Next Not-So-Young Adult Book Group

The next meeting of the NSYA Book Group will be on Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm in the 4th floor conference room. We’ll be discussing The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines. Here’s a descriptions from Goodreads:

“It’s the Fall of 1942 and Iris’s world is rapidly changing. Her Pop is back from the war with a missing leg, limiting his ability to do the physically grueling part of his detective work. Iris is dying to help, especially when she discovers that one of Pop’s cases involves a boy at her school. Now, instead of sitting at home watching Deanna Durbin movies, Iris is sneaking out of the house, double crossing her friends, and dancing at the Savoy till all hours of the night. There’s certainly never a dull moment in the private eye business.”

Copies of the book are available now at the front desk. If you like audiobooks, the audio version of this one is great –  if you want to try it, stop by the reference desk and have us order a copy for you!

In addition to our book discussion, there are two exciting things happening at this meeting. One, we’ll be voting on future books which is always a lot of fun. Leave a comment if you want to suggest a title! Two, you’ll get to meet Verónica, who will be the new host for this group starting in June. The group will also be moving back to Monday nights – remember back at the beginning when it was on Mondays? This change will likely be inconvenient for some people, but hopefully it will also mean that those who haven’t been able to make it on Wednesdays will be able to rejoin. Here’s to an exciting future for the group! See you in May!

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QBG Reads… Dreadnought

Join us on Wednesday April 25th @ 7pm in the 4th floor Conference Room for a discussion of Dreadnought by by April Daniels!

Grab a copy at the circulation desk if you haven’t yet!

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Friends of Robbins Library – Children’s Book Sale | Sat April 21

Mark your calendar! Saturday, April 21 is the Friends of the Robbins Library Annual Children’s Booksale!

Come by the Robbins Library Community Room on Saturday, April 21 from  9am – 2pm.

There will be craft activities! Books and media for bargain prices! Honey raffles!

Teen help is needed; contact Amy McElroy if you would like to help out (



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Spring Reads 2018

Warm weather has been evading Massachusetts since Autumn. We’ve suffered through snow, icy rain, and strong winds when we should’ve been frolicking out in the green grass, enjoying the warm sunshine, and watching colorful flowers bloom.

We’re going ahead and saying it might take a couple more weeks for nicer temperatures to finally reach us (although, at this point, you never know!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself in the meantime! What better way to escape these dreary days and chilly nights than by curling up in your favorite spot and reading a good book?

Here’s a list of ten new/coming soon books waiting for you to check them out:

Continue reading

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Robbins Library Book Discussion Group – 5/7

gardenofbeasts.jpgThe Robbins Library Book Discussion Group will next meet on Monday May 7 at 7 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room.

The group discusses “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson. New members are welcome. Book will be available at the Circulation Desk after April 2.

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Change your view point! Arlington in historical photos

You are all by now probably familiar with the Digital Commonwealth repository where our digitized historical photos and postcards currently live.  Other historical material has been digitized, and we continue to add to this online historical trove.  A list of all our digitized items can be found here:

If this is all new to you,  here’s a tiny sampling of Robbins’ digitized  collection of historic photos and postcards.  These images were chosen for no apparent reason other than to spring us out of a winter mindset and  fast forward to Summer or maybe even Spring.

If you are interested in leaving comments or descriptive text or even captions on any of the images  feel free to do so.  These will be captured for possibly adding to the collections’ metadata at some point in the future.

Your input is appreciated and can be left at the end of this  posting.



Arlington Center in winter


Arlington Woods in the winter








Spring  (or Summer) images

Arlington Heights -Spy Pond -Arlington Center in distance



Cabbies – Arlington Center

Buttrick’s ice cream store




1530 Massachusetts Ave.












Other miscellaneous photos & postcards from collection

Crescent Hill Ave under construction




Family picture














Arlington & Boston from Mount Gilboa



















Happy Spring!

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Donate your clean, sturdy reusable bags to support the ban

we know they’re out there

We’re inviting donations of clean, sturdy reusable bags in support of the Town’s plastic bag ban. For years, Robbins Library and Fox Library staff have accepted disposable plastic bags to give away as a convenience to patrons on rainy days and for unexpected armfuls of library materials. By asking residents to “upgrade” these donated bags, the library becomes a true partner in the effort to reduce the number of disposable, harmful plastic bags circulating on our planet. Donated bags will be accepted at both Robbins and Fox, and patrons can borrow and return bags on the honor system.

Everyone has that “bag of bags” collected at conferences and festivals over the years–make some space in your home and help the library at the same time!

Questions? Call the Robbins Library Reference Desk at 781-316-3233.

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NSYA Book Group Meets on 4/18

The Not-So-Young Adult Book Group will be meeting next week on Wednesday, April 18 at 7pm in the 4th floor conference room. We’ll be discussing Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough. Copies are still available at the front desk if you haven’t picked one up yet.

Copies of our next book, The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines, have arrived and are ready for pickup.

Starting in June, this book group will move to Monday evenings and have a new host! Those of you who have been coming since the beginning will remember that we started on Mondays, and while the new evening might be an inconvenience for some of you, we’re hoping those who haven’t been able to attend on Wednesdays will be able to rejoin.

In the meantime, I’ll still be at the April and May meetings and look forward to seeing many of you there!

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Friends of Robbins Library Magazine Giveaway – 4/14

Cover of LIFE magazine dated 02-02-1962 w. logo & photo by Ralph Morse of astronaut John Glenn & legend “Making of a Brave Man”

Do you love vintage ads? Photographs from bygone eras? The Friends of Robbins Library are giving away back issues of the library’s National Geographic (dating back to 1908) and Life magazines (dating back to 1936).

Take one (or more!) home with you. Great for collages and art projects. Find a magazine from a loved one’s birthday or special anniversary.

Swing by the Robbins Library Community Room on Saturday April 14 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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Mass Ave. is Poetry Street!

To celebrate National Poetry Month,  the Fox Branch Library has partnered with Arlington Public Art to present the Poetry Youth Initiative and display poems written by Arlington Teens on Mass Ave. windows of the library.

The Poetry Youth Initiative grew out of Arlington Public Art’s Youth Banner Initiative.  For the past three years,  areas teens have created art works that have then been displayed on banners along Mass. Ave.  Adding a poetry piece to the project gives teen writers a chance to share their work with the community.

Jurors Andrea Nicolay, Robbins Library Director, and Arlington Poet Laureate, Cathie Desjardin selected two works which were printed as large decals and affixed to Mass Ave facing windows at the library.

Walk on by and read the original work of area teens, then walk inside the Fox Branch Library to find something else to inspire!


Youth Poetry Window

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