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Converse Lego Club Begins March 26th

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Thursday, March 26th from 3:00–4:30 PM.

Come play with Lego blocks in the new Converse Lego Club: Arts & Bricks. This is a free creative building club for kids that love Legos. Registration required, call 781-324-0218. For Kids 5th through 8th Grade.

STEAM is a movement which advocates adding art and design to the national STEM agenda, to develop creativity and problem solving necessary to foster economic growth and competitiveness in the coming century.

STEAM in the Art Gallery is sponsored with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with additional funds from the Friends of the Malden Public Library. For more information, contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 or check out our calendar of events at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.

Art Play Storytime for Preschoolers: Thursday, March 12 & 26

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This special storytime for ages 3-5 and their caregivers will begin in the Art Gallery and include a STEAM-inspired art project. Preschoolers may attend both programs or just one program.

Sign-up is recommended, but not required. To sign up, please visit the Children’s Room or call 781-388-0803.

STEAM in the Art Gallery is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with additional funds from the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

Thursday, March 12 (colors)
Thursday, March 26 (shapes)
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Art Gallery & Program Room

Mayor Storytime: Thursday, Feb. 26

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Thursday, February 26
10:00-11:00 a.m., Children’s Room

Children and their caregivers are invited to stop by the children’s room and listen as Mayor Christenson reads aloud from some fun picture books. A simple craft will follow. Recommended for ages 3 and up. (Preschool groups are welcome–just let us know in advance by calling 781-388-0803)

Stealing Rembrandts: An Evening with Art Crime Expert Anthony Amore RESCHEDULED TO FEB. 24

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Join us on Tuesday, February 24, 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.

Malden Reads Movie Night: Wed., March 4th: 6:00-8:30pm

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Join us on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 6:00-8:30pm in the Maccario Room for the Malden Public Library’s first Malden Reads film screening. We will be showing a movie which explores some of the themes in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore—the power of books, technology, and knowledge, new and old.

Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son–a robot butler programmed to look after him. Robot & Frank become a pair of unlikely friends in this “tender sci-fi comedy-drama” starring Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler, and James Marsden. The Los Angeles Times calls the film, “charming, playful and sly….” Additionally, Rotten Tomatoes, states, “Led by a brilliant performance from…Langella, [the movie] works both as a quirky indie drama and as a smart, thoughtful meditation on aging.”

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation honored the film for “raising profound questions about the role of technology in our collective future.”

A discussion of this year’s Malden Reads book selection, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore will follow the movie. This film is free and open to the public and is accessible. Please call us at 781-324-0218 for more information.

Book Discussion Groups

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Hear what others think about a book, and then share your own ideas. You don’t have to create a book club to do it, because The Malden Public Library already hosts two discussion groups:

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.
Upcoming Books:

• Feb. 25, 2015 – When we were orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
Summary:
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

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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.
Upcoming Books:

• Mar. 2, 2015 – People of the Book by Gwendolyn Brooks
Summary:
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.

• Apr. 6, 2015 – Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
• May 4, 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.

Movie Night: Wednesday, Feb. 25th: 6:00-8:30pm

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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.)

Volunteer Orientation

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Would you like to volunteer at the Malden Public Library? Sign up for one of the following orientation sessions by calling the library at 781-324-0218 and fill out the online form:

Monday, October 6th 7-8pm
Tuesday, October 7th 4-5pm

You can volunteer at the Malden Public Library in the “Adopt-an-Aisle” program. After attending an orientation session at the library, you choose an aisle to keep neat and in order. Volunteering can be done any time the library is open, and done according to your own schedule. This volunteer program is best for people looking to do no more than a few hours of community service per week.

If you are 18 years of age or older, you will need to need to pass a CORI background check as is required of all volunteers for the City of Malden. Please bring your Massachusetts license or state ID to the orientation session to fill out the paperwork, which will then be sent to Malden City Hall. If you are under 18, you don’t need to bring anything.

Please be advised that we cannot accommodate court-ordered community service.

“Turn the Page” film screening

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“Turn the Page” Encore Showing on 10/8 at 7pm! Maccario Room.