Blog: Month: June 2018

Ice Cream and Summer Reading Moved to Malden High School Cafeteria

Due to rain, today’s Summer Reading Ice Cream Kickoff will be held in the Malden High School cafeteria, across Salem Street.

Ice cream and summer reading isn’t just for kids anymore. Join us on Thursday, June 28 from 1-2:30 p.m. for our Summer Reading Kickoff Ice Cream Social. We will be scooping free ice cream, generously donated by Dairy Delight, on the Library’s front garden at 36 Salem St. and look forward to seeing you there!

Mamadou Kicks-Off “Live on the Lawn” Summer Concert Series on July 11

The Malden Public Library’s “Live on the Lawn” Summer Concert Series kicks off on Wednesday, July 11, at 7:00 pm featuring the West African World-Fusion band, Mamadou.

Mamadou is known for their West African and world fusion sound and showcases the original musical works of Senegalese luminary Mamadou Diop.  Mamadou Diop has shared the stage and collaborating with African greats such as Baaba Maal, Mamadou Jimi Mbaye and Mbaye Dieye Faye in the Madison Band, Thione Seck, Nicolas Menheim and Papa Seck in the band Africando, and the Grand Soda Mama, among others, Mamadou introduced his signature rhythm guitar sound.  Mamadou is one of the most respected rhythm guitarists from his country and an accomplished sabar (Senegalese hand and stick) and djembe drummer.

Mamadou Diop has had opportunities to connect with influential giants including James Brown, the Jackson Five with Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela – all personal inspirations for his art.  Now, fronting his own award-winning band, he resides in the USA composing and performing new and amazing songs about peace, love, hope, family and friendship, bringing a positive vibe to our world.

The Library’s Summer Series continues on July 18: Squeezbox Stompers; August 1: Knock on Wood; and August 15: Outdoor Movie Night.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and experience a great night of outdoor live music at the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street).  All concerts are free and sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of the Malden Public Library.  In case of rain, concerts will be moved inside.  For more information, contact the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, at 781-324-0218 or at

Young Adult Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

Young Adults going into the 6th grade through 12th grade are invited to join the Summer Reading program at the Malden Public Library, and enjoy our Kick-Off party on Monday July 2nd from 3:00-4:30 in the Maccario Room.

We will have games, pizza, snack and drinks to enjoy while you hang out and get ready for a Summer of fun at the MPL. Sign-up gift bags for the Summer Reading program will be available, though our supply is limited so sign up soon.

Malden Public Library Featured on Gateway City Library Trail

Recognizing the integral role that public libraries play in their communities, Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) has added Malden as a Gateway City Library Trail to its live app, MassBook Trails. The Malden Public Library is celebrated on the Gateway City Library Trail for providing access to reading and 21st century gateways to opportunity for their patrons through digital connectivity and programming that enhances life-long learning and cultural assimilation.

Available on the web and as a free download, Mass Book Trails was launched in 2017 with two literary walking tours in Boston and two statewide trails:  Literary Museums of Massachusetts, and African American Writers Heritage Trail. Additional tours are being added as libraries have accepted MCB’s invitation to develop their own local literary, cultural, and historic tours.

MCB, chartered as the Commonwealth Affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is a public-private partnership charged with developing, supporting and promoting cultural programming that advances the cause of books and reading and enhances the outreach potential of Massachusetts public libraries.

For more information, contact  MassBook Trails may be found in the app store and through Google Play.

Movie Night: Wed., June 27th: 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from 6:00-8:00pm.   We will be showing a recent movie based on the book Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, (also referred to as Love, Simon).  The film stars Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, and Katherine Langford.

“Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.”

The Boston Globe writes, “Love, Simon is a sweet, modern romantic comedy that manages to channel the teen movie classics [and] it’s also a deeply empathetic story about a teenager who’s forced to come out to a community of loved ones.”  Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 92% rating and CinemaScore gives it and A+ rating.

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 (110 min.)



Author Talk & Signing: An Early History of Malden

Author Frank Russell Will Discuss & Sign Copies of His New Book on Malden’s Early History

The Malden Historical Society invites the public to attend a book talk and signing on Tuesday June 19 at 7:00 pm in the Ryder Gallery of the Malden Public Library.  Russell will speak briefly about how he came to write the book and what he discovered along the way; he will also answer questions from the audience and sign copies of the book, which will be available for sale (check or cash).

The culmination of Russell’s 25-year research journey, this compact and readable book brings to life the first 250 years of Malden’s history from the beginnings of European settlement in the 1630s to roughly 1900.  It is the first local history to cover the nineteenth century, including such notable events as the first bank robbery murder in the United States. Readers will also learn about Malden’s abolitionists and the town’s role in the Underground Railroad. Russell has generously donated the copyright and all proceeds to the Malden Historical Society.

Monthly Rotating Art Exhibit

June Artist: Kevin Tang.

Title of Exhibit: Bostonia.

Cities are the convergence of people, culture, art, technology, and ideas. Kevin tries to
capture the splendor and wonder of cities and urban areas, starting from his hometown
of Boston.

View Kevin’s art, on display at the Library through June 29, 2018.