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Welcome to Our New Website

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The Malden Public Library welcomes you to our new website. We think you will enjoy the improvements we have made. All of the content from the previous site has been included, plus much more. This new site is much more versatile and automatically adapts its format to any computer, tablet or mobile device to give you the best user experience. The design is cleaner and easier to read while being more colorful and visual at the same time. A few parts of the new site are still under construction, but this will not interfere with your use.

Some highlights of the new site include:

  • The new web site uses responsive design, making it easier to view on all your media devices, from desktop computer to mobile phone
  • Website can be viewed in many different languages via the Translate pull-down in at the upper right of the Home page
  • Easy search box for the catalog, hours, events, and more
  • New children’s and teen pages
  • New pages for Converse Memorial Building and Local History Resources

Check out the special “find” icon for searching within either the catalog and the website.

Malden YMCA Robotic Club for Teens

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The Malden YMCA Robotics Club is coming to the Malden Public Library for the next three Thursdays, May 28th, June 4th and June 11th from 3:30–5 pm in the Maccario Room. Teens in the 5th grade and up can reserve their spot today for this three week, in-depth robotics course where they’ll learn how to design, build and program robots. Sign-up at the information desk, or call 781-324-0218. Space is limited so make sure to call today.

Art Detective: How to Find a Forgery

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Tuesday, June 9th from 3-4:30 pm.

Learn the techniques used to distinguish real paintings from counterfeit using the tools of science. We will look at “real” and “forged” paintings and use the tools of science to find the truth.

This program is limited to 30 individuals, in grades 9-12.

Call the Library or drop in to save your spot.

Mayor Storytime: Thursday, June 4

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The Mayor of Malden will be reading fun picture books to young children in the Children’s Room on Thursday, June 4, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The storytime will include a simple craft. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Malden Writers’ Collaborative’s 5th Annual Public Reading

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The Malden Public Library will host the Malden Writers’ Collaborative’s 5th Annual Public Reading at 7pm on May 28, 2015 in the Maccario Room. Come and hear original works of fiction and nonfiction by local writers.The Collaborative meets twice a month, October-May, to share and discuss their own writing and the writing of others. Learn more about the group at www.evangelinevickery.com/tmwc. Light refreshments will be provided through funding by the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

BRICK CITY: The H.H. Richardson Lego Challenge

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The H.H. Richardson challenge will have students working in teams of 2 to design and craft their own building out of LEGO bricks. Introductions to the architecture of the Converse Memorial Library will be given with a brief tour before the building begins. Sign up at the information desk for more information.  Limited to 30 / teams of 2, registration required.

WHO: Students in the 5th – 8th Grades
WHEN: Thurs. May 21st at 3:30-5:00 P.M.
WHERE: The Converse Building at the Malden Public Library

The program is part of the library’s STEAM in the Art Gallery grant brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with additional funds from the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

Book Discussion Groups

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Hear what others think about a book, and then share your own ideas. You don’t have to create a book club to do it, because The Malden Public Library already hosts two discussion groups:

THE BOOKER PRIZE DISCUSSION GROUP meets at 7:00 p.m. in the library on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Since 1969, the “Booker Prize” has been awarded to the best full-length novel written in English by a citizen of the UK, the Commonwealth, Eire, Pakistan, or South Africa. As of September 2013, selection for the “longlist” has been opened to American authors.
Upcoming Books:

• May 27, 2015 – The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
Summary:
The Gault family leads a life of privilege in early 1920s Ireland, but the threat of violence leads the parents of nine-year-old Lucy to decide to leave for England, her mother’s home. Lucy cannot bear the thought of leaving Lahardane, their country house with its beautiful land and nearby beach, and a dog she has befriended. On the day before they are to leave, Lucy runs away, hoping to convince her parents to stay. Instead, she sets off a series of tragic misunderstandings that affect all of Lahardane’s inhabitants for the rest of their lives.

• June 24, 2015 – Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
• July 22, 2015 – Unless by Carol Shields

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THE FIRST MONDAY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP meets at 7:00 p.m. in the library on the first Monday of each month to discuss titles selected by members of the group.
Upcoming Books:

• June 1, 2015 – Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Summary:
Through the story of Charles Ryder’s entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities. At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh’s early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity.

• July 6, 2015 – Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy
• Aug. 3, 2015 – Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
• Sept. 14, 2015 – Me before You by JoJo Moyes

Just pick a group that’s convenient! New members are always welcome! Copies of books for discussion are available at the information desk.

TONIGHT: Movie Night: Wed., May 20th: 6:00-8:00pm

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Join us for Movie Night at the Malden Public Library on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 6:00-8:00pm. We will be showing the recent film based on The New York Times bestselling book, Still Alice, by Lisa Genova. Alice Howard (Julianne Moore) is a brilliant and vivacious linguistics professor at Columbia University in New York City when she begins to forget words and then abruptly loses her bearings on a familiar jogging path. She tries to hide her increasing confusion from her husband John (Alec Baldwin) but as her forgetfulness increases she decides to visit a neurologist who tells her bluntly she might have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alice faces not only the difficulty of telling her children, played by Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth, about her Alzheimer’s, but she struggles with having her family seeing her as “still Alice.”

The Hollywood Reporter describes Still Alice as a “milestone film on Alzheimer’s [which] draws its power from Moore’s emotionally restrained but very potent central performance.” Julianne Moore won the Academy Award for best actress for the film in addition to a Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Independent Spirit awards. Variety writes that Moore accomplishes “one of her most powerful performances.”

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 PG-13 (101 min.)

Friends’ 13th Annual Wine Tasting Gala & Chocolate Buffet

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13th Annual Friends of the Malden Public Library Wine Tasting and Chocolate Buffet – Friday May 8th, 7-10pm

Enjoy a selection of wine and other beverages, food from area restaurants, and a chocolate buffet at the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St., Friday May 8th 7-10pm. The event is held in the beautiful art galleries and includes live piano music and a raffle. Tickets ($35) are on sale now at the Library (781-324-0218). (Please make checks payable to The Friends of the Malden Public Library.)

Order wine and M&M Liquors will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Friends of the Malden Public Library!

The library is handicapped-accessible. Last year tickets sold out so buy early!

For more information or to purchase tickets online visit www.friendsofmaldenlibrary.org.