Blog: Malden

VIRTUAL Story Time for Adults!
Friday Folk and Fairy Tales at 12:15PM

Join us Friday, June 26th at 12:15pm for the reading of a new fairy tale, “Reeling for the Empire” from Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell. This story is not recommended for children. A link will be posted here for the Zoom meeting 15 minutes before the event.

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ~ Neil Gaiman* Coraline

The pandemic has presented us with new challenges and exacerbated old ones. Folk and fairy tales do not merely entertain us, but teach and remind us that we can conquer whatever we face and help quell our fears and anxieties. As we are faced with new obstacles we also need new fairy tales. On these summer Fridays, we will be sharing a combination of old and new folk and fairy tales to aid our community in overcoming the challenges we face today.

*Paraphrasing of G.K. Chesterton’s Red Angel: “Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”

“The Miracle Flower”:
Learn Pastels with Gregory Maichack
Thursday, March 12th 6-8PM

Learn the art of pastels with artist Gregory Maichack in this adult art workshop. Call 781-324-0218 to sign up. Space is limited.

In this new, highly researched two-hour workshop, participants have fun producing their own pastel painting inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s enormous mural, The Miracle Flower, which Elizabeth Arden, the cosmetics mogul, commissioned her to paint in 1936.

Gregory Maichack is a seasoned pro at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston; Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and hundreds of libraries and local cultural councils. He guides participants through the process with everything they need to know to pastel paint any subject. Expressive and fun, you will quickly learn how easy and direct pastel painting is and as always, all will keep their pastel painting.

This event is generously sponsored by the Malden Cultural Council and the Friends of the Malden Public Library.

National Novel Writing Month!

What is NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel. Learn more at NaNoWriMo.org.

Monday, October 28th 7PM NaNoWriMo Kickoff: Learn about National Novel Writing Month and meet other Wrimos. Hear from others who have successfully completed novels through NaNoWriMo.

Thursday, November 14th 6:30-8:30PM Come Write-In: Work on your novel among other Wrimos. Snacks provided.

Monday, November 25th 6:30-8:30PM Come Write-In: The Final Push: There are only a few days left to finish your novel! Join other Wrimos to meet your goal. Snacks provided.

Sponsored by The Malden Writers’ Collaborative and The Friends of the Malden Public Library.

Thursday, September 26th 7PM Informational Session for
The Malden Writers’ Collaborative

Are you a local writer?
Are you interested in joining a collaborative community of committed writers?
Are you looking for people to workshop your writing and are you committed to doing the same for others?
Are you open-minded, respectful, and encouraging to fellow writers and to the writing process?

The Malden Writers’ Collaborative meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 7-8:30PM at the Malden Public Library.

New members must attend this informational session to join for the 2019-2020 season. The group will then be closed until Fall 2020.

Email facilitator Chris Hickey at maldenwriters@gmail.com with any questions about The Malden Writers’ Collaborative. You can also follow the group on twitter: @maldenwriters.

Author Talk with Hester Fox, Thursday, April 11, 7PM

Join us on Thursday, April 11th at 7 PM for a reading, Q&A, and signing by Hester Fox, author of The Witch of Willow Hall. Books will be available for purchase.

“In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall. The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…”

Hester Fox: “When not writing and painting, Hester works in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician. This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has the privilege of cleaning and caring for collections that range from paintings by old masters, to ancient artifacts, to early American furniture. She has a master’s degree in historical archaeology, as well as a background in Medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband.” (HesterFox.com)

BOOK LAUNCH! “The Darkness” by Matt Brennan Thursday, October 25, 2018 7PM

Join us for the launch of “The Darkness” by Matt Brennan, long-time member of the Malden Writers’ Collaborative on Thursday, October 25th at 7 p.m.

Book Synopsis: “On the surface, Dorian Whitney seems like any other boy his age. He hangs out with his friends whenever he can, constantly complains about his daily chores around the house, and stays up late almost every night playing video games.

But in reality, he’s so different, there isn’t even a category to put him in.

In the 2015 Tablo.io NaNoWriMo winner,  a virus decimates the entire planet’s human population. No treatment or vaccine can be found, so contraction—meant death.

Humanity is forced to seek refuge in hermetically sealed self-sustaining bunkers, commonly referred to as ‘Biospheres’. The disease, however, remains active and continues to spread, despite the survivor’s best intentions and inexhaustible precautions. It is therefore commonplace for connections to become broken. The people of the network begin to call the silence that inevitably comes at the end of the line: The Darkness.”

Matt Brennan is a six-year member of the Malden Writing Collaborative and besides winning the 2015 NaNoWriMo Novel writing contest at Tablo.io has published a short story entitled The Glass Slipper Entanglement in the literary magazine eFiction India. A story he wrote in response to a writing prompt he received as a member of the collaborative.

Books will be available for purchase for $15, cash.

Poetry Reading with David Surette—Monday, April 9th 7PM

Join us on Monday, April 9th at 7pm to hear Malden-native David Surette read from his new collection of poetry, Malden.

He is the author of five other collections: Wicked Hard, The Immaculate Conception Mothers’ Club, Young Gentlemen’s School, Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In and Stable which was named an Honor Book at the 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards. His poems have been recently featured in 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers. He teaches and coaches varsity hockey at East Bridgewater Junior High School. He lives on Cape Cod.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Young Adult Anime Afternoon

Young Adults in the 6th through 12th grade are invited to join us on Thursday November 16th in the Macarrio Room from 3:00 – 5:00 PM to watch one of the best-selling Anime films of all time.

Mitsuha and Taki are high school students in Japan, one lives in the country side and the other in metropolis Tokyo. When they wake up in one another’s bodies they begin to try and find one another, and uncover the mystery of an odd comet passing overhead.

This program is brought to you by the Friends of the Malden Public Library. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

From Walden to Malden: Thoreau’s 200th Birthday at Pine Banks Park July 12th 6PM

Join us at beautiful Pine Banks Park, Pavilion 4 (1087 Main St.) on Wednesday, July 12th @ 6pm for a celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau with a discussion of his Walden or Life in the Woods.

There are still free copies available of the book at the Library while supplies last.