What if all of Malden read the same book?
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Co-Facilitators: Anne D’Urso-Rose, Jodie Zalk
Anne D’Urso-Rose – Associate Director, Malden Access Television (MATV) Aside from being Associate Director at MATV, where she has worked for over 25 years, Anne D’Urso-Rose is a Trustee of the Malden Public Library. Working on the Malden Reads project allows her use her skills in community-building while sharing her passion for reading and literature.
Jodie Zalk – M.P.P., Community Education Activist As one of Malden Reads’ co-founders and co-facilitators, Jodie brings more than 15 years experience as an administrator in education and working with youth. She brings leadership expertise to the program and is delighted to see how the Malden Reads program has taken root in the community — the connections made among Maldonians; to city resources including the schools; to our books and films, programs and other events.
Martha Bezzat – Substitute Teacher & PTO Co-President Martha Bezzat is currently a substitute teacher for the Malden Public Schools and serves on the School Council at Malden High School and the Malden Youth Soccer Board. She is very committed to promoting the diverse cultures of Malden. She has studied about and traveled in the Arab world and brings that experience to the committee. Martha is excited about the Malden Reads program and how it has brought the city’s residents together in fun, productive and fruitful ways!
Sue Carr – Malden resident Sue volunteers for several community organizations and causes. She is a freelance print and technical editor and currently works at the circulation desk at the Wakefield Public Library. She writes, “Participating in Malden Reads is a fun way to become an active member of our community – especially nice when you’re new to town!”
Ron Cox – Executive Director, Malden Access Television Ron has been involved with community media for over 25 years and has been the executive director of MATV since 2006. He created the award winning youth program, “Kids Video Adventure Workshop” which he has been teaching every summer since 1998. He is also an accomplished artist and animator and has had several exhibitions. Ron designed several posters and videos to promote the Malden Reads project and has coordinated talent for many of the special events. He is proud to offer MATV’s staff time and resources as a lead collaborator in this project
Erga Dormevil -Community supporter and social worker
Erga, a graduate of Simmons College, is a social worker (MSW and LCSW) living in Malden with her young family. She loves to read and is an agent for social change and social justice for all. She believes in unity and strives for peace and equality, and is passionate about undoing racism. She is enthusiastic about participating in Malden Reads wherever she can!
Caron Guigli – Assistant Director, Malden Public Library As the Assistant Director of the Malden Public library and a life-long reader, Caron believes that book discussion and sharing is a wonderful way to make friends and build community. By being able to work with the Malden Reads group, she hopes be able to do that and more.
Chris Kosta – Community Supporter I have been an avid reader since my youth and belong to the Malden Library Monday night book run by Barbara Brown where we are exposed to a diversity of cultures, subjects and venues through reading and enjoy lively discussions about these selections. Malden Reads has been doing the same since its inception so I am happy to be involved with a group that is dedicated to get Malden’s diverse community reading and discussing issues important to all.
June Macdonald – Malden resident June has participated in Malden Reads events since the program’s inception and joined the Steering Committee in 2014. She has particularly enjoyed the thought-provoking discussions, becoming connected with others in Malden and having an opportunity to give back to the community. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and coordinating special events.
David Stein – Chef, Musician & Writer David Stein is a career chef, food truck owner, caterer, musician, writer and gardener. He presently runs a commissary for food trucks and private chefs in partnership with Triangle, Inc. in Malden and is the Executive Chef/Operations Manager for Stock Pot Malden, a culinary incubator for promoting diverse cuisines and food initiatives. He has worked with the culinary side of Malden Reads since its inception, contributing and helping to organize food at the opening celebrations, the “Stone Soup” service events, and the popular “Community Dinner” series at local restaurants, along with the “Malden Eats” team, Paula Spizziri and Michele Marcinowski. David and his singer/wife Sue are owned and operated by their two cats in Malden where they have lived since 1987.
Karen Stern – Freelance Editor & Librarian Karen Stern is a freelance editor and lexicographer, and has more recently also become a librarian. She lives in Malden with her husband and two sons and works from home as an editor as well as at the public library in Wakefield. She is very happy to foster both literacy and a sense of community in Malden by helping out with Malden Reads.
Dora St. Martin – Director of Malden Public Library As the Director at the MPL, I believe public libraries continue to be critical institutions of lifelong learning and significant places in our communities, just as they always have been. The Malden Public Library is thrilled to be a lead organization in Malden Reads and looks forward to many months of lively book discussions, educational panels, related film showings, and much, more.
Karen Buck – Malden resident Karen Buck has enjoyed being part of Malden Reads for the past few years. She says, “This has been a terrific way to connect with the community and partake in reading wonderful books with coordinated events. Malden Reads is a great source of energy!” Karen Buck’s family moved to Malden in 2004 from Cambridge, MA. Her children are in the Malden Public Schools.
Marie Coulanges – Community Supporter Nothing excites Marie Coulanges more than finding ways to bridge cultures and to bring the community together. Marie has served on the MATV Board of Directors and has been involved in many community events and initiatives throughout the years. She lives in Malden with her two adult sons.
Eda Daniel – Community Activist & Supporter
Eda loves creating excitement around learning and reading. Having worked with international students and lived among different cultures, there is a natural connection between Eda’s values and Malden Reads. Eda has been involved with Malden Reads since the first year and, even though she has recently moved to another state, she continues to provide her energy and ideas electronically!
Debbie DeMaria – Malden Councilor-at-large Debbie worked for Delta Air Lines for 32 years and also led a construction site for Habitat For Humanity. She is a merited Member of the Junior Aid Association of Malden. Debbie served on the Malden School Committee before attaining her post as Malden City Councilor-at-large. She is a strong supporter and advocate of Malden Reads.
Mei Hung – Executive Director, Chinese Culture Connection Mei Hung is the Executive Director of the Chinese Culture Connection, founded in 1985. She is dedicated to education, lifelong learning and bridging cultures. The Chinese Culture Connection has been a collaborative partner with Malden Reads since the first year of the program, through the “East Meets West” film screenings, activities for youth and more.
Nekita Lamour – Nekita is an educator and a facilitator of community-driven expanded learning opportunities. She has given seminars on Haitian culture, language and history. She is a writer and storyteller and is interested in ways to bring people together, which makes her a perfect fit for the Malden Reads program. Nekita is helping Malden Reads to offer multi-lingual book discussions and to help outreach diverse communities.
Ose Schwab – Musician Ose lives in Malden with her son Liam, husband Marcel, & photographer mother, Ose Manheim. Ose Jr. works as a life coach and a learning consultant for small businesses. She is a musician and a strong proponent of the arts and education. She believes that Malden Reads draws out the magic of Malden’s diverse community by providing opportunities for dialogue, artistic expression, collaboration, laughter, creativity and reading together. Currently, Ose provides an advisory and supportive role to the committee.
Rebecca Smith – Children’s Librarian, Malden Public Library After more than 11 years in adult publishing, Rebecca Smith realized that becoming a children’s librarian would enable her to combine her love of books, information, and children with her desire to serve the public and enrich people’s lives.For more than eight years, she has had the pleasure of serving the wonderfully diverse community of Malden (where, coincidentally, she found her first post-college apartment–just two blocks from the library). A true believer in the power of libraries and books to build community, Rebecca is delighted to be a part of Malden Reads.