Blog: Author: Dora St. Martin

The Library is Open, Come On In

The Malden Public Library is open in-person, curbside, and online!  All the remaining public floors are open for browsing which includes: Main Reading Room, Children’s Room, Teen Room, World Language & ESL Collection, Reference and Information Services, 2nd floor “Quiet” Study Room, Converse Local History Room (by appointment only)

No appointments are necessary to use the library and library users will have access to most library services.

Still closed:  Maccario large public meeting room and our first floor small study rooms

Throughout the summer, programs for all ages will be available outdoors, and the Summer Reading Program will kick off on July 1.

Curbside Delivery & First Floor Browsing

For those that still require special services, we will continue to have expanded browsing on the first floor – including a children’s and teen collection.  Curbside delivery will continue to be available by appointment, please call the Library to request a curbside pickup.

Computer Use

Computers are available for 1 hour due to demand. Two 20-minute computers are available for checking email and printing.  Children’s room computers re not available at this time.  Remote or curbside printing will no longer be available, but printing will be available in-person at the library.

Children’s Room

We request that families not linger for long amounts of time in the room and that young children are accompanied by an adult and that we reserve the right to limit the number of families in the room should it become too crowded for peace of mind.  Large groups wishing to visit the children’s space will be limited.  Any camp, or other organization that wants to bring a group of children to visit the library must contact the library and speak with the children’s staff in advance.

Mask Policy

While social distance restrictions have been lifted, it is important that the library is a safe space for everyone. Young children and their families are daily visitors at our library. Because most children are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, we SUGGEST that ALL patrons continue to wear masks when inside the library regardless of your vaccination status.  For unvaccinated people, the CDC still recommends masks in any indoor setting and in group settings where social distancing is not possible.


Celebrate the Malden Chamber’s 130th on July 24

Come to Malden Chamber of Commerce’s Birthday Party & 1891 Day!

Saturday, July 24 from 3:00-6:00 pm on Salem Street in front of the Malden Public Library

3:00 -6:00 pm: Fun on the Library Lawn including complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, an 1891 photo booth, a Museum of the Streets exploring Malden history and businesses, and much more.

3:00 pm: Music by Outrageous Fortune

3:30 pm: Magician Phil Smith strolling with interactive illusions, comedy and mind reading

4:00-4:30pm:  Victorian Costume Competition and Prizes

4:30 pm: Sweet Heart Serenades singing old time sing-along songs

6:00 pm: Dinner at a restaurant of your choice featuring an 1891 ($18.91) special.  List of participating restaurants and menus available on the Chamber website at:

Made possible through the generosity of the City of Malden, Malden Public Library, Kappy’s Fine Wine and Spirits, StonehamBank and Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation.

The Malden Public Library is a proud member of the Malden Chamber of Commerce.

This event is part of the City of Malden Summer Festival 2021 – open from 12 N to 6 PM.  For a complete list of events:

Summer Reading Celebration – July 1

Readers of all ages will explore the animal kingdom this summer as the Malden Public Library presents “Tails and Tales,” a summer of reading and fun.  The summer program is open to everyone, babies through adults. In addition to reading challenges and prizes, the summer will be filled with activities for all ages from big book story times, a visit with Barn Babies, yoga on the lawn, sing-alongs and magic shows, in addition to board game nights and other activities for adults.

Summer begins with a grand kick-off on the lovely lawn of the Malden Public Library on Thursday, July 1, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Come and register for summer reading, enjoy music, crafts, and free ice cream.

Why Summer Reading?  Studies show that students who don’t read during the summer will regress and be less prepared when school starts. This is commonly referred to as the “summer slide.” To succeed in school and life, the National Summer Learning Association says we all need opportunities to learn and practice academic and social skills throughout the summer months.

Fill your summer with great books and fun learning activities. For more information, contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 or follow us on social media at, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

“Tails and Tales” is sponsored statewide by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins & the Boston Pride hockey teams, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners; with support from our local sponsors: Preotle, Lane & Associates, the Malden Cultural Council, and the Friends of the Malden Public Library.


Hear Ye! Reading of Malden Declaration on June 30

A great Malden tradition has returned! All are invited to the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street on Wednesday, June 30th at 6 PM to re-experience the events in Malden that led up to the drafting of the “Instructions of the Inhabitants of Malden, Massachusetts to their Representatives in Congress” – Malden’s declaration of support for American Independence.

A group of young musicians from the William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps will kick off the event by playing several period-specific songs on the lawn of the Malden Public Library. Local Historian and period actor Tom Coots will then perform the Sixth Annual Reading of the town “Instructions.” For anyone who is interested in participating in the reenactment and is willing to dress in period-appropriate costumes, please contact Ron Cochran at for more information.

The May 27, 1776 document entitled “Instructions of the Inhabitants of Malden, Massachusetts to their Representatives in Congress” was unanimously voted on by the townspeople of Malden to be delivered to the Second Continental Congress via their representative Ezra Sargeant. In the 1776 communication, the voting citizens of Malden renounce the Colony’s ties to the Kingdom of Great Britain and set forth their wish to become an independent “American” republic. The document is credited as a precursor to the Declaration of Independence written in July of 1776 when the Continental Congress formally declared their independence from England. The original historical document is on display in the Library for viewing.


