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Arlington Reads Together 

Robbins library has announced a month of events in March for its community reading program, 'Arlington Reads Together' The 2024 book pick is Solito by Javier Zamora. Copies are expected to be available for pickup at the library or download an ebook or audiobook from Hoopla. See the full list of events here >>

Tour the Fox Branch Library 

Learn more about the Fox Branch Library and the Town’s application for a Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program grant to create a new library space in East Arlington that truly meets the needs of all in our community.  Read about the project, or attend a tour.

Fox Branch Library, 175 Mass. Ave.

Wednesday, March 6, 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m.

Thursday, March 21, 12 p.m.

Programs and Events for All Ages

Fox Branch Library Card Game Night

Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Fox Branch Library Main Floor

Drop in with family and friends to Fox Branch's new all-ages community Card Game Night. The library plans to have a variety of card games, including classics and newer ones, ideal for kids 3 and older and their grownups or just adults. 

Programs and Events for Adults

Arlington Reads Together: Making Pupusas! 

Saturday, March 2

2 to 3 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

*This class is full, register to receive a recorded video and the recipe after the class

Join us for this cooking class led by Salvadorian chef Edwin Orellana from Dos Manos Kitchen. Supplies and space are limited: http://tinyurl.com/ART-Pupusas

*This event is a part of our Arlington Reads Together series. 

 

Fox Walking Club

Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, 25

10 to 11 a.m.

Fox Library

The 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. 

Robbins Library Book Discussion Group 

Monday, March 4

7 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room, with remote attendance option

This month’s book is Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell, available for pickup at the Robbins Library. Follow the group on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/212703859877372/facebook.com/groups/212703859877372/

Zoom Meeting ID: 823 6706 6202  Passcode: TqSd12

Gentle Yoga and Meditation 

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26

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 ayoga mat or use one of the provided chairs. Supported by the Friends of the Robbins Library.

 

English NOW! Conversation Group 

Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27

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

Robbins Library Community Room

 Fridays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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.  

Raised Bed Gardening 

Thursday, March 7

7 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Join the Friends of the Robbins Library and owner and consultant of Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens Kate Donovan for a presentation designed to provide information about raised beds, including: where to put one, how to build it, how to fill it with the appropriate growing medium and how to plant it with vegetables.

Drop-in Tech Help 

Friday, March 8

Thursday, March 21

2 to 3 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room

Stop by and ask a librarian any  technology-related questions. If we can't help with a specific issue, 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.

Enchanted, Tufts University’s A Cappella Group 

Sunday, March 10

3 to 4 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

A family-friendly concert with this a mixed-gender a cappella group as they perform original arrangements of songs from Disney and other animated features and childhood classics.

Social Worker Drop-In Hours

Monday, March 11

Monday, March 25

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.

Cookbook Club 

Monday, March 11

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

The group plans to be cooking from 'Dinner in One' by Melissa Clark and 'Snacking Cakes' by Yossy Arefi. *Registration is full for this meeting.* Email Linda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get on the Cookbook Club mailing list, or on the waitlist for the April meeting.

Evening Beehive Poetry Workshop with Arlington's Poet Laureate

Tuesday, March 12

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Beehive Tables, Third Floor

All aspiring and experienced poets are invited to the Arlington Poet Laureate's Evening Poetry Workshop. Participants should have 10 copies of a poem they’d like to share with the group. Contact Jean Flanagan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Arlington Reads Together Afternoon Book Discussion 

Wednesday, March 13, 2 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room 

Come discuss thoughts about this year’s ART book selection, Solito by Javier Zamora. 

*This event is a part of the Arlington Reads Together series

 

Verses Book Group 

Wednesday, March 13

3 to 4 p.m.

Robbins Library Beehive Tables, Third Floor

New location: Join Arlington’s Poet Laureate, Jean Flanagan, as she leads this poetry book group. This month, the group will discuss The Complete Poetry of Maya Angelou. Adults and teens are welcome to attend. Copies are available for pick up at Fox and Robbins. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Guys Book Group 

Thursday, March 14 (second Thursday of every month)

7:30 to 9 p.m. 

Fox Library Community Room, with remote attendance option.

The group plans to discuss the book Water for Elephants, a novel by Sarah Gruen. Copies can be picked up at Robbins or Fox Branch libraries, just ask for the Guys Book Group book. Persons of all genders are always welcome. Zoom Meeting ID: 827 1758 3579, or get the Zoom link by emailing Bob Schueler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New Book and Poetry Open Mic
Tuesday, March 19
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. March's featured poets are Holly Guran and Carla Swartze. Introductions by Steven Rapp.  Open mic reading slots will be on a first come, first served basis and open 15 minutes prior to the start of each event. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Morning Beehive Poetry Workshop with Arlington's Poet Laureate

Thursday, March 21

11 a.m. to noon 

Robbins Library Beehive Tables, Third Floor

All aspiring and experienced poets are invited to the Arlington Poet Laureate's Evening Poetry Workshop. Participants should have 10 copies of a poem they’d like to share with the group. Contact Jean Flanagan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Arlington Reads Together Evening Book Discussion 

Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room 

Come discuss thoughts about this year’s ART book selection, Solito by Javier Zamora. 

*This event is a part of the Arlington Reads Together series

Plug In: María en tierra de nadie 

Monday, March 25

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Screen the documentary María en tierra de nadie (María in No Man’s Land), which follows a team of six journalists and videographers who traveled with Central American migrants and recorded their testimony. The documentary, with themes appropriate for older teens and adults, will be followed by a discussion joined by the filmmaker! Plug in is supported by the Barry Memorial Fund.

*This event is a part of our Arlington Reads Together series

Social Justice Book Club Discussion: Solito by Javier Zamora 

Tuesday, March 26

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room, with remote option

This month’s Social Justice Book Group will discuss the 2024 Arlington Reads Together selection Solito by Javier Zamora. Copies available in our Arlington Libraries, the Minuteman system, and on Libby. Email Steven Prochet This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (781) 316-3218 for more information. Co-sponsored with Envision Arlington’s Diversity Task Group. Meeting ID: 850 3907 2357

*This event is a part of the Arlington Reads Together series

Queer Book Group 

Wednesday, March 27

7 to 8 p.m.

This month the group plans to discuss 'This Town Sleeps' by Dennis E. Staples. Copies are available at the Robbins Library circulation desk, Hoopla and Libby. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

Robbins Library conference room with remote option

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82574195308

Meeting ID: 825 7419 5308

Arlington Reads Together Morning Book Discussion 

Friday, March 29, 11 a.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room

Come discuss thoughts about this year’s ART book selection, Solito by Javier Zamora.

*This event is a part of the Arlington Reads Together series

Arlington Reads Together Author Talk: Javier Zamora discusses Solito 

Saturday, March 30

2 to 3 p.m.

Come hear from author Javier Zamora as he discusses this year’s Arlington Reads Together book Solito. Javier is set to join over Zoom for a moderated discussion, so please join in person or on Zoom. No registration required to attend in person, for the Zoom link please register at: http://tinyurl.com/ART-Javier-Zamora.

*This event is a part of the Arlington Reads Together series

Teen Program Highlights

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

*These events are a part of the Arlington Reads Together series  

Arlington Reads Together Teen Bilingual Book Club 

Tuesday, March 12

5 to 6 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room

In partnership with Arlington High School’s Spanish Club, teens will discuss Solito in both Spanish and English.

Half Day Craft Day-Arlington Reads Together Teen Edition

Wednesday, March 20

1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Teen Room

Inspired by this year's ART selection, teens can try out a craft inspired by Salvadoran and/or Central American artists.

Intergenerational Book Club

Thursday, March 21

3:30 p.m.

Arlington High School

Arlington's ongoing book club is celebrating ART once again by reading Solito this month! All AHS students are welcome to drop in, adults please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..ma.us to register.

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

*These events are a part of our Arlington Reads Together series

Arlington Reads Together Crafternoon drop-in for ages 2 and older

Friday, March 22

2 to 4 p.m.

Robbins Library Children’s Room

To tie in with our ART book, Solito by Javier Zamora (an immigration story), come and try out one of three crafts inspired by artists from El Salvador and/or Central America. 

Musifiesta Concert for families

Saturday, March 23

10 to 10:45 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Join Maura Mendoza in this fun Latin American concert

 
 

This news listing from Assistant Director of Libraries Lara Vilahomat was updated Feb. 29, 2024, by Brynn O'Connor, assistant to the editor.