Blog: Author: Stacy Holder

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:

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):

Or here (Hoopla):

You must register for this event by e-mailing:

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:

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.”

Virtual English Conversation Class (ELL) & The Old Man And The Sea via Zoom

Adult students who would like to learn and practice their English skills are welcome to join our virtual English conversation class via Zoom. This English Language Learners (ELL) class will be on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm. The first class starts this Wednesday, July 22, 2020 for general conversation.

We will talk about daily life, life in the United States, learn some new vocabulary, and chat in a friendly and supportive environment. This summer we will also read and discuss the classic book, “The Old Man and the Sea,” by Ernest Hemingway. Malden Public Library will provide the book for you.

Registration required. The class is limited to 20 students. More details will be provided once students are registered.

You must register for the class by e-mailing:

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:
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 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.)