The entire city enjoyed an evening of culture and community
at the Malden Reads 2014 Opening Celebration
The free event brought a mix of food, exhibits and music
to the library’s historic and elegant Converse Memorial Building.
Now in its fourth year, Malden Reads is a grassroots program
that seeks to build community through the shared experience of reading a good book
and exploring its themes together.
Malden Reads will host a series of literary-themed events this winter,
and program co-facilitator Anne D’Urso-Rose said
the Opening Celebration is a great time to connect with the program and get involved.
“It’s really a wonderful night of community,” she said.
“The historic wing of the library is such a beautiful setting and we always have a great turnout.
People have the opportunity to meet their neighbors and friends, learn about this year’s book, and connect with some of the community groups that do such great work here in Malden.
It really does tie together the two main goals of Malden Reads, which are to promote reading and build community.”
The featured selection of Malden Reads 2014 is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."
Written by science journalist Rebecca Skloot,
it’s the true story of a woman whose unique cells revolutionized medical science,
even though the donor—who died of cancer 60 years ago-- was essentially forgotten by the health industry.
Major themes of the book include
ethics of modern medicine,
and extraordinary contributions from seemingly ordinary people.
In addition to learning more about the featured selection,
guests at the opening celebration were invited to:
• Enjoy food samplings from local restaurants, desserts, and soft drinks.
• A special presentation in the Ryder Gallery
that had been hosted by City Council President Neal Anderson
and featured a dramatic interpretation from the book by Malden High School drama students.
There were also musical performances and readings from the book.
• View exhibit tables from local community groups
that related to the themes of the book and tie into the flavor of Malden’s own community.
• Take a guided tour of the beautiful historic wing of the library.
• Obtain information about the Malden Reads program,
including the newly printed Calendar of Events brochure and fliers for upcoming events and programs.