Blog: Author: Dora St. Martin

MPL Awarded Nationwide Census Equity Grant

Exciting news!  The Malden Public Library has received a grant from  American Library Association to prepare for the 2020 Census.  We are proud to be working to support a complete count of everyone in our community.  The ALA received over 500 applicants from all over the country and awarded 59 grants.

“The 2020 Census will determine how political representation and critical resources are distributed for the next ten years, and libraries are essential partners in making sure the data collected as part of the Census is complete and accurate,” said ALA President Wanda Brown. “The efforts of these 59 libraries will shine a light on all the library workers across the country who are shouldering efforts to reach and inform their communities—especially vulnerable and hard-to-count populations—about the importance of a full and inclusive count.”

The U.S. Constitution requires a census of all residents every ten years. In the 2020 Census, residents will have the choice to respond online, by phone, or by mail. The U.S. Census Bureau will send mailings to households prior to Census Day, which is April 1, 2020.

To learn more, visit ala.org/census.

 

Malden Reads 10th Anniversary Celebration at the New J Malden Center

Malden Reads invites you to join their 10th anniversary year celebration and fundraising event at their one-day “Holiday Pop-up Bookstore & More” in the lobby of the new J Malden Center apartment community at 190 Pleasant Street. The event will take place on Saturday, December 7th from 11am – 7 pm.  For details check out maldenreads.org.

Converse Memorial Building Art Tour: An Exploration of Visual Literacy

Join us on Thursday, January 16th at 6:30 p.m. for an exciting tour of Malden Public Library’s Converse Memorial Building and Art Galleries.  Do you wish you could better understand and critique the images that saturate your waking life?  That’s the purpose of visual literacy.  We will explore the concept of visual literacy while exploring great works by European and American master artists.   The Malden Public Library art collection was made possible through the generous donations Elisha and Mary Diana  Converse.  Limited to 25.

16th Annual Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions

The City of Malden will kick off the Holiday Season with the 16th Annual Parade of Holiday Traditions on Saturday, November 30th at 2 PM. The Parade will lift off at the Salemwood School on Waite Street Extension, will bear left onto Maplewood Street, and will then travel west on Salem Street. The Parade will conclude at the reviewing stand which will be located at the corner of Ferry, Salem and Main Streets. All children should bring their letters to Santa so that his helpers from the Post Office can collect and send them to the North Pole!

At the conclusion of the Parade, everyone is invited to the City Christmas Tree Lighting on the lawn of the Malden Public Library.

John S. Bowman: Back Then – Malden in the 1930s and 1940s

On Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. the Malden Historical Society will present a talk by Malden author John S. Bowman.  Mr. Bowman grew up in Malden in the 1930s and 40s. He has recently published a memoir of his boyhood Back Then: One Family’s Way of Life in the 1930s and 1940s.  Join us as John shares memories of Malden in the 30s and 40s. John graduated from Malden High School in 1949. He has recounted his unusual experience in the Army in a memoir, Pergolesi in the Pentagon. He spent his career as a freelance editor and writer. Among his many projects as a writer were his 50 years writing guidebooks to Crete and other locales in Greece. He also gained a minor reputation as a historian of baseball.  The event will be held in the Ryder Gallery of the Converse Memorial Building.  Light refreshments will be served.

A Limited Number of Copies of John’s Book Will be Available for Purchase.

Pattens, Overshoes, Clogs & Galoshes: How Did New Englanders Keep Their Feet Dry Before Elisha Converse?

On Tuesday, October 1st at 6:30 p.m., join Dr. Kimberly Alexander for a discussion of her recently published book Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era.

Shoes reveal important aspects of burgeoning 18th century American identity — self-fashioning, consumption, politics, and agency.  Presenting a series of stories that reveal how shoes were made, sold, and worn during the long eighteenth century, Alexander traces the fortunes and misfortunes of wearers as their footwear was altered to accommodate poor health, flagging finances, and changing styles.  Dr. Alexander will explore the lives and letters of clever apprentices, skilled cordwainers, wealthy merchants, and elegant brides.

Dr. Kimberly Alexander teaches in the History Department of the University of New Hampshire. She has held curatorial positions at several New England Museums, including the MIT Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum and Strawbery Banke.  Dr. Alexander was the Andrew Oliver Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society (2016-2017) and guest curator of the Society’s 2019 exhibition “Fashioning the New England Family,” and author of a book of the same name.

This lecture is part of Go Local: Converse 2020, an ongoing series celebrating the life and philanthropic contributions of Malden’s first Mayor Elisha Slade Converse and the industrial history of Malden.         Go Local is brought to Malden with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  The series will continue through Elisha Converse’s 200th Birthday on July 28, 2020.

www.maldenpubliclibrary.org

CO-SPONSORED WITH THE MALDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Malden’s Industry: An Exploration of Historic Maps

On Monday, September 16th at 6:30 p.m., local historian Frank Russell, author of An Early History of Malden, will explore changes in Malden over time through its maps.

Maps of the growing Town and City of Malden – from Peter Tufts’s 1794 plan of country roads and taverns through street maps of the mid-nineteenth century, the early twentieth century, and beyond – provide a window into how Malden has changed through the centuries. Through these maps, the audience will gain new insight into the evolution of Malden’s boundaries, topography, place names and neighborhoods. Russell’s talk will include some rare and never-before-seen maps, many from the collection of the Malden Historical Society.

These lectures are part of Go Local: Converse 2020, an ongoing series celebrating the life of Malden’s first mayor Elisha Slade Converse and the industrial history of Malden.   Go Local is brought to Malden with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  The series will continue through Elisha Converse’s 200th Birthday on July 28, 2020.  www.maldenpubliclibrary.org

Best Foot Forward: The Shoe Industry in Massachusetts

On Saturday, September 7th at 2:00 p.m., join us for “Best Foot Forward: The Shoe Industry in Massachusetts,” a fascinating lecture by Anna Fahey-Flynn of the Boston Public Library.

At the end of the nineteenth century, Massachusetts was at the heart of the American shoemaking industry.  Anna is the exhibit organizer for the Digital Public Library of America’s online exhibition on the Massachusetts shoe industry.  Anna will discuss the resources available through the Digital Commonwealth which provides access to photographs, manuscripts, books, and other materials from libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies across the state.

This lecture is part of Go Local: Converse 2020, an ongoing series celebrating the life and philanthropic contributions of Malden’s first mayor Elisha Slade Converse and the industrial history of Malden.   Go Local is brought to Malden with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  The series will continue through Elisha Converse’s 200th Birthday on July 28, 2020.