Blog: Library Events

Keep your child engaged in reading while staying at home!

Keep your child engaged in reading while staying at home! If you are seeking downloadable titles that are readily available, please check out this recommended list that is recommended for grades 4-6. (More lists to come!)

If you need to get a library card to access these materials, please click here.

Explore World Cuisine from the Comfort of Your Own Kitchen, No Passport Required!  

Are you staying put thanks to the COVID-19 emergency? Take the opportunity to check out these global cookbooks and travel the world one dish at a time. OverDrive is a free service offered by the Malden Public Library that lets you borrow digital content (like ebooks and audiobooks) anytime, anywhere.

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 or by phone at (781) 333-0640.

Get Real. Ideas and Tips for Your Home

Got weekend plans to work around the house?  HGTV Magazine is about real life at home.  In every issue you’ll find money-saving mini makeovers, simple ways to conquer clutter, smart DIY solutions, time-saving cleaning tricks, and so much more. Plus—see how the HGTV experts really live! Check out free issues of HGTV and other popular magazines on the Malden Public LIbrary’s free RBdigital app:

Find Your Library at Your Place

National Library Week (April 19- 25, 2020) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. The theme for National Library Week 2020, “Find Your Place at the Library’ was chosen some time ago, before any of us could imagine the emergence of a global pandemic that would force our library to temporarily close..  But you can still “Find Your Library at Your Place” because libraries are open for business online, providing the virtual services and digital content communities need now more than ever. You can access ebooks, movies, music, video games, virtual storytimes and activities, and so much more — all from the the comfort of your home.

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 or by phone at (781) 333-0640.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April.

Love Letters to Libraries for National Library Week

National Library Week 2020 has arrived at a difficult time for libraries across the U.S., many of which have been forced to close their doors in the face of the global pandemic. While we are feeling the loss of these spaces, we dedicate this week to celebrating libraries and the many ways they have inspired us.

Love Letters to Libraries for National Library Week

Virtual Read-Aloud ~ My Side of the Mountain

Join Us for a Virtual Read- Aloud on Tuesday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m.  This week, Library Director Dora St Martin will continue to read from a book that inspired her own life of travel – My Side of the Mountain – by Jean Craighead George.  Every kid thinks about running away at one point or another; few get farther than the end of the block. Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going–all the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There he sets up house in a huge hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel for companions and his wits as his tool for survival.  Jean Craighead George is the author of more than 80 children’s books, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves.  Recommended ages 9 to 12 – and all adults with a bit of wanderlust.  You can join our Story Room by clicking on the program title “Virtual Read Aloud” on the MPL website’s front page (under upcoming events):  The instructions and password to enter the zoom story room will appear 10 minutes before the program begins.  If you have issues connecting, please call the Library Information number at 781-324-0218.  The program is free and no Zoom account or any special software is needed.

Hoopla Online Book Club: The Mountains Sing

Join Author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai on Tuesday, June 16th at 7 pm EDT for hoopla Book Club LIVE! Join the conversation on Instagram with @hoopladigital.

Hoopla’s digital collection is available instantly with no holds and no waiting, including this month’s Book Club Spotlight Selection, The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai. The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope. Readers can choose to borrow The Mountains Sing in eBook or audiobook format.  Click on Hoopla Book Club Hub site HERE to see online resources, exclusive Q&A with the author, and a detailed discussion guide; as well as eight additional recommended reads.

Download now and get in on the conversation!

Reviews for The Mountain Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai:
“[An] absorbing, stirring novel . . . that, in more than one sense, remedies history.”
— New York Times Book Review

“The Mountains Sing is an epic account of Việt Nam’s painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling.”
— Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, Pulitzer Prize winner

Universal Class offers 500 Courses – including Parenting Skills

Good parenting skills are something we learn, not something we are born with. Universal Class offers over 500 online continuing education courses, including parenting skills such as basic parenting, behavior management, positive parenting techniques, early childhood development, and many more.  Check out Universal Class at

Beyoncé Live ! Watch Free Concerts on RBDigital’s Quello

This landmark release from R&B diva Beyoncé Knowles captures a live performance recorded in Las Vegas featuring over 30 tracks, including “Single Ladies,” “Crazy in Love,” “Halo,” and more. Stream Beyoncé’s live concert film I Am… Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas—from the RBdigital menu, find Concerts under Entertainment.  Watch free concerts from artists like Madonna, Maroon 5, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kenny Chesney on Quello at

Keep active while social distancing

One of the challenges of social distancing is keeping up with routine movements and activities that keep your body strong and mobile. To aid with this, Boston Public Library has partnered with Hands to Heart Yoga to offer online bi weekly yoga classes. Whether you are at home or taking a break from your stressful routine, these yoga classes will help to move and center you.

The classes are accessible to beginners and are inclusive. Hands to the Heart Yoga describes their Yoga For All Program as sharing: “the healing practice of yoga with Greater Boston’s low-income and under-resourced communities. HTHC yoga classes are designed to be culturally affirming, accessible, inclusive and inspiring — yoga classes in which anyone and everyone can participate.”

Yoga classes are on Tuesdays from 12-1230 pm with Lunch Break Yoga:

and Fridays from 4-5 pm with Friday Unwind Gentle Yoga:

To access the classes, follow the Youtube link:

New classes post on Tuesdays and Fridays but can be accessed at any time. Just go to Youtube and select the class you wish to follow. For more information check out the BPL Facebook page for up to date times and schedules. You can also check out the Boston Public Library calendar of events for other great online offerings.