Blog: Month: March 2019

Malden Reads: A Citizen Lyceum Forum

Join us for an evening of film and discussion around the PBS documentary “The Chinese Exclusion Act.” The program will be held here at the Malden Public Library on Tuesday, March 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 prohibited the immigration of Chinese laborers to the U.S.

This event is co-sponsored by the American Association of Arab Women, the Chinese Culture Connection, MaldenCORE (Community Organizing for Racial Equity), and the Malden Public Library.

Roger Desrosiers from the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education will lead the conversation related to the Chinese Exclusion Act. Malden Reads began co-hosting lyceums in 2018; they are opportunities to become engaged citizens through civic and civil dialogue. This is the third in the lyceum series, and Roger is participating again upon special request. Feel free to attend this even if you didn’t make it to the lyceums last year!

The Citizen Lyceum is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We hope that you can join us and bring a friend!

Still image from “The Chinese Exclusion Act”

Art Night: Celebrate Women’s History Month with Art

Join us for Art Night: A Celebration of Women’s History Month on Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m.  We’re highlighting a few of the trailblazing and talented women in the Malden Public Library’s art collection.  Come explore the art and lives of Constance Stella, Perle Fine, Yvonne Twining Humber, Doris Burdick, Marguerite Stuber Pearson, Juana Romani, and more – and explore the beautiful Converse Memorial Building Art Galleries.  The art and building tour will begin promptly at 6 p.m.  The event is free but limited to 25.  Register by calling the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218.

Image:  Carousel by Malden born artist Perle Fine (1905-1988)

Malden Reads: Film “Kung Fu Panda” at the Ferryway School

Malden Reads is pleased to host a screening of the animated film “Kung Fu Panda” at the Ferryway School on Wednesday, March 27. Join us at 6:00 p.m. for light refreshments and a family arts & crafts activity led by the Malden Girl Scouts. Also at 6:00, Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy will lead a mini kung fu performance and class. Families who cannot come by 6:00 can arrive by 6:30. All children must be accompanied by a parent.
Rotten Tomatoes, a movie rating website, says 87% of critics like the movie, and the website describes the movie as follows. “A clumsy panda bear becomes an unlikely kung fu hero when a treacherous enemy spreads chaos throughout the countryside in this animated martial arts adventure featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, and Jackie Chan.” The movie is recommended for ages 6 and up.
We hope that Malden families will join us for a fun night!

YA Karaoke Party – March 14th

Young Adults in the 5th through 12th grade are invited to sing their hearts out at our first ever Karaoke competition. Whether you like to belt out pop classics, classic rap or rock ballads you can enjoy yourself at our Karaoke party.

On Thursday March 14th join us as we take the stage in the Maccario room to enjoy snacks, beverages and our new Karaoke machine. We will be singing from 3:00 – 4:30 PM

One random singer will be selected to win a prize, and the top singer as determined by the judges will earn a $20 Gift Card.

YA Movie Aftenoon – March 21st

Join us in the Maccario Room for another installment of the YA Movie Afternoons. We will have popcorn, snacks and drinks to enjoy alongside a new and popular movie. This Thursday, March 21st from 3:00 – 5:00 in the Maccario Room.

This movie is another blockbuster entry from Marvel’s comic universe, and the winner for the 2019 Oscar for best Animated Film of 2018. See the classic super hero “Spider-Man” like you’ve never seen him before!

Art Reception March 7th for Lisa L. Sears

Join us Thursday, March 7 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a Reception of our Rotating Art March Artist Lisa L. Sears! “The Ones Who Stayed and the Ones Who Left” is a collection of paintings and drawings on paper and canvas examining a sense of place, what is considered “home,” nostalgia, immigration and belonging. The exhibit is the culmination of over four years in the making and many more years of ruminating. It grew out of my favorite conversation starter: “Where were you born and what do you consider home?”

Lisa’s art will be on exhibit at the Library through the month of March.

Malden Reads Movie Night: Wed., March 6th: 6:00-8:00pm

Join us on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6:00-8:00pm at the Malden Public Library’s Malden Reads film screening for the 2019 book selection, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See.  We will be showing a movie about The King of Masks.

Wang is an aging street performer in 1930s China who is a master of bian lian, the ancient Chinese dramatic art of rapid “face-changing.” Saddened by not having a male heir or apprentice to pass down the technique, Wang goes to an orphanage to adopt a young boy.  The New York Times writes, “the movie is foremost about kindness…” and the San Francisco Chronicle writes, it’s “a work of rare grace and humor.  Highly recommended!”  Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an 89% approval rating.

Co-sponsored by the Chinese Culture Connection. A discussion of this year’s Malden Reads book selection, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, 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.  Not Rated (101 min.)