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Mask up in the library

In accordance with Arlington’s mask mandate, face coverings are required.  This mandate applies to individuals aged two years and over except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability. 

Programs for Children and Families

Storytime for Children ages 3-5 and their Adults 

Wednesdays, Dec. 8, 15

10:00-10:30 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room 

Join us for stories, songs and crafts!  Pick up a free ticket at Children’s Desk 1/2 hour before the program begins. Masks are required for all participants ages 2+ (including caregivers).

Fox Singalongs

Thursdays, Dec. 2,  9, 16, 23

10:00-10:30 a.m.

Fox Library Community Room

Sing and dance with our fantastic musicians! Space is limited; pick up a free ticket at the Fox desk 1/2 hour before the program begins. Masks are required for all participants ages 2+ (including caregivers). 

Moving and Grooving

Saturday, Dec. 4

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Move, wiggle, dance and explore with your little one. Being silly strengthens our relationship with our kids!  For children ages 1-3.  Space is limited. Pick up a free ticket at the Children’s Desk 1/2  hour before the program begins. Masks are required for all participants ages 2+ (including caregivers).

Fun at Fox

Friday, Dec. 10

Saturdays, Dec. 4, 18

10:00-10:30 a.m. 

Fox Library Community Room 

Stories, rhymes, & fun for kids age zero to five! Pick up a free ticket at the Fox Desk 1/2 hour before the program begins. Masks are required for all participants ages 2+ (including caregivers).

Storytime

Mondays, Dec. 6, 13

Two sessions:

10:00-10:30 a.m.

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Story time for kids of all ages. Stories, rhymes and fingerplay. Pick up a free ticket at Fox Desk  1/2 hour before the program begins.  Masks are required for all participants ages 2+ (including caregivers).

Fox and Friends Storytime

Tuesdays, Dec. 7, 14

10:00-10:30 a.m.

Fox Library Community Room 

Rhymes, songs, stories, & bouncing babies!  For all ages.  Pick up a free ticket at Fox Desk 1/2 hour before the program begins. Masks are required for all participants ages 2+ (including caregivers).

Robbins Singalongs

Tuesdays, Dec. 7, 14, 21

10:00-10:30 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Sing and dance with our fantastic musicians! Space is limited; pick up a free ticket at the Children’s desk 1/2 hour before the program begins. Masks are required for all participants ages 2+ (including caregivers). 

Powers Music School Interactive Program

Saturday, Dec. 11

11:00-11:45 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Join Powers Music School's faculty members as they narrate this original musical story performance featuring Mo Willems's "Today I Will Fly"!  This interactive program is specifically developed for children ages 3 and up.  Masks are required for all attendees. Pick up a free ticket 1/2 hour before the program.

Pageturners Book Club 

Tuesday, Dec. 14

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

This month's read is The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaseri!  For kids in grades 4, 5, and 6. Required registration opened on Nov. 30 here >>

Copies of the book will be available in the Children's Room.

Winter Crafternoon

Thursday, Dec. 16

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Fox Library 

Stop by the Fox to make some winter themed crafts! Pick up a free ticket 1/2 hour prior. Masks are required for all participants ages 2+ (including caregivers).  For kids of all ages. 

Snow Fun Storytime 

Friday, Dec. 17

10:00-10:45 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Stories and fun for kids of all ages!  Pick up a free ticket at Children’s Desk 1/2 hour before the program begins. Masks are required for all participants ages 2+ (including caregivers).

Musifiesta with Maura Mendoza

Saturday, Dec. 18

10:00-10:45 a.m.

Robbins Library Community Room 

Join this fun Latin American singalong! This is a bilingual, interactive musical show. Dance and keep to the beat with the egg shakers, tambourines, and maracas. For families and kids of all ages. Pick up a free ticket at the Children’s Desk 1/2 hour before the program begins. Masks are required for all participants ages 2+ (including caregivers).

Programs for Teens

Winter Craft

Tuesday, Dec. 14

3:00 p.m.

Robbins Library Teen Area

Come to the Teen Area after school and use our crafting supplies to create some fun art or maybe a gift for someone! All supplies and basic instruction provided, free for grades 6-12. 

Teen Writers’ Presentation

Sunday, Dec. 19

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Join Zoom meeting here >>

Join us as we celebrate the culmination of the Fall Teen Writers' Workshop, led by local author Lynette Benton. Listen to powerful writing and enjoy teen creativity!

Video Games in Teen Space for Early Release

Wednesday, Dec. 22

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. Masks must be worn at all times. Grades 6-12.

Programs for Adults

Find Happiness through Mindfulness, Yoga & Meditation

Thursdays, Dec. 2 and 16

7:15-8:00 p.m. 

Zoom program, register here >>

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 Dec..  Zoom link will be sent the day of the session. Please know that the same Zoom link 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, Dec. 6, 13, 20

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Fox 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.

Robbins Library Book Discussion Group

Monday, Dec. 6

7:00 p.m.

Zoom program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for meeting link

Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall is available for pickup at the Robbins Library.  

Guys Book Group

Thursday, Dec. 9

7:30 p.m. 

Zoom program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for meeting link

This month we’re reading The Google Story by David Vise. Copies can be picked up at Robbins Library, just ask for the Guys Book Group book. Newcomers welcome!

Social Worker Drop-In Hours

Monday, Dec. 13

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. 

Drop-in Tech Help

Wednesday, Dec. 15

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. 

Fox Adult Paint Night 

Wednesday, Dec. 15 

5:00- 6:00 p.m.

Fox Library Community Room 

Come join us to paint and meet some other artists. We provide the supplies, you provide the inspiration! All skill levels are welcome to experiment and make some beautiful works of art. 

Reel Queer: An Intergenerational Movie Series 

Wednesday Dec. 15 

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room 

I love you Phillip Morris (2009) stars Jim Carrey as Steven Russell “... A cop who gets married and starts a family, but after a terrible car accident, he vows to be true to himself. He comes out of the closet, moves to Florida, and finances a luxurious lifestyle with bad checks and credit cards. In prison, Steven meets Phillip (Ewan McGregor), a mild-mannered inmate who becomes the love of his life. Determined to build a beautiful life with his lover, Steven embarks on another crime spree.” This film  has a runtime of 1hr, 38min and is rated R. Reel Queer is co-sponosred with the Arlington Council on Aging. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Plug In to Obit., the Award-Winning Documentary

Thursday, Dec. 16

7:00 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Registration required here >>

OBIT., the official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs Festival is the first documentary to explore the world of obituary writers and their subjects, focusing on the legendary team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps--and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web--an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time. 

Join us to view this documentary in the Community Room. Registration is required, as audience size will be limited to 30; chairs will be spaced to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Attendees must also wear masks. The event is supported by the Barry Fund.  

Holiday Hours

Robbins and Fox libraries are closed on Friday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas.  

Robbins and Fox libraries are closed on Saturday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.  


This news announcement was updated Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.

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