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Friday Folk and Fairy Tales for Adults Complete Schedule!

Spend your Friday afternoons with the staff at the Malden Public Library reading you grown up folk and fairy tales. Listen to heros, heroines, tragic lovers, transformed travelers, and dancers with the devil as they meet challenges and overcome them. Let us tell you a story and while we are at it inspire you to take another look at your own challenges with fresh eyes and renewed purpose. Books and stories are our road maps to the struggles that always face human kind. And fairy tales take those struggles and distill them down to their essential matter, hide them in a bit of the fantastic, and then give us the strength and inspiration to push on no matter how big the dragon or how large our pile of straw becomes.

We’ll post new readings every Friday at 1215pm, you can catch the link on our calendar or Facebook event listing. You can also listen and watch on our Youtube channel or find our playlist and catch up on the stories you missed.

Complete list of events:

June 26th @ 1215 pm

July 3rd @ 1215 pm

July 10th @ 1215 pm

July 17th @ 1215 pm

July 24th @ 1215 pm

July 31st @ 1215 pm

August 7th @ 1215 pm

August 14th @ 1215 pm

August 21st @ 1215 pm

August 28th @ 1215 pm

And check out our Fall offerings when they arrive. As with most adventures things may change and new challenges may come so check back with us to see where we’ve gotten to on our journey.

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Virtual Book Hangouts with the Staff

Looking for your next summer read? Or do you have a book you are dying to share with people? Spend an hour with some book lovers and librarians to talk about the books you loved, books you hated, or get some first hand recommendations for new books to try. There are multiple upcoming dates so check here to see when you can drop by on Zoom for a chat with some fellow readers.

Upcoming dates:

Tuesday 7/28 @12:15 pm

Thursday 8/13 @ 12:15 pm

Tuesday 8/18 @ 7:30 pm

Thursday 8/27 @ 12:15 pm

Tuesday 9/1 @ 7:30 pm

Links to this Zoom program are typically posted 5-15 minutes prior to the event and can be reached by clicking on the event on our calendar or by following the Zoom link posted on the FB event page. If you have trouble accessing Zoom or this program you can call the library during our hours of operation and a librarian will be happy to help you.

Check back for more dates in September. And look for our updated book recommendations from each session posted to our social media.

Campfire Ghost Stories (New recurring event!)

Horror fans, podcast ghouls, and people who love a good scare before bedtime join us for virtual campfire ghost stories. If you were a fan of Are You Afraid of the Dark? or are missing the feeling of a chilly night with a good fire under the stars then these are the tales for you! Haunted tales told with a virtual fire crackling in the background; we will scare you, delight you, and hopefully lull you into a night of uneasy dreams. Muhahaha.

After each creepy episode you can come back here to relive the stories or catch up on stories you might have missed. In fact here comes one right now!

Schedule of haunts:

Thursday 7/23 @730 pm 

 

Thursday 7/30 @ 730pm

Tuesday 8/4 @ 730pm

Friday 8/21 @ 730 pm

Thursday 8/27 @ 730 pm

More dates to follow us into the Fall.

Bookmark this page and check back for new stories or watch a whole playlist and let us scare you into your eternal rest…

Our New How-To Video Series

Have you ever wondered how to search the library catalog more effectively?

As the world continues its monumental shift to adapt to life during a global pandemic, the Malden Public Library continues to do its best to support our patrons (and everyone else! Hello online community!). We know that the changes in our services, particularly the heavy slant toward the virtual landscape, can be overwhelming and confusing and the world is already overwhelming and confusing enough. Whoever said “When it rains it pours” really nailed it 🙄

We want to make the transition to the new normal as smooth and painless as possible. And so we are introducing a new video series published to our Youtube channel: MPL HOW TO. These videos will be quick (five minutes or less) tutorials on how to effectively use library resources. The very first installment is MPL HOW TO: Search for Physical Items in Our Catalog. We hope you find it helpful.

 

Remember that we are all in this together. By staying safe you help yourself, the people you  know, and those you don’t. We love you.

We Are One Global Film Festival Available Free!

Looking for something to do on a Saturday night? The We Are One Global Film Festival is posting new films hourly. See the latest selections from over 20 national and international film festivals including: Cannes, Tribeca, the New York Film Festival, the Tokyo Film Festival, Annecy International Animation Film Festival and more! These films are free but they are using the festival to raise money for Covid 19 relief organizations. Available now through June 7th. Stay in this weekend and watch something new!

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is Now Online!

Are you looking for a way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Or maybe experience the work of more Latinx artists and support more independent cinema? For the month of May the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is available for free. This is the 19th year of the festival founded by Edward James Olmos, Marlene Dermer, Kirk Whisler and the George Hernandez. The festival features full length films, shorts, music, animation, and classes for people looking to expand their skills.

This is an international film festival that focuses on the works of Latinx creators telling stories that impact Latinx communities both here in the United States and abroad. It is an opportunity to see some interesting perspectives and new voices in cinema and music. The festival is available to stream at the LALIFF website and is free and open to all.

Additionally, the festival is promoting the work of the Youth Cinema Project. They will be hosting live reading events by student participants on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 am EST. The live readings feature the work of the students in the Youth Cinema Project program paired with a panel discussion. These are great events to inspire teens and young adult filmmakers to tell their own stories and get more involved in filmmaking. More information and past events are available on their website and on their Youtube channel.

Virtual Patriot’s Day Events and Resources

Virtual offerings

After this exceptionally long month of March it is hard to believe we are already halfway through April.  And because it is the middle of April, we celebrate the early steps toward our Nation’s founding, with Patriot’s Day. Many cities and towns hold parades, re-enactments, and activities for families and history lovers to celebrate the beginning of our move toward nationhood. However, this year is a little different with a need for stay-at-home advisories and social distancing. So, the community of Lexington and the National Parks have taken Patriot’s day virtual!

The full list of activities are on the Lexington Historical Society’s website. And the National Parks have additional activities on their Minute Man National Historical page and on their Facebook page.  Some of the Minuteman National Park events will be streaming on Facebook live. Events begin on April 18th and run through the 24th. So, there are plenty of opportunities to observe and participate from the comfort of home. These are great supplemental activities for anyone learning from home and a fun way to learn about local history from dedicated historians and re-enactors.

 

Malden Local History

Malden was also a major participant in our early nation building. Parts of the Malden Declaration were used in the Declaration of Independence. You can check out our copy of the original and information on Malden’s role on the library website. Or check out more information on the City of Malden page. And this re-enactment held at the Library on July 3rd, 2018  posted below and on Youtube.

For further reading we suggest: the contribution of Everett (then still a part of South Malden) to the battles on April 19th 1775 and the shots that started our journey to independence. You can also read an article by local resident and historian, Frank F. Russell, about Washington’s visit to Malden in 1789. Washington George in Malden Hist Soc 2017 (1),

Even though we cannot participate in this year’s events publically, Patriot’s day events are still available in new and inventive ways. Take this long weekend as an opportunity to explore your local history and get to know our nation in a new way.

Download or Stream Free Music

Did you know, with your Malden Library card, you could download 3 songs per week or stream 3 hours of music per day? Well, you can. Just go to https://maldenma.freegalmusic.com/homes/index and create an account.

Freegal offers 13 million+ songs and 40,000+ music videos including over 200 different genres; everything from Classical Music to Rap, including Pop, Rock, Children’s, Country, Classical and many more.

Give it a try and tell us what you think.