Blog: Month: June 2020

VIRTUAL Story Time for Adults!
Friday Folk and Fairy Tales at 12:15PM

Join us Friday, June 26th at 12:15pm for the reading of a new fairy tale, “Reeling for the Empire” from Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell. This story is not recommended for children. A link will be posted here for the Zoom meeting 15 minutes before the event.

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ~ Neil Gaiman* Coraline

The pandemic has presented us with new challenges and exacerbated old ones. Folk and fairy tales do not merely entertain us, but teach and remind us that we can conquer whatever we face and help quell our fears and anxieties. As we are faced with new obstacles we also need new fairy tales. On these summer Fridays, we will be sharing a combination of old and new folk and fairy tales to aid our community in overcoming the challenges we face today.

*Paraphrasing of G.K. Chesterton’s Red Angel: “Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”

VIRTUAL Lunch Break Book Chat
Thursday, June 25th 12:15PM

Missed the book chat? Check out what staff and patrons recommended: Recommended Books

Take a break and join Librarian Jean for a casual discussion of what everyone’s been reading and find your next great read!

This program will be conducted via Zoom. The link will be posted fifteen minutes before the event in the “Upcoming Events” listing to the right of our homepage, maldenpubliclibrary.org, and in our Events Google Calendar. This program will not be recorded.

MPL TO GO: The Malden Public Library Opens for Curbside Hold Pickups

The Malden Public Library is open for curbside holds pickup starting June 15, 2020. Curbside hold pickup means you will be asking for items either from our website or via phone. This will be available Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Library staff will collect and check out materials, and contact patrons when holds are ready for pickup.

Follow these simple steps to pick up items:

  • Place an item on hold through the library’s catalog (https://mpl.bibliocommons.com/)  or by calling the library (781.324.0218).
  • When your items are ready, library staff will notify you by email or phone.
  • Drive or walk to the library and wait in the designated curbside area.
  • Call 781-324-0218 to let library staff know you are there to pick up your items.
  • We will place your items on a table 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 www.maldenpubliclibrary.org, 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. However, the library’s Summer Reading Program will be taking place starting July 15.

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

Summer Reading 2020

Please visit our Summer Reading 2020 page to find links to lists of resources and summer reading lists by grade for Malden students. We will continue to update this page as more classes release their information. The theme for this year’s summer reading is Imagine Your Story—themes of fairytales, mythology, and fantasy.

And soon we will be announcing our Summer Reading Kickoff Event (and yes, we will have ice cream this year too!) and links to sign up for Summer Reading.