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CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Outdoor Movie Night: Wed., Aug. 21st: 7:45pm

Join us for Outdoor Movie Night at the Malden Public Library on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 7:45pm for part of our “Live On The Lawn” series.  We will be showing a recent animated family film about a Yeti who meets a Smallfoot.  The movie features the voices of Channing Tatum, Zendaya, and Common.

“A bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist: a human. News of this throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all-new story about friendship, courage, and the joy of discovery.”  The Chicago Sun-Times writes, “The movie is a zippy, silly, zany, cheery, little tale.”  CinemaScore gives the film an A- grade.

Join us on the front lawn for this fun, family-friendly, and crowd-pleasing movie.  Free popcorn will be provided.  Thank you to our generous sponsor Eastern Bank.  This film is free and open to the public.  Movie times are approximate.  Rated PG (96 min.)

Visit with a Lowell Mill Girl at 5th Annual Fairy House Festival at Pine Banks Park

Join mill girl Harriet Hanson at the 5th Annual Fairy House Festival on Saturday, August 24 from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. at Pine Banks Park, 1087 Main Street, Malden.

Harriet Hanson Robinson went to work as a Lowell mill girl when she was just 10 years old.  Harriet grew up to write the mill girls’ magazine, The Lowell Offering, publish books and lead the women’s rights movement.  At 23 Harriet married William Stevens Robinson, a journalist and anti-slavery activist, and moved to 35 Lincoln Street in Malden.  Harriet and her daughter, Harriet Lucy Shattuck, organized the National Women’s Suffrage Association of Massachusetts.

The program is presented by Allison Horrocks, Ph.D., Park Ranger at Lowell National Historical Park.   Learn about the daily life of a mill girl and enjoy special story time at 1:00 p.m. with Malden Public Library Director Dora St. Martin.

In 1905 Elisha Slade Converse donated a 107.5 acre estate that is now Pine Banks Park.  This event is part of Converse 2020, brought to you with funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  The Fairy House Festival (12 noon to 4:00 p.m.) is sponsored by Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Murphy, the Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation and Pine Banks Park.

Community Workshop: Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

Please join us on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 6:00-7:00pm for a free informational Community Workshop with Forestdale Park about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease” and “it is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.”  Forestdale Park is Malden’s newest senior assisted living and memory care community.

Learn more about: Alzheimer’s & dementia caregiver support groups; how to communicate with someone with Alzheimer’s/dementia; what causes dementia and how to recognize it; assisted living and memory care options; and many other topics.

Light refreshments will be provided.  Free and open to the public and accessible.  For more information, please contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218.

Rotating Art—August artist April Jakubec

“Women in Bloom” is a portrait series showcasing a diverse group of women whose faces have been partially obscured by botanicals, celebrating women’s mental well-being. Floral bouquets emerging from the women’s heads represent the normal variation among our brains— including mental illness—and what mental health looks like for that person.
April Jakubec is first and foremost a mental health advocate, working on her PhD to promote the human rights of adults with severe mental illness. As a sort of self-therapy to cope with her own mental health diagnoses, April has put her own vision of mental health on canvas— fearlessly glam women adorned with sparkling blooms.
These colorful acrylic, multi-media paintings are embellished with a splash of glitter and coated in high-gloss resin. The collection also includes painted flower pots and glittering busts, along with decorated mirrors for visitors to catch a glimpse of themselves through the artist’s lens.

April’s art will be on display for the month of August.

Improbable Players Present “I’ll Never Do That”

On September 4th at 4:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Malden Public Library, Malden Overcoming Addiction and the CIty of Malden Health Department, Improbable Players are proud to present a free performance of “I’ll Never Do That”, a theatrical retelling of one family’s struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. “I’ll Never Do That” is the original play presented by Improbable Players upon being founded as a non- profit 35 years ago and is as humorous, heartbreaking, and relevant as it was then. Our actors are all in recovery, and will discuss how events in their own lives influence their acting with Improbable Players in a Q&A to follow the performance. Join us for an afternoon of educational theater at the Malden Public Library!

To sign up for free tickets:


Malden Public Library will be closed on Saturdays from now until September 7th.

We will also be closed on Thursday evenings. Thursday hours will be 9 am to 6 pm.

Libraries = Strong Communities = National Library Week

National Library Week (April 7- 13, 2019) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2019 National Library Week is “Libraries = Strong Communities,” and  Gates Foundation Co-founder Melinda Gates will serve as 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair.   First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April.

Malden Public Library Museum Pass Partners

Would your organization or business like to sponsor a discount museum pass for Malden families to enjoy?

The Malden Public Library offers a number of different free and discount passes to museums and attractions in New England. The passes are available to Malden residents who hold valid a library card.

Malden residents continue to use their library enthusiastically. This past year, the library offered over 300 special programs throughout the year, attended by 16,943 children, teen, and adults.  Money saved through your sponsorship will allow us to put more funds toward programs and activities, bring new online resources and technology to the community, and expand services for the community.

Museum Sponsorships Available:

DCR Mass Park Pass                           $ 60

ICA – Contemporary Art                        185

Isabella Stewart Gardner                      195

Harvard Art Museum                            250

John F. Kennedy Center                        250

Peabody Essex Museum                       350

Children’s Museum Pass                       700

Children’s Museum Pass (2)                 700

New England Aquarium                        700

New England Aquarium (2)                 700

Zoo New England                                  800

We would be love to discuss ways in which we can partner with your organization or business. For more information, contact Library Director Dora St. Martin at 781-324-0218 or by email at


Malden Public Library Featured on Gateway City Library Trail

Recognizing the integral role that public libraries play in their communities, Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) has added Malden as a Gateway City Library Trail to its live app, MassBook Trails. The Malden Public Library is celebrated on the Gateway City Library Trail for providing access to reading and 21st century gateways to opportunity for their patrons through digital connectivity and programming that enhances life-long learning and cultural assimilation.

Available on the web and as a free download, Mass Book Trails was launched in 2017 with two literary walking tours in Boston and two statewide trails:  Literary Museums of Massachusetts, and African American Writers Heritage Trail. Additional tours are being added as libraries have accepted MCB’s invitation to develop their own local literary, cultural, and historic tours.

MCB, chartered as the Commonwealth Affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is a public-private partnership charged with developing, supporting and promoting cultural programming that advances the cause of books and reading and enhances the outreach potential of Massachusetts public libraries.

For more information, contact  MassBook Trails may be found in the app store and through Google Play.