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Historical digitization has struck again — at Robbins Library

    Robbins Library has just finished digitizing two historical collections:            Town of Arlington Annual Reports   1933 –  2015               and Town of Arlington Street Directories     … Continue reading

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Ever wonder about that yellow mansion behind the Library?

Come to the upcoming Library program:           Glimpses of Family Life:                        The Whittemore-Robbins House                       … Continue reading

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go classic? or graphic?

      Feel like taking a break from an original? Why not give a graphic novel a try?     Authors have the freedom to blend words with visual images often igniting powerful responses in readers. The “Graphic novel” … Continue reading

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The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy – of staff pets

        The following blog posting represents many of our staff’s pets.  One of the entries has a mysterious element, so keep any eye out for that one.   Hint  –  it’s not the moss.  Let us know if … Continue reading

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PLAY! Musical instruments!

With the ringing in of the New Year,  comes an opportune time  to learn a musical instrument.    We keep hearing about the benefits of music for the mind and spirit   –  so why not dive in finally.  If playing bagpipes, bassoon … Continue reading

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Getting ready for New Year’s Eve *** 1916 and 2016

it’s New Year’s Eve…almost       Arlington 100 years ago… Alewife Brook from the Cambridge side looking toward Mass Ave. in 1916 This photo is available online via the Digital Commonwealth repository.   What was happening in Arlington — … Continue reading

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…Like a complete unknown – Bob Dylan snags 2016 Nobel Prize for literature

      Unlike other literary awards such as the Man Booker Prize or the National Book Award, to name just a few, the Nobel Prize in literature recognizes an author’s entire body of work –  rather than a single work. Per Wikipedia… … Continue reading

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Everything bird is on display at Little Table

  A new Library display (on the Little Table) could  pique  your interest in these amazing winged creatures. Are  you  into… bird photography? painting or drawing birds? Bird poetry? Falconry!  with goshawks! birdhouse building? bird gardening? bird migration? books or music  with … Continue reading

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Arlington High School Yearbooks are now digitized

This project was a collaboration between Arlington High School and Robbins Library. Arlington High yearbooks can now be viewed online at the Internet Archive (IA) To view them just go to: the Internet Archive                     … Continue reading

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Oldest house in Arlington?

The Fowle-Reed-Wyman-Belcher House may or may not be the very oldest historic house still standing in Arlington –  but it most definitely lays claim to the  longest name. This photo of the house can also be viewed online at the Digital Commonwealth … Continue reading

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