Blog: Author: Dora St. Martin

Hear Ye! Reading of Malden Declaration on June 30

Please join Mayor Gary Christenson and Library Director Dora St. Martin as Malden gets into the spirit of Independence Day with a series of exciting events at the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street on Friday, June 30th.

Taking place from 4 to 5 PM in the Converse Memorial Building, the Library will display the original and the newly digitized version of Malden’s town records from the Revolutionary war period. Featured will be the May 27, 1776 document entitled “Instructions of the Inhabitants of Malden, Massachusetts to their Representatives in Congress” unanimously voted on by the townspeople of Malden to be delivered to the Second Continental Congress via their representative Ezra Sargeant. In the 1776 communication, the voting citizens of Malden renounce the Colony’s ties to the Kingdom of Great Britain and set forth their wish to become an independent “American” republic. The document is credited as a precursor to the Declaration of Independence written in July of 1776 when the Continental Congress formally declared their independence from England. The original historical document will remain on display for viewing. At 5 PM attendees will proceed to the front lawn where Local Historian and period actor Tom Coots will perform the Third Annual Reading of the town “Instructions.”

 

 

Thank You, Nature Neighbors with local artists Greg Cook and Kari Percival – Saturday March 25

Children and their families are invited to join local artists Greg Cook and Kari Percival in creating fun crafts related to the themes of this year’s Malden Reads book selections.This free event will take place at the Malden Public Library on Saturday, March 25, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

The crafts activity, “Thank You Nature Neighbors” will celebrate the creatures and plants with which we share Malden, from our pets to wild squirrels, birds, raccoons, butterflies, bees and trees. The crafts will later be displayed as a diorama in the front window of MATV, Malden’s Media Center.  All ages are welcome. Young children must be accompanied by a grown-up.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Open Studio: Encaustic Painting with John Webster

On Thursday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m., join us at the Malden Public Library for Open Studio, an artist demonstration featuring Malden artist John Webster.  Mr. Webster will discuss and demonstrate the technique of encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used.

John A. Webster, a Malden artist, is a 1980 graduate of Boston State College – now known as UMass Boston.  His art mentors include Robert DiGiovanni and Eva Cincotta.  John is a former member of the Rockport Art Association, Malden Guild of Artists and past Chairman of the Malden Cultural Council.

Mr. Webster’s work, including photographs and paintings, has been shown throughout New England and has won countless awards.  His artwork has been displayed at the Massachusetts State House, Stoneham Art Gallery, Rockport Art Association Contributing Member’s Exhibit, Malden Guild of Artists Exhibits, Saugus Rotary Exhibit, the Charlestown Preservation Society, The Malden Public Library and many other venues.  He is the recipient of The American Legion Citation of Appreciation Award (2000), George Washington Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Community Award (2000) and the Malden Elks Citizen of the Year award (2007).

Mr. Webster is well known for his exhibit, “The Other Side of the Wall”, photographs reflecting his time in Vietnam, where he served in the Third Security Police Squadron of the United States Air Force from 1967-1968.  Mr. Webster’s current work features photographs of historic sites of Boston and a selection of his abstract paintings.  He currently is in retirement and is dedicating his time to art and photography.

New Year / New You – January 4

On Wednesday, January 4, at 6 p.m., get the new year started right and join the American Association for Arab Women for a the event New Year – New You.  The New Year – New You dialogue will be presented by Michele English (certified BTB & Compass School Feng Shui practitioner).  This will be followed by a guided meditation featuring a Japanese flute performance by Elizabeth Bennett, the first woman to be certified a Grand Master of the shakuhachi.
All are welcome to this free event. Come celebrate culture and community with us!  Event will be held in the Maccario Meeting Room.  Sponsored by the American Association for Arab Women (AAAW).  For more info on upcoming meetings, please contact Farah Assiraj at fassiraj@gmail.com or Mourad.aaaw@gmail.com

Malden Remembers: An Exhibition and Conversation in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

On Saturday, December 17th, the Library will host a discussion by veterans about Pearl Harbor led by John Webster, former Manager of the City of Malden Veteran’s Department.  Veterans, veteran families, and residents are encourages to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

The Malden Public Library will also host a memorial exhibition by artist John Webster for the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor from December 16th though December 30 in the Maccario Gallery.

 

Holiday Celebration and Concert

The members of the Historical Society, the Victorian Society of Malden and the Friends of the Library invite you to a free afternoon concert to celebrate the season on Sunday, December 4, at 2:30 p.m.  Join us for some wonderful entertainment and after the concert, enjoy some light refreshments with the members. This year’s concert will feature a program by the Emmanuel Baptist Church Choir. The event will take place in the Maccario Room of the Malden Public Library.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

A public library card is a ticket to free educational resources and activities. A library card provides access to a variety of digital media, including One Click Digital (classics and eAudio books), Little Pim (language learning), Tumbler Books for Kids, and much more.

If you haven’t been to your local library lately, September is a great time for a visit.

Art Storytime and Adventures on August 26

Join us at the Malden Public Library on Friday, August 26 for STEAM in the Art Gallery: Artful Adventures, a hands-on art program with staff from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. There will be two sessions: one at 2:00pm for ages 3-6 and one at 3:00pm for ages 6-10.

Each one-hour session will include a story, hand-on materials, pictures from the Museum’s collections, and an art-making activity.

STEAM in the Art Gallery explores how art and design can enhance the learning process for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, funded through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Story Hour with Library Director at Fairy House Event

Saturday, August 27th Noon – 4 PM (Rain Date: Sunday, August 28th) Pine Banks Park, 1087 Main St., Malden, MA

Councillor Barbara Murphy invites you to attend Malden’s Fairy House Festival. Fairy Houses are structures for fairies and nature’s other friends (hobbits, elves, gnomes, trolls) to visit.  These whimsical habitats are built by children, families, gardeners and nature lovers reflecting their creativity, joy and pride.   Individuals and groups are welcome to enter pre-built houses. Pre-built houses will be part of the Fairy House Walk and will be entered into a contest. If you would like to pre-build a house contact Councillor Barbara Murphy at murphyforward5@yahoo.com.

All Fairy Houses built the day of the event will receive official Fairy House Builder’s Certificates.

Special Events:

1:00 PM Story Hour with Dora St. Martin, Director of the Malden Public Library

2:30 PM performance of the “Rainbow Fairies” and “Live Story Hive” by Earthworm Pie Puppet Company

  • Pre-Built Fairy House Walk
  • Pre-Built Fairy House Contest
  • Builder Work Shop
  • Build your own Fairy House
  • Arts and Crafts Table
  • Face Painting
  • Raffles

Special Guest Miss Junior Hampton Beach Emma Smith-Benzan.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day at Pine Banks Park a natural habitat located in Malden.  Event sponsored by Councillor Barbar