Blog: Library Events

It’s Census Day – Be Counted!

Many of Malden’s services rely on an accurate count in order to get the proper funding for programs. Libraries, hospitals, schools, lunch programs and more are all effected. The census also effects our representation in Congress.  On or about March 12, every household will receive a postcard with a unique identifier, asking them to complete the census online.

The phone lines are now live from 7 AM to 2 AM in 13 different languages.

* English: 844-330-2020

* Spanish: 844-468-2020

* Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020

* Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020

* Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
* Korean: 844-392-2020

* Russian: 844-417-2020

* Arabic: 844-416-2020

* Tagalog: 844-478-2020

* Polish: 844-479-2020

* French: 844-494-2020

* Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020

* Portuguese: 844-474-2020

* Japanese: 844-460-2020

Telephone Display Device (TDD) 844-467-2020 will also be available for  people who have hearing impairments.

 

LIBRARY BUILDING CLOSED EFFECTIVE MARCH 14

Along with schools and other City buildings, the Malden Public Library will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 14.  All programs, events and all outside use of meeting rooms have been cancelled until April 9th.

PLEASE RETURN ITEMS TO THE OUTSIDE BOOKDROPS OR KEEP THEM UNTIL THE LIBRARY REOPENS.  ALL OVERDUE FINES WILL BE WAIVED.

We will be here to serve you as best we can.  For information and assistance, contact us at

https://maldenpubliclibrary.org/contact-us/ or by phone at (781) 333-0640.

Also follow us on Facebook as we add new online services at https://www.facebook.com/MaldenMALibrary/

Stay safe everyone and we look forward to seeing you soon.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS POSTPONED

The Malden Public Library will be canceling or postponing all programs, events and all outside use of meeting rooms until April 9th.  The Library remains open for all other services at this time.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dora St. Martin, Library Director, at 781-324-0218.

The Library will be temporarily waiving Overdue fines for our library patrons until May 1st. This measure is being taken to eliminate feelings of pressure among our patrons to come out to return materials even if they are not feeling well.

Updates and information concerning the COVID-19 will be posted on our website at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.

We will keep you informed of any additional changes as this rapidly changing public health situation continues.

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.)

February artist Dominique Lecomte

Dominique likes the little things of life, the spectacle of nature, the lines and shapes of the world. He uses them to create images, to map voyages, to share impressions. He wants his work to be colorful, warm, and a bit mysterious. It should make you smile, travel, wonder, so you’ll want to take it home with you.

Dominique’s exhibit will be on display the month of February.

POSTPONED: Thursday, March 26th 6:30PM Gardening Program: Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Beneficials

“Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Beneficials,” a 90 minute presentation about welcoming pollinators and other beneficial wildlife, will be offered by naturalist and landscaper John Root at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 26th. Free; perennials for edible landscaping and attracting birds, butterflies, and other beneficial wildlife will be offered for sale.

This program is supported in part by the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Converse Memorial Building & Art Tour: An Exploration of Visual Literacy

Join us on Saturday, February 15th at 11:00 a.m. for an exciting tour of Malden Public Library’s Converse Memorial Building and Art Galleries.  Do you wish you could better understand and critique the images that saturate your waking life?  That’s the purpose of visual literacy.  We will explore the concept of visual literacy while exploring great works by European and American master artists.   The Malden Public Library art collection was made possible through the generous donations Elisha and Mary Diana  Converse.  Limited to 25.  Register by calling 781-324-0218.

“The Miracle Flower”:
Learn Pastels with Gregory Maichack
Thursday, March 12th 6-8PM

Learn the art of pastels with artist Gregory Maichack in this adult art workshop. Call 781-324-0218 to sign up. Space is limited.

In this new, highly researched two-hour workshop, participants have fun producing their own pastel painting inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s enormous mural, The Miracle Flower, which Elizabeth Arden, the cosmetics mogul, commissioned her to paint in 1936.

Gregory Maichack is a seasoned pro at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston; Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and hundreds of libraries and local cultural councils. He guides participants through the process with everything they need to know to pastel paint any subject. Expressive and fun, you will quickly learn how easy and direct pastel painting is and as always, all will keep their pastel painting.

This event is generously sponsored by the Malden Cultural Council and the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

The Art of Slowing Down: One Painting / One Hour

Enjoy the pleasure and power of slow looking! Join us on Saturday, March 28th at 11:00 a.m. for One Painting / One Hour in the Converse Memorial Building’s Ryder Gallery.   A growing number of museums now offer “slow art” tours or days that encourage visitors to take their time.  One Painting / One Hour was developed from the observation that viewers, in museums and galleries, spend an average of 15 to 30 seconds in front of any given art work; and the pace of life on the Internet makes this seem normal.

As part of the library’s focus visual literacy, this program is a chance for participants to slow down and dive deep for 60 minutes of focused looking, consideration, conversation, and interpretation of a single artwork.   In March we will focus our collective attention on English landscape painter John Linnell’s The Barley Harvest (1874).

The Malden Public Library art collection was made possible through the generous donations Elisha and Mary Diana Converse.  The program is limited to 15.  Register by calling 781-324-0218.