Blog: Children’s Program

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

STEM Workshop: Tinted Flowers – Saturday, April 24, 2 p.m.

The Malden High School’s Ecobility Club is partnering with the library to present this fun and educational virtual workshop on making Tinted Flowers, using materials from home. Participants will need some white flowers (e.g., carnations, daisies) and food coloring. This hour-long workshop is appropriate for students in grades 3-5. To receive the Zoom invitation link, please complete the following registration form and let us know if you need any of the necessary materials:

New StoryWalk® – We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow

It’s the month of Earth Day, and we have a new StoryWalk® to celebrate!  You are invited to walk around the library building and enjoy this fun rhyming tale on the following dates (weather permitting, of course–precipitation and wind can be a challenge):
Thursday, April 8 – 10:30am – 5:30pm
Friday, April 9 – 10:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday, April 10 – 10:30am – 3:30pm
Tuesday, April 13 – 10:30am – 5:30pm. (but might be too windy…)
Wednesday, April 14 – 10:30am – 6:30pm
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.

Jazz for Kids with Mr. Frank, Music Play Patrol: April 21 & 22

For school vacation week, we have two wonderful music programs to offer:

Wednesday, April 21, 3:00 pm
Learn about some of the greatest Jazz musicians of all time and discover new favorites! Featuring activities and songs inspired by Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, and more. Mr. Frank from Music Play Patrol will present this fun 30-minute virtual music program. Visit the library’s online event calendar for the Zoom details.

Thursday, April 22, 11:30 am
Let’s put on our dancing shoes and begin our exploration of Jazz music! Featuring jazz versions of our favorite songs,
how to swing, and more! Mr. Frank from Music Play Patrol will present this fun 30-minute virtual music program. Visit the library’s online event calendar for the Zoom details.


Join us for Virtual Preschool Story Time!

Young children (ages 3-5) are invited to join us on Zoom for story times, which feature several picture books, songs, and rhymes and last for about 30 minutes. To receive the Zoom link for each story time, please complete the registration form (anytime up until 15 minutes before the program is set to begin).

Story times will take place on the following days:

Tuesday, March 2, 11:00 a.m. –

Tuesday, March 16, 11:00 a.m. – Spring! – Registrants can request a cluster of forsythia cuttings so that children can watch the leaves and blooms emerge over the coming week.

Tuesday, March 30, 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday,  April 13, 11:00 a.m

Tuesday,  April 27, 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 11, 11:00 a.m.


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


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:   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:  to sign in. 

But before you sign in take a look at the resources for parents, caregivers, and teachers on the main page. 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.