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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.

Virtual Music Hour for Kids: Saturday, January 16, 2:30pm

This special music program is being presented by the Maud Powell String Institute. Join us on Saturday, January 16, at 2:30pm for an hour of fun and educational activities, learn about the Violin Family instruments, and listen to some cool examples. Violinist Dorisiya Yosifova, a member of the Institute’s string faculty, cannot wait to play violin for you! Recommended for ages 5-10.

This event will take place virtually via Google Meet. Interested participants should email the Children’s Librarian rsmith(at)maldenpubliclibrary.org to receive the Google Meet invitation and to request a cardboard instrument which can be picked up in advance (after January 13).

English Conversation Class: Wednesdays 1-2 pm

Join us for a free English Conversation Class for adult students every Wednesday from 1:00-2:00pm via Zoom. We will discuss daily life, learn new vocabulary, and have general conversation in English. Learn English at home on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

You must register for the class. Please e-mail Stacy (English Conversation Librarian) at: mplenglishclass@gmail.com

New E-Resource: Black Freedom Struggle

NEW! We have added a great electronic resource to the library: Black Freedom Struggle.
It is a site focused on Black Freedom, featuring select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. The intention is to support anyone interested in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it.
By centering on the experiences and perspectives of African Americans, the hope is this collection imbues the study of Black history with a deeper understanding of the humanity of people who have pursued the quest for freedom, and the significance of movements like Black Lives Matter.
With your library card, you can access this resource from home here: https://maldenpubliclibrary.org/elibrary

Stay well, Stay Inspired: Coloring Kits for Adults

When you are staying at home, we hope you can take some time out for yourself.  We are giving away color pencils and coloring pages for you to put colors on papers and to uplift your days.  Each package contains 5 color pencils and 5 coloring pages.  De-stress and unleash your creativity.  Adults only and while supplies last.  To reserve your package and pick it up curbside, please call the library at 781-324-0218.

“Take-and-Make” – A Penguin Razzamatazzy Winter Wonderland Craft

Children can celebrate the beginning of the winter snows with a “take-and-make” craft bag that includes materials and instructions to create a  Penguin Razzamatazzy Winter Wonderland! (One bag per child, while supplies last.)
To reserve a bag, call the library at 781-324-0218 during regular curbside hours and schedule a pickup time. We’re open Saturday 10-2.

Our Maldonian Yearbooks Have Been Digitized!

That’s right, everybody, it has finally happened! Our collection of The Maldonian yearbooks from the Malden High School are now officially digitized and available for free online! We get a lot (and we mean a lot) of people asking to see our yearbooks. While many of them are local we hear from people all over the country and sometimes the world. In fact people have shown so much interest in our collection that we knew what had to be done…

 

 

And we did it! Now everyone can access our Maldonian yearbooks from their home, office, or classroom! Simply visit the Internet Archive’s Malden Public Libary page and you’re ready to browse. You can narrow your search by year and you can even search within the yearbooks. Although if you want to flip through them page by page that is always an option and a delightful one at that.

 

Don’t wait, explore them today!

To find Chinese materials? 找中文書?

因為圖書館仍然不能對公眾開放,請使用我們的網上目錄, 查詢您所想要的圖書資料。  怎麼找呢?  怎麼尋找中文書籍呢?怎麼找到最新增加的中文書籍呢?怎麼索取呢? 答案都在這裡。

Because the library is still not open to the public, please use our online catalog to find the books you want. How to find it? How to find Chinese books? How can I find the newly added Chinese books? How can I request it? The answer is here.

Steps

  1. 上到圖書館網站 maldenpubliclibrary.org
  2. 點擊右上角的Catalog
  3. 用漢語拼音或是中文字檢索
  4. 點擊 Place a Hold
  5. 輸入圖書館卡片號碼和密碼

怎麼找新書?

  1. 上到圖書館網站 maldenpubliclibrary.org
  2. 點擊 Browse MPL – World Languages
  3. 點擊 Chinese in MBLN
  4. 使用左邊的 Filter
  5. 選擇   語文: Chinese New at the library

New World Language Books: Arabic Books For Kids

We have hundreds of books in different world languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese. We just added some new books in Arabic for kids. Request books online here: https://tinyurl.com/y5axlhwj & then visit us for curbside pickup. Please call us at 781-324-0218 if you have questions.

Magazines

We have over 100 titles available for curbside pickup!  Interested in checking out a magazine, call the library at 781-324-0218 to speak with a Librarian who can place your hold. *4 issues/title limit

If you’d rather read a magazine on your device, using your Malden Public Library card, you can use RBDigital or pressreader HERE