Blog: Author: Stacy Holder

Malden Reads Movie Night: Wed., March 11th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 6:00-8:30pm at the Malden Public Library’s Malden Reads first film screening for the 2020 book selection, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.  We will be showing a movie about a librarian, played by Bette Davis, who is in the middle of a Storm Center.

In this 1956 movie, “Bette Davis plays a small town librarian who inspires the joy of reading in children and stands up against book banning during the 1950’s when anti-communism sentiment is causing panic. Her refusal to pull a book about communism from the library costs her her job and reputation and eventually triggers a fire in the library. Davis’s character is based on the story of librarian Ruth W. Brown, who was accused of being a communist because of her anti-segregation efforts.”

A discussion of this year’s Malden Reads book selection, Fahrenheit 451, will follow the movie. This year Fahrenheit 451 is part of the NEA’s Big Read.  Movie times are approximate.  This film is free and open to the public and is accessible.  Rated PG (85 min.)

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

Please join us for Malden Public Library’s Malden Reads second film screening for the 2020 book selection, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. We will be showing the 1966 François Truffaut film based on the book Fahrenheit 451.

In an oppressive, dystopian future, books are banned and burned. Reading is forbidden.  Fireman Guy Montag’s job is to destroy and burn all of the books he finds and to help maintain the totalitarian government’s agenda of promoting censorship and crushing intellectual freedom.  When Montag meets Clarisse, a young schoolteacher, he begins to question everything he’s ever known.

A discussion of this year’s Malden Reads book selection, Fahrenheit 451, will follow the movie. This year Fahrenheit 451 is part of the NEA’s Big Read.  Movie times are approx.  This film is free and open to the public and is accessible.  Not Rated (113 min.)

Movie Night: Feb. 12th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, February 12th from 6:00-8:30pm.  In honor of Black History Month we are showing a recent biopic movie based on the life of Harriet Tubman.  The film stars Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Janelle Monae. Kasi Lemmons directed the film and Cynthia Erivo is nominated this year for a Best Actress Oscar.

“The movie tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes.” The New York Times writes, “It is a rousing and powerful drama, respectful of both the historical record and the cravings of modern audiences.”  CinemaScore gives it the grade of an “A+.”

This film is free and open to the public and is accessible.  Movie times are approx. Rated PG-13 (125 min.)

Annual Food Drive

Give a deserving family a helping hand this Thanksgiving. Maldonians can help neighbors in need by contributing to the Malden Public Library’s food drive to benefit the local Salvation Army food pantry on Main St. Join the Library’s annual tradition of making this time of year special for those who might otherwise not be able to celebrate. We are aiming to collect a total of 150 individual items for the holiday.  Our Annual Food Drive will be held from November 4, 2019 until December 31, 2019.

Canned goods and other non-perishables are needed. These will be gladly accepted:
stuffing
dry gravy
mashed potatoes
canned tuna, chicken or other canned meats
apple sauce
cranberry sauce
peanut butter

International foods are welcomed; staples, such as rice or beans, are always good additions to the pantry. The collection container will be out on the main floor opposite the circulation desk.

If you haven’t been to the Library before, this is a chance to come by and see what the Library has to offer. We are always happy to introduce newcomers to audio and ebooks, exhibits, film programs, writing and book discussion groups, the world languages collection, and much more. Check out our website at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org to see upcoming events for all ages.

 

Movie Night: Wed., Nov. 20th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for Movie Night at the Malden Public Library on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, from 6:00-8:30pm.  We will be showing a “Throwback Classic” about A League of Their Own.  The movie stars Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna and was directed by Penny Marshall.

Did you know that one of Malden High School’s graduates, Helen Nordquist (MHS, 1950), played professional baseball for the Rockford Peaches, one of the teams featured in the film? The movie is based on the lives of the women who played for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the 1940s and 1950s.  Helen Nordquist played from 1951-1954 and she is a pioneer in women’s sports.  She will be honored and will be inducted into Malden High School’s Golden Tornado Club Hall of Fame on November 23, 2019.  Malden Public Library is showing A League of Their Own in honor of Helen Nordquist’s amazing accomplishments!

TIME Magazine writes that the movie is “Energetic, full of goodwill and good feelings” and Entertainment Weekly writes, “League…represents a breakthrough in women’s sports movies: It’s a celebration of sport for sport’s sake.”

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 (127 min.)

TONIGHT: Movie Night: Wed., Oct. 16th: 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for Movie Night at the Malden Public Library on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, from 6:00-8:00pm.  We will be showing a recent movie about a lonely widow named Greta who befriends a young, naïve woman in New York City.  This psychological thriller stars Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Stephen Rea.

Frances (Moretz) finds a handbag on the NYC subway and returns it to its owner, Greta (Huppert), an eccentric French piano teacher, who charms Frances into a friendship that becomes increasingly disturbing.

The New York Times calls the movie “…a skillfully executed psychological thriller…” and The New Yorker writes that the film has “…a satisfying sense of fear and tension.…”

This film is free and open to the public and is accessible.  Movie times are approximate.  Rated R (98 min.)

Movie Night: Wed., Sept. 18th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 6:00-8:30pm at the Malden Public Library.  We will be showing a recent movie about Godzilla, King of the Monsters.  The film stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, and Ziyi Zhang.

Godzilla, King of the Monsters collides with Mothra, Rodan, and the three-headed King Ghidorah.

The Boston Globe writes, “…the seat-rattling super-size mayhem in this latest “Godzilla” is fantastic.…”  Rolling Stone writes, “It’s fun to watch Godzilla and pals wreak kaiju havoc.” Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an 83%  audience rating and 92% of google users likes the film.

This film is free and open to the public and is accessible.  Movie times are approximate.  Rated PG-13 (132 min.)

Community Workshop: Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

Please join us on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 6:00-7:00pm for a free informational Community Workshop with Forestdale Park about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease” and “it is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.”  Forestdale Park is Malden’s newest senior assisted living and memory care community.

Learn more about: Alzheimer’s & dementia caregiver support groups; how to communicate with someone with Alzheimer’s/dementia; what causes dementia and how to recognize it; assisted living and memory care options; and many other topics.

Light refreshments will be provided.  Free and open to the public and accessible.  For more information, please contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218.

Movie Night: Wed. July 17th: 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Malden Public Library.  We will be showing a recent documentary about Apollo 11 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, July 20, 1969.  Rolling Stone writes of the movie, “It is a revelation….”  This movie is part of our Summer Reading program, “A Universe of Stories.”

“From director Todd Douglas Miller comes a cinematic event 50 years in the making…the film takes viewers straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission, the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names.”

RogerEbert.com writes “Apollo 11 isn’t like other documentaries about the first moon mission. In fact it isn’t like most other movies period.”  Rolling Stone adds, “This doesn’t just feel like a movie.  It gives you the sensation that you’ve been transported right into the middle of history.”

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 G (93 min.)