Blog: Month: September 2020

Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook

Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook: A joint presentation by Architectural Historian Ryan D. Hayward and Social Historian Dee Morris on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 6:30 PM via Zoom.

The Middlesex Fells Reservation is one of Metropolitan Boston’s most beautiful and treasured parks. Its natural landscape is well known and celebrated but, did you know it once had a more industrial past?  For three centuries, this rocky woodland region was part of the evolving New England landscape. Generations worked farms in fields, pastures, and woodlots. Businesses were established and industry took a foothold in various forms. It quickly spread to Malden and surrounding communities and although the little village on Spot Pond Brook flourished, it vanished in the blink of an eye. It was absorbed into the Middlesex Fells, which was created for the general public to enjoy, forever. Come for an evening to revisit the thriving enterprises and the entrepreneurs that changed this place, Malden, Medford, Stoneham, the Commonwealth, and beyond. This digital event is offered by the Malden Public Library and is free to all.

This program is funded as part of Converse 2020: Exploring the Industrial History of Malden, a two-year program brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with additional funds from the Malden Public Library.

Malden Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook
Time: Sep 29, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join us for Virtual Preschool Storytime!

Young children (ages 3-5) are invited to join us on Zoom for storytimes, which feature several picture books, songs, and rhymes and last for about 30 minutes. Check the library’s online calendar for these storytimes and other upcoming virtual programs. A Zoom link will appear in the online calendar shortly before program begins.

Some future storytimes include:

Tuesday, September 29, 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 8, 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 22, 11:00 a.m.

Massachusetts Information for Voters

Wondering about the two upcoming Massachusetts statewide ballot questions?  Need information on voter registration?  Pick up a copy of “Massachusetts Information for Voters – 2020 Ballot Questions for State Election Tuesday, November 3, 2020.” Published by William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth.  Free copies area available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Large Print – available curbside during regular library hours, whiles supplies last.  For information online, visit the state website at

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.

YA Anime afternoon 9/25

Join us monthly as we dive into the most otaku of anime, from OVAs to series to feature length films. We will convene on Zoom and talk about what to watch and suggest to one another via chat. We have access to netflix, hulu, crunchyroll and more and are just waiting on your input.

Join the zoom link below on Friday, September 25th at 3PM and watch alongside fellow Malden teens.

Ya Movie Afternoon: Wonder Woman Animated Movie!

YA in the 6th through 12th grade jump online and watch alongside your fellow classmates one of the best rated animated movies from the DC universe. At 3PM on September 24th we will go live with a zoom theater playing of an animated Wonder Woman film in conjunction with September’s drive to get a library card.

Join the Facebook event, or look below for the zoom link:

Thumbprint Craft Bag for Kids

Children ages 5 and up are invited to get a “grab and go” craft bag at the library and get creative with their fingers and thumbs. To see what inky adventures are possible, check out this Emberley page and The Artful Parent. You can also request Ed Emberley’s book.

To reserve a bag, call the library during regular curbside hours and schedule a pickup time (while supplies last). Remember we’re now open an hour later on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays 10-2!


The Group Chat with the Improbable Players

Join us on Friday, September 18th at 4:00 p.m.  The Improbable Players is a theater troupe made up of young people in recovery. Their performances, based on real-life, include a talk back session in which audience members can ask questions of the actors about the play and about their struggles with addiction.  “The Group Chat” follows four friends during their first year out of high school. As one friend begins to use alcohol to deal with stress, the other friends in the group struggle to understand the true nature of addiction and how they can help. This play explores how addiction can affect relationships, how to talk to someone you love when you feel concerned about their use of drugs and alcohol, and ultimately, the different pathways to recovery.  Ideal for teens and the adults who care about them, the audience will be able to log on to the performance through Zoom to watch and then interact with the members of Improbable Players.  The performance is free and supported by the Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Sep 18, 2020 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: “The Group Chat”  Malden Public Library 9/18/20 4:00 pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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Dragon “Grab and Go” Craft

Families can reserve a craft bag for curbside pickup, and kids can make their own colorful paper dragons at home. Instructions are included in the bag. Families will need to provide their own glue, scissors, and black marker. One bag per child, while supplies last. Appropriate for ages 4 and up.

Call us at 781-324-0218, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., to reserve the craft.