Blog: Author: Stacy Holder

Upstander Project’s Film Screening: “Bounty” Jan. 20th: 6-8:30pm

Tune in for a special showing of the Upstarter Project’s short-film documentary “Bounty.” The film screening is preceded by a short introduction and followed by a short Q&A with the filmmakers.
This event is free, virtual, and live-streamed. Register for the event at:

Bounty Film Screening Flyer

Movie Night in the Park at Rivers Edge: Fri., Oct. 8th: 7:00pm

The Malden Public Library and Preotle, Lane & Associates present “Movie Night in the Park at River’s Edge” on Friday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m.

The movie will be on The Park at River’s 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 theatre where residents and visitors of all ages are welcome to gather and enjoy a free movie night featuring “Hotel Transylvania.”

The movie tells the story of Count Dracula, he’s the owner of the hotel called Hotel Transylvania where the world’s monsters can take a rest from humans. Dracula invites some of the most famous monsters to celebrate the 118th birthday of his beloved daughter Mavis. When the “human free hotel” is unexpectedly visited by an ordinary 21-year-old traveler named Jonathan, Dracula must do everything in his power to prevent Mavis from falling in love with him before the hotel’s guests learn a human is in the castle. The film is rated PG.

Attendees should bring their own blankets or chairs for use, drinks and snacks will be served.

The event is sponsored by the Malden Public Library and Preotle & Lane Associates. For more information, call the Library at 781-321-0218 or PL Management 781-391-8900.

“Who Am I?” Film Screening & Discussion with Filmmaker Adhel Arop

We are excited to host a screening of Adhel Arop’s film, “Who Am I?” on Tuesday, September 14th: 7-8:30pm via Zoom.

Adhel Arop is a Kenyan born refugee, multidisciplinary artist, and model who explores her identity in her award-winning film, “Who Am I?” when she discovers her mother was a child soldier in South Sudan. Don’t miss the Adhel Arop’s discussion of the film, her spoken word performance, and Q&A.

This event is one of our featured programs in Malden Public Library’s Welcoming Week, a national program with libraries and communities to welcome immigrants, refugees, and newcomers into the community. Don’t miss this event!

Please register:

For more information about Adhel Arop, see

PUSHOUT: Film & Community Discussion: July 10th: 2:30-4pm (Film) & 4:30-6pm (Discussion)

Hosted by Malden Public Library, NAACP Mystic Valley Area Branch, and the Network for Social Justice.

Join us on Saturday, July 10th, via Zoom for a screening and panel discussion of the documentary PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School. Black girls are being disciplined, suspended, arrested, and “pushed out” of the K-12 school system at a higher rate than their white counterparts. This unjust system often creates a pipeline to prison for many Black girls. The film is based on the book of the same name by Dr. Monique W. Morris. The film is not rated, (79 min.) (2019)

Local leading educators will discuss the film and the impact PUSHOUT has on our community. Join Jennifer Hedrington, Abdel Sepulveda, Alexandria Onuoha, Thora Henry, Eric Henry, Melanie Rush, and moderator Erga Pierrette. Read more about the panelists here:

Pushout Program Information

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Watch our previous discussion of PUSHOUT here:

Malden Reads Movie Night: Wed., May 5th: 7:00pm

Join us on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:00pm for a virtual screening (via Zoom) of “Long Night’s Journey Into Day.” This film screening is part of Malden Reads’ 2021 season for the book, “Born a Crime,” by Trevor Noah.

“Following the end of apartheid in South Africa during the 1990s, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to pursue social justice, and this acclaimed documentary focuses on some of the stories that emerged from the organization’s cases. Although renowned leader Bishop Desmond Tutu appears, the film focuses primarily on everyday people, both white and black, who committed appalling crimes during apartheid and came to the commission seeking forgiveness.”—Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes gives “Long Night’s Journey Into Day” a 94% approval rating. The Los Angeles Times writes of the film, “Not merely affecting and illuminating; it concludes on a note of hope.”

This documentary examines the outcome of apartheid in South Africa and the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Authorized by Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, the TRC was established to provide public hearings to examine human-rights violations. This film is highly relevant in today’s climate of examining human rights violations, violence, and racism and in the United States. Some members of Congress believe the United States should form a “nationwide truth commission,” to have public hearings to address, reconcile, and begin to understand the “root causes of violence…accountability, healing, and reconciliation.” (Foreign Policy, July 2020).

A short discussion of the film and this year’s Malden Reads book selection, Born a Crime, will follow the movie. Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 for more information.  Not Rated (95 min.) (2000) Co-sponsored by the Malden Public Library.

Register for Long Night’s Journey Into Day:

If you are unable to attend the Zoom film screening and discussion, you can stream the film on Kanopy by using your Malden Public Library card:




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:

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:

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:

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:

Interested in learning some basic Hindi? Sign up for Mango Languages here:

Or learn basic Nepali or Hindi with Pronunciator here:

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: & then visit us for curbside pickup. Please call us at 781-324-0218 if you have questions.