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. 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 (bradley.mckenna@gmail.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:  The Social Animal by David Brooks, June 13

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 (vrodriguez@minlib.net)
Group statement:  A book group for adults in which we read young adult books.
Upcoming meetings:  Empress of a thousand skies by Rhoda Belleza, Monday, July 15; The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix, Monday, August 19; Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi, Monday, September 16; Boots on the Ground: America’s war in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge, Monday, October 21; This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston, Monday, November 18; A Thousand Sisters: the heroic airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War I by Elizabeth E. Wein, Monday, December 16.

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 (tzh@mit.edu)
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: Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley, June 3; Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, July 8; Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, August 5.

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 (rlorino@minlib.net)
Group statement:  Read some great LGBTQ-themed books (fiction and non-fiction), make some new friends, and expand your community!
Upcoming meetings:  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 (ldyndiuk@minlib.net, 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: Food52 Genius Recipes, June 24; RSVP by June 19.

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 (nglade@minlib.net, 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: Seven Brief Lessons On Physics by Carlo Rovelli, June 27

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.

The guidelines adhere to library policies, specifically the patron conduct policy.

  1. This is a book group – we can have fun!
  2. If you didn’t finish the book, that’s ok!
  3. Please listen to everybody’s comments.
  4. Be respectful, especially when listening to or offering a different opinion.
  5. Everyone will get a chance to speak.
  6. Not everyone will like all the book choices and that’s ok!
  7. Stay on topic.
  8. Allow others to share their input by not monopolizing the conversation.
  9. Refrain from making comments that are overtly judgmental of any one group based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender, etc.
  10. Inappropriate behavior and/or language will not be tolerated.

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