Blog: Library Events

Movie Night: Wed., July 25th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, from 6:00-8:30pm.  We will be showing a recent movie sequel based on the book Jumanji where the characters are Welcome to the Jungle.  The movie stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black.

“Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose.”

The Chicago Sun-Times writes that the movie is “…one of the most fun movie-going experience…this year.  Huge kudos go to Johnson, Hart and especially Black for providing some truly entertaining performances.”

This summer, Malden Public Library is holding a Summer Reading program with the theme “Libraries Rock!”  We invite adults, children, and teens to join our Summer Reading program.  Please see our website for more details.

Join us for Movie Night for free popcorn and snacks and adults may enter our raffle to win some cool prizes, including movie tickets.

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 (119 min.)

Ed the Wizard, “Reading Is Magic,” Thursday, July 26, 3pm

On Thursday, July 26, at 3:00 pm, Ed the Wizard will present his fun and energetic show, “Reading Is Magic,” which demonstrates how inspiration can be found in a book and how a story can change one’s life. Offering his own life story as inspiration to others, Ed the Wizard promotes and encourages the building of reading skills to all of his audience members.

This hands-on 45 minute performance uses many volunteers and is suitable for children of all ages.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Opening Reception ~ Mother Russia: An Exhibition of Icons and Artifacts

The Malden Historical Society, in conjunction with the Malden Public Library, presents “Mother Russia: An Exhibition of Icons and Artifacts from Czarist Russia,” on view in the Library’s lower gallery August 14 through September 21.  The exhibit will feature some 70 pieces from a private collection, including painted icons, brass and bronze icons, and other small religious and secular items dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The public is invited to an opening reception at 6:00 pm on Tuesday August 14. The evening will feature remarks by Malden Historical Society member Joseph Cesario, who will discuss Russian icons and their uses and introduce some of the exhibited pieces. Light refreshments will be served.

After the opening, visitors can view the exhibit on Mondays 6-8 pm, Wednesdays 2-4 pm, and Fridays 11-2 pm until it closes September 21.  The exhibit and reception are free and open to all.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Malden Historical Society, can visit www.maldenhistoricalsociety.org.

Enjoy the Sounds of Mardi Gras with Squeezebox Stompers on July 18

Squeezebox Stompers take the stage as the Live on the Lawn Concert Series continues on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m.  Listening to the Squeezebox Stompers is like taking a walk through the streets of the French Quarter. Even in staid New England, every day is Mardi Gras with the Squeezebox Stompers. Wherever they go, they bring on the party with their mix of Zydeco, Cajun, blues and good ol’ roadhouse rock ‘n roll.

If you didn’t get to see them at the 2018 Boston Harborfest, come check out this amazing band.

Led by accordionist Rockin’ Ralph Tufo, formerly of the award-winning Boogaloo Swamis, the Stompers feature musicians who have decades of experience playing the roots and branches of American music. Ralph Tufo plays the accordion, piano, Anglo concertina and Cajun accordion. Ralph was a founding member of the Boogaloo Swamis who were 4 time Boston Music Award winners. The Swamis were largely responsible for the introduction of Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans music to New England. Guitarist Larry Plitt was the winner of the 2007 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. Geoff Wadsworth on saxophone, harmonica, and tin whistle is a veteran of the Boston jazz and blues scene. Andy Solberg, versed in jazz, folk, and blues drives the band with his scintillating bass lines. Mike Migliozzi on drums is a master of Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orlean rhythms. Finally, Steve Latanision a virtuoso on fiddle, mandolin, and banjo adds an eclectic roots dimension to the band.

The Library’s Summer Series continues on August 1: Knock on Wood; and August 15: Outdoor Movie Night.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and experience a great night of outdoor live music at the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street).  All concerts are free and sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of the Malden Public Library.  In case of rain, concerts will be moved inside.  For more information, contact the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, at 781-324-0218 or at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.

 

Art Reception July 9th for Grace Julian Murthy

Join us Monday, July 9 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a Reception of our Rotating Art July Artist Grace Julian Murthy! Her art is a journey of happiness that uses a visual language of humor, nostalgia, color, shape and everyday objects to illustrate that you can find joy in the simple things in life. She engages the viewer by using contrasting colors and juxtaposing the pop art style on wood. She welcomes the viewer on this joyous retro and fun journey. She believes that art exists all around us and all it takes to be appreciated is a closer look.

