Blog: Month: November 2023

Hang your art at the library!

Did you know that the Malden Public Library is also a museum? We have an entire wing devoted to art that you can view on Wednesdays and Saturdays 2-4pm. We love art at this library! And in honor of our long commitment to art and the artistic communities of Malden and beyond we also host local artist in our hallway and display cases. Our application period is now open for artists of all types and we would love to see some new community members in this space. Fill out the form below and show our art committee your creativity. We’d love to host it!

Author Talk: David R. Surette November 30th @ 7pm

Incoming local author talk! Join the Library in welcoming home notable local poet: David R. Surette. He will be joining us on Thursday, November 30th to read his poetry and talk about his experiences as an author and Maldonian. Program starts at 7PM and all are welcome to attend.

About the author:

David R. Surette is the author of eight collections of poetry including Stable which was named an Honor Book at the 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards. His latest is TONIC. His poems have been featured in the anthologies French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets, Cadence of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses, 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers, From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod and the Islands Through Poetry, Look! Up in the Sky! An Anthology of Comic Book Poems, and Selected Poems from the Daily Grind. The first three chapters of his novel Favors are included in the 2022 March edition of The Lowell Review. David has been a contributing editor at Salamander, an instructor at the Cape Cod Writers’ Conference, a keynote speaker at New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf, and a contributor and scholarship recipient at the Bread Loaf Writing Conference. He has featured at poetry venues across New England. He was also the chief lyricist for the Boston punk band Boy’s Life. He attended Colby College. He taught high school for 33 years in Waltham and East Bridgewater. He grew up in Malden, MA and lives on Cape Cod.

Let’s Talk About A Poem with Lloyd Schwartz – December

Our monthly online poetry discussion group is led by the poet Lloyd Schwartz.  Every month Lloyd chooses a poem then leads an engaging and often lively discussion.

Our December program will feature Ezra Pound’s from Canto 115.

To register: Let’s Talk About A Poem with Lloyd Schwartz

Recordings of these programs are available on the Malden Public Library’s Youtube channel. Click here to see previous programs. Let’s Talk About A Poem with Lloyd Schwartz -videos

This program is made possible by the Malden Public Library and the Academy of American Poets and funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Malden Office of Housing Stability

The Malden Office of Housing Stability will be at the Malden Public Library one Wednesday a month from10 am to 12 pm for a free legal clinic to discuss housing concerns, eviction, financial assistance, affordable housing, etc. with an attorney. The upcoming dates are as follows: November 22nd, December 27th, January 24th, and February 28th.

Call 781-322-9119 ext. 146 or email with questions


“At Housing Families, we work with clients to ensure a dignified experience when facing
eviction or homelessness. We understand that many factors can contribute to achieving
housing equity, and we provide holistic programming to overcome the barriers required to
achieve permanent housing and well-being.
• Emergency Family Shelter
• Emergency Individual Shelter
• Permanent Supportive Housing
• Housing Search and Stabilization Case Management

Legal Services
Housing Families is committed to providing housing assistance, which also includes the
prevention of homelessness. We provide free legal assistance to help clients stay in their
homes and offer other crucial legal advice. Our legal services team is unique, as they work
with case managers and clients to identify resources, skills, and training that will in turn
provide financial support and stability.
• Free Legal Assistance
• Rental Assistance
• Case Management”

In-Library Chromebooks Now Available!


Need to take a Zoom call in a study room, or prefer to do some online work upstairs? Chromebooks are now available for in-library use! You can borrow a Chromebook (along with a mouse and charger) for up to 4 hours with an adult Malden library card in good standing. Chromebooks do not have Microsoft Word and cannot connect directly to the printer, but you can ask a librarian to help you print. Late fees of $.50/hour do apply.

New Library of Things!

Doing some home improvements, planning an outdoor expedition, or thinking of picking up a new hobby? Check out Malden Public Library’s new “Library of Things”! We are excited to be providing a wide variety of items, including a metal detector, telescope, binoculars, Blu-Ray player, photo scanner, and more to come. The Library of Things is available to borrow from for free, to adult Malden residents with a Malden library card in good standing. Items can be checked out for two weeks at a time. For more information, contact the library at 781-324-0218, or check out the Library of Things online on our website here.


Drawn Together: The Intersection of Graphic Novels and Social Justice

Award-winning cartoonist, TV creator, and Malden native Dr. Keith Knight (the Knight Life, the K Chronicles) will be presenting a slideshow making the case that comics and graphic novels are the key to a more informed and compassionate world.

Thursday November 16th at 6:30pm.

The Malden Public Library is excited to host this event. Keith Knight is many things–rapper, social activist, father and educator among them.  He is also one of the funniest and most highly regarded cartoonists in America.

For nearly three decades, this multi-award-winning artist has brought the funny back to the funny pages with a uniquely personal style that’s a cross between Calvin & Hobbes, MAD, and underground comix.

Keith Knight is part of a generation of African-American artists who were raised on hip-hop, infusing their work with urgency, edge, humor, satire, politics and race. His art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including the Washington Post, the New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, the Nib, Ebony, ESPN the Magazine, MAD Magazine, and the Funny Times.  In 2020, the world was introduced to Knight’s work in a whole new way–as the inspiration for the live-action streaming television series, Woke, courtesy of Hulu. Knight serves as a co-creator, writer, and executive producer on the show.

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This event is sponsored by Malden Reads and Malden Arts.

Questions About MassHealth? Mystic Valley Elder Services Will Be At The Library To Answer Your Questions

Do you have questions about renewing MassHealth? Mystic Valley Elder Services will be at the Malden Public Library on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 from 3-5pm to answer your questions.

If you have MassHealth, you will need to renew your coverage this year. Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) will be at the Malden Public Library over the next few months to discuss how to renew your health benefits through MassHealth. No appointment necessary.

The Library will also have some MassHealth renewal information flyers available in other languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Portuguese, and Haitian-Creole.

Drop by the Library at one of the times listed below to talk with MVES:

October 25, 2023: 3:00-5:00pm (Wednesday)

November 14, 2023: 1:00-3:00pm (Tuesday)

November 29, 2023: 3:00-5:00pm (Wednesday)

December 14, 2023: 1:00-3:00pm (Thursday)