Blog: Library Events

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.

Beautiful City: Portraits of People at the Malden Public Library

Join us Wednesday, July 31st from 7:00-8:00pm for a Reception of our July Rotating Art Artist,
photographer, Carol Woodruff, of the Malden Public Library.  “Beautiful City” is a photography exhibit
highlighting the amazing diversity of people who visit the Malden Public Library every day. Join us
to view the photographs and a short film of this “Beautiful City.”  “This program is supported in part
by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council,a state agency.”

“Beautiful City” will be on exhibit at the Library through the month of July.

Summer Concert Series Begins July 10

Four Guys in Tuxes kicks off the Malden Public Library Live on the Lawn Summer Concert Series on Wednesday, July 10th at 7 p.m.  This group’s versatility and energy makes for great entertainment with its performance of jazz, swing, rock and blues songs.   Requests will be encouraged and be sure to wear your dancing shoes because you will be dancing and singing along with this talented group of performers.

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 Sonho Meu on July 24 and 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.

Ice Cream Social @ the Library

Join us on Thursday, June 27th from 1–2:30 pm on the Library’s front lawn for our Ice Cream Social and Summer Reading Kickoff. There will be ice cream sundaes (courtesy of Dairy Delight), live music, crafts, and the opportunity for all (kids/teens/adults) to sign up for our summer reading program.

Don’t forget to pick up one of our summer calendars, with programming for all ages through the summer.

See you there!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Malden Declaration Celebration

Malden Instructions in Historical Context

Join us on Tuesday, June 25th, at 6:30 for Malden Instructions in Historical Context.  Have you wondered how Maldonians became revolutionaries in the 1770s? And how political divisions with Britain—and with neighbors—rocked their world? Explore the events in Massachusetts, Greater Boston, and Malden that led up to the drafting of the Malden Instructions—our declaration of support for American Independence. Learn how Malden dealt with the siege of Boston and why we sent instructions to the Provisional Congress (and what the Provisional Congress was, anyway).

Malden Declaration Day Historic Reading

On Friday, June 28th, please join Mayor Gary Christenson and Library Director Dora St. Martin as Malden gets into the spirit of Independence Day .  Schedule :  4:00-6:00 p.m. Malden Instructions Exhibition, a display of the original version of Malden’s town records from the Revolutionary war period;  6:00 to 7:00 PM  Local Historian and period actor Tom Coots will perform the Annual Reading of the town “Instructions” on the library front lawn.  Residents are encouraged to come in costume.  All are welcome.

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. Program is free and open to all.