Blog: Library Events

Special Tour : Honoring the Legacy of Frank Stella 5.18.24

Saturday May 18th at 2pm, Library Director Dora St. Martin will offer a special tour of the Converse Galleries for International Museum Day. This year is especially significant because of the sad passing of Frank Stella, a former Maldonian and inovative artist. In honor of his contributions to art and to our Galleries the tour will focus on his work and its influences. . Stella was born and raised in Malden and the library has been fortunate to acquire several of his pieces. Please join us for this very special memorial tour honoring the legacy of this our very own Frank Stella.

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.

Board Game Night for Adults! Wednesday, Apr 10th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Adults are welcome to come to the Program Room for a night of friends & gaming as we bring out our collection of board games to play.

Join us on Wednesday, April 10th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, and play one of our many popular board games or bring your own to play! Board Game Night for Adults is the second Wednesday of the month, so mark your calendars now!

We are out of Eclipse Glasses

Our programs are full! We have completely maxed out our supply of eclipse glasses. But if you still want to view the eclipse with us we will be live streaming it through NASA on a big screen in the library. You can also join us on the lawn and bring your own viewing device such as a pin hole viewer. You can learn how to make one here: Pin Hole Camera 

We at the library hope that you have a happy and safe eclipse! And thank you for being so excited about science and our planet. It is wonderful that an event like this can bring so many people together!

April Book Discussion Thursday April 25th from 7-8pm

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner is the title for April.

“Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientèle. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.” Bibliocommons

Print copies are available at the Information Desk.  Ebooks and audio books are available through Libby. The Lost Apothecary

Registration is encouraged, to sign up click here : April Book Discussion

Celebrate the Eclipse at the Library

On April 8th, 2024 a total solar eclipse will be making it’s way across North America.  The library will be streaming the entire event starting at 1pm thru the eyes of NASA.

Join us on the lawn to view the solar eclipse. Starting at 2pm we will hand out eclipse glasses to all registrants so they may view this once in a lifetime event with us at the library.

Glasses will not be available before the event and will not be available to anyone viewing the eclipse elsewhere.

Registration is required: Celebrate the Eclipse

 

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.

Mayor’s Book Discussion for Malden Reads

Join us on Wednesday, March 27th from 6:30–7:30 pm for a book discussion with Malden Mayor Gary Christenson of this year’s Malden Reads selection Being Heumann by Judith Heumann. We will meet in the Ryder Gallery of the Converse Art Galleries and light refreshments will be offered. A Zoom link will be provided closer to the date, for those that would like to attend from home.

Join Malden Reads: One City, One Book as we explore themes related to Being Heumann for our 14th year, including disability awareness; hidden disabilities; the benefit of ADA to non-disabled people; advances in technology for people with disabilities; civil rights, human rights, and how bills like the ADA become law; the power of one person working in collaboration with a team to create change.

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