Blog: Library Events

Pattens, Overshoes, Clogs & Galoshes: How Did New Englanders Keep Their Feet Dry Before Elisha Converse?

On Tuesday, October 1st at 6:30 p.m., join Dr. Kimberly Alexander for a discussion of her recently published book Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era.

Shoes reveal important aspects of burgeoning 18th century American identity — self-fashioning, consumption, politics, and agency.  Presenting a series of stories that reveal how shoes were made, sold, and worn during the long eighteenth century, Alexander traces the fortunes and misfortunes of wearers as their footwear was altered to accommodate poor health, flagging finances, and changing styles.  Dr. Alexander will explore the lives and letters of clever apprentices, skilled cordwainers, wealthy merchants, and elegant brides.

Dr. Kimberly Alexander teaches in the History Department of the University of New Hampshire. She has held curatorial positions at several New England Museums, including the MIT Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum and Strawbery Banke.  Dr. Alexander was the Andrew Oliver Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society (2016-2017) and guest curator of the Society’s 2019 exhibition “Fashioning the New England Family,” and author of a book of the same name.

This lecture is part of Go Local: Converse 2020, an ongoing series celebrating the life and philanthropic contributions of Malden’s first Mayor Elisha Slade Converse and the industrial history of Malden.         Go Local is brought to Malden with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  The series will continue through Elisha Converse’s 200th Birthday on July 28, 2020.

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CO-SPONSORED WITH THE MALDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

End of Summer Reading Space Party
Friday, August 9th 3-5PM

We made it to the Moon!

To celebrate the community working together to read 5,000 hours this summer, join us on Friday, August 9th from 3-5 PM for:

Lawn Games

Galaxy Slime

Moon Photo Booth

and Snacks!

Dress up in your favorite space-themed costume.

All ages welcome. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

Community Workshop: Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

Please join us on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 6:00-7:00pm for a free informational Community Workshop with Forestdale Park about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease” and “it is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.”  Forestdale Park is Malden’s newest senior assisted living and memory care community.

Learn more about: Alzheimer’s & dementia caregiver support groups; how to communicate with someone with Alzheimer’s/dementia; what causes dementia and how to recognize it; assisted living and memory care options; and many other topics.

Light refreshments will be provided.  Free and open to the public and accessible.  For more information, please contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218.

The Teal Street Band Plays Summer Concert Series

Join us on Wednesday, August 7th at 7 p.m. for the Library’s Summer Concert Series featuring The Teal Street Band.

The Teal Street Band is a high energy rock band from the Greater Boston area playing classic rock, 90’s alternative rock, R&B and top 40.  Some of the members have been together since the mid-1970’s.  Songs like “Long Train Running” and “Suffragette City” were new releases back then . . . huge hits on the radio.  They covered those songs (and many others) long before they were considered classic rock. Band members grew up listening to and performing some of the BEST classic rock and 90’s alternative artists.  They bought their records and went to their concerts and are proud to be honoring this music today!

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and experience a great night of outdoor live music at the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street).  Grab a spot on the lawn and enjoy some great entertainment!  All concerts are free and sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of the Library. In case of rain, concerts will be moved inside.

Harriet Hanson Robinson – Mill Girl to Malden

Please join us on Tuesday, August 6th at 6:30 p.m. for a lecture on the life of Malden resident Harriet Hanson Robinson presented by Allison Horrocks of the Lowell National Historic Park.

Over the next year, many communities will celebrate the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, which extended the right to vote to women in the United States. This talk will explore the life story of Harriet Hanson Robinson, a suffragist and activist who once lived in Malden.  While in Lowell, Harriet Robinson contributed to The Lowell Offering, an operatives’ magazine. Yet it was during her years in Malden that Robinson became more connected to a wider world of abolitionists, woman’s rights advocates, and intellectuals. At 23 Harriet married William Stevens Robinson, a journalist and anti-slavery activist, and moved to Malden.  Robinson was the first woman to speak before the Select Committee on Woman Suffrage in Congress.  She and her daughter, Harriet Lucy Shattuck, organized the National Women’s Suffrage Association of Massachusetts. This talk will put Robinson’s life in historical context, providing insight into the broader social movements that surrounded her and the particular challenges she faced as a woman who reinvented herself several times.

