The Malden Public Library is located at 36 Salem St. For more information, contact the library at 781-324-0218 or info@maldenpubliclibrary.org. The library is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Childrens Room closes at 6 p.m on Thursdays. Closed Sundays. Check the library website for programs for all ages, including teens and adults. To get a listing of all the free programs for all ages, pick up a flyer at the Malden Public Library or visit the library’s website: http://maldenpubliclibrary.org.

Introduction to the Local History Room and Collections: 2 p.m. June 14. Free to all. Lily Mysona, Local History Librarian at the Malden Public Library, presents an introduction to the local history room and collections. Learn about the library’s print and digital collections, including books, documents, maps, newspapers, photographs and online resources such as Ancestry.com. Learn how to research your family, your house and the history of the City of Malden. Come with questions! Hour introduction includes tour, hands-on practice, and Q&A. The program will be repeated on July 26.

Industrial Eden — The Legacy of Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook: 6:30 p.m. June 17. Presented by The Preservation Collaborative Inc. in partnership with the Malden Public Library. Free to all. The Middlesex Fells Reservation is one of Metropolitan Boston’s most beautiful and treasured parks. Its natural landscape is well known and celebrated but, did you know it once had a more industrial past? The first mention of the Middlesex Fells region was in 1629 by the Sprague Brothers. Their careful notes on natural resources lead other colonists to this area including the famous Puritan leader John Winthrop. For the next three centuries, this rocky woodland region was part of the evolving New England landscapes. Generations worked farms in fields, pastures and woodlots. Businesses were established and industry took foothold in various forms. In the blink of an eye, this entire of way of life ceased for a higher cause. The Middlesex Fells was created for the general public to enjoy forever. Come for an evening to revisit the thriving enterprises, and the entrepreneurs, that changed this place, their towns, the Commonwealth and beyond. These programs is funded as part of Converse 2020: Exploring the Industrial History of Malden, a two-year program brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with additional funds from the Malden Public Library.

Go Local — Converse 2020: Go Local — Converse 2020 is a lecture and event series celebrating the life and philanthropic contributions of Malden’s first mayor Elisha Slade Converse and the industrial history of Malden. Born in 1820, Elisha Slade and Mary Diana Edmands Converse were the largest benefactors of many of Malden’s most important institutions, including the Malden Public Library (Converse Memorial Building), Pine Banks Park, Fellsmere Pond and Park, the Malden YMCA, the First Baptist Church, the Malden Hospital, the Malden Home for the Aged Persons, the Malden Auditorium, Malden Associated Charities, Malden Industrial Aid Society and the Malden Day Nursery, and many other community organizations. In 1853, Elisha founded the Boston Rubber Shoe Company, which was Malden’s largest employer and the world’s largest producer of fine rubber boots, shoes and overshoes. Malden residents were also employed at the Converse Rubber Shoe Company, founded in 1908 by Marquis Mills Converse (Elisha’s cousin), and home of the famous Chuck Taylor brand. The program series will continue through Elisha Converse’s 200th Birthday on July 28, 2020.

Preschool storytime: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays. A drop-in program for children ages 3 and older, featuring long picture books, songs, rhymes and a simple craft.