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Malden Writers’ Collaborative’s 5th Annual Public Reading

The Malden Public Library will host the Malden Writers’ Collaborative’s 5th Annual Public Reading at 7pm on May 28, 2015 in the Maccario Room. Come and hear original works of fiction and nonfiction by local writers.The Collaborative meets twice a month, October-May, to share and discuss their own writing and the writing of others. Learn more about the group at Light refreshments will be provided through funding by the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

BRICK CITY: The H.H. Richardson Lego Challenge

The H.H. Richardson challenge will have students working in teams of 2 to design and craft their own building out of LEGO bricks. Introductions to the architecture of the Converse Memorial Library will be given with a brief tour before the building begins. Sign up at the information desk for more information.  Limited to 30 / teams of 2, registration required.

WHO: Students in the 5th – 8th Grades
WHEN: Thurs. May 21st at 3:30-5:00 P.M.
WHERE: The Converse Building at the Malden Public Library

The program is part of the library’s STEAM in the Art Gallery grant 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 Friends of the Malden Public Library.

Book Discussion Groups

Hear what others think about a book, and then share your own ideas. You don’t have to create a book club to do it, because The Malden Public Library already hosts two discussion groups:

THE BOOKER PRIZE DISCUSSION GROUP meets at 7:00 p.m. in the library on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Since 1969, the “Booker Prize” has been awarded to the best full-length novel written in English by a citizen of the UK, the Commonwealth, Eire, Pakistan, or South Africa. As of September 2013, selection for the “longlist” has been opened to American authors.
Upcoming Books:

• May 27, 2015 – The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
The Gault family leads a life of privilege in early 1920s Ireland, but the threat of violence leads the parents of nine-year-old Lucy to decide to leave for England, her mother’s home. Lucy cannot bear the thought of leaving Lahardane, their country house with its beautiful land and nearby beach, and a dog she has befriended. On the day before they are to leave, Lucy runs away, hoping to convince her parents to stay. Instead, she sets off a series of tragic misunderstandings that affect all of Lahardane’s inhabitants for the rest of their lives.

• June 24, 2015 – Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
• July 22, 2015 – Unless by Carol Shields


THE FIRST MONDAY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP meets at 7:00 p.m. in the library on the first Monday of each month to discuss titles selected by members of the group.
Upcoming Books:

• June 1, 2015 – Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Through the story of Charles Ryder’s entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities. At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh’s early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity.

• July 6, 2015 – Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy
• Aug. 3, 2015 – Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
• Sept. 14, 2015 – Me before You by JoJo Moyes

Just pick a group that’s convenient! New members are always welcome! Copies of books for discussion are available at the information desk.

TONIGHT: Movie Night: Wed., May 20th: 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for Movie Night at the Malden Public Library on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 6:00-8:00pm. We will be showing the recent film based on The New York Times bestselling book, Still Alice, by Lisa Genova. Alice Howard (Julianne Moore) is a brilliant and vivacious linguistics professor at Columbia University in New York City when she begins to forget words and then abruptly loses her bearings on a familiar jogging path. She tries to hide her increasing confusion from her husband John (Alec Baldwin) but as her forgetfulness increases she decides to visit a neurologist who tells her bluntly she might have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alice faces not only the difficulty of telling her children, played by Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth, about her Alzheimer’s, but she struggles with having her family seeing her as “still Alice.”

The Hollywood Reporter describes Still Alice as a “milestone film on Alzheimer’s [which] draws its power from Moore’s emotionally restrained but very potent central performance.” Julianne Moore won the Academy Award for best actress for the film in addition to a Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Independent Spirit awards. Variety writes that Moore accomplishes “one of her most powerful performances.”

This film is free and open to the public and is accessible. Movie times are approximate. Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 for more information. Rated PG-13 (101 min.)

Friends’ 13th Annual Wine Tasting Gala & Chocolate Buffet

Wine Tasting

13th Annual Friends of the Malden Public Library Wine Tasting and Chocolate Buffet – Friday May 8th, 7-10pm

Enjoy a selection of wine and other beverages, food from area restaurants, and a chocolate buffet at the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St., Friday May 8th 7-10pm. The event is held in the beautiful art galleries and includes live piano music and a raffle. Tickets ($35) are on sale now at the Library (781-324-0218). (Please make checks payable to The Friends of the Malden Public Library.)

Order wine and M&M Liquors will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Friends of the Malden Public Library!

The library is handicapped-accessible. Last year tickets sold out so buy early!

For more information or to purchase tickets online visit

Malden Reads Movie Night: Wed., March 25th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 6:00-8:30pm in the Maccario Room for the Malden Public Library’s second Malden Reads film screening. We will be showing Google And The World Brain, a movie which explores some of the themes in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore—the power of books, technology, and knowledge, new and old.

Google And The World Brain “…is the story of Google’s most ambitious project ever and the people who are trying to stop it. In 2002 Google began to scan millions of books in an effort to create a giant global library, containing every book in existence.” They scanned these books illegally without respecting copyright laws. Is Google stealing library books? Please join us for a discussion.

Lucas McNelly of The Huffington Post writes about that the film is “endlessly fascinating and engaging. It’s probably the best documentary you’ll see all year.” Julie Fischer ofIndiewire writes that Google And The World Brain is “a masterful documentary.”

The discussion of this year’s Malden Reads book selection, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore will follow the movie. This film is free and open to the public and is accessible. Please call us at 781-324-0218 for more information.

Converse Lego Club Begins March 26th

Thursday, March 26th from 3:00–4:30 PM.

Come play with Lego blocks in the new Converse Lego Club: Arts & Bricks. This is a free creative building club for kids that love Legos. Registration required, call 781-324-0218. For Kids 5th through 8th Grade.

STEAM is a movement which advocates adding art and design to the national STEM agenda, to develop creativity and problem solving necessary to foster economic growth and competitiveness in the coming century.

STEAM in the Art Gallery is sponsored 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 Friends of the Malden Public Library. For more information, contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 or check out our calendar of events at

Stealing Rembrandts: An Evening with Art Crime Expert Anthony Amore RESCHEDULED TO FEB. 24

Join us on Tuesday, February 24, at 7 p.m. at the Malden Public Library for a rare look at the world of high-profile art heists with art crime expert Anthony Amore. Anthony Amore is the Director of Security of the Isabella Stewart Art Museum in Boston and author of “Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists.” The fascinating stories Amore reveals span the globe from Stockholm to Boston and include a cast of exciting, diverse characters, from the robbers who steal priceless paintings, to international criminal masterminds, to security experts who track them down.

As Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Mr. Amore has for more than eight years served as the museum’s chief investigator into the 1990 theft of 13 priceless works of art from that institution. Prior to joining the Gardner Museum, he served as an Assistant Federal Security Director working to rebuild security at Logan International Airport after the attacks of 9/11. His next book, “The Art of the Con” will be published in 2015 by St. Martin’s Press. The discussion will be followed by a brief tour of the Converse Memorial Building art galleries.