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MPL TO GO: The Malden Public Library Opens for Curbside Hold Pickups

The Malden Public Library is now open for curbside holds pickup. Curbside hold pickup means you will be asking for items either from our website or via phone. This will be available Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Library staff will collect and check out materials, and contact patrons when holds are ready for pickup.

Follow these simple steps to pick up items:

  • Place an item on hold through the library’s catalog (  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 once you have received notification that your hold(s) are ready to arrange a pickup. 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 there to pick up your items.
  • We will place your items on a table 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, 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. However, the library’s Summer Reading Program will be taking place starting July 15.

For more information about the Malden Public Library’s programs and services, please call the library at 781-324-0218.

Tuesday, August 25th 7PM Gardening Program: Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Beneficials

Join us via Zoom at 7PM:
The meeting will be locked at 7:15PM.

“Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Beneficials,” a 90 minute presentation about welcoming pollinators and other beneficial wildlife, will be offered by naturalist and landscaper John Root at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 25th. A Zoom link will be added here and the MPL Google calendar shortly before the program begins.

A variety of plants that can nourish these organisms throughout their active lifetimes are discussed, and organic methods for establishing pollinator gardens are also presented. Comments and questions are welcome throughout the program. Participants can access handouts online with information about attracting beneficials. This program is supported in part by the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

How to Take a Sensory Nature Walk (Urban Ecology Series)

Don’t go for just any walk, take a sensory nature walk!
Cultivate a keen eye—and nose, ear, and hand—when evaluating the qualities of our living world. Then use these observational skills to explore your local urban or suburban environment.
This program was designed by the MIT Public Library Innovation Exhange (PLIX) for students in grades 3-8, but can be enjoyed by anyone.
Pick up the Urban Ecology kit at the Malden Public Library. Call 781-324-0218 to reserve yours! If you can’t obtain one, most of these materials, or replacements for them can be found in the home.
This is part one in the Urban Ecology Series. Join Librarian Jean live Wednesday, August 12th at 3PM for part 2: Tangible Ecosystem (be sure to collect 8-10 specimens on your walk before this program). The Zoom link will be posted in the event calendar a few minutes before the program.

YA Duct Tape Roses Craft

Teens in the 6th through 12th Grade are invited to get crafty with the Malden Public Library from home. Come by the library and pick up a YA Craft bag starting Wednesday, or use craft materials you have lying around the house and join in and learn how to make a Rose out of Duct Tape!

The program goes lives at 3PM on August 13th and you can join up then or watch at your leisure on our youtube channel after that!

Young Adult Drawful 2-sday!

Young Adults in the 6th through 12th grade are invited to join Librarian Patrick for online gaming. Get out your sketching finger and get ready for Drawful 2, whose grand prize winner will get a $10 gift card.

So get ready to game, Tuesday, August 11th at 3PM, sign up by emailing and get notified when we go live!

Campfire Ghost Stories (New recurring event!)

Horror fans, podcast ghouls, and people who love a good scare before bedtime join us for virtual campfire ghost stories. If you were a fan of Are You Afraid of the Dark? or are missing the feeling of a chilly night with a good fire under the stars then these are the tales for you! Haunted tales told with a virtual fire crackling in the background; we will scare you, delight you, and hopefully lull you into a night of uneasy dreams. Muhahaha.

After each creepy episode you can come back here to relive the stories or catch up on stories you might have missed. In fact here comes one right now!

Schedule of haunts:

Thursday 7/23 @730 pm 


Thursday 7/30 @ 730pm

Tuesday 8/4 @ 730pm

Friday 8/21 @ 730 pm

Thursday 8/27 @ 730 pm

More dates to follow us into the Fall.

Bookmark this page and check back for new stories or watch a whole playlist and let us scare you into your eternal rest…

UPDATED: Young Adult Jackbox Trivia!

Young Adults in the 6th through 12th grade are invited to test their Trivia chops as we dive into the world of Trivia Murder Party 2! Jackbox games will require that you have access to Zoom and a separate window or mobile device. The game is trivia with a twist of mini-games and macabre humor!

The overall winner, or group of winners if needs dictate, will be entered into a drawing for a $10 Gift Card, so more than pride is on the line!


Bring your A-Game on Tuesday July 28th, from 3:00-4:00 PM!

Friday Folk & Fairy Tales: Mythological Birds

Join us Friday, July 24th at 12:15pm for the reading of “The Tale of Ivan Tsarevich, the Bird of Light, and the Grey Wolf” and “The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor.” These stories were selected with an adult audience in mind. Click here to watch:

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ~ Neil Gaiman* Coraline

The pandemic has presented us with new challenges and exacerbated old ones. Folk and fairy tales do not merely entertain us, but teach and remind us that we can conquer whatever we face and help quell our fears and anxieties. As we are faced with new obstacles we also need new fairy tales. On these summer Fridays, we will be sharing a combination of old and new folk and fairy tales to aid our community in overcoming the challenges we face today.

UPDATE: YA Book Discussion: Rick Riordan, July 20th

Young Adults in the 6th-12th grade are invited to take part in our first Summer Reading online book discussions on July 20th from 3PM-4PM.

Join Librarian Patrick as we take a look at Rick Riordan’s series of mythological book series and talk about the history behind some of them. This conversation will take place over Zoom, and a recording will be made available after the event goes live. Sign up for Summer Reading on Beanstack to be added to the e-mail list.

UPDATE: Join us today at the zoom meeting link below:

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