Blog: Month: September 2020

Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook

Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook: A joint presentation by Architectural Historian Ryan D. Hayward and Social Historian Dee Morris on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 6:30 PM via Zoom.

The Middlesex Fells Reservation is one of Metropolitan Boston’s most beautiful and treasured parks. Its natural landscape is well known and celebrated but, did you know it once had a more industrial past?  For three centuries, this rocky woodland region was part of the evolving New England landscape. Generations worked farms in fields, pastures, and woodlots. Businesses were established and industry took a foothold in various forms. It quickly spread to Malden and surrounding communities and although the little village on Spot Pond Brook flourished, it vanished in the blink of an eye. It was absorbed into the Middlesex Fells, which was created for the general public to enjoy, forever. Come for an evening to revisit the thriving enterprises and the entrepreneurs that changed this place, Malden, Medford, Stoneham, the Commonwealth, and beyond. This digital event is offered by the Malden Public Library and is free to all.

This program 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.

Malden Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook
Time: Sep 29, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Massachusetts Information for Voters

Wondering about the two upcoming Massachusetts statewide ballot questions?  Need information on voter registration?  Pick up a copy of “Massachusetts Information for Voters – 2020 Ballot Questions for State Election Tuesday, November 3, 2020.” Published by William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth.  Free copies area available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Large Print – available curbside during regular library hours, whiles supplies last.  For information online, visit the state website at

YA Anime afternoon 9/25

Join us monthly as we dive into the most otaku of anime, from OVAs to series to feature length films. We will convene on Zoom and talk about what to watch and suggest to one another via chat. We have access to netflix, hulu, crunchyroll and more and are just waiting on your input.

Join the zoom link below on Friday, September 25th at 3PM and watch alongside fellow Malden teens.

Ya Movie Afternoon: Wonder Woman Animated Movie!

YA in the 6th through 12th grade jump online and watch alongside your fellow classmates one of the best rated animated movies from the DC universe. At 3PM on September 24th we will go live with a zoom theater playing of an animated Wonder Woman film in conjunction with September’s drive to get a library card.

Join the Facebook event, or look below for the zoom link:

The Group Chat with the Improbable Players

Join us on Friday, September 18th at 4:00 p.m.  The Improbable Players is a theater troupe made up of young people in recovery. Their performances, based on real-life, include a talk back session in which audience members can ask questions of the actors about the play and about their struggles with addiction.  “The Group Chat” follows four friends during their first year out of high school. As one friend begins to use alcohol to deal with stress, the other friends in the group struggle to understand the true nature of addiction and how they can help. This play explores how addiction can affect relationships, how to talk to someone you love when you feel concerned about their use of drugs and alcohol, and ultimately, the different pathways to recovery.  Ideal for teens and the adults who care about them, the audience will be able to log on to the performance through Zoom to watch and then interact with the members of Improbable Players.  The performance is free and supported by the Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Sep 18, 2020 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: “The Group Chat”  Malden Public Library 9/18/20 4:00 pm

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A Capacity for Joy: The Social Life of Malden’s Rubber Workers

A Capacity for Joy: The Social Life of Malden’s Rubber Workers, a lecture by historian Dee Morris will be presented via zoom on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Fancy balls in the Opera House along with baseball games at Cradock Park brightened workers’ lives. The Converse Club hosted excursions in Boston harbor. Irish and Armenian immigrants joined social activities in their churches. Romances blossomed.  And audiences applauded traveling performers such as the Jubilee Singers, a Black troupe from Fisk College in Tennessee. Such a robust social life helped build a dynamic workers’ community.  Dee Morris is an independent scholar and educational consultant specializing in 19th-century history of greater Boston.  She presents walking tours at Forest Hills Cemetery (Jamaica Plain) and programs at libraries, schools, and historical societies.  Her goal is to connect people with their civic ancestors.

The program is free and part of Go Local: Converse 2020, an ongoing series celebrating the life and philanthropic contributions of Malden’s first Mayor Elisha Slade Converse and the industrial history of Malden. Go Local is brought to Malden with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Malden Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: A Capacity for Joy!: The Lively Social World of Malden’s Rubber Work
Time: Sep 23, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Coming to Malden: Immigrants Past and Present: A Celebration of National Welcoming Week

Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. states, “if you scratch an American family, sooner or later, you’ll find an immigrant ancestor.”  Throughout our city’s history, Malden has been strengthened and shaped by the contributions made by immigrants: from the variety of main street businesses to our cultural parades and traditions.  Each immigrant has a unique story to share, born of their experiences in their country of origin and their motivation to risk all to come to the United States. This program will explore some of Malden’s most fascinating immigrant stories of struggle and resilience that helped create one of the most culturally diverse communities in the Northeast.  The program will be held on Monday, September 14 at 2 p.m. followed by Q & A and time to share your own personal or family’s journey.

Speakers include Malden Historical Society President John Tramondozzi, Mai Du of the Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy and founder of the Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition (GMAACC), Diane Portnoy, founder and CEO of The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (The ILC), and hosted by The ILC Public Education Institute Director Denzil Mohammed  and Malden Library Director Dora St. Martin.

Through Welcoming Week, organizations and communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and long-time residents to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.  At a time when political rhetoric has deepened divisions, and the COVID-19 pandemic has renewed anti-immigrant sentiment, Welcoming Week reminds us to double down on our inclusive vision and find new ways to bring together people across lines of difference to develop greater understanding and mutual support.

The program is co-sponsored by The Immigrant Learning Center and the Malden Public Library:

Please register to join us via Zoom at :

Thursday, September 24th 8PM Informational Session for
The Malden Writers’ Collaborative

Are you a local writer?
Are you ready to work on a writing project?
Preparing for National Novel Writing Month?
Are you interested in joining a collaborative community of committed writers?
Are you looking for people to workshop your writing and are you committed to doing the same for others?
Are you open-minded, respectful, and encouraging to fellow writers and to the writing process?

Join the Malden Writers’ Collaborative! The group meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 8-9:30PM. Meetings will be held on Zoom until further notice. Limited to adults 18+.

Email facilitator Chris Hickey at to register for the informational session.

New members must attend this informational session to join for the 2020-2021 season. The group will then be closed until Fall 2021.