Blog: Month: May 2019

Sail Away!: Learn the Art of Pastels with Gregory Maichack
Thursday, June 13th 6-8PM

Learn the art of pastels with artist Gregory Maichack in this adult art workshop. Call 781-324-0218 to sign up. Space is limited.

Imagine using sailboat references and Maichack’s pastel version of Monet’s Impressionist painting,“Sailboat at Le Petit-Gennevilliers,” to create your own pastel painting. In this new, highly researched two-hour workshop, you will freely experiment with hundreds of the artist’s professional grade pastels, pastel
pencils, and pastel paper, creating a painting in your own style, realistic or Impressionistic, in this fun pastel painting workshop.

Gregory Maichack is a seasoned pro at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston; Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and 1,030 libraries and local cultural councils. He guides participants through the process with everything they need to know to pastel paint any subject. Expressive and fun, you will quickly learn how easy and direct pastel painting is and as always, all will keep their pastel painting.

This event is generously sponsored by the Malden Cultural Council and the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

Malden Industry Before Rubber Shoes

We all know that the Boston Rubber Shoe Company was Malden’s big business in the second half of the nineteenth century. But Malden experienced industrial growth in the first part of the nineteenth century as well—and our most prominent business was textile dyeing! Learn about Malden’s dyers, nail makers, tinsmiths, and more.

Please join us on Thursday, June 6th at 6:30 p.m. for a lecture and reception presented by Malden Historical Society Board member Linda Thorsen.  Linda Thorsen is Malden resident and freelance commercial writer.  She recently completed her Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in History from Harvard Extension School, and completed her thesis “The Merchants’ Manufacturer: The Barrett Family’s Dyeing Businesses in Massachusetts and New York, 1790-1850,” an in depth study and analysis of a prominent Malden family and their dyeing business.

This lecture is part of Converse 2020 brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


Photo of the Malden Dye House from an engraving as it supposedly looked in 1817.

Spoken Word Poetry Workshop for Teens inspired by Broadway’s HAMILTON!

Spoken Word Poetry is a dynamic, engaging, inclusive art form that’s pushing a new generation of brilliant young people to connect with each other through the telling of their stories. Whether you’re a beginner, or have been writing for years, this workshop offers an opportunity to learn from Alex Charalambides, veteran poetry slammer and director of Youth Arts Non-Profit, Mass LEAP.  Join us on Tuesday, June 4th ~ 2:30-5:00 p.m. We’ll talk about what makes a poem come alive on stage, do some writing and hopefully, some sharing out loud. Grades 6-12 only. Register at the Malden Public Library or by calling 781-324-0218.  Space limited to 20 students.
History will have its eyes on you, as this workshop will guide students through a Hamilton-inspired project using the Malden Instructions of 1766 and other founding era documents to create inspired works of spoken word poetry. Students may be invited to perform their works Malden Declaration Day, June 28, 2019.
Alex Charalambides is a veteran of several New England Poetry Slam Teams. As a mentor and organizer, he founded the Worcester Youth Poetry Slam and co-founded Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts, the annual state wide youth poetry slam festival. He’s toured the country performing, released two spoken word albums, teaches poetry in schools throughout the Commonwealth and serves as Executive Director for youth spoken word poetry non-profit Mass LEAP.
Mass Poetry believes that words matter. We support poets and poetry in Massachusetts, help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages, and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. This program is part of Revisiting the Founding Era, a three-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Thursday, May 30th 7PM, 9th Annual Public Reading by the Malden Writers’ Collaborative

Celebrate local literature! Join us for 9th Annual Public Reading by Malden’s own creative writing group, the Malden Writers’ Collaborative. Members will share pieces they’ve workshopped this past year. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

Hometown Hero: Elisha Slade Converse ~ A Film by Birukti Tsige and Felix Li

What do Malden’s library, hospital, parks, and industry all have in common? The Converse family! Come find out more at Hometown Hero:  Elisha Slade Converse: A Short Documentary Film by Birukti Tsige and Felix Li on Saturday, June 1st at 2:00 PM at the Malden Public Library.

Birukti Tsige and Felix Li, Malden High School seniors, will present their award winning Hometown Hero documentary on Malden’s own Elisha S. Converse and discuss their research process. Following the presentation there will be a tour of the 1885 Converse Memorial Building, donated by Elisha and Mary Converse. Food and drink will also be served.

This presentation will kick off Go Local: Converse 2020: EXPLORING THE INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF MALDEN, a two-year program 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 Malden Public Library.

Featured Artist – Lisa DeCobert

Lisa DeCobert is our May & June Rotating Art Artist. Lisa is a successful multi-medium artist known for her work in oil, acrylic, hand cut paper, collage, ink on paper, sculpture and jewelry. Coming from a family of trained artists, Lisa is predominantly self-taught. Her exhibit at the Library is titled “Through My Eyes” and can be described as an abstract depiction of cities in her memory or dreams.
Lisa’s art will be on exhibit at the Library through the month of June.

Friends Annual Book Sale—May 3 and 4

It’s moved! The Friends of the Malden Public Library are holding their annual book sale in the Spring this year.

Join us on Friday, May 3rd from 6–9 pm (Friends Preview Sale) and Saturday, May 4th from 10 am to 4 pm. Thousands of books to choose from for adults, teens, and children. Hardcover books are $1, paperbacks $.50, and children’s books $.25 or 5/$1.

It’s easy to join the Friends and you can do it on the evening of May 3rd. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Movie Night: Wed., May 15th: 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Malden Public Library.  We will be showing a recent movie based on the classic James Baldwin novel, If Beale Street Could Talk.  The movie stars Regina King, Kiki Layne, and Stephan James and is directed by Oscar-winning director, Barry Jenkins.

This adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel is “a timeless love story set in early 1970s Harlem involving newly engaged nineteen-year- old Tish and her fiance Fonny who have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Now the pair and their families must fight for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream.”

The Washington Post writes that “Jenkins has made an absolutely gorgeous movie.”  Rolling Stone calls it “of the moment and timeless all at once.”  Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 95% approval rating.

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 (119 min.)




Overcome the Rollercoaster of Weight loss and Gains

Lose five pounds, Gain ten pounds back . . . sounds familiar?  It’s time to “BREAK OUT of Breaking Even!”  This program will be offered at the Malden Public Library on June 3 at 6:30 p.m.  This workshop can be used by fitness professionals and anyone wanting to lose 5 pounds to 150 pounds.  “Breaking even” is when you invest time in exercising and eating healthy but do not see results, especially long term.  You will develop skills and self awareness for long term weight loss management. The program is designed to be sustainable, flexible, and customized to fit your lifestyle and goals.  The program is free and open to all.  Presented by Malden resident Julio Salado, Coach, Educator and Personal Trainer.