Arlington-August Events at Robbins Library and Fox Branch Library

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Summer weekend hours: the Robbins Library is open 9 a.m. – noon on Saturdays in July and August. Saturday 9-5 hours resume at Robbins and Fox in September, and Sunday 2-5 hours resume at Robbins in October.

Arlington’s Libraries are fine free!
Read more about the library’s move to eliminate fines on our blog accessible at or this link:

Minuteman Library Crawl 2019
Thursday, August 1
10am – 5pm (except where noted)
Get to know awesome libraries in your area! “Crawl” from library to library, meet cool staff, check out what they’ve got to offer, and participate in this 21st-century scavenger hunt! Visit as many libraries as you can, take a picture of yourself with the designated item from each spot, and post your pics on social media with the hashtag #mincrawl2019. Each library will have goodies and handouts, so show us your pics! If you don’t have a camera, let us know you’re in for the crawl. Anyone and everyone can participate: adults, teens, and children. Start wherever you want – you’re the guide! See participating libraries and more information at

For Children and Families
Please note: there are no singalongs at Robbins July-September. Singalongs continue at Fox Library on Thursdays throughout the summer.

Singalongs for Infants and Toddlers at Fox Branch Library
Thursdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 10:00 a.m. Fox Branch Library
Join our fantastic singalong musicians for singing and dancing fun! Tickets 30 mins prior.

Special Programs for Children and Families

Rolie Polie Guacamole-Concert on the Lawn
Thursday, August 1
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Whittemore Robbins Lawn (behind the library)
Join this award-winning “kindie” band for a high energy, interactive show that’s a mix of funk, rock and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active! Free family concert, for all ages.

Campfire Stories
Friday, August 2
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Circle round the campfire for storytime! We’ll have spooky stories, camp songs, and s’mores! All ages; pick up a ticket 1/2 prior.

Archery on the Lawn
Monday, August 5
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Whittemore Robbins Lawn (behind the library)
Do you want to be more focused, confident, and determined? Learn the basics of Olympic archery in this introductory session designed to outline the importance of goal setting, patience and hard work to achieve results on and off the range! All equipment provided. Registration is required and begins on July 22 at

Moon Crazy
Tuesday, August 6
Fox Branch Library Community Room
Put on your imagination caps and blast off with Jackson Gillman on his lunar adventures!
He’ll tell captivating stories, including Frank Asch’s Happy Birthday Moon, and sing songs that will take you far away and pilot you happily home. For all ages; tickets 30 minutes prior.

Karen K and the Jitterbugs Concert on the Lawn
Thursday, August 8
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Whittemore Robbins Lawn (behind the library)
Bug Out! with Karen K in her imaginary backyard fort where she makes music with her friends, the Jitterbugs. This unforgettable, crowd-engaging, theatrical show will have kids up and dancing to Karen’s catchy, upbeat, genre-swirling songs! Free Concert, for all ages.

Ready, Set, Legos!
Friday, August 9
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Children’s Room
Come create and build. We’ll provide the Legos, you provide the imagination. Drop-In for ages 4 and up.

Fairy Houses
Monday, August 12
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Children’s Area
Help us build homes for the fairies who live on our patio! We’ll provide the building materials, you bring the creativity. Ages 4+, pick up a free ticket 1/2 hour prior.

Kidstock Presents: Sleeping Beauty and the Beast
Tuesday, August 13
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Join Kidstock in an interactive theater performance that dramatically combines familiar titles with creative substitutions. The Beast can’t reverse his curse until he can figure out how to spin his wheels and wake the Sleeping Beauty! For all ages. Pick up a ticket 30 mins. prior.

Ben Rudnick and Friends Concert on the Lawn
Thursday, August 15
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Whittemore Robbins Lawn (behind the library)
Join us for an adventurous, high-energy mix of happy, upbeat acoustic music guaranteed to entertain the entire family. Blending musical styles from country to bluegrass, rock to second-line New Orleans, the original songs and fun take on familiar tunes will make you sing and dance! Join the fun! For all ages, free concert.

Board Games
Friday, August 16
12:30-2:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Children’s Room
Bring a partner and come play our board games. Candy Land, Scrabble, Connect Four and lots more! Ages 3 and up. Drop In.

End of Summer Movie
Thursday, August 22
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Our End of Summer Movie celebration is today and YOU will decide what the movie will be. Vote all summer long for the movie you want to see. Popcorn provided. Ages 5 and up. Pick up a ticket 1/2 hr before the show!

Programs for Teens

Queer Teen Drop-in
Monday, Aug. 5
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Join other LGBTQIA teens and teen allies to hang out and relax. Meet like-minded teens from the community and enjoy an afternoon of fun. Snack provided!

Tournaments and Tabletops
Tuesday, Aug. 20
2:00-4:00 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.

Back to School Bash
Friday, Aug 23
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Got the back to school blues? Forget about it for just one more day! Come to a pizza party, watch a movie, and take home a small goodie bag to savor in that summer feeling just one more time and then learn about all the cool stuff coming up at the Robbins Library for teens during the school year! For incoming Grades 6-12

Programs for Adults

Guys Book Group
Thursday, August 1
7:30 p.m.
Fox Branch Library
The book this month is News of the World by Paulette GIles. New members are always welcome. Please contact Brad McKenna, for more information.

Robbins Library Book Discussion Group
Monday, August 5
7:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
The group discusses Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. New members are welcome. Books will be available at the Circulation Desk.

Reel Queer: An Intergenerational Queer Movie Series
Thursday, August 8
6:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Join us for a screening of the documentary The Guys Next Door, directed by Amy Geller & Allie Humenuk, followed by a discussion with the director. “The Guys Next Door is an intimate portrait of a real “Modern Family:” Meet Erik and Sandro, a gay married couple whose friend Rachel is a surrogate for their two daughters. Rachel, who is in her 40s, is married to Tony and they have three children. Together, they form a unique extended family.” This film is unrated and has a runtime of 1h 14min.

Cookbook Club
Monday, August 12
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
The cookbook club meets every other month for a potluck, where we all bring dishes we’ve made from one cookbook. Our cookbook for June is Milk Street: Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball. Copies are available at the circulation desk. Choose a recipe from one of the books to make, and register by emailing your recipe choice to Linda Dyndiuk at by August 7.

Drop-in Tech Help Wednesday, August 14
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.

Light From Darkness? Searching for Dark Matter in the Sky
Thursday, August 15
7:30-9:00 p.m
Robbins Library Community Room
Dark matter is believed to comprise five-sixths of the matter in the universe, and is one of the strongest pieces of evidence for new fundamental physics. But dark matter does not interact directly with light, making it very difficult to detect except by its gravity. Dr. Tracy Slatyer, Associate Professor of Physics at MIT, will describe how dark matter collisions might create observable signals, and how we can attempt to pick out those signals from telescope observations. In the last few years, such attempts have unveiled fascinating new structures in high-energy light: understanding these observations may either reveal the new physics of dark matter, or probe the deep history of our Milky Way Galaxy. This event is made possible through a collaboration with Science for the Public.
Not-So-Young Adult Book Group
Monday, August 19
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
We’ll be discussing The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the circulation desk. This is a book group for adults, but we read books written for teens. Newcomers welcome!

Robbins Library Queer Book Group
Wednesday, August 28
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
This month Queer Book Group will be discussing the novel Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly.
“A double-agent sacrifices all his ideals in order to save his smuggler lover before a government coup takes over their decadent city in Lara Elena Donnelly’s glam spy thriller debut.”
“Exploring the roots of hatred, nationalism, and fascism, while at the same time celebrating the diversity, love, romance, fashion, and joy the world is capable of producing.”
Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk!
Email or call Rob at or 781-316-3226 with any questions.

Science Book Group
Thursday, August 29th
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
Currently Reading: The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
Our newest book group is dedicated to reading and discussing books about science and the many different disciplines and topics it encompasses. Join us every other month to make friends and acquire new knowledge! Contact Nicholas Glade (, 781-316-3227) with any questions.

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