  Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski

April 18 selection:  Mr. Wolf’s Class by Aron Nels Steinke

May 16 selection:  Selection to come

Preschool Storytime – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Storytime for preschoolers (age 3 and older) will be offered weekly on a drop-in basis on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning September 21. Each hour-long program will feature several picture books, songs and rhymes, and a simple craft. No need to register! Just come to the Children’s Room on Thursday and arrive by 10:30 a.m.

(Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate preschool groups in the post-storytime craft activity, but groups are welcome to attend the picture book portion at the beginning of the program.)