Blog: Author: Cait Quinn

We are out of Eclipse Glasses

Our programs are full! We have completely maxed out our supply of eclipse glasses. But if you still want to view the eclipse with us we will be live streaming it through NASA on a big screen in the library. You can also join us on the lawn and bring your own viewing device such as a pin hole viewer. You can learn how to make one here: Pin Hole Camera 

We at the library hope that you have a happy and safe eclipse! And thank you for being so excited about science and our planet. It is wonderful that an event like this can bring so many people together!

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.

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.

Researching African American Genealogy with Genealogist Melanie McComb 2.13.24

This event is postponed due to weather.

Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 pm join us for a lecture and Q&A about researching African American genealogy. This will be a hybrid event: you can either join us in the Maccario for a live stream with a moderated question and answer period, or join us from home via Zoom and ask your questions in the chat. We are really looking forward to learning more about the tools available to people researching their ancestry. This should be a fascinating and informative event for all members of the community. So please join us! Registration is required, please use the link here: bit.ly/AAGenealogyMPL

All registered participants (whether in person or online) will receive a recording of the program via email after the program concludes.

Getting Started in African American Genealogy 

Researching African American ancestors can be challenging, especially when trying to break through the 1870 brick wall to discover more about ancestors prior to the end of slavery. In this presentation, Genealogist Melanie McComb will discuss go-to records and demonstrate creative search strategies for piecing together your family history.

Melanie McComb, Senior Genealogist, assists library visitors, both on-site and online, with their family history research. She is an international lecturer who teaches on a variety of topics. Melanie holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. She previously served as the social media coordinator for the NextGen Genealogy Network, a non-profit that creates a community for younger genealogists, where she managed the Facebook and Twitter accounts. She continues her interest in helping younger genealogists get involved at American Ancestors by assisting with educational programs from local schools, scout groups, and universities. Her areas of expertise include Irish genealogy, DNA, Atlantic Canada, Jewish genealogy, and military records.

Hang your art at the library!

Did you know that the Malden Public Library is also a museum? We have an entire wing devoted to art that you can view on Wednesdays and Saturdays 2-4pm. We love art at this library! And in honor of our long commitment to art and the artistic communities of Malden and beyond we also host local artist in our hallway and display cases. Our application period is now open for artists of all types and we would love to see some new community members in this space. Fill out the form below and show our art committee your creativity. We’d love to host it!

Author Talk: David R. Surette November 30th @ 7pm

Incoming local author talk! Join the Library in welcoming home notable local poet: David R. Surette. He will be joining us on Thursday, November 30th to read his poetry and talk about his experiences as an author and Maldonian. Program starts at 7PM and all are welcome to attend.

About the author:

David R. Surette is the author of eight collections of poetry including Stable which was named an Honor Book at the 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards. His latest is TONIC. His poems have been featured in the anthologies French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets, Cadence of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses, 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers, From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod and the Islands Through Poetry, Look! Up in the Sky! An Anthology of Comic Book Poems, and Selected Poems from the Daily Grind. The first three chapters of his novel Favors are included in the 2022 March edition of The Lowell Review. David has been a contributing editor at Salamander, an instructor at the Cape Cod Writers’ Conference, a keynote speaker at New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf, and a contributor and scholarship recipient at the Bread Loaf Writing Conference. He has featured at poetry venues across New England. He was also the chief lyricist for the Boston punk band Boy’s Life. He attended Colby College. He taught high school for 33 years in Waltham and East Bridgewater. He grew up in Malden, MA and lives on Cape Cod.  ~Goodreads.com

The ABC’s of Family Research with Dave Robison 11/6 @ 6:30 pm

Join Ryan in Local History on Monday, November 6th at 6:30 pm for a program with guest lecturer and Profesional Genealogist Dave Robison. This program, “The ABC’s of Family Research”, will explore the basics of family research. This is a great program for anyone looking to better understand genealogical research or for anyone looking for pointers as they continue their search for information.

Dave Robison is a Professional Genealogist at Old Bones Genealogy of New England, LLC. You can learn more about his work at: https://oldbones.co/

Night of the Living Dead 10.31.23 @7 pm

We’re coming to get you…Malden. Join us on the front lawn on Tuesday 10.31.23 (Halloween) at 6:30 pm to see the restored Zombie classic: “Night of the Living Dead”. We have a blow up screen, a bowl of candy, and a prize for your best costume. Bring a blanket and a chair and settle in for the unsettling. We’ll start early enough for you still have time to haunt the downtown in all your ghoulish glory.