Blog: Month: August 2022

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

September is library card sign up month. And ALA and I Love Libraries have partnered to offer a $100 gift card to a lucky library lover. Just post a photo of you and your library card as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries page. Don’t forget to not include any personal information in your photo (just show us the front of the card). #GetLibraryCarded promotion begins Today, at 1pm EST and ends Friday, September 23, at 1pm EST.  Check back to see all the ways you can use your library card and all the reasons to love your library. We’ll be featuring the many uses, programs, and perks of using your library card regularly.

Collect your Camp MPL Merit Badge

Our merit badges have arrived and they are very cool! If you miss your scout days, or you always wanted to be a scout but couldn’t then this is your chance to earn a merit badge. All you need to do is stop by the circulation desk with your completed summer reading passport. Or just let us know that you finished five challenges, in person or online, and we will award you a merit badge.









If you haven’t completed your challenges, you still have time. Stop by the library and pick up a passport. We’ll give you stickers for book reviews, funny jokes (not funny jokes), dances, and trips out into nature. Things are hard and we want to make this easy, so come in and get a badge for getting through another summer season intact. Celebrate with us!

And for adults, when you get your merit badge don’t forget to fill out an entry for our tote bag raffle. We have some nifty Camp MPL tote bags for a limit number of winners.

Adult Take & Make (August)


Sign up at the INFO desk for this month’s Adult Take & Make Craft!

Zhezhi  摺紙, Chinese paper folding originated in the 15th century and remains a distinctive paper crafting tradition. Maying Soong’s The Art of Chinese Paper folding helped popularize the craft in the 20th century. Modular designs, such as utilized in this craft, derive from recent innovations popularized in the 1990s by artists among the Golden Venture migrants.

In 1993 the Cargo Ship Golden Venture ran aground in New York. On board were 286 Chinese refugees. Their imprisonment and subsequent years long legal dispute continues to be a point of contention in discussions on immigration policy, human rights, and statelessness.

The documentary Golden Venture (2006), directed by Peter Cohn, depicts the journey of some of the Gold Venture migrants lives from the 90s into the mid 2000s. This is available through the library’s Kanopy subscription.

Many of the pieces of art created by Golden Venture artists including Cao Xiang Qui and Zhe Shung Jan are now part of the Museum of Chinese in America’s collection exhibited in 1996 as “Fly to Freedom” and most recently in 2018 as FOLD. Due to a fire in January 2020, many of the pieces are in need of conservation and are no longer accessible to the public. To examine digital representations of many of the work search MOCA’s online collections for “Fly to Freedom”


ASL Storytime – Thursday, August 18, 10:30 a.m.

This signed story time will be led by ASL interpreter and teaching artist, Arlene Velleman. We will read a picture book, Arlene will interpret in ASL, and then Arlene will teach participants the signs for some of the key words from the story. A question-and-answer session will follow. All ages are welcome; this program is particularly appropriate for ages 4-6+.

To help folks practice some of the signs we’ll be learning, here are two videos:

Stanley’s Diner

Stanley the Mailman

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


End of Summer Reading Picnic!

Join the Malden Public Library as we bid farewell to Camp MPL and wind down our Summer Reading season. On Thursday August 11th from 2-4 pm bring your picnic snacks and baskets for an old fashioned community picnic party on the lawn. We will provide the cake and light refreshments, you bring your sandwiches and sides. There will be games, music, prizes, and hopefully a lot of fun with our library friends and neighbors. Thank you again to all our summer reading sponsors: Preotle, Lane & Associates, the Friends of the Malden Public Library, Malden Cultural Council – and all our great summer volunteers.

Cancelled: Summer Movie Night: Wed., August 24th: 6-8pm

Tonight’s movie has been cancelled. We will reschedule in the future.

Join us for a fun Summer Movie Night on Wednesday, August 24th from 6-8pm. We’re showing the Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum adventure rom-com about a romance novelist and her book cover model who go to The Lost City. Rated PG-13 (112 min.) (2022) Registration is encouraged. Call us at 781-324-0218 to reserve your spot.