Blog: Library Events

Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook

Monday, June 17, 2019 at 6:30 PM

The Middlesex Fells Reservation is one of Metropolitan Boston’s most beautiful and treasured parks. Its natural landscape is well known and celebrated but, did you know it once had a more industrial past?  The first mention of the Middlesex Fells region was in 1629 by the Sprague Brothers. Their careful notes on natural resources lead other colonists to this area including the famous Puritan leader John Winthrop. For the next three centuries, this rocky woodland region was part of the evolving New England landscapes. Generations worked farms in fields, pastures and woodlots. Businesses were established and industry took foothold in various forms. In the blink of an eye, this entire of way of life ceased for a higher cause.

The Middlesex Fells was created for the general public to enjoy forever. Come for an evening to revisit the thriving enterprises, and the entrepreneurs, that changed this place, their towns, the Commonwealth and beyond.  Presented by The Preservation Collaborative, Inc. in partnership with the Malden Public Library.  Free to all.

These programs is funded as part of Converse 2020: Exploring the Industrial History of Malden, a two-year program brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with additional funds from the Malden Public Library.

Introduction to the Local History Room and Collections

You don’t have to be a history major to dig into the past! Come to our Local History How To program to learn the basics of historical research.  Join us on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM.
Lily Mysona, Local History Librarian at the Malden Public Library, presents an introduction to the local history room and collections.  Learn about the Library’s print and digital collections, including books, documents, maps, newspapers, photographs, and online resources such as Ancestry.com. Learn how to research your family, your house, and the history of the City of Malden.  Come with questions! Hour introduction includes tour, hands-on practice, and Q&A.

These programs is funded as part of Converse 2020: Exploring the Industrial History of Malden, a two-year program brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with additional funds from the Malden Public Library

Malden Industry Before Rubber Shoes

We all know that the Boston Rubber Shoe Company was Malden’s big business in the second half of the nineteenth century. But Malden experienced industrial growth in the first part of the nineteenth century as well—and our most prominent business was textile dyeing! Learn about Malden’s dyers, nail makers, tinsmiths, and more.

Please join us on Thursday, June 6th at 6:30 p.m. for a lecture and reception presented by Malden Historical Society Board member Linda Thorsen.  Linda Thorsen is Malden resident and freelance commercial writer.  She recently completed her Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in History from Harvard Extension School, and completed her thesis “The Merchants’ Manufacturer: The Barrett Family’s Dyeing Businesses in Massachusetts and New York, 1790-1850,” an in depth study and analysis of a prominent Malden family and their dyeing business.

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.

 

Photo of the Malden Dye House from an engraving as it supposedly looked in 1817.

Spoken Word Poetry Workshop for Teens inspired by Broadway’s HAMILTON!

Spoken Word Poetry is a dynamic, engaging, inclusive art form that’s pushing a new generation of brilliant young people to connect with each other through the telling of their stories. Whether you’re a beginner, or have been writing for years, this workshop offers an opportunity to learn from Alex Charalambides, veteran poetry slammer and director of Youth Arts Non-Profit, Mass LEAP.  Join us on Tuesday, June 4th ~ 2:30-5:00 p.m. We’ll talk about what makes a poem come alive on stage, do some writing and hopefully, some sharing out loud. Grades 6-12 only. Register at the Malden Public Library or by calling 781-324-0218.  Space limited to 20 students.
History will have its eyes on you, as this workshop will guide students through a Hamilton-inspired project using the Malden Instructions of 1766 and other founding era documents to create inspired works of spoken word poetry. Students may be invited to perform their works Malden Declaration Day, June 28, 2019.
Alex Charalambides is a veteran of several New England Poetry Slam Teams. As a mentor and organizer, he founded the Worcester Youth Poetry Slam and co-founded Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts, the annual state wide youth poetry slam festival. He’s toured the country performing, released two spoken word albums, teaches poetry in schools throughout the Commonwealth and serves as Executive Director for youth spoken word poetry non-profit Mass LEAP.
Mass Poetry believes that words matter. We support poets and poetry in Massachusetts, help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages, and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. This program is part of Revisiting the Founding Era, a three-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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NEW ENGLAND’S FIRST IRISH-CATHOLIC MILLIONAIRE

On Tuesday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Scott Molloy, URI Professor Emeritus, will speak about his book, Irish Titan, Irish Toilers which examines the life of Joseph Banigan, Rhode Isand’s first Irish-Catholic millionaire.

