Blog: Month: July 2020

Friday Folk & Fairy Tales: Mythological Birds

Join us Friday, July 24th at 12:15pm for the reading of “The Tale of Ivan Tsarevich, the Bird of Light, and the Grey Wolf” and “The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor.” These stories were selected with an adult audience in mind. Click here to watch:

“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.

Virtual English Conversation Class (ELL) & The Old Man And The Sea via Zoom

Adult students who would like to learn and practice their English skills are welcome to join our virtual English conversation class via Zoom. This English Language Learners (ELL) class will be on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm. The first class starts this Wednesday, July 22, 2020 for general conversation.

We will talk about daily life, life in the United States, learn some new vocabulary, and chat in a friendly and supportive environment. This summer we will also read and discuss the classic book, “The Old Man and the Sea,” by Ernest Hemingway. Malden Public Library will provide the book for you.

Registration required. The class is limited to 20 students. More details will be provided once students are registered.

You must register for the class by e-mailing:

MPL 2020 Calendar of Events Is Here

In addition to helping you get materials for reading this summer, Malden Public Library will be holding programs for children, families, teens, and adults. And although we’re not able to all meet in person, join your friends on Zoom for our on-line virtual programs. Check out our summer program events here:

Integrated Summer Calendar 2020

and you can join the Zoom programs from the homepage of this website. We look forward to seeing you!

UPDATED: Young Adult Craft: Perler Beads

Young Adults in the 5th through 12th grade are invited to get crafty with the library’s Perler Bead collection. Craft anything you can imagine live online while in the comfort of your own home. Starting Friday July 17th you can pick up a home kit of Perler Bead materials from the Malden Public Library and get ready to craft!

We will meet in a Zoom call on Thursday, July 23rd from 3:00 – 4:00 PM to go over some good techniques for making something out of perler beads, and how to get started in this fun hobby! Please email for access to the Zoom link.

UPDATE: Zoom link is accessible here:

UPDATE: YA Book Discussion: Rick Riordan, July 20th

Young Adults in the 6th-12th grade are invited to take part in our first Summer Reading online book discussions on July 20th from 3PM-4PM.

Join Librarian Patrick as we take a look at Rick Riordan’s series of mythological book series and talk about the history behind some of them. This conversation will take place over Zoom, and a recording will be made available after the event goes live. Sign up for Summer Reading on Beanstack to be added to the e-mail list.

UPDATE: Join us today at the zoom meeting link below:

Join the conversation by following us on Twitter @MaldenMALibrary or on Facebook and Instagram.

Our New How-To Video Series

Have you ever wondered how to search the library catalog more effectively?

As the world continues its monumental shift to adapt to life during a global pandemic, the Malden Public Library continues to do its best to support our patrons (and everyone else! Hello online community!). We know that the changes in our services, particularly the heavy slant toward the virtual landscape, can be overwhelming and confusing and the world is already overwhelming and confusing enough. Whoever said “When it rains it pours” really nailed it 🙄

We want to make the transition to the new normal as smooth and painless as possible. And so we are introducing a new video series published to our Youtube channel: MPL HOW TO. These videos will be quick (five minutes or less) tutorials on how to effectively use library resources. The very first installment is MPL HOW TO: Search for Physical Items in Our Catalog. We hope you find it helpful.


Remember that we are all in this together. By staying safe you help yourself, the people you  know, and those you don’t. We love you.

Summer Reading Celebration & Parade on July 15 !

Summer Reading is about to begin at the Malden Public Library! To kick things off we are hosting a ‘parade’ style event and you are our guest of honor!  On Wednesday, July 15 (2 PM – 3 PM), drive (or walk) along our parade route at our Park Street entrance to greet your friendly librarians and learn more about this summer’s reading program.  Although we are not able to hold our annual ice cream social (please visit our long term sponsor Dairy Delight), we will be handing out a free ice cream goodie for the kids – and celebrating this year’s theme “Imagine Your Story.” There will be music, balloons – and much more.  Even if you can’t make the ”Parade”, it’s easy to participate in summer reading by calling the Library to schedule a curbside pickup of this year’s summer reading books, calendar and schedule of events.

Summer Reading looks a little different this year—everything will be done virtually!   We will still (remotely) have programs for children, teens, and adults, including weekly story times, creative crafts, book chats, reading challenges and prizes – and later this summer a drive-in family movie night.

For continued information check out the Malden Public Library webpage at, like us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or call us at 781-324-0218.  We ask that everyone remain in their vehicles during the event; walkers are asked to follow social distance and mask wearing guidelines. While supplies last.