Blog: Library Events

Malden Reads: A Citizen Lyceum Forum

Join us for an evening of film and discussion around the PBS documentary “The Chinese Exclusion Act.” The program will be held here at the Malden Public Library on Tuesday, March 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 prohibited the immigration of Chinese laborers to the U.S.

This event is co-sponsored by the American Association of Arab Women, the Chinese Culture Connection, MaldenCORE (Community Organizing for Racial Equity), and the Malden Public Library.

Roger Desrosiers from the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education will lead the conversation related to the Chinese Exclusion Act. Malden Reads began co-hosting lyceums in 2018; they are opportunities to become engaged citizens through civic and civil dialogue. This is the third in the lyceum series, and Roger is participating again upon special request. Feel free to attend this even if you didn’t make it to the lyceums last year!

The Citizen Lyceum is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We hope that you can join us and bring a friend!

Still image from “The Chinese Exclusion Act”

Art Night: Celebrate Women’s History Month with Art

Join us for Art Night: A Celebration of Women’s History Month on Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m.  We’re highlighting a few of the trailblazing and talented women in the Malden Public Library’s art collection.  Come explore the art and lives of Constance Stella, Perle Fine, Yvonne Twining Humber, Doris Burdick, Marguerite Stuber Pearson, Juana Romani, and more – and explore the beautiful Converse Memorial Building Art Galleries.  The art and building tour will begin promptly at 6 p.m.  The event is free but limited to 25.  Register by calling the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218.

Image:  Carousel by Malden born artist Perle Fine (1905-1988)

Malden Reads: Film “Kung Fu Panda” at the Ferryway School

Malden Reads is pleased to host a screening of the animated film “Kung Fu Panda” at the Ferryway School on Wednesday, March 27. Join us at 6:00 p.m. for light refreshments and a family arts & crafts activity led by the Malden Girl Scouts. Also at 6:00, Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy will lead a mini kung fu performance and class. Families who cannot come by 6:00 can arrive by 6:30. All children must be accompanied by a parent.
Rotten Tomatoes, a movie rating website, says 87% of critics like the movie, and the website describes the movie as follows. “A clumsy panda bear becomes an unlikely kung fu hero when a treacherous enemy spreads chaos throughout the countryside in this animated martial arts adventure featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, and Jackie Chan.” The movie is recommended for ages 6 and up.
We hope that Malden families will join us for a fun night!

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

Join us on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6:00-8:00pm at the Malden Public Library’s Malden Reads film screening for the 2019 book selection, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See.  We will be showing a movie about The King of Masks.

Wang is an aging street performer in 1930s China who is a master of bian lian, the ancient Chinese dramatic art of rapid “face-changing.” Saddened by not having a male heir or apprentice to pass down the technique, Wang goes to an orphanage to adopt a young boy.  The New York Times writes, “the movie is foremost about kindness…” and the San Francisco Chronicle writes, it’s “a work of rare grace and humor.  Highly recommended!”  Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an 89% approval rating.

Co-sponsored by the Chinese Culture Connection. A discussion of this year’s Malden Reads book selection, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, 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.  Not Rated (101 min.)

Movie Night: Wed., Feb. 20th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from 6:00-8:30pm.  We will be showing the recent 2018 version of the film, A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliott.

Jackson Maine (Cooper) is “a musician [who] helps a young singer (Gaga) find fame, even as age and alcoholism sends his own career into a downward spiral.”

Rolling Stone writes, “…Cooper and Gaga knock it out of the park.  Their movie, one of the year’s very best, is a modern musical classic.”  Mike LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle writes, “I just loved it.  It’s a film that combines an overall feeling of modernity and relevance with the glow of old-time glamour.”  Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 90% 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 (136 min.)

We have lots to celebrate … 140 years worth of Library Service!

The Malden Public Library will hold a Birthday Celebration of the Library’s 140 years of service to Malden residents.  The celebration will be held on February 14th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the historic Converse Memorial Building.  The celebration will include an exhibition of photographs, scrapbooks, and equipment from the early days of the Library; and light refreshments will be served.

The Malden Public Library began in one small room in the old Town Hall, formerly occupied by Murray & Wiley, Dry Goods Store; before moving to the Converse Memorial Building in 1885.  Image: Malden Public Library in Old Town Hall Building (1879-1885)

 

Movie Night: Wed., Jan. 30th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 6:00-8:30pm.  We will be showing a recent film based on the bestselling novel, The Hate U Give, which was also the 2018 Malden Reads book selection.  The film stars Amandla Stenberg, Algee Smith, Regina Hall, Issa Rae, and Common.  The film is directed by George Tillman, Jr.

“Starr [Carter] witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.”

The New Yorker writes “The Hate U Give is [a] rare movie…[a] distinctive and exceptional political film.”  Forbes calls it “an Oscar-worthy masterpiece,” and “one of the best movies of the year.”  Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 97% 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 PG-13 (133 min.)

21st Annual Triple Threat Trivia – And the Winner Is ?

The 2019 Triple Threat Trivia Winner is …. Mayor’s MoTTTley Crew – two years in a row!

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and supporters for helping with this great fundraising event.  A special thank you to our business sponsors: Breen & Sullivan Services Inc., Dunkin’ / Medeiros Family, Malden Advocate, E.E. Burns & Son Funeral Home, PEGM Malden Transportation, Shapiro & Hender Law, and Walker Mechanical Inc.

Artist Reception: December 10th

Join us Monday, December 10 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a Reception of our Rotating Art December Artist Maria Tiro! Tiro’s exhibit features beautiful miniature art that has a lot of detail. One of the most exquisite pieces is titled “Winter on the Common” that is black and white with just a hint of blue. Her work will be on display at the Library for the month of December.