What if all of Malden read the same book?


Malden Reads is pleased to offer a range of events and activities  for all ages that give opportunities for community members to meet each other and engage with the themes of this year’s book selections.  New events continue to be added and details of all events confirmed, so check back to this page frequently for the latest updates! Click here to see our events in calendar format.

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√ Opening Celebration: #TheHateUGive Showcase
Thursday, February 15, 6:30 – 8:30pm (Doors open at 6:15)
Malden High School – Jenkins auditorium & adjoining areas

  • Planned in collaboration with the Black Culture Club of Malden High School.
  • Enjoy food samplings from local restaurants & soft drinks.
  • Visit exhibit tables & view student artwork.
  • Pick up a copy of our 2018 Calendar of Events brochure – hot off the press!
  • Take part in an interactive photo project with portrait photographer Susan Margot Ecker, celebrating Malden’s diversity.
  • Enjoy a special presentation in the Jenkins auditorium – poetry, storytelling, dance, music & more.
  • Opportunities for dialogue in breakout sessions
  • This event is geared towards teens & adults. A classroom will be set up for teens to read to younger children who might attend with their parents.
  • Free admission. Donations in any amount are welcome.

√ Citizen Lyceum #2 
Tuesday, April 3, 6:30–8:30 pm, Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St.
In follow-up to the Citizen Lyceum this fall, Malden Reads and the Malden Public
Library are bringing back Roger Desrosiers of the MA Center for Civic Education, for
an adult education opportunity to learn about the Bill of Rights. Teens are welcome!

√ Worship Service at First Parish
Sunday, March 18, 10:30 am, First Parish Church, 2 Elm St.
Join Revered Otto O’Connor and the members of First Parish of Malden, a Unitarian
Universalist church, for an interfaith worship service that is centered around the
themes of this year’s Malden Reads book selection, “The Hate U Give.” If you’d like,
stay for coffee hour following the service and a book discussion at noon.

√ Slavery, Abolition, and Haiti—A Look at Malden History
Monday, March 19, 6:30–8 pm, Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St.
Did you know that abolitionists Sojourner Truth and John Brown visited
Malden? MPL Director Dora St. Martin will present ongoing research and library
resources for examining the lives of slaveowners, freed slaves, and abolitionists in
18th and 19th century Malden.

√ Malden Reads Night at Boda Borg
Wednesday, March 28, 4–9 pm, 90 Pleasant St.
Join with other Malden Reads participants ages 7 and up for two
hours of questing with free admission to Boda Borg! There will be
family-friendly activities available in the main gathering room
from 4–8 pm. Detailed info available by clicking here.

√ A Conversation on Race
with Keith Knight, Neil Swidey & Brenden Kiely

Thursday, May 10, 7 pm, Linden Steam Academy, 29 Wescott St.*
*Please note that this is a NEW venue from the original schedule.

Join us for a discussion on race and the media with special guests Keith Knight,  and
Neil Swidey. Knight is a Malden native and well-known cartoonist and musician
whose work often deals with political, social and racial issues. Swidey is a Boston
Globe writer and author of The Assist: Hoops, Hopes and the Game of their Lives,
and co-author of Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy. The conversation will
be moderated by Dr. Kerri Greenidge, an historian, researcher, lecturer, and CoDirector
of the African American Freedom Trail Project. Click here for more detailed information.

Sunset, Storytelling & Stargazing on Waitt’s Mount – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED 

Held in collaboration with Ward 4 City Councillor Ryan O’Malley, join us at Waitt’s Mount Park in Malden for children’s storytelling at sunset with professional storyteller Sharon Kennedy, and community storytelling (“Stories Only You Can Tell”) under the direction of CD Collins. Stargazing begins at twilight with telescopes provided by amateur telescope makers from the Greater Boston area. Complete details will be provided on the “Events” page of the Malden Reads website. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For all the details about this event, click here.


Share your thoughts and opinions about this year’s book selection, The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas, and discuss its themes in a friendly, guided book discussion.

√ Discussion at the Dockside 
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 pm, Dockside Restaurant, 229 Center St.
Join us at 7:00 pm for complimentary pizza and a discussion of The Hate U Give led by two Malden Reads committee members. All who read the book are welcome. Please RSVP to so we may plan for pizza and seating.

√ Discussion at First Parish
Sunday, March 18, 12 pm, First Parish Church, 2 Elm St.
All Malden community members are welcome to join First Parish congregants and Rev. Otto O’Connor for this discussion. Come for just the discussion or attend the public interfaith Worship Service at 10:30 am, followed by coffee hour.

√ Mayor’s Book Discussion & Skype Chat with Charlottesville
Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St.

Join a Skype chat with the organizer of of “Cville One Book,” the community reading program for Charlottesville, VA. The city has chosen “The Hate U Give” as their community read in an effort to #flipthescript on recent events. The chat will be followed by a book discussion with special guest, Mayor Gary Christenson. Please RSVP to so that we can plan for seating and refreshments.

Goodreads, Ongoing Online Book Discussion
Malden Reads has an online book discussion forum on Goodreads. To join, go to, become a member, search for “Malden Reads,” and join the group.

In Your Own Book Groups
Read and discuss the book in your own book group, family, or friendship circle. Click on this link for a  list of suggested discussion questions.

