Blog: Month: June 2022

Children’s Summer Reading Club – July 4 to August 14

Register your child now for the Summer Reading Club, either on paper in the Children’s Room or online using Beanstack. Children ages 3 to those entering 5th grade in the fall are eligible.

For six weeks, beginning Monday, July 4, registered children can log their reading times (on paper or online) to reach the weekly goal of 120 minutes or more by the end of the week on Sunday. Kids can read any book anywhere, and being read aloud to counts, especially for pre-readers. Readers who reach the weekly goal can come to the Children’s Room the following week (or anytime thereafter) to choose a prize. For more information, call the Children’s Room at 781-388-0803 or 781-324-0218. A calendar with all the library’s summer programs (the events in red are for children) is available: Summer Program Calendar 2022

NASA @ My Library Take & Make “Ocean Biome Dessert”

Youth and Families are invited to explore the Ocean’s Exploration with a Take & Make bag at home, sponsored by our partnership with NASA @ My Library.
Please call the Library at 781-324-0218 and ask for the Information Desk, or stop by the Information Desk of the Library to reserve your single craft bag per household. Sign-ups start today, and you can pick up your reserved bag starting Tuesday, July 5th, at the MPL.
Each bag has the dessert fixings to create a jello aquarium and explore the the Water Cycle of planet Earth. These kits are limited to one per household as each one will make 8 servings of dessert! Have fun learning and playing with your food in the comfort of your own home.

Diane Edgecomb, Storyteller – Thursday, July 7, 10:30am

Children ages 4-8 are invited to “Trail Mix,” a special storytelling program by Diane Edgecomb on Thursday, July 7, at 10:30 am on the front lawn of the library.

Step off the Beaten Path and into the Big Outdoors in this fun-loving participatory program with award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb. We’ll go on a fossil dig in Montana to discover a new dinosaur and take on the world’s sassiest bugs all before we break out our lunch pails. Join in the stories, songs and FUN that have made Diane Edgecomb one of New England’s favorite storytellers. Diane has been featured on NPR and is a winner of a Parent’s Choice award for her CDs and recordings.

This program is supported by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


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.

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.