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May events at Robbins, Fox

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Holiday closings 

Robbins and Fox libraries are closed Saturday, May 28-Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.  

Programs for Children and Families
Storytime for all ages

Mondays, May 2, 9, 16, 23

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Stories, rhymes and fingerplay. Pick up a free ticket 1/2 hour before the program begins.  


Robbins Singalongs for all ages

Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

10:00-10:30 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Sing and dance with our fantastic musicians! Space is limited; pick up a free ticket at the Children’s desk 1/2 hour before the program begins. 

Mother Goose Storytime for all ages

Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24

10:00-10:30 a.m.

Fox Library Community Room 

Rhymes, songs, stories, & bouncing babies!  Pick up a free ticket 1/2 hour before the program begins. 

Storytime for all ages

Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25

10:00-10:30 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room 

Join us for stories, songs and crafts!  Pick up a free ticket at Children’s Desk 1/2 hour before the program begins. 

Book Club for 4th and 5th Graders

Wednesday, May 4

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Children’s Room

This month's book is The Lemonade War by Jaqueline Davies. Required registration:  https://fourthandfifthbookclub.eventbrite.com  Copies of the book will be available at the Children's Services desk.

Fox Singalongs for all ages

Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26

10:00-10:30 a.m.

Fox Library Community Room

Sing and dance with our fantastic musicians! Space is limited; pick up a free ticket 1/2 hour before the program begins. 

Moving and Grooving for ages 1-3

Saturday, May 7

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Move, wiggle, dance and explore with your little one.  Space is limited. Pick up a free ticket 1/2  hour before the program begins. 

Fun at Fox Storytime for ages 2-5

Fridays:  May 13 & 27

Saturdays: May 7 & 21

Fox Library 

Stories, rhymes, & fun!  Pick up a free ticket 1/2 hour prior. 

Mini Masters Art Workshop for ages 5-7

Wednesday, May 11

3:30-4:15 p.m.

Fox Library Community Room

A monthly art workshop series where the making & the doing matter more than the finished product. Let's get creative and have fun together!  Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mini-masters-art-workshops-tickets-221594865207

Caregivers do not need to stay in the room with participants, but they must remain at the library for the duration of the program.

Planting in the Courtyard with Mass Audubon Habitat for ages 4-10

Wednesday, May 12

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Join Mass Audubon Field Teachers to discover the inner workings of flowers and observe their many different parts up close with a microscope! Help beautify the courtyard outside the Children's Room by planting marigolds, and decorate a small pot to take one home yourself!  Space is limited; pick up a free ticket 1/2 hr prior.

Infant Massage

Saturday, May 14

10:30-12:00 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Learn the ancient art of infant massage in a quiet and calm environment. The strokes will be demonstrated on a doll while you practice with your own baby!   For infants from birth to pre-crawling.  Space is limited; pick up a ticket 1/2 hour prior to the program.

Ready to Read Kindergarten Book Club

Wednesday, May 18

3:30-4:15 p.m.

Fox Library Community Room

A monthly book club for Kindergarteners where we have a fun discussion, play games, and maybe create crafts! The book selection for each month will be available in the children's area at the Fox Library for pickup prior to the club meeting. Registration is required: https://jankindergartenbookclub.eventbrite.com

May Special Stories for ages 0-5

Friday, May 20

3:00-3:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Children’s Room

Come read some great books with Stephanie! Stay for a craft. Pick up tickets 1/2 hr prior. 

If You Give a Kid a Book Club: First Grade Book Club

Wednesday, May 25

3:30-4:15

Fox Library Community Room

A monthly book club for first graders where we have a fun discussion, play games, and create crafts! The book selection for each month will be available in the children's area at Fox for pickup prior to the club meeting.  Registration is required: https://janfirstgradebookclub.eventbrite.com. 

Caregivers do not need to stay in the room with participants, but they must remain at the library for the duration of the program.

Programs for Teens

Teen Writers Virtual Spring Presentation

Sunday, May 15

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85790398473?pwd=VVVaR1F3UHVxRkRoSklzczZReDQrQT09

Join us as we celebrate the culmination of the Spring Teen Writers' Workshop led by local author Lynette Benton. Listen to powerful writing and celebrate teen creativity.

Video Games in Teen Space for Early Release

Wednesday, May 18

1:00 p.m.

Robbins Library Teen Area

Head on over to the library after lunch and play some video games on our television! We have a Nintendo Switch and a PS4 all set and ready to go. Grades 6-12.

Pride Prom

Friday, May 20
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Arlington Community Center, Second Floor
20 Academy Street
An alternative prom for LGBTQ+ teens and their friends and allies in grades 6-12! Come dance and celebrate! Dress up in what makes you feel fabulous, enjoy performances by our prom Drag King and Queen and dance the night away. Questions? Contact Teen Services Librarian Katy Kania, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.t

Programs for Adults

Fox Walking Club

Mondays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Fox Library

We will meet at the library and walk between 1.5-3 miles mostly along the Arlington Cultural District and Minuteman Bikeway. This is a great way to stay active and make some new friends in your community. Getting regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health.  All ages welcome!  Weather permitting.

