Blog: Children’s Program

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

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


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!

Summer Reading Kickoff July 1st!!!

Readers of all ages will explore the animal kingdom this summer as the Malden Public Library presents “Tails and Tales,” a summer of reading and fun.  The summer program is open to everyone, babies through adults. In addition to reading challenges and prizes, the summer will be filled with activities for all ages from big book story times, a visit with Barn Babies, yoga on the lawn, sing-alongs and magic shows, in addition to board game nights and other activities for adults.

Summer begins with a grand kick-off on the lovely lawn of the Malden Public Library on Thursday, July 1, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Come and register for summer reading, enjoy music, crafts, and free ice cream.

Why Summer Reading?  Studies show that students who don’t read during the summer will regress and be less prepared when school starts. This is commonly referred to as the “summer slide.” To succeed in school and life, the National Summer Learning Association says we all need opportunities to learn and practice academic and social skills throughout the summer months.

Fill your summer with great books and fun learning activities. For more information, contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 or follow us on social media at, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

“Tails and Tales” is sponsored statewide by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins & the Boston Pride hockey teams, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners; with support from our local sponsors: Preotle, Lane & Associates, the Malden Cultural Council, and the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

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