Blog: Library Events

Malden Reads: Skype with Lisa See

Join us on April 23 from 6:45-8:00 pm here at the Malden Public Library for a discussion with the author of this years’ Malden Reads selection The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. Tea from MEM Tea and light refreshments will be served at 6:45 and the Skype with the author starts at 7:15.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Libraries = Strong Communities = National Library Week

National Library Week (April 7- 13, 2019) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2019 National Library Week is “Libraries = Strong Communities,” and  Gates Foundation Co-founder Melinda Gates will serve as 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair.   First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April.

Thursday, April 25 7PM Author Talk with Jack Kelly III & Paul Hammersley

Sharp Needle is an autobiographical account of Jack Kelly’s tragic spiral into heroin addiction, recovery and running for office, in the cutthroat world of Boston Politics. After sustaining a significant shoulder injury Jack was prescribed opiate pain meds and became addicted. Quickly, Jack descended into the sordid life of heroin that ultimately lead to homelessness and the loss of his family. But at the age of 22, Jack found recovery and battled his way back.

Jack has advised and served on various boards for public health policy and substance use disorder. He founded a mobile app tech startup, connecting people in recovery to one another from their phones. Jack remains a vocal leader on issues surrounding addiction and recovery.

Paul Hammersley, Malden’s Addiction Recovery Resource Specialist, serves to help residents navigate the treatment system, promote recovery, help to remove barriers, connect people with recovery support services and also encourage hope, optimism and promote healthy living.
Paul is a recovery and empowerment specialist and is also a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach who guides people through the process while supporting recovery based choices, goals, and decisions.

Books will be available for purchase.
This event is free and open to the public.
Call the library at 781-324-0218 with any questions.

Movie Night: Wed., April 3rd: 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Malden Public Library.  We will be showing a recent movie based on the bestselling novel, The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer.  The movie stars Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, and Christian Slater.

“A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.”

The New York Times writes that the movie is, “…an intelligent drama that unfolds with real juice and suspense.”  Entertainment Weekly writes, “Glenn Close is a powerhouse…Pryce is fantastic.”  Don’t miss the Glenn Close’s Oscar-nominated performance which Rolling Stone says, “You can’t take your eyes off Glenn Close.”  Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 85% 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 (101 min.)

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”

Author Talk with Hester Fox, Thursday, April 11, 7PM

Join us on Thursday, April 11th at 7 PM for a reading, Q&A, and signing by Hester Fox, author of The Witch of Willow Hall. Books will be available for purchase.

“In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall. The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…”

Hester Fox: “When not writing and painting, Hester works in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician. This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has the privilege of cleaning and caring for collections that range from paintings by old masters, to ancient artifacts, to early American furniture. She has a master’s degree in historical archaeology, as well as a background in Medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband.” (HesterFox.com)

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.)