Arlington May Events at Robbins Library and Fox Branch Library

Special Events and News

Arlington’s libraries are fine free!
Read more about the library’s move to eliminate fines on our blog accessible at robbinslibrary.org or this link:https://bit.ly/2GqKjzy

Arlington needs a new Poet Laureate
The Town of Arlington seeks applications for the 2019-2020 Town Poet Laureate. More information and the application is available at arlingtonma.gov or this link:https://bit.ly/2IqsNLX

For Children and Families

*New!* Baby Lapsit
Fridays, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Robbins and Fox Libraries Community Room
Come join our circle for 20 minutes of song, rhymes, fingerplays and a story. For pre-walkers and parents. Pick up ticket 1/2 hr prior.

Singalongs for Infants and Toddlers
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. Robbins Library, and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. Fox Branch Library.
Join our fantastic singalong musicians for singing and dancing fun! Tickets 30 mins prior at Fox, 1 hour prior at Robbins.

Fun at Fox! for ages 2+
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.
Join Yvonne or Ashley for stories and fun! Tickets 30 mins prior.

Storytime at Robbins Library for ages 1.5 to 2.5
Mondays 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Limit for each session is 15 – pick up tickets at 9:30 and
10:00 a.m. respectively. Songs, finger play, short stories, and silliness!

Storytime at Robbins Library for ages 2.5 to 3.5
Mondays 11:00 a.m. Stories, songs and crafts! Tickets 30 mins prior.

Storytime at Robbins Library for ages 3+
Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Stories for kids who love books, songs, and wiggling! Tickets 30 mins prior.

Special bilingual storytime in Mandarin! Monday, May 13, at 3:00 p.m. Katie and Michelle will sing songs, read stories and do finger plays in Mandarin and English. Pick up tickets 1/2 hr prior. For all ages.

Special Programs for Children and Families

Yoga for Parents and Kids
Saturday, May 4
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Our Family Yoga Class emphasizes interactive and partner poses for kids and parents to do together. Activities include cooperative games, age-appropriate poses, partner poses between parent and child, breathing exercises, simple mindfulness activities, and relaxation. Poses and games in this class are most appropriate for children ages 4-8. No yoga experience or mat required. Pick up a ticket 30 minutes before the program.

American Girl Fan Club
Saturday, May 4
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Join us for an afternoon with our American Girl dolls and all kinds of fun activities! For ages 5-12 with a parent / caregiver. Pre-registration for kids is required at 9am at https://americangirlfanclub2019.eventbrite.com

Read to Dogs
Tuesdays, May 7 & 21
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Fox Branch Library
Rufus, Benny and Penny, Reading Companion Dogs, transform reading into a warm and furry experience! For new and experienced kid readers. Sign up for a 15 minute one-on-one session. Sign-ups begin 30 minutes before the session.

Little Fox Shop Opening Celebration
Saturday, May 11
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fox Branch Library
Join us to celebrate the opening of the Little Fox Shop. We’ll have donuts and coffee, stories, crafts, and a puppet show. Stop by to celebrate, donate, and shop!

Moving and Grooving
Saturday, May 11
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Move, wiggle, dance and explore with your little one. For children ages one to three and their caregivers; older or younger siblings welcome! Space is limited. Please pick up a ticket 30 minutes before the program.

Queer Family Meet Up
Saturday, May 11
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Come and meet other families and make friends! Have fun with crafts and activities.

“Try-It” Tuesday
Tuesday, May 14
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Fox Branch Library Children’s Area
Drop-in to try your hand at something new! This week, we’ll have fun making characters and structures with pipe cleaners and straws. For grades K-5.

Legos and K’Nex
Thursday, May 16
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Robbins Children’s Room
For all ages, drop in and play!

PageTurners Book Club
Tuesday, May 21
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
The Page Turners is a book club for 4th and 5th graders! This month’s read is The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. We’ll talk about the book, enjoy a snack and do some crazy activities. Preregistration is required at https://pageturnersmay2019.eventbrite.com

“Try-It” Tuesday
Tuesday, May 28
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Fox Branch Library Children’s Area
Drop-in to try your hand at something new! This week, we’ll make our own puzzles. “Try It” Tuesday takes place in the children’s section upstairs. For grades K-5.

Habitat-Plants and Pollinators
Thursday, May 30
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Find out more about plant parts and the variety of ways flowers are pollinated. It isn’t always about bees! Dissect a flower, identify parts and functions; examine pollinator specimens, match pollination strategies to specific plants. You can even plant your own plant and come back to see what will pollinate it when it blooms! For ages 4-9, pick up a ticket 30 minutes prior.

Programs for Teens

Homework Help
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Teen Space
Homework got you down? Have no fear, Robbins Library is here with Homework Help! On Tuesday and Thursday 5-7 in the Teen Space, come talk to some experts to help you puzzle through those difficult problems. Drop-in for grades 6-12.

Teen Run Art Class
Wednesdays in May
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
Come to this teen volunteer led after-school art program to learn how to bring your unique characters to life! Looking to improve on your skills or even want to learn the basics, come join us to sketch it all out. For ages 10-15. Sign up at https://mayrobbinsteenart.eventbrite.com

Teen Writers’ Workshop Reading
Sunday, May 5
3:00-4:30 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
Join the Robbins Library as we celebrate the culmination of the Spring Teen Writers’ Workshop led by local author Lynette Benton. Listen to powerful writing, enjoy refreshments and celebrate teen creativity.

