Blog: Month: June 2019

Introduction to the Local History Room and Collections

You don’t have to be a history major to dig into the past! Come to our Local History How To program to learn the basics of historical research.  Join us on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM.
Lily Mysona, Local History Librarian at the Malden Public Library, presents an introduction to the local history room and collections.  Learn about the Library’s print and digital collections, including books, documents, maps, newspapers, photographs, and online resources such as Learn how to research your family, your house, and the history of the City of Malden.  Come with questions! Hour introduction includes tour, hands-on practice, and Q&A.

These programs is funded as part of 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

Happy LGBTQIA+ Pride Month!

Happy Pride!  The City of Boston is celebrating LGBTQIA+ Pride month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  Check out our Pride display of recommended books and movies at the Malden Public Library. With your Malden Public Library card you can also watch free LGBTQIA+ themed streaming movies, read e-Books, and listen to e-Audiobooks.  Follow the links:

Hoopla Movies

Kanopy Movies

IndieFlix/InstantFlix Movies

Hoopla Audiobooks

Overdrive Audiobooks & E-Books

Malden Industry Before Rubber Shoes

We all know that the Boston Rubber Shoe Company was Malden’s big business in the second half of the nineteenth century. But Malden experienced industrial growth in the first part of the nineteenth century as well—and our most prominent business was textile dyeing! Learn about Malden’s dyers, nail makers, tinsmiths, and more.

Please join us on Thursday, June 6th at 6:30 p.m. for a lecture and reception presented by Malden Historical Society Board member Linda Thorsen.  Linda Thorsen is Malden resident and freelance commercial writer.  She recently completed her Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in History from Harvard Extension School, and completed her thesis “The Merchants’ Manufacturer: The Barrett Family’s Dyeing Businesses in Massachusetts and New York, 1790-1850,” an in depth study and analysis of a prominent Malden family and their dyeing business.

This lecture is part of Converse 2020 brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


Photo of the Malden Dye House from an engraving as it supposedly looked in 1817.

Spoken Word Poetry Workshop for Teens inspired by Broadway’s HAMILTON!

Spoken Word Poetry is a dynamic, engaging, inclusive art form that’s pushing a new generation of brilliant young people to connect with each other through the telling of their stories. Whether you’re a beginner, or have been writing for years, this workshop offers an opportunity to learn from Alex Charalambides, veteran poetry slammer and director of Youth Arts Non-Profit, Mass LEAP.  Join us on Tuesday, June 4th ~ 2:30-5:00 p.m. We’ll talk about what makes a poem come alive on stage, do some writing and hopefully, some sharing out loud. Grades 6-12 only. Register at the Malden Public Library or by calling 781-324-0218.  Space limited to 20 students.
History will have its eyes on you, as this workshop will guide students through a Hamilton-inspired project using the Malden Instructions of 1766 and other founding era documents to create inspired works of spoken word poetry. Students may be invited to perform their works Malden Declaration Day, June 28, 2019.
Alex Charalambides is a veteran of several New England Poetry Slam Teams. As a mentor and organizer, he founded the Worcester Youth Poetry Slam and co-founded Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts, the annual state wide youth poetry slam festival. He’s toured the country performing, released two spoken word albums, teaches poetry in schools throughout the Commonwealth and serves as Executive Director for youth spoken word poetry non-profit Mass LEAP.
Mass Poetry believes that words matter. We support poets and poetry in Massachusetts, help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages, and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. This program is part of Revisiting the Founding Era, a three-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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On Tuesday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Scott Molloy, URI Professor Emeritus, will speak about his book, Irish Titan, Irish Toilers which examines the life of Joseph Banigan, Rhode Isand’s first Irish-Catholic millionaire.

Joseph Banigan was a refugee with his family from the Great Famine in 1847. With a year of elementary school he became a full time child laborer but with pluck and luck climbed the ladder of success as a producer of rubber footwear along with colleagues in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He eventually became president of the US Rubber Company.  Joseph Banigan was also a generous contributor to the Catholic Church, orphanages, and other non-sectarian charities. He was named a Knight of St. Gregory by Pope Leo XIII in 1885. Banigan also engaged another kind of knighthood: a bitter six month strike by the Irish Knights of Labor that same year at one of his rubber factories in Millville, MA.

Dr. Scott Molloy taught labor relations at the University of Rhode Island for thirty years, including labor and Irish history. The Carnegie Foundation acclaimed him the best professor in the state in 2005. He was Teacher of the Year at URI in 1996, and the Smithsonian Institution acquired his collection of 10,000 labor union items a few years earlier. He is in the Rhode Island Hall of Fame and served as the Grand Marshall of the Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade last year.

The program is part of the Go Local Converse 2020 Series exploring the industrial history of Malden and brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  For more information about this program or others in the series contact the library at 781-324-0218 or check out the library’s events calendar at

Overcome the Rollercoaster of Weight loss and Gains

Lose five pounds, Gain ten pounds back . . . sounds familiar?  It’s time to “BREAK OUT of Breaking Even!”  This program will be offered at the Malden Public Library on June 3 at 6:30 p.m.  This workshop can be used by fitness professionals and anyone wanting to lose 5 pounds to 150 pounds.  “Breaking even” is when you invest time in exercising and eating healthy but do not see results, especially long term.  You will develop skills and self awareness for long term weight loss management. The program is designed to be sustainable, flexible, and customized to fit your lifestyle and goals.  The program is free and open to all.  Presented by Malden resident Julio Salado, Coach, Educator and Personal Trainer.