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Lara Vilahomat

UPDATED Jan. 16: The town has appointed Lara Vilahomat as assistant library director. In this position, Vilahomat performs professional, administrative and supervisory work assisting the director of libraries, Anna Litten, in the administration of the Robbins Library and the Fox Branch Library.

This role also is meant to help in the development and implementation of the library’s long-range plan, policies and procedures.

Vilahomat filled this position as of Dec. 4. The title was previously held by Amanda Troha, who accepted a job with Arlington Public Schools and returned to her roots as a school librarian, according to Litten. 

“We’re pleased Lara has accepted the position,” Litten said in a town announcement. “Her extensive library programming and engagement experience will be welcome at the town’s libraries and the Arlington community.” 

Before starting this job, Vilahomat was the head of outreach and community experience at Framingham Public Library, where she supervised programming and design staff, coordinated programming between both library branches and guided community members in using library resources. She also gained experience leading social media teams and designed marketing resources for the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, according to the town website.

“The staff of Arlington’s libraries is incredibly dedicated to serving the diverse needs of the community,” Vilahomat was quoted as saying. “I am looking forward to creating inclusive and innovative programming, working with an enthusiastic and dynamic team, and connecting with Arlington’s library patrons.”  

According to Assistant Director of Human Resources Claire Roberts, Vilahomat earns an annual salary of $84,961.

Vilahomat holds a master of library science from Texas Woman’s University and a master of arts in medieval literature from the University of York in England. She also has a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Oregon and serves as the secretary of the Massachusetts Library Association Adult Programming Executive Board. 

About Arlington’s Libraries 
Arlington's public library system consists of the main Robbins Library in Arlington center and the Fox Branch Library in East Arlington. Library card holders also have borrowing privileges in neighboring communities, as Arlington is part of the Minuteman Library Network. The stated vision of the libraries is to be a trusted resource that empowers community members of all ages to learn, thrive and create a vibrant Arlington. Learn more at robbinslibrary.org


Jan. 8, 2024: Forums on future of Fox branch library to continue Saturday, Wednesday


This news announcement based on information from the town website and Claire Roberts, assistant director of human resources, was published Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. It was updated Tuesday, Jan. 16, to include information about the previous assistant library director. 

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