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Massachusetts Must Read Author Series: Barry Van Dusen – Finding Sancturary

Enjoy a virtual talk on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22  7:00—8:00 PM  with writer and artist Barry Van Dusen, recently recognized by the Massachusetts Center for the Book as one of Massachusetts’s must-read authors of the year. Join Van Dusen for a presentation on his latest book, “Finding Sanctuary: An Artist Explores the Nature of Mass Audubon,” via Zoom. Presented virtually by the Tewksbury Public Library, the State Library of Massachusetts, in collaboration with a number of Massachusetts libraries.

Over the course of four-and-a-half years, nature artist Barry Van Dusen visited all 61 of Mass Audubon’s public wildlife sanctuaries, nature centers, and museums, producing drawings and paintings at each location. Follow his travels and share in his adventures—from the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to the mountain peaks of the Berkshires. Learn about hatching turtles on Cape Cod, rare orchids in the Connecticut River Valley, and a bear encounter in a western Massachusetts forest.  Birders, naturalists, conservationists, gardeners, artists, art appreciators, and all outdoor folks will enjoy this presentation.

Barry W. Van Dusen is an internationally recognized wildlife artist living in central Massachusetts. His articles and paintings have been featured in Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birding, and Yankee magazines and he has illustrated a variety of natural history books and pocket guides in association with the Massachusetts Audubon Society. In 1994 Barry was elected a full member of London’s Society of Wildlife Artists. His work has been exhibited regularly in the prestigious Birds in Art Exhibition (Wausau, Wisconsin) as well as in many galleries in the United States and Europe. At the invitation of the Artists for Nature Foundation, Barry has travelled to Spain, Ireland, England, Israel, India and Peru, working alongside other wildlife artists to raise money for conservation of threatened habitats. Learn more about Van Dusen.  Presented in collaboration with a number of Massachusetts libraries.

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1fcshIDoRDipgiXQtt6Abg

Extended to Nov 30 – Acclaimed Artist John Day’s Work Comes Home to Malden

Following a successful solo show in Geneva, Switzerland, the work of Malden born artist John Day comes to the Malden Public Library’s Converse Galleries for a month long exhibition: John Day: A Glimpse of Color.

John Day was born in Malden on May 27, 1932 and sold his first painting at the age of fifteen.  His father was an anesthesiologist and his mother was a classical pianist and music teacher. After graduating from Malden High School (class of 1949) where he had already exhibited his talent for, and commitment to, painting, he spent a year at Syracuse University‘s School of Art, before transferring  to Yale University’s School of Art & Architecture. During his years at Yale, he studied with legendary teacher and color theorist Josef Albers. In 1970 he became a Professor of Art at William Paterson College in New Jersey.

Over the next three decades, Day tested and explored a number of different artistic styles, ranging from impressionistic landscapes, to collages, to precisely-blended color meditations.  Many of his early collages were torn-paper landscapes that reference the work of the nouveau réalistes such as Raymond Hains from the 1960’s. His surrealist “Erebos” series illustrates his interest in the art and life of Ancient Greece. The abstract paintings from the last phase of his life evoke the spiritual intensity of Mark Rothko’s work. John Day won recognition with numerous awards, prizes and grants including stays at Yaddo and the McDowell Colony, an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant, numerous first prizes at judged exhibitions.  From 1961 through 1984, he had an annual one-man exhibitions at galleries in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Paris. He was also included in numerous group exhibitions, including those at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum in New York City; the American Embassy in London; the Musée Pompidou, the Foundation Maeght, and Marseilles’ Musée Cantini in France; the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, New York; the Montclair Museum in New Jersey; the Harmon Gallery in Naples, Florida.  He continued his devotion to serious art until his death in New York City on April 15, 1982, one of the early victims of the AIDS epidemic.

His paintings are found in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Musée Pompidou in Paris, and in corporate collections around the world.

Until November 15, gallery hours are Wednesday and Saturdays 2-4 and by appointment.  Due to Covid limits, please contact the Library at info@maldenpubliclibrary.org or by phone at 781-324-0218 to schedule an individual or group visit.

 

How to Publish Your Book

Monday, November 8th 7 PM   Join local authors Jason Rubin, Randy Ross, and Judah Leblang to learn about agents, small presses, and self-publishing.
This panel presentation will be held online via Zoom with an opportunity to ask questions.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

13 Ghosts: Library Ghost Scavenger Hunt

The library is HAUNTED!!! 13 ghosts have moved into the stacks. Help the library catch and catalog these ghostly visitors by following the clues to each individual ghost and logging them on our Ghost Containment sheet. Once you’ve found all 13 ghosts bring the sheet to the Circulation desk and get a prize.

This program is best enjoyed with a cell phone QR code scanner, but there are printed clues with each ghost so don’t let technology get in the way of a ghostly good time!These ghosts are only here until the candy runs out, so come by for a little scavenger hunt fun!

The Joy of Fine Art Prints

Elizabeth Rudy, curator at the Harvard Art Museums, will present “The Inexhaustible Joy of Prints,” a discussion of her daily work of teaching and talking about fine art prints.  This one hour, virtual talk will be held on Wednesday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Rudy is the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints at the Harvard Art Museums. She is responsible for the objects in the museums’ print collection, which spans the Renaissance to the contemporary era. Her research focuses on prints of the 18th and 19th centuries, with particular interests in etching, book illustration, and works by the artist Pierre-Paul Prud’hon.

The series is part of the Malden Public Library’s current exhibition “The Fine Art of Prints and Printmaking,” now on display in the Converse Memorial Building’s Giso-Nutall Gallery. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvfuGtqTwpHdwCImdGQnV4Wnr1PBCyC1Xy

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Bestselling Author Jeffrey Archer in Conversation with Hank Phillippi Ryan
Saturday, October 23rd 2PM

Join Jeffrey Archer as he reads from his new book, Over My Dead Body.

Register Here.

About The Author: Jeffrey Archer is one of the world’s bestselling authors, with sales of over 275 million copies in 97 countries, and is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (twenty times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries). He was born in London, and brought up in the West Country. He gained a Blue in Athletics at Oxford, was President of the University Athletics Club, and went on to run the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966. Jeffrey has served five years in the House of Commons as a Member of Parliament, and twenty-nine years as a Member of the House of Lords. Learn more about Jeffrey HERE.

About the Book: Over My Dead Body is an unputdownable story of murder, revenge and betrayal from international number one bestseller Jeffrey Archer. The clock is ticking in this rollercoaster ride of a thriller. In London, the Metropolitan Police set up a new Unsolved Murders Unit―a cold case squad―to catch the criminals nobody else can. In Geneva, millionaire art collector Miles Faulkner―convicted of forgery and theft―was pronounced dead two months ago. So why is his unscrupulous lawyer still representing a dead client? On a luxury liner en route to New York, the battle for power within a wealthy dynasty is about to turn to murder. And at the heart of all three investigations are Detective Chief Inspector William Warwick, rising star of the department, and ex-undercover agent Ross Hogan, brought in from the cold. But can they catch the killers before it’s too late?

This event is hosted by the Tewksbury Public Library in collaboration with Haley Booksellers and many other Massachusetts Public Libraries.

Book Sale

The Friends of the Malden Public Library will hold an outdoor book sale on Saturday, October 16th from 11 am to 1 pm.

Fiction books, incl. young adult – $1 each

Children’s books – 25¢ each or 5/$1

DVDs – $1 each

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Learn to Deal with Pandemic Weight Gain

On Wednesday, October 27, at 6:00 p.m., the Malden Public Library will present a talk by Julio Salado, founder of the Fitness Foundry.  Have you experienced pandemic weight gain and the negative effects of lockdown?  According to experts, weight gain and disordered eating spiked during the stress of the pandemic.

Learn health ways to reach your weight loss goals. Learn how to overcome the roller coaster of weight loss and gain. BREAK out of breaking even is the FIRST system to address the phenomenon of “breaking even”!  You will develop skills and self-awareness for long term weight loss management. The program is designed to be sustainable, flexible, and customized to fit your lifestyle and goals.

Julio Salado is Malden’s award-winning National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Recognized Certified Personal Trainer with Distinction, and the founder of Fitnessfoundry.net, a leading online resource for health and wellness.

The program is free. This program will be presented virtually via Zoom.  To register at the Link below:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtf-6orzouEtzD5xlOvuRkh3xuWFeFoGXs

or call the Malden Public Library for more information at 781-324-0218.

Malden Public Library is officially a NASA@ My Library partner!

We’re thrilled to announce that the Malden Public Library has been selected to be part of NASA@ My Library, a nationwide science-technology programming initiative.

Get ready for some STEAM and NASA programs, everyone! This program is focused on getting the youth into STEAM programs related to space, but we will have live and online events for patrons of all ages!

@STARLibraries @AmericanLibraryAssociation #STEMinLib

Movie Night in the Park at Rivers Edge: Fri., Oct. 8th: 7:00pm

The Malden Public Library and Preotle, Lane & Associates present “Movie Night in the Park at River’s Edge” on Friday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m.

The movie will be on The Park at River’s Edge Great Lawn adjacent to 200 River’s Edge Drive in Medford. The Great Lawn section of the park will be transformed into an outdoor movie theatre where residents and visitors of all ages are welcome to gather and enjoy a free movie night featuring “Hotel Transylvania.”

The movie tells the story of Count Dracula, he’s the owner of the hotel called Hotel Transylvania where the world’s monsters can take a rest from humans. Dracula invites some of the most famous monsters to celebrate the 118th birthday of his beloved daughter Mavis. When the “human free hotel” is unexpectedly visited by an ordinary 21-year-old traveler named Jonathan, Dracula must do everything in his power to prevent Mavis from falling in love with him before the hotel’s guests learn a human is in the castle. The film is rated PG.

Attendees should bring their own blankets or chairs for use, drinks and snacks will be served.

The event is sponsored by the Malden Public Library and Preotle & Lane Associates. For more information, call the Library at 781-321-0218 or PL Management 781-391-8900.