Arlington Reads Together in March

ART thumbnailWe welcome the community to join us for our annual community read program, Arlington Reads Together!  Since 2003 Arlington has come together around a title with book groups, panel discussions, and more. The year we are reading Refugee by Alan Gratz.  Throughout the month of March we’ll be looking at issues surrounding refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants, and displaced people.  Find the full list of activities below, or print out a PDF of the ART Events and Discussions list.  Copies of the book are available in special displays at both the Robbins and Fox libraries and additional copies are available through the Minuteman Digital Library.

Premier Events

How Arlington Supports Displaced People at Home and Abroad
Wednesday, March 6
7:00 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
In this panel session we will hear how community organizations in Massachusetts support displaced people locally and globally. Panelists Sarah Trilling and Elizabeth Dray will share information and stories from their work with The Arlington-Teosinte Sister City Project and the ArCS Cluster of RIM.

A Conversation About Refugee Services in New England Today with Jeffrey jeffrey-thielman littleThielman
Tuesday, March 26
Robbins Library Community Room
The International Institute of New England works to create opportunities for refugees and immigrants to succeed through resettlement, education, career advancement and pathways to citizenship. In this conversation, we will hear from a refugee client of IINE, as well as learn about the global, national, and local political issues impacting refugees today.

Special Events

The Roots of the Central American Refugee Crisis
Saturday, March 2
2:00 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
A screening of the the award-winning documentary “Harvest of Empire” followed by a discussion with Patricia Montes. This event is co-sponsored by The Arlington-Teosinte Sister City Project, ArCS Cluster of RIM, Centro Presente, and the International Institute of New England. This event is appropriate for older teens and adults. This film is unrated and has a runtime of 1h 30m.

The Friends of Robbins Library Present: Reading Room Concert Series: Albino Mbie–Celebrating Love and Life
Sunday, March 3
3:00 pm
Robbins Library Reading Room
Albino Mbie brings his musical heritage from his homeland of Mozambique to his jazz, blending sounds from around the world.

LGBT Asylum Task Force
Wednesday, March 13
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Asylum Task Force is a ministry of Hadwen Park Church and a community-based organization dedicated to supporting and empowering LGBTQI individuals who are seeking asylum in the United States. Hear from a volunteer working with the organization, as well as client receiving support from the Task Force.

PLUGGED iN Film Screening–Fire at Seafireatsea_small
Monday, March 18
6:30 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
Lampedusa, a remote Mediterranean island has become a major entry point for refugees into Europe. Fire at Sea follows the thousands of refugees making the dangerous crossing from Africa. This film is in Italian with English subtitles. The film is unrated and has a runtime of 1h 48m.

Teen Space Ted Talk
Tuesday, March 19
1:30 p.m.
Teen Space
Come watch a curated playlist of Ted Talks based on refugee status; what it means, how we can help, and what it’s like to be one. We’ll discuss the talks and how they relate to Refugee.  Snacks, discussion, and entertaining, enlightening videos. For grades 6-12.

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Adult Book Discussions
(All Adult Book Discussions will take place in the Robbins Library Conference Room)

Refugee Book Discussion
Saturday, March 2
11:00 am

Not-So-Young Adult Book Group Reads Refugee
Monday, March 18
7:00 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch Book Discussion: Refugee
Friday, March 22
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Feel free to bring your lunch. Cookies (gluten-free and non) will be served.

Afternoon Book Discussion
Thursday, March 28
1:00 p.m.

Book Discussions for Children, Teens, and Families

ART Family Storytime
Thursday, March 7th
6:30 pm
Robbins Children’s Room
ages 4 and up
Come listen to picture book stories about kids who have immigrated to the United States. We’ll read stories and then do a craft.

Graphic Novel Book Club for Grades 3-5
Saturday, March 9
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Fox Library Community Room
The Graphic Novel Book Club will discuss Azzi In Between by Sarah Garland and how it ties into Refugee. Registration opens Saturday, February 9. Register online, then pick up a copy of the book at the Library.
The club is open to students in Grades 3-5.

Middle School Refugee Chapter Read-a-loud
Friday March 15
3:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Haven’t had time to read Refugee yet? Or just want to revisit a really good chapter? Come listen to a part of the book read out loud while munching on popcorn and relaxing. For grades 6-8.

Refugee Family Book Discussion
Wednesday, March 27
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Fox Library Community Room
Families with children in Grades 5 and up are invited to discuss Refugee.

Month Long Food Drive Supporting the Arlington Food Pantryafp-logo-final_white-background
The Arlington Food Pantry is an important resource for asylum seekers in our community. During the month of March Arlington’s libraries will be supporting the Food Pantry with collection boxes at both the Robbins and Fox libraries. Curious about what to donate? Read more about suggested items for donations.

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