Blog: Author: Stacy Holder

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.”

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: mplenglishclass@gmail.com

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.)