Blog: Instructional

Now Available: ChiltonLibrary for Car Repair

Malden Public Library is excited to offer access to ChiltonLibrary, free with your library card! The comprehensive automotive resource ably supports both those who want to pick up a wrench as well as those researching repairs or a car purchase.

ChiltonLibrary covers all aspects of vehicle repair, from maintenance to mechanical to the interior and exterior body. People who want to replace the remote key battery, install brake pads, or just understand their vehicle better can tap into ChiltonLibrary for trusted information. The knowledge base of authoritative information saves time-consuming internet searches among distracting ads and information of unknown quality.

In addition to licensed auto manufacturer repair procedures, ChiltonLibrary features translation and accessibility tools, and brims with other valuable data. Labor times help estimate how long it may take to do a job. Bulletins and recalls clue in car owners to recurring component failures and what to do about them. Check out bulletins for a car you’re thinking of buying for information on common issues.

The VIN decoder provides the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) real-time data based on the vehicle identification number, specifying things like the original equipment, where the vehicle was built, and what equipment it has—helpful for those applying for electric vehicle tax breaks. The VIN tool also lists unrepaired safety recalls for the specific vehicle. For those buying a used vehicle, it’s helpful to know if the vehicle needs safety recall repairs.

Video and animation clips illuminate repair procedures and key concepts for those seeking deeper understanding. And, Automotive Service Excellence quizzes are available to test the knowledge of those preparing for ASE exams.

Best of all, ChiltonLibrary is free through Malden Public Library and there when you need it. Access it from any device online from this link.

Did you know, you can also check out a OBDII car scanner from our Library of Things? Place your hold here!

Planting For Pollinators Workshop

Do you want to try planting native plants to support our local ecosystems? Not sure where to start? This lecture will bring you through the ins and outs of planting a pollinator-friendly garden or meadow, and some best practices for the most eco-friendly garden possible. North Shore native plant gardener Cheryl Rafuse will tell you all about the bees and butterflies, flowers and shrubs, and the easiest ways to start incorporating keystone species into your gardens.

May 11, 1-2pm

First 30 attendees with receive a packet of Black Eyed Susan seeds! (One packet per household, no registration required.)

Cheryl Rafuse owns Plant Magic Gardens in Beverly, MA. They are an ecologically conscious gardening company that focuses on planting native plants. She and her team of top-notch gardeners install gardens, perform garden maintenance and educate our community. Learn more at: https://www.plantmagic.shop/

 

We are out of Eclipse Glasses

Our programs are full! We have completely maxed out our supply of eclipse glasses. But if you still want to view the eclipse with us we will be live streaming it through NASA on a big screen in the library. You can also join us on the lawn and bring your own viewing device such as a pin hole viewer. You can learn how to make one here: Pin Hole Camera 

We at the library hope that you have a happy and safe eclipse! And thank you for being so excited about science and our planet. It is wonderful that an event like this can bring so many people together!

Tech Help Drop-In

Do you need help setting up an email account, figuring out your new phone, or updating your laptop?

Come to our tech help drop-in, where a librarian can assist you with technology related questions.

2-3pm, every Thursday!

Assistance will be on a first come, first served basis.  Please bring any relevant usernames, passwords, or devices.

 

Origami Night April 18

Learn the fun art of Origami by making a Lotus Flower at the Malden Public Library on Tuesday, April 18th from 6:30-8:30 pm. All supplies will be provided, although we ask that you bring along your own ruler.

This program is limited to 15; call the library at 781.324.0218 to sign-up.

This program will be for older teens and adults and is sponsored by Malden Reads.

50+ Job Seekers Networking Group

The Malden Public Library has just joined the Massachusetts Library Collaborative 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group.    The Job Seekers Networking Group supports people fifty years and older looking for a new job, a new career direction, re-entering the workforce after an employment gap, or looking for a “Second Act” career.  There will be biweekly skill-building and networking group meetings with a new topic at each meeting.  Attendance at each session is not necessary – but highly recommended.

Join Debbi Hope, MBA, PCIC, MC an experienced Executive Career Coach and Certified Master Coach.

WHERE:  All meetings will be via Zoom Video Conferencing.

WHEN : We offer a morning or an evening class please choose the time that works best for you:

1st and 3rd Wed, Jan – June 2023 9:30-11:30 am

2nd and 4th Wed. Jan – June afternoon 6:00-8:00

(Zoom room opens 30 minutes ahead of the start of the program for informal networking/sharing resources).

Here is the ZOOM registration link for the 50+ Job Seekers morning meetings: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vdO2rqjovE9xW_F5wfL_jbfjGkgU_Gnbz.

Here is the ZOOM registration link for the 50+ Job Seekers evening meetings: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclcOuupj0pEtJQAa0w8VAsWex6BOJcWBFn.

Introduction to Genealogy

Interested in getting into genealogy but don’t know where to start? The Malden Public Library will be hosting Seema Kenney from the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, she will present a 90-minute workshop geared toward beginners. The event is free of charge and will take place on Monday, June 6th at 6:30PM. Register today with the link below or call the library at (781) 324-0218.

 

About our presenter: Seema Kenney. A wife, mother of 3, and entrepreneur, Seema is an experienced software instructor and a professional genealogist. Based on over 20 years of research, her known roots are deep in New England as well as England, Germany, & Sweden with DNA adding a line in The Netherlands. She has a certificate in Genealogical Research from BU, completed ProGen and is an active member of several societies and part of the NERGC planning committee. Seema is also certified as a Guided Autobiography Consultant and a Legacy Planner.

Media Literacy: Don’t Get Fooled on April Fool’s Day (or any other day)

It’s April Fool’s Day! A day when our skepticism is high and many of our usual sources of information are playing tricks on us. Rather than return to business as usual tomorrow use today’s desire to trust but verify to improve your media literacy. Here are some infographics and links to help you become a savvier consumer of information!

Credit to Britannica learn for “Fight the Fake”

And Niall McNulty for the infographic

For more reading take a look at these helpful articles about how to practice media literacy and why it matters: https://literacy.ala.org/media-literacy/

https://www.rand.org/blog/2022/03/truth-decay-is-a-threat-to-democracy-heres-what-you.html

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/evaluating-quality-of-online-info-julie-coiro

https://libguides.norquest.ca/fakenews/identify?

https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2016/12/27/fighting-fake-news/