We are excited to share a full list of events celebrating Wonder by R.J. Palacio, your 2018 community read! Arlington Reads Together events take place in March and there’s something for everyone, so keep scrolling (or download a printable ART2018 program)–and don’t forget to pick up a copy of the book at Robbins or Fox. We have special displays of non-reserve-able copies in the lobby plus extra e-books available to Arlington card-holders. Log in to the Minuteman Digital Library to check availability.
KICKOFF EVENT: Bringing ‘Wonder’ to Life with Sam Drazin, Saturday, March 10, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., Robbins Library Community Room
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live with a facial difference and hearing loss? Sam was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a craniofacial anomaly which is similar to that of Auggie, the main character of this year’s community read, R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. Like Auggie, Sam has undergone multiple surgeries and faced the challenges of adolescence while looking a bit different. Growing up with a facial difference and hearing loss, coupled with his experience as a teacher, Sam will take you on his journey, sharing with you the challenges as well as humor in everyday situations. Sam believes awareness is essential to support children and adults in becoming more aware and accepting of all differences. This event is generally appropriate for middle school aged children and adults; younger children may attend at parents’ discretion. Made possible by a partnership of the Friends of the Robbins Library and the Friends of Fox Library. Co-sponsored by the Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group and the Arlington Human Rights Commission. Please RSVP via eventbrite at https://arlingtonreadstogether2018samdrazin.eventbrite.com
Read more about Sam Drazin in this recent Boston Globe feature.
ARLINGTON READS TOGETHER PROGRAMS:
Teen Early Release Movie: “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Tuesday, March 6, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm , Robbins Library Community Room
Inspired by our Arlington Reads Together selection “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio, we’ll be screening The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012). The book adapted into a film by Stephen Chbosky is a coming-of-age story exploring themes of mental health, friendship, and empathy for others in a time of need. It will make you laugh, cry, and feel infinite! There will be snacks and drinks. This event is for grades 6 to 12.
“Wonder” Book Discussion, Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Fox Branch Library Community Room
Join Fox Branch Librarian Anna Litten for our first “Wonder” book discussion of the month. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is for adults.
“Wonder” Book Discussion for Kids and Grownups, Thursday, March 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Robbins Library Community Room
A special Kindness-themed bookgroup for kids and their grownups! Kids in grades 4 and up are invited to bring their adults to a discussion of the Arlington Reads Together title “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio.
KINDNESS ROCKS at Fox, Friday, March 9, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Fox Library Community Room
Inspire with a kind message along the way! The Kindness Rocks Project is a great way to send a message of kindness and inspiration out to the world. Paint a rock, write a message of kindness and inspiration, and leave your message to world on your daily path. Learn more at thekindessrocksproject.org
While Auggie was born with his facial difference, movie critic Roger Ebert’s came in late adulthood with the diagnosis and treatment for cancer which necessitated the removal of his lower jaw, costing him the ability to speak and left him severely disfigured. The documentary Life Itself recounts a story has been described as “personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent,” just like Wonder. The film explores Ebert’s career as a film critic and his battles with cancer and the resulting physical disability. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.
6th Grade Book Club, Thursday, March 15, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Robbins Library Conference Room
Teen Services Librarian Megan Coffey leads this special “Wonder” edition of the 6th Grade Book Club.
“Wonder” Brown-Bag-Lunch Discussion, Friday, March 16, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Robbins Library Conference Room
Join Director of Libraries Andrea Nicolay for a laid back brown-bag-lunch discussion of “Wonder.” Cookies will be provided for the gluten-lovers and for the gluten-free. This event is for adults.
Shine Your Light! An Open Mic Night for Arlington, Friday, March 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m. (after-hours event), Fox Branch Library Community Room
In the spirit of the Arlington Reads Together Community Read we invite you to shine your light out to Arlington! The Fox Branch Library’s first ever Open Mic is a chance to send your voice out to your friends and neighbors as well as giving the audience a chance to celebrate the creativity of our community. We are looking for musicians of all ages and abilities to perform. Open Mic rules include:
- Musicians can sign-up for a performing slot staring at 6:30
- Performers will have enough time to perform two songs
- The Fox Branch Library’s piano will be tuned and available for use
- This is an all-ages event, please plan on bringing pieces that are appropriate for all.
Questions? Contact Fox Branch Librarian Anna Litten at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-316-3196
“Wonder” Book Discussion, Monday, March 19, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Robbins Library Community Room
Join Robbins librarian and founder of our popular “Not-So-Young Adults Book Group” Linda Dyndiuk for a lively discussion exploring the themes of “Wonder.” Light refreshments will be provided. This event is for adults.
Teen KINDNESS ROCKS, Tuesday, March 20, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Robbins Teen Area
As we’re celebrating our Arlington Reads Together selection, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, we’re looking for ways to #choosekind in the Teen Area, the Arlington Libraries, and in the greater Arlington community! To spread the kindness and the love, we’ll be doing a drop-in session of Kindness Rocks! Kindness Rocks is a project that started to randomly spread kindness by painting small, flat rocks with inspiring messages. Kindness Rocks also looks to inspire others to take part in random acts of kindness. If you’re up for an excellent art project to encourage others to be more kind, please join us! This event is for grades 6 to 12.
Teen Zine Workshop w/ Desiree Alaniz, Tuesday, March 27 , [check robbinslibrary.org for time], Robbins Teen Area
As we’re celebrating our Arlington Reads Together selection, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, we’re looking for ways to #choosekind in the Teen Area, the Arlington Libraries, and in the greater Arlington community! Zines are a great way to be kind to yourself and others! Zines are independently made “magazines” about whatever you want! Zines are a way to express yourself and to read about topics that aren’t addressed in “officially” published books. YOUR voice matters and zines are an excellent opportunity to express yourself and share your experiences with the world! Zines can be about whatever you want, and this workshop will provide crafty supplies for you to make your own, or contribute to a group zine. All supplies will be provided, just bring your creativity and something to say! We’ll also have a selection of zines and zine-related books for you to check out! This event is for grades 6 to 12.
WRAP-UP EVENT: “Wonder”: The Challenge of Difference, Thursday, March 29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Robbins Library Community Room
“Wonder” is a novel that explores friendship, belonging, standing up to injustice, and learning to understand individuals who may be different from us—all with the possibility of viewing events from multiple perspectives. Wonder allows us to grow our capacity for empathy and ask questions about the choices we make in relation to others. On March 29, let’s come together as a town community and explore the following questions: How do we as a community react to difference? How can we build understanding and empathy for those who are different from us? We’ll ground our discussion in themes of empathy, identity, perspective, and the range of human behavior and use poetry, video, and multimodal discussion strategies to push our thinking. This program is suitable for middle school age youth and adults. Made possible by a partnership of the Friends of the Robbins Library and the Friends of Fox Library. Co-sponsored by the Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group and the Arlington Human Rights Commission.