Blog: Library Events

Brews For Books Fundraiser

The Friends of the Malden Public Library are excited to invite you to the first Brews for Books fundraiser on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 5-8 pm. Taste the wares of local craft breweries and cider makers and enjoy food from our local Malden eateries in the historic Converse Library and Art Galleries. There will be live music, games, raffle items, and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 and available at the Malden Public Library and online at Don’t wait; tickets are limited. You must be 21 years old to attend this event.

Movie Night: Wed., Sept. 19th: 6:00-7:45pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, from 6:00-7:45pm.  We will be showing a recent movie based on the life of Fred Rogers, who sang “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”  in the popular children’s TV show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  The movie has a 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

This film is “an exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers.”  The San Francisco Chronicle writes that the movie is “…an enlightening and deeply touching documentary.…”  Rolling Stone notes, “In these trouble times, it’s a good feeling see a funny, touching and vital [documentary] that is both timely and timeless.”

This film is free and open to the public and is accessible.  Movie times are approximate.  Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 for more information.  Rated PG-13 (95 min.)

Live On The Lawn Family Movie Night ~August 15

Join us for Outdoor Movie Night on Wednesday, August 15th at 7:45 pm featuring the Disney Pixar film Coco, a vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure.

Despite a generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de La Cruz. Desperate to prove and use his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.   The color, music and characters in this award winning movie are captivating as we follow Miguel through a truly awesome tour of another world and culture.

Join us on the front lawn of the library for this fun, family-friendly, and crowd-pleasing summer film.  Popcorn will be available.  This film is part of the Library’s Live on the Lawn Series and is sponsored by Eastern Bank Charitable Fund.  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.)

Art Reception August 13th for Liz Campbell-Tompkins

Join us Monday, August 13 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a Reception of our Rotating Art August Artist Liz Campbell-Tompkins! As a retired Malden Public Schools 7th grade science teacher, Liz strives to illustrate the diversity of nature in front of us, or beneath us. There is a great variety of life right in our backyards here in Malden, but most are too small to appreciate. Liz’s goal is to raise awareness of the wonder surrounding our community.

Campbell-Tompkins’ art will be on exhibit at the Library through the month of August.

RAIN OR SHINE: Knock on Wood Takes Center Stage on August 1

Knock on Wood take the center stage at the Library’s Live on the Lawn Concert Series on Wednesday, August 1st at 7:00 p.m.  Knock on Wood is a high-energy acoustic folk-rock duo, featuring singer-songwriter Howie Newman and fiddler/mandolinist Joe Kessler. The duo performs classic rock covers along with funny original music. Their repertoire spans everything from the Beatles to Steely Dan to the Dropkick Murphys. It’s not your typical guitar-fiddle folk act. Knock on Wood puts on a lively, fun show with great musicianship and a little bit of humor here and there.

Howie Newman has opened for Tom Paxton, Vance Gilbert, Brewer & Shipley, Pure Prairie League, Bill Staines, Lui Collins, Don White, Modern Man and many others. His songs have received national airplay on the Dr. Demento Show, National Public Radio and Midnight Special as well as dozens of other North American radio outlets.  Joe Kessler, who plays fiddle and mandolin, has an energetic improvisational style that includes folk, rock, jazz and bluegrass. Joe has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada as well as eight other countries. He has performed with Morphine, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Boogaloo Swamis and many others.

The Summer Series continues on August 15 at 7:45 p.m. with a fun, family friendly outdoor movie under the stars.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and experience a great night of outdoor live music at the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street).  All concerts are free and sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of the Malden Public Library.  In case of rain, concerts will be moved inside.  For more information, contact the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, at 781-324-0218 or at


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


Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary Party

Dear Witch or Wizard,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the Malden Public Library. Term begins at 5:30 PM on 31 July 2018.  You will be given the necessary equipment at that time and sorted into your house. Bring your best robes and witches hats. Wands will be provided. Class size is limited so we await your owl by no later than Friday, 27 July.

Direct your replies to 781.324.0218.

These are advanced classes so we will only accept witches and wizards who are 18 and older.