Blog: Month: April 2023

From Concept to Ezra Jack Keats: A Talk by Malden Award Winning Author Kari Percival

You’re invited! Join local author and illustrator, Kari Percival, Thursday May 11, 7 pm, for a slide show and reception at the Malden Public Library to her recent Ezra Jack Keats Award. Kari traveled to Mississsippi, to receive the award at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. She will share some highlights of her publishing journey, her insipiration for the book, and her time in Mississippi. This is a fabulous opportunity for aspiring authors and children’s book enthusiasts to hear about the process of drafting and publishing an award winning work. This is not to be missed.

The EJK Award is given annually to an outstanding new writer and new illustrator by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Winners are selected by a committee of authors, illustrators and librarians. Percival won the Ezra Jack Keats Award for her debut picture book, How to Say Hello to a Worm, and introduction to gardening for toddlers, that was inspired by her experience leading the Early Birds’ Garden Club at the Malden Community Garden.

TONIGHT: Movie Night: May 24th: 6:00-8:15 pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 from 6:00-8:15 pm. We will be showing a movie inspired by Emily Brontë’s life.

Justice Denied: A Personal Perspective a Talk with Margie Yamamoto and Malden Reads

Join the Malden Library and Malden Reads on Saturday April 29th from 2-4 pm at a talk with Margie Yamamoto. Her talk details the story of the Japanese incarceration during World War II as seen through the eyes of Yamamoto’s Japanese American family. Yamamoto was two months old when her family entered the American internment camps. It follows her family’s passage from immigration in the1890s through their imprisonment during the war years and documents how they rebuilt their lives thereafter. The 45-minute presentation is richly illustrated with more than 100 family and historic WWII photographs, many of the latter obtained from US Government archives.

Beyond describing the internment experiences of a single family, the talk focuses on the plight of the 120,000 Japanese — two thirds of them, American citizens — who were imprisoned, sometimes for years, by a presidential order deemed by many then and now to be in violation of the united states constitution.

For audiences not familiar with the details of the WWII Japanese incarceration, this story will serve as a primer on one of America’s darker historic moments as well as its efforts in later years to compensate those who suffered through it. This year’s Malden reads book selection, they called us enemy by George Takei, is a graphic  memoir which tells the story of Takei’s family experience of the internment camps during WWII.

Margie is retired after more than 40 years in the marketing and communications fields. Before retirement, she was director of community program initiatives at WGBH, Boston’s public broadcasting station. She has also worked for Walt Disney productions, General Electric and a number of education and healthcare organizations in New York, California and Massachusetts.

Yamamoto still serves on the board of the New England chapter of the Japanese American citizens league. She has also served on the boards of the japan society of Boston and the Cambridge center for adult education. She has also served on advisory committees for the PBS adult learning service and the institute for Asian American studies,Umass Boston.

Light refreshments will be served following the presentation. For more information about this event and Malden reads: one city, one book, visit

Chinese Story & Rhythm Time, 1st & 3rd Wednesday

This Chinese storytelling program takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 10:00-10:45 a.m., and offers an opportunity for our little readers to experience Chinese culture and develop early Chinese literacy skills in a fun way by singing catchy songs and hearing simple stories.
For more information, call the Chinese Culture Connection:  781-321-6316

Let’s Talk Baseball with Dave Caiazzo 4.24 @ 6:30 PM

Let’s talk baseball on Monday, April 24th at 6:30 Pm. Join Dave Caiazzo as he talks about his book: “Life Tried to Throw Me a Curveball: I Overcame Diabetes to Become a Pro,” and shares baseball stories from his time a professional baseball player.

Caiazzo has been recognized throughout the years as one of the Boston area’s elite pitchers. He was the first inductee into Malden High School’s Hall of Fame, selected as All-America while at Massachusetts Bay Community College, and played at the University of New Haven under one of college’s best coaches, Frank “Porky” Vieira. Caiazzo will talk about his life and book, “Life Tried to Throw Me a Curveball: I Overcame Diabetes to Become a Pro,” which discusses his baseball career and struggle with diabetes.

Author Talk Malden: James Norris Children’s Author & Executive Director of Handi Capable Fitness

Monday May 1st from 6-7pm join us for an author talk with children’s author and executive director of Handi Capable Fitness, James Norris. He is the author of the book, “Feeling Left Out”. The first book in a four part series to help children deal with the challenges they face while growing up. In the book, Norris utilizes his challenges and his journey living with Cerebral Palsy to write this personal and deeply empathetic story for children and adults alike. Come by to learn about that journey and the ways his experience can provide resources and instruction on living a healthier and more resilient lifestyle.

James is a fitness advocate and mentor, an athlete, an author, and a public speaker. He has shared his message of accessible fitness and adaptive athletic technology to a number of platforms including podcasts, social media, and public speaking engagements. His advocacy and messages of inspiration supports encourages athletes to step outside of their comfort zone and face adversity with confidence and resilience. His foundation: Handi Capable Fitness provides scholarship funding. HCF is able to provide much needed funding for fitness memberships, athletic equipment, and travel for its adaptive athletic community.

NASA @ My Library: Ocean Worlds Slime Take&Make

Kids and YA are invited to stop by the library or call starting today to sign up for a new NASA @ My Library take home craft: “Ocean Worlds Slime!”

Learn all about oceans outside of Earth in our solar system and create your own viscous Glow In the Dark blue ocean slime from the comfort of your home!

Call 781-324-0218 today to reserve your kit, and pick it up before Friday April 21st. These are limited to one per household so please only sign up and take one.

Talk Baseball with Steve Kluger & Malden Reads

Join us on Thursday, April 6th from 7–8 pm at the Malden Public Library when we talk all things baseball with author Steve Kluger. In addition to writing books about baseball, Mr. Kluger has also been involved with the group that has lobbied to have the baseball field at the former Manzanar War Relocation Center in CA. As Mr. Kluger wrote in the Los Angeles Times “Baseball was the bond that kept many of these families together during some pretty tough moments. It got them through the disappointing Supreme Court decisions upholding the constitutionality of the internment, and—as Americans—it got them through the rage and humiliation engendered by the loyalty questionnaire.”

This Malden Reads program promises to be both entertaining and enlightening. Light refreshments will also be served.


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

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 from 6:00-8:30pm. We will be showing a movie about “The Fabelmans.” The story is loosely based on Steven Spielberg’s life.

“Young Sammy Fabelman falls in love with movies after his parents take him to see The Greatest Show on Earth. Armed with a camera, Sammy starts to make his films at home, much to the delight of his supportive mother.” Rated PG-13 (151 min.) (2023)

Free snacks will be provided. This film is free and open to the public. Movie times are approximate. Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 for more information.