Blog: Author: Dora St. Martin

Massachusetts Information for Voters

Wondering about the two upcoming Massachusetts statewide ballot questions?  Need information on voter registration?  Pick up a copy of “Massachusetts Information for Voters – 2020 Ballot Questions for State Election Tuesday, November 3, 2020.” Published by William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth.  Free copies area available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Large Print – available curbside during regular library hours, whiles supplies last.  For information online, visit the state website at www.sec.state.ma.us

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)

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The Group Chat with the Improbable Players

Join us on Friday, September 18th at 4:00 p.m.  The Improbable Players is a theater troupe made up of young people in recovery. Their performances, based on real-life, include a talk back session in which audience members can ask questions of the actors about the play and about their struggles with addiction.  “The Group Chat” follows four friends during their first year out of high school. As one friend begins to use alcohol to deal with stress, the other friends in the group struggle to understand the true nature of addiction and how they can help. This play explores how addiction can affect relationships, how to talk to someone you love when you feel concerned about their use of drugs and alcohol, and ultimately, the different pathways to recovery.  Ideal for teens and the adults who care about them, the audience will be able to log on to the performance through Zoom to watch and then interact with the members of Improbable Players.  The performance is free and supported by the Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Sep 18, 2020 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: “The Group Chat”  Malden Public Library 9/18/20 4:00 pm

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A Capacity for Joy: The Social Life of Malden’s Rubber Workers

A Capacity for Joy: The Social Life of Malden’s Rubber Workers, a lecture by historian Dee Morris will be presented via zoom on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Fancy balls in the Opera House along with baseball games at Cradock Park brightened workers’ lives. The Converse Club hosted excursions in Boston harbor. Irish and Armenian immigrants joined social activities in their churches. Romances blossomed.  And audiences applauded traveling performers such as the Jubilee Singers, a Black troupe from Fisk College in Tennessee. Such a robust social life helped build a dynamic workers’ community.  Dee Morris is an independent scholar and educational consultant specializing in 19th-century history of greater Boston.  She presents walking tours at Forest Hills Cemetery (Jamaica Plain) and programs at libraries, schools, and historical societies.  Her goal is to connect people with their civic ancestors.

The program is free and 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.

Malden Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: A Capacity for Joy!: The Lively Social World of Malden’s Rubber Work
Time: Sep 23, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Coming to Malden: Immigrants Past and Present: A Celebration of National Welcoming Week

Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. states, “if you scratch an American family, sooner or later, you’ll find an immigrant ancestor.”  Throughout our city’s history, Malden has been strengthened and shaped by the contributions made by immigrants: from the variety of main street businesses to our cultural parades and traditions.  Each immigrant has a unique story to share, born of their experiences in their country of origin and their motivation to risk all to come to the United States. This program will explore some of Malden’s most fascinating immigrant stories of struggle and resilience that helped create one of the most culturally diverse communities in the Northeast.  The program will be held on Monday, September 14 at 2 p.m. followed by Q & A and time to share your own personal or family’s journey.

Speakers include Malden Historical Society President John Tramondozzi, Mai Du of the Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy and founder of the Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition (GMAACC), Diane Portnoy, founder and CEO of The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (The ILC), and hosted by The ILC Public Education Institute Director Denzil Mohammed  and Malden Library Director Dora St. Martin.

Through Welcoming Week, organizations and communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and long-time residents to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.  At a time when political rhetoric has deepened divisions, and the COVID-19 pandemic has renewed anti-immigrant sentiment, Welcoming Week reminds us to double down on our inclusive vision and find new ways to bring together people across lines of difference to develop greater understanding and mutual support.

The program is co-sponsored by The Immigrant Learning Center and the Malden Public Library:

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Please register to join us via Zoom at :

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DC’s Wonder Woman to lasso up Library Card Sign-up Month 2020

This September, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a new mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. A founding member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman is known for strength, compassion and truth. Armed with the Lasso of Truth, Wonder Woman makes a perfect ambassador to support the value of learning and the role libraries play in transforming lives and strengthening communities through education.

