Blog: Library Events

Researching African American Genealogy with Genealogist Melanie McComb 2.13.24

This event is postponed due to weather.

Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 pm join us for a lecture and Q&A about researching African American genealogy. This will be a hybrid event: you can either join us in the Maccario for a live stream with a moderated question and answer period, or join us from home via Zoom and ask your questions in the chat. We are really looking forward to learning more about the tools available to people researching their ancestry. This should be a fascinating and informative event for all members of the community. So please join us! Registration is required, please use the link here:

All registered participants (whether in person or online) will receive a recording of the program via email after the program concludes.

Getting Started in African American Genealogy 

Researching African American ancestors can be challenging, especially when trying to break through the 1870 brick wall to discover more about ancestors prior to the end of slavery. In this presentation, Genealogist Melanie McComb will discuss go-to records and demonstrate creative search strategies for piecing together your family history.

Melanie McComb, Senior Genealogist, assists library visitors, both on-site and online, with their family history research. She is an international lecturer who teaches on a variety of topics. Melanie holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. She previously served as the social media coordinator for the NextGen Genealogy Network, a non-profit that creates a community for younger genealogists, where she managed the Facebook and Twitter accounts. She continues her interest in helping younger genealogists get involved at American Ancestors by assisting with educational programs from local schools, scout groups, and universities. Her areas of expertise include Irish genealogy, DNA, Atlantic Canada, Jewish genealogy, and military records.

Malden Reads Film Screening: Wed., Feb., 28th: 6:00-8:30pm

Please join us for the Malden Reads Film Screening and discussion of the film, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution. The film will be shown on Wednesday, February 28, 2024: 6:00-8:30pm.

If you are unable to attend the Film Screening in person, please join us at the Zoom link below.

This Film Screening is one of Malden Reads’ 2024 season of events for the book, Being Heumann, by the “Mother of the Diasability Rights Movement,” Judith Heumann. The film will be followed by a discussion with our special guest, Salima Slimane.

Salima Slimane is currently an Arabic and French lecturer at Boston University. She holds an Ed.M. in Special Education from BU’s Wheelock School of Education & Human Development. Salima is very passionate about special education and promoting inclusive practices. She is on the board of Mass Advocates for Children, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to removing barriers to educational and life opportunities for children and youth.

You can pick up a copy of Being Heumann at the Malden Public Library. The e-book and e-audiobook is also available on the Libby app with your Malden, Boston, or Chelsea Public Library card here:

For more details about our Malden Reads Film Screening events, please contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218. Light refreshments will be served. The film is Rated R (107 min.) (2020) 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

This event is co-sponsored by Malden Reads and Malden Public Library.

Zoom link:

Topic: Malden Reads Film Screening and Discussion
Time: Feb 28, 2024 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Malden Reads Kickoff @ the Library

Join us on Thursday, January 25th, from 6–8 pm for an evening of entertainment and information here at the Library to kick off our 2024 season of Malden Reads.

The book chosen this year is Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann. The book highlights the history of the disability rights movement in our country through a personal memoir of one of its most recognized leaders.

Music, speakers, and light snacks will be available while you share an evening with friends and learn more about our community.

Author Event – Dr. Jamie Wilson

Thursday January 11th from 7pm – 8pm.

Jamie Wilson is a Professor of History at Salem State University where he teaches courses in Black History, History of Race and Ethnicity, Race and Ethnicity Studies, and United States History. He is also the author and editor of half dozen books including a recently published biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., titled Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life in American History. For the 2023-2024 academic year Wilson is the lead historian with the National Council for History Education to help create a professional development program for teachers in the School District of Osceola County and Brevard Public Schools in Florida that centers around the theme The Power of Music During the Civil Rights Movement. He lives in Malden with his wife, Staci, and two challenging, but lovely daughters.

Movie Night: Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 6:00-8:30pm. We will be showing a film starring Paul Giamatti about The Holdovers, a group of New England prep students who are left behind during the holidays. The movie was filmed throughout Boston and Massachusetts.

“A curmudgeonly instructor (Giamatti) at a New England prep school is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually, he forms an unlikely bond with one of them a damaged, brainy troublemaker, and with the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam.” Rated R (134 min.) (2023)

Free snacks will be provided. Movie times are approximate.


Introduction to Zentangle, January 4th @6pm

Are you looking for an opportunity to start the new year with some mindful drawing?  The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  Lori Champine, a certified Zentangle instructor will be leading an introductory class on Thursday January 4th from 6pm -8pm.  The class is limited to 20 participants and all supplies will be provided.

This program is geared for those 14 years and older.

Registration is required.  Introduction to Zentangle




Do You Have MassHealth? MVES Will Be At The Library Thursday, Dec. 14th: 2-4pm

New Time: Do you have questions about renewing MassHealth? Mystic Valley Elder Services will be at the Malden Public Library on Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 2-4pm to answer your questions. If you have MassHealth, you will need to renew your coverage this year. Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) will be at the Malden Public Library over the next few months to discuss how to renew your health benefits through MassHealth. No appointment necessary.
The Library will also have some MassHealth renewal information flyers available in other languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Portuguese, and Haitian-Creole.
Drop by the Library at the time listed below to talk with MVES (please note time change):
December 14, 2023: 2:00-4:00pm (Thursday)