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Live On The Lawn: Family Movie Night: Wed., Aug. 16th

Join us for Outdoor Movie Night at the Malden Public Library on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 7:45pm for part of our “Live On The Lawn” series.  We will be showing a recent animated Disney film about a girl named Moana, the strong-willed daughter of a Polynesian chief, who bails on being a princess and sets sail on the ocean to save her family and her island.  Inspired by Polynesian stories and mythology, the movie features the voice of Dwayne Johnson and a soundtrack by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The New York Times writes, “Moana is an inspiring heroine, a smart, brave and decent young woman….”  Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie a 96% approval rating and Roger Ebert’s website describes the film as having “dazzling visuals, catchy tunes, enjoyable performances, cleaver running gags and overall sense of fun.”

Join us on the front lawn for this fun, family-friendly, and crowd-pleasing summer film.  Free popcorn will be provided.  Thank you to our sponsors:  Eastern Bank Charitable Fund and The Friends of the Malden Public Library.

This film is free and open to the public.  Movie times are approximate.  Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 for more information.  Rated PG (107 min.)


Young Adult End of Summer Party

Young Adults in the 5th – 12th grade are welcome to join us on Thursday August 17th from 3:00 – 4:30 PM in the Maccario Room for a relaxing and rewarding party.

Come play video games, eat pizza, enjoy snacks and beverages, and earn prizes based on how much you read during our YA Reading Program. Everyone will have a raffle ticket, but the more you read over the summer the more tickets you get.

We will announce the Top 3 winners for the entire YA Summer Reading Program, hand out our prizes and raffle off gifts.

Young Adult Movie Afternoon – August 11th

Young Adults in the 5th through 12th grade are invited to GO GO and watch a massive action hit, with our latest Movie Afternoon. On Friday, August 11th from 3:00 – 5:00 we will have snacks, beverages and a movie in the Maccario Room of the library. The film is a reboot of the classic 90’s children’s show “The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”.



Balloon Rocket Workshop – August 14

(Sign-up is required.) On Monday, August 14, kids will create air rockets (with latex balloons) that launch across the room and return safely to Earth. This hands-on workshop explores the science behind rockets & space exploration. Use your imagination to plan, build, and test your own design!  Recommended for ages 5-11.

Space is limited. There will be two sessions:  one at 2:00 pm and one at 3:00 pm. You can sign up by phone (781-388-0803) or at the Children’s Room desk.

This FREE program is funded by Preotle, Lane & Associates, Ltd.

Sign Up for Summer Reading!

Registration is now available for the Children, Teen, & Adult Summer Reading Programs. This year, parents can set up a Family Portal to manage all of their family’s accounts. Sign up online or at the library.

Children’s Summer Reading (Pre-K through Entering Grade 5) Read 2+ hours a week to receive a prize.

Teen Summer Reading (Entering Grades 6-12) Read 5+ hours a week to receive a prize. Check out more challenges as the summer unfolds.

Adult Summer Reading (18+) Earn tickets to enter raffles to win one of four biweekly gift cards of $25 and a grand prize of $50, by sharing four books you plan to read this summer (#WhatsYourFour), reading books, writing book reviews, volunteering locally, and “Reading Without Walls.”

Check out our MPL Summer Calendar 2017

The Malden Public Library’s Summer Reading Programs are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Malden Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Bruins, with funding from the Institute of Museums and Library Services.

Download or Stream Free Music

Did you know, with your Malden Library card, you could download 3 songs per week or stream 3 hours of music per day? Well, you can. Just go to and create an account.

Freegal offers 13 million+ songs and 40,000+ music videos including over 200 different genres; everything from Classical Music to Rap, including Pop, Rock, Children’s, Country, Classical and many more.

Give it a try and tell us what you think.

New! FREE Comics, Movies & Music!!

We are so happy to now offer 3 new databases with graphic novels (including manga), movies and music, both downloadable and streaming. Comicsplus for Libraries has a wide range of comics and graphic novels for all ages; Instantflix provides free movies for playing through a browser on a wide range of devices, and with Freegal you are able to download 3 items per week (to keep!) and 3 hours of streaming per day.

Each database has a wide catalog of materials for all tastes. And all you need is a Malden library card!

Click Comicsplus, Freegal, or Instantflix to go directly to the databases.

A to Z World Travel & Global Road Warrior

It’s vacation time and MPL has added 2 new databases, A to Z World Travel and Global Road Warrior, to our online offerings. These will help with the planning stages of any new trip, as a guide on your mobile device when you travel, as an information gathering spot for students, or a place to learn about culture and business practices for professionals.

A to Z World Travel focuses on world cities, giving tips from clothing sizes and electricity to health and safety and how to save money when visiting.

Global Road Warrior gives a broad overview of many, many countries, including business practices, cultural traditions, holidays and festivals, travel essentials and security briefings.