Blog: Month: July 2020

Urban Ecology Workshop Series for Grades 3-8

Love the environment? Join Librarian Jean for a series of Urban Ecology Workshops designed by the MIT Public Library Innovation Exchange (PLIX) team (Learn more here).

Pick up activity bags beginning Monday, August 3rd 10-6PM.

Call 781-324-0218 or email to reserve a bag. Programs will be conducted over Zoom; a link will be added here.

Wednesday, August 5th 3-4PM Sensory Nature Walk: Cultivate a keen eye—and nose, ear, and hand—when evaluating the qualities of our living world. Then use these observational skills to explore your local urban or suburban environment.

Wednesday, August 12th 3-4PM Tangible Ecosystem: Learn how to highlight abiotic (nonliving) and biotic (living) factors as the key actors in the urban environment. Examine how these environmental components interact, as well as how they are related, to form unique ecologies associated with your local community.

Wednesday, August 19th 3-4PM Understanding Urban Soils: Explore the diverse functions and roles of soils—the foundation of all terrestrial ecosystems—and the types of life they support. Learn to categorize various soils and the species contained therein, and begin to unravel how urban environments shape soil structure and function.

Generously sponsored by Preotle, Lane, & Associates.


Friday Folk and Fairy Tales for Adults Complete Schedule!

Spend your Friday afternoons with the staff at the Malden Public Library reading you grown up folk and fairy tales. Listen to heros, heroines, tragic lovers, transformed travelers, and dancers with the devil as they meet challenges and overcome them. Let us tell you a story and while we are at it inspire you to take another look at your own challenges with fresh eyes and renewed purpose. Books and stories are our road maps to the struggles that always face human kind. And fairy tales take those struggles and distill them down to their essential matter, hide them in a bit of the fantastic, and then give us the strength and inspiration to push on no matter how big the dragon or how large our pile of straw becomes.

We’ll post new readings every Friday at 1215pm, you can catch the link on our calendar or Facebook event listing. You can also listen and watch on our Youtube channel or find our playlist and catch up on the stories you missed.

Complete list of events:

June 26th @ 1215 pm

July 3rd @ 1215 pm

July 10th @ 1215 pm

July 17th @ 1215 pm

July 24th @ 1215 pm

July 31st @ 1215 pm

August 7th @ 1215 pm

August 14th @ 1215 pm

August 21st @ 1215 pm

August 28th @ 1215 pm

And check out our Fall offerings when they arrive. As with most adventures things may change and new challenges may come so check back with us to see where we’ve gotten to on our journey.


Young Adult Yoga via Zoom!

Teens in the 5th through 12th grade can join us on August 6th, from 3:00-4:00 PM for a free Yoga class via zoom. Trained youth Yoga instructor Katie will be there to guide you through a relaxed and healthy afternoon class.

Please email librarian Patrick at to reserve your spot in the zoom call, or with any question you may have.

Sing-Along with Matt Heaton: Wed., Aug. 5, 11:00 a.m.

Kids of all ages are invited to join us for some musical fun, singing, and dancing with Matt Heaton on Wednesday morning, August 5! We’ll be gathering on Zoom, with an invitation to be posted in the library website’s event calendar shortly before the program begins.   Meeting ID: 987 1990 5992    Passcode: 595736

Matt Heaton believes music for kids can be entertaining for both children AND parents. His songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, american roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun.  Children and adults respond to his musicianship and variety. The adults in the room particularly appreciate the Muppet-esque touches of humor and observations of kid behavior.  Whether you call it children’s music, family music, kindie or toddlerbilly, it’s sure to please listeners of all ages.


Virtual Story Times for ages 4-6+

Join us as we share some special fairy tales and some of our favorite picture books on Zoom at the following times:

Fantasy Story Time:  Thursday, July 30, 11:00-11:30 a.m.

Favorite Picture Books:  Tuesday, August 4 and 18, 11:00-11:30 a.m.

A Zoom invitation link will appear in the library calendar entry for this program, 5-10 minutes before story time begins.

Career Workshop: Tips for a Successful Virtual Interview
Thursday, August 6th 7-8:30PM

Interviews are nerve-wracking enough and now we have a new normal to navigate. Prior to COVID-19 many companies were implementing phone and video interviews as part of their hiring process. Now virtual interviews are becoming commonplace as it relates to remote hiring. This Zoom workshop will address many topics including ideal locations and conditions for conducting the interview, the importance of body language, technology overviews, appropriate dress codes, and strategies to build confidence.

Gary Gekow is a Senior Employment Specialist/Career Coach with 30 years of recruiting and employment services experience in the Boston staffing industry. He works closely with client companies in many industries and job seekers in various specialties.

A Zoom link will be posted here a few minutes before the program begins. Email Librarian Jean at to have the link emailed to you.

Virtual Book Hangouts with the Staff

Looking for your next summer read? Or do you have a book you are dying to share with people? Spend an hour with some book lovers and librarians to talk about the books you loved, books you hated, or get some first hand recommendations for new books to try. There are multiple upcoming dates so check here to see when you can drop by on Zoom for a chat with some fellow readers.

Upcoming dates:

Tuesday 7/28 @12:15 pm

Thursday 8/13 @ 12:15 pm

Tuesday 8/18 @ 7:30 pm

Thursday 8/27 @ 12:15 pm

Tuesday 9/1 @ 7:30 pm

Links to this Zoom program are typically posted 5-15 minutes prior to the event and can be reached by clicking on the event on our calendar or by following the Zoom link posted on the FB event page. If you have trouble accessing Zoom or this program you can call the library during our hours of operation and a librarian will be happy to help you.

Check back for more dates in September. And look for our updated book recommendations from each session posted to our social media.

Campfire Ghost Stories (New recurring event!)

Horror fans, podcast ghouls, and people who love a good scare before bedtime join us for virtual campfire ghost stories. If you were a fan of Are You Afraid of the Dark? or are missing the feeling of a chilly night with a good fire under the stars then these are the tales for you! Haunted tales told with a virtual fire crackling in the background; we will scare you, delight you, and hopefully lull you into a night of uneasy dreams. Muhahaha.

After each creepy episode you can come back here to relive the stories or catch up on stories you might have missed. In fact here comes one right now!

Schedule of haunts:

Thursday 7/23 @730 pm 


Thursday 7/30 @ 730pm

Tuesday 8/4 @ 730pm

Friday 8/21 @ 730 pm

Thursday 8/27 @ 730 pm

More dates to follow us into the Fall.

Bookmark this page and check back for new stories or watch a whole playlist and let us scare you into your eternal rest…

Sesame Street on Hoopla: “When You Wish Upon a Pickle”

This award-winning Special (along with many other Sesame Street favorites) is available now on Hoopla!

“When a mysterious Wish Pickle is delivered to Sesame Street, Elmo, Abby and Bert find their wishes coming true. But the gang learns that if they believe in themselves, they can be anything they want to be without needing magic. One word of warning though: when you wish upon a pickle make sure you read ALL the directions first.”

There are also ready-made related activities that children can enjoy:

Elmo Coloring Sheet

Bert-and-Ernie Maze Activity Sheet

Cookie Monster Spot-the-Difference and Coloring Activity Sheets

Abby Color-by-Numbers and Coloring Activity Sheets