Allison Horrocks, Ph.D. is a public historian who works as a Park Ranger at Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, MA. Since answering a local newspaper advertisement seeking volunteer guides more than a decade ago, Allison has worked as an interpreter in a range of historical sites and house museums. Her primary areas of interest are women’s history, education, and public service. In addition to her work with the National Park Service, Allison has been involved with a range of local historical projects, including lecturing at teachers’ workshops and creating a women’s history trail.

This lecture is part of Converse 2020, brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  For more information, please contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218.  www.maldenpubliclibrary.org

 

Rotating Art—August artist April Jakubec

“Women in Bloom” is a portrait series showcasing a diverse group of women whose faces have been partially obscured by botanicals, celebrating women’s mental well-being. Floral bouquets emerging from the women’s heads represent the normal variation among our brains— including mental illness—and what mental health looks like for that person.
April Jakubec is first and foremost a mental health advocate, working on her PhD to promote the human rights of adults with severe mental illness. As a sort of self-therapy to cope with her own mental health diagnoses, April has put her own vision of mental health on canvas— fearlessly glam women adorned with sparkling blooms.
These colorful acrylic, multi-media paintings are embellished with a splash of glitter and coated in high-gloss resin. The collection also includes painted flower pots and glittering busts, along with decorated mirrors for visitors to catch a glimpse of themselves through the artist’s lens.

April’s art will be on display for the month of August.

Movie Night: Wed. July 17th: 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Malden Public Library.  We will be showing a recent documentary about Apollo 11 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, July 20, 1969.  Rolling Stone writes of the movie, “It is a revelation….”  This movie is part of our Summer Reading program, “A Universe of Stories.”

“From director Todd Douglas Miller comes a cinematic event 50 years in the making…the film takes viewers straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission, the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names.”

RogerEbert.com writes “Apollo 11 isn’t like other documentaries about the first moon mission. In fact it isn’t like most other movies period.”  Rolling Stone adds, “This doesn’t just feel like a movie.  It gives you the sensation that you’ve been transported right into the middle of history.”

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 G (93 min.)

Summer Concert with Brazilian music of Sonho Meu

The Live on the Lawn Summer Concert Series continues on Wednesday, July 24th at 7 p.m. featuring Sonho Meu.  Sonho Meu is fluent in traditional and popular music from across Brazil, from pagode and samba to MPB and baião. The Boston-based group digs deep into the rich and diverse styles of Brazilian music, taking pride in representing this classic slice of the country’s culture with love, respect and joy.
Luiz Silva, guitar; Jeff Francis, percussion; Diane Amelia Read, vocals

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and experience a great night of outdoor live music at the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street).  Grab a spot on the lawn and enjoy some great entertainment!

The Live on the Lawn Series will continue with the Teal Street Band on August 7.  All concerts are free and sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of the Library. In case of rain, concerts will be moved inside.

Happy Birthday Mayor Converse at Fellsmere Park

The City of Malden and Councillor-At-Large Debbie DeMaria invite residents to celebrate the 199th birthday of Elisha Slade Converse on Thursday, July 25th at 11 AM at Fellsmere Park (Savin Street.) The event will include complimentary birthday cake, lemonade – and “shoe” themed crafts for the kids.

Fellsmere Park was established in 1893 with the efforts of Mayors Elisha Converse (1881-1893) and John Sleeper (1893-1903). Elisha Slade and Mary Diana Edmands Converse were major benefactors of many of Malden’s most important institutions, including the Malden Public Library (Converse Memorial Building), Pine Banks Park, the Malden YMCA, the First Baptist Church, the Malden Hospital, the Malden Home for the Aged Persons, the Malden Auditorium, Malden Industrial Aid Society, the Malden Day Nursery, and many other community organizations.  Converse also founded the Malden Bank, later the First National Bank, where he served as president for 30 years.

This event is part of the Go Local: Converse 2020 brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.