Blog: Author: Dora St. Martin

Armchair Travel: Planning Your Grown-Up Gap Year in Paradise

Join us on Wednesday, August 5, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM to learn that a Gap year is not just for high school and university students.  Many young working adults to mid-career executives, and even people close to retirement are enjoying a gap year in paradise.  A gap year can help you pursue your passions, immerse yourself in another culture, volunteer, develop career skills or explore new career paths, learn a new language, or even provide an opportunity to “practice retirement” and extend your working life.  This program will provide information to help you answer those nagging questions, “Can I Afford It? “What about my pets and children?” and “What will it be like returning to work?”


200th Birthday Celebration of Elisha Converse

Join us for a celebration of the 200th birthday of Elisha Slade Converse, the first Mayor of Malden, president of the Boston Rubber Shoe Co., and major benefactor to many organizations in the City of Malden.  We invite you celebrate Elisha’s 200th birthday with family and friends on Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. via zoom.  A link to the zoom meeting will be posted on the library’s calendar page one hour prior to the event at

Born in 1820, Elisha Slade and Mary Diana Edmands Converse were the largest benefactors of many of Malden’s most important institutions, including the Malden Public Library (Converse Memorial Building), Pine Banks Park, Fellsmere Pond and Park, the Malden YMCA, the First Baptist Church, the Malden Hospital, the Malden Home for the Aged Persons, the Malden Auditorium, Malden Associated Charities, Malden Industrial Aid Society and the Malden Day Nursery, and many other community organizations.  In 1853, Elisha founded the Boston Rubber Shoe Company, which was Malden’s largest employer and the world’s largest producer of fine rubber boots, shoes, and overshoes.

Due to the pandemic, “Converse 2020,” a community-wide celebration and exhibition has been delayed until June 2021.



Summer Reading Celebration & Parade on July 15 !

Summer Reading is about to begin at the Malden Public Library! To kick things off we are hosting a ‘parade’ style event and you are our guest of honor!  On Wednesday, July 15 (2 PM – 3 PM), drive (or walk) along our parade route at our Park Street entrance to greet your friendly librarians and learn more about this summer’s reading program.  Although we are not able to hold our annual ice cream social (please visit our long term sponsor Dairy Delight), we will be handing out a free ice cream goodie for the kids – and celebrating this year’s theme “Imagine Your Story.” There will be music, balloons – and much more.  Even if you can’t make the ”Parade”, it’s easy to participate in summer reading by calling the Library to schedule a curbside pickup of this year’s summer reading books, calendar and schedule of events.

Summer Reading looks a little different this year—everything will be done virtually!   We will still (remotely) have programs for children, teens, and adults, including weekly story times, creative crafts, book chats, reading challenges and prizes – and later this summer a drive-in family movie night.

For continued information check out the Malden Public Library webpage at, like us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or call us at 781-324-0218.  We ask that everyone remain in their vehicles during the event; walkers are asked to follow social distance and mask wearing guidelines. While supplies last.


War and Remembrance: Malden in the Great War

On August 23, 1917, the Malden Evening News ran a small ad inviting all military and naval men of Malden to have their photograph taken, without expense, by local photographer Mr. Carroll of Pleasant Street. Through these photographs, we remember and honor the Malden men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice during World War 1. Photographs from the Malden Historical Society Collection.

A Malden Nurse on the Front Line: A Memorial Day Remembrance

On August 23, 1917, the Malden Evening News ran a small ad inviting all military and naval men of Malden to have their photograph taken, without expense, by local photographer Mr. Carroll of Pleasant Street.  The photographs were said “to become part of the city’s records of the War.”  Soldiers were invited to “go at once to his studio. You will not want to be absent from this historic group.”  This small ad resulted in an unusual photo collection held by the Malden Historical Society, a photographic remembrance of 66 men who gave the ultimate sacrifice during World War I. This collection contains only one woman’s photograph and the simple note, “Miss L. Florence Eastman, Army Nurse, died October 14, 1918.”

Born in 1894, Florence was the only daughter of Russell and Ada Eastman. At age 17 she enrolled at Morton Hospital in Taunton to train as a nurse, and completed advanced courses at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Later, she became a nurse at Malden Hospital.

When the war came, Florence entered the Red Cross, and then in December 1917 enlisted as an Army nurse assigned to Camp Upton in New York.  Florence became the Head Army Nurse of the Isolation Hospital at Camp Mills on Long Island, with 20 nurses and over 100 orderlies under her supervision.  According to the history of American Legion, Florence Eastman Post 280 (based in Mattapoisett), “her devotion to duty, her sympathy for the sick soldiers and her own consistent, cheerful disposition won the respect and esteem of all with whom she was associated.”  In 1918, she received her international passport and would soon begin nursing soldiers on the battlefields of France.

But Florence never made it overseas.  With the advent of cold weather, epidemics were raging in the military camps with scarlet fever, diphtheria, meningitis, measles, bronchitis, and a new pneumonia spreading quickly.  The Camp Mills hospital tents, with about 900 beds, were soon filled to overflowing with sick and highly contagious cases.  The army sought to transfer patients to civilian hospitals, but even that was difficult.  The local railroads refused to transport the contagious soldiers. Instead, the soldiers had to be transported in ambulances obtained by the Red Cross and the Women’s Motor Corps of America on a frigid 35 mile journey to New York through deep snow in almost zero-degree weather.

After months spent nursing soldiers with the Spanish flu, Florence herself caught the disease, and died in active service on October 14, 1918.   She was laid to rest with full military honors, and is buried in Mattapoisett’s Pine Island Cemetery (her father was the keeper of the Neds Point Lighthouse).  Due to a small ad in the Malden Evening News, Florence will always be part of Malden’s record of the Great War.



Hot New Titles for Fantasy Readers

I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Set in a lushly drawn world inspired by Inquisition Spain, Zoraida Córdova’s hotly anticipated new fantasy is an epic tale of love and revenge perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Sarah J. Maas. Check out Incendiary, Hollow Crown book #1, – one of many new fantasy titles on RBdigital!

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Explore World Cuisine from the Comfort of Your Own Kitchen, No Passport Required!  

Are you staying put thanks to the COVID-19 emergency? Take the opportunity to check out these global cookbooks and travel the world one dish at a time. OverDrive is a free service offered by the Malden Public Library that lets you borrow digital content (like ebooks and audiobooks) anytime, anywhere.

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Get Real. Ideas and Tips for Your Home

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