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YA Movie Aftenoon – February 1st

Young Adults in the 5th through 12th grade are invited to join us in the Maccario Room on Thursday February 1st from 3:00 – 5:00 PM as we enter into the world of My Little Pony. Based on the smash hit animated TV show, the Ponies jump to the big screen with their 2017 feature film debut. In addition to all the voice actors from the show the movie has the talents of Emily Blunt, Liev Schreiber, Sia and Taye Diggs. Everypony is invited to enjoy snacks, drinks and popcorn as we watch the film.

A Holiday Hiccup

We all know that iconic scene in A Christmas Story when Ralphie, certain that his wish for a Red Ryder B.B. gun has gone unanswered, finds that final package hidden behind the desk which turns his dismay into utter delight. Now imagine yourself on Christmas morning as a child, hoping against hope for the baby doll you’d seen in a catalog. You find it under the tree. Gleeful, you pick up the doll and give it a hug, only to have it growl in your ear, “I’m Smokey the Bear.”

That’s probably not where you thought this story was headed, but that’s the shock Christmas day of 1955 had in story for little boys and girls. On Thursday, 22 December 1955, the Malden Evening News reported a creepy voice box mix-up in an Atlanta, Georgia toy factory that assembled talking dolls. Talk about a nightmare before Christmas! Read on for the full scoop.


“Doll Factory Error To Startle Some Girl Christmas Day

ATLANTA, (UP)—A toyshop mixup threatened today to ruin some little girl’s Christmas because a dainty doll that is supposed to say a goodnight prayer will instead growl a fire prevention rhyme in a bear-voice.

The mixup occurred in a toy factory commissioned to manufacture talking models of Smokey, the bear used on posters by the U.S. Forestry Service in its fire prevention campaign.

The same factory also makes a petite little doll equipped with a voicebox that says gently:

‘Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
God bless Mommy,
God bless Daddy,
Amen.’

The prayer and the voice are much different from the sounds created for Smokey, the forest service teddy bear.

It growls in a gruff voice:

‘I’m Smokey the Bear, I’m the Smokey the Bear.
‘Running and looking for smoke in the air.
‘I warn careless people and tell them “take care.”
‘Please prevent forest fires, says Smokey the Bear.’

The South Carolina Forestry Commission ordered 96 of the stuffed bears for use in its fire prevention campaign. The first of the 96 Smokey Bears to arrive in the commission office was immediately tested. It created pandemonium by uttering in a childish voice:

‘Now I lay me down…’

Regional employes [sic] speculated that the toyshop mixed the voice boxes earmarked for the Smokey Bear and the dolls.

One of the bearlike voice boxes was sure to end up in one of the dainty ‘praying’ dolls, they calculated.”

                                                      


After some research, it seems that the two dolls mentioned in the story were manufactured by the now-defunct
Ideal Toys. The praying doll was probably Ideal’s Patti Prays doll.

Holiday Food Drive Continues

The food drive continues as the Malden Public Library collects for the Salvation Army’s work during the Christmas season.  These non-perishables are suggested by the organization:  peanut butter, tuna, mayonnaise, jelly, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce and pasta.  Donations of ethnic foods are encouraged.  The collection container will be out on the main floor opposite the circulation desk through the end of December.

Angel Tree Program

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program is a great way to bring joy into a child’s life.  It’s easy and gratifying to make sure there is a much needed present waiting for a youngster when they wake up on Christmas morning.  Simply select a paper Angel from those adorning the Angel Tree at the Circulation Desk;  each represents a child and includes information such as their first name, age, gender and wished for gift.  No need to wrap the present.  Just drop off the gift with its Angel tag at the Circulation Desk by Dec. 13 for distribution through the Salvation Army’s Toy Store.

14th Annual Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions & Christmas Tree Lighting

The City of Malden will kick off the Holiday Season with the 14th Annual Parade of Holiday Traditions on Saturday, November 25th at 2 PM. The Parade will lift off at the Salemwood School on Waite Street Extension, will bear left onto Maplewood Street, and will then travel west on Salem Street. The Parade will conclude at the Malden Teen Enrichment Center (MTEC) at Ferry, Salem and Main Streets where residents will be invited in for hot chocolate. Santa Claus will be making a special visit – all children should bring their letters to Santa so that his helpers from the Post Office can collect and send them to the North Pole!

At the conclusion of the Parade, everyone is invited the City Christmas Tree Lighting on the lawn of the Malden Public Library.

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20th Annual Triple Threat Trivia Library Fundraiser


Gather your family, friends, and colleagues, to test your wits in support of the Malden Public Library!
The 20th Annual Triple Threat Trivia Library Fundraiser on Thursday, January 25, 2018, 5:30p.m.-9:30p.m. at Anthony’s of Malden. Gather a table of ten people for $360, which includes dinner, dessert, three rounds of trivia, and more! Cash bar. Sign up your team by Friday, December 15, 2017, for a very important EXTRA point.
Call 781-324-0218 or email Librarian Jean Slavkovsky at jslavkovsky@maldenpubliclibrary.org for more information.

Young Adult Anime Afternoon

Young Adults in the 6th through 12th grade are invited to join us on Thursday November 16th in the Macarrio Room from 3:00 – 5:00 PM to watch one of the best-selling Anime films of all time.

Mitsuha and Taki are high school students in Japan, one lives in the country side and the other in metropolis Tokyo. When they wake up in one another’s bodies they begin to try and find one another, and uncover the mystery of an odd comet passing overhead.

This program is brought to you by the Friends of the Malden Public Library. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

YA Craft Time – Perler Beads November 9th

Young Adults in the 6th through 12th Grade are invited to take part in our popular Perler Bead Craft Programs on Thursday, November 9th from 3:00 – 4:30 PM in the program room of the library.

Come and design your own art, jewelry, or collectible figure made entirely out of small fused beads. All the materials are provided, but feel free to look of your own designs online beforehand, and we will have some printed out here as well.