Blog: Library Events

Community Services Workshop with Cambridge Health Alliance, May 24th: 10:00-11:00am

Do you have questions about healthcare?  Join us at the Malden Public Library on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 10:00-11:00am for a free community services workshop with Cambridge Health Alliance.  CHA Malden Care Center will discuss the variety of services they offer including primary care, acupuncture, diabetes management, family planning, mental health services, nutrition, substance abuse, bone and joint health, and elder services.

This community workshop is free and open to the public and is accessible.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218.

Movie Night: Wed., May 23rd, 2018: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for Family Movie Night on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, from 6:00-8:30pm. We will be showing a recent movie based on the Marvel Comics character, Black Panther. This Ryan Coogler directed film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker.

“T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.” –IMDb

RogerEbert.com writes, “One of the year’s best films, and one that transcends the superhero genre to emerge as an epic of operatic proportions.” Richard Roeper writes “Black Panther is one of the best superhero movies of the century.” Rolling Stone adds, “You’ve never seen anything like it in your life.” Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 96% 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 (135 min.)

Thank you to the Friends of the Malden Public Library

Thank you to all the great volunteers and the community that came out to support the Friends of the Library Book Sale.  If you missed it, check out the Friends Book Sale Cart in the library lobby everyday.  All proceeds help sustain free Library programs such as movie nights, arts and crafts for children, Library infrastructure, museum passes, and more. See you there!

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 Application

Are you a local Malden artist looking to display your work? The Malden Public Library has just opened the application period for the monthly Rotating Art Exhibit! Through May 31, 2018, you can apply to showcase your art in the library, hanging in a hallway and/or enclosed in a glass case. Please visit our Rotating Art Exhibit webpage for more information.

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