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Here's what's going at Robbins and Fox libraries in April (scroll down to see May events):

April

Special Youth Programs
 

     

  Recycling Challenge!

Tuesday, April 22

2-4 pm

Robbins Library Children's Area

Help us celebrate Earth Day by taking recyclable materials like paper towel tubes, buttons, empty boxes and more to create a marble run or anything else your creative heart desires. This is a collaborative afternoon project for youth ages 5-11. Drop in and have some inventive  fun!

  

  

Fox and Branch: Family Concert

Wednesday, April 23

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Fox Library Community Room

Everyone has fun at a Fox and Branch show especially at the Fox Branch library! Audience members are invited to sing along, to dance, and to come onstage to try their hand at the washboard and other musical instruments. A Fox and Branch show is as much a celebration of being together as it is a musical performance. Space is limited please arrive early to secure a free ticket. Open to all ages.

  

  

Board Games and Legos

Thursday, April 24

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Fox Library Children's Area

Come and play with our vast collection of Legos and Board Games. Drop in.

  

  

KNEX Extravaganza!

Friday, April 25

2-4 p.m.

Robbins Library CHildren's Area

Come build and play with our KNEX and/or play some of our board games. Drop in.

  

  

  

Singalong with the Music Man

Saturday, April 26

10-11 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Ed Morgan is better known in greater Boston simply as "The Music Man."

For over 10 years he has delighted kids and grown ups alike with his interactive blend of original & traditional children's songs...Singing and dancing for kids ages 0-99! Space is limited please arrive 30 minutes in advance for a ticket.

  

  

Forest Tales Story Creating Workshop

Wednesday, April 30

6-7 p.m.

Fox Library Community Room

Have a story teller at home? In creating their own stories, children joyfully learn that reason and dream, reality and fantasy-do belong together.  Utilizing the Reggio Emilia approach, the children are prompted to create their own narrative, and its characters, and drawing, which gives them a chance to create visuals for the story. Suitable for children ages 5-8. Very limited participation. Please get a free ticket 30 minutes before the program.

April

Special Teen Programs 

Teen Writers' Workshop Presentation

Sunday, April 13

2:30-4 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Join the Robbins Library as we celebrate the culmination of the Winter Teen Writers' Workshop lead by local author Lynette Benton. Listen to powerful writing, enjoy refreshments and celebrate teen creativity.

 

Move it like Shakira

Thursday, April 17

6:30-8 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Time to learn some new moves for those upcoming dances. Seyyide will teach you the individual moves, breaking them down in detail (her specialty!), and also teach you how to put them together to dance to one of Shakira's songs using her movements. After this class you will have some new moves and really know how to dance like Shakira. Please register online:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/move-like-shakira-tickets-10805707161 

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Watercolor En Plein Air Series

Saturday, April 26,May 3 and May 10

2:30-4 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Reception onSaturday May 17, 3-4 p.m.

Visit different locations close to the library to complete 'en plein air' or on location paintings. Instead of static sketches in a studio, en plein air painting works off a dynamic subjects that can experienced with all of our senses. Many artists also find freedom in the limited time frame- for there is no time for endless revision. For many, this is a new and exciting way of working. At the end of this short workshop, participants will have a series of paintings depicting various scenic locations throughout our town and hopefully a new approach to painting that can be used both inside and outside the studio.

Suitable for ages 12-18. Register online:

     

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More programs on our website:  
  
Join Us!
 
Children
Teens
Special News
Contact Information
 
For Robbins Library
700 Mass Ave. : 
Teen Librarian

781-316-3226 
Children's Desk  781-316-3234   
For Fox Branch Library:
175 Mass Ave. 
781-316-3198

Weekly
Family Programs
For Children and their Caregivers:

Ones and Two Story time
Mondays
10:00-10:30 AM
Robbins
Ages 1.5-2.5
Two and Up  Story time
Mondays
11:00-11:30 AM
Robbins
Ages 2.5 - 3.5
Stories at Fox Library
Tuesdays
10:00 AM 
Ages 2-5. Fox
Singalongs for Infants and Toddlers at Robbins
Tuesdays
10:00 AM
Tickets 60 min prior
Preschool Story time
Wednesdays
10:30 AM
Robbins
Ages 3 - 5
Singalongs For Infants and Toddlers at Fox
Thursdays
10:00 AM
Tickets 30 min prior
Fun at Fox! 
Fridays.10:00 AM. Tickets 30 min prior 
  

  

     

April

Special Teen Programs 

 Writer's Workshop for Teens

Mondays twice a month for five sessions.

Monday  April 7th

Writer's presentation onSunday, April 13th from 2:30-3:30 PM

6-7:30 p.m.

Work with Lynette Benton, author of Polish and Publish, to move forward on your writing projects. Ms. Benton will inspire and guide you on your writing journey. Bring writing you've been working on (short story, novel excerpt, comedy, poetry). Location: meet at the Reference Desk. Teens will meet in the Teen area and  together with Lynette  write. Register athttps://teenwritersjan2014.eventbrite.com.


 

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

Wednesday, April 2

4-5 p.m.

Teen Area

The Teen Advisory Group is your chance to share ideas, plan programs, recommend materials, and much more.  Attendees will receive Community Service Hours and if two or more people register there will be pizza.  Please register athttp://tagmarch2014.eventbrite.com

 

LGBTQ Teen Drop-In Night

Wednesday, April 9

7-9 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or questioning teen?  Are you an ally for LGBTQ teens?  If you answered yes to either of these questions then the Boston Area Homeschool Queer/Straight Alliance wants you to come to this event!  Meet like-minded teens from the community and enjoy a night of fun.  There will be music, snacks, and time to chat.  This event is cosponsored by the Boston Area Homeschool QSA and the Robbins Library.

 

Doctor Who After Hours

Friday, April 11

6-9 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Calling all Teen Doctor Who fans! The Robbins Library will be screening 3 episodes of the new series. The night will also include pizza and trivia.  Start looking for your sonic screwdriver now!  You don't want to miss your appointment with the Doctor.

This event will be happening on aFridaynight when the library is closed.  Teens will have to come into the Community Room side entrance.  All attendees should be in the building by6:00 PMas to not disturb the screening of the episodes.

If you need to contact the facilitators during, or an hour prior to, the event call781-316-3246.

Teen Writers' Workshop Presentation

Sunday, April 13

2:30-4 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Join the Robbins Library as we celebrate the culmination of the Winter Teen Writers' Workshop lead by local author Lynette Benton. Listen to powerful writing, enjoy refreshments and celebrate teen creativity.

 

Move it like Shakira

Thursday, April 17

6:30-8 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Time to learn some new moves for those upcoming dances. Seyyide will teach you the individual moves, breaking them down in detail (her specialty!), and also teach you how to put them together to dance to one of Shakira's songs using her movements. After this class you will have some new moves and really know how to dance like Shakira. Please register online:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/move-like-shakira-tickets-10805707161 

 

Watercolor En Plein Air Series

Saturday, April 26,May 3 and May 10

2:30-4 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Reception onSaturday May 17, 3-4 p.m.

Visit different locations close to the library to complete 'en plein air' or on location paintings. Instead of static sketches in a studio, en plein air painting works off a dynamic subjects that can experienced with all of our senses. Many artists also find freedom in the limited time frame- for there is no time for endless revision. For many, this is a new and exciting way of working. At the end of this short workshop, participants will have a series of paintings depicting various scenic locations throughout our town and hopefully a new approach to painting that can be used both inside and outside the studio.

Suitable for ages 12-18. Register online:

     

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More programs on our website:  
  
Join Us!
 
Children
Teens
Special News
Contact Information
 
For Robbins Library
700 Mass Ave. : 
Teen Librarian

781-316-3226 
Children's Desk  781-316-3234   
For Fox Branch Library:
175 Mass Ave. 
781-316-3198

Weekly
Family Programs
For Children and their Caregivers:

Ones and Two Story time
Mondays
10:00-10:30 AM
Robbins
Ages 1.5-2.5
Two and Up  Story time
Mondays
11:00-11:30 AM
Robbins
Ages 2.5 - 3.5
Stories at Fox Library
Tuesdays
10:00 AM 
Ages 2-5. Fox
Singalongs for Infants and Toddlers at Robbins
Tuesdays
10:00 AM
Tickets 60 min prior
Preschool Story time
Wednesdays
10:30 AM
Robbins
Ages 3 - 5
Singalongs For Infants and Toddlers at Fox
Thursdays
10:00 AM
Tickets 30 min prior
Fun at Fox! 
Fridays.10:00 AM. Tickets 30 min prior 
 

Ongoing Programs:
For Children and Families:
Robbins Library Stories for ages 1.5-2.5 Mondays, 10 a.m. Robbins Library and for ages 2.5-3.5 at 11 a.m. Tickets 30 mins prior. Singalongs for Infants and Toddlers. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Robbins Library. Tickets 30 mins prior. Thursdays, 10 a.m. Fox Library. Tickets 30 mins prior.(no singalong on April 22 or 24)
Robbins Library Stories for ages 3-5. Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. (Fox Library Stories for ages 2-5. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Tickets 30 mins prior.
Fun at Fox! Fridays at 10 a.m. for ages 2+. Fox Library. Tickets 30 mins prior.
 
Special Programs for Youth and Families
 
Spanish Singalong with Raquel!
Tuesday, May 6th
10-10:30 a.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Tickets 30 mins prior

Movie Night at the Fox
Wednesday, May 7
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Join us for a family-friendly movie night.  We will provide the snacks and entertainment... Bring your own pillows!  Space is limited.  Please pick up a free ticket 30 minutes prior.

Hampstead Stage Company presents Hercules and the Heroes: Greek Mythology for Kids   
Saturday, May 10
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Hercules and the Heroes: Greek Mythology for Kids    
Let Epictitus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, take you on a journey of the imagination, as you explore the ancient Greek heroes!  Follow Greece’s greatest hero, Hercules, on his many adventures, as he battles mythological creatures and warriors. Through mask work, poetry, and swordplay, your students will discover the early stories of Greece. This play is designed to bring students closer to early civilizations by appreciating the similarities that we all share.Space is limited. Please pick up a ticket 30 minutes before the program.
 
Moving and Grooving
Saturday, May 17th
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Move, wiggle, dance and explore with your little one. Being silly and having fun brings us closer and strengthens our relationship with our kids and others. Open to children ages one and three and their caregivers. Older or younger siblings welcome. Space is limited. Please pick up a ticket 30 minutes before the program. For more information call 781-316-3234.

Paper Marbling Workshop
Sunday, May 18th
2-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Each participant will learn how to and then explore marbling techniques making multiple postcard-sized papers. Pieces can then be used for card-making, collage, journal covers...whatever you can imagine! It is not recommended for children under age 8, however they are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Please register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paper-marbling-workshop-tickets-11088727683

Mud Eye Puppet Presents Wacky World Tour
Wednesday, May 21
6:30-8 p.m.
Fox Library Community Room
The Mudeye Puppet Company presents an all interactive puppet show that is fun for the whole family! Join our intrepid heroes Vel-Crow and Hazel Kangaroon as they take a journey across the world, learning about creative reuse as they go. Sing, laugh and clap along, meeting magical creatures along the way. Stick around after the show and meet the puppets up close and personal. All puppets are made of recycled materials! Space is limited please arrive 30 minutes in advance for a ticket.

Magic: The Gathering Card Tournament at Fox
Wednesday, May 28
3:30-7:30 p.m.
Are you a fan of Magic: The Gathering?  Then join us for a fun tournament at the Fox Library!  The four-hour tournament will take place at the Fox Library.  Prizes will be awarded and we will provide a pizza dinner.  Space is limited to 16 players, ages 8 to 12.  Please arrive 30 minutes early for a free ticket.  

Singalong with the Music Man!
Saturday, May 31
10-11 a.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Ed Morgan is better known in greater Boston simply as “The Music Man.”
For over 10 years he has delighted kids and grown-ups alike with his interactive blend of original & traditional children’s songs...singing and dancing for kids ages 0-99! Space is limited please arrive 30 minutes in advance for a ticket.

 
Special Programs for Teens
 
Watercolor En Plein Air Series
Saturday, April 26, May 3 and May 10
2:30-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Reception in the Community Room on Saturday, May 17, 3-4 p.m.
With an art teacher come visit different locations close to the library to complete ‘en plein air’ or on location paintings. En plein air painting works off a dynamic subjects that can experienced with all of our senses. At the end of this short workshop, participants will have a series of paintings depicting various scenic locations throughout our town and hopefully a new approach to painting that can be used both inside and outside the studio. Suitable for ages 12-18. Register online: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-watercolor-en-plein-air-series-tickets-10805847581
 
Letter-writing in the Library
Monday, May 5
4-6:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
So much of our written communication is digital these days, but we invite you to come in and write an old-fashioned, pen-and-paper letter at the library. Brighten someone’s day by sending them mail that isn’t a catalog or a bill! Maybe they’ll even write you back. We’ll have plenty of paper, cards, and envelopes, but feel free to bring your favorite stationery too. Open to everyone age 13+.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Wednesday, May 7
4-5 p.m.
Teen Area
The Teen Advisory Group is your chance to share ideas, plan programs, recommend materials, and much more.  Attendees will receive Community Service Hours and if two or more people register there will be pizza.  
 
LGBTQ Teen Drop-In Night
Wednesday, May 14
7-9 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or questioning teen?  Are you an ally for LGBTQ teens?  If you answered yes to either of these questions then the Boston Area Homeschool Queer/Straight Alliance wants you to come to this event!  Meet like-minded teens from the community and enjoy a night of fun.  There will be music, snacks, and time to chat.  This event is cosponsored by the Boston Area Homeschool QSA and the Robbins Library.

My Little Pony Party
Thursday, May 15
3-5 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Come discover the amazingness that is My Little Pony!  You may remember playing with the toys as a child, but Lauren Faust, one of the writers from the Power Puff Girls, has brought new life to these ponies attracting people of all ages to the show.

Teen En Plein Air Reception
Saturday, May 17
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
We invite you to celebrate the talented teen artists from the En Plein Air Series.  Their paintings will feature locations from all over Arlington, so don’t be alarmed if you experience deja vu!

Teens Only Book Group
Wednesday, May 21
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
This months book is “Phineas Gage” by John Fleischman; copies are available in the Teen Area now.  No worries if you don’t finish the book, just come share other books you’ve read, eat snacks, and enjoy the discussion.

Teen Concert
Thursday, May 29
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Whittemore Robbins House Lawn
Join teen musicians and bands on the lawn of the Whittemore Robbins House for a wonderful evening of music and community. Bring a picnic and chairs! Free and open to all.


Programs for Adults

Windows 8 Workshop
Friday, April 25
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
Have you met Vendy? Our laptop vending machine (Vendy for short) is stocked with laptops, and ready for you to use. We’ll be offering workshops designed to teach you how to navigate the new library laptops, and their unique operating system, Windows 8.  Bring your library card so you can check out a laptop from our vending machine before the class begins.

Friends of Robbins Library Present: Old-time Jazz Piano with Eva Balazs
Thursday, May 1
7:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Ms. Balazs will perform the music of Gershwin, Sondheim, and other greats.  Light refreshments provided by the Friends of Robbins Library.  A longtime Arlington resident and author of the “Spy Pond Stories,” books, Ms. Balazs is an accomplished pianist who has performed jazz piano with several groups over the years.  This will be her first solo show at the Robbins Library.

Letter-writing in the Library
Monday, May 5th
4-6:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
So much of our written communication is digital these days, but we invite you to come in and write an old-fashioned, pen-and-paper letter at the library. Brighten someone’s day by sending them mail that isn’t a catalog or a bill! Maybe they’ll even write you back. We’ll have plenty of paper, cards, and envelopes, but feel free to bring your favorite stationery too. Open to everyone age 13+.

Not-So-Young Adult Book Group
Monday, May 12
7-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
We'll be discussing “A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend” by Emily Horner. Copies will be available at the Circulation Desk.

Staff Picks Book Group
Wednesday, May 14
7-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
This month we'll be discussing Above All Things by Tanis Rideout. Copies will be available at the Circulation Desk. Come for a casual discussion; all are welcome, even if you didn’t finish the book (though we will be discussing the ending).

Guys Book Group
Thursday, May 15
7:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
The group discusses “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America” by George Packer, led by Library Director Ryan Livergood.

How to Download an eBook
Thursday, May 15
7-8 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
This is a beginner's class for anyone who wants to learn how to find and download eBooks from the library.  Library eBooks and eAudiobooks are free, and the process of getting them downloaded to your favorite device can be easy with some patient guidance from a friendly librarian.  Bring your device (if you want to) and your library card, and know your PIN number.

Science for the Public Presents Max Tegmark
Tuesday, May 20
7-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Dr. Tegmark talks about his new book “Our Mathematical Universe,” which presents fundamental reality as a mathematical entity, his well-known concept of multiple universes, and also how his concepts have developed and what it takes to think outside the box at a time when many scientists are fearful of the risk. A book signing will follow the talk, and books will be available for purchase courtesy The Book Rack.

Introduction to Windows 8
Wednesday, May 21
2-3 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
Our new laptop vending machine is stocked with laptops and ready for you to use. This workshop will help you navigate the new library laptops and their unique operating system, Windows 8. Check out a laptop on the first floor before heading up to the conference room.

Game Night
Tuesday, May 27
6-8:45 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Board game night for adults and teens, ages 13 and up. Bring your favorite games or play some of ours.
 
Queer Book Group / Social
Wednesday, May 28
7-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
Robbins Library QBG/Social is happening! In the past, we’ve had game nights, book swaps, and watched queer web series. What will we do next? Check the library website for details or call Rebecca at 781.316.3226.

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