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. Scroll down below the meeting information for our book group guidelines.
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 (email@example.com)
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: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, February 7
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Group statement: A book group for adults in which we read young adult books.
Upcoming meetings: Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan, Monday, April 22; #NotYourPrincess: voices of Native American women by Mary Beth Leatherdale, Lisa Charleyboy, Monday, May 20; One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus , Monday, June 17; The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix, Monday, July 22.
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 (email@example.com)
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: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, February 4; The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant, March 4; Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, April 1.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Group statement: Read some great LGBTQ-themed books (fiction and non-fiction), make some new friends, and expand your community!
Upcoming meetings: I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé by Michael Arceneaux, April 24; The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, June 26; Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly, August 28.
Name: Cookbook Club & Potluck
Meets (where & when): Monday evenings at 6:30pm every other month
Leader/contact: Linda Dyndiuk (email@example.com, 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: Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark and Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi (pick from either book), April 29; RSVP by April 24
Name: Science Book Club
Meets (where & when): Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM every other month. Meetings will take place in the 4th floor conference room.
Leader/Contact: Nicholas Glade (firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-316-3227)
Group Statement: Our newest book group is dedicated to reading and discussing books about science and the many different disciplines and topics it encompasses. Join us every other month to make friends and acquire new knowledge!
Upcoming meetings: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, April 18
Book Group Guidelines
We created the following guidelines in order to conduct successful book group meetings while at the same time fostering a welcoming environment for all participants. In the event that a group member fails to follow these, the group moderator has permission to arrange a meeting with the individual and/or work with the Library Director to remove attendance privileges temporarily or permanently.
- This is book group – we can have fun!
- If you didn’t finish the book, that’s ok!
- Please listen to everybody’s comments.
- Be respectful, especially when listening to or offering a different opinion.
- Everyone will get a chance to speak.
- Not everyone will like all the book choices and that’s ok!
- Stay on topic.
- Allow others to share their input by not monopolizing the conversation.
- Refrain from making comments that are overtly judgmental of any one group based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender, etc.
- Inappropriate behavior and/or language will not be tolerated.