Knitting event at Robbins, Saturday December 5th!


Join us for an afternoon knitting session & make a chunky knit cowl scarf.

Cozy for you, or great as a gift!

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Enter a cyber art gallery — by Library staff – Third edition

This gallery represents the last in a three-part series which features artwork by                          Robbins staff.   A  booklist is featured at the end.


Photo by ellen wendruff

Pop-up puppet from Quebec

Pop-up puppet on a stick –  from Quebec







Postcards          by Julie Walker

Digital postcard

Digital postcard 1

These postcards were created using Photoshop software and incorporate images from                                                     various print materials.                                                               

Digital postcard

Digital postcard 2

Digital postcard 3

Digital postcard 3








Jewelry     by Mary Hearth


Skull pendants

Skull pendants

Skull pendants made from fabric & resin, the book is polymer clay


Gears pin

Gears pin

Gears pin made from resin.

              Owl pin made from fabric & resin

Owl pin

Owl pin










Rings are made from resin.  They are super sparkly, glow in the dark, & black-light reactive.




The key to my heart pin is made from paper and resin.

Key to my heart pin











Digital photography     by   Barbara Andrews















Scituate Light

Scituate Light













Lady Slipper

Lady Slipper













Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret













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Original poetry, accompanied by photographs         by Barbara Fulchino

The Cyclists  

by    Barbara Fulchino        

Five lovely, grinning girls                                                          

Bicycles attached

An accessory if you will                                                                                      

Cyclists Ginger, Peggy, Bunny, Blondie, & Honey

Cyclists   Ginger, Peggy, Bunny, Blondie, & Honey

A summer thrill.       

Ready, get set and go

Up Broadway, down Cottage Street          

In and out and round about.

The world wide open,

No holds barred.

Five young ladies

Ginger, Peggy, Bunny

Blondie and Honey

Out for a ride

Best of friends, forever

Soon to be some man’s bride.



I am fine    

by   Barbara Fulchino

I am fine                                                                                                                                                                           Let me be!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I am fine                                                                                                                                                                        Can’t you see?

I am fine                                                                                                                                                                            Life was full.

FULCHINOMOMPHOTO                                                    I am fine                                                                                 Heart, and soul.                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am fine                                                                                      It’s in God’s hands.                                                                                                                                                                              I am fine                                                                            At His command.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I am fine                                                                                                                                                                 With face of crease.                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am fine                                                                                                                                                             Though my limbs cease.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am fine                                                                                                                                                                                     You will be too.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am fine                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                As I say adieu.




Two Videos     by Anna Van Someren

The New Media Literacies   (2008, 2:51 min,  MA)



Members of the research team at Project New Media Literacies discuss the social skills and cultural competencies needed to fully engage with today’s participatory culture.                                                             Produced by Anna Van Someren.

The video is hosted by YouTube and can be viewed here:

The New Media Literacies



certain things   (2001, 3 min., NY)  by Anna Van Someren


certain things video

The artist weaves together bits of tense phone conversations with her mother, intimate images of them playing with a spy camera, and found footage of a patient undergoing electroconvulsive therapy, to create a short but intense foray into the issues surrounding medicated female identity.  

The YouTube-hosted video can be seen here:

certain things


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Photography        by  Maura Deedy


digital photo 1

digital photo 1



digital photo 2

digital photo 2


















Papier-mache mask       by    Ellen Wendruff




Bird mask made with papier-mache and chicken wire, paint and feathers.


Bird mask

Bird mask










Digital photography     by    Joanne Piepol

These digital images were all shot with a Panasonic Lumix, point-and-shoot camera.

LA Science Center

LA Science Center




a quiet moment in the sun

a quiet moment in the sun


 After an absence of many years, this summer we rediscovered the Los Angeles area, with the help of our middle school son.

Tar Pits with Di & Luke

Tar Pits with Di & Luke



Acadia cliff walk

Acadia Cliff walk

I’ve been traveling to Acadia National Park for the last 30 years and know it well.  It’s one of those places that gets into your blood.       

Acadia, a birch view

Acadia, a birch view



Succulents on a patio

Succulents on a patio


Books to explore

Complete book of puppetry

Creative therapy for children with autism, ADD, & Asperger’s: using artistic creativity to reach, teach, & touch our children

Encyclopedia of scrapbooking

Fabrics & florals:  100+ ideas for “dressing up” your pages!

The art of resin jewelry:  layering, casting, & mixed media techniques for creating vintage to contemporary designs

Exploring resin jewelry: simple techniques for 25 projects

AMC guide to outdoor digital photography: creating great nature and adventure photos

The best of the digital photography book series: the step-by-step secrets for how to make your photos look like the pros!

Digital photography: a basic manual

Digital filmmaking handbook

Digital & SLR filmmaking for dummies

The filmmaker’s handbook: a comprehensive guide for the digital age

America in poetry: with paintings, drawings, photographs, & other works of art

Mothers: a celebration in prose, poetry, & photographs of mothers & motherhood

Singing school: learning to write (and read) poetry

Writing poetry to save your life: how to find the courage to tell your stories

How to make masks! New ways to make a mask for masquerade, Halloween & dress-up fun, with just 2 layers of fast-setting papier-mache

Papier-mache by Miranda Innes

Papier-mache treasures with Teena Flanner: creating your own vintage-style collectibles

Thank you to Jen Arthur for her assistance on this project..

Questions?  Comments?  Contact Ellen 781-316-3233.







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Coloring for adults



Are you an adult? Do you like to color? If so, you’ll want to remember these dates:

Friday, November 27, 3:00– 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 28, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Monday, November 30, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 26, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Monday, December 28, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Stop by and color inside or outside the lines. Studies have shown that coloring is an excellent relaxation technique. Bring your own coloring book, or pick a design from one of ours. We’ll supply colored pencils and crayons. All drop-in coloring sessions take place in the Robbins Library Conference Room. We hope to see you there!

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Next Not-So-Young Adult Book Group

allthetruthThe next book for the NSYA book group is All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry. Here’s the description from Goodreads:

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.

Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas.

But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.

I read this book earlier this year and found it unusual and surprising and I’ve been recommending it a lot. I hope you all love it too!

We’ll be discussing it on December 15 at 7pm in the Robbins Library Conference Room. Copies of the book are available now at the front desk. I hope to see lots of you there!

The Not-So-Young Adult Book Group is a friendly, casual book group group for adults in which we read and discuss books written for teens. 

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Introducing the 2016 Arlington Reads Together title….

We are delighted to share that the Arlington Reads Together committee has selected Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the 2016 selection. Over the summer and early fall, the committee read 6 wonderful books.


Watch this space for more information about the programming that we’ll be running centered around this fantastic book. We are looking forward to this book being the talk of the town in March 2016.


americanahcoverThe New York Times said, “‘Americanah’ examines blackness in America, Nigeria and Britain, but it’s also a steady-handed dissection of the universal human experience — a platitude made fresh by the accuracy of Adichie’s observations”. It explores themes of race, identity, and immigration. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the critically acclaimed author of “Purple Hibiscus”, and “Half of a Yellow Sun”, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. “Americanah” won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year.

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Not-So-Young Adult Book Group 11/17

noneoftheaboveThe Not-S0-Young Adult Book Group will be meeting next week, November 17 at 7pm in the Robbins Library Conference Room.

We’ll be discussing None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, a novel about a teenage girl who discovers that she is intersex, and what happens when the whole school finds out. (Because, ugh, high school is not dramatic enough already!) Plenty of copies of the book are still available at the front desk, so stop by and check one out if you haven’t already.

This author is part of We Need Diverse Books, a movement to encourage publication of books with underrepresented populations for young readers. I’m looking forward to talking about this, and other, diverse books. If you see something on the WNDB website that looks good, let me know and maybe we can choose it for a future discussion!

Hoping to see lots of you next Tuesday night!

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Fall book groups

Now that the weather is turning cooler and we’re all digging out our sweaters, it’s the most perfect time to curl up inside with a book. It’s also a great time to visit a library book group!

Here’s a rundown of library book groups and what we’re reading:

Not-So-Young Adult Book Group

noneThis is a group for adults, but we read books written for teens. If you don’t feel able to commit to the latest 700-page book that has been nominated for all the literary awards but still want to read something good, this might be the group for you. Right now we’re reading None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio and we’ll be discussing it next week on Tuesday Nov. 17 at 7pm. Copies are available at the front desk now, and because it’s a teen book you’ll fly through it in no time!

Teens Only LGBTQ Book Group

lumberjanesAs it’s name implies, this group is just for teens. The group reads books with an LGBTQ theme. All teens are welcome! The next meeting is Nov. 24 at 7pm. The group will be discussing the graphic novel Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis.


Guys Book Group


For some reason attendance at book groups tends to be predominantly female, so we’ve created a book group just for guys to get more male participation. This group is currently reading Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson and will meet at the Fox Branch on December 3 at 7:30pm.


Robbins Library Book Group

lostinshangrilaOur largest and longest-running book group will next meet on Monday Dec. 7 at 7pm to discuss Lost In Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff. This group reads a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books.


Queer Book Group (QBG)

priceofsaltOur LGBTQ themed group for adults discusses a book every other month, and in has a social gathering on alternate months. The November get-together is a board game night on Nov. 18 at 7pm. The next book is The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, and the discussion will be on Dec. 16 at 7pm.


We hold copies of the books for all our book groups at the front desk, so stop by and pick up whichever one strikes your fancy. There’s no commitment with any of these groups, so you can just attend on the months the book interests you, or go to a different group each month if you’d like. Information about all our book groups and upcoming titles are kept updated here – so check back often!

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