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UPDATED May 20: Robbins library has announced its list of May programs and events, to take place at its 700 Mass. Ave. location and the Fox branch (175 Mass. Ave.).

Holiday Hours in May

Robbins and Fox Libraries are expected to be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

Programs and Events for All Ages

Fox Branch Library Card Game Night

Wednesdays, May 22, 29

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Fox Branch Library Main Floor

Family and friends are all ages are invited to Fox Branch's new community Card Game Night. Attendees can expect 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

English NOW! Conversation Group 

Wednesdays, May 22, 29

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

Robbins Library Community Room

Fridays, May 24, 31

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. 

Fox Walking Club 

Mondays, May 20, 27

10 to 11 a.m.

Fox Library

Each month 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.

Gentle Yoga and Meditation 

Tuesdays, May 21, 28

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 your yoga mat or use one of the class chairs. 

Social Worker Drop-In Hours

Monday, May 20

11:00 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.

Social Justice Book Group: Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond 

Tuesday, May 21

7 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room, with remote option

This month’s Social Justice Book Group plans to discuss "Poverty," by America by Matthew Desmond. 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: 861 9346 8986

New Book and Poetry Open Mic 

Tuesday, May 21

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. This month’s featured poets are Peter Crowley and Jason Tandon. Introductions by Thomas DeFreitas. Open mic reading slots will be on a first come, first served basis and open 15 minutes before 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..

Tales of Now and Zen with Motoko 

Thursday, May 23

7 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

The Friends of the Robbins Library are pleased to present award-winning Japanese storyteller Motoko as she regales her audience with hilarious tales from her old country, Japan, as well as poignant personal stories from her childhood in Osaka and her experiences as an immigrant to the US. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture Grants Committee, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Queer Book Group: Scorched Grace by Margot Douaihy 

Wednesday, May 29

7 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room with remote option

The group plans to discuss "Scorched Grace" by Margot Douaihy. Copies of Scorched Grace are available at the Robbins Library circulation desk, Hoopla and Libby. Email Julia Starkey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. The book group plans to meet at 7 pm in the Robbins Library 4th floor conference room and on Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83246896131 Meeting ID: 832 4689 613).

Teen Program Highlights

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

Robbins Library Teen RPG Club 

Monday, May 20

5:30 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

A Teen-led role-playing game group for a Dungeons and Dragons adventure. Dice and character sheets are provided, new players are welcome, and teens who are RPG veterans can reach out to the Teen Librarian and help out with the program to get volunteer hours.

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

Pollinator Party for ages 5 to 10 

Wednesday, May 22

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Fox Library Community Room 

Join Jamie to make a bee hotel and talk about our favorite pollinators.

Town Updates

Take the Hybrid Town Meeting Study Committee Survey 

Feedback sought from the public.

Created by vote of Town Meeting, the Hybrid Town Meeting Study Committee has started its work to examine the options and requirements for conducting Town Meeting with both in-person and remote participation. As part of this effort, they are hoping that some members of the public would be willing to answer a few questions. Take the survey by May 31.

 

This news listing from Assistant Director of Libraries Lara Vilahomat was updated May 20, 2024, by Brynn O'Connor, assistant to the editor.