YA Holiday Party – Thursday, February 9th, 3:00-4:30

Young Adults in the 6th through 12th grade are invited for games, crafts and snacks in the Maccario Room of the Library on Thursday, February 9th from 3:00-4:30 PM.

We will be celebrating with making craft cards and boxes for loved ones, relaxing with board and video games with friends, and snacks and pizza will be provided on a first come basis.

Movie Night: Wed., February 15, 2023: 6-8:45pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 from 6:00-8:45pm. We will be showing a movie based on the Marvel Comics character, “Black Panther [in] Wakanda Forever.”

“The people of Wakanda fight to protect their home from intervening world powers as they mourn the death of King T’Challa.” Rated PG-13 (161 min.) (2023)

This film is free and open to the public.  Movie times are approximate. Free snacks will be provided. Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 for more information

Free Yoga Classes at the Library

Kathryn Mahoney will be leading a community yoga class at the Malden Public Library February 6th from 6-7pm.
Please bring your own mat, though there are a limited number of the library’s exercise mats available.

Registration is not required, but helpful for planning purposes.
To register up stop by the Library INFO desk or call (781) 324-0218.

Ukrainian Vertep @ The Malden Public Library

Join us at the Malden Public Library Saturday, January 7th from 10-11am for a free cultural event. Vertep is the Ukrainian cultural tradition of Christmas puppet theater with its beginnings in the 17th century. Traveling groups of performers shared stories interweaving scenes from the nativity with daily life with up to 40 distinct characters.

The Vertep theatre developed into numerous regional variants but always with a central storyline – the conflict between good and evil. Evil is always vanquished and good always triumphs. Vertep was an illegal practice during the Soviet occupation of Ukraine but continued to be performed in secret as a way for the Ukrainian people to both rebel and preserve their culture.

Today, with darkness looming over Ukraine, these rich traditions offer a light of hope to lead us through this joyous season. The Ukrainian Cultural Center of New England hopes to share this tradition to bring hope, faith, and joy to our communities, by reminding us that good will always win over evil.

Movie Night: Wed., January 18th: 6-8pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 from 6:00-8:00pm. We will be showing a movie based on the mythical Irish folklore story of “The Banshees of Inisherin.” The film is nominated for eight Golden Globes.

“Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.” Rated R (114 min.) (2022)

This film is free and open to the public. Movie times are approximate.

Arts & Crafts in the Art Gallery

Need that Last Minute Gift for that special someone or yourself?  Or Just Want to Celebrate the Winter Solstice.
Join us on Wednesday, December 21 for a free art workshop in the Converse Art Galleries. Enjoy the Library’s amazing art collection and make your own hand-crafted ceramic tree ornament or coaster.
There will be two workshops at 2-4 PM & 6-8 PM
No registration needed, just drop by and enjoy some relaxation this holiday season.

Let’s Talk About a Poem: Saturday December 17th at 11 am

Saturday, December 17th from 11-1230 pm, join Lloyd Schwartz and the Malden Library on Zoom to talk about the poem: “Poetry” By Marianne Moore from Others for 1919: An Anthology of the New Verse, edited by Alfred Kreymborg.  Registration is requested. To get your Zoom invite by following this link to register:

To read a digital copy of this specific edition of the poem you can follow this link: 
Or pick up a printed copy at the library’s information desk. Moore wrote and rewrote this poem a number of times, but for this program we are focusing on this iteration.

Lloyd Schwartz is an American poet and lives and writes in the Boston area.

“His collections of poetry include Who’s on First? New and Selected Poems (2021), Little Kisses (2017), Cairo Traffic (2000), Goodnight, Gracie (1992), and These People (1981). His poetry has also been featured in the anthologies Best American Poetry (1991, 1994, 2019), The Best of the Best American Poetry (2013), and Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud (2009). His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry magazinethe Atlantic, the New Republic, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Agni, Consequence, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.  Schwartz is the editor of Prose: Elizabeth Bishop (2011) and coeditor of Elizabeth Bishop and Her Art (1983) and of the Library of America’s Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters (2008).

Schwartz also served as the classical music editor of the Boston Phoenix. Three-time winner of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Deems Taylor Awards, he has received a Professional Music Fraternity’s Radio and Television Award as well as support from the Amphion Foundation. Music In—and On—the Air (2013) offers a selection of his classical music criticism for the National Public Radio program Fresh Air.

Schwartz’s poems have been selected for the Pushcart Prize. Additional honors include a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Somerville Arts Council, an Associates of the Boston Public Library Literary Lights Award, and a 2019 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Poetry. Schwartz has served on the executive board of PEN New England and is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, where he has served as director of the creative writing program. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he was the Poet Laureate of the City of Somerville from 2019 to 2021.”–Poetry Foundation

This program is made possible by the Malden Public Library and the Academy of American Poets and funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Book Bunch – Book Club for 2nd & 3rd Graders

Beginning October 20, this book club for 2nd and 3rd graders will meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month at 4:00pm for 45 minutes. The program will include an informal book discussion, some snacks, and a book-related activity when appropriate. Sign up at the Children’s Room desk or by calling the Children’s Room at 781.388.0803. Regular attendance is encouraged. Pick up the book from the Children’s Room desk 2-3 weeks before the club meeting.

October 20 selection:  The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey – Author interview – Video: “How to Draw Mr. Shark”

November 17 selection: The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin – Author interview – Author discusses The Trouble with Chickens – How to make an origami bookmark

December 15 selection:  Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

January 19 selection:  I Survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919 by Lauren Tarshis

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