National Library Week: Feeling the Library Love

National Library Week is officially over for another year, but what a wonderful week it was! (And remember, you can “celebrate” the library any time of the year, just by visiting.) Here are some more of your comments about the library:

My library…

“…is an accessible wealth of knowledge for me to devour and enjoy!”

“…is so awesome to me.”

“…is a safe space to dream.”

“…means a resource for books, magazines, and materials that I can look at before purchasing them.”

“…means comfort, community, calm.”

“…[is] a cacophony of free thought and inspirational offerings.”

“…[has] a never ending supply of free books!”

“A place that should always be here.”


“Warm in the winter, cool in the summer, full of great ideas.”

“..means opportunity! A free library is a brighter future for everyone!”

“ great because I LOVE TO READ!!”

“…is a community of sharing and learning in a welcome environment.”

“…is fantastic because there are fairy books.”

“…is the most beautiful place in the all [sic] world. I love being here!! Am in love with my library.”

“…has British television!”

“…[has] good books for toddlers!” [toddler scribbles]

I love my library because…

“It is my safe [sic] of fantasies and escape of worldly problems.”

“The magic show!” [drawing of the magic show]

“Free books.”

“KIND STAFF! Thank you for that!”

“I get lots of work done here.”

“It is a relaxing place to read and learn and it has all the books I love!”

“The computers.” (x2)

“It has so many books to read!”

“It’s my second home.”

“I come here exhausted & leave energized.”

“It’s where I get a lot done.”

“I feel I have an inexhaustible source of good things, graciously provided on demand, with ease + kindness.”

“I love books and the library is the best place to get them. Also, it’s a relaxing place to sit down and read.”

“It’s the most beautiful place. Also this is where I met my first girlfriend.”

“It’s a free public space that offers stories, knowledge, cultural events & friendly, helpful staff. It is within walking distance in the center [of town]! :-)

“We always have cool activities for toddlers and little kids. Great!”

“It has so much! (for so little)”

“I love my library because it’s on the bike path and I can walk. I love my library because I can borrow all kinds of items including all kinds of media. I love my library because it is a quiet space in a hectic world. I love my library’s wonderful book sale and Town Day sale of art prints, one of which I got for 5 dollars!”

“It’s my savior when I need to concentrate for hours without interruption. The quiet work floor is pretty rare these days.”

“My eyes filled with cataracts and all I could read were large print books, my face fell with Bell’s palsy and all I could do was listen to my books, my children read more than we could ever buy them, over the many years we’ve lived here Robbins has been central to the quality of our life. Thank you so much.”

Swash_ornament_zeimusuThat last comment above made me tear up, I will freely admit. Rest assured, Arlington library users, your library staff loves you back! Visit soon. (And bring your overdue items with you – it’s still amnesty month, so there are no fines on overdue items returned by the end of April.)




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Who are the Robbins Sisters?


 Come discover ARLINGTON’S OWN ROBBINS SISTERS  and view vintage photos from Robbins Library’s historical photograph collection.




A display containing Library books on Arlington History can also  be found on the “Little Table”  in the lobby.  Here you’ll find favorites such as:

Arlington’s Cultural Heights: 1900-1925  by Doreen Stevens, Aimee Taberner, and Sara Burks

Arlington: Twentieth-century reflections by Richard A. Duffy

Images of America: Arlington by Richard A. Duffy

Stories of Early 20th Century Life edited by Oakes Plimpton

Arlington Celebrates the Growing Years, 1875-1975 edited by Anne G. Fischer

Robbins Farm Park, Arlington, Massachusetts: a local history from the Revolutionary War to the present by Oakes Plimpton

Town of Arlington, past & present, a narrative of larger events & important changes in the village precinct & town from 1637-1907, by Charles S. Parker

History of the town of Arlington, Massachusetts: formerly the 2nd precinct in Cambridge or district of Menotomy, afterward the town of West Cambridge, 1635-1879.  With a genealogical register of the inhabitants of the precinct by Benjamin & William R. Cutter

Don’t miss this.








