Blog: Month: June 2022

Nature Journaling with Clare Walker Leslie


Whether sitting by the Pine Banks’ Pond, exploring the heights of Waitt’s Mount, or digging in the Malden Community Garden we have so much nature to explore here in Malden. Illustrator and Nature Educator Clare Walker Leslie ( will be at the Malden Public Library on Monday June 27th from 3-5pm presenting “How to Setup and Keep a Seasonal Nature Journal.” Participants will be encouraged to use words and drawings to deepen their understanding of the natural world with emphasis on drawing to learn more than learning to draw. This event will start inside and, weather permitting, move outside to the Library’s lawn.




This event is open to all ages 10+, teens, and adults. No previous art experience required. Pencils and paper will be available but participants are welcome to bring their own drawing tools.

This program, sponsored by the Friends of the Malden Public Library, is free and open to the public. The Malden Public Library is located at 36 Salem St., Malden, MA 02148. To learn more about our 2022 Summer Reading Programing, email us at .


Register below, call us at (781) 324-0218, or stop by the Information desk.



Worm Storytime & Gardening Activity – Tuesday, June 28, 3pm

Kari Percival, Malden artist and author, will read from her new picture book, How to Say Hello to a Worm, and then offer a special gardening activity on the library front lawn. This free program is appropriate for young children (ages 2-5).  For the activity, families should bring a container in which to plant their garden. Suitable containers can be an empty 32-ounce yogurt container (with lid) or an empty plastic half-gallon milk jug or an empty 2-liter soda bottle or a similar-sized flower pot.

Letterboxing & Local Hikes – Wednesday, June 29, 7pm

Learn aboutthe fun and adventurous hobby known as letterboxing: what materials are needed and how to carve a rubber stamp.

Find out about the many nearby parks where you can enjoy hiking in nature as well as searching for letterboxes (Middlesex Fells, Breakheart Reservation, Lynn Woods, Harold Parker State Forest, etc.).

 Appropriate for families with children ages 6-10+.

Book Sale Saturday, June 11

Join the Friends of the Malden Public Library for a book sale on Saturday, June 11th from 11 am to 1 pm. The sale will be held rain or shine in the Library’s Book Sale Room.  Books, DVDs, and CDs for all ages are available with prices ranging from $.25 to $2.00.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Come Explore the Healing Power of Art

On Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m., the Malden Public Library is proud to present Art-Prescriptions, a talk on museum-based art therapy, wellness and social inclusion with Stephen Legari, Program Officer for Art Therapy at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, Quebec.

Stephen Legari holds a master’s in creative arts therapies from Concordia University and a master’s in couple and family therapy from McGill University. He has worked extensively with individuals, groups, couples, and families in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Since 2017, Stephen has been Program Officer for Art Therapy at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts where he has developed specialized therapy programs for groups and contributed to numerous publications on the arts in health. Stephen works with Canada’s Social Prescribing program–which empowers doctors to prescribe free art museum visits to patients with a range of ailments, from depression to diabetes to chronic illnesses.

Beginning at 6 p.m., there will be a pre-program hands-on (30 minute) wellness workshop in the art galleries. Using simple tape and some acrylic paint, participants will be able to create their own “crafty emotional coaster” to express their feelings and be inspired by the library’s beautiful art collections.

This program is free and sponsored by the Foundation Trust as part of their 2022 Speaker Series.  Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to register please call the Information Desk at 781-324-0218 or email

Classic Movie Night: Wed., June 15th: 6-8pm

Join us on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 6-8:00pm in the Program Room. It’s throwback Classic Movie Night!

This classic Al Pacino film is “The story of a botched bank robbery that occurred August 22, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York and turned into a bizarre hostage situation lasting” throughout a sweltering “Dog Day Afternoon.” Rated R (124 min.) (1975)

Reservations required. Space is limited to 20. Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 to reserve your space. Movie times are approx.

YA Movie Afternoon – June 16th @ 3PM

Young Adults in the 5th through 12th grade are invited to watch a movie at the Malden Public Library. Join us on Thursday, June 16th from 3-5 PM in the Program Room on the 2nd Floor.

The film is a high-flying action adventure movie based on the “Uncharted” video game series, and it stars Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home) and Mark Wahlberg.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided on a first come basis along with seating so mark the 3PM start time to enjoy this feature presentation at the MPL.

Board Game Night for Adults! Wednesday, June 8th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Adults are welcome to come to the Program Room for a night of friends & gaming as we bring out our collection of board games to play.

Join us on Wednesday, June 8th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, and play one of our many popular board games or bring your own to play! Gaming will commence from here on our on the second Wednesday of the month, so mark your calendars now!

StoryWalk®: The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley

This month’s StoryWalk® features the marvelous picture book The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley. You are invited to walk around the library building and enjoy this entertaining story on days when there is no threat of rain or gusty winds.
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.
Our recent StoryWalk® programs are supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.