Blog: Author: Katie Walsh

July Artist: Indra Persad Milowe

During the month of July, the Malden Public Library is excited to showcase the work of Indra Persad Milowe, in a solo exhibition entitled “Beautiful Ubud, Bali”. Born in Trinidad and Tobago and now a resident of Salem, Indra Persad Milowe is a USA based visual and public artist. Her complex and vibrant artwork can now be viewed in the Malden Public Library, in the hallway leading to the Converse Building. You can learn more about her artwork online here: https://indrapersadmilowe.com/

Family Movie Night @ Park at Rivers Edge

Join us for a fun, free family movie night on The Park at Rivers Edge Great Lawn (adjacent to 200 River’s Edge Drive in Medford)! The Great Lawn section of the park will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater where residents and visitors of all ages are welcome to gather and enjoy a free movie night featuring “Back to the Future” (Rated PG).

The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Preotle, Lane & Associates and the Malden Public Library. Attendees should bring their own blankets and chairs for use. There will be free snacks and water provided. Wellington Station is just 0.4 miles from Rivers Edge. Free parking is available at the Rivers Edge Garage.

Summer Reading Kickoff!

NOTICE: Due to the expected high temperatures, the summer reading kickoff and ice cream social will now be held in the Malden Public High School cafeteria, directly across the street from the library.

It’s that time of year again! Come celebrate the 2024 Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff, here on the front lawn of the Malden Public Library! Featuring music by musician Steve Blunt, and ice cream treats from Dairy Delight. Throughout the summer, you can log your reading minutes on the Beanstack reading app to enter to win great prizes (for kids, and adults). Pre-register for summer reading at this link to get started:
bit.ly/BeanstackMPL

Memory Kits from the Library of Things

Now available from the Library of Things: Memory Kits! Memory kits are designed for people with dementia and other cognitive impairments (and their caregivers/loved ones) to help inspire memories on favorite topics, encourage conversation, or promote quiet enjoyment. Each kit comes with a combination of books, a CD/DVD, an activity, and an object to engage with, and each kit will have a different theme, including gardening, fishing, classic cars, birdwatching, and baking/cooking. More kits will be added soon, but we’re excited to offer our first memory kit, which is all about the Red Sox! This kit includes:
• Red Sox Matching Card Game (36 pieces)
• “The Boston Red Sox: Essential Games of Fenway Park” (6 full games, ranging from 1967-2007 on DVD)
• Baseball glove
• “The Hometown Team: Four Decades of Boston Red Sox Photography” by Steve Babineau & Mike Shalin
• “The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide for Caring for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias” by Nancy L. Mace & Peter V. Rabins
• Resources folder
Memory kits can be checked out for 3 weeks at a time by patrons with a Malden library card in good standing. Be sure to keep an eye out as we add more memory kits, and you can place a hold on the “Let’s Go Red Sox! Memory Kit” now by calling 781-324-0218, or visiting this link:

Now Available: ChiltonLibrary for Car Repair

Malden Public Library is excited to offer access to ChiltonLibrary, free with your library card! The comprehensive automotive resource ably supports both those who want to pick up a wrench as well as those researching repairs or a car purchase.

ChiltonLibrary covers all aspects of vehicle repair, from maintenance to mechanical to the interior and exterior body. People who want to replace the remote key battery, install brake pads, or just understand their vehicle better can tap into ChiltonLibrary for trusted information. The knowledge base of authoritative information saves time-consuming internet searches among distracting ads and information of unknown quality.

In addition to licensed auto manufacturer repair procedures, ChiltonLibrary features translation and accessibility tools, and brims with other valuable data. Labor times help estimate how long it may take to do a job. Bulletins and recalls clue in car owners to recurring component failures and what to do about them. Check out bulletins for a car you’re thinking of buying for information on common issues.

The VIN decoder provides the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) real-time data based on the vehicle identification number, specifying things like the original equipment, where the vehicle was built, and what equipment it has—helpful for those applying for electric vehicle tax breaks. The VIN tool also lists unrepaired safety recalls for the specific vehicle. For those buying a used vehicle, it’s helpful to know if the vehicle needs safety recall repairs.

Video and animation clips illuminate repair procedures and key concepts for those seeking deeper understanding. And, Automotive Service Excellence quizzes are available to test the knowledge of those preparing for ASE exams.

Best of all, ChiltonLibrary is free through Malden Public Library and there when you need it. Access it from any device online from this link.

Did you know, you can also check out a OBDII car scanner from our Library of Things? Place your hold here!

