MPL on Facebook
Mon-Thu*: 9AM - 9PM
Fri-Sat: 9AM - 6PM
*Closed Thursdays: 1-2PM
Mon: 9AM - 8:45PM
Tue: 9AM - 6PM
Wed: 9AM - 8:45PM
Thu*: 9AM - 6PM
Fri: 9AM - 5:45PM
Sat: 9AM - 5:45PM
*Closed Thursdays: 1-2PM
The Library is closed on Sundays and Holidays.
The Malden Public Library will have the following holiday hours:
Wednesday, December 24 – Closed
Thursday, December 25 – Closed
Friday, December 26 – Closed
Saturday, December 27 – Open regular hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31 – Closing early at 6 p.m.
Thursday, January 1 – Closed
Looking for the perfect gift for family, friends or colleagues? Need a last minute gift for that hard-to-buy for someone? Give a gift that supports the Malden Public Library. The library has a variety of gifts for all budgets, from book bags and t-shirts to commemorative plates and bookmarks. New this year, check out the library’s beautiful Holiday Art Note Card Collection. Each box of note cards comes with an assortment of 12 cards (and envelopes) featuring favorite art works from the Converse Memorial Building’s Ryder and Carr Art Galleries. Remember, your purchase helps to support the educational programs and collections of the Malden Public Library.
THE FIRST MONDAY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP meets at 7:00 p.m. in the library on the first Monday of each month to discuss titles selected by members of the group.
• Dec. 1, 2014 – Born in Ice by Nora Roberts
Brianna Concannon is the kind of innkeeper who doesn’t mind the harsh winters of Ireland—and the empty bed-and-breakfast that comes with them. But this year, a famous American author needs a quiet place to stay while writing his next book. Grayson Thane plans to spend the cold winter alone. But his lovely landlady adds a complication he never expected.
• Jan. 5, 2015 – Once we were Brothers by Ronald Balson
• Feb. 2, 2015 – People of the book by Gwendolyn Brooks
• Mar. 2, 2015 – Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
THE BOOKER PRIZE DISCUSSION GROUP meets at 7:00 p.m. in the library on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Since 1969, the “Booker Prize” has been awarded to the best full-length novel written in English by a citizen of the UK, the Commonwealth, Eire, Pakistan, or South Africa. As of September 2013, selection for the “longlist” has been opened to American authors.
• Nov. 19, 2014 – The Industry of Souls by Martin Booth
The Industry of Souls is the story of Alexander Bayliss, a British citizen who was wrongfully arrested for espionage by the KGB in the 1950s and sentenced to twenty-five years of hard labor in the work camps of Siberia. Eventually freed in the 1970s, he decides not to return to the West–a world he barely remembers and to which he no longer belongs–and instead finds his way to a small Russian village where he becomes a much beloved schoolmaster. Now, on the day of his 80th birthday, Russia has changed. Communism has evaporated, and in the aftermath, information has come to light that Alex is still alive.
• Dec. 17, 2014 – The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
• Jan. 28, 2014 – When we were orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
• Feb. 25, 2014 – The hiding place by Trezza Azzopardi
Just pick a group that’s convenient! New members are always welcome! Copies of books for discussion are available at the information desk.
Library patrons can help the Salvation Army in Malden bring cheer to others this holiday season. Food donations and toys are needed.
These non-perishables are especially welcomed – peanut butter, tuna, mayonnaise, jelly, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, spaghetti sauce, and pasta. Donations of ethnic foods are encouraged. The collection container will be out on the main floor opposite the circulation desk through the end of the month.
Christmas Angels are another way to make the season merrier. Each paper angel contains a gift suggestion for a child. Select the present you would like to give from the possibilities at the circulation desk. Please drop off the unwrapped gift and its Angel tag at the desk by Dec. 15 for distribution through the Salvation Army’s Toy Store.
*2011 National Christmas Tree
Listen to holiday favorites both new and old on your mobile device or tablet, or online on your home computer, for free!
Music albums can be borrowed for a 1-week period, and you can check out up to 10 Hoopla items per month. They expire automatically, so no need to worry about late fines; you won’t have to remember to return them.
To get started, visit our eLibrary page and click on Hoopla!
For more information or assistance, please give us a call at 781-324-0218 or stop by the Information Desk.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
Clay Jannon has lost his job in web design and finds himself taking a night shift at a strange bookstore in San Francisco. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything – instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Curious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends…But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.
This wonderful, playful novel explores books, technology, and knowledge new and old, and presents us with a mystery we can’t wait to solve.
Stay tuned for upcoming programs, including the kickoff celebration in February, by visiting our website, www.maldenreads.org
Tuesdays & Saturdays
This early literacy program features songs, nursery rhymes, and a short picture book and is offered every Tuesday and Saturday morning, 10:30-11:15 a.m., September through May. Recommended for young children, ages 6 months to 4 years old. No registration necessary.
Fridays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
October 3 – June 12
Every Friday at 4:00 p.m., Laurie Rae Tressler from Library Creative Drama, Inc. offers a drop-in Creative Drama program for kids. Children ages 7-10 can come by to participate in theater games and other creative activities. No registration necessary.
This program runs from October 3 through June 12. Regular attendance is appreciated, but not required. Questions? Call the Children’s Room at (781) 388-0803.
Mango Languages, a database free to you with your library card, offers interactive language learning online or using a free mobile app. You can choose one of over 60 languages, and learn online at your own pace. If you’ve made an account to use Mango online, it will save your place in your lessons so you can walk away and come back later to the same lesson without starting fresh. Making an account is necessary to use the mobile app–just connect your mobile app to your account, and away you go (you won’t even have to remember your card number)!
In addition to more languages than ever, Mango has introduced a service called “Mango Premier” –foreign language movies to stream to desktop computers that present both entertainment and a realistic language learning experience. Videos are available now in six languages: Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish, as well as ESL movies for Spanish speakers. Mango hopes to increase these offerings in the future, so stay tuned for more.
Mango Premier movies have two modes: “Movie Mode” and “Engage Mode.” Movie Mode plays the movie uninterrupted with color-coded subtitles in English and the original language.
“Engage Mode” takes the viewer through the movie scene by scene, with quizzes along the way. A user can pause the movie and hover over the subtitled words to see their phonetic spelling and hear audio pronunciation. Each scene includes a review, where the learner can break down and practice the movie’s dialogue line by line, and word by word. Mango Premiere gives the viewer total control, combining both spoken and written learning.
Mango is designed to be both highly visual and interactive, and is a great way to learn on the go or at home.
Get started today by clicking on “Mango Languages” from our eLibrary page! Questions? Need some more help? Please contact the library at 781-324-0218 or stop in and visit us.