Blog: Children’s Program

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

Ukrainian Vertep @ The Malden Public Library

Join us at the Malden Public Library Saturday, January 7th from 10-11am for a free cultural event. Vertep is the Ukrainian cultural tradition of Christmas puppet theater with its beginnings in the 17th century. Traveling groups of performers shared stories interweaving scenes from the nativity with daily life with up to 40 distinct characters.

The Vertep theatre developed into numerous regional variants but always with a central storyline – the conflict between good and evil. Evil is always vanquished and good always triumphs. Vertep was an illegal practice during the Soviet occupation of Ukraine but continued to be performed in secret as a way for the Ukrainian people to both rebel and preserve their culture.

Today, with darkness looming over Ukraine, these rich traditions offer a light of hope to lead us through this joyous season. The Ukrainian Cultural Center of New England hopes to share this tradition to bring hope, faith, and joy to our communities, by reminding us that good will always win over evil.

Book Bunch – Book Club for 2nd & 3rd Graders

Beginning October 20, this book club for 2nd and 3rd graders will meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month at 4:00pm for 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 2-3 weeks before the club meeting.

October 20 selection:  The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey – Author interview – Video: “How to Draw Mr. Shark”

November 17 selection: The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin – Author interview – Author discusses The Trouble with Chickens – How to make an origami bookmark

December 15 selection:  Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

January 19 selection:  I Survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919 by Lauren Tarshis

February 16

March 16

April 20

May 18

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

Beginning November 3, this book club for 4th and 5th graders will meet monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 4:00pm for 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.

Preschool Storytime (age 3+) starts Oct. 6

Storytime for preschoolers (age 3 and older) will be offered weekly on a drop-in basis on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning October 6. 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 Thursdays 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.)

StoryWalk®: Tiny, Perfect Things by M.H. Clark

This month’s StoryWalk® features the wonderful picture book Tiny, Perfect Things by M.H. Clark. “This is a book about how childlike curiousity can transform ordinary days into extraordinary adventures.” You are invited to walk around the library building and enjoy this story on days when there is no threat of rain or gusty winds.
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.