June events at Robbins, Fox

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Summer Hours
Robbins Library is closed on Sundays from June-August.

Summer Reading for all!
Summer reading is back with options for kids, teens, and adults.  Registration opens on June 18.  

Programs for Children and Families

Moving and Grooving for ages 1-3
Saturday, June 4
9:30-10:15 a.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Move, wiggle, dance and explore with your little one.  Space is limited. Pick up a free ticket 1/2  hour before the program begins. 

Fox Summer Singalongs for all ages
*Tuesdays* June 7, 14, 21, 28
10:00-10:30 a.m.
Fox Branch Library Community Room
Sing and dance with our fantastic musicians! Space is limited; pick up a free ticket 1/2 hour before the program begins.  Please note:  singalongs are at Fox on Tuesdays in summer months. 

Ed's Balloon Magic Show
Saturday, June 11
10-10:45 a.m.
Fox Branch Library Community Room
Come to Ed's fun balloon and magic show! His show involves a lot of audience participation where the kids are the stars! And he'll make balloon items like hats, animals, airplanes, cartoon characters, & flowers. For kids of all ages.

Children’s Summer Reading Kick-Off
Saturday, June 18
10:00 - 12:00 a.m.
Robbins Library Children’s Room
Celebrate the start of Children's Summer Reading! Sign up for summer reading and choose a free book to keep. Then join the fun! We'll have books to give away, bubbles, face painting, hula hoops, popsicles and more! 

Rockabye Beats with Marcos Valles
Saturday, June 25
10:00-10:45 a.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
A unique and interactive music experience for the whole family! Includes Spanish language, freestyle dance, instrument "show and tell", musical jams, live guitar performance, and more! For all ages.  Pick up a free ticket ½ hour prior.

Toe Jam Puppet Band
Thursday, June 30
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Whittemore Robbins Lawn
Kick off our popular outdoor summer concert series with Toe Jam Puppet Band!  This rockin' band for kids and their grown-ups will start the summer off right.  Bring a blanket!

Programs for Teens

Hang Out with Therapy Dogs! 
Thursday, June 9
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Stressed from studying? Just want to meet some sweet dogs? Come hang out at the library with Maxi and Benny!  Both dogs will be downstairs in the Community Room, ready to meet with kids in grades 6-12.  Drop in!

Video Games in Teen Space for Early Release
Wednesday, June 15
1:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Head on over to the library after lunch and play some video games on our television! We have a Nintendo Switch and a PS4 all set and ready to go. Grades 6-12.

Teen Summer Reading
Registration begins on Saturday, June 18
Join the Robbins Library Teen Summer Challenge and complete tasks on the BINGO card to get raffle tickets to win some of our fabulous prizes! Every teen who signs-up will get a free book and one raffle ticket! Join in for a summer of fun! For rising grades 6-12.

Programs for Adults

Find Happiness through Mindfulness, Yoga & Meditation
Thursdays, June 2, 16
7:15-8:00 p.m.
Zoom program, register at https://forms.gle/YQgMQsZd3ZLQ4CTR6
Experience ancient practices of breathing and meditation in an informal virtual setting. Discover secrets to increasing happiness in everyday life and learn ways to make it grow each day. No previous experience required. Sessions are led by mindfulness, yoga and meditation teacher Janhavi Wadwhani. The sessions will continue on the first and third Thursdays of the month through June.  Zoom link will be sent the day of the session, and the same one will be used every week so if you are able to keep it on file you only need to register once. Questions? Email Anna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Fox Walking Club
Mondays, June 6, 13, 20, 27
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Fox Branch Library
We will meet at the library and walk between 1.5-3 miles mostly along the Arlington Cultural District and Minuteman Bikeway. This is a great way to stay active and make some new friends in your community. Getting regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health.  All ages welcome!  Weather permitting.

Fox Crafting Meet-Up
Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Fox Branch Library
Love to craft? knit? crochet? Join us! Bring whatever project you are working on and meet other makers.

Robbins Library Book Discussion Group
Monday, June 6
7:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room, with remote attendance option
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is available for pickup at the Robbins Library. This will be a hybrid meeting: come to the Robbins Library Conference Room or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Zoom link.  Follow the group on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/212703859877372/

Drop-in Tech Help
Tuesday, June 7
Monday, June 20
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
Stop by and ask a librarian your technology-related questions. If we can't help with a specific issue you are having, 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. 

Fox Puzzle Swap
Wednesday, June 8
6:00 -7:00 p.m.
Fox Library Community Room
Have you completed the same puzzle more than once? Ready for a new one? Come to the Fox Library Jigsaw Puzzle Swap and trade out your old puzzles for a new one. Bring any adult puzzle without any missing pieces to trade for one that is new to you.

The Friends of the Robbins Library present:  Hui Lehua o Kamawila–Hula Dance Group
Thursday, June 9
7:00 p.m.
Whittemore-Robbins Lawn
Hui Lehua o Kamawila, a collaborative hula group dedicated to preserving and sharing Hawaiian dance traditions performs in Arlington! The group takes its name from the Lehua flower which blooms in adverse conditions. The ‘Ohi’a Lehua plant is often the first to recolonize the barren landscape of a freshly-cooled lava flow; it is found throughout the Hawaiian island chain and is especially associated with Hawai’i island. There will be an opportunity to learn and practice a few steps too! In the  case of inclement weather, this event will be  in the Robbins Library  Community Room.  Bring chairs and blankets!

Guys Book Group
Thursday, June 9
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Fox Library Community Room, with remote attendance option
This month we’re reading Wine and War: the French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure by Don and Petie Kladstrup.  Copies can be picked up at Robbins or Fox libraries, just ask for the Guys’ Book Group book. While this remains a hybrid meeting, we encourage in-person attendance in the Fox Library Community Room or email Bob Schueler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the link to attend from home.  Newcomers welcome! 

Social Worker Drop-In Hours
Monday, June 13 and June 27
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 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. 

Plug In to Swing!
Wednesday, June 22
7:00 p.m.
Arlington Town Hall
730 Massachusetts Avenue
Plug in to swing! Join us for a free concert at Arlington Town Hall to mark the end of Plug In’s tenth season. The Roaring Foxes, led by Dan Fox (director of the Arlington Jazz Festival), plays music of the '20's, '30's, and '40's. Come listen to some of the top jazz musicians in Boston and if the spirit moves you, bring your dancing shoes in case you want to take a spin. Supported by the Barry Fund.  

Speculative Fiction Book Group
Monday, June 27
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room with remote attendance option
Robbins has a new book group for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and tales of alternate realities! Join us to discuss This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar an Max Gladstone. We meet every other month, so mark your calendars! "A twisting, sapphic time travel fantasy love story that never stops surprising: El-Mohtar and Gladstone have written the ultimate in enemies-to-lovers romance.” ― Booklist, Starred Review

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the circulation desk. Email Verónica at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Zoom access or additional information. 

Genealogy Resources at the Robbins Library
Tuesday, June 28
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room with remote attendance option
Have you wanted to begin work on your family tree and are unsure of how to begin? Are you a long-time family researcher hitting a brick wall? Robbins Library can help you out! Learn what resources Robbins Library has to offer to help you with your genealogy research. Contact Steven Prochet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-316-3218 for more information or to receive the Zoom link. 

Reel Queer: Paris is Burning
Thursday, June 30
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Paris is Burning is a classic groundbreaking documentary about the drag ballroom scene in NYC in the late 80s. Interviews and clips highlight the lives of people in the scene as well as the struggles they faced. This is where drag lingo like throwing shade was introduced to the wider community.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.  Newcomers welcome!


This news announcement was updated May 27, 2022.