Planting For Pollinators Workshop

Do you want to try planting native plants to support our local ecosystems? Not sure where to start? This lecture will bring you through the ins and outs of planting a pollinator-friendly garden or meadow, and some best practices for the most eco-friendly garden possible. North Shore native plant gardener Cheryl Rafuse will tell you all about the bees and butterflies, flowers and shrubs, and the easiest ways to start incorporating keystone species into your gardens.

May 11, 1-2pm

First 30 attendees with receive a packet of Black Eyed Susan seeds! (One packet per household, no registration required.)

Cheryl Rafuse owns Plant Magic Gardens in Beverly, MA. They are an ecologically conscious gardening company that focuses on planting native plants. She and her team of top-notch gardeners install gardens, perform garden maintenance and educate our community. Learn more at: https://www.plantmagic.shop/

 

Community Resources for New Arrivals

Being an integral part of the Malden community, the Malden Public Library provides the following community links and a resource to our local population. Here are some updated links and resources that may be useful to community members who are new to Malden and/or the United States, and those who wish to support them!

Click the name of the organization to be taken to their website; when available, direct contact information for the organization will be listed beneath their description. Descriptions in quotations come directly from the organizations linked.

New Arrivals Resources

Brazilian Workers Center

“The Brazilian Worker Center is a non-profit organization that capacitates immigrant workers to learn about workplace rights, immigration, and health equity. We empower immigrants with knowledge and skills to promote economic, social, political and racial justice for all.”

The Family Welcome Center at the Allston BWC provides assistance and resources (including emergency housing) to new arrivals from many countries.

The Everett Haitian Community Center

“The Everett Haitian Community Center (EHCC) is proud to have been serving immigrant and marginalized communities in Everett and Greater Boston for the past 7 years.” EHCC offers assistance with housing, food, citizenship classes, employment, and more.

MIRA Resources (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition):

“MIRA is the largest coalition in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees. With offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, we advance this mission through education and training, leadership development, institutional organizing, strategic communications, policy analysis and advocacy.”

MIRA Citizenship Application Assistance

MIRA Immigration Advocate Legal Helpline

“This helpline number is open to all Massachusetts-based providers serving immigrants and refugees and accepts voicemails 24/7 at (508) 293-1871. This helpline operates as a non-emergency service.

  • Callers are asked to leave a voicemail with their contact details and their inquiry (without disclosing any client-specific information).
  • The MIRA Helpline staff will review voicemails to assess urgency, directing urgent inquiries to our Staff Attorney for immediate response.
  • If a caller seeks resources, these will be sent via email.
  • For all other matters requiring an attorney’s response, the Helpline staff will arrange a callback and provide further instructions.
  • For expedited service, providers are encouraged to fill out the online intake form. Once the form is submitted, providers don’t need to call the helpline, the team will reach out to them with a response to their inquiry.”

Immediate Resources for Immigrants (MIRA): Links and contact information for emergency assistance shelter, Family Welcome Centers, Food/Nutrition/Medical Resources.

Immigrant Support Alliance, Melrose, MA (website under construction)

“A nonprofit coalition of volunteers that partners with resettlement agencies to provide food, housing, financial, and social support to our clients, helping them on their journey towards becoming independent, contributing members of our communities.”

  • info@immigrantsupportalliance.org

The Immigrant Learning Center, Malden, MA

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) is a not-for-profit organization. The English Language Program provides free, year-round ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes to help immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston become successful workers, parents and community members.

  • (781) 322-9777

Rian Immigrant Center

“Rian empowers immigrants, refugees, and international exchange visitors on the path to opportunity, safety and a better future.” Rian provides immigration legal services, English classes, citizenship classes, resource and support services, education & career services, International Exchange Visitor Visa Program, community building opportunities, and advocating for just and humane immigration policies.

  • (617) 542-7654

 

In-Library Chromebooks Now Available!

 

Need to take a Zoom call in a study room, or prefer to do some online work upstairs? Chromebooks are now available for in-library use! You can borrow a Chromebook (along with a mouse and charger) for up to 4 hours with an adult Malden library card in good standing. Chromebooks do not have Microsoft Word and cannot connect directly to the printer, but you can ask a librarian to help you print. Late fees of $.50/hour do apply.

New Library of Things!

Doing some home improvements, planning an outdoor expedition, or thinking of picking up a new hobby? Check out Malden Public Library’s new “Library of Things”! We are excited to be providing a wide variety of items, including a metal detector, telescope, binoculars, Blu-Ray player, photo scanner, and more to come. The Library of Things is available to borrow from for free, to adult Malden residents with a Malden library card in good standing. Items can be checked out for two weeks at a time. For more information, contact the library at 781-324-0218, or check out the Library of Things online on our website here.