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December events at Robbins, Fox

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Mask up in the library

In accordance with Arlington’s mask mandate, face coverings are required.  This mandate applies to individuals aged two years and over except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability. 

Programs for Children and Families

Storytime for Children ages 3-5 and their Adults 

Wednesdays, Dec. 8, 15

10:00-10:30 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room 

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Deadline passes to vote on Arlington Reads Together book

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You are invited to vote for Arlington’s next community book pick. 

Each March, hundreds of Arlingtonians participate in the annual Arlington Reads Together program, either by checking out the book at Robbins or Fox libraries or by attending one of the many community-read programs. New this year, the library invites you to vote for the 2022 community read at The voting period closes Friday, Oct. 15.

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AHS science teacher puts your heads above clouds

Joshua RothRoth

Join the Friends of the Robbins Library for a fun evening of astronomy in October.

Believe it or not, every type of astronomical target – from neighboring planets to distant galaxies – can be seen under suburban skies with nothing more than your unaided eyes -- unaided, that is, except for any eyeglasses or contact lenses you may require for distance viewing.

And many of the sights in for which the heavens are justly famous -- such as Saturn’s rings --  can be enjoyed with telescopes that cost less than $200.

Astronomy enthusiast and Arlington High School science teacher Joshua Roth will give a slide-show tour of the universe’s visual delights, emphasizing those that can be seen with the unaided eye and binoculars.

He also will give tips for choosing telescopes, online resources and books on the hobby and science of astronomy. The session will include ample time for Q&A.

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Naturalist discusses pollinators

John RootRoot

Join the Friends of the Robbins Library for a fascinating virtual presentation by John Root, a knowledgeable naturalist and teacher.

This virtual event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. It is free and open to all, but registration is required on Eventbrite >>

Root plans to describe the essential roles played by pollinators and other beneficial organisms in our ecosystem and provide guidance on meeting their needs for food, cover and water.

A variety of plants that can nourish these organisms throughout their active lifetimes are discussed, and organic methods for establishing pollinator gardens are also presented.

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Robbins Library guide to climate change

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For the last couple of months, we've been bombarded with news about heatwaves, floods, forest fires, drought, storms, and rising temperatures. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) 42-page landmark study recently reported that humans have done irreversible damage to Earth.

Such phrases as "climate change" and "global warming" keep popping up in our everyday lives and the imperative need to take action is brought up by media, nonprofits, governments, and politicians. But what does it all mean?We've put together a friendly library guide to help you navigate this extremely relevant topic.

Climate refers to the long-term weather patterns and atmospheric conditions of an area. Substantial evidence indicates that Earth's climate system has begun to undergo significant changes. Though several natural phenomena can contribute to climate change, most members of the scientific community attribute changes over the past two hundred years to industrial development. Climate change caused by human activity is referred to as anthropogenic climate change.


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Robbins, Fox Library reopen with some changes noted

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UPDATED, June 21: The Robbins Library and Fox Branch Library resume normal hours of operation effective Monday, June 21, with most services and no appointments necessary.

Arlington requires unvaccinated people to wear masks inside public facilities, but the library is asking all visitors to keep masks on inside regardless of vaccination status. Children ages 2-11 are required to wear masks, and library staff will continue wearing masks at public service desks in solidarity with young patrons.

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Patrons who wish to resume picking up holds at Fox must log into My Account on the MLN Catalog and select Edit to choose Arlington/Fox as the default pickup location.  

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WHAT'S YOUR BAG? Book sale held outside Robbins

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Join the Friends of the Robbins Library for its next pop-up book sale, set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 26, in the back parking lot of the Robbins Library.

For sale are bags of books. Bags are marked by genre and sell for $5 (cash, check or charge).

Offerings include a large number of children’s materials, including board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, series and young adult.

Bags include mysteries, fiction, history, CDs, biographies, cookbooks and short stories.

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'Elevating Voices of Color' held

UPDATED, Feb. 25: As Arlington and the nation grapple with our history of systemic racism and structural inequity, the Robbins Library and the town's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are creating a new collection to give voice to the experiences of people of color in Arlington.  Through a community-sourced collection of personal stories and other documents, this archive will serve as a place for underrepresented voices to be heard today and preserved for the future.  

Jillian Harvey, director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, says in a Feb. 1 news release: “Too often community members of color are spoken for or about; the purpose of this project is to restore the power of sharing one’s own narrative. This collection will be available via the library’s website for easy access for community members today and for years to come. We hope that this collection can serve as an #OwnVoices survey of life in Arlington including the joys, frustrations, and hardships of living as a black, indigenous, person of color (BIPOC) in our community.”  

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Robbins Library open for short-term browsing by appointment

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Effective Monday, April 5, the Robbins Library is expanding services to include short-term browsing on all floors. The hours for browsing and all other library services will be Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

To book a pass for the General Collections (all floors except Children’s) or the Children’s Room and to learn more about other services available in this phase of reopening, visit "Get a Browsing Pass” at

All visits are limited to 15 minutes and the maximum number of passes complies with the state's Phase III Step 2 indoor capacity guidelines. Passes must be reserved at least one day in advance. 

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