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5 in 5: Horror

Here is the next video in our 5 in 5 series. Cait provides today’s list of recommendations . She is recommending horror titles to get you in the mood for Halloween. You can request these items for pick up or download from our Bibliocommons list or call us to place a hold. And you can watch the video premiere at 12:15 pm on our YouTube channel below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our social media to get the latest updates, events, and recommendations.

YA Anime afternoon 10/23

Join us monthly as we dive into the most otaku of anime, from OVAs to series to feature length films. We will convene on Zoom and talk about what to watch and suggest to one another via chat. We have access to netflix, hulu, crunchyroll and more and are just waiting on your input.

Join the zoom link below on Friday, October 23rd at 3PM and watch alongside fellow Malden teens. This month is a special film, and one of the most popular anime movies of 2019.

Tune into our zoom stream by finding the link here Friday 10/23 or by joining the email list by emailing

Young Adult October Book Club – The Hobbit

Teens and interested parties in the 5th through 6th grade, the library is hosting a book club meeting on October 30th at 4PM via Zoom meeting to talk about one of this Summers great fantasy book selections: The Hobbit!

If you don’t yet have a copy free books are available on our contactless pickup cart, while our free supplies last, or borrow a copy from the library’s collection. Join in the discussion Friday Oct. 30th via zoom by finding the link here or joining our YA Mailing list by e-mailing

YA Movie Afternoon, 10/15 @3PM

Young Adults in the 5th through 6th grade are invited to share the screen with a screening of a Spooky show from the depths of Nickleodeons original series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”. Interact with other watchers and tell your own favorite ghost story or your favorite horror movie!

Tune into our zoom stream by finding the link

or by joining the email list by emailing

Mental Health Awareness in the Time of COVID-19

October 10th is world Mental Health Day and in light of COVID-19, nurturing our mental health has become even more necessary. We have highlighted some of the mental health challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic by providing books, audiobooks, movies, websites, and hotlines. We hope these resources will increase understanding of mental health and help you cope. We need each other; check on someone today.

Hotlines, Mental Health, and Neurodiversity
Mental Health Ebooks for Children
Resources to Support Mental Health in Children
Mental Health Books and Resources for Teens
Mental Health Awareness Movie Recommendations
Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: Books and Resources
Loneliness and Connection: Books and Resources
PTSD, Trauma, and Recovery Resources
Racism and Bullying: Mental Health Consequences and Resources
Grieving: Books and Resources
Addiction and Recovery: Books and Resources

Young Adult Game Afternoon – Skribbl!

Young Adults in the 5th through 6th grade join us Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 PM for online games through the Malden Public Library. Join up for some online Skribbl gaming and try your hand at the online game, all you will need is a computer and a way to log into zoom.

Zoom link will go live here, or e-mail to be put of the events list.

Coming to Malden: Immigrants Past and Present: A Celebration of National Welcoming Week

Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. states, “if you scratch an American family, sooner or later, you’ll find an immigrant ancestor.”  Throughout our city’s history, Malden has been strengthened and shaped by the contributions made by immigrants: from the variety of main street businesses to our cultural parades and traditions.  Each immigrant has a unique story to share, born of their experiences in their country of origin and their motivation to risk all to come to the United States. This program will explore some of Malden’s most fascinating immigrant stories of struggle and resilience that helped create one of the most culturally diverse communities in the Northeast.  The program will be held on Monday, September 14 at 2 p.m. followed by Q & A and time to share your own personal or family’s journey.

Speakers include Malden Historical Society President John Tramondozzi, Mai Du of the Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy and founder of the Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition (GMAACC), Diane Portnoy, founder and CEO of The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (The ILC), and hosted by The ILC Public Education Institute Director Denzil Mohammed  and Malden Library Director Dora St. Martin.

Through Welcoming Week, organizations and communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and long-time residents to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.  At a time when political rhetoric has deepened divisions, and the COVID-19 pandemic has renewed anti-immigrant sentiment, Welcoming Week reminds us to double down on our inclusive vision and find new ways to bring together people across lines of difference to develop greater understanding and mutual support.

The program is co-sponsored by The Immigrant Learning Center and the Malden Public Library:

Please register to join us via Zoom at :

Derry City: A Book Talk with Margo Shea


Click here for the YouTube live stream.
Derry, Northern Ireland: with a Catholic majority stretching back to the mid-1800s, Derry played an important role in the civil rights movement and the Troubles, a violent conflict with all the characteristics of a civil war. The people of Derry are a living record of the turmoil, triumphs, and everything in between which rocked their community at that time. Whether you know Derry from the hit Netflix show Derry Girls or not at all, the city has a rich history.  Dr. Margo Shea will join the Malden Public library to delve into the historical record (virtually) in her new book Derry City: Memory and Political Struggle in Northern Ireland, exploring the streets and neighborhoods that have become familiar to many through tv, film, and family lore. Come join us on September 3, 2020 and learn about the people and places behind this great city, whether you are just hearing about it from Derry Girls, from your history book, or from your great uncle’s stories of the Troubles.

Book talk will be followed by a brief Q&A with Librarian Lily and Dr. Shea. You can ask your own questions of the author in the comments section on YouTube or in the discussion thread on the Facebook event post.

7:30 – 8:30 PM


About our author, Margo Shea

“I am an educator, researcher and project administrator with experience in reflective participatory research, civic engagement, service-learning, community development, storytelling and all the ways these intersect and intertwine around historical, social and political issues. I am trained in urban studies, public and oral history, qualitative research methods and (some of) the digital humanities. I am the author of a history of community memory in #Derry, Northern Ireland published by University of Notre Dame Press, called Derry City. At the heart of my work is a firm belief that for much too long, most of us have been mere subjects of history instead of actors and writers of our stories. I work in all of my roles to change that. I work to strengthen our individual and collective ability and resolve to listen into the difficult spaces and to create processes for listening to shape our stories and our actions. Collaborative practice, (planning it, facilitating it, organizing it, evaluating it and amplifying it) while honoring individual perspectives and where they come from, is my strength. ”


And if you are interested in learning more or would like to read the book on your own. Check out the link to order a hardcover copy. HINT: go to  the author’s site for discount codes and release information about future trade paperback editions.

“Derry is the second largest city in Northern Ireland and has had a Catholic majority since 1850. It was witness to some of the most important events of the civil rights movement and the Troubles. Derry City examines Catholic Derry from the turn of the twentieth century to the end of the 1960s and the start of the Troubles. Plotting the relationships between community memory and historic change, Margo Shea provides a rich and nuanced account of the cultural, political, and social history of Derry using archival research, oral histories, landscape analysis, and public discourse. Looking through the lens of the memories Catholics cultivated and nurtured as well as those they contested, she illuminates Derry’s Catholics’ understandings of themselves and their Irish cultural and political identities through the decades that saw Home Rule, Partition, and four significant political redistricting schemes designed to maintain unionist political majorities in the largely Catholic and nationalist city. Shea weaves local history sources, community folklore, and political discourse together to demonstrate how people maintain their agency in the midst of political and cultural conflict. As a result, the book invites a reconsideration of the genesis of the Troubles and reframes discussions of the “problem” of Irish memory. It will be of interest to anyone interested in Derry and to students and scholars of memory, modern and contemporary British and Irish history, public history, the history of colonization, and popular cultural history.”