Monthly Archives: October 2020

Red Letter Poem #31

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. Not the least of poetry’s strengths (and delights) is its ability to allow us access to another reality: to stand for a few moments in someone else’s shoes, viewing the day … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget to VOTE!

Returning Your Ballot: You can mail your ballot to the Clerk’s Office (postage is paid) or use one of the three secure ballot return boxes. Before you put a ballot in a box, please be sure it is clearly marked … Continue reading

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“For Freedoms” Installation at Robbins Library

From now through November 13, the library’s new “For Freedoms” installation can be viewed on the Robbins lawn at the corner of Mass Ave and Peg Spengler Way. Created in partnership with the Ottoson Middle School eighth grade civics class … Continue reading

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Introducing Book Packs

Although library users are able to request specific books and pick them up, we know that many of you miss browsing our collections in person. One way we are helping to simulate the browsing experience is with our Grab Bag … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #30

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. Lloyd Schwartz navigates his roles as poet, scholar, and critic with such ease, an observer can easily believe a single impulse, a unified language informs them all.  His forthcoming Who’s on First? New and … Continue reading

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Convenience Drop-in Checkout Service Starting Oct 19

Effective Monday, October 19, library visitors can check out their reserved items inside the lobby without an appointment, Monday – Thursday 9:30-6:30, and Friday – Saturday 9:30-4:30. Lobby access is for the new convenience pickup service only.  For those who … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #29

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. “How deserted lies the city,/ once so full of people!/ How like a widow is she,/ who once was great among the nations!”  Teresa Cader’s poem, too, is a lamentation, a word that calls … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #28

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. The list poem is part of an ancient and honorable tradition.  A cataloging of images, names, or events, you find the technique used to great effect in the Bible and Homer; Walt Whitman often … Continue reading

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Women’s right to vote – Arlington’s history

One hundred years ago, in 1920, American women won the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution. The suffrage campaign had been neither easy nor straightforward. In 1915  Massachusetts voters in a state … Continue reading

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Expressions you’ve known – and loved

Expressions contributed by staff members : Light dawns on Marble Head                                                             … Continue reading

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