Author Archives: Andrea Nicolay, Library Director

Red Letter Poem #2

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. Back in the ’60’s, as a young poet learning his craft, I was drawn to visionaries with a flare for seeing beyond: Hart Crane whose “Stars scribble on our eyes…”; and … Continue reading

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The Red Letter Poems Project

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. When I was first appointed as Poet Laureate for Arlington, one of my goals was to help bring the strength and delight of poetry into unexpected settings.  The Red Letter Poems … Continue reading

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Using the library from a distance during COVID-19

Our physical locations are closed, but we’re here to help connect you with some high quality, content-rich online resources. For some, you’ll need a library card. Others are free and open to all. Your key to online resources is your … Continue reading

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Emergency closure effective 3/13/20

The Town has decided to take the step of closing facilities including Arlington’s Libraries, effective Friday, 3/13. The earliest the libraries will reopen is Saturday, March 28. Please check arlingtonma.gov for details and further updates. Please hold all library materials until … Continue reading

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How your library is responding to COVID-19

As you know, we are all facing a difficult public health situation. It’s an unsettling time, and we are doing everything possible to protect patrons and our staff. Until further notice, and at minimum through April 13, 2020: In response … Continue reading

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Robbins is an emergency cooling center on 7/21

The Robbins Library is serving as an emergency cooling center this Sunday and will be open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Children’s Room will be closed, but we will be offering two films in the Community Room (take the … Continue reading

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Which art prints are we talking about? Not the ones you might expect.

Town Meeting Warrant Article 39 proposes “To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Library Board of Trustees to deaccession and/or dispose of by sale, donation, or other means, the Robbins Art Print Collection; or take any action … Continue reading

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Arlington’s Libraries are FINE FREE

Effective Thursday, February 14, Arlington joins a growing national trend by removing overdue fines on materials borrowed at the Robbins Library and Fox Branch Library. The library will continue to issue date due notices as well as overdue notifications. After … Continue reading

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Donate your clean, sturdy reusable bags to support the ban

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 … Continue reading

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Dare to share for the Talking Chair

A Robbins Library visitor sees a welcoming armchair in the Fiction Room. She sits and hears: “This is Cathie Desjardins, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, reading “Spring” by second grader, Sam Liu.” The pleasantly surprised visitor listens to a short poem. She … Continue reading

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