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Book Sale Saturday, April 9

Join the Friends of the Malden Public Library for a book sale on Saturday, April 9th from 11 am to 1 pm. The sale will be held rain or shine in the Library’s Book Sale Room.  Books, DVDs, and CDs for all ages are available with prices ranging from $.25 to $2.00.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt

Kids can stop by the Children’s Room desk anytime to request a game sheet and participate in the scavenger hunt. Locate each leprechaun, write the name next to the corresponding number on the sheet, and when all 12 leprechauns have been found, bring the sheet to the Children’s Room desk to claim a little prize. Patience and good observational skills will be rewarded!

Yound Adult Gaming & Crafts – Thursday March 17th @ 3:00 PM

Young Adults in the 6th through 12th grade are invited back to the Malden Public Library on Thursday March 17th from 3:00-4:30 in the Maccario Room.

We will have our video games, board games and arts and crafts out to enjoy to welcome you back to in-person programming this Spring. Decorate your own cookies and enjoy snacks while playing games and relaxing at the library. Sign-ups for the Teen Advisory Groups next year of meetings will be open to any participants.

Jack Kerouac @ 100

Jack Kerouac at 100 3.12.1922-3.12.2022

Jack Kerouac at 100 3.12.1922-3.12.2022

Poet and novelist Jack Kerouac was born one hundred years ago today on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac explored themes of personal exploration, rejection of the status quo, and explicit portrayals of the human condition.  He had a major influence on cultural figures in the 60s. This influence continues to the current day. In celebration of his continued legacy among the great American literary figures, here is a collection of some of his works found in our library.

 

Libraries would  celebrate his work if for no other reason than this beautiful passage from Dr. Sax (1959) :

“By Saturday morning the sun is shining, the sky is piercingly heartbreakingly blue, and my sister and I are dancing over Moody Street Bridge to get out Saturday morning Library books.  All the night before I’ve been dreaming of books – I’m standing in the children’s library in the basement, rows of glazed brown books are in front of me, I reach out and open one – my soul thrills to touch the soft used meaty pages covered with avidities of reading – at last, at last, I’m opening the magic brown book – I see the great curlicued print, the immense candelabra first letters at the beginnings of chapters – and Ah! – pictures of rosy fairies in blue mist gardens with gingerbread Holland skylark rooftops (with breadcrumbs on them), talking to wistful heroines about the mean old monster on the other bosky side of the dale …”

The Jack Kerouac Society will be hosting events in Lowell, MA this weekend and throughout the year to celebrate Kerouac’s enduring legacy.

NASA @ My Library: Soda Straw Rockets

Youth and Young Adults are invited to learn rocket science!

This easy take-home craft is brought to you by the California Institute of Technology’s JPL (Jet Propulsion Lab) and will teach you how to craft a paper rocket that can be launched from a soda straw. Then it will ask you to modify and design a better rocket while measuring your results and performing Science.

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/make-a-straw-rocket/

Come to the information desk located on the first floor of the Malden Library to pick-up your craft kit (no sign-up necessary) starting today.

 

National Library Lover’s Month

Here in Massachusetts, we LOVE our Libraries. During our busy everyday lives, we don’t always get a chance to let our libraries know how much we care about them. But, in recognition of Valentine’s Day, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) invites residents from across the Commonwealth have come together to show libraries some love.  Send your love or an image of yourself reading to: https://www.lovemasslibraries.com

Chinese New Year craft – 2022 Year of Tiger

 

Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture, celebrated by Chinese families worldwide or by people interested. In the past or in some areas now, it lasts for fifteen days.  Now, most of countries will observe it for at least three days, starting from the New Year Eve.  Whole family will get together at the New Year Eve’s dinner.  Not only enjoy the traditional gourmet dishes but share what’s happened in the last year and its meaning to the whole family.  A lot of family traditions and history are passed on through this event and blessings are spread among everyone.  What a joyful time!

Chinese New Year is always associated with the twelve-animal zodiac cycle. 2022 will be the year of the tiger, starting on February 1st.  Tiger is known as courageous, competitive, self-confident, brave, and as the king of all beasts in Chinese mythology.  We certainly hope you will act like a tiger this year.

For kids, we put together a craft kit for them.  Please visit the Library to get yours.

NASA @ My Library: “SPACE FOOD” Grab-and-Go Craft

To all inspiring space technicians, this month’s NASA @ My Library program is available for sign-up and pickup at the Malden Public Library.

“SPACE FOOD” is a craft bag that asks you to create a food system for use on the International Space Station. Design your own invention and follow the directions in the bag to submit your creations via email or on twitter.

Call 781-324-0218 to place your name on the reservation list. Please limit one bag per household, recommended for ages 8 and up. Each bag comes with a goldfish snack, juice pouch and fruit leather.