Blog: Summer Reading

Summer Reading Kickoff!

NOTICE: Due to the expected high temperatures, the summer reading kickoff and ice cream social will now be held in the Malden Public High School cafeteria, directly across the street from the library.

It’s that time of year again! Come celebrate the 2024 Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff, here on the front lawn of the Malden Public Library! Featuring music by musician Steve Blunt, and ice cream treats from Dairy Delight. Throughout the summer, you can log your reading minutes on the Beanstack reading app to enter to win great prizes (for kids, and adults). Pre-register for summer reading at this link to get started:

End of Summer Party: Rain or Shine 8/18 @11am

Join us to celebrate the end of the summer season on Friday, August 18th at 11 am. We’ll have cake, music, games and a ton of fun! We may even have some special butterfly guests. Our party will go on rain or shine. If the rain will go away, we will picnic on the lawn, but if the clouds don’t cooperate this party will move indoors to the Maccario room. We’v accomplished so much together this summer, let’s celebrate! Every little bit has come together to make an absolutely inspiring season. Thank you all for being a part of our hive!

Summer Movie Night: Wed., August 16th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for Summer Movie Night on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 from 6:00-8:30pm at the Malden Public Library. We will be showing the newest movie based on Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3.

“Still reeling from the loss of Gamora, Peter Quill rallies his team to defend the universe and one of their own – a mission that could mean the end of the Guardians if not successful.” Rated PG-13 (149 min.) (2023)

We will have a fun movie-themed raffle. Free snacks will be provided. Movie times are approximate.

The previously scheduled film about Chevalier is postponed to a future date due to a change in the release date.

Audience warning: Guardians of the Galaxy 3: This film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and strong thematic elements. The film shows some instances of animal testing that may be disturbing or triggering for some viewers, especially young children.

PeTA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) has issued a statement: the film “tells a beautiful and compassionate story about testing on animals to a Marvel-size audience” and it also “open[s] moviegoers’ eyes to the horrors of animal testing.”

Summer Movie Night: Wed., July 19th: 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for Summer Movie Night on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 from 6:00-8:00pm. We will be showing a movie about Polite Society.

“Ria Khan believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting her friends’ help, she attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood.” Rated PG-13 (104 min.) (2023) 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

We will have a fun movie-themed raffle. Free snacks will be provided. Movie times are approximate.

Still Life Roulette Paint Night! Mondays at 6pm

Need a chill night with a simple and enjoyable activity to kick off your week? Then join us Monday nights at 6pm for a low stakes paint night. We’ll provide the materials, an inspiring collection of objects, and a cool and calm space to let you be creative. No prior ability or skill is necessary (honestly, we are making it up as we go along). Also, we will have snacks. See you Monday!

Make Your Own Compostable Planter–July 20th 7pm

Thursday July, 20th at 7pm. Learn to make a plant pot that you can feel good about. Hypotufa pots are light weight made of portland cement, water, perlite, and often with peat moss or coconut choir.  This will be a relaxing, fun, educational, and a bit messy activity open to all adults who enjoy plants and gardening. Supplies will be provided. Weather permitting, this event will be held in the Malden Public Library courtyard.

Bees & Their Habitats Friday July 14th from 11am – noon

When you think of bees, do you think of bee hives and honey? Honey Bees have been important crop pollinators ever since they were introduced to North America in the 17th century but there is a lot more to bees than sweet treats.  There are 390 species of native bees in MA and most people don’t even know they exist!  There are Mining Bees that make tiny tunnels in the ground, Carder Bees that comb the “hairs” from plants, Long Horned Bees that guard their territory fiercely and Sweat Bees that love to hitch a ride on a sticky human!


Join our presenter Gaynor Bigelbach at the Malden Public Library on July 14th from 11am-noon for a family friendly exploration of the wonderful ingenious and Bee-utiful insects that share our gardens and neighborhoods.