Image: William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps

Library Closed on Saturday 6/19 for Juneteenth Holiday

4th Annual Malden Juneteenth Freedom Celebration (Virtual) – Sign Up by 6 PM  This virtual evening program will celebrate Black and African American culture and invite participants to reflect on the meaning of freedom. The program features Malden educator and MA Teacher of the Year Jennifer Hedrington, spoken word poet Zenaida Peterson, drummer Otha Day, singer Lydia Harrell, dancer Alexandria Onuoha, and the A.O. Step Team from Malden High School.

The program will be simultaneously interpreted from English into eight languages: ASL, Arabic, Cantonese, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. You must register by 6 pm on June 19th to join the event webinar and to access the simultaneous interpretation. Please register one device for each household.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that Union Major General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and told enslaved Black people about their emancipation from slavery. Granger’s announcement came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and represents a symbolic delay in the granting of freedom to enslaved Black people, symbolic still as the fight for racial justice and equity continues in Malden and across all of the United States. Malden’s Juneteenth event will inform about the tension between celebration and continued struggle and will help build a community movement for racial equity.

MaldenCORE is thankful for our community collaborators for helping to make this a Malden-wide celebration: American Association for Arab Women (AAAW), Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), Chinese Culture Connection (CCC), Friends of Oak Grove, Inc. (FOOGI) Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition (GMAACC), Malden ArtsMalden Education Association (MEA), Malden Neighbors Helping Neighbors (MHNH) Malden Police Alternatives and Accountability (MPAA), Malden Public Library (MPL), Malden Reads, MaldenSTAND (previously MHS Students for Racial Equity), Mystic Valley Branch of the NAACPNorth Shore Hispanic Association (NSHA), Urban Media Arts (UMA),YWCA MaldenZonta Malden

MaldenCORE is grateful for our sponsors, without whom this event would not be taking place. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. The program is also supported by the City of Malden and Eastern Bank.

Black Lives in the Founding Era

The Malden Public Library, in collaboration with the Royall House & Slave Quarters in Medford, will present a series of programs that explore the role of slavery in America’s Founding Era and in our modern world. American slavery and the slave trade were central to the development of the United States and American prosperity in the North and South. As Americans in the 18th and 19th century defined liberty and freedom, enslaved and free Black people were central to abolishing slavery and imagining a freer and more just world.

On Wednesday, May 26th at 6:30 p.m., Malden Public Library Director Dora St. Martin will present a talk “Black Lives (enslaved and free) in Colonial Malden.”  The talk will share results from an ongoing research project to restore a view into the lives and work of enslaved and free Blacks in Malden’s early history.  As part Malden Declaration Day (May 27), the talk will also highlight the lives of Black colonial soldiers from Malden and their contribution to the American War of Independence.

Register for Black Lives (enslaved and free) in Colonial Malden

The project is funded in part by Revisiting the Founding Era, a four-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented in partnership with the American Library Association, and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

 Image: Videographer Shun Liang tapes guide Lee LaFleur’s tour of the Marble Chamber in the Royall House mansion.

“The Regulars are Coming”

Born in Malden about 1750, Aaron Oliver, a free black farmer, answered the revolutionary alarm and marched to Cambridge on April 19, 1775. Officially enlisted on April 23, Private Oliver fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill attached to Captain Ezra Towne’s Company of the 3rd New Hampshire, alongside Nathan Hale. In July 1777, Oliver was taken prisoner at Battle of Hubbardton (Vermont) and held on a British prison ship anchored in Wallabout Bay in New York. Some 11,000 prisoners died aboard these prison ships over the course of the war, many from disease or malnutrition. Private Oliver was released from captivity in April 1778, but died less than a month later, at the age of 28.
Aaron and Abigale Oliver had three surviving children Luther (1772), Ezra (1774) and Aaron (1776). In 2017, an exhibit at the Hubbardton Battlefield displayed Aaron Oliver’s possessions including a priming horn, cartridge pouch, shaving mirror, and a small wooden object used as a canteen.
Private Oliver is one of five enslaved and free Black soldiers listed in Deloraine Corey’s History of Malden.…/historymaldenm…/page/n180/mode/2up

Celebrate National Library Week

April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.

This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting their library’s website, following them on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.

Budgeting 2.0 – How to Make a Budget and Make It Work!

Budgeting is important because it helps you control your spending, track your expenses and save more money. Additionally, budgeting can help you make better financial decisions, prepare for emergencies, get out of debt and stay focused on your long-term financial goals.

In this free program, “Budgeting 2.0 – How to Make a Budget and Make It Work!,” you will find help to determine your personal obstacles to budgeting, create a format to track and analyze your spending, list your short- and long-term goals, discuss the importance of debt reduction and emergency savings and apply strategies to manage your day-to-day spending. After the presentation there will be time for Q & A.  The program will be led by Derek Wright and Lisa DeChelfin, Solution Center Consultants, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

The program is free and will be held via zoom on Thursday, February 25 at 2 p.m. To register or to receive the zoom link by email, please call the Library at 781-324-0218.

Malden Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Budget 2.0 – How to Make a Budget and Make It Work!
Time: Feb 25, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 969 0458 9492
Passcode: 591076