From April to September of 2013, Wendy Johnston backpacked the entire 2,700 mile long Pacific Crest Trail from the US/Mexican Border to the US/Canadian border through California, Oregon, and Washington. This is the same trail featured in the book & film Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Join Wendy for a talk focusing on the reasons she hikes long trails, some of the adversity she has overcome, and the universal lessons that she has learned on her long hikes, as well as a slideshow of photos taken along her PCT hike. A question and answer session will follow. It is Wendy’s hope that you will leave inspired and encouraged to follow your own dreams!
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Mon-Thu*: 9AM - 9PM
Fri-Sat: 9AM - 6PM
*Closed Thursdays: 1-2PM
Mon: 9AM - 8:45PM
Tue: 9AM - 6PM
Wed: 9AM - 8:45PM
Thu*: 9AM - 6PM
Fri: 9AM - 5:45PM
Sat: 9AM - 5:45PM
*Closed Thursdays: 1-2PM
The Library is closed on Sundays and Holidays.
Thursday, December 4
10:00-10:45 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)
Listen to holiday favorites both new and old on your mobile device or tablet, or online on your home computer, for free!
Music albums can be borrowed for a 1-week period, and you can check out up to 10 Hoopla items per month. They expire automatically, so no need to worry about late fines; you won’t have to remember to return them.
To get started, visit our eLibrary page and click on Hoopla!
For more information or assistance, please give us a call at 781-324-0218 or stop by the Information Desk.
Please join us on Wednesday, December 10, from 6:30-8:30, for an origami workshop at the Malden Public Library! Origami enthusiast James Hollis will be teaching several models, to be announced. Materials and instruction are free and will be provided, thanks to the funding of the Friends of the Malden Public Library. Space is limited to 15 people and advance registration is required, so please sign up early by calling the library at 781-324-0218 or visiting us at 36 Salem Street.
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
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.
• Dec. 1, 2014 – Born in Ice by Nora Roberts
Brianna Concannon is the kind of innkeeper who doesn’t mind the harsh winters of Ireland—and the empty bed-and-breakfast that comes with them. But this year, a famous American author needs a quiet place to stay while writing his next book. Grayson Thane plans to spend the cold winter alone. But his lovely landlady adds a complication he never expected.
• Jan. 5, 2015 – Once we were Brothers by Ronald Balson
• Feb. 2, 2015 – People of the book by Gwendolyn Brooks
• Mar. 2, 2015 – Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
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.
• Nov. 19, 2014 – The Industry of Souls by Martin Booth
The Industry of Souls is the story of Alexander Bayliss, a British citizen who was wrongfully arrested for espionage by the KGB in the 1950s and sentenced to twenty-five years of hard labor in the work camps of Siberia. Eventually freed in the 1970s, he decides not to return to the West–a world he barely remembers and to which he no longer belongs–and instead finds his way to a small Russian village where he becomes a much beloved schoolmaster. Now, on the day of his 80th birthday, Russia has changed. Communism has evaporated, and in the aftermath, information has come to light that Alex is still alive.
• Dec. 17, 2014 – The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
• Jan. 28, 2014 – When we were orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
• Feb. 25, 2014 – The hiding place by Trezza Azzopardi
Just pick a group that’s convenient! New members are always welcome! Copies of books for discussion are available at the information desk.
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.
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.
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.