Join the Malden Writers’ Collaborative


Are you a local writer? Are you interested in joining a collaborative community of committed writers? Are you looking for people to workshop your writing and are you committed to doing the same for others? Are you open minded, respectful, and encouraging to fellow writers and to the writing process?

Then please join The Malden Writers’ Collaborative for their Informational Session on Thursday, October 6th at the Malden Public Library beginning promptly at 7:00 PM. Here we will talk about group expectations, group etiquette, and hear first hand experiences from past members. Interested parties will sign up for the 2016-2017 season at the end of this session. The group will then be closed to additional members until the 2017-2018 season.

Please contact the facilitator, Evangeline Vickery, with any questions at

Shred It!


The Friends of the Malden Public Library will hold a shredding event on Saturday, October 1st at the DPW Yard, 356 Commercial St. from 9 a.m. to noon. For $5/bag, you will get all your materials shredded AND help the Friends of the Library and the Library.

Be a Friend—Join the Friends


Are you a looking for a volunteer opportunity where you can meet new people AND make a difference to the Malden Public Library? The Friends of the Malden Public Library are looking for individuals to help with a wide range of activities, so any interest or strength you might have can help raise funds to keep many of our Library programs and purchases available.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 20th at 7:30 in the Library’s Program Room. If you like more information, speak to a library staff member or visit the Friends’ page ( We look forward to having you join us!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month


September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

A public library card is a ticket to free educational resources and activities. A library card provides access to a variety of digital media, including One Click Digital (classics and eAudio books), Little Pim (language learning), Tumbler Books for Kids, and much more.

If you haven’t been to your local library lately, September is a great time for a visit.

Parent and Child Origami Night

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We will be offering a parent/child origami night on Tuesday, August 30th from 6:30–8:30 pm. The evenings project will be a Sumo Wrestling match-up.
One adult and one child (8 years or older) will work together to create this origami masterpiece. The sign up sheet will be at the Information desk. Please sign up early because seats are limited.

Art Storytime and Adventures on August 26

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Join us at the Malden Public Library on Friday, August 26 for STEAM in the Art Gallery: Artful Adventures, a hands-on art program with staff from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. There will be two sessions: one at 2:00pm for ages 3-6 and one at 3:00pm for ages 6-10.

Each one-hour session will include a story, hand-on materials, pictures from the Museum’s collections, and an art-making activity.

STEAM in the Art Gallery explores how art and design can enhance the learning process for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, funded through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Story Hour with Library Director at Fairy House Event

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Saturday, August 27th Noon – 4 PM (Rain Date: Sunday, August 28th) Pine Banks Park, 1087 Main St., Malden, MA

Councillor Barbara Murphy invites you to attend Malden’s Fairy House Festival. Fairy Houses are structures for fairies and nature’s other friends (hobbits, elves, gnomes, trolls) to visit.  These whimsical habitats are built by children, families, gardeners and nature lovers reflecting their creativity, joy and pride.   Individuals and groups are welcome to enter pre-built houses. Pre-built houses will be part of the Fairy House Walk and will be entered into a contest. If you would like to pre-build a house contact Councillor Barbara Murphy at

All Fairy Houses built the day of the event will receive official Fairy House Builder’s Certificates.

Special Events:

1:00 PM Story Hour with Dora St. Martin, Director of the Malden Public Library

2:30 PM performance of the “Rainbow Fairies” and “Live Story Hive” by Earthworm Pie Puppet Company

  • Pre-Built Fairy House Walk
  • Pre-Built Fairy House Contest
  • Builder Work Shop
  • Build your own Fairy House
  • Arts and Crafts Table
  • Face Painting
  • Raffles

Special Guest Miss Junior Hampton Beach Emma Smith-Benzan.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day at Pine Banks Park a natural habitat located in Malden.  Event sponsored by Councillor Barbar

Live on the Lawn Goes to the Movies


Join us on Wednesday, August 17th from 8-10 pm for our Family Movie Night “Live on the Lawn”.

We will be showing Zootopia a fun family movie and it will be under the stars, on the beautiful Library lawn on Salem St. This is a free family event, with popcorn included.

From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.  This movie is rated PG.

2016 Summer Reading Wrap-Up


This Summer at the Malden Public Library young adults read for a combined total of over 2,500 hours, over 154,760 minutes! We had a successful program of events from our YA movie afternoons, craft program, to the very popular Pokemon Go Party. Below are a few photos of those events including Perler Bead creations and our End-Of-The-Summer Reading Party:


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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.