How to win at Summer Reading

Welcome to the first official week of summer reading! So far we’ve had the Ice Cream Social, a few programs and sign ups for reading programs. But there is so much more to do. At this point you may be wondering how the program works this year. So here are the basics…

Kids elementary age and younger:

Sign up to log reading minutes in person in the children’s room. Or children can sign up online with their families with our Beanstack app and log minutes from anywhere.  Prizes are available the week following the week logged. Children need to read 120 minutes a week to earn a prize.


Sign up is online via Beanstack. The app can be used on any internet connected device. There is even a cell phone app! You can even use the library computers to log your minutes. Teens need just 300 minutes of reading to qualify for a prize and prizes can be picked up at the Information desk starting on July 5th!


Beanstack is the main opportunity to log reading and activities. These will earn raffle tickets for gift card drawings each week. For those who need help signing up we have a quick start guide and can always provide assistance at the information desk. But if online apps aren’t your thing…we will collect minutes at the circulation desk. If you have read 300 minutes in that week, please ask for a raffle ticket for that week’s drawing. Winners will be contacted by phone.

How to Beanstack:

This year our Beanstack app is going to have a number of challenges, activities, and learning opportunities for the community. But the first step is signing up.
To sign up go to:

If it is the first time registering then follow the steps to sign up and enter your information. There will be an option to add additional family members at the end.

For returning individuals and families, log in with your information or follow the steps if you forgot your login credentials. If you are having trouble getting in stop by the information desk and we can look you up in Beanstack and help you get set up.

You can also use this guide for navigating the pages to log reading, activities, and events!


Summer fun with Beanstack!

  • Reading minutes prizes and raffles
  • Citizen Science Opportunities (Participate in real time science projects and enter to win a prize. Will also count for community service hours!)
  • Bingo games for prizes
  • Bee Kind Challenge for kids
  • Merit badge challenges (Merit badges are back and you can earn one!)
  • Updates on programming
  • Learning challenges with links and reading suggestions
  • Movie bingo
  • And you can add friends and families and compete against each other on the community tab (Add friends and see who can read the most!)

And finally, The Community Challenge:

But with all these minutes we are collecting this summer we must do something, right!? So we will add them up, week by week, in the hopes that, as a city, Malden can read 5000 hours…collectively. And when we say reading, we mean not just books, but also audio books, articles online, newspapers, magazines, and any media you learn from over time, (honestly, true crime podcasts probably count too). So chart your reading each week, earn prizes and bragging rights and we will highlight your contributions on the lawn and on the board behind circ. With each small contribution, the number will grow, and help us toward our goals as a community. As we say: “Little things done together make a big impact”.

Summer Reading Program

Summer has returned and with it the Malden Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. To celebrate we have a number of beeautiful events, tasty treats, prizes, and other goodies to keep you active and engaged this summer. To start we have our annual Summer Reading Kickoff and Ice Cream Social. It all starts there: Thursday, June 22nd at 1pm.

At the kickoff we will have summer reading sign up for Adults, Teens, and Children, a selection of games, goodie bags, and of course frozen ice cream treats. We will also provide our calendar of summer events so you can plan your activities, wisely! And for those of you who would like to skip the line for registration, preregistration is available on our Beanstack page:   This year Beanstack even has an app available in the Apple and Google play stores. It makes logging your minutes, participating in games, and qualifying for prizes much easier on the go. We even have a handy guide to use it more effectively: Guide to setting up and using Beanstack

This year’s theme is based on the CSLP theme of “All Together Now”, which focuses on community and togetherness. We have adapted that theme to focus on the idea that “Little things done together make a big impact”. Whether it is reading for a few minutes on your lunch break, picking up litter on a walk, or committing to small acts of random kindess, the small moments add up to big improvements in our lives and communities. So join us, and do some little things just to see how big they become! Welcome to our Hive!

Welcome to Our Hive is sponsored by Preotle, Lane & Associates and Friends of the Malden Public Library.  Many thanks to them for making all this possible!