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Next Not-So-Young Adult Book Group Book

AmazingMauriceThanks to everyone who came to the library last night to talk about Nothing by Janne Teller. And now, for something completely different…

Next month we’ll be discussing The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett. We’ll meet on May 19 at 7pm in the 4th floor Conference Room.

Here’s a description of the book:

One rat, popping up here and there, squeaking loudly, and taking a bath in the cream, could be a plague all by himself. After a few days of this, it was amazing how glad people were to see the kid with his magical rat pipe. And they were amazing when the rats followed hint out of town. They’d have been really amazed if they’d ever found out that the rats and the piper met up with a cat somewhere outside of town and solemnly counted out the money. The Amazing Maurice runs the perfect Pied Piper scam. This streetwise alley cat knows the value of cold, hard cash and can talk his way into and out of anything. But when Maurice and his cohorts decide to con the town of Bad Blinitz, it will take more than fast talking to survive the danger that awaits. For this is a town where food is scarce and rats are hated, where cellars are lined with deadly traps, and where a terrifying evil lurks beneath the hunger-stricken streets…. Set in Terry Pratchett’s widely popular Discworld, this masterfully crafted, gripping read is both compelling and funny. When one of the world’s most acclaimed fantasy writers turns a classic fairy tale on its head, no one will ever look at the Pied Piper — or rats — the same way again!

Copies are available now at the circulation desk. Hope to see you all next month!

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Try p o e t r y POE try POETRY


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If you have a chance this month, stop on over to Robbins Library for our poetry display in the Lobby next to the elevator.  We have poetry magazines, journals, books, and a there’s even a chance to share your original poetry –  or any poetry  –  with the public.  Just drop poetry you want to share in the basket on the table.  It’s that simple.

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Hope to see you here.

Any questions?  Ask Ellen 781-316-3233

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Beehives at the library, bzzzzzzzzz

This week, we installed two beehives on the (outdoor!) third floor balcony of the library, overlooking the garden between the library and Town Hall. These bees will support the flowering plants in the garden, but don’t worry, they won’t come inside!

The installation of the beehives was fascinating to watch.

Beehive box, no bees yetBeekeepers in protective suits putting the bees in the hivesA beekeeper moves more bees into the hive.

A beekeeper shakes bees out of a box into the hive; lots of bees flying around in the air.

Not for the faint of heart: the beekeeper shook bees out of a box and into the hive (and the air).

Both beekeepers shake boxes of bees into the hives.A beekeeper standing, surrounded by flying bees.Both hive boxes with their lids on.

There were a lot of bees flying around, and they will continue to be active as they explore the area and learn about their new home; you can watch them come and go safely from behind the glass windows on the third floor.

Remember, honeybees are not aggressive by nature and will only sting if they’re defending their hive, or if they’re provoked. If you encounter a bee in the garden, don’t swat at it; it’ll bee on its way soon enough! (Pun intended.)

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Stuff We’ve Been Reading

Not sure what to read next? We can help!

Join Robbins librarians Jenny and Linda for a book talk, and we’ll tell you all about the great books we’ve been reading. We’ll present for about a half hour, with plenty of time for Q&A afterward. Handouts with all the titles we talk about will be provided. We’ll also have copies of some of the books we love on hand so you can leave with your next favorite book!

Book Talk: Stuff We’ve Been Reading

Monday, May 11 at 7pm 

Robbins Library Community Room

We hope to see you there!



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Book Folding Workshop at the library

What: A book folding workshop
When: Saturday, May 2, from 2-4pm
Where: Robbins Library Community Room

Learn the basics of the art of book folding with Cathy Thibodeau as we upcycle a hardcover book into your choice of one of three designs.

Three examples of book folding: a paw print, a heart, and a flowerYou may bring a hardcover book of your own (at least 140 pages and 21cm high) or choose from a selection of retired library books.

This is an introductory class – no experience necessary. This workshop is free, but you should register to reserve a space. Walk-ins are welcome if the class doesn’t fill up ahead of time.

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