Blog: Children’s Program

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

Chinese New Year craft – 2022 Year of Tiger

 

Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture, celebrated by Chinese families worldwide or by people interested. In the past or in some areas now, it lasts for fifteen days.  Now, most of countries will observe it for at least three days, starting from the New Year Eve.  Whole family will get together at the New Year Eve’s dinner.  Not only enjoy the traditional gourmet dishes but share what’s happened in the last year and its meaning to the whole family.  A lot of family traditions and history are passed on through this event and blessings are spread among everyone.  What a joyful time!

Chinese New Year is always associated with the twelve-animal zodiac cycle. 2022 will be the year of the tiger, starting on February 1st.  Tiger is known as courageous, competitive, self-confident, brave, and as the king of all beasts in Chinese mythology.  We certainly hope you will act like a tiger this year.

For kids, we put together a craft kit for them.  Please visit the Library to get yours.

NASA @ My Library: “SPACE FOOD” Grab-and-Go Craft

To all inspiring space technicians, this month’s NASA @ My Library program is available for sign-up and pickup at the Malden Public Library.

“SPACE FOOD” is a craft bag that asks you to create a food system for use on the International Space Station. Design your own invention and follow the directions in the bag to submit your creations via email or on twitter.

Call 781-324-0218 to place your name on the reservation list. Please limit one bag per household, recommended for ages 8 and up. Each bag comes with a goldfish snack, juice pouch and fruit leather.

Got Crafty Kids?

When you visit the library, don’t forget to check at the Information Desk to see if there are any “take-and-make” craft kits being offered. There’s usually some craft available that kids can take home and which will only require a few basic items like scissors and a glue stick in order to create the finished product. Questions? Call the Children’s Room direct at 781-388-0803.

New Scavenger Hunt for Kids!

The 12 paper turkeys that were hidden in plain sight around the Children’s Room have now been replaced by 12 paper gnomes. Kids can stop by the Children’s Room desk anytime to request a game sheet and participate in the scavenger hunt. Locate each gnome, write the name next to the corresponding number on the sheet, and when all 12 gnomes have been found, bring the sheet to the Children’s Room desk to claim a little prize. Patience and good observational skills will be rewarded!

New StoryWalk® – The Joyful Book by Todd Parr

Our new StoryWalk® features the colorful and exuberant picture book, The Joyful Book by Todd Parr.
You are invited to walk around the library building and enjoy this fun picture book on the dates below (weather permitting, of course–precipitation and winds of 13+ mph can be a challenge).
Tuesday, December 14:  10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 15:  1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 16: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday, December 20:  11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 21: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 22:  1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
And additional dates, as the weather allows.
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.

NASA @ My Library: Life Cycle of a Massive Star Craft!

Student learners and junior astronomers of all ages are invited to take part in the NASA @ My Library program. Our next program is a bead-craft to help learn about the Life Cycle of a Star. Each kit has a Star Cycle bookmark, beads and lace to make either a necklace or a couple of small bracelets.

Please call the library at 781-324-0218 to put your name on the list and take part in the Malden Public Library’s partnership with the NASA @ My Library program! Pick-up starts Monday, November 22nd!

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.