Blog: Month: April 2024

April Book Discussion Thursday April 25th from 7-8pm

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner is the title for April.

“Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientèle. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.” Bibliocommons

Print copies are available at the Information Desk.  Ebooks and audio books are available through Libby. The Lost Apothecary

Registration is encouraged, to sign up click here : April Book Discussion

Celebrate the Eclipse at the Library

On April 8th, 2024 a total solar eclipse will be making it’s way across North America.  The library will be streaming the entire event starting at 1pm thru the eyes of NASA.

Join us on the lawn to view the solar eclipse. Starting at 2pm we will hand out eclipse glasses to all registrants so they may view this once in a lifetime event with us at the library.

Glasses will not be available before the event and will not be available to anyone viewing the eclipse elsewhere.

Registration is required: Celebrate the Eclipse

 

Let’s Talk About A Poem with Lloyd Schwartz April 13, at 11am

Attend our monthly online poetry discussion group led by Somerville’s Poet Laureate Lloyd Schwartz.

In April we will have a special guest, the poet Rosanna Warren will be joining us and reading her poem “Cotillion Photo.”

Registration is required and the link to join is sent out the day before the event.

Let’s Talk About A Poem with Lloyd Schwartz – April

This program is made possible by the Malden Public Library and the Academy of American Poets and funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Please email Marita if you have questions. mcoombs@maldenpubliclibrary.org

April Programs for Children

Happy Spring! We have a number of great ongoing programs this month including storytimes, chess, and book clubs. Check out our calendar to see when these fun activities meet.

In addition to our usual fare, we have a number of other fun events for kids just in time for Spring break! So check out this list and then plan your trip to the library on days when we have some extra fun to offer.

  • Solar Eclipse viewing: April 8th 2-4 pm

    Both our events for this program are full, but you can join us in the library to watch the full NASA live stream on a big TV.

  • Rockabye Beats with Shon Gordon: Tuesday, April 16th at 10 am

    Hey folks, our performer had to postpone so while we have cancelled this Tuesday April 16th Rockaby Beats performance we will reschedule. Keep an eye out!
    Rockabye Beats is more than just an entertaining music program—it’s a place where friends are made and families grow closer by creating music together! Shon grew up with music at a very early age. His parents are both musicians…it was unavoidable! With Rockabye Beats, Shon’s goal is to make kids music as entertaining for the adults as it is for the kids, while at the same time, subliminally teaching basic Spanish vocabulary. This program, presented in coordination with the North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network, is supported by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Lego Designers Club: Tuesday, April 16th 2-4 pm

    Are you a kid who loves to build, create, explore? Do you love legos or building blocks? Then come to our Spring vacation Lego Building Club and create new and interesting designs. Test out shapes, patterns, and colors. Or build your favorite monster, car, or sky scraper. The only limit here is your imagination. This is a two hour program that allows kids age 5-10 time to explore their creativity and spacial reasoning. Because bricks are small and younger kids might get frustrated or lose something up their nose,  we suggest this program is for kids in Kindergarten and above.  Projects will be displayed in the glass art case on the first floor once they are completed.

  • (Cancelled) Through Me to You Puppetry: Wednesday, April 17th at 10:30 am

    This magically interactive program features 30 minutes of engaging stories and songs performed by the puppets, followed by 30 minutes of puppet free play. This event was possible through the generous help of the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

  • Musical Storytime: Thursday, April 18th at 10:30 am

    Join New England Conservatory student and viola-player, Yen-Chun Lin, as she tells stories set to music. Focusing on our favorite pink animal, she will be sharing her musical versions of Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems and If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff, as well as introducing young listeners to her instrument through interactive games.

 

And don’t forget about our book clubs this month and in May.

Book Bunch is meeting April 18th at 4pm. The book is: Mr. Wolf’s Class by Aaron Nels Steinke.

And the next meeting of Book Squad is Thursday May 2nd at 4pm and we are reading: Keeper of the lost cities : the graphic novel by Celina Frenn.

Tech Help Drop-In

Do you need help setting up an email account, figuring out your new phone, or updating your laptop?

Come to our tech help drop-in, where a librarian can assist you with technology related questions.

2-3pm, every Thursday!

Assistance will be on a first come, first served basis.  Please bring any relevant usernames, passwords, or devices.

 

Earth Day with the Mystic River Watershed 4.22.24 @6pm

The Mystic River Watershed Association will be joining us Monday night to talk about their work in the community and their ongoing mission to bring the Mystic River and surrounding natural resouces back to a healthy thriving ecosystem. Learn about the watershed and how we can help it thrive. Celebrate Earth Day by gaining valuable knowledge about the nature outside our door. Program starts at 6pm on April 22nd and is open to all members of the community.

POSTPONED: Movie Night: Wed., April 24th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 6:00-8:30pm. We will be showing the new musical version of the film based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Color Purple. The film stars Fantasia, Taraji P. Henson, and Danielle Brooks and was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.
“A decades-spanning tale of love and resilience and of one woman’s journey to freedom. Celie faces many hardships in her life, but ultimately finds remarkable strength and hope in the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood.” Rated PG-13 (141 min.) (2023)
Free snacks will be provided. Movie times are approximate.