Blog: Children’s Program

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

Mayor’s Story Time (Online)

Join Mayor Gary Christenson and Library Director Dora St. Martin for a very special Mayor’s Story Time Online.  The virtual story time will be held on Thursday, May 14, at 10 AM.  The Mayor will read fun picture books to young children; and will be available to answer any questions the children might have about what a mayor does.  You can join the Library’s Story Room by clicking on the program title “Mayors Story Time” on the MPL website’s front page (under upcoming events): https://maldenpubliclibrary.org/  The instructions and password to enter the zoom story room will appear 10 minutes before the program begins.  If you have issues connecting, please call the Library Information number at 781-333-0640.  The program is free and no registration or special software is required.

Early Chapter eBooks for Younger Readers

Avoid a spring slide! To help younger readers maintain their reading skills, we’ve created a list of popular books (all downloadable) that are especially appropriate for grades 2 and 3.  If you don’t have a library card, please click on the link in the comment section below and complete the form to receive a card number. Any questions or problems? Please let us know.

https://mpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/1052065137_maldenmapubliclibrary/1629651839_early_chapter_ebooks_for_younger_readers?fbclid=IwAR1QpE8LlgW-fl6e6qxiStymF-Fyz_UboYA8dUCBAIgOm4lIL1SW0N0Rtps

Proven boredom busters! Great Graphic eNovels for Kids!

Proven boredom busters! Here’s a list of carefully-selected graphic novels for young fans of the genre as well as reluctant readers. Nearly all of these titles are currently available for download! (No waiting–unlike Dog Man or Smile.) And remember, if you don’t have a library card, please click on the link in the comment section below and complete the form to receive a card number. Easy peasy!

https://mpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/1052065137_maldenmapubliclibrary/1628963189_great_graphic_enovels_for_kids?fbclid=IwAR1-EWSnB3avPjNUM33s_kz2-dZClmxaUW-ioKlyt3v1NaTE27EyUpOmCbU

Keep your child engaged in reading while staying at home!

Keep your child engaged in reading while staying at home! If you are seeking downloadable titles that are readily available, please check out this recommended list that is recommended for grades 4-6. (More lists to come!)

If you need to get a library card to access these materials, please click here.

https://mpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/1052065137_maldenmapubliclibrary/1628581919_great_chapter_ebooks_for_kids?fbclid=IwAR3REdJ3QXxDpfhB9VxtHIWYBoePtPvqJmqkxJa8TeIHRZF2jnYk_042Xvg

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 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

.

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.

Online Learning for Kids!

There are wonderful interactive websites so that your children can practice skills and keep learning while they are home from school. We will keep adding to this page as we discover more opportunities.

 

Here is a variety of sites offering math activities for different grade levels:

60+ Awesome Websites for Teaching and Learning Math

Here are sites relating to reading:

11 Free Reading Websites

Free Reading Program

 

Check out these games to help make reading fun:

Education.com

 

Science websites for interactive learning:

From Edheads to Wonderville

Adventures in Chemistry  Resources, activities, videos, games for elementary and high school students (free through March 31)

 

Are you missing storytime? Here are some videos featuring special readers of entertaining books:

Storyline Online

 

Don’t forget to keep the A in STEAM! Here are some ways to spark creativity:

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems