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Author Talk & Signing: An Early History of Malden

Author Frank Russell Will Discuss & Sign Copies of His New Book on Malden’s Early History

The Malden Historical Society invites the public to attend a book talk and signing on Tuesday June 19 at 7:00 pm in the Ryder Gallery of the Malden Public Library.  Russell will speak briefly about how he came to write the book and what he discovered along the way; he will also answer questions from the audience and sign copies of the book, which will be available for sale (check or cash).

The culmination of Russell’s 25-year research journey, this compact and readable book brings to life the first 250 years of Malden’s history from the beginnings of European settlement in the 1630s to roughly 1900.  It is the first local history to cover the nineteenth century, including such notable events as the first bank robbery murder in the United States. Readers will also learn about Malden’s abolitionists and the town’s role in the Underground Railroad. Russell has generously donated the copyright and all proceeds to the Malden Historical Society.

Firefighter Story Time

Visit the library on Thursday, May 17th at 10:30 a.m. for a Firefighter Story Time.  Meet Firefighter Rick Menard, listen to a story, and learn about fire safety and what firefighters do.  Guest reader Ted Louis-Jacques of Malden Rising Leaders will also be sharing a book.  Ages 3 and up.

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.

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.

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.

Citizen Lyceum on the Bill of Rights


On Tuesday, April 3, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Malden Public Library.

This event is free and open to the public.

SPONSORING GROUPS: Facilitating and co-hosting the Citizen Lyceum

Malden Reads

Malden Public Library

Chinese Culture Connection

Malden C O R E – Community Organizing for Racial Equity

The American Association of Arab Women

THE MASSACHUSETTS CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION PRESIDENT ROGER DESROSIERS will present important features and concepts of the Bill of Rights in an adult learning format to further our knowledge of American government. Individuals who are interested in furthering their understanding of the Bill of Rights in a working democracy will join in discussions and conversations with our featured speaker.

Call: Linda at: (781)321-2935 for more information.

ILC Theater Performs “Arriving” and “Lost in Translation” March 29 & 30

Free performances highlight the immigrant experience: 1:30 p.m. March 29 and 10:30 a.m. March 30, Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St. Two free performances will be staged by students in The Immigrant Learning Center Theater Class at the Malden Public Library in the Maccario Room. On March 29, they will perform “Arriving,” and on March 30, they will perform “Lost in Translation.” Arriving explores the process of arriving to the United States as an immigrant through a series of vignettes. Lost in Translation is a compilation of misunderstandings caused by language barriers, which can be simultaneously funny and challenging. Both performances are drawn from the students’ life experiences. The performers are comprised of adult students from The Immigrant Learning Center Inc. who reside in Malden and surrounding communities. Both groups are directed and taught by The ILC teacher Sally Nobinger. The Immigrant Learning Center Theater Class began in 2003 to help immigrants improve their English skills through writing and performing plays.

Dr. John Hill presents “Adam Smith’s Equality and the Pursuit of Happiness”

Dr. John Hill presents “Adam Smith’s Equality and the Pursuit of Happiness”

On Wednesday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. John E. Hill, award-winning Professor of Politics and History at Curry College, will present his new work, Adam Smith’s Equality and the Pursuit of Happiness published by Palgrave MacMillan, 2016This work examines Adam Smith’s main principles in Wealth of Nations as the basis for effective policymaking. Free market interpretations of Smith, the book argues, grossly misrepresent his thought, emphasizing only liberty and not also equality and justice. This book suggests policies that combine all three in order for happiness to be maximized.

Adam Smith, the “father of capitalism,” proposed several principles that would help mitigate or eliminate some of the problems we face as a nation today. Many assume that our current laissez-faire capitalism applies his principles. But, in contrast to the libertarianism of the United States, Smith’s recipe to increase everyone’s wealth and happiness was justice, liberty, and equality. His famous book, Wealth of Nations, provides several additional principles that might promote the good life for all. Adam Smith’s Equality and the Pursuit of Happiness explains these principles and offers examples of how they might be applied in the United States today.

Dr. Hill is the author of Revolutionary Values for a New Millennium (2000); Democracy, Equality and Justice: John Adams, Adam Smith and Political Economy (2007); and a revised and expanded second edition, Democracy, Equality and Justice: John Adams, Adam Smith, and Political Economy (2007).  Curry College has recognized Professor Hill as Person of the Year and for excellence in academic advising. In addition Curry has given him two Faculty Achievement Awards, and he has received a national award for advising. For 2007, Curry honored him by naming him Curry Fellow, the first ever named. As Fellow, he continued his research on John Adams and especially on Adam Smith, taught a course each semester, made guest appearances in various classes, and gave two public lectures. He contributes blogs to “The Public Humanist,” a blog project of Mass Humanities.  The program is free and open to all.   Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, Malden.