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Don’t make the mistake of thinking Dina Malgeri is a timid librarian. The 83-year-old, who retired this month after 40 years as the Malden Public Library’s director, is just as adventurous today as she was 38 years ago, when she helped capture a man involved in the city’s largest art heist. “When I travel … on a plane and I’m sitting beside someone, he or she will ask, ‘What do you do?’ I say I’m a librarian, and the eyes glaze over because they think I’m a little old lady stamping books,” Malgeri said. “I tell them that story and it gives them an entirely different … perception of what a librarian does.”

Dina Malgeri, fierce advocate for Malden’s library, retires as director - Your Town - Boston.com

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking Dina Malgeri is a timid librarian. The 83-year-old, who retired this month after 40 years as the Malden Public Library’s director, is just as adventurous today as she was 38 years ago, when she helped capture a man involved in the city’s largest art heist. “When I travel … on a plane and I’m sitting beside someone, he or she will ask, ‘What do you do?’ I say I’m a librarian, and the eyes glaze over because they think I’m a little old lady stamping books,” Malgeri said. “I tell them that story and it gives them an entirely different … perception of what a librarian does.”

    Dina Malgeri, fierce advocate for Malden’s library, retires as director - Your Town - Boston.com