Blog: Library Events

Mini Book Sale

Join us on the front lawn (36 Salem St) on Saturday, June 12th from 11 am to 2 pm for a mini book sale, held by the Friends of the Malden Public Library.  Fiction (both adult and young adult) and children’s books will be available, along with DVDs.

After a little shopping at the library, head down to Pleasant St for the first of the City’s Summer Festivals.

We look forward to seeing you at our first mini outdoor book sale and out and about in the City.

 

StoryWalk® for June: The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley

Our new StoryWalk® for June features the marvelous picture book The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley. You are invited to walk around the library building and enjoy this entertaining story on the following dates (weather permitting, of course–precipitation and winds of 13+ mph can be a challenge):
Thursday, June 3:  10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 4:  10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 5:  10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  (if it’s not too windy)
Monday, June 7:  10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 8:  10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 9:  10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
More dates to come!
StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children—and adults!—to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll along the walkway, you’re directed to the next page in the story.
StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Library Reopening News – Welcome Back

The Malden Public Library is very, very happy to announce that we have reopened for limited in-person browsing and holds pick up by appointment. Library in-person hours will be Monday thru Saturday 11-1 PM and Wednesdays 4-6 PM.

Call 781-324-0218 to learn more or book your 20-minute appointment. Masks must be worn in the library building at all times. We can’t wait to see you.

Do you miss browsing for books in the library? Library visitors can come in and explore our “first floor browsing area” and check out new and popular items, request materials, pick up existing holds, get help at the reference / information desk, use the copier, read the daily newspapers and magazines, pick up tax forms, book a museum discount pass, and applying or renew library cards. At this time there is no access to study or meetings rooms, public computers or in-person programs. As Covid numbers continue to improve more in-person hours and services will be added.

For those still unable to come inside, the Library will continue to provide daily curbside service, virtual programs for children, teens and adults, grab & go crafts, access to 24/7 digital resources and wifi (outside the library), remote printing, and more.  Please continue to return materials using the book drop.

Curbside Hours are : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 10-6, Wednesday from 10-7, and Saturday from 10-2.

A Public Library Needs Its Public – so book your appointment today!

YA Movie Afternoon – May 21st @3:00PM

Young Adults in the 5th through 12th grade are invited to join the party online in watching a newly released film on May 21st, 2021 at 3PM. Based on the “Chaos Walking Trilogy” of books and the first entry “The Knife of Never Letting Go” this film stars Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland in a sci-fi adventure!

Join the zoom call linked below to watch the film and comment as we go:

https://zoom.us/j/97340522260

Young Adult Perler Bead Craft – Available May 12th!

Young adults in the 5th through 12th grade call the library now to reserve your Perler Bead Craft Bags at 781-324-0218.

Each bag comes with enough perler beads to make some amazing mini creations, as well as a bead board, parchment paper and some ideas on projects. Supplies of the bags are limited so call and reserve a pick-up time for them today!

At home you will need a hot iron, a flat work surface and optionally a pair of tweezers or a pen to help position your beads.

Young Adult Anime Afternoon, Friday, May 7th @3PM

Young Adults in the 5th through 12th grade are invited to join the zoom call and experience a new animated Anime show this Friday, May 7th @3PM.

We will be diving into the third stall of the upstairs bathroom and meeting Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun! Join the zoom link below and make sure to join the chat if you want to talk about the series:

https://zoom.us/j/92875114062

Black Lives in the Founding Era

The Malden Public Library, in collaboration with the Royall House & Slave Quarters in Medford, will present a series of programs that explore the role of slavery in America’s Founding Era and in our modern world. American slavery and the slave trade were central to the development of the United States and American prosperity in the North and South. As Americans in the 18th and 19th century defined liberty and freedom, enslaved and free Black people were central to abolishing slavery and imagining a freer and more just world.

On Wednesday, May 26th at 6:30 p.m., Malden Public Library Director Dora St. Martin will present a talk “Black Lives (enslaved and free) in Colonial Malden.”  The talk will share results from an ongoing research project to restore a view into the lives and work of enslaved and free Blacks in Malden’s early history.  As part Malden Declaration Day (May 27), the talk will also highlight the lives of Black colonial soldiers from Malden and their contribution to the American War of Independence.

Register for Black Lives (enslaved and free) in Colonial Malden

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpd-Cgrj0sHdBZIWQas7Zpb6ZuuH2nGu_L

The project is funded in part by Revisiting the Founding Era, a four-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented in partnership with the American Library Association, and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

 Image: Videographer Shun Liang tapes guide Lee LaFleur’s tour of the Marble Chamber in the Royall House mansion.

Malden Reads Movie Night: Wed., May 5th: 7:00pm

Join us on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:00pm for a virtual screening (via Zoom) of “Long Night’s Journey Into Day.” This film screening is part of Malden Reads’ 2021 season for the book, “Born a Crime,” by Trevor Noah.

“Following the end of apartheid in South Africa during the 1990s, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to pursue social justice, and this acclaimed documentary focuses on some of the stories that emerged from the organization’s cases. Although renowned leader Bishop Desmond Tutu appears, the film focuses primarily on everyday people, both white and black, who committed appalling crimes during apartheid and came to the commission seeking forgiveness.”—Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes gives “Long Night’s Journey Into Day” a 94% approval rating. The Los Angeles Times writes of the film, “Not merely affecting and illuminating; it concludes on a note of hope.”

This documentary examines the outcome of apartheid in South Africa and the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Authorized by Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, the TRC was established to provide public hearings to examine human-rights violations. This film is highly relevant in today’s climate of examining human rights violations, violence, and racism and in the United States. Some members of Congress believe the United States should form a “nationwide truth commission,” to have public hearings to address, reconcile, and begin to understand the “root causes of violence…accountability, healing, and reconciliation.” (Foreign Policy, July 2020).

A short discussion of the film and this year’s Malden Reads book selection, Born a Crime, will follow the movie. Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 for more information.  Not Rated (95 min.) (2000) Co-sponsored by the Malden Public Library.

Register for Long Night’s Journey Into Day: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtcu6urD0qHtLY70sXVoD775ix52lIdDd5

If you are unable to attend the Zoom film screening and discussion, you can stream the film on Kanopy by using your Malden Public Library card: https://boston.kanopy.com/product/long-nights-journey-day-0