Create by Malden High School graduate William Moulton Marston, fans can learn more about Wonder Woman at DCcomics.com. Since her introduction in October 1941 in All-Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman has graced comics, video games, headlined her own television show and feature films, and appears in the hit animated series “DC Super Hero Girls” on Cartoon Network and Netflix.

While Malden Public Library remains physically closed, you can still use our online resources to read or listen to a book, read a magazine or newspaper, watch a movie or TV show, learn a language, update your resume, and so many other things.

Don’t have a library card yet? Click HERE, fill out the form and please include Name, Address, Email Address, Phone Number, and cell phone provider and we will email you back your library card information.

We will be here to serve you as best we can.  For information and assistance, contact us at https://maldenpubliclibrary.org/contact-us/ or by phone at (781) 333-0640.

Now is the time to do and learn all of the things you’ve wanted to for a long time.  Malden Public Library can help.

 

RBdigital Audiobooks Moving to OverDrive on August 25

Beginning August 25, most audiobook and ebook titles available through our RBDigital service will be moving to our OverDrive collection.  OverDrive has acquired the RBdigital platform and this  means a few changes for you as a user of RBDigital, so we wanted to make sure you knew what to expect.

What happens on August 25?

As of August 25th, audiobooks will no longer be available in our RBDigital collection. Most of these titles will be transferred to our OverDrive collection and you can use the Libby or OverDrive apps to check out, download, and listen to them.

What about the titles I’m still listening to in RBDigital?

Any titles you have checked out on August 25th will still be available in your account until the end of their loan period.

Will I lose my RBDigital holds?

We won’t be able to transfer RBDigital holds to OverDrive, unfortunately. Please place new holds in OverDrive after the titles have transferred.

Are magazines and other RBDigital services moving to OverDrive as well?

Not at this time. You will still be able to check out magazines on RBDigital for several months, but these magazine titles will eventually move to OverDrive as well. Check our website for news about this move in late 2020.

What else do I need to know?

For more information, please read the OverDrive FAQ.

https://www.overdrive.com/RBdigital-transition-preview

 

100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment #Malden

100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment,  passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920.  As a widow, Malden resident and former mill girl Harriet Robinson rented out rooms to support herself, her three daughters and her aged mother. She became increasingly active in the women’s suffrage movement. Harriet and her daughter Harriet Lucy Robinson Shattuck organized the National Woman Suffrage Association of Massachusetts and Harriet made the opening address at their 1881 Boston Convention Image: Suffragette Coat and Skirt Set (early 20th Century), owned by Jenny Poole James and donated by Susan Amerige James Clark. Coat and skirt set were worn to suffragette events. Clothing made in Malden tailor Hyman Broos of 92 Pleasant Street. From the Malden Historical Society Collection.

100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Today is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920. Even after ratification millions of women were still unable to vote: Puerto Rican women were excluded from the 19th Amendment and could not vote until 1935, the lack of US citizenship limited voting rights for many Native American (1924) and Asian immigrant women (1952), African American women especially in the South experienced discrimination that kept them from the polls (1965); and many immigrants faced language barriers to voting. Image from Rightfully Hers, an exhibition organized by the National Archives and Records Administration exploring the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. https://museum.archives.gov/rightfully-hers

Armchair Travel / Travel Chat: Favorite Places Near and Far

Away we go!  The good news is, you needn’t stop dreaming. In fact, now is a great time to reminisce about your favorite places and ignite the spark for your next adventure.  Join like-minded travelers virtually on Monday, August 17, at 7 p.m. for a one hour online chat, share photographs of your favorite travels and learn new places to put on your bucket list.  The program will also discuss travel resources online and at your library.  The program will be presented on zoom with instructions posted one hour before the start of the program at https://maldenpubliclibrary.org/. When travel isn’t an option, there armchair travel.  For more information, contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218.