Blog: Author: Dora St. Martin

It’s Census Day – Be Counted!

Many of Malden’s services rely on an accurate count in order to get the proper funding for programs. Libraries, hospitals, schools, lunch programs and more are all effected. The census also effects our representation in Congress.  On or about March 12, every household will receive a postcard with a unique identifier, asking them to complete the census online.

The phone lines are now live from 7 AM to 2 AM in 13 different languages.

* English: 844-330-2020

* Spanish: 844-468-2020

* Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020

* Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020

* Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
* Korean: 844-392-2020

* Russian: 844-417-2020

* Arabic: 844-416-2020

* Tagalog: 844-478-2020

* Polish: 844-479-2020

* French: 844-494-2020

* Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020

* Portuguese: 844-474-2020

* Japanese: 844-460-2020

Telephone Display Device (TDD) 844-467-2020 will also be available for  people who have hearing impairments.

 

LIBRARY BUILDING CLOSED EFFECTIVE MARCH 14

Along with schools and other City buildings, the Malden Public Library will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 14.  All programs, events and all outside use of meeting rooms have been cancelled until April 9th.

PLEASE RETURN ITEMS TO THE OUTSIDE BOOKDROPS OR KEEP THEM UNTIL THE LIBRARY REOPENS.  ALL OVERDUE FINES WILL BE WAIVED.

We will be here to serve you as best we can.  For information and assistance, contact us at

https://maldenpubliclibrary.org/contact-us/ or by phone at (781) 333-0640.

Also follow us on Facebook as we add new online services at https://www.facebook.com/MaldenMALibrary/

Stay safe everyone and we look forward to seeing you soon.

LIBRARY CARDS ONLINE OR BY PHONE

Dear Students, Teachers and Malden residents:

Do you want access to online educational resources – the Library can help.

The Malden Public Library will temporarily waive the in-person requirement to get a Malden Library Card. You will need the following information: full name, street address, telephone number, email address. We will then issue you a temporary library card number and PIN, which will allow you to access our amazing collection of online resources. This card will expire in three months. Transferring this temporary card to a permanent card will simply require you to come to the Library with ID and proof of address.

We will add new cards as soon as possible, but it may take several days for your card to be activated.

To get a library card email us at https://maldenpubliclibrary.org/contact-us/ or if you need more assistance you can call the Library Card Line at (781) 333-0640.

The Library’s Online Resources are listed at: https://maldenpubliclibrary.org/elibrary/

Keep on learning with Educational Reference Complete, US History in Context, World History in Context, Universal Class, World Book Online, and RBDigital’s Great Courses;

Read ebooks and listen to audiobooks for all ages with Overdrive, RBDigital, Hoopla, and Tumblebooks for Kids

Read your favorite magazine with RBDigital’s streaming magazines

Learn 70 languages with Mango Learning and Little Pim for Kids

Get creative with CreativeBug, Culinary Arts Collection, and Home Improvement;

Coming soon: TumbleMath: Grades K-4 and TeenBookCloud: Grades K-12

And following the Library on Facebook – new resources being added every day.

 

You can also sign up for a BPL eCard from home at https://www.bpl.org/ecard/. Not all Malden resources are available with a BPL eCard

 

LIBRARY PROGRAMS POSTPONED

The Malden Public Library will be canceling or postponing all programs, events and all outside use of meeting rooms until April 9th.  The Library remains open for all other services at this time.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dora St. Martin, Library Director, at 781-324-0218.

The Library will be temporarily waiving Overdue fines for our library patrons until May 1st. This measure is being taken to eliminate feelings of pressure among our patrons to come out to return materials even if they are not feeling well.

Updates and information concerning the COVID-19 will be posted on our website at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.

We will keep you informed of any additional changes as this rapidly changing public health situation continues.

Converse Memorial Building & Art Tour: An Exploration of Visual Literacy

Join us on Saturday, February 15th at 11:00 a.m. for an exciting tour of Malden Public Library’s Converse Memorial Building and Art Galleries.  Do you wish you could better understand and critique the images that saturate your waking life?  That’s the purpose of visual literacy.  We will explore the concept of visual literacy while exploring great works by European and American master artists.   The Malden Public Library art collection was made possible through the generous donations Elisha and Mary Diana  Converse.  Limited to 25.  Register by calling 781-324-0218.

The Art of Slowing Down: One Painting / One Hour

Enjoy the pleasure and power of slow looking! Join us on Saturday, March 28th at 11:00 a.m. for One Painting / One Hour in the Converse Memorial Building’s Ryder Gallery.   A growing number of museums now offer “slow art” tours or days that encourage visitors to take their time.  One Painting / One Hour was developed from the observation that viewers, in museums and galleries, spend an average of 15 to 30 seconds in front of any given art work; and the pace of life on the Internet makes this seem normal.

As part of the library’s focus visual literacy, this program is a chance for participants to slow down and dive deep for 60 minutes of focused looking, consideration, conversation, and interpretation of a single artwork.   In March we will focus our collective attention on English landscape painter John Linnell’s The Barley Harvest (1874).

The Malden Public Library art collection was made possible through the generous donations Elisha and Mary Diana Converse.  The program is limited to 15.  Register by calling 781-324-0218.

MPL Awarded Nationwide Census Equity Grant

Exciting news!  The Malden Public Library has received a grant from  American Library Association to prepare for the 2020 Census.  We are proud to be working to support a complete count of everyone in our community.  The ALA received over 500 applicants from all over the country and awarded 59 grants.

“The 2020 Census will determine how political representation and critical resources are distributed for the next ten years, and libraries are essential partners in making sure the data collected as part of the Census is complete and accurate,” said ALA President Wanda Brown. “The efforts of these 59 libraries will shine a light on all the library workers across the country who are shouldering efforts to reach and inform their communities—especially vulnerable and hard-to-count populations—about the importance of a full and inclusive count.”

The U.S. Constitution requires a census of all residents every ten years. In the 2020 Census, residents will have the choice to respond online, by phone, or by mail. The U.S. Census Bureau will send mailings to households prior to Census Day, which is April 1, 2020.

To learn more, visit ala.org/census.

 

Malden Reads 10th Anniversary Celebration at the New J Malden Center

Malden Reads invites you to join their 10th anniversary year celebration and fundraising event at their one-day “Holiday Pop-up Bookstore & More” in the lobby of the new J Malden Center apartment community at 190 Pleasant Street. The event will take place on Saturday, December 7th from 11am – 7 pm.  For details check out maldenreads.org.

16th Annual Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions

The City of Malden will kick off the Holiday Season with the 16th Annual Parade of Holiday Traditions on Saturday, November 30th at 2 PM. The Parade will lift off at the Salemwood School on Waite Street Extension, will bear left onto Maplewood Street, and will then travel west on Salem Street. The Parade will conclude at the reviewing stand which will be located at the corner of Ferry, Salem and Main Streets. All children should bring their letters to Santa so that his helpers from the Post Office can collect and send them to the North Pole!

At the conclusion of the Parade, everyone is invited to the City Christmas Tree Lighting on the lawn of the Malden Public Library.