Reading Circles
Malden Reads volunteers participate with adult English learners in programs at the Beebe and Ferryway Schools, and at the Malden Public Library. Volunteers share the themes from the books, and hold discussions. The adults ultimately share them with their children who are reading the books in school. To volunteer, email


Malden Reads invites you to join us at these fine local restaurants to enjoy great food,
mingle with local Maldonians, and support local businesses. We also encourage
conversation about the themes from this year’s book and will provide some “Table Talk”
topics for diners to discuss if they wish. Dinners are fixed price ($20 per person) and
feature either a buffet or an à la carte menu. Beverages, tax and tip are not included.

√ Ristorante Serena
Tuesday, February 27, 7 pm, 18 Lebanon St.
Family owned and operated, featuring classical Italian fine dining from the region
of Calabria.

√ Crying Thaiger
Monday, April 9, 7 pm, 114 Ferry St.
New on Malden’s food scene, serving authentic Thai dishes in a rustic, casual

Three Amigos 
Tuesday, May 15, 7pm, 375 Main St. Malden
The new Mexican restaurant located in the former FuLoon’s spot on Main Street is already hopping every night, serving up creative cocktails and fine Mexican food. Click here to see the special menu for Malden Reads diners and be sure call  781-605-1191 by Sunday, May 13 to make your reservation.

All are invited to attend these screenings that examine themes related to this year’s
book selections. Enjoy the film and take part in the discussion following the movie.
Light refreshments will be served.

√ Fruitvale Station  
Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 pm, Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St.
The life and death of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African American who was
shot by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer on the Fruitvale BART Station
platform early on New Year’s Day, 2009, is told in this dramatized 2013 film.

√ Inside Out  
Thursday, April 26, 6 pm, Ferryway School, 150 Cross St.
Children will participate in an arts & crafts activity, and then watch the
movie. This is an animated film showing one’s inner thoughts and emotions.

√ I Am Not Your Negro
Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 pm, Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St.
This film envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, using the
writer’s original words, as read by Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside rich
archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the
assassinations of Medgar Evans, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
to explore and bring a fresh perspective to the current racial
narrative in America.

√ Ip Man
Sunday, April 22, 2–4:30 pm, YMCA, 99 Darthmouth St.
This film is a biographical martial art movie about the life of Ip Man, also known as Ye Wen (叶问) in Chinese. He was the grandmaster of WingChun, and teacher of Bruce Lee. By watching this movie, you will get to know how a hero was created during turbulent times in China, and how the Chinese built up their national self-consciousness in the wars. Please enjoy this movie and share your thoughts with us after the show. This event is co-sponsored with the Chinese Culture Connection, as part of their East Meets West initiative.



√ Pizza for “Patina” readers
Friday, April 20, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Dockside Restaurant Community Room, 229 Centre St. Malden
Malden children who have read or are interested in reading the Malden Reads companion book, “Patina” by Jason Reynolds (recommended for Grades 5 – 6)  are invited to come and meet others who have read the book. Malden High School students will lead discussions and activities, including teaching students about running track, leading an arts & crafts activity, and more. There will be raffle prize baskets that the children can win. Pizza and soft drinks will be served to children. Students in the Malden schools are able to read “Patina” in their classes, and the book is available for check-out from the Malden Public Library. Space is limited, so we ask that families please RSVP to so we may plan for pizza and seating. There is no cost to participate. This event is co-sponsored by Ward 5 School Committee member Tara Murphy Beardsley.

Inside Out (Film Screening, as listed above)
Thursday, April 26, 6 pm, Ferryway School, 150 Cross St.
Children will participate in an arts & crafts activity, and then watch the
movie. This is an animated film showing one’s inner thoughts and emotions.

√ Mini Writers Den Pilot Program
Malden Reads will be offering an opportunity for students in grades 5–8 in a creative writing workshop, working with a Tufts graduate student and Malden High School student mentors. The program will begin after February vacation. Contact for more information. Students will be able to participate in a first come, first served opportunity. Transportation will be provided by Malden Trans, Inc.

Literacy-Based Toy Lending Library
A pilot program to borrow educational toys for parents and young children will be available at the Little Dragons program at the Beebe School beginning in March. Contact Mei at for more information. Co-sponsored by the Chinese Culture Connection.

Companion Book Author Visits
Sarvinder Naberhaus, author of Blue Sky, White Stars, and Brendan Kiely, coauthor of All American Boys, will participate in events with children this spring. Details will be announced later this spring.

Bubbles & Books
Saturday, June 2, 2:30–5:30 pm, Miller Park (Harvard St.)
A Malden Kiwanis event, join us at Miller Park for the magic of James Dichter’s bubbles, free gently used children’s books* (for 0–18 years old), face painting, a storyteller, a puppeteer, and slush. This project is sponsored in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Rain date for this event is Sunday, June 3.
*Book donations can be dropped off at MATV, 145 Pleasant St. or brought to any of the
Malden Reads events.

Summer Story Times for School Success
Wednesday, July 18, Beebe School, 401 Pleasant St.
Raising a Reader MA and Malden Reads storytellers will read the companion
books to young children, and will have activities related to themes of the books.


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