Blog: Month: April 2021

STEM Workshop: Tinted Flowers – Saturday, April 24, 2 p.m.

The Malden High School’s Ecobility Club is partnering with the library to present this fun and educational virtual workshop on making Tinted Flowers, using materials from home. Participants will need some white flowers (e.g., carnations, daisies) and food coloring. This hour-long workshop is appropriate for students in grades 3-5. To receive the Zoom invitation link, please complete the following registration form and let us know if you need any of the necessary materials:

Museum Passes are Back!

We have added back six passes to area institutions. Procedures have changed for most passes. Please see below for special instructions.

Book all passes online through library website, then follow the institution-specific instructions below:

Zoo New England (Stone & Franklin Park) (paper pass): $9 adult, $6 child (up to 6 people).

  1. Pick up paper pass from library up to three weeks in advance. We recommend at least 1 week in advance.
  2. Purchase timed tickets through (Zoo charges $2 additional fee per ticket).
  3. Bring pass and Zoo confirmation to the Zoo for your visit.

New England Aquarium (paper pass): 50% off (up to 4 people).

  1. Pick up paper pass from library up to three weeks in advance. We recommend at least 1 week in advance.
  2. Call the Aquarium at 617-973-5200 (Reservations) to purchase timed tickets by phone. You must call. Promo code is not eligible for online booking.
  3. Bring pass and Aquarium confirmation to the Aquarium for your visit.

Museum of Science (e-pass): 50% off (up to 4 people)

  1. Call the Museum of Science at 617-723-2500 to reserve a time slot on the day you selected. You must call. Promo code is not eligible for online booking.
  2. Bring library e-pass confirmation and Museum of Science ticket confirmation to the Museum for your visit.

Museum of Fine Arts (e-pass): $10 (up to 2 adults, children are free)

  1. Visit, click Tickets, select the date and type of ticket, and enter the promo code you received when booking the discount pass on the top right corner of the next page, which will activate the reduced admission rate. 
  2. Bring library e-pass confirmation and Museum of Science ticket confirmation to the Museum for your visit.

USS Constitution Museum (paper pass): Free (up to 9 people)

  1. Pick up paper pass at the library up to three weeks in advance and bring it to the USS Constitution (no timed ticket needed: first come, first served).

Massachusetts State Parks (pass needs to be returned): Free Parking (1 vehicle)

  1. Pick up pass day before or morning of reserved date. If not picked up by noon the day of reservation, the pass is forfeited).
  2. Return by morning of the next day (for Saturday & Sunday reservations, return the pass by Monday morning).

If you have any questions about passes, please call the library at 781-324-0218.

YA Craft: Duct Tape Bracelets

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!

Library Reopening News – Welcome Back

The Malden Public Library is very, very happy to announce that we have reopened for limited in-person browsing and holds pick up by appointment. Library in-person hours will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11-1 PM and Wednesdays 4-6 PM.

Call 781-324-0218 to learn more or book your 20-minute appointment. Masks must be worn in the library building at all times. We can’t wait to see you.

Do you miss browsing for books in the library? Library visitors can come in and explore our “first floor browsing area” and check out new and popular items, request materials, pick up existing holds, get help at the reference / information desk, use the copier, read the daily newspapers and magazines, pick up tax forms, book a museum discount pass, and applying or renew library cards. At this time there is no access to study or meetings rooms, public computers or in-person programs. As Covid numbers continue to improve more in-person hours and services will be added.

For those still unable to come inside, the Library will continue to provide daily curbside service, virtual programs for children, teens and adults, grab & go crafts, access to 24/7 digital resources and wifi (outside the library), remote printing, and more.  Please continue to return materials using the book drop.

A Public Library Needs Its Public – so book your appointment today!

New StoryWalk® – We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow

It’s the month of Earth Day, and we have a new StoryWalk® to celebrate!  You are invited to walk around the library building and enjoy this fun rhyming tale on the following dates (weather permitting, of course–precipitation and wind can be a challenge):
Thursday, April 8 – 10:30am – 5:30pm
Friday, April 9 – 10:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday, April 10 – 10:30am – 3:30pm
Tuesday, April 13 – 10:30am – 5:30pm. (but might be too windy…)
Wednesday, April 14 – 10:30am – 6:30pm
More dates to come!
StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children—and adults!—to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll along the walkway, you’re directed to the next page in the story.
StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Celebrate National Library Week

April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.

This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting their library’s website, following them on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.

Jazz for Kids with Mr. Frank, Music Play Patrol: April 21 & 22

For school vacation week, we have two wonderful music programs to offer:

Wednesday, April 21, 3:00 pm
Learn about some of the greatest Jazz musicians of all time and discover new favorites! Featuring activities and songs inspired by Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, and more. Mr. Frank from Music Play Patrol will present this fun 30-minute virtual music program. Visit the library’s online event calendar for the Zoom details.

Thursday, April 22, 11:30 am
Let’s put on our dancing shoes and begin our exploration of Jazz music! Featuring jazz versions of our favorite songs,
how to swing, and more! Mr. Frank from Music Play Patrol will present this fun 30-minute virtual music program. Visit the library’s online event calendar for the Zoom details.


MPL TO GO: New Extended Curbside Pickup Hours

The Malden Public Library offers curbside pickup: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 10-6, Wednesday from 10-7, and Saturday from 10-2.  Curbside hold pickup means you will be asking for items either from our website or over the phone.  We are looking forward to helping you.

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.