Blog: Month: May 2019

Hometown Hero: Elisha Slade Converse ~ A Film by Birukti Tsige and Felix Li

What do Malden’s library, hospital, parks, and industry all have in common? The Converse family! Come find out more at Hometown Hero:  Elisha Slade Converse: A Short Documentary Film by Birukti Tsige and Felix Li on Saturday, June 1st at 2:00 PM at the Malden Public Library.

Birukti Tsige and Felix Li, Malden High School seniors, will present their award winning Hometown Hero documentary on Malden’s own Elisha S. Converse and discuss their research process. Following the presentation there will be a tour of the 1885 Converse Memorial Building, donated by Elisha and Mary Converse. Food and drink will also be served.

This presentation will kick off Go Local: Converse 2020: EXPLORING THE INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF MALDEN, a two-year program 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 Malden Public Library.

Movie Night: Wed., June 12th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, from 6:00-8:30pm. We will be showing a recent movie biopic based on the extraordinary life of Freddie Mercury of the rock band, Queen, and their song, Bohemian Rhapsody.  Rami Malek won a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Mercury.

This movie is a “chronicle of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen during the years leading up to their appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.”  Freddie Mercury “defied stereotypes and shattered convention” to become one of the most “beloved entertainers on the planet.” New Yorker writes, “Malek does an impressive job of re-creating Mercury’s moves onstage, but the core of the performance is Malek’s intensely thoughtful, insight-rich channeling of Mercury’s hurt, his alienation and isolation even at the height of his fame.”

The film grossed $903.2 million worldwide and CinemaScore gives it the grade of an “A.”

This film is free and open to the public and is accessible.  Movie times are approximate.  Rated PG-13 (134 min.)

Friends Annual Book Sale—May 3 and 4

It’s moved! The Friends of the Malden Public Library are holding their annual book sale in the Spring this year.

Join us on Friday, May 3rd from 6–9 pm (Friends Preview Sale) and Saturday, May 4th from 10 am to 4 pm. Thousands of books to choose from for adults, teens, and children. Hardcover books are $1, paperbacks $.50, and children’s books $.25 or 5/$1.

It’s easy to join the Friends and you can do it on the evening of May 3rd. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Movie Night: Wed., May 15th: 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Malden Public Library.  We will be showing a recent movie based on the classic James Baldwin novel, If Beale Street Could Talk.  The movie stars Regina King, Kiki Layne, and Stephan James and is directed by Oscar-winning director, Barry Jenkins.

This adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel is “a timeless love story set in early 1970s Harlem involving newly engaged nineteen-year- old Tish and her fiance Fonny who have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Now the pair and their families must fight for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream.”

The Washington Post writes that “Jenkins has made an absolutely gorgeous movie.”  Rolling Stone calls it “of the moment and timeless all at once.”  Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 95% approval 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 R (119 min.)