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MPL TO GO: New Extended Curbside Pickup Hours

]The Malden Public Library will offer curbside holds pickup on Saturdays, beginning September 19th and until 7 pm on Wednesdays. Curbside hold pickup means you will be asking for items either from our website or via phone. New hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 10-6, Wednesday from 10-7, and Saturday from 10-2.

Library staff will collect materials, contact patrons when holds are ready, and check out materials when the pickup time has been scheduled.

Follow these simple steps to pick up items:

  • Place an item on hold through the library’s catalog (https://mpl.bibliocommons.com/)  or by calling the library (781.324.0218).
  • When your items are ready, you will  be notified by email, phone or text (whichever method you chose when you signed up for a card).
  • Call 781.324.0218 to arrange a pickup, once you have received notification that your hold(s) are ready. Make sure you have your library card number handy! Calling ahead cuts down on your wait time.
  • Drive or walk to the library and wait in the designated curbside area.
  • Call 781.324.0218 to let library staff know you are now at the library to pick up your items.
  • We will place your items on a cart for pickup.  Please wait until the staff has re-entered the Library before taking materials. Enjoy your books!
  • When you’re done with your items, please return them in the book drop.

Materials can only be returned using the library’s book drops to ensure patrons and staff safety. Returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before check-in, as recommended by the CDC. During the quarantine period, books will remain on the borrower’s card. For further safety, concerned patrons can avoid opening checked out materials for 24 to 72 hours after retrieving them from the library.

The Library continues to recommend the many online resources available at our website at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org, including 24/7 access to the digital library,

The library has a reopening plan in place, but no date has yet been set for the various stages in the plan.

For more information about the Malden Public Library’s programs and services, please call the library at 781-324-0218.

Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook

Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook: A joint presentation by Architectural Historian Ryan D. Hayward and Social Historian Dee Morris on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 6:30 PM via Zoom.

The Middlesex Fells Reservation is one of Metropolitan Boston’s most beautiful and treasured parks. Its natural landscape is well known and celebrated but, did you know it once had a more industrial past?  For three centuries, this rocky woodland region was part of the evolving New England landscape. Generations worked farms in fields, pastures, and woodlots. Businesses were established and industry took a foothold in various forms. It quickly spread to Malden and surrounding communities and although the little village on Spot Pond Brook flourished, it vanished in the blink of an eye. It was absorbed into the Middlesex Fells, which was created for the general public to enjoy, forever. Come for an evening to revisit the thriving enterprises and the entrepreneurs that changed this place, Malden, Medford, Stoneham, the Commonwealth, and beyond. This digital event is offered by the Malden Public Library and is free to all.

This program is funded as part of Converse 2020: Exploring the Industrial History of Malden, a two-year program brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with additional funds from the Malden Public Library.

Malden Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook
Time: Sep 29, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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DC’s Wonder Woman to lasso up Library Card Sign-up Month 2020

This September, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a new mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. A founding member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman is known for strength, compassion and truth. Armed with the Lasso of Truth, Wonder Woman makes a perfect ambassador to support the value of learning and the role libraries play in transforming lives and strengthening communities through education.

Create by Malden High School graduate William Moulton Marston, fans can learn more about Wonder Woman at DCcomics.com. Since her introduction in October 1941 in All-Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman has graced comics, video games, headlined her own television show and feature films, and appears in the hit animated series “DC Super Hero Girls” on Cartoon Network and Netflix.

While Malden Public Library remains physically closed, you can still use our online resources to read or listen to a book, read a magazine or newspaper, watch a movie or TV show, learn a language, update your resume, and so many other things.

Don’t have a library card yet? Click HERE, fill out the form and please include Name, Address, Email Address, Phone Number, and cell phone provider and we will email you back your library card information.

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.

Now is the time to do and learn all of the things you’ve wanted to for a long time.  Malden Public Library can help.

 

RBdigital Audiobooks Moving to OverDrive on August 25

Beginning August 25, most audiobook and ebook titles available through our RBDigital service will be moving to our OverDrive collection.  OverDrive has acquired the RBdigital platform and this  means a few changes for you as a user of RBDigital, so we wanted to make sure you knew what to expect.

What happens on August 25?

As of August 25th, audiobooks will no longer be available in our RBDigital collection. Most of these titles will be transferred to our OverDrive collection and you can use the Libby or OverDrive apps to check out, download, and listen to them.

What about the titles I’m still listening to in RBDigital?

Any titles you have checked out on August 25th will still be available in your account until the end of their loan period.

Will I lose my RBDigital holds?

We won’t be able to transfer RBDigital holds to OverDrive, unfortunately. Please place new holds in OverDrive after the titles have transferred.

Are magazines and other RBDigital services moving to OverDrive as well?

