Author Archives: Andrea Nicolay, Library Director

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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Arlington Reads Together 2018 events round-up

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 … Continue reading

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Wonder is the 2018 Arlington Reads Together Pick

Have you ever preferred your Halloween costume over your natural appearance? If so, then probably not for the same reason as Auggie Pullman of Wonder. Auggie is a middle schooler growing up with a severe facial deformity, and he likes … Continue reading

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100 years of Fox Branch Library: Part Two

Local historian Richard A. Duffy, a board member of the Arlington Libraries Foundation, is today’s guest blogger.  This is Part 2 of a two-part series honoring the 100th anniversary of the Fox Branch Library in 2017.  To read Part 1, … Continue reading

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Changes for e-sources

Providing free downloadable media has become a core service of public libraries everywhere, and for the past few years we’ve experimented with offering different kinds of platforms with varying degrees of success. Options have included Overdrive (also known as the … Continue reading

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Wicked simple website

“Save the time of the reader” is one of the five laws of library science, and the new robbinslibrary.org does just that, and then some. The new robbinslibrary.org is intuitive, minimal, and mobile friendly. We strive for excellence in meeting the needs of our users quickly … Continue reading

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Share your vision for Arlington’s cultural district on March 30

On Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m., a public meeting will be held at Arlington Center for the Arts to discuss the cultural district designation for which Arlington is currently applying. What’s a cultural district? It’s a program developed by … Continue reading

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