March is Community Read month

Snowfall, darkness, coldbookthief
Interminable winter
Let’s read The Book Thief!

That’s my Community Read haiku.  February is finally behind us, and what better way to shrug off winter than with some intellectual stimulation and reasons to leave the house?  The Community Read offers something for everyone, whether you read The Book Thief, saw the movie, heard a plot summary from your kids, or you just enjoy cultural events at the library.

Boston-area speaker and child WWII holocaust survivor Janet Singer Applefield headlines our series of programs and discussions which take place in March and are inspired by this year’s Arlington Reads Together selection.  Please note location, as some events take place at the Robbins, and others at the Fox Library.

Special Events:

Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group Conversation / Monday, March 10 / 7 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Discuss themes of diversity and community with your neighbors, inspired by the Community Read.

Arlington Reads Together Main Event: An Afternoon with
Child Holocaust FINAL - Janet Singer Applefield - (JAN-2014)Survivor JANET SINGER APPLEFIELD

Saturday, March 15 / 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Co-sponsored by the Friends of Robbins Library and the Robbins Library Board of Trustees, reception to follow. Recently featured in a Boston Globe article about her family’s papers finding their way to a Polish PhD student, Ms. Applefield frequently gives talks to groups about her childhood.  She was born in Poland and separated from her parents during the Nazi invasion, and came to the U.S. in 1947 after being reunited with her father.

Herman Kruk portraitThe Diary of Herman Kruk: A Librarian in the Vilna Ghetto, presented by Geoffrey Brahmer, M.Div.
Monday, March 24 / 7 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Librarian and socialist Herman Kruk kept his diary from the beginning of World War II to the day before he was murdered in Lagedi, Estonia on September 18, 1944. Scholar Geoffrey Brahmer will discuss this fascinating book-lover and his legacy.

True Story Theater performance: “What sustains us in very difficult times?”
Thursday, March 27 / 7 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
The characters in The Book Thief find solace and strength in literature and art.  The talented improvisational actors of True Story Theater will explore and expand upon these themes in a one-of-a-kind show.

Book Discussions:

Guys Book Group / Wednesday, March 5 / 7:30 p.m. / Fox Branch Library
Discussion moderated by Library Director Ryan Livergood.

Staff Picks Book Group / Wednesday, March 19 / 7 p.m. / Fox Branch Library
Discussion moderated by library Assistant Director Andrea Nicolay.

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion / Friday, March 21 / 12-1 p.m. / Robbins Library Conference Room
Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during this discussion, which will be moderated by library Assistant Director Andrea Nicolay.

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