Blog: Month: May 2022

The Living Art of Bonsai: A Talk with Michael Levin of Bonsai West

On Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m., the Malden Public Library is proud to present Michael Levin, founder and proprietor of Bonsai West of Littleton.  Michael will present beautiful bonsai works from his collection and demonstrate the amazing “art of bonsai.” The program will be held in the lovely 1885 Converse Memorial Building (36 Salem Street, Malden, MA)

Michael Levin is founder of Bonsai West, one of the country’s largest bonsai nurseries. Since 1982 Michael has worked to build a place that attracts bonsai lovers and plant people from around the world.  Bonsai West is a magical place for sure and everyone who visits feels the power of the trees and that certain beauty that is unique and hard to find in our commercial world.

The Bonsai West collection consist of many original works from the first generation of Japanese American Bonsai artists.  Michael was lucky enough to meet this small group of artists many who went into gardening as the only work they could find after being released from the Japanese internment camps in the late 1940’s. Michael has an interesting way of weaving their stories with his own experiences in the growth of American Bonsai.

Light refreshments will be served following the program.  For more information or to register please call the Library’s Information Desk at 781-324-0218 or email


Movie Night: Wed., May 25th: 6-8pm

Movie Night is back and in-person! Join us on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 6:00-8:00pm in the Program Room.
“A betrayed pop star, slated to marry her pop star fiancée on stage, instead marries a stranger from the audience, a high school math teacher” holding a sign that says “Marry Me.” Rated PG-13 (112 min.) (2022)
Reservations required. Space is limited to 20. Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 to reserve your space. Movie times are approximate.



Worm Composting and How to Make “Black Gold” presented by Bootstrap Compost. In this free event worm composting will be discussed and demonstrated by educators from Bootstrap Compost. Participants will learn the benefits of worm composting, or vermicomposting, and how they can get started creating their own “Black Gold”.

Register Online or call (781) 324-0218

Worm Composting and How to Make “Black Gold”

presented by Bootstrap Compost

at the

Malden Public Library
Saturday 5/28
2-3 PM

Register Online or call (781) 324-0218

Introduction to Genealogy

Interested in getting into genealogy but don’t know where to start? The Malden Public Library will be hosting Seema Kenney from the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, she will present a 90-minute workshop geared toward beginners. The event is free of charge and will take place on Monday, June 6th at 6:30PM. Register today with the link below or call the library at (781) 324-0218.


About our presenter: Seema Kenney. A wife, mother of 3, and entrepreneur, Seema is an experienced software instructor and a professional genealogist. Based on over 20 years of research, her known roots are deep in New England as well as England, Germany, & Sweden with DNA adding a line in The Netherlands. She has a certificate in Genealogical Research from BU, completed ProGen and is an active member of several societies and part of the NERGC planning committee. Seema is also certified as a Guided Autobiography Consultant and a Legacy Planner.

Young Adult Chibitronics Program – May 19th @ 3PM

Young Adults in the 5th through 12th Grade are invited to Make circuits and art! We’ll be in the Program Room of the library on Thurs. May 19th from 3:00-5:00 PM.

We are going to be making LED art with paper circuits from Chibitronics.  First, you will design your circuits in the new app Circuit Sketcher.  Then you will make your paper circuits with Circuit Stickers and copper foil.  This program is free as you will be some of the first testers of these fun maker kits!

Space is limited and sign-up required. Sign up at the Information Desk or call the library at 781-324-0218 to reserve your spot.

Photography & Video With Your Smart Device


Register Online or call (781) 324-0218

Photographer, documentarian, and naturalist Robert Michelson will be at the Malden Public Library leading ‘Digital Photography and Video Using Your Smart Device’ on Tuesday May 17th from 3-5 pm. In this workshop, participants will learn best practices in taking, editing, organizing photos and videos, and creating digital slide shows to post to social media.


Robert Michelson’s work has appeared in National Geographic, Natural History, and Field & Stream along with dozens of other national and regional publications. He has produced several award nominated and winning documentaries and short form videos. The NOAA presented Michelson with an Environmental Hero Award for life-long efforts in educating the public about the diversity of marine life found off the coast of new England. Mr. Michelson has a company called Photography by Michelson, Inc.

Bring your smart device with you!

Register Online or call (781) 324-0218


This program, sponsored by the Friends of the Malden Public Library, is free and open to the public.

YA Movie Afternoon – May 5th @ 3PM

Young Adults in the 6th through 12th grade are invited to dive into the Marvel universe once more in preparation for the next movie in the series.

Join us in the Program Room on Thursday, May 5th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM to watch the 1st film based on the comic book character “Doctor Strange”.

Come watch the first film before the sequel hits theaters this weekend, and get caught up on all things Strange.

Seating is limited and light refreshments and snacks will be available.