Blog: Adult Program

Malden Office of Housing Stability

The Malden Office of Housing Stability will be at the Malden Public Library Wednesday, April 26th from 10 am to 12 pm for a free legal clinic to discuss housing concerns, eviction, financial assistance, affordable housing, etc. with an attorney.

Call 781-322-9119 ext. 146 or email with questions


“At Housing Families, we work with clients to ensure a dignified experience when facing
eviction or homelessness. We understand that many factors can contribute to achieving
housing equity, and we provide holistic programming to overcome the barriers required to
achieve permanent housing and well-being.
• Emergency Family Shelter
• Emergency Individual Shelter
• Permanent Supportive Housing
• Housing Search and Stabilization Case Management

Legal Services
Housing Families is committed to providing housing assistance, which also includes the
prevention of homelessness. We provide free legal assistance to help clients stay in their
homes and offer other crucial legal advice. Our legal services team is unique, as they work
with case managers and clients to identify resources, skills, and training that will in turn
provide financial support and stability.
• Free Legal Assistance
• Rental Assistance
• Case Management”

Malden Reads Film Screening: The Cats Of Mirikitani And Q&A With Director Linda Hattendorf

Malden Public Library and Malden Reads are excited to announce a special screening of the film, “The Cats of Mirikitani,” on Wednesday, March 15, 2023: 6:00-8:00pm. We will be joined by the film’s director, Linda Hattendorf (via Zoom), for a Q&A discussion after the film.

In 2001, Linda Hattendorf, meets an elderly homeless man on the streets of New York City who creates whimsical paintings of cats and only accepts money from passers-by if they take one of his paintings in exchange. As the tragedy of 9/11 unfolds, Hattendorf invites the artist into her home and learns that he is Jimmy Mirikitani, a Sacramento, California-born man whose family moved from California to Hiroshima, only to flee Japan as WWII begins. Over time, with remarkable compassion and empathy from Hattendorf, Mirikitani reveals that he is a “Grand Master Artist” who once met Jackson Pollock, and that during WWII he was one of the thousands of Japanese-American people who were forced to go to Tule Lake, one of the most notorious Japanese-American internment camps during WWII. This profound and gripping documentary is a story of art, resilience, compassion, and healing and is not to be missed.

This film screening is one of Malden Reads’ 2023 season of events for the graphic novel, “They Called Us Enemy” by George Takei.  Pick up a copy of the book in English or Spanish at the Library or read the e-book via Libby or Hoopla with your Library card. For more information about this event, please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218. Join us for the film screening in-person at the Library or register for the Q&A at:

Co-sponsored by the Malden Reads and the Malden Public Library.

TONIGHT: Malden Reads Screening of Allegiance: Wed., March 1st

Please join us for the Malden Reads Film Screening and short discussion of the Broadway play Allegiance, starring George Takei. This Film Screening is one of Malden Reads’ 2023 season of events for the graphic novel, They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei, about his experience as a young boy in several Japanese-American internment camps during WWII.

Meet us on Wednesday, March 1, 2023: 6:00-8:00pm for this special screening of the Broadway play, Allegiance. You can pick up a copy of They Called Us Enemy in English or Spanish at the Malden Public Library or you can read the e-book via the Libby app with your Library card. For more details, please contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 or check out the events on

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

50+ Job Seekers Networking Group

The Malden Public Library has just joined the Massachusetts Library Collaborative 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group.    The Job Seekers Networking Group supports people fifty years and older looking for a new job, a new career direction, re-entering the workforce after an employment gap, or looking for a “Second Act” career.  There will be biweekly skill-building and networking group meetings with a new topic at each meeting.  Attendance at each session is not necessary – but highly recommended.

Join Debbi Hope, MBA, PCIC, MC an experienced Executive Career Coach and Certified Master Coach.

WHERE:  All meetings will be via Zoom Video Conferencing.

WHEN : We offer a morning or an evening class please choose the time that works best for you:

1st and 3rd Wed, Jan – June 2023 9:30-11:30 am

2nd and 4th Wed. Jan – June afternoon 6:00-8:00

(Zoom room opens 30 minutes ahead of the start of the program for informal networking/sharing resources).

