Board Game Night for Adults – May 11th


Please join us Wednesday, May 11th in the Program Room from 6:30-8:30 PM for Board Game Night for Adults.

Bring your own board games, or play with the library’s collection that includes: Settlers of Catan, Ticket To Ride, Dominion, Pandemic, Forbidden Island and more! Snacks and Refreshments will be served.



Historic Library Gates Restored

Historic Gate Restored

The historic iron gates, marking the Salem Street entrance to the Malden Public Library since 1911, have been returned to their original condition through the generosity of the Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation. The effort to restore the gates took almost a full year to complete, under the direction of Murray Brothers Construction and Hammersmith Studios of Newton.

The historic gates were originally purchased through a donation of $1,000 in 1910 from Mrs. Lillie A. B. Hill, widow of Abram G. Hill, of 36 Ferry Street, Malden. According to early records, the two wrought-iron gates were designed by Mr. L. S. Ipsen of Malden, and produced by the W. A. Snow Iron Work Inc.

Photo: Susan Close of Hammersmith Studios, Jason Murray of Murray Brothers Construction, Fran Brown, Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation, Laura Hodgin, Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation, C. Henry Kezer, Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation, Dr. John E. Tramondozzi, President, Malden Public Library Board of Trustees, Mayor Gary Christenson, Dr. George Holland, Board of Trustees, Library Director Dora St. Martin, Frank Molis, Board of Trustees, Paul Mcpheeters, Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation, and Carl Close, Hammersmith Studios.

CD Collins reads from her novel Afterheat

CD Collins Images copy

CANCELLED!!  Join us for a reading by author CD Collins on Wednesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m.  Kentucky native CD Collins follows the storytelling traditions of the South, both as a solo artist and when accompanied by musicians. As one of originators of the early ‘90s resurgence of spoken-word with live music, her work has been archived in award-winning compact discs: Kentucky Stories, Subtracting Down and Carousel Lounge.

Collins’ fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including The Drum, StoryQuarterly, Salamander, Phoebe and The Pennsylvania Review. Her collection of poetry, Self-Portrait with Severed Head, was published by Ibbetson Street press in 2009. Her collection of short stories, Blue Land, was released in June 2010. Her novel, Afterheat, has just been published.

She has produced a short lyric documentary that chronicles the catastrophic steps of mountaintop removal to retrieve Appalachian coal. She has recently completed a novel and is currently working on a one-woman show. With her band Rockabetty, she has completed her fourth album, Clean Coal Big Lie. She is currently releasing this album in a series of performances

Malden Reads Movie Night: Tues., April 26th: 6:00-8:45pm

Shadow Moon

Join us for Malden Reads Movie Night at the Malden Public Library on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, from 6:00-8:45pm.  We will be showing our second film screening at the library for Malden Reads.  This exceptional documentary highlights the NASA astronauts’ experiences as they travel “In The Shadow of the Moon” for the first time. This film screening is part of the Malden Reads 2016 One City, One Book program featuring “The Martian” by Andy Weir. The film combines archival material from original NASA film footage of man’s walks on the moon, much never before seen, and interviews with surviving astronauts who emerge as eloquent, witty, emotional and human. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 95% rating and Richard Roeper writes of the film, “A beautiful, exhilarating, and sometimes deeply moving documentary about those long-ago Apollo missions of the late 1960s and early 1970s.” This movie is free and open to the public and is accessible.  Rated PG (110 min.)

Yoga for Kids with Becky Small (sign up required)

Yoga kids

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, two yoga classes will be offered for children:  2:00-3:15 pm for grades 1-5 and 3:30-4:30 pm for kindergartners. Each class will be limited to 24 children. To ensure a spot for your child, please sign up by calling 781-388-0803 or by visiting the Children’s Room. Parents/guardians will also need to sign a waiver in order for their child to participate. Mats will be provided. Children should dress in loose or stretchy comfortable clothing.

Shred It!


Spring cleaning time! So gather up all your old papers (tax information from years ago, perhaps) and bring it down to the DPW yard on Saturday, April 30th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For a mere $5 per brown grocery bag full of paper, you can have all your home tidy and do a good deed by contributing to the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

The Friends is the group that provides the Library, and thus Malden residents, with money for our Museum Tickets, programming for all ages, and many, many more material items. So help the Friends help the Library. Even better, ask about joining the Friends.

Celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16

library week

This year’s National Library Week theme is Libraries Transform, reminding all Americans that today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people.  Libraries offer access to the tools, technology and training essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities.

Ways to Celebrate

1. Visit your library.

Head to your public, school or academic library during National Library Week to see what’s new and take part in the celebration.  Libraries across the country are participating.

2. Show your support for libraries on social media.

Follow the Malden Public Library on Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtags #NLW16 and #LibrariesTransform to join the celebration on social media.

The Art of Surviving Hard Times: Yvonne Twining Humber and the Federal Art Project


Join us at the Malden Public Library for “The Art of Surviving Hard Times: Yvonne Twining Humber and the Federal Art Project,” on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:00 pm.

This talk is part of Malden Reads 2016.  In Andy Weir’s The Martian, it not only took Mark Watney’s personal ingenuity, but the commitment of many government agencies working together to get one astronaut back to earth.  Between 1935 and 1942, the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) played a major role in supporting New England’s struggling artists.  Come explore how this national economic relief program saved lives and helped create great art.  The talk will be followed by an art tour of the Converse Memorial Building and Art Galleries.   For more information contact the library at 781-324-0218.

Malden Reads: Mayor to lead book discussion


Mayor Gary Christenson will be the special guest for a Malden Reads discussion of “The Martian,” by Andy Weir, Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 p.m., in the Ryder Art Gallery at the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St. Refreshments will be served.