Category Archives: Technology

Ribbon Cutting for Talking Chair on 4/5

Happy National Poetry Month! Please join us on Thursday April 5, 2018 at 3:00 pm in the Fiction Room at Robbins Library to open the “Talking Chair” installation with a ribbon cutting. The “Talking Chair” is an interactive digital experience, … Continue reading

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Talking Chair Comes to Robbins Library for National Poetry Month

On Thursday April 5, 2018 Robbins Library will open the “Talking Chair” installation with a ribbon cutting at 3:00 p.m. in the Fiction Room.   The “Talking Chair” is an interactive digital experience, developed by Emily Calvin-Bottis, a digital and … Continue reading

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Dare to share for the Talking Chair

A Robbins Library visitor sees a welcoming armchair in the Fiction Room. She sits and hears: “This is Cathie Desjardins, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, reading “Spring” by second grader, Sam Liu.” The pleasantly surprised visitor listens to a short poem. She … Continue reading

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Top e-books and audiobooks in 2017

Recently, Bustle published a list of Audible’s most listened-to audiobooks of 2017, and I wondered if it matched up with library patrons’ use of audiobooks and e-books through Overdrive. Here are the top ten most-checked-out titles at the Arlington libraries … Continue reading

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What can you do about fake news? Think before you share

It is perhaps no surprise that “fake news” (defined as “news that is factually false, incomplete, or strongly biased,” not “news with which you disagree”) is still a problem; the 24-hour news cycle and the ability to share easily with … Continue reading

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Library of Things!

With apologies to Ariel, “We’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty We’ve got whozits and whatzits galore You want a Library of Things? We’ve got twenty-five!” We are delighted to sing from the rooftops that our Library of Things collection has … Continue reading

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Choose Privacy Week 2017

The first week in May (i.e. this week) is Choose Privacy Week! This year’s display encourages people to think about why library privacy is important. Journalist Glenn Greenwald gave a TED Talk in 2014 called “Why Privacy Matters” (read the … Continue reading

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How much is your library worth to you?

You may say, “The library is priceless, of course!” And thank you for that – we happen to agree. But for those who like to know the dollar value of the resources they’re using, here is the Library Value Calculator. … Continue reading

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Overdrive Big Library Read

Every so often, Overdrive has a “Big Library Read,” offering one e-book that everyone can read at once (no wait list!). The next book is a cookbook by Kate McDermott called Art of the Pie: a practical guide to homemade … Continue reading

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Computer Basics: Social Media

This month, our computer basics class focuses on social media. Some of the most popular social media platforms are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Are you curious about social media, but nervous about joining a network, or not sure which … Continue reading

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