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UPDATED July 16: Robbins library has announced its list of June programs and events, to take place at its 700 Mass. Ave. location and the Fox branch (175 Mass. Ave.).

Holiday Hours in July

Fox Branch Library is closed on Saturdays in July and August.  

Robbins Library is closed on Sundays in June-September.

 Summer Reading                                             

This year’s theme is “Read Around the World.” Adults and teens are required to register.  Learn more at robbinslibrary.org/summer_readingrobbinslibrary.org/summer_reading or stop by Robbins or Fox Branch Library to register. 

Programs and Events for All Ages

Fox Branch Library Card Game Night

Wednesdays, July 17, 24, 31

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Fox Branch Library Main Level

Drop in with family and friends to Fox Branch's new all-ages community Card Game Night. There is expected to be a variety of card games, including classics and newer ones, targed towards kids 3 and older and their grownups or just adults.

Programs and Events for Adults
 

Fox Walking Club 

Mondays, July 22, 29

10 to 11 a.m.

Fox Branch 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.

Gentle Yoga and Meditation 

Tuesdays, July 16, 23, 30

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. Attendees are encouraged to bring a yoga mat or use one of the provided chairs. Supported by the Friends of the Robbins Library.

English NOW! Conversation Group 

Wednesdays, July 17, 24, 31

11 to 12:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

Fridays, July 5, 12, 19, 26

11 a.m. 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.

Social Worker Drop-In Hours

Monday, July 22

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room

A social worker is available to answer questions about social services in and around Arlington.

Drop-in Tech Help 

Monday, July 22

2 to 3 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room

Stop by and ask a librarian any technology-related questions. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. 

 
 
 

New Book and Poetry Open Mic

Tuesday, July 16

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 Jacqueline Sullivan and Julia Lisella. Introductions by Steve Rapp. 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..

The Alibi True Crime Book Group 

Monday, July 22

7 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room

A new, quarterly true crime book group. The group plans to discuss "Mindhunter" by John Douglas. Books are available to pick up at the Robbins Library. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Social Justice Book Group: Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Kilnenberg 

Tuesday, July 23

7 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room, with remote option

This month’s Social Justice Book Group plans to discuss "Palaces for the People" by Eric Kilnenberg. 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: 846 8952 6146

Teen Program Highlights

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

 

Teen Room Summer Game Time 

Wednesday, July 17 and 24

2 to 5 p.m.

Robbins Library Teen Room

Visit the Teen Space every Wednesday during summer break to play Nintendo Switch games like Smash Bros and Mario Cart.

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

Archery with On the Mark Archery! for ages 8+ 

Wednesday, July 17

5 to 6 p.m.

Whittemore Robbins Lawn (behind the library)

Join On the Mark Archery and learn the martial art of archery, led by teams of certified USA Archery instructors. Build character, self-esteem and confidence with each triumph and tribulation on the range as you work hard to achieve consistent success! A Parent or chaperone is required to stay for the entire session.

Registration is required here >>

Participants must complete this waiver: otma.us/waiver

 
 

This news listing from Assistant Director of Libraries Lara Vilahomat was updated July 16, 2024, by Brynn O'Connor, assistant to the editor.