What if all of Malden read the same book?


Note “Sunset, Storytelling & Stargazing on Waitt’s Mount” is ON for tonight (Saturday, April 29) – Click here for all the details!

Here’s a list of confirmed events for 2017. Check back in for additional events to be added and additional details on each event. To download a pdf of the Calendar of Event brochure, click here. For a calendar listing of events, click here.

CHECK THIS PAGE FOR CHANGES & CANCELLATIONS (marked in red on the event)

Opening Celebration

Thursday, February 23, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Malden Public Library – Converse Memorial Building


A Native American circle dance was performed at the 2014 Malden Reads Opening Celebration.

Enjoy refreshments, themed exhibits, a special presentation in the Ryder Gallery and community connection. Recommended for adults and youth, ages 12 & up. Pick up the first printed copies of the 2017 Calendar of Events brochure!


Book Discussions
Share your thoughts and opinions about this year’s book selection, “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman, and discuss its themes in a friendly guided book discussion.


Members of a Malden Reads book discussion pose for a photo.

Thursday, March 9, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Led by Mayor Gary Christenson
Malden Public Library

Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Dockside Restaurant (function room)
Pizza served at 7, followed by discussion.
270 Medford St. Malden
Please RSVP to so we can plan for pizza.

Discuss Online!
Join our Malden Reads group on Goodreads. Visit and become a member (if you are not already). Search for “Malden Reads” and ask to join the group. Write your thoughts, pose a questions and continue to check back in as the discussion develops.


Film Screenings


Following a 2016 community screening of “My Life in China” with independent filmmaker Kenneth Eng (center).

Family Movie
Thursday, March 2, 6:00 – 8:30pm
Ferryway School
6:00 craft activity followed by movie

“The Visitor”
Wednesday, March 15, 6:00 – 8:30pm
Malden Public Library – Maccario Room
Film followed by discussion

Friday, March 17, 7:00pm
Malden Senior Center, 7 Washington St.
Tyrus examines the life and work of pioneering Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong. Starting with his arrival to the immigration detention center at Angel Island in 1919, nine year old Tyrus would overcome a life of poverty, racism, and discrimination to become a renowned painter and sketch artist.
*This event is co-sponsored by the Chinese Culture Connection as part of their East Meets West cultural dialogue program. A tribute is planned for this event for Tyrus, who was the original illustrator for Bambi.

“A Man Called Ove”
Friday, April 7, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Malden High School – Jenkins Auditorium
Join us as we screen the Academy Award-nominated film version of the book!

“Young @ Heart”
Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Malden Public Library – Maccario Room
Film followed by discussion.

Family Movie
Thursday, April 20, 2:30 – 4:30pm
Malden Public Library – Maccario Room


Community Dinners
Malden Eats, in collaboration with Malden Reads, invites you to join us at these local restaurants to enjoy great food, socialize with other community members, and support local businesses. We also encourage you to converse about the themes from this year’s book and will provide “Table Talk” cards to prompt discussion. You do not need to have read the book to participate.


Henry’s Patio
Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 – 9:00pm
80 Broadway, Malden
Family-friendly Irish pub with delicious grilled meat and seafood.
Make your reservation by April 2 by calling 781-324-9826. Be sure to specify that you are with the Malden Reads dinner.

Sichuan Taste
Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 – 9:00pm
290 Main St. Malden
Bold flavors from the Southwestern province of China.

District Kitchen (formerly B&B Caffe)
The date for this event is still being determined. Stay tuned!
2 Florence St. Malden
American contemporary and pan-Asian cuisine.


Other Special Events & Activities (Adults & all ages)

Malden Reads Night at Boda Borg
Wednesday, March 22, 5:00 – 9:00pm
90 Pleasant St. Malden
Enjoy free tickets to Malden’s hot new “questing” venue. Meet new people from the community. Reservations and tickets MUST be obtained in advance. Please go to this page for all the important details!

Sunset, Storytelling & Stargazing at Waitt’s Mount
Saturday, April 29, 7:30pm (weather-dependent)
Enjoy family storytelling at sunset followed by stargazing with the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston at Waitt’s Mount Park. Join us for a community night under the stars at Malden’s highest point! CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS.

Worship Service at First Parish
Sunday, April 2, 10:30–11:30am, First Parish Church, 2 Elm St.
Join Revered Wendy Bell 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, “A Man Called Ove.”

Enter Ove’s World
Thursday, March 30, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Malden Public Library
Join us for snacks and a discussion from a Lahey Hospital expert on what it really feels like to become older. We’re looking to have a good discussion together with adults of all ages – and we encourage you to bring your kids and grandkids, ages 15 and up.

Intergenerational Ping-Pong Tournament
Thursday, April 27, 6:00–8:00 pm, Malden High School Cafeteria
An event co-sponsored by the Chinese Culture Connection (CCC)
Adults and students from Malden High School will participate in a ping pong tournament as part of the “Community N Unity” event at Malden High School. Admission to the event is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, email or call Linda at 781-321-2935.

Little Free Libraries Project
A project spearheaded by Malden Arts and furthered in collaboration with Malden Reads and FOOGI, help craft and enjoy “little free libraries” that will be established throughout the community. More details to follow!


Children’s & Youth Events

Crafts with Greg Cook & Kari Percival
Saturday, March 25, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Children & family event creating crafts with two local artists,related to the themes of this year’s book selections. The crafts will be displayed as a diorama in the front window of MATV.

Elementary School Book Discussion
This event has been POSTPONED. Stay tuned for new date!
Linden STEAM Academy Library (29 Westcott St.)
Students in grades K to 8 are invited to participate in a discussion on the companion books. Read the books before, or just come for the discussion and treats! A classroom of 4th graders will be leading discussions and activities. This event is co-sponsored by Malden School Committee member Tara Beardsley.

Discussion with Companion Book Author Cammie McGovern, TBA
The author of Just My Luck will join us in person for a discussion with children.

Bubbles & Books
Saturday, June 3, 2:30 – 5:30pm
Miller Park, Malden
Sponsored by the Malden Kiwanis in collaboration with Malden Reads. Enjoy the magic of James Dichter’s bubbles, puppeteering, storytelling and more. Receive free gently used books for children and teens.

Summer Story Times for School Success
July 12 and 26 (10:00 – 11:00 am)
Raising a Reader MA and Malden Reads storytellers will read the companion books to young children at local parks, and will have activities related to themes of the books. This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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