Blog: Author: Jean Slavkovsky

Wed., Nov. 18th 7PM Poetry Reading with Peter F. Crowley

Join us via YouTube on Wednesday, November 18th at 7PM for a poetry reading by local writer, Peter F. Crowley, who will read from his new collection, Those Who Hold Up the Earth, published by Kelsay Books, which Kirkus calls “a heartfelt, timely celebration of essential workers.”

Patrons will have the opportunity to ask questions via YouTube chat. Click here for the YouTube link! A recording will be available after the event.

Peter’s writings can be found in Boston Literary Magazine, Counterpunch, Opiate Magazine,, Truthout and Visitant, among other publications. Learn more about Peter at


Mental Health Awareness in the Time of COVID-19

October 10th is world Mental Health Day and in light of COVID-19, nurturing our mental health has become even more necessary. We have highlighted some of the mental health challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic by providing books, audiobooks, movies, websites, and hotlines. We hope these resources will increase understanding of mental health and help you cope. We need each other; check on someone today.

Hotlines, Mental Health, and Neurodiversity
Mental Health Ebooks for Children
Resources to Support Mental Health in Children
Mental Health Books and Resources for Teens
Mental Health Awareness Movie Recommendations
Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: Books and Resources
Loneliness and Connection: Books and Resources
PTSD, Trauma, and Recovery Resources
Racism and Bullying: Mental Health Consequences and Resources
Grieving: Books and Resources
Addiction and Recovery: Books and Resources

Tuesday, Oct 13th 7-8:30PM
Game Night for Adults!

Join Librarians Patrick and Jean to play Jackbox games online!

These games can be played online and all you need to be able to do is have a computer or smart phone and a way to join the Zoom call. The games are about 20 minutes each and skew towards humor and trivia topics.


Zoom Link:

Thursday, September 24th 8PM Informational Session for
The Malden Writers’ Collaborative

Are you a local writer?
Are you ready to work on a writing project?
Preparing for National Novel Writing Month?
Are you interested in joining a collaborative community of committed writers?
Are you looking for people to workshop your writing and are you committed to doing the same for others?
Are you open-minded, respectful, and encouraging to fellow writers and to the writing process?

Join the Malden Writers’ Collaborative! The group meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 8-9:30PM. Meetings will be held on Zoom until further notice. Limited to adults 18+.

Email facilitator Chris Hickey at to register for the informational session.

New members must attend this informational session to join for the 2020-2021 season. The group will then be closed until Fall 2021.

Tuesday, August 25th 7PM Gardening Program: Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Beneficials

Join us via Zoom at 7PM:
The meeting will be locked at 7:15PM.

“Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Beneficials,” a 90 minute presentation about welcoming pollinators and other beneficial wildlife, will be offered by naturalist and landscaper John Root at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 25th. A Zoom link will be added here and the MPL Google calendar shortly before the program begins.

A variety of plants that can nourish these organisms throughout their active lifetimes are discussed, and organic methods for establishing pollinator gardens are also presented. Comments and questions are welcome throughout the program. Participants can access handouts online with information about attracting beneficials. This program is supported in part by the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Thursday, August 20th 7-8:30PM 10th Annual Public Reading by The Malden Writers’ Collaborative

Watch live on the Malden Public Library’s YouTube Channel
Celebrate writing! Join Malden’s own creative writing group, the Malden Writers’ Collaborative, for their 10th Annual Public Reading on Thursday, August 20th 7-8:30PM online. The group meets twice a month to workshop each others’ work, share ideas, and practice writing techniques. A link will be posted shortly before the event.

Members of the 2019-2020 season will read original works:

    Jason Rubin – “Little Red Pool of Blood”
    Felicia Ryan – Blue – “Blue is the color of the year”, “Drift Away” and “Trapped in my Yoga Top”
    Rebekah Brooks – Ceaseless Faith
    Jason Kenney – “No Sign of the Morning”
    Heather Angell – an unnamed selection
    Jeff Taylor – poems “Wall Dogs”, “Catfish” and “WAKEY, WAKEY”
    Christopher Hickey – “Fall Guise”

Some content may be inappropriate for children.

How to Take a Sensory Nature Walk (Urban Ecology Series)

Don’t go for just any walk, take a sensory nature walk!
Cultivate a keen eye—and nose, ear, and hand—when evaluating the qualities of our living world. Then use these observational skills to explore your local urban or suburban environment.
This program was designed by the MIT Public Library Innovation Exhange (PLIX) for students in grades 3-8, but can be enjoyed by anyone.
Pick up the Urban Ecology kit at the Malden Public Library. Call 781-324-0218 to reserve yours! If you can’t obtain one, most of these materials, or replacements for them can be found in the home.
This is part one in the Urban Ecology Series. Join Librarian Jean live Wednesday, August 12th at 3PM for part 2: Tangible Ecosystem (be sure to collect 8-10 specimens on your walk before this program). The Zoom link will be posted in the event calendar a few minutes before the program.

Career Workshop: Tips for a Successful Virtual Interview
Thursday, August 6th 7-8:30PM