Here is the ZOOM registration link for the 50+ Job Seekers morning meetings:

Here is the ZOOM registration link for the 50+ Job Seekers evening meetings:

Faten Shelbayeh Author Talk

Join Faten Shelbayeh, owner and manager of We Care Elderly Care Services, LLC and author of You Care, We Care: Stop Elder Abuse, for an engaging discussion on senior care and the unfortunately growing trend of elder abuse in our society and how best to address it. The author talk will be on Thursday February 23rd from 6-7pm at the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St., Malden, MA. Books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information call (781) 324-0218 or email us at

Bill Powers Author Talk

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Malden Public Library to Host Bill Powers Author TalkBill Powers photo


Bill Powers will be at the Malden Public Library on December 8th from 6-7pm for an author talk on his newly published book “When the Smoked Cleared: A Murder Mystery in Malden.” Early on a summer morning in 2000 what started off as possible arson in a Malden residential complex quickly turned into a homicide investigation. Detective Lieutenant Bill Powers was on-scene that morning as senior supervisor of the Massachusetts State Police Unit assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. This true crime thriller takes the reader from the crime scene, through the trial prep and court proceedings, to the final verdict.  His position and direct involvement in the case offers a unique perspective on the people involved in solving and prosecuting capital crimes.


From the book “Beyond a police and courtroom procedural, this story is about the personal struggles in the victim’s life and how her death impacted her family’s lives in ways no one could have foreseen. It is a love story that grew from unspeakable tragedy.”

For more information on Bill Powers including his previous book Murderous Rage, visit



Cookbook Author Event: Francesca Montillo of the Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures

Join the Malden Library in welcoming local cookbook author and founder of the Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures, Francesca Montillo. On Thursday December 15th at 7pm Francesca will present a program on Italian cooking traditions and her experiences as a native Italian leading culinary tours of Italy. Books will be available to purchase at the program.


About the author: “Francesca Montillo is a native Italian and currently resides between Boston and her native land. She is the owner and founder of Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures, which offers in-person cooking classes, as well as Zoom cooking classes for team building and special celebrations. Francesca also offers food and wine tours to Italy and has brought small groups to various regions, including Puglia, Emilia Romagna, Sicily and beyond. Francesca is also a food and travel writer and is on staff at several magazines.

She can be reached at” –Author’s bio

Let’s Talk About a Poem with Lloyd Schwartz

Join Lloyd Schwartz and the Malden Library on Zoom to talk about the poem: “A Refusal to Mourn for the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London” By Dylan Thomas. Registration is requested. To get your Zoom invite by following this link to register:

Lloyd Schwartz is an American poet and lives and writes in the Boston area.

“His collections of poetry include Who’s on First? New and Selected Poems (2021), Little Kisses (2017), Cairo Traffic (2000), Goodnight, Gracie (1992), and These People (1981). His poetry has also been featured in the anthologies Best American Poetry (1991, 1994, 2019), The Best of the Best American Poetry (2013), and Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud (2009). His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry magazinethe Atlantic, the New Republic, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Agni, Consequence, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.  Schwartz is the editor of Prose: Elizabeth Bishop (2011) and coeditor of Elizabeth Bishop and Her Art (1983) and of the Library of America’s Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters (2008).

Schwartz also served as the classical music editor of the Boston Phoenix. Three-time winner of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Deems Taylor Awards, he has received a Professional Music Fraternity’s Radio and Television Award as well as support from the Amphion Foundation. Music In—and On—the Air (2013) offers a selection of his classical music criticism for the National Public Radio program Fresh Air.

Schwartz’s poems have been selected for the Pushcart Prize. Additional honors include a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Somerville Arts Council, an Associates of the Boston Public Library Literary Lights Award, and a 2019 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Poetry. Schwartz has served on the executive board of PEN New England and is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, where he has served as director of the creative writing program. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he was the Poet Laureate of the City of Somerville from 2019 to 2021.”–Poetry Foundation

This program is made possible by the Malden Public Library and the Academy of American Poets and funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation