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Door-Decorating Contest Extended 3/31

For our 2021 Malden Reads kickoff, we invite members of the Malden community to decorate your front door, wherever you may live – in a house, apartment, condominium, etc.! The contest will run from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and extended until the end of March. Doors should be decorated …


Book Discussion with Mayor Christenson

Discuss Trevor Noah's "Born a Crime" with members of the Malden community in a discussion led by Malden's Mayor Gary Christenson, a steadfast enthusiast of our program, in collaboration with the Malden Public Library.

“Writing from the Inside Out” – A Memoir Writing Workshop

In "Born a Crime", Trevor Noah shares a series of stories from his childhood and adolescence that helped to form the person he is today. What are your stories that make you who you are? In this writing and presentation workshop, participants will choose a memory, experience, or theme from …

Story Time • Movement • Crafts

Families are invited to join us on Thursday mornings for Story Time. We will incorporate movement and crafts to reinforce the story theme, engage social emotional learning and sensory experiences. Elena Martinez, will lead kids through yoga poses connected to the stories, using a rainbow of colorful scarves to create …


Dine + Discuss

Dine on dumplings and noodles before, during or after discussing the book with members of the Malden community. Malden's District Kitchen will offer a special discount for the event. Participate in the discussion with or without dumplings. We hope you will join us for a tasty supper and support a …

“Unlearn to Relearn: Breaking Down Systemic Racism”

As part of the Malden Reads 2021 program, Malden Reads is collaborating with Malden Community Organizing for Racial Equity (MaldenCORE) and the City of Malden to host a free 4-part-virtual workshop about unpacking systemic racism in the United States. Workshop participants will be asked to read and reflect on the …

First Parish Worship Service & Book Discussion

All are welcome to attend an open worship service at First Parish of Malden based on the themes of "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah. People of all faiths and no faith are welcome and encouraged to attend. The service will be from 10:30 to 11:30AM. Each year, First Parish, …


Comedy Night with Maya May

Maya May is a writer and stand-up comedian who uses humor to navigate the awkwardness of growing up a black nerd and only child in suburban Chicago. She will bring her brand of smart, funny and socially conscious humor to the virtual stage for our Malden Reads audience. In addition …



• April 19-22 • A different adventure every day! Story Time • Kids Yoga • Crafts • Songs  Families are invited to join us for an interactive story time program over April vacation week! The program will be held outside, with children sitting distanced from each other to meet public …


Malden Reads Movie Night: Long Night’s Journey Into Day

Join us for Malden Reads' and Malden Public Library's film screening of “Long Night’s Journey Into Day.” This film is part of Malden Reads’ 2021 season for the book, “Born a Crime,” by Trevor Noah. The documentary examines the outcome of apartheid in South Africa and the creation of the …



We will read JUNETEENTH JAMBOREE, incorporate yoga movements and songs related to the story theme promoting social emotional learning, participation and sensory experiences. Reading, movement, songs, crafts, friendships, laughs, and more!!!!!



Children will have the opportunity to enjoy stories and poetry with related arts & crafts activities and yoga.