Blog: Library Events

TONIGHT: Malden Reads Movie Night: Wed., April 25th:6:30-8:30pm (rescheduled)

Join us on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:30-8:30pm (rescheduled date) at the Malden Public Library’s second Malden Reads film screening for the 2018 book selection, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. We will be showing Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler, the director of the current blockbuster, Black Panther. Fruitvale Station is the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year old Bay Area resident who was killed in 2009 by a police officer at the BART Fruitvale Station in Oakland. The movie stars Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, and Octavia Spencer.

Oscar Grant (Jordan) leaves his Bay Area home on his way to San Francisco to see fireworks for a New Year’s celebration. With the New Year, Oscar’s starting to make changes in his life—trying to be a better partner to his girlfriend, Sophia, trying to get a new job, trying to be a better son, and trying to be a better father to his daughter, Tatiana. His life tragically changes at Fruitvale Station on his way home.

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 94% approval rating and writes that the movie is a “passionate and powerfully acted [movie that] serves as a celebration of life, a condemnation of death, and a triumph for star Michael B. Jordan.” The New York Times calls it “a sad, touching and subtle film.” Film.com writes, “Fruitvale is outstanding, a telling portrait and testament of the life of one man and the complicated relationships to race and class that still exist within America today.”

A discussion of this year’s Malden Reads book selection, The Hate U Give, 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. Rated R (85 min.)

 

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.

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.

Malden Reads Book Discussion & Skype Chat with Charlottesville

Join us on Wednesday, April 11th from 6:30-8:30 at the Malden Public Library for a Skype discussion with the organizer of Cville One Book, the community reading program for Charlottesville, VA, where “The Hate U Give” has been selected to help #flipthescript on the city’s recent history. Then join special guest Mayor Gary Christenson for a book discussion! All who have read the book are welcome to attend. So we can plan for seating and refreshments, please RSVP to maldenreads@gmail.com.

MPL’s Rotating Artist for April

The Monthly Rotating Art Exhibit for April is “Little Worlds and Little Works on Paper” by Lisa L. Sears. Lisa has selected smaller original drawings and paintings on paper — mainly acrylic, watercolor, oil pastel and colored pencil along with one-of-a-kind, three dimensional books.

Come view Lisa’s art, on display at the Library thru April 30, 2018.

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.

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.  www.maldenpubliclibrary.org

Lasting Impressions of Japan: Hokusai & Hiroshige and Beyond

“Lasting Impressions of Japan: Hokusai & Hiroshige and Beyond,” an exhibition featuring ukiyo-e prints by the Japanese artists Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kunisada and Kuniyoshi will open on January 23 and run through March 23.   An Opening Reception and Gallery Talk will be held on Tuesday, January 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.  The exhibition is a collaboration between the Malden Public Library and the Malden Historical Society.

This will be the first exhibition of these historic prints, purchased by the library in 1912, in over one-hundred years.  The exhibition also includes stunning examples of Japanese traditional dress and ceramic art, including formal, semi-formal, and casual kimono, haori jackets from the collections of the Malden Historical Society.

The woodblock ukiyo-e prints show images of everyday Japan and were mass-produced for popular consumption in the Edo period (1615-1868).  Brought to Europe and America, these prints influenced many Western artists, including Monet and Van Gogh; as well as the creators of our popular manga and anime series.  Among the treasured prints exhibited are works by Katsushika Hokusai, best known for his work “Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa” or “The Great Wave” from his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

Exhibition hours are: Mondays 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m., Saturdays 2:00-4:00 p.m.  For more information or group tours call 781-324-0218.  www.maldenpubliclibrary.org

 

 

 

Holiday Concert with the Malden High School Choral Arts Society

Join the Friends of the Malden Public Library on Sunday, December 3, at 2 pm for a free concert held in partnership with the Malden Historical Society and Victorian Society of Malden. The Malden High School Choral Arts Society will perform and we’ll provide complimentary refreshments. This event is open to the public. Come join your neighbors and kick-off the holiday season at the Library!