Murthy’s art will be on exhibit at the Library through the month of July.

Mamadou Kicks-Off “Live on the Lawn” Summer Concert Series on July 11

The Malden Public Library’s “Live on the Lawn” Summer Concert Series kicks off on Wednesday, July 11, at 7:00 pm featuring the West African World-Fusion band, Mamadou.

Mamadou is known for their West African and world fusion sound and showcases the original musical works of Senegalese luminary Mamadou Diop.  Mamadou Diop has shared the stage and collaborating with African greats such as Baaba Maal, Mamadou Jimi Mbaye and Mbaye Dieye Faye in the Madison Band, Thione Seck, Nicolas Menheim and Papa Seck in the band Africando, and the Grand Soda Mama, among others, Mamadou introduced his signature rhythm guitar sound.  Mamadou is one of the most respected rhythm guitarists from his country and an accomplished sabar (Senegalese hand and stick) and djembe drummer.

Mamadou Diop has had opportunities to connect with influential giants including James Brown, the Jackson Five with Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela – all personal inspirations for his art.  Now, fronting his own award-winning band, he resides in the USA composing and performing new and amazing songs about peace, love, hope, family and friendship, bringing a positive vibe to our world.

The Library’s Summer Series continues on July 18: Squeezbox Stompers; August 1: Knock on Wood; and August 15: Outdoor Movie Night.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and experience a great night of outdoor live music at the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street).  All concerts are free and sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of the Malden Public Library.  In case of rain, concerts will be moved inside.  For more information, contact the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, at 781-324-0218 or at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.

Malden Public Library Featured on Gateway City Library Trail

Recognizing the integral role that public libraries play in their communities, Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) has added Malden as a Gateway City Library Trail to its live app, MassBook Trails. The Malden Public Library is celebrated on the Gateway City Library Trail for providing access to reading and 21st century gateways to opportunity for their patrons through digital connectivity and programming that enhances life-long learning and cultural assimilation.

Available on the web and as a free download, Mass Book Trails was launched in 2017 with two literary walking tours in Boston and two statewide trails:  Literary Museums of Massachusetts, and African American Writers Heritage Trail. Additional tours are being added as libraries have accepted MCB’s invitation to develop their own local literary, cultural, and historic tours.

MCB, chartered as the Commonwealth Affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is a public-private partnership charged with developing, supporting and promoting cultural programming that advances the cause of books and reading and enhances the outreach potential of Massachusetts public libraries.

For more information, contact info@massbook.org.  MassBook Trails may be found in the app store and through Google Play.

Movie Night: Wed., June 27th: 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from 6:00-8:00pm.   We will be showing a recent movie based on the book Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, (also referred to as Love, Simon).  The film stars Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, and Katherine Langford.

“Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.”

The Boston Globe writes, “Love, Simon is a sweet, modern romantic comedy that manages to channel the teen movie classics [and] it’s also a deeply empathetic story about a teenager who’s forced to come out to a community of loved ones.”  Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 92% rating and CinemaScore gives it and A+ 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 (110 min.)

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Author Talk & Signing: An Early History of Malden

Author Frank Russell Will Discuss & Sign Copies of His New Book on Malden’s Early History

The Malden Historical Society invites the public to attend a book talk and signing on Tuesday June 19 at 7:00 pm in the Ryder Gallery of the Malden Public Library.  Russell will speak briefly about how he came to write the book and what he discovered along the way; he will also answer questions from the audience and sign copies of the book, which will be available for sale (check or cash).

The culmination of Russell’s 25-year research journey, this compact and readable book brings to life the first 250 years of Malden’s history from the beginnings of European settlement in the 1630s to roughly 1900.  It is the first local history to cover the nineteenth century, including such notable events as the first bank robbery murder in the United States. Readers will also learn about Malden’s abolitionists and the town’s role in the Underground Railroad. Russell has generously donated the copyright and all proceeds to the Malden Historical Society.

Thursday, May 31st 7PM Public Reading by the Malden Writers’ Collaborative

Join us for 8th Annual Public Reading by Malden’s own creative writing group, the Malden Writers’ Collaborative. The group meets twice a month at the library from October through May.

Members will share pieces they’ve workshopped this past year. Hear fiction and nonfiction focused on relationships, death, journeys, family, war, coming of age, and much more!

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.