Not at this time. You will still be able to check out magazines on RBDigital for several months, but these magazine titles will eventually move to OverDrive as well. Check our website for news about this move in late 2020.

What else do I need to know?

For more information, please read the OverDrive FAQ.

https://www.overdrive.com/RBdigital-transition-preview

 

Reserve your Book Bundle today!

The Malden Public Library is now offering Book Bundles of picture books, early readers, and board books in popular themes! 

To reserve your book bundle, call our Info Desk (781-324-0218, Monday-Friday, 10:15 am – 5:30 pm) or send an email to rsmith(at)maldenpubliclibrary.org and let us know your name, library card number, and which book bundle you’re interested in. One bundle per child, please.

When you receive notification (by email or phone) that your books are waiting on our holds shelf, call the Circulation Desk at the above number, provide your name and library card number, and schedule your pick-up time. 

Current Picture Book Bundles:

Shapes – Grandmas – Pirates – Underwear – Counting – Pigs – Dogs – Stanley – Bears – Elephants – Monsters – Birds – Knights – Telling Time – Ice Cream – Sharks – Trucks – Presidents – Robots – Babies – Ducks

Early Reader Bundles:

Fly Guy – Elephant & Piggie – Little Bear – Poppleton – Henry and Mudge – Biscuit – Fancy Nancy – Little Critter – Cat in the Hat Learning Library

Board Book Bundles:

ABC – Trucks – Colors – Numbers – Boynton

Get a Library Card & Borrow Online

While Malden Public Library remains physically  closed, you can still use our online resources to read or listen to a book, read a magazine or newspaper, watch a movie or TV show, learn a language, update your resume, and so many other things.

Don’t have a library card yet? Click HERE, fill out the form and please include Name, Address, Email Address, Phone Number, and cell phone provider and we will email you back your library card information.

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.

Now is the time to do and learn all of the things you’ve wanted to for a long time. Malden Public Library can help.

Research Your Story – Share Your History

With the world as topsy turvy as it is right now libraries and institutions around the country are expanding resources to help people stay informed and stay entertained. Here at the Malden Public Library we know how much you all love local history and genealogy so we wanted to share some related resources we thought you would enjoy.
The National Archives has now made Ancestry.com accessible to patrons from home, no membership needed, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society has expanded their online resources. You can chat with a genealogist through their website or attend a free webinar. Just follow the links to continue (or start!) your research even if you are stuck at home.
In that vein we are inviting everyone to share a story with us from their family history! You can post your story on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Just be sure to use the hashtag #OurMPLFamilies so we can all learn about your family lore! This is a tough time but remember that we are in this together even if we have to be apart. We love all #OurMPLFamilies!

Updated: World Book offers free online classes and support for families learning at home!

Update 4/6/2020: It is now even easier to gain World Book access without needing to sign up! Just go to: www.worldbookonline.com   Login-ID: wbsupport and Password: distancelearn.

If you are at home with kids right now and trying to continue their education or find fun educational activities to keep their minds nimble and engaged the task can seem overwhelming. Over the last few weeks the Malden Public Library has provided access to many sites that offer educational opportunities for families while they navigate this new challenge. But without having access to teacher resources, making lessons and finding tools to teach or help young students can feel like making it up as you go along. A number of previously for-pay services are now becoming accessible in response to the overwhelming need during this challenging time.

World Book has recently decided to make their online learning resources available for free during the Covid-19 outbreak, so that families can access online learning and eresources. Sign up is simple with the above username and password. Just click on the main link: www.worldbookonline.com  to sign in. 

But before you sign in take a look at the resources for parents, caregivers, and teachers on the main page. https://www.worldbookonline.com/training/distance-learning/distance-learning.htm There are great suggestions for how to help young students. Caregivers can access suggestions for lessons, resources for people new to online learning, and tools for teaching young learners all from the World Book home page.

Once signed in the site will direct users to a menu with options for subject based learning, activities, ebooks, educational games, encyclopedias and more.

Online Learning for Kids!

There are wonderful interactive websites so that your children can practice skills and keep learning while they are home from school. We will keep adding to this page as we discover more opportunities.

 

Here is a variety of sites offering math activities for different grade levels:

60+ Awesome Websites for Teaching and Learning Math

Here are sites relating to reading:

11 Free Reading Websites

Free Reading Program

 

Check out these games to help make reading fun:

Education.com

 

Science websites for interactive learning:

From Edheads to Wonderville

Adventures in Chemistry  Resources, activities, videos, games for elementary and high school students (free through March 31)

 

Are you missing storytime? Here are some videos featuring special readers of entertaining books:

Storyline Online

 

Don’t forget to keep the A in STEAM! Here are some ways to spark creativity:

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems