Category Archives: User experience

Donate your clean, sturdy reusable bags to support the ban

We’re inviting donations of clean, sturdy reusable bags in support of the Town’s plastic bag ban. For years, Robbins Library and Fox Library staff have accepted disposable plastic bags to give away as a convenience to patrons on rainy days … 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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Saturday hours for Fox Library begin September 9

Starting on Saturday, September 9 the Fox Branch Library will be open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The new Saturday schedule parallels that of the Robbins Library, which is open on Saturdays from September through June. This … Continue reading

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Changes for e-sources

Providing free downloadable media has become a core service of public libraries everywhere, and for the past few years we’ve experimented with offering different kinds of platforms with varying degrees of success. Options have included Overdrive (also known as the … 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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October 2016 is Fine Free Month!

Do you have a stack of library books at home or in the car? Have you been worrying about the fines on those items? Worry no more! October 2016 is Fine Free Month at Robbins and Fox Libraries. Please bring … Continue reading

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InterLibrary Loan: ComCat helps you find books statewide

You saw an amazing book at your friend’s house called Book Art: Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made from Books , but you can’t find it in your library’s online catalog. When you visit the library for help, you’re sent to “Reference” where a librarian busily … Continue reading

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Searching the library catalog

How do you find a book, audiobook, CD, DVD, magazine, game, or anything else in the library? There are a few ways: you could wander around (also known as browsing), ask a librarian, or use the online catalog. You probably … Continue reading

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Come fly away to ALA with us, 6/25-6/30

It’s not every year that we get to send librarians to the annual American Library Association conference, so we decided it would be fun to bring you to San Francisco with us via Twitter and Facebook. Through June 30 you’ll see … Continue reading

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