Before coming to Malden, Malgeri worked as a court clerk; earned a master’s degree in night school; and worked for the state library system to improve or establish libraries in prisons, hospitals, and reform schools. She also worked as a civilian employee of the Army, overseeing libraries in Germany from 1967 to 1970.
But when she interviewed for the job in Malden, she knew was going to stay.
“This library is nearly 130 years old and there have only been five directors, so it really has a hold on you. It’s hard to explain. It’s sort of a magic quality,” Malgeri said. “When I walked in here in 1972, I said, ‘This is it.’ ’’
In retirement, Malgeri intends to seek new adventures, although maybe not as dangerous as delivering ransom money, she said. She hopes to learn how to play the clarinet, take courses at Harvard Extension School, and travel to Russia.
Her wish for the new director, who has yet to be chosen?
“I hope the new director will love this library as much as I do.”
Mark Micheli can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.