Blog: Library Events

DC’s Wonder Woman to lasso up Library Card Sign-up Month 2020

This September, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a new mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. A founding member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman is known for strength, compassion and truth. Armed with the Lasso of Truth, Wonder Woman makes a perfect ambassador to support the value of learning and the role libraries play in transforming lives and strengthening communities through education.

Create by Malden High School graduate William Moulton Marston, fans can learn more about Wonder Woman at DCcomics.com. Since her introduction in October 1941 in All-Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman has graced comics, video games, headlined her own television show and feature films, and appears in the hit animated series “DC Super Hero Girls” on Cartoon Network and Netflix.

While Malden Public Library remains physically closed, you can still use our online resources to read or listen to a book, read a magazine or newspaper, watch a movie or TV show, learn a language, update your resume, and so many other things.

Don’t have a library card yet? Click HERE, fill out the form and please include Name, Address, Email Address, Phone Number, and cell phone provider and we will email you back your library card information.

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.

Now is the time to do and learn all of the things you’ve wanted to for a long time.  Malden Public Library can help.

 

RBdigital Audiobooks Moving to OverDrive on August 25

Beginning August 25, most audiobook and ebook titles available through our RBDigital service will be moving to our OverDrive collection.  OverDrive has acquired the RBdigital platform and this  means a few changes for you as a user of RBDigital, so we wanted to make sure you knew what to expect.

What happens on August 25?

As of August 25th, audiobooks will no longer be available in our RBDigital collection. Most of these titles will be transferred to our OverDrive collection and you can use the Libby or OverDrive apps to check out, download, and listen to them.

What about the titles I’m still listening to in RBDigital?

Any titles you have checked out on August 25th will still be available in your account until the end of their loan period.

Will I lose my RBDigital holds?

We won’t be able to transfer RBDigital holds to OverDrive, unfortunately. Please place new holds in OverDrive after the titles have transferred.

Are magazines and other RBDigital services moving to OverDrive as well?

Not at this time. You will still be able to check out magazines on RBDigital for several months, but these magazine titles will eventually move to OverDrive as well. Check our website for news about this move in late 2020.

What else do I need to know?

For more information, please read the OverDrive FAQ.

https://www.overdrive.com/RBdigital-transition-preview

 

100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment #Malden

100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment,  passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920.  As a widow, Malden resident and former mill girl Harriet Robinson rented out rooms to support herself, her three daughters and her aged mother. She became increasingly active in the women’s suffrage movement. Harriet and her daughter Harriet Lucy Robinson Shattuck organized the National Woman Suffrage Association of Massachusetts and Harriet made the opening address at their 1881 Boston Convention Image: Suffragette Coat and Skirt Set (early 20th Century), owned by Jenny Poole James and donated by Susan Amerige James Clark. Coat and skirt set were worn to suffragette events. Clothing made in Malden tailor Hyman Broos of 92 Pleasant Street. From the Malden Historical Society Collection.

100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Today is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920. Even after ratification millions of women were still unable to vote: Puerto Rican women were excluded from the 19th Amendment and could not vote until 1935, the lack of US citizenship limited voting rights for many Native American (1924) and Asian immigrant women (1952), African American women especially in the South experienced discrimination that kept them from the polls (1965); and many immigrants faced language barriers to voting. Image from Rightfully Hers, an exhibition organized by the National Archives and Records Administration exploring the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. https://museum.archives.gov/rightfully-hers

Armchair Travel / Travel Chat: Favorite Places Near and Far

Away we go!  The good news is, you needn’t stop dreaming. In fact, now is a great time to reminisce about your favorite places and ignite the spark for your next adventure.  Join like-minded travelers virtually on Monday, August 17, at 7 p.m. for a one hour online chat, share photographs of your favorite travels and learn new places to put on your bucket list.  The program will also discuss travel resources online and at your library.  The program will be presented on zoom with instructions posted one hour before the start of the program at https://maldenpubliclibrary.org/. When travel isn’t an option, there armchair travel.  For more information, contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218.

Panel recap: Mythmaking and upcoming creative events!

If you missed our first ever panel discussion about myth, fairy tales, film, and storytelling you can watch the whole event on YouTube.

You should also check out our upcoming 10th Annual Public Reading by The Malden Writers’ Collaborative. Celebrate writing! Join Malden’s own creative writing group, the Malden Writers’ Collaborative, for their 10th Annual Public Reading on Thursday, August 20th 7-8:30PM online.

Members of the 2019-2020 season will read original works:

Jason Rubin – “Little Red Pool of Blood”
Felicia Ryan – Blue – “Blue is the color of the year”, “Drift Away” and “Trapped in my Yoga Top”
Rebekah Brooks – Ceaseless Faith
Jason Kenney – “No Sign of the Morning”
Heather Angell – an unnamed selection
Jeff Taylor – poems “Wall Dogs”, “Catfish” and “WAKEY, WAKEY”
Christopher Hickey – “Fall Guise”

Please help support our wonderful creative communities and join us for our panels, public readings, and other library events. We are hoping to bring you more of these unique events in the Fall while highlighting the rich creative traditions of our Malden community.

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Reserve your Book Bundle today!

The Malden Public Library is now offering Book Bundles of picture books, early readers, and board books in popular themes! 

To reserve your book bundle, call our Info Desk (781-324-0218, Monday-Friday, 10:15 am – 5:30 pm) or send an email to rsmith(at)maldenpubliclibrary.org and let us know your name, library card number, and which book bundle you’re interested in. One bundle per child, please.

When you receive notification (by email or phone) that your books are waiting on our holds shelf, call the Circulation Desk at the above number, provide your name and library card number, and schedule your pick-up time. 

Current Picture Book Bundles:

Shapes – Grandmas – Pirates – Underwear – Counting – Dinosaurs – Pigs – Dogs – Stanley – Bears – Elephants – Monsters – Birds – Knights – Telling Time – Ice Cream – Sharks – Trucks – Presidents – Robots – Babies – Ducks

Early Reader Bundles:

Fly Guy – Elephant & Piggie – Little Bear – Poppleton – Henry and Mudge – Biscuit – Fancy Nancy – Little Critter – Cat in the Hat Learning Library

Board Book Bundles:

ABC – Trucks – Colors – Numbers – Boynton

Thursday, August 20th 7-8:30PM 10th Annual Public Reading by The Malden Writers’ Collaborative

Watch live on the Malden Public Library’s YouTube Channel
Celebrate writing! Join Malden’s own creative writing group, the Malden Writers’ Collaborative, for their 10th Annual Public Reading on Thursday, August 20th 7-8:30PM online. The group meets twice a month to workshop each others’ work, share ideas, and practice writing techniques. A link will be posted shortly before the event.

Members of the 2019-2020 season will read original works:

    Jason Rubin – “Little Red Pool of Blood”
    Felicia Ryan – Blue – “Blue is the color of the year”, “Drift Away” and “Trapped in my Yoga Top”
    Rebekah Brooks – Ceaseless Faith
    Jason Kenney – “No Sign of the Morning”
    Heather Angell – an unnamed selection
    Jeff Taylor – poems “Wall Dogs”, “Catfish” and “WAKEY, WAKEY”
    Christopher Hickey – “Fall Guise”

Some content may be inappropriate for children.

New: Virtual Movie Night Chat via Zoom

Join us for Malden Public Library’s first Virtual Movie Night Chat via Zoom on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, from 7:00-8:00pm. Watch This Beautiful Fantastic at home and join us for the online chat. The film stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) and Tom Wilkerson.

This Beautiful Fantastic is “A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the unlikely of friendship between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London.” If you love libraries, books, or gardening, you might enjoy this enchanting, romantic hidden gem. This Beautiful Fantastic is wonderful storytelling for the whole family. Rated PG (93 min.) (2016)

Join us for a relaxed chat online and share your ideas about the film; it would be great to connect with the Malden community.

Use your Malden Public Library Card to set up an account and

Find the film here (Kanopy): https://boston.kanopy.com/product/beautiful-fantastic

Or here (Hoopla): https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11821610

You must register for this event by e-mailing: mplcinemalden@gmail.com

Details of the Zoom chat will be sent to you shortly before the film chat starts.

New English Conversation Class via Zoom

Do you want to learn to speak English? We have a new English Conversation Class for adult students. Learn English at home on your computer or smartphone. Classes meet online via Zoom on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm. You must register for the class. Please e-mail Stacy Holder (English Conversation Librarian) at: mplenglishclass@gmail.com

Free Book for the first 20 students. We will have general English conversation and we will read part of “The Old Man and the Sea.”