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YA Movie Aftenoon – February 1st

Young Adults in the 5th through 12th grade are invited to join us in the Maccario Room on Thursday February 1st from 3:00 – 5:00 PM as we enter into the world of My Little Pony. Based on the smash hit animated TV show, the Ponies jump to the big screen with their 2017 feature film debut. In addition to all the voice actors from the show the movie has the talents of Emily Blunt, Liev Schreiber, Sia and Taye Diggs. Everypony is invited to enjoy snacks, drinks and popcorn as we watch the film.

Lasting Impressions of Japan: Hokusai & Hiroshige and Beyond

“Lasting Impressions of Japan: Hokusai & Hiroshige and Beyond,” an exhibition featuring ukiyo-e prints by the Japanese artists Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kunisada and Kuniyoshi will open on January 23 and run through March 23.   An Opening Reception and Gallery Talk will be held on Tuesday, January 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.  The exhibition is a collaboration between the Malden Public Library and the Malden Historical Society.

This will be the first exhibition of these historic prints, purchased by the library in 1912, in over one-hundred years.  The exhibition also includes stunning examples of Japanese traditional dress and ceramic art, including formal, semi-formal, and casual kimono, haori jackets from the collections of the Malden Historical Society.

The woodblock ukiyo-e prints show images of everyday Japan and were mass-produced for popular consumption in the Edo period (1615-1868).  Brought to Europe and America, these prints influenced many Western artists, including Monet and Van Gogh; as well as the creators of our popular manga and anime series.  Among the treasured prints exhibited are works by Katsushika Hokusai, best known for his work “Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa” or “The Great Wave” from his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

Exhibition hours are: Mondays 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m., Saturdays 2:00-4:00 p.m.  For more information or group tours call 781-324-0218.  www.maldenpubliclibrary.org

 

 

 

Rotating Art Exhibit for Local Artists

Are you a local Malden artist looking to display your work?

The Malden Public Library has just started a monthly Rotating Art Exhibit! Through January 31, 2018, you can apply to showcase your art in the library, hanging in a hallway and/or enclosed in a glass case. Please visit our Rotating Art Exhibit webpage for more information about our Art policy and application requirements.

Movie Night: Wed., Jan. 24th: 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, from 6:00-8:00pm.  We will be showing a recent movie based on the graphic novel, Atomic Blonde.  The film stars Charlize Theron, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, and James McAvoy.

Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is an undercover MI6 agent in 1989 Cold War Berlin, sent there just days before the collapse of the Berlin Wall.  As she investigates the murder of a fellow agent she begins to uncover a ruthless espionage ring.

RogerEbert.com writes, “Theron’s commanding performance is remarkable” and Richard Roeper writes, “The visuals in Atomic Blonde pop right off the screen.” Rolling Stone adds, “Theron…is pure…poetry in motion. She’s a stone-cold badass. How can you resist?”

This film is free and open to the public and is accessible.  Movie times are approximate.  Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 for more information.  Rated R (115 min.)

A Holiday Hiccup

We all know that iconic scene in A Christmas Story when Ralphie, certain that his wish for a Red Ryder B.B. gun has gone unanswered, finds that final package hidden behind the desk which turns his dismay into utter delight. Now imagine yourself on Christmas morning as a child, hoping against hope for the baby doll you’d seen in a catalog. You find it under the tree. Gleeful, you pick up the doll and give it a hug, only to have it growl in your ear, “I’m Smokey the Bear.”

That’s probably not where you thought this story was headed, but that’s the shock Christmas day of 1955 had in story for little boys and girls. On Thursday, 22 December 1955, the Malden Evening News reported a creepy voice box mix-up in an Atlanta, Georgia toy factory that assembled talking dolls. Talk about a nightmare before Christmas! Read on for the full scoop.


“Doll Factory Error To Startle Some Girl Christmas Day

ATLANTA, (UP)—A toyshop mixup threatened today to ruin some little girl’s Christmas because a dainty doll that is supposed to say a goodnight prayer will instead growl a fire prevention rhyme in a bear-voice.

The mixup occurred in a toy factory commissioned to manufacture talking models of Smokey, the bear used on posters by the U.S. Forestry Service in its fire prevention campaign.

The same factory also makes a petite little doll equipped with a voicebox that says gently:

‘Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
God bless Mommy,
God bless Daddy,
Amen.’

The prayer and the voice are much different from the sounds created for Smokey, the forest service teddy bear.

It growls in a gruff voice:

‘I’m Smokey the Bear, I’m the Smokey the Bear.
‘Running and looking for smoke in the air.
‘I warn careless people and tell them “take care.”
‘Please prevent forest fires, says Smokey the Bear.’

The South Carolina Forestry Commission ordered 96 of the stuffed bears for use in its fire prevention campaign. The first of the 96 Smokey Bears to arrive in the commission office was immediately tested. It created pandemonium by uttering in a childish voice:

‘Now I lay me down…’

Regional employes [sic] speculated that the toyshop mixed the voice boxes earmarked for the Smokey Bear and the dolls.

One of the bearlike voice boxes was sure to end up in one of the dainty ‘praying’ dolls, they calculated.”

                                                      


After some research, it seems that the two dolls mentioned in the story were manufactured by the now-defunct
Ideal Toys. The praying doll was probably Ideal’s Patti Prays doll.

Holiday Concert with the Malden High School Choral Arts Society

Join the Friends of the Malden Public Library on Sunday, December 3, at 2 pm for a free concert held in partnership with the Malden Historical Society and Victorian Society of Malden. The Malden High School Choral Arts Society will perform and we’ll provide complimentary refreshments. This event is open to the public. Come join your neighbors and kick-off the holiday season at the Library!

Book Discussion by Former Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll

Book Discussion by Former Education Commissioner


Monday, December 4, 5:00- 6:30 pm in the Maccario Room at the Malden Public Library

Come join former Commissioner David P. Driscoll for a discussion of his new memoir, Commitment and Common Sense: Leading Education Reform in Massachusetts on Monday at the Library.
Dave will be sharing wisdom from his remarkable career as a math teacher, superintendent and the 21st successor to Horace Mann as commissioner of education in Massachusetts.
The book delves into the key elements of the Education Reform Act, also known as the “Grand Bargain,” that brought billions of dollars into the system along with new expectations and accountability at every level. The changes, ushered in by Driscoll and his colleagues, catapulted Massachusetts to among the best in the world in student achievement.
The event, hosted by the Malden Public Library and Dave’s friends and former coworkers at the Department, is open to the public.

Holiday Food Drive Continues

The food drive continues as the Malden Public Library collects for the Salvation Army’s work during the Christmas season.  These non-perishables are suggested by the organization:  peanut butter, tuna, mayonnaise, jelly, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce and pasta.  Donations of ethnic foods are encouraged.  The collection container will be out on the main floor opposite the circulation desk through the end of December.

Angel Tree Program

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program is a great way to bring joy into a child’s life.  It’s easy and gratifying to make sure there is a much needed present waiting for a youngster when they wake up on Christmas morning.  Simply select a paper Angel from those adorning the Angel Tree at the Circulation Desk;  each represents a child and includes information such as their first name, age, gender and wished for gift.  No need to wrap the present.  Just drop off the gift with its Angel tag at the Circulation Desk by Dec. 13 for distribution through the Salvation Army’s Toy Store.

14th Annual Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions & Christmas Tree Lighting

The City of Malden will kick off the Holiday Season with the 14th Annual Parade of Holiday Traditions on Saturday, November 25th at 2 PM. The Parade will lift off at the Salemwood School on Waite Street Extension, will bear left onto Maplewood Street, and will then travel west on Salem Street. The Parade will conclude at the Malden Teen Enrichment Center (MTEC) at Ferry, Salem and Main Streets where residents will be invited in for hot chocolate. Santa Claus will be making a special visit – all children should bring their letters to Santa so that his helpers from the Post Office can collect and send them to the North Pole!

At the conclusion of the Parade, everyone is invited the City Christmas Tree Lighting on the lawn of the Malden Public Library.

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