Blog: Author: Stacy Holder

English Conversation Class: Wednesdays 1-2 pm

Join us for a free English Conversation Class for adult students every Wednesday from 1:00-2:00pm via Zoom. We will discuss daily life, learn new vocabulary, and have general conversation in English. Learn English at home on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

You must register for the class. Please e-mail Stacy (English Conversation Librarian) at: mplenglishclass@gmail.com

Pushout: Film Screening: Fri., Dec. 4th (6:00-7:30pm) & Panel Discussion: Sat., Dec. 5th (2:30-4:00pm)

Pushout Documentary Livestream and Panel Discussion

Hosted by MaldenCORE with Malden Public Library

On Friday, December 4th from 6:00-7:30pm the Malden Public Library and MaldenCORE will host a livestream of the documentary film, “Pushout.” The public is invited to view the documentary together (79 min.). Register online at Eventbrite for the film screening at: https://bit.ly/PushoutScreening

On Saturday, Dec. 5th from 2:30-4:00pm, join us for a discussion with panelists from the Malden community. Register online, at Eventbrite for the panel discussion: https://bit.ly/PushoutDiscussion

The award-winning film, based on the book Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique Morris, examines the disproportionate discipline Black girls face beginning in preschool, as compared to white girls. National statistics show that suspensions and arrests happen much more frequently to Black girls in school and that even very young Black girls are punished more severely than white girls for age-appropriate behaviors that a teacher may dislike. The unjust system helps to create a pipeline to prison for Black girls. Through the stories of Black girls and their families, the film illustrates how being unjustly criminalized attacks a Black girl’s self-esteem, mental health, and social relationships, pushing girls out of school and all too often, into self-harm and prison. The film explores both the depth of the impact and the possibilities for solutions.

After the film, panelists will take the issue of the criminalization of Black girls to a local level. The panelists include educators and students from the Malden community. Sharing their personal experiences and perspectives, the panelists will reflect: Are Black girls over-disciplined in Malden schools? What is the impact on girls and their families? Why is this happening, and what must we do to change minds, hearts, and the system, so that Black girls in Malden schools will no longer suffer disproportionate punishments?

Panelists include Jennifer Hedrington, Malden middle school teacher and 2020  Massachusetts Teacher of the Year; Bwann Gwann, a Malden resident and a Lesley University administrator; and Shataeya Smith, a 2019 Malden High School graduate, sophomore at UMass Lowell, and racial justice activist. By hosting this event, MaldenCORE hopes to not only lift up this aspect of the school-to-prison pipeline but also to energize Malden’s people, school district, and community to work toward change.

Happy Diwali & Happy Deepawali!

Happy Diwali & Happy Deepawali!

Diwali is a national holiday celebrated in India (Diwali) and in Nepal (Deepawali), which lasts for five days. Also known as “the festival of lights,” Diwali is a time when people decorate their houses with diyas (clay lamps) and rangolis, an art form of vibrant colored powder, often designed in the shape of a flower, petal, or similar design. Diwali honors Laxmi (or Lakshmi), the goddess of wealth, fortune, love, and beauty. Diwali is also celebrated in Fiji, Guyana, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and many other countries.

Find some great Diwali books for kids here: https://tinyurl.com/y4dezccf

Interested in learning some basic Hindi? Sign up for Mango Languages here: https://tinyurl.com/y23nd8ta

Or learn basic Nepali or Hindi with Pronunciator here: https://tinyurl.com/y6yrqx8k

New World Language Books: Arabic Books For Kids

We have hundreds of books in different world languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese. We just added some new books in Arabic for kids. Request books online here: https://tinyurl.com/y5axlhwj & then visit us for curbside pickup. Please call us at 781-324-0218 if you have questions.

Weekly English Conversation Class For Adults (via Zoom)

Join us for a free English Conversation Class for adult students every Wednesday from 1:00-2:00pm via Zoom.
We will discuss daily life, learn new vocabulary, and discuss the book, “The Old Man and the Sea.”
Learn English at home on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
You must register for the class. Please e-mail Stacy (English Conversation Librarian) at: mplenglishclass@gmail.com

The Weekly Watch: Billy Elliot

With your Malden Public Library Card you can watch many great movies at home. Every week the Movie Librarian will recommend some of her favorite titles.

“Eleven-year-old miner’s son Billy Elliot is on his way to boxing lessons when he stumbles upon a ballet class. Billy secretly joins the class, knowing that his blue-collar family would never understand.” (Rated R, 111 min.) (2000)

Request the DVD here:

https://mpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2652393075

New: Virtual Movie Night Chat via Zoom

Join us for Malden Public Library’s first Virtual Movie Night Chat via Zoom on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, from 7:00-8:00pm. Watch This Beautiful Fantastic at home and join us for the online chat. The film stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) and Tom Wilkerson.

This Beautiful Fantastic is “A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the unlikely of friendship between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London.” If you love libraries, books, or gardening, you might enjoy this enchanting, romantic hidden gem. This Beautiful Fantastic is wonderful storytelling for the whole family. Rated PG (93 min.) (2016)

Join us for a relaxed chat online and share your ideas about the film; it would be great to connect with the Malden community.

Use your Malden Public Library Card to set up an account and

Find the film here (Kanopy): https://boston.kanopy.com/product/beautiful-fantastic

Or here (Hoopla): https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11821610

You must register for this event by e-mailing: mplcinemalden@gmail.com

Details of the Zoom chat will be sent to you shortly before the film chat starts.

New English Conversation Class via Zoom

Do you want to learn to speak English? We have a new English Conversation Class for adult students. Learn English at home on your computer or smartphone. Classes meet online via Zoom on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm. You must register for the class. Please e-mail Stacy Holder (English Conversation Librarian) at: mplenglishclass@gmail.com

Free Book for the first 20 students. We will have general English conversation and we will read part of “The Old Man and the Sea.”