Blog: Malden Public Library

Nature Journaling with Clare Walker Leslie

 

Whether sitting by the Pine Banks’ Pond, exploring the heights of Waitt’s Mount, or digging in the Malden Community Garden we have so much nature to explore here in Malden. Illustrator and Nature Educator Clare Walker Leslie (http://www.clarewalkerleslie.com/) will be at the Malden Public Library on Monday June 27th from 3-5pm presenting “How to Setup and Keep a Seasonal Nature Journal.” Participants will be encouraged to use words and drawings to deepen their understanding of the natural world with emphasis on drawing to learn more than learning to draw. This event will start inside and, weather permitting, move outside to the Library’s lawn.

 

 

 

This event is open to all ages 10+, teens, and adults. No previous art experience required. Pencils and paper will be available but participants are welcome to bring their own drawing tools.

This program, sponsored by the Friends of the Malden Public Library, is free and open to the public. The Malden Public Library is located at 36 Salem St., Malden, MA 02148. To learn more about our 2022 Summer Reading Programing, email us at info@maldenpubliclibrary.org .

 

Register below, call us at (781) 324-0218, or stop by the Information desk.

 

 

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.

Thursday, August 5th 7-8:30PM
11th Annual Public Reading by
The Malden Writers’ Collaborative

Celebrate writing! Join Malden’s own creative writing group, the Malden Writers’ Collaborative, for their 11th Annual Public Reading on Thursday, August 5th 7-8:30PM online on the Malden Public Library’s YouTube Channel. The group meets twice a month to workshop each others’ work, share ideas, and practice writing techniques. A direct link will be posted shortly before the event.

Members of the 2020-2021 season will read original works.

Some content may be inappropriate for children.

Check out last year’s public reading on the Malden Public Library’s YouTube Channel

Outdoor Board Game Night for Adults
Tuesday, July 20th 6:30PM-8PM

Join us outside on the portico (Salem Street entrance) to play board games with your neighbors! We will provide games (Settlers of Catan, chess, Scrabble, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Risk, Monopoly, and more) and beverages. Feel free to bring along a game you want to play with others.

Thank you to the Friends of the Malden Public Library for sponsoring this event!

AAPI Voices: Graphic Novels & Graphic Memoirs

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with these stunning graphic novels and graphic memoirs! Check them out in our catalog.

Did you know you can read a large collection of comics and graphic novels online using Hoopla and Overdrive? Download the Hoopla and Overdrive apps or access them through your browser (Hoopla, Overdrive).

Moving Forward: Recovering from PTSD, Anxiety, & Addiction

We have all experienced a great upheaval in our lives because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we re-enter the world around us, we may struggle with PTSD, anxiety, and addiction. Here are resources to help you manage your mental health as we find our way out of isolation.