Blog: Month: January 2021

YA Craft: How To Make A Duct Tape Wallet

Craft bags with instructions and two rolls of patterned Duct Tape are available in to-go bags at the Malden Public Library starting today.

In order to secure yours while supplies last please call 781-324-0218 and place a reservation under your name today. There is a limit of one bag per household, but feel free to supplement this with Duct Tape you have lying around the house as well!

The Poets of the Presidential Inauguration

If you watched the Inauguration on Wednesday you got to hear National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman read her poem “The Hill we Climb.” And on a day of speeches and performances by many famous people, her poem reminds us how important words and the arts are to our national identity.
While it is not entirely a tradition, the choice to feature a poet or writer at the Inauguration has been a personal choice by several Presidents. John F. Kennedy was the first to invite a poet when he asked Robert Frost to read at his inauguration on January 20th, 1961. Since then only five other poets have had the honor of speaking at this important event. The list includes: Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, Elizabeth Alexander, Richard Blanco and of course Robert Frost and Amanda Gorman. Their inclusion signals a willingness to honor arts and literature as a part of our national heritage and to remind us that literature can unite us in our shared humanity.

Want to read more?

If you would like to read the poetry of past and present Inaugurations or would like to see the other works by these honored writers, follow the link to our Bibliocommons list to request works by these remarkable writers. See what these poets felt and wrote that inspired Presidents and people past and present. Also included at the bottom of the post are recordings from each inaugural reading. So watch and listen to the authors reading words at the Capitol.


Robert Frost on January 20, 1961 at the Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. The Poem is “The Gift Outright” which had a dedication written for the occasion that Frost was unable to read because of the glare, so he recited the poem itself from memory.


Maya Angelou on January 20, 1993 at the first Inauguration of President Bill Clinton. The poem is “On the Pulse of Morning”.


Miller Williams on January 20, 1997 at the second Inauguration of President Bill Clinton. The poem is “Of History and Hope”.


Elizabeth Alexander on January 20, 2009 at the first inauguration of President Barack Obama. The poem is “Praise Song for the Day”.


Richard Blanco on January 20, 2013 at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. The poem is “One Today”.

Amanda Gorman on January 20, 2021 at the Inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden Jr. The poems is: “The Hill we Climb”.


5 in 5: YA African American Authors
(Book Recommendations)

Take a look at some new African and African American authors in the YA collection and Patrick guides you through a quick list of titles. If you want to borrow any of the books on this list click this link below and log in with your library card!

Thursday, January 28th 7-9PM
Free Triple Threat Trivia Online Edition
Sign Up Now!

We aren’t able to hold our annual Triple Threat Trivia fundraiser this year, but we couldn’t let this year go by without an opportunity to challenge the minds of Malden! Join us on Thursday, January 28th at 7PM to play with old friends or make new ones as you take on fun and family-friendly questions that will surely get you thinking. Sign up here by Monday, January 25th.

If you have questions, please call 781-324-0218 or email Jean at
This event is sponsored by the Trustees of the Malden Public Library.

English Conversation Class: Wednesdays 1-2 pm

Join us for a free English Conversation Class for adult students every Wednesday from 1:00-2:00pm via Zoom. We will discuss daily life, learn new vocabulary, and have general conversation in English. Learn English at home on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

You must register for the class. Please e-mail Stacy (English Conversation Librarian) at: