Blog: Author: Dora St. Martin

Library Reopening News – Welcome Back

The Malden Public Library is very, very happy to announce that we have reopened for limited in-person browsing and holds pick up by appointment. Library in-person hours will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11-1 PM and Wednesdays 4-6 PM.

Call 781-324-0218 to learn more or book your 20-minute appointment. Masks must be worn in the library building at all times. We can’t wait to see you.

Do you miss browsing for books in the library? Library visitors can come in and explore our “first floor browsing area” and check out new and popular items, request materials, pick up existing holds, get help at the reference / information desk, use the copier, read the daily newspapers and magazines, pick up tax forms, book a museum discount pass, and applying or renew library cards. At this time there is no access to study or meetings rooms, public computers or in-person programs. As Covid numbers continue to improve more in-person hours and services will be added.

For those still unable to come inside, the Library will continue to provide daily curbside service, virtual programs for children, teens and adults, grab & go crafts, access to 24/7 digital resources and wifi (outside the library), remote printing, and more.  Please continue to return materials using the book drop.

A Public Library Needs Its Public – so book your appointment today!

Celebrate National Library Week

April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.

This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting their library’s website, following them on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.

Budgeting 2.0 – How to Make a Budget and Make It Work!

Budgeting is important because it helps you control your spending, track your expenses and save more money. Additionally, budgeting can help you make better financial decisions, prepare for emergencies, get out of debt and stay focused on your long-term financial goals.

In this free program, “Budgeting 2.0 – How to Make a Budget and Make It Work!,” you will find help to determine your personal obstacles to budgeting, create a format to track and analyze your spending, list your short- and long-term goals, discuss the importance of debt reduction and emergency savings and apply strategies to manage your day-to-day spending. After the presentation there will be time for Q & A.  The program will be led by Derek Wright and Lisa DeChelfin, Solution Center Consultants, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

The program is free and will be held via zoom on Thursday, February 25 at 2 p.m. To register or to receive the zoom link by email, please call the Library at 781-324-0218.

Malden Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Budget 2.0 – How to Make a Budget and Make It Work!
Time: Feb 25, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/96904589492?pwd=SDdsb093bS9zbHNCYlZMdVF2azNJdz09
Meeting ID: 969 0458 9492
Passcode: 591076

Stay well, Stay Inspired: Coloring Kits for Adults

When you are staying at home, we hope you can take some time out for yourself.  We are giving away color pencils and coloring pages for you to put colors on papers and to uplift your days.  Each package contains 5 color pencils and 5 coloring pages.  De-stress and unleash your creativity.  Adults only and while supplies last.  To reserve your package and pick it up curbside, please call the library at 781-324-0218.

Malden Reads Selects Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” for 11th Year Book

In Born a Crime, Trevor Noah, the popular comedian and host of the cable TV show “The Daily Show,” recounts his childhood growing up in South Africa, the son of a white father and a Black mother. At the time, such a union was punishable by five years in prison in apartheid South Africa, so Noah’s very existence was  “crime.”

Noah tells his story, which ranges from the humorous to the traumatic, with his cutting wit and incisive perspective. At times both poignant and outrageous, Noah deals with the intersection of his life and the history of a country reckoning with deep-seated racism and finds a parallel here to the United States.

His memoir does not shy away from exposing deeply ingrained racism, sexism, violence, economic inequity, and domestic violence. And yet, his personal story reminds us that even in the deepest tragedy and among the most menacing of fears, there is hope and strength within ourselves and those around us to set us on a better path.
The Malden Reads team wanted to select a book that would resonate across cultures and communities, especially one as deeply diverse as our own beloved city, and that would spark dialogue grounded in the relevant events of today. More than ever, books and media have an opportunity to galvanize thought and action to address and contest racism and effect change.

Born a Crime reminds us that racism is deeply embedded in how we live, behave, speak, and think, and it challenges us to recognize our unconscious (and conscious) biases and to question how we can do better. Through the moving power of storytelling and the universally resonant instrument of humor, Noah sheds a light on all that continues to be dark in our lives and communities and compels us to act. Whether that is through being more involved with the community, being a voice and power in policy, or leveraging the power of pen and might of creativity, we are each responsible for realizing a better, more equal, and gentler world.

The book is a New York Times #1 bestseller and recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author, among other commendations, including awards for the audio version. We also understand that a movie is in the works, so perhaps more awards will come.

Our programing this year will focus on encouraging dialogue about racism, the impacts of white privilege, and the harsh realities of domestic violence. While the book faces difficult topics and challenges head on, we will also be examining the power of words and humor to encourage change. What Noah asks us to remember through his telling is that dialogue, community, and perseverance toward equity are the keys to unlocking a better future, and this will be a cornerstone of our engagement as we forge ahead.

Programming will also include a focus on storytelling and listening to everyone’s unique story and experiences. Resources, suggested additional readings for adults, and companion books and suggested curricula and activities will be provided for children and educators. Stay tuned for the companion books announcement and a list of related resources.

The Malden Reads committee is exploring all possible ways to continue to provide programs and events that create meaningful connections and dialogue in our community. We are currently planning online book discussions of Born a Crime and companion books, an anti-racism workshop series, workshops on storytelling and writing memoir, co-creative “filmbuilding” experiences, a community stand-up comedy special, film screenings (online), and other arts, cultural, creative, and educational opportunities that bring people of all backgrounds together in a meaningful way.

Those looking to get a head start with reading the book or purchasing it for a holiday gift will be able to do so after Thanksgiving at The Gallery @ 57 on Pleasant Street in Malden. By January, library copies will be available in English and other languages, along with the e-book and audio versions (available only on CD).

The Malden Reads committee looks forward to deepening connections in the Malden community. To contact the committee with questions about the book, to collaborate on a program, to volunteer, or to be added to the email newsletter list, please email maldenreads@gmail.com or use the “contact” form on our website, www.maldenreads.org.

Article by Natash Eslami, a member of the Malden Reads committee.

The Last Comrade’s Final Tribute

Malden artists Darius Cobb and his twin brother, Cyrus, were born in 1834. In 1862 the brothers enlisted together in the 44th Massachusetts Infantry. In 1870, the two brothers co-authored a book titled The Veteran of the Grand Army, based on their war experiences. The brothers were known for the Cambridge Civil War Memorial Soldiers Monument, dedicated in 1870. Darius Cobb’s painting “The Last Comrade’s Final Tribute” (produced on an eight foot canvas) depicts a Memorial Day scene in which the last survivor of the Union Army is shown placing flowers for the last time on a comrade’s grave. A rainbow of peace spans the heavens.  Darius also painted “Spring Blossoms” in the Malden Public Library Art Collection.

 

Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook

Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook: A joint presentation by Architectural Historian Ryan D. Hayward and Social Historian Dee Morris on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 6:30 PM via Zoom.

The Middlesex Fells Reservation is one of Metropolitan Boston’s most beautiful and treasured parks. Its natural landscape is well known and celebrated but, did you know it once had a more industrial past?  For three centuries, this rocky woodland region was part of the evolving New England landscape. Generations worked farms in fields, pastures, and woodlots. Businesses were established and industry took a foothold in various forms. It quickly spread to Malden and surrounding communities and although the little village on Spot Pond Brook flourished, it vanished in the blink of an eye. It was absorbed into the Middlesex Fells, which was created for the general public to enjoy, forever. Come for an evening to revisit the thriving enterprises and the entrepreneurs that changed this place, Malden, Medford, Stoneham, the Commonwealth, and beyond. This digital event is offered by the Malden Public Library and is free to all.

This program is funded as part of Converse 2020: Exploring the Industrial History of Malden, a two-year program brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with additional funds from the Malden Public Library.

Malden Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook
Time: Sep 29, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)