Blog: Month: April 2018

TONIGHT: Malden Reads Movie Night: Wed., April 25th:6:30-8:30pm (rescheduled)

Join us on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:30-8:30pm (rescheduled date) at the Malden Public Library’s second Malden Reads film screening for the 2018 book selection, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. We will be showing Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler, the director of the current blockbuster, Black Panther. Fruitvale Station is the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year old Bay Area resident who was killed in 2009 by a police officer at the BART Fruitvale Station in Oakland. The movie stars Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, and Octavia Spencer.

Oscar Grant (Jordan) leaves his Bay Area home on his way to San Francisco to see fireworks for a New Year’s celebration. With the New Year, Oscar’s starting to make changes in his life—trying to be a better partner to his girlfriend, Sophia, trying to get a new job, trying to be a better son, and trying to be a better father to his daughter, Tatiana. His life tragically changes at Fruitvale Station on his way home.

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 94% approval rating and writes that the movie is a “passionate and powerfully acted [movie that] serves as a celebration of life, a condemnation of death, and a triumph for star Michael B. Jordan.” The New York Times calls it “a sad, touching and subtle film.” Film.com writes, “Fruitvale is outstanding, a telling portrait and testament of the life of one man and the complicated relationships to race and class that still exist within America today.”

A discussion of this year’s Malden Reads book selection, The Hate U Give, will follow the movie. Movie times are approximate. This film is free and open to the public and is accessible. Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 for more information. Rated R (85 min.)

 

Everyday Scams and Identity Theft: How to Avoid Being a Victim

On Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. Tim Depin, Coordinator of Consumer Advocacy & Response Division, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General will offer a talk on ”Everyday Scams and Identity Theft: How to Avoid Being a Victim.”  This is a free workshop that will cover what is identity theft and how to avoid or detect a variety of different mail, phone, and online scams.  All are invited to attend.  Light refreshments will be provided.  The Malden Public Library is located at 36 Salem Street, Malden, MA; 781-324-0218.

Celebrate Haitian Heritage Month on May 3

Join us for a celebration of Haitian Heritage Month on Thursday May 3, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Come explore Haiti’s rich history, art, food, language, music, and overall culture.  The program is free and open to all.  This program is a continuation of the Malden Reads presentation on Slavery, Abolition, and Haiti.  For information, call the Library at 781-324-0218, or text 617 433 8472.

YA Gaming Afternoon – April 19th

Young Adults in the 6th through 12th Grade are invited to relax, hang out and snack at our YA Gaming Party in the Maccario Room on April 19th from 3:00 – 4:30. We will have video game and board game, along with some pizza and snacks. Enjoy some Smash Bros and roll some dice as we take some time away from the March weather and enjoy the Malden Public Library.

Malden Reads Book Discussion & Skype Chat with Charlottesville

Join us on Wednesday, April 11th from 6:30-8:30 at the Malden Public Library for a Skype discussion with the organizer of Cville One Book, the community reading program for Charlottesville, VA, where “The Hate U Give” has been selected to help #flipthescript on the city’s recent history. Then join special guest Mayor Gary Christenson for a book discussion! All who have read the book are welcome to attend. So we can plan for seating and refreshments, please RSVP to maldenreads@gmail.com.

Poetry Reading with David Surette—Monday, April 9th 7PM

Join us on Monday, April 9th at 7pm to hear Malden-native David Surette read from his new collection of poetry, Malden.

He is the author of five other collections: Wicked Hard, The Immaculate Conception Mothers’ Club, Young Gentlemen’s School, Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In and Stable which was named an Honor Book at the 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards. His poems have been recently featured in 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers. He teaches and coaches varsity hockey at East Bridgewater Junior High School. He lives on Cape Cod.

This event is free and open to the public.

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MPL’s Rotating Artist for April

The Monthly Rotating Art Exhibit for April is “Little Worlds and Little Works on Paper” by Lisa L. Sears. Lisa has selected smaller original drawings and paintings on paper — mainly acrylic, watercolor, oil pastel and colored pencil along with one-of-a-kind, three dimensional books.

Come view Lisa’s art, on display at the Library thru April 30, 2018.

Booker Prize Book Discussion Group on April 25

The Booker Prize Monthly Book Discussion meets on Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m.  Pick up your copy of this month’s selection at the Malden Public Library Information Desk.  This month:  The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds.  New members are always welcome.

The Quickening Maze is a 2009 historical fictional novel by British poet and author Adam Foulds and published by Jonathan Cape. The book received the Encore Award (2009), European Union Prize for Literature (2011) and was shortlisted for Man Booker Prize (2009) and Walter Scott Prize (2010). The book is based on the historical backdrop of a mental asylum run by Matthew Allen at High Beach in late 1830s and 1840s which had English poet John Clare admitted therein.  The Malden Public Library is located at 36 Salem Street, Malden, MA; 781-324-0218.