Book Groups

Interested in joining a book group? Arlington has many to choose from! Unless stated otherwise below, all book groups meet monthly and all are open to new members.

In the weeks leading up to each meeting, copies of the books will be available for checkout at the circulation desk at Robbins (and at Fox as well for the Guys Book Group). You can also request books through the library catalog.

Name: Guys Book Group
Meets (where & when): 7:30 pm the first Thursday of each month at the Fox branch
Leader/contact: Brad McKenna (
Group statement:  Book topics generally include sports, politics, history, crime, business, and technology. We primarily read non-fiction, but we will read some fiction as well.
Upcoming meetings:  The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, October 11; Citizens of London by Lynne Olson, November 8

Name: Not-So-Young-Adult Book Group (NSYA)
Meets (where & when): 7pm usually on the third Monday of each month in the Robbins Library Conference Room.
Leader/contact: Verónica N. Rodríguez (
Group statement:  A book group for adults in which we read young adult books.
Upcoming meetings: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, Monday, October 15; Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Monday, November 19;  The truth about forever by Sarah Dessen, Monday, December 17; The 57 bus by Dashka Slater, Monday, January 14; Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Monday, February 11. 

Name: Robbins Library Book Discussion Group
Meets (where & when): 7pm the first Monday of each month in the Robbins Library Community Room (the September meeting will be in the Conference Room.)
Leader/contact: Therese Henderson (
Group statement: The longest-running of all of these book groups, this one has been meeting since January 1994. Members may recommend up to four titles per year, and the facilitator determines the final selections. This group reads a blend of fiction and nonfiction with a variety of themes. See their website for more info.
Upcoming meetings: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, October 1; The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, November 5; The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, December 3; The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt, January 7

Name: Queer Book Group (QBG)
Meets (where & when): 7pm, every other month, usually on the last Wednesday.  We host a social event at the same time & place in our off months. Meetings are up in the 4th Floor Conference Room of the Robbins Library.
Leader/contact: Rob Lorino (
Group statement:  Read some great LGBTQ-themed books (fiction and non-fiction), make some new friends, and expand your community!
Upcoming meetings:  Outlaw Marriages : The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples by Rodger Streitmatter , October 24; Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, December 12.

Name: Cookbook Club & Potluck 
Meets (where & when):
Monday evenings at 6:30pm every other month
Linda Dyndiuk (, 781-316-3217)
Group statement: Each meeting, every participant will prepare a different recipe from the same book (copies of the book for each meeting can be checked out at the circulation desk), and we’ll all discuss while we taste! This group is open to all, but registration is limited to 20 people for each event, so be sure to register. The Cookbook Club has its own page with more information here.
Upcoming meetings: Smitten Kitchen by Deb Perelman, October 29



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