Blog: Month: September 2021

Mexican Mirror Craft for Kids – for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Panda has designed a creative activity in honor of National Hispanic Heritage month. This special craft lets kids make a Mexican Mirror. Take-and-make kits are available now–upon request–at our Info Desk while supplies last.
This Mexican Mirror is a form of folk art known as Hojalata which is a type of ornate tin art that is celebrated for its color and craftsmanship. These tin folk art mirrors are made by crafts people in Mexico and use colorful segments and embossed tin pieces to create beautiful and functional works of art. Designs often vary by region. And this style of artwork dates back as far as the 1500s.
This craft is to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. From the 15th of September to the 15th of October we use this time to recognize the creative, intellectual, and historical contributions by Hispanic Americans. And to learn about and embrace the Hispanic Americans in our community.

Poetry Reading with Dora Mwangi
Thursday, September 16th 7PM

“I, You, Us. Little Fires That Float. At a time that seemed to be the tipping point between losing and loving myself, writing poetry unintentionally led to self-discovery while attempting to make sense of society, seeking meaning, and finding my place in this world. In the midst of internal and external chaos, I searched for peace and found my savior: me.” ~Dora Mwangi

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International Story Time For Children

It’s Welcoming Week! Join us for International Storytime on the front lawn/portico area of the Library on Thursday, September 16th: 3:30-4:30 pm.
Stories for ages 5-7 years will be read in Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, and Brazilian-Portuguese. Free book for kids while supplies last. & pick up a fun Grab & Go craft!
Masks are required for this event.

The Fine Art of Printmaking : A Talk with Artist Liz Shepherd

Join us on Wednesday, September 22, at 6:30 for a talk with artist and printmaker Liz Shepherd. Liz Shepherd has been exploring the possibilities of contemporary printmaking for the past 15 years, moving beyond two-dimensional traditional etchings, woodcuts, and monoprints, to sculptural forms. She has produced large scale installations, filling a 60-foot gallery with silkscreen prints on fabric for example, hanging cast papier mâché chairs made from silk screened handmade Japanese paper, and hand printed corrugated cardboard furniture. Shepherd will show examples of this work and explain how it is made.

Zoom Meeting – Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This program is presented as part of the Malden Public Library’s current exhibition, the Fine Art of Prints and Printmaking. The programs are supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Thu Sep 30 7PM: Join The Malden Writers’ Collaborative!

Love to write?
Join Malden’s own creative writing group, The Malden Writers’ Collaborative, to meet and exchange feedback with other writers. New members must attend the Information Session on Thursday, September 30th at 7PM. Email Chris Hickey at to receive the Zoom link.
The group meets the first and third Thursday of the month online, October-May, and culminates in an optional Public Reading. This group is for adults 18+.

“Who Am I?” Film Screening & Discussion with Filmmaker Adhel Arop

We are excited to host a screening of Adhel Arop’s film, “Who Am I?” on Tuesday, September 14th: 7-8:30pm via Zoom.

Adhel Arop is a Kenyan born refugee, multidisciplinary artist, and model who explores her identity in her award-winning film, “Who Am I?” when she discovers her mother was a child soldier in South Sudan. Don’t miss the Adhel Arop’s discussion of the film, her spoken word performance, and Q&A.

This event is one of our featured programs in Malden Public Library’s Welcoming Week, a national program with libraries and communities to welcome immigrants, refugees, and newcomers into the community. Don’t miss this event!

Please register:

For more information about Adhel Arop, see

The Fine Art of Printmaking : A Talk with Carolyn Muskat of Muskat Studios

Join us on Wednesday, September 15, at 6:30 for a one-hour virtual talk by with Carolyn Muskat of Muskat Studios in Somerville.  Carolyn Muskat’s work has been in local, national, and international exhibitions, including solo exhibitions “Here & Now: Prints by Carolyn Muskat” at the Irving Art Center in Dallas, TX and “Waystation” in Hanoi, Vietnam, plus numerous group exhibitions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada, and Serbia to name a few. A Tamarind Master Printer, Carolyn owns and operates Muskat Studios, a professional printmaking studio in Somerville, MA where she collaborates with artists to produce original fine art prints. Carolyn has been invited to teach at several colleges including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Hartford Art School, and Lesley University College of Art & Design as well as internationally in Vietnam and South Africa. She was recently awarded the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Printmaking Award at the SGCI conference.  The series will continue with a talk with print maker Liz Shepherd on September 22 at 6:30 PM.

To register go to link below or send an email request to

This program is presented as part of the Malden Public Library’s current exhibition, the Fine Art of Prints and Printmaking. The programs are supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.