Budgeting 2.0 – How to Make a Budget and Make It Work!

Budgeting is important because it helps you control your spending, track your expenses and save more money. Additionally, budgeting can help you make better financial decisions, prepare for emergencies, get out of debt and stay focused on your long-term financial goals.

In this free program, “Budgeting 2.0 – How to Make a Budget and Make It Work!,” you will find help to determine your personal obstacles to budgeting, create a format to track and analyze your spending, list your short- and long-term goals, discuss the importance of debt reduction and emergency savings and apply strategies to manage your day-to-day spending. After the presentation there will be time for Q & A.  The program will be led by Derek Wright and Lisa DeChelfin, Solution Center Consultants, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

The program is free and will be held via zoom on Thursday, February 25 at 2 p.m. To register or to receive the zoom link by email, please call the Library at 781-324-0218.

Malden Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Budget 2.0 – How to Make a Budget and Make It Work!
Time: Feb 25, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 969 0458 9492
Passcode: 591076

STEM Workshop: Making Oobleck! – Saturday, February 27, 2:00pm

STEMsational Arts & Crafts:  Making Oobleck!

What better way to prepare to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday? (It’s March 2, by the way.)
The Malden High School’s Ecobility Club is partnering with the library to present a fun and educational virtual workshop on making Oobleck, using materials from home. Is Oobleck a liquid or a solid? Make it and see for yourself! This hour-long workshop will take place on Saturday, February 27, at 2:00pm and is appropriate for ages 8-10. Space is limited, so register now by emailing the children’s librarian at rsmith(at), and get set up to receive the list of materials needed and the Zoom invitation.

Virtual Book Discussion for Born a Crime with Mayor Christenson

Join us on Thursday, February 18th at 7 pm to discuss Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime with members of the Malden community and Mayor Gary Christenson, a steadfast enthusiast of Malden Reads.

Please register via Zoom!
Link here:…/tJArcumrpjgpEtePKQnjf36tMvu5sBAysFPH…

Born a Crime is the story of Noah’s childhood growing up with a white father and a black mother under South Africa’s apartheid government. By turns funny, inspiring, sad, and smart, it also reflects on a dark period in South Africa’s history. Noah tells his story, which ranges from the humorous to the traumatic, with his cutting wit and incisive perspective. At times both poignant and outrageous, Noah deals with the intersection of his life and the history of a country reckoning with deep-seated racism and finds a parallel here to the United States.

The book is available for checkout at Malden Public Library in paperback, ebook, and audio CDs. Call the library at 781.324.0218, or visit our website at or for more information about our book discussion and other programming centering on 2021’s Malden Reads selection of Born a Crime.

MPL TO GO: New Extended Curbside Pickup Hours

The Malden Public Library will offer curbside holds pickup on Saturdays, beginning September 19th and until 7 pm on Wednesdays. Curbside hold pickup means you will be asking for items either from our website or via phone. New hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 10-6, Wednesday from 10-7, and Saturday from 10-2.

Library staff will collect materials, contact patrons when holds are ready, and check out materials when the pickup time has been scheduled.

Follow these simple steps to pick up items:

  • Place an item on hold through the library’s catalog (  or by calling the library (781.324.0218).
  • When your items are ready, you will  be notified by email, phone or text (whichever method you chose when you signed up for a card).
  • Call 781.324.0218 to arrange a pickup, once you have received notification that your hold(s) are ready. Make sure you have your library card number handy! Calling ahead cuts down on your wait time.
  • Drive or walk to the library and wait in the designated curbside area.
  • Call 781.324.0218 to let library staff know you are now at the library to pick up your items.
  • We will place your items on a cart for pickup.  Please wait until the staff has re-entered the Library before taking materials. Enjoy your books!
  • When you’re done with your items, please return them in the book drop.

Materials can only be returned using the library’s book drops to ensure patrons and staff safety. Returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before check-in, as recommended by the CDC. During the quarantine period, books will remain on the borrower’s card. For further safety, concerned patrons can avoid opening checked out materials for 24 to 72 hours after retrieving them from the library.

The Library continues to recommend the many online resources available at our website at, including 24/7 access to the digital library,

The library has a reopening plan in place, but no date has yet been set for the various stages in the plan.

For more information about the Malden Public Library’s programs and services, please call the library at 781-324-0218.

Chinese New Year craft for kids

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in Chinese culture.  This year 2021, the Chinese New Year falls on Friday, February 12, according to the lunar calendar.  Traditionally, the celebration lasts for fifteen days. During the holiday, people often visit and greet their family members and friends, light firecrackers to scare away devils and demons, give money in red lucky envelopes to juniors and elders, and of course, have a great family meal which must have been prepared before the day.

Chinese New Year is always associated with the twelve-animal zodiac cycle. 2021 is the year of Ox. In Chinese culture, the ox is a valued animal because of its role in agriculture and positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest.

After finishing this craft, kids can show parents that they are hardworking as well as keeping their pens and pencils neatly in one place.

Craft bags are available in Craft-to-go bags at the Malden Public Library.  To reserve a bag, please call the library 781-324-0218 during the regular curbside hours and schedule a pickup time.  Good for kids in grades K-5.

Cups for this craft are donated by Bikeeny Caffe on Summer Street, Malden.

Children’s Books for Black History Month

Our children’s room has many books that provide interesting reading for Black History Month and throughout the yearHere is a list of just some of the titles available, including books about individuals whose names might not be as familiar as Rosa Parks or Jackie Robinson. Some of these titles are also available in other formats, such as ebooks or audiobooks, so if we can help you find something not on the list or help you place a hold, please contact the library at 781-324-0218.

Tuesday, February 9th 7PM-8:30PM
Game Night for Adults!

Join Librarians Patrick and Jean to play games online!

These games can be played online and all you need to be able to play is have a computer or smart phone and a way to join the Zoom call. The games are about 20-30 minutes each and skew towards humor, drawing games and trivia topics.

Zoom link is here:



Black History Month: Poetry

It’s Black History Month! Throughout February we will celebrate and acknowledge Black history by sharing recommended reading lists in various genres. These lists include both print books and ebooks.

First up: Poetry! Poetry has the power to put words to what we feel; it is both witness and inspiration, and moves us forward. This list includes just a few of the many inspiring Black poets of the last four hundred years: Black History Month: Poetry