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Join us on Tuesday, February 10, at 7 p.m. at the Malden Public Library for a rare look at the world of high-profile art heists with art crime expert Anthony Amore. Anthony Amore is the Director of Security of the Isabella Stewart Art Museum in Boston and author of “Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists.” The fascinating stories Amore reveals span the globe from Stockholm to Boston and include a cast of exciting, diverse characters, from the robbers who steal priceless paintings, to international criminal masterminds, to security experts who track them down.
As Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Mr. Amore has for more than eight years served as the museum’s chief investigator into the 1990 theft of 13 priceless works of art from that institution. Prior to joining the Gardner Museum, he served as an Assistant Federal Security Director working to rebuild security at Logan International Airport after the attacks of 9/11. His next book, “The Art of the Con” will be published in 2015 by St. Martin’s Press. The discussion will be followed by a brief tour of the Converse Memorial Building art galleries.
Join us for Movie Night at the Malden Public Library on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, from 6:00-8:30pm. We will be showing a recent biographical film about legendary singer and creative genius, James Brown. The movie, produced by Mick Jagger, stars Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott, and Octavia Spencer. The film includes the song, “Get On Up.”
Born into extreme poverty in Barnwell, South Carolina in 1933, James Brown struggled with a tough childhood and emerged as “The Godfather of Soul.” Brown was instrumental and influential in creating the soul, funk, and R&B music which emerged in the 1960s and 1970s. His dynamic life is shown through historic recreations of his early concerts where he once upstaged The Rolling Stones, and then later concerts in Vietnam, the Apollo, and a particularly poignant recreation of Brown’s concert at The Boston Garden in 1968 on the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.
The Guardian says “It’s one of the year’s truly outstanding performances….” Also, The Chicago Tribune says the movie “is better than inspirational…in finding the truthful emotional extremes inside a difficult American life, suffused with music.”
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 (139 min.)
You may register your preschooler for Winter Storytime now, either by telephone (781-388-0803) or in person in the Children’s Room.
Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 years will take place on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., on January 15, 22, 29, and February 5, 12, 19. The six-week program features picture books, songs and rhymes, and a simple craft. Regular attendance is expected.
THE BOOKER PRIZE DISCUSSION GROUP meets at 7:00 p.m. in the library on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Since 1969, the “Booker Prize” has been awarded to the best full-length novel written in English by a citizen of the UK, the Commonwealth, Eire, Pakistan, or South Africa. As of September 2013, selection for the “longlist” has been opened to American authors.
• Jan. 28, 2015 – CANCELLED BECAUSE OF WINTER STORM. All scheduled Booker Prize discussions have been moved forward one month.
• Feb. 25, 2015 – When we were orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
Born in early-twentieth-century Shanghai, Banks was orphaned at the age of nine after the separate disappearances of his parents. Now, more than twenty years later, he is a celebrated figure in London society; yet the investigative expertise that has garnered him fame has done little to illuminate the circumstances of his parents’ alleged kidnappings. Banks travels to the seething, labyrinthine city of his memory in hopes of solving the mystery of his own, painful past.
• Mar. 25, 2015 – The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi
• Apr. 22, 2015 – The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert
• May 27, 2015 – The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
THE FIRST MONDAY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP meets at 7:00 p.m. in the library on the first Monday of each month to discuss titles selected by members of the group.
• Feb. 2, 2015 – People of the Book by Gwendolyn Brooks
This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding–an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair–only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics.
• Mar. 2, 2015 – Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
• Apr. 6, 2015 – State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Just pick a group that’s convenient! New members are always welcome! Copies of books for discussion are available at the information desk.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
Clay Jannon has lost his job in web design and finds himself taking a night shift at a strange bookstore in San Francisco. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything – instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Curious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends…But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.
This wonderful, playful novel explores books, technology, and knowledge new and old, and presents us with a mystery we can’t wait to solve.
Stay tuned for upcoming programs, including the kickoff celebration in February, by visiting our website, www.maldenreads.org
Tuesdays & Saturdays
This early literacy program features songs, nursery rhymes, and a short picture book and is offered every Tuesday and Saturday morning, 10:30-11:15 a.m., September through May. Recommended for young children, ages 6 months to 4 years old. No registration necessary.
Fridays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
October 3 – June 12
Every Friday at 4:00 p.m., Laurie Rae Tressler from Library Creative Drama, Inc. offers a drop-in Creative Drama program for kids. Children ages 7-10 can come by to participate in theater games and other creative activities. No registration necessary.
This program runs from October 3 through June 12. Regular attendance is appreciated, but not required. Questions? Call the Children’s Room at (781) 388-0803.
Mango Languages, a database free to you with your library card, offers interactive language learning online or using a free mobile app. You can choose one of over 60 languages, and learn online at your own pace. If you’ve made an account to use Mango online, it will save your place in your lessons so you can walk away and come back later to the same lesson without starting fresh. Making an account is necessary to use the mobile app–just connect your mobile app to your account, and away you go (you won’t even have to remember your card number)!
In addition to more languages than ever, Mango has introduced a service called “Mango Premier” –foreign language movies to stream to desktop computers that present both entertainment and a realistic language learning experience. Videos are available now in six languages: Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish, as well as ESL movies for Spanish speakers. Mango hopes to increase these offerings in the future, so stay tuned for more.
Mango Premier movies have two modes: “Movie Mode” and “Engage Mode.” Movie Mode plays the movie uninterrupted with color-coded subtitles in English and the original language.
“Engage Mode” takes the viewer through the movie scene by scene, with quizzes along the way. A user can pause the movie and hover over the subtitled words to see their phonetic spelling and hear audio pronunciation. Each scene includes a review, where the learner can break down and practice the movie’s dialogue line by line, and word by word. Mango Premiere gives the viewer total control, combining both spoken and written learning.
Mango is designed to be both highly visual and interactive, and is a great way to learn on the go or at home.
Get started today by clicking on “Mango Languages” from our eLibrary page! Questions? Need some more help? Please contact the library at 781-324-0218 or stop in and visit us.