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 Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley, February 15

Name: Not-So-Young-Adult Book Group (NSYA)
Meets (where & when): 7pm usually on the third Wednesday of each month in the Robbins Library Conference Room.
Leader/contact: Linda Dyndiuk (
Group statement:  A book group for adults in which we read young adult books.
Upcoming meetings: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes, February 21; I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez, March 14; Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough, April 18; The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines, May 16; Just One Day by Gayle Forman, June 20

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: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, February 5; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, March 5; We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, April 2

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: Improper Bostonians compiled by The History Project, foreword by Barney Frank, February 28; Dreadnought by April Daniels, April 25; Cottonmouths by Kelly J. Ford, June 27.

Name: Cookbook Club & Potluck 
Meets (where & when):
Monday evenings at 6:30pm every other month
Jenny (, 781-316-3220)
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.
Upcoming meetings: Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan, February 12.



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