Blog: Author: Stacy Holder

Haitian Culture Night: Wed., May 15, 2024: 6:00-8:00pm

Please join us on Wednesday, May 15, 2024: 6:00-8:00pm at the Malden Public Library for our first Haitian Culture Night filled with Haitian art, poetry, music, language, and food.

Our featured guests include Haitian artists, Professor Joel Renfort and Martine Renfort, the poet Eudrelle G. Alexis Saint-Amand, Dean of Community, Culture and Equity, Malden Catholic and emcee for the night, Erga Pierrette, and a very special performance by Haitian singer and international performer, ADA.

Professor Joel Renfort, State University of Haiti (UEH) and Martine Renfort will talk about their artwork from Realism to Surrealism and about their Caribbean Artists Group, MAKÒS Art. In addition to their canvas paintings, the Renforts also paint on clothing (shirts, t-shirts, hats, etc.), on bottles, on bags, and wood. Joel and Martine Renfort will be exhibiting some of their artwork inside the main reading room of the Library during the month of May.

Poet and Malden Catholic student, Eudrelle G. Alexis Saint-Amand, will read her original poetry in Haitian-Creole and English. Eudrelle describes herself as a polyglot who is fluent in four languages and understands five languages. She started writing poetry when she was in the third grade. Her poetry is powerful and not to be missed.

Erga Pierrette (MSW, LCSW) is the Dean of Community, Culture and Equity at Malden Catholic and will read a piece about Haitian culture and emcee the event. Erga is well-known in the Malden community for her dedication to social justice issues and community organizing.

ADA (ADA Ayiti) was born in Paris, France to Haitian parents and has performed throughout Haiti, Miami, and the world. She sings in French, Haitian-Creole, and English and will be performing some of her favorite songs. Her performance is not to be missed.

On Haitian Culture Night we will have some samples of popular Haitian foods and you can start  learning Haitian-Creole with one of our language apps. Also, you can check out some books in Haitian-Creole for kids and adults and learn a little bit about Haiti and the country’s interesting historical connection to Malden, Massachusetts.

This event is generously sponsored by the Friends Of The Malden Public Library. Thank you Friends! Everyone is welcome to join us at this all-ages event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Movie Night: Wed., May 29th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 from 6:00-8:30pm. We will be showing the new musical version of the film based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Color Purple. The film stars Fantasia, Taraji P. Henson, and Danielle Brooks and was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.
“A decades-spanning tale of love and resilience and of one woman’s journey to freedom. Celie faces many hardships in her life, but ultimately finds remarkable strength and hope in the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood.” Rated PG-13 (141 min.) (2023)
Free snacks will be provided. Movie times are approximate.

Special Event Movie Night: 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for a Special Event Movie Night on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 6:00-8:00pm. We will be showing the film CODA, which won the Best Picture Academy Award in 2021.

“Seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the sole hearing member of a deaf family — a CODA, child of deaf adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school’s choir club…[she] finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.” This movie was filmed in Gloucester, Rockport, Beverly, and Boston, Massachusetts.

Rated PG-13 (111 min.) (2021) Free snacks will be provided. Movie times are approximate.

This special event is co-sponsored by Malden Reads and Malden Public Library. Pick up a copy of Malden Reads Season 14 book, Being Heumann by Judith Heumann at the Malden Public Library.

The previously scheduled film based on Alice Walker’s book, The Color Purple, is postponed and will be shown in May 2024. Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 for more information.

POSTPONED: Movie Night: Wed., April 24th: 6:00-8:30pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 6:00-8:30pm. We will be showing the new musical version of the film based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Color Purple. The film stars Fantasia, Taraji P. Henson, and Danielle Brooks and was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.
“A decades-spanning tale of love and resilience and of one woman’s journey to freedom. Celie faces many hardships in her life, but ultimately finds remarkable strength and hope in the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood.” Rated PG-13 (141 min.) (2023)
Free snacks will be provided. Movie times are approximate.

Malden Reads Film Screening: Wed., March 13th: 6:00-8:15pm

Please join us for the Malden Reads Film Screening about The Peanut Butter Falcon. We will be showing this film at the Malden Public Library on Wednesday, March 13, 2024: 6:00-8:15pm. We will also be showing a 15-minute preview of the excellent disabilities rights documentary, Lives Worth Living.

These films are part of Malden Reads’ 2024 season of events for the book, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir Of A Disability Rights Activist, by Judith Heumann.

