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:  Paper by Mark Kurlansky, September 7

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 Good Braider by Terry Farish, August 16; In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth C. Davis, September 20; Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, October 18

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 For Old Men Waiting by Peter Pouncey, August 7; The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad, September 6; A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger, October 2

Name: Queer Book Group (QBG)
Meets (where & when): 7 – 8:30, every other month, usually on the last Wednesday.  We host a social event at the same time & place on 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: Skim by Mariko Tamaki , August 30; How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France, October 25; Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera December 13.

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