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UPDATED April 12: Holiday hours in AprilRobbins Library has announced its branches are to close Sunday, April 14, from noon to 5 p.m. because of the annual reenactment of the Battle of Menotomy

Robbins is also set to close on Monday, April 15, in observance of Patriots Day.

Tour the Fox branch library:Fox

Learn more about the Fox Branch Library (175 Mass Ave.) and the Town’s application for a Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program grant to create a new library space in East Arlington. Read about the project, or attend a tour: 

Friday, April 19, 10 a.m.

Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.

Programs and Events for All Ages

Fox Branch Library Card Game Night

Wednesdays, April 17, 24

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Fox Branch Library Main Floor

Family and friends are invited to the Fox Branch's new all-ages community Card Game Night. This event is to have a variety of card games, including classics and newer ones, perfect for kids 3 and older and their grownups or just adults. 

 
Programs and Events for Adults
 Fox Walking Club 

Mondays, April 15, 22, 29

10 to 11 a.m.

Fox Library

This group plans to meet at the Fox Branch Library’s front door and walk between 1.5 to 3 miles mostly along the Arlington Cultural District and Minuteman Bikeway.  Weather permitting.

Gentle Yoga and Meditation 

Tuesdays, April 16, 23, 30

5 to 6 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

A gentle yoga and meditation class hosted by local studio Lotus Yoga. This is a beginner-friendly class focusing on stretching, breathing and mindfulness. Bring a yoga mat or use one of the provided chairs. 

English NOW! Conversation Group 

Wednesdays, April 17, 24

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Fridays, April 5, 12, 19, 26

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Online via Zoom

English NOW!, an Arlington-based group, offers English-language learners opportunities to practice their conversation skills, advance their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and make connections in the community. Participants in these free conversation groups discuss varied subjects under the supervision of native speakers. Zoom conversation groups are also available. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Zoom links.

Social Worker Drop-In Hours

Monday, April 22

11 a.m. to 1 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.

Visit the Old Burying Ground 

Tuesday, April 16

2 to 3 p.m.

Meet in front of the Robbins Library main entrance

Near the Robbins Library is Arlington’s Old Burying Ground, established in 1724 when Arlington was the Second Precinct of Cambridge and called Menotomy. In this program, Local History Librarian Steven Prochet is set to give a tour of the Old Burying Ground, profiling those buried in the cemetery like Jason Russell and Samuel Abbott Smith, explain what the purpose of the winged skulls are, learn how to read graves for genealogical research and showcase local-history sources that discuss these figures further. Space is limited so those interested are asked to register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling (781)316-3218. Registration closes on April 5.

New Book and Poetry Open Mic 

Tuesday, April 16

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Arlington’s Beehive Poetry Group invites you to the “New Book and Open Mic” series, featuring readings from recent publications by local poets, followed by an open mic for other poets to share their work. April's featured poets are Vijaya Sundaram and Steven Cramer. Introductions are to be by Steven Rapp. Open mic reading slots will be on a first come, first served basis and open 15 minutes before the start of each event. For more information, contact jean.poetlaureatearlington@gmail.com.

Plug In to Financial Savvy for Retirement 

Wednesday, April 17

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

"Whether planning for, or are currently enjoying, retirement, find out if you are on the right track to make the most of your retirement income. Plug in to an evening with retired Financial Advisor Maureen Igoe, MBA, CRPC® (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor), who plans to share her financial savvy ways to prepare for retirement, as well as provide tips on how to manage your money before and after retirement. Maureen will make sense of the financial planning alphabet soup of CFPs, CRPCs, IRAs, Roth IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, and RMDs. Bring your questions. Plug in is supported by the Barry Memorial Fund."

Morning Beehive Poetry Workshop with Arlington's Poet Laureate 

Thursday, April 18

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Beehive Tables, Third Floor

All aspiring and experienced poets are invited. Participants should have 10 copies of a poem they’d like to share with the group. Contact Jean Flanagan at jean.poetlaureatearlington@gmail.com.

Speculative Fiction Book Group 

Monday, April 22

7 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room

This group is for those who like science fiction, fantasy and tales of alternate realities. The group plans to discuss "Parable of the Sower" by Octavia E Butler. Books are expected to be available for pickup at the Robbins Library. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Arlington's Poet Laureates 

Thursday, April 25

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Listen to past town poet laureates Miriam Levine, Cathie Desjardins, Steven Ratiner and current poet laureate Jean Flanagan read from some of their collected works.

Teen Program Highlights

See the full list of Teen programs at robbinslibrary.org/events

Comic Character Design Workshop with LJ-Baptiste for ages 12 through18 

Saturday, April 13

3 to 4 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Craft your reality in a comic character design workshop for teens by cartoonist and comic artist LJ-Baptiste. Whether particpants have created original characters before or not, this workshop is for anyone and the organizer plans to show how to develop a design from scratch into something full of personality and life. Register here >> 

Early Release Game Day - Back From Break Bash

Wednesday, April 24

1:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

Robbins Library Teen Area

When school gets out early, teens can come to the Robbins to play games and do casual crafts. The Nintendo Switch and Button-maker plan to be set up, alongside other games and crafts suggested by the Teen Advisory Board.

Children's Program Highlights
See the full list of Children's programs at robbinslibrary.org/events

Rainforest Reptiles for all kids of ages 

Tuesday, April 16

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Rainforest Reptiles is a hands-on traveling animal show. Kids will have the chance to come into direct contact with live reptiles, artifacts and their incredible stories. In each show, our animals and reptiles are the stars! Pick up a free ticket 30 minutes before the event.

Town Updates

Arlington Master Plan Update Advisory Committee Seeks Members 

Watch the Master Plan video presentation

Apply by April 14, 2024

To view the webinar, learn more, and follow the process, visit the Master Plan page at arlingtonma.gov/masterplan.


This news listing from Assistant Director of Libraries Lara Vilahomat was updated April 12, 2024, by Brynn O'Connor, assistant to the editor.