The Peanut Butter Falcon: “After running away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a pro wrestler, a man who has Down syndrome befriends an outlaw who becomes his coach and ally.” The film is Rated PG-13 (97 min.) (2019) 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

You can pick up a copy of Being Heumann at the Malden Public Library. The e-book and e-audiobook is also available on the Libby app with your Malden, Boston, or Chelsea Public Library card here:

https://bpl.overdrive.com/search?query=Being%20Heumann

For more details about our Malden Reads Film Screening events, please contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218. Light refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by Malden Reads and Malden Public Library.

Malden Reads Film Screening: Wed., Feb., 28th: 6:00-8:30pm

Please join us for the Malden Reads Film Screening and discussion of the film, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution. The film will be shown on Wednesday, February 28, 2024: 6:00-8:30pm.

If you are unable to attend the Film Screening in person, please join us at the Zoom link below.

This Film Screening is one of Malden Reads’ 2024 season of events for the book, Being Heumann, by the “Mother of the Diasability Rights Movement,” Judith Heumann. The film will be followed by a discussion with our special guest, Salima Slimane.

Salima Slimane is currently an Arabic and French lecturer at Boston University. She holds an Ed.M. in Special Education from BU’s Wheelock School of Education & Human Development. Salima is very passionate about special education and promoting inclusive practices. She is on the board of Mass Advocates for Children, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to removing barriers to educational and life opportunities for children and youth.

You can pick up a copy of Being Heumann at the Malden Public Library. The e-book and e-audiobook is also available on the Libby app with your Malden, Boston, or Chelsea Public Library card here:

https://bpl.overdrive.com/search?query=Being%20Heumann

For more details about our Malden Reads Film Screening events, please contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218. Light refreshments will be served. The film is Rated R (107 min.) (2020) 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

This event is co-sponsored by Malden Reads and Malden Public Library.

Zoom link:

Topic: Malden Reads Film Screening and Discussion
Time: Feb 28, 2024 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Movie Night: Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 6:00-8:30pm. We will be showing a film starring Paul Giamatti about The Holdovers, a group of New England prep students who are left behind during the holidays. The movie was filmed throughout Boston and Massachusetts.

“A curmudgeonly instructor (Giamatti) at a New England prep school is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually, he forms an unlikely bond with one of them a damaged, brainy troublemaker, and with the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam.” Rated R (134 min.) (2023)

Free snacks will be provided. Movie times are approximate.

 

Do You Have MassHealth? MVES Will Be At The Library Thursday, Dec. 14th: 2-4pm

New Time: Do you have questions about renewing MassHealth? Mystic Valley Elder Services will be at the Malden Public Library on Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 2-4pm to answer your questions. If you have MassHealth, you will need to renew your coverage this year. Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) will be at the Malden Public Library over the next few months to discuss how to renew your health benefits through MassHealth. No appointment necessary.
The Library will also have some MassHealth renewal information flyers available in other languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Portuguese, and Haitian-Creole.
Drop by the Library at the time listed below to talk with MVES (please note time change):
December 14, 2023: 2:00-4:00pm (Thursday)

Movie Night: Wed., December 13th: 6-8pm

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 6:00-8:00pm. We will be showing the classic holiday film based on Charles Dickens’ story, “A Christmas Carol.”

“Old Ebenezer Scrooge, the meanest miser in London, is visited one Christmas eve by three spirits who change his life forever. George C. Scott stars as Scrooge in this critically acclaimed version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic.” Rated PG (100 min.) (1984)

Free snacks will be provided. Movie times are approximate.

Questions About MassHealth? Mystic Valley Elder Services Will Be At The Library To Answer Your Questions

Do you have questions about renewing MassHealth? Mystic Valley Elder Services will be at the Malden Public Library on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 from 3-5pm to answer your questions.

If you have MassHealth, you will need to renew your coverage this year. Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) will be at the Malden Public Library over the next few months to discuss how to renew your health benefits through MassHealth. No appointment necessary.

The Library will also have some MassHealth renewal information flyers available in other languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Portuguese, and Haitian-Creole.

Drop by the Library at one of the times listed below to talk with MVES:

October 25, 2023: 3:00-5:00pm (Wednesday)

November 14, 2023: 1:00-3:00pm (Tuesday)

November 29, 2023: 3:00-5:00pm (Wednesday)

December 14, 2023: 1:00-3:00pm (Thursday)