Robbins Library Book Discussion Group

Monday, May 2 

7:00 p.m.

Zoom program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for meeting link

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King is available for pickup at the Robbins Library.   Follow the group on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/212703859877372/

Fox Crafting Meet-Up

Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

3:00-4:00 p.m. 

Fox Library

Love to craft? knit? crochet? Join us! Bring whatever project you are working on and meet other makers.

Plug In to Increasing Your Mind-Body Connection

Wednesday, May 4 

7:00 p.m. 

Robbins Library Community Room 

Join us to increase your mind-body connection through evidence-based exercises combined with yoga led by Bre Marie Meagher, PT, DPT, RYT-500, a licensed physical therapist and certified yoga instructor. Dr. Meagher will guide you through breathing techniques, seated exercises to help with mobility and flexibility, standing exercises to help with posture, as well as the importance of desk/sitting ergonomics. Masks are optional and chairs will be set apart to provide physical distance. Plug In is made possible by the Barry Memorial Fund.

Cybersecurity is National Security: Bridging the Gap

Thursday, May 5
7:00 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room 

Lauren Zabierek,  Executive Director of the Cyber Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs answers important questions about cybersecurity.  Cyberattacks are increasing in frequency, sophistication, and scale. Nation state actors and cyber criminals alike often target entities in the private sector, especially those deemed civilian critical infrastructure--a distinct and troubling departure from the boundaries of traditional conflict. What is this type of conflict we find ourselves in?  How does this impact our safety, security, and wellbeing?  What can we do?  Supported by a civic engagement series grant from the Arlington Libraries Foundation. 

Find Happiness through Mindfulness, Yoga & Meditation

Thursdays, May 5 and 19

7:15-8:00 p.m. 

Zoom program, register at https://forms.gle/YQgMQsZd3ZLQ4CTR6

Experience ancient practices of breathing and meditation in an informal virtual setting. Discover secrets to increasing happiness in everyday life and learn ways to make it grow each day. No previous experience required. Sessions are led by mindfulness, yoga and meditation teacher Janhavi Wadwhani. The sessions will continue on the first and third Thursdays of the month through June.  Zoom link will be sent the day of the session, and the same one will be used every week so if you are able to keep it on file you only need to register once. Questions? Email Anna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Social Worker Drop-In Hours

Monday, May 9

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Robbins Library Conference Room

Struggling to meet basic needs such as housing, food, or employment? A social worker is available to answer questions about social services in and around Arlington. 

Friends of Robbins Library Present: Exercise is Medicine

Tuesday, May 10

7:00 p.m. 

Robbins Library Community Room 

Judy Foreman discusses  her recent book Exercise is Medicine: how Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging (2020). Judy was a staff writer at the Boston Globe for 23 years and a health columnist for many of those years. Her column was syndicated in national and international outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Baltimore Sun and others. She has also authored A Nation in Pain (2014), and The Global Pain Crisis (2017), all published by Oxford University Press. 

Fox Seed Swap

Wednesday, May 11

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Fox Library Community Room

Swap seeds you’ve collected from your garden with the community. Bring some labeled seeds, starts or cuttings to trade with local growers. Just starting out? That’s ok too! This is a great opportunity to get some seeds while starting out. 

Drop-in Tech Help

Wednesday, May 11
Friday, May 27

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Stop by and ask a librarian your technology-related questions. If we can't help with a specific issue you are having, we will do our best to point you to resources that can! Email arlingtonThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. 

Guys Book Group

Thursday, May 12

7:30-9:00 p.m. 

Fox Library Community Room, with remote attendance option.  

This month we’re reading a novel, Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith.  Copies can be picked up at Robbins or Fox libraries, just ask for the Guys’ Book Group book. For this hybrid meeting, library visitors can join us  in-person in the Fox Library Community Room or email Bob Schueler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the link to attend from home.  Newcomers welcome! Unless otherwise indicated, we always meet on the second Thursday of the month at the same time and place.

Cookbook Club

Monday, May 16

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Cookbook Club is back!  We all bring dishes we’ve made from one cookbook. May’s cookbook is Bring It! by Ali Rosen. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Choose a recipe to make, and register by emailing your recipe choice to Linda Dyndiuk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 11. Space is limited!

Social Justice Book Group Discussion: On Juneteenth

Tuesday, May 24

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room, with Zoom attendance option

Join the Social Justice Book Group as we discuss On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.  Email Steven Prochet This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for meeting link. Call (781) 316-3218 for more information.  Co-sponsored with Envision Arlington’s Diversity Task Group.


This news announcement was updated April 24, 2022.

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