Joseph Banigan was a refugee with his family from the Great Famine in 1847. With a year of elementary school he became a full time child laborer but with pluck and luck climbed the ladder of success as a producer of rubber footwear along with colleagues in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He eventually became president of the US Rubber Company.  Joseph Banigan was also a generous contributor to the Catholic Church, orphanages, and other non-sectarian charities. He was named a Knight of St. Gregory by Pope Leo XIII in 1885. Banigan also engaged another kind of knighthood: a bitter six month strike by the Irish Knights of Labor that same year at one of his rubber factories in Millville, MA.

Dr. Scott Molloy taught labor relations at the University of Rhode Island for thirty years, including labor and Irish history. The Carnegie Foundation acclaimed him the best professor in the state in 2005. He was Teacher of the Year at URI in 1996, and the Smithsonian Institution acquired his collection of 10,000 labor union items a few years earlier. He is in the Rhode Island Hall of Fame and served as the Grand Marshall of the Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade last year.

The program is part of the Go Local Converse 2020 Series exploring the industrial history of Malden and 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 about this program or others in the series contact the library at 781-324-0218 or check out the library’s events calendar at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.

Overcome the Rollercoaster of Weight loss and Gains

Lose five pounds, Gain ten pounds back . . . sounds familiar?  It’s time to “BREAK OUT of Breaking Even!”  This program will be offered at the Malden Public Library on June 3 at 6:30 p.m.  This workshop can be used by fitness professionals and anyone wanting to lose 5 pounds to 150 pounds.  “Breaking even” is when you invest time in exercising and eating healthy but do not see results, especially long term.  You will develop skills and self awareness for long term weight loss management. The program is designed to be sustainable, flexible, and customized to fit your lifestyle and goals.  The program is free and open to all.  Presented by Malden resident Julio Salado, Coach, Educator and Personal Trainer.

Hometown Hero: Elisha Slade Converse ~ A Film by Birukti Tsige and Felix Li

What do Malden’s library, hospital, parks, and industry all have in common? The Converse family! Come find out more at Hometown Hero:  Elisha Slade Converse: A Short Documentary Film by Birukti Tsige and Felix Li on Saturday, June 1st at 2:00 PM at the Malden Public Library.

Birukti Tsige and Felix Li, Malden High School seniors, will present their award winning Hometown Hero documentary on Malden’s own Elisha S. Converse and discuss their research process. Following the presentation there will be a tour of the 1885 Converse Memorial Building, donated by Elisha and Mary Converse. Food and drink will also be served.

This presentation will kick off Go Local: Converse 2020: EXPLORING THE INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF MALDEN, a two-year program brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with additional funds from the Malden Public Library.

Sail Away!: Learn the Art of Pastels with Gregory Maichack
Thursday, June 13th 6-8PM

Learn the art of pastels with artist Gregory Maichack in this adult art workshop. Call 781-324-0218 to sign up. Space is limited.

Imagine using sailboat references and Maichack’s pastel version of Monet’s Impressionist painting,“Sailboat at Le Petit-Gennevilliers,” to create your own pastel painting. In this new, highly researched two-hour workshop, you will freely experiment with hundreds of the artist’s professional grade pastels, pastel
pencils, and pastel paper, creating a painting in your own style, realistic or Impressionistic, in this fun pastel painting workshop.

Gregory Maichack is a seasoned pro at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston; Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and 1,030 libraries and local cultural councils. He guides participants through the process with everything they need to know to pastel paint any subject. Expressive and fun, you will quickly learn how easy and direct pastel painting is and as always, all will keep their pastel painting.

This event is generously sponsored by the Malden Cultural Council and the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

Movie Night: Wed., June 12th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, from 6:00-8:30pm. We will be showing a recent movie biopic based on the extraordinary life of Freddie Mercury of the rock band, Queen, and their song, Bohemian Rhapsody.  Rami Malek won a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Mercury.

This movie is a “chronicle of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen during the years leading up to their appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.”  Freddie Mercury “defied stereotypes and shattered convention” to become one of the most “beloved entertainers on the planet.” New Yorker writes, “Malek does an impressive job of re-creating Mercury’s moves onstage, but the core of the performance is Malek’s intensely thoughtful, insight-rich channeling of Mercury’s hurt, his alienation and isolation even at the height of his fame.”

The film grossed $903.2 million worldwide and CinemaScore gives it the grade of an “A.”

This film is free and open to the public and is accessible.  Movie times are approximate.  Rated PG-13 (134 min.)