Peter Struzziero Named as New Director of Libraries

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Peter Struzziero

Massachusetts native and current director of the Winthrop Public Library and Museum Peter Struzziero has accepted the role of Director of Libraries for the Town of Arlington, and will begin in late December. Struzziero has a broad range of experience in public libraries, as well as strong ties to the community of Arlington.

“I spent a lot of time visiting my grandmother in Arlington and my family always brought me to the Robbins Library for the great programs and collections. My mother loved it when she was a child growing up in Arlington and made sure I felt the same when I was growing up,” says Struzziero. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the town where all my favorite library memories were made.”

During his tenure as director of the Winthrop Public Library and Museum, which is part of the North of Boston Library Exchange, Struzziero increased program attendance by 23% and built the first-ever Young Adult Department and teen space in the library. He strengthened the library’s profile in the community by contributing a weekly column to the paper, appearing on Winthrop Cable Access Television programs, and initiating a comprehensive social media strategy. He also oversaw significant capital improvement projects such as an oil to gas heat system conversion, automated doors at each entrance and repairs to the existing Library.

Struzziero has extensive experience in youth services, knowledge that will be an asset in Arlington where Children’s and Teen collections and services are more in-demand than ever. As Reference Librarian and Head of Teen Services for Scituate Town Library, he added new media collections that helped drive an 18% increase of Young Adult materials circulation. Prior to Scituate he was Young Adult Librarian at Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen.

Struzziero is actively involved in the state and national professional library community. In addition to presenting at the Massachusetts Library Association, New England Library Association and the American Library Association conferences this year, he contributed an article focused on customer service entitled “The Answer Is Yes” to Public Libraries Magazine which will appear in print at the beginning of 2015. He graduated with a BA in communications, and in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and earned his Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.

The Library will host a public reception for Struzziero in the new year. Details will be publicized in local media and posted as soon as a date is set.

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Nov 25 is game night

game-nightStop by for some pre-Thanksgiving board game fun! Bring your favorite games, or play some of ours.

As always, gaming begins at 6pm, but you can drop in anytime until we wrap it up at 8:45. Game night is for adults and teens, ages 13 and up.

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But wait, there’s more!

More fiction, that is…just one floor up in the paperback section. If you’re a casual browser who doesn’t often stray from the first floor, you might not be aware of our great collection of paperback books on the second floor. These are fiction and nonfiction, contemporary popular titles and classics. Next time you’re here, pop up and have a look! Lightweight paperbacks are easy for travel, and the holidays are coming up.


If you’ve been in the fiction room lately, you may have also noticed our special displays for different genres, like mystery/suspense/thriller, historical fiction, lives & relationships, science fiction and fantasy, short stories, and literary fiction. Many of these displays feature bookmarks that can help you find more authors who write in those genres. Take a bookmark…and happy reading!


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Next Not-So-Young Adult Book Group Meeting

WillGraysonThe next NSYA Book Group meeting will be on December 15 at 7pm in the Robbins Library Conference Room. We’ll be discussing Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.

Here’s the description from Goodreads:

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

I promise you, it is even better than it sounds.

This is our last Monday night meeting. Starting in January we’ll be meeting on the third Tuesday of every month.

Also at the December meeting we’ll be voting on our next few books (we have January’s picked and copies will be available by the December meeting.) If you have suggestions for books to read, comment below or bring your ideas to the meeting!

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Queer Book Group / Social and game night, together again. 11/19/14

QBG_game night

It’s here!  And a week sooner than you probably expected (blame the turkey)!

Game night:  Speed-Scrabble, Ticket to Ride, TriBond.  Whatever you decide to bring to the party – we’re playing it.

Wednesday, November 19th at 7 PM in the 4th Floor Conference Room.


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Giving thanks for two special friends

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Kaya and Nora

As Thanksgiving rolls around we are reminded of a couple of young friends we’ve been meaning to thank for being awesome library supporters. Their names are Kaya Gehlbach and Nora Starhill. Kaya and Nora love to borrow and read books from the Robbins Library, and they love to bake cookies and sweet treats. One day not too long ago they decided to combine these two interests and hold a bake sale to benefit the Library. We had the pleasure of meeting Kaya and Nora when they came in to be thanked by the Library Director. It was such an unexpected gift, and we were impressed with both their enthusiasm for reading and for doing good. Thanks, Kaya and Nora! Hope to see you in the library one day soon.

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Weekend reading

It’s getting a little chillier, and the good thing about cold weather is that it’s the perfect excuse to stay in and snuggle up under a blanket with a good book. But which book? Funny you should ask…we have lots of recommendations. Check out the Book Recommendations page right here on this blog, see what books other Arlingtonians think are awesome, or read Robbins librarians’ reviews on Goodreads.

Whether you’re cuddled inside, taking the T, or waiting in line with the post office, don’t get caught without a book – it makes the time pass so much more pleasantly. And remember, you can download e-books and digital audiobooks from the library for free!

Winter is coming. Do you have your book(s)?

Winter is coming. Do you have your book(s)?

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