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

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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.

LEGO Robotics Club – Starting March 23rd

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45544_mod_gyroboy_01_left_4to3ratio-67080b5d15baa22f251f1f46992c4746For Youth in the 4th through 6th grade, the YMCA LEGO robotics club is once again offering its fun and educational 8-week program to patrons of the Malden Public Library. In the program you get to learn how to design, program and compete with LEGO robotics kits.

The program begins on Thursday, March 23rd from 3:30 – 4:35 PM, and will meet each following Thursday for 8 weeks in the Maccario Room at the library. Please see below for the full list of dates.

To sign up call the library at 781-324-0218 or come by the Information Desk located on the first floor. Space is limited in the program, so ensure your spot today.

 

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  1. March 23rd
  2. March 30th
  3. April 6th
  4. April 13th
  5. April 27th
  6. May 4th
  7. May 11th
  8. May 18th (End Date LEGO Competition)

Movie Night: Wed., March 29th: 6:00-8:00pm

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Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 6:00-8:00pm.  We will be showing the Oscar-winning Best Picture of the Year about Moonlight.  The film stars Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Janelle Monáe, Duan Sanderson, and Naomie Harris. It’s directed by Barry Jenkins.  The movie won three Oscars including, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Chiron is a young man struggling to find his place in the world in a rough Miami neighborhood. Rotten Tomatoes describes the film as, “The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.” In school Chiron is bullied, at home, his mother is emotionally abusive and addicted to crack.  Chiron finds a friend and mentor when he meets the local drug dealer, Juan (Mahershala Ali).  Video Librarian gives the film 4 stars, writing, “…a powerful drama that shatters stereotypes of the LGBTQ community.”  The Philadelphia Inquirer writes, “It’s a true American masterpiece and one of the best films of the decade.”

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 97% approval rating and the Washington Post calls it “A perfect film…visually rich…[with] a capacity for empathy and compassion.”

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 (111 min.)

Converse LEGO Club – April 6th

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lego-clubKids and Young Adults in the 3rd through 12th Grade are invited to come and enjoy the return of the monthly Converse LEGO Club at the Malden Public Library.

The group meets on the First Thursday of every month in the Program Room at the library, from 3:30-4:30 PM. Come build and explore the Library’s collection, and make builds that will last to donate to our display on the first floor.

This coming month’s meeting is on Thursday, April 6th.

New! FREE Comics, Movies & Music!!

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We are so happy to now offer 3 new databases with graphic novels (including manga), movies and music, both downloadable and streaming. Comicsplus for Libraries has a wide range of comics and graphic novels for all ages; Instantflix provides free movies for playing through a browser on a wide range of devices, and with Freegal you are able to download 3 items per week (to keep!) and 3 hours of streaming per day.

Each database has a wide catalog of materials for all tastes. And all you need is a Malden library card!

Click Comicsplus, Freegal, or Instantflix to go directly to the databases.

A to Z World Travel & Global Road Warrior

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It’s vacation time and MPL has added 2 new databases, A to Z World Travel and Global Road Warrior, to our online offerings. These will help with the planning stages of any new trip, as a guide on your mobile device when you travel, as an information gathering spot for students, or a place to learn about culture and business practices for professionals.

A to Z World Travel focuses on world cities, giving tips from clothing sizes and electricity to health and safety and how to save money when visiting.

Global Road Warrior gives a broad overview of many, many countries, including business practices, cultural traditions, holidays and festivals, travel essentials and security briefings.