Author Archives: Andrea Nicolay, Library Director

We’re looking for Pages

Do you love libraries? Do you have attention to detail? Are you reliable? Are you at least 14 years old? Do you get along well with people? Come be a Library Page! Some of the duties that you could be … Continue reading

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Arlington’s Libraries reopening June 21

Effective Monday, June 21, the Robbins Library and Fox Branch Library will resume normal hours and most services, no appointment necessary. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are asked to keep masks on inside. All children over age 2 and … Continue reading

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Robbins Library Materials Pick-up Resumes Dec. 14

We are restoring drop-in materials pickup services and contactless pickup on Monday, December 14 on the basis of further testing for COVID-19 among staff, and negative results.   Items that were on hold when we closed on December 7 will be available … 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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Contactless Pickup FAQ

What is Contactless Pickup? In pre-covid times, you requested specific titles through the catalog or through a librarian, and once they were ready you’d get a notice and you could come to the library anytime to pick them up and … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #6

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. The ties that bind.  As we all know, there’s a bit of the double-edged blade contained in the phrase – and Jean Flanagan has spent much of her writing life exploring the … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #5

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. To Seamus Heaney’s way of thinking, poetry was about providing that “extra voltage in the language, the intensity, the self-consciousness” that raises thought to another level.  Often, we experience that intensity through … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #4

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. Let’s admit it: some mornings, the walls of our own homes seem to be closing in and it’s hard to draw a deep breath. We feel the urge to take a … Continue reading

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New virtual library events, Acorn TV and more

Thanks to generous funding from the Arlington Libraries Foundation, we are introducing a new service this month: unlimited access to British shows and film through Acorn TV. Enjoy world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond on any web-connected … Continue reading

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Red Letter Poem #3

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, is today’s guest blogger. What I find most remarkable in Susan Donnelly’s poems is how rarely the situations she portrays seem so. She writes about the ordinary days every one of us inhabits; but somehow, … Continue reading

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