Girls Who Code: End Party
Wednesday, May 8
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Come see what the girls in the Robbins Library Girls Who Code Club have been working all year on! This event is open to all parents and kids who are interested in Girls Who Code to see what it’s like and to celebrate the hard work of our club members!

Food Friday!
Friday, May 17
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Space
Once you POP you gotta try ‘em all. Come on down to the Teen Space for PRINGLES! Cheddar Cheese, Ranch, DILL PICKLE! Let’s figure out which flavor is your new favorite. Food Friday is for grades 6-12.

Tournaments and Tabletops: Magic the Gathering
Tuesday May 28
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Hail and well met adventurers! Come join in the Robbins Library newest teen adventure and learn how to play Magic the Gathering! All skill levels welcome. Have your own deck? Bring it and play with others. Don’t have any cards and are just curious? Come to the library and we’ll give you a welcome deck and teach you the rules. For Grades 6-12.

Middle School Movie
Friday, May 31
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Fox Branch Library
End the week right with some popcorn and a great movie. Bring your friends! This is a drop in program. For grades 6-8. This month’s movie is Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. This movie is rated PG and runs 1h56m.

Programs for Adults

Beehive Poetry with Arlington’s Poet Laureate
Wednesday, May 1
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library, Third Floor
All aspiring and experienced poets are invited to the Arlington Poet Laureate’s Drop-in Hours. Come by the table overlooking the Library beehives on the third floor for a friendly, informal gathering of poets. If you can, bring 6-8 copies of a current poem to share.

Robbins Library Book Discussion Group
Monday, May 6
7:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
The group discusses Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum. New members are welcome. Books will be available at the Robbins Library Circulation Desk.

Drop-in Tech Help
Tuesday, May 7
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
Can’t figure out how to set up an email account? Having a hard time downloading eBooks or using social media? We’re here to help! Stop by and ask a librarian your technology-related questions. Please note this program is meant to provide basic technology help – we are unable to assist with in-depth technology issues or specialized software instruction. Please bring any devices that you have questions about, or check out one of our laptops. If your question is about one of your accounts (Email, Facebook, etc.), please bring the relevant username and password you’ll need to log in. This is a drop-in session and multiple people may attend, so your patience is appreciated.

Friends of the Robbins Library Present: New England Storms of the Decade
Wednesday, May 8
7:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Rob Macedo has always had a very strong interest in technology, meteorology, emergency management, emergency and public service event communications. Rob has been the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Boston/Norton (previously Taunton) for 23 years and is the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator.
Rob will be describing some of the larger storms that affected Southern New England in the past decade, and how ham radio operators help the National Weather Service track them.

Author Talk with Jane Healey
Thursday, May 9
7:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Local author and Arlington native Jane Healey will discuss the history behind her latest novel The Beantown Girls, a book based on the true stories of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls in the European theater of operations in WWII. Published in February, The Beantown Girls is a Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller.

Guys Book Group
Thursday, May 9
7:30 p.m.
Fox Branch Library
The book this month is The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. New members always welcome. Please contact Brad McKenna, bradley.mckenna@gmail.com for more information.

PLUG iN to POETRY AS MEMOiR
Thursday, May 16
7-8:45 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
The lines we love spark with colors, textures, sounds — think of Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver. What moments in our own lives do the same? In this workshop, led by poet Jessie Brown, we’ll explore favorite poems that give glimpses into their writers’ lives. We’ll also play with exercises that mine our memories for images: the stuff of art and poetry. Participants will take away tools to create more poems of their own. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

Not-So-Young Adult Book Group
Monday, May 20
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
We’ll be discussing #NotYourPrincess: voices of Native American women by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Robbins Library circulation desk. This is a book group for adults, but we read books written for teens. Newcomers welcome!

Local History Room Open House
Tuesday, May 21
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Local History Room
Interested in learning more about Arlington’s history and the resources the Library offers? Stop by the Local History Room for an opportunity to ask our Local History Librarian all your questions.

Friends of the Fox Library Present: “What’s Up in Arlington?” with the Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development
Wednesday, May 22
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Fox Branch Library Adult Fiction Area
Drop by the Fox library to learn from local committees about “What’s Up in Arlington” and how you can get involved. The Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development will share information about their current projects and plans.

Robbins Library Queer Book Group/Social Plays Video Games!
Wednesday, May 29
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
This month Queer Book Group/Social plays video games! Join us for a night of good queer company and a few of everyone’s favorite group video games, like Mario Kart and Smash Bros! Email or call Rob at rlorino@minlib.net or 781-316-3226 with any questions.

Wayfarer FIlm Series Presents: Ixcanul
Thursday, May 30
6:00 -7:30 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
Travel the world and experience international cinema with the Wayfarer Film Series at Robbins Library! Catch a glimpse from beyond the continent, snack on fresh popcorn, and enjoy a variety of films you might have missed at your local theater. The 2015 film Ixcanul is a Guatemalan film in Spanish, Maya, and Yucatan with English subtitles and presents a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. This film is unrated and has a runtime of 1h33m. For additional information contact Nick Glade at nglade@minlib.net.

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