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UPDATED June 2: 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 June

Robbins and Fox Libraries plan to be closed on Wednesday, June 19 in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.

Robbins and Fox Libraries are also expected be closed on Sundays from May 26 through Sept. 29.

Fox Library is set to be closed on Saturdays through July and August.

 Summer Reading Kickoff

Saturday, June 15 

10 a.m. to noon                                                      

This year’s theme is “Read Around the World.” Kids can choose a free book and there is expected to be games, face painting, snacks, activities and more. Adults and teens are required to register.

Programs and Events for All Ages

Fox Branch Library Card Game Night

Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Fox Branch Library Main Level

Fox Branch's has started a new all-ages community Card Game Night. There is expected to be a variety of card games, including classics and newer ones, perfect for kids 3 and older and their grownups or just adults.

Programs and Events for Adults
 

Fox Walking Club 

Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, 24

10 to 11 a.m.

Fox 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.

Robbins Library Book Discussion Group 

Monday, June 3

7 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room, with remote attendance option

This month’s book is Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, available for pickup at the Robbins Library.

Follow the group on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/212703859877372/facebook.com/groups/212703859877372/

Zoom Meeting ID: 827 4888 8008  Passcode: G017WH

Gentle Yoga and Meditation 

Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25

5 to 6 p.m.

Whittemore Robbins Lawn (or Robbins Library Community Room in inclement weather)

Weather permitting. A gentle yoga and meditation class hosted by local studio Lotus Yoga. This is a beginner-friendly class focusing on stretching, breathing, and mindfulness. Those interested are asked to bring a yoga mat or use one of the provided chairs. 

Evening Beehive Poetry Workshop with Arlington's Poet Laureate

Tuesday, June 4

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Beehive Tables, Third Floor

All aspiring and experienced poets are invited. Participants should have 10 copies of a poem they’d like to share with the group. Contact Jean Flanagan at 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..

English NOW! Conversation Group 

Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 26

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

Robbins Library Community Room

Fridays, June 7, 14, 21, 28

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.

Science Book Group 

Thursday, June 6

7 to 8 p.m. 

This book group is dedicated to reading and discussing books about science and the many different disciplines and topics it encompasses. The group plans to be discussing Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions by Temple Grandin.

Cookbook Club 

Monday, June 10

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

The group plans to be cooking from The Weekday Vegetarians by Jenny Rosenstrach and Sweet Enough by Alison Roman. *Registration is full for this meeting.* Email Linda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get on the waiting list and/or the Cookbook Club mailing list.

Social Worker Drop-In Hours

Monday, June 10

Monday, June 24

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Robbins Library Conference Room

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

Drop-in Tech Help 

Wednesday, June 12

Thursday, June 27

2 to 3 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room

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

Guys Book Group 

Thursday, June 13 

7:30 to 9 p.m. 

Fox Library Community Room, with remote attendance option.

The group plans to discuss "A Visit from the Goon Squad," a novel by Jennifer Egan.  Copies are available for pickup at Robbins or Fox Branch libraries, just ask for the Guys Book Group book at the circulation desk. Persons of all genders are always welcome. Zoom Meeting ID: 827 1758 3579, or get the Zoom link by emailing Bob Schueler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Speculative Fiction Book Group 

Monday, June 17

7 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room

This is a group interested in reading science fiction, fantasy, and tales of alternate realities! They plan to be discussing The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead. Books are available to pick up at the Robbins Library. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Author Stephen Puleo On The Great Abolitionist, Charles Sumner 

Tuesday, June 18

7 to 8 p.m.

Robbins Library Community Room

The Friends of the Robbins Library welcome Stephen Puleo, author, historian, teacher, public speaker and communications professional as he discusses his latest book, The Great Abolitionist: Charles Sumner and the Fight for a More Perfect Union.

Morning Beehive Poetry Workshop with Arlington's Poet Laureate

Thursday, June 20

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Robbins Library Beehive Tables, Third Floor

All aspiring and experienced poets are invited. Participants should have 10 copies of a poem they’d like to share with the group. Contact Jean Flanagan at jean.poetlaureatearlington@gmail.com.

New Book and Poetry Open Mic 

Tuesday, June 25

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 Gary Whited and Matthew E. Henry. 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 jean.poetlaureatearlington@gmail.com.

 
Teen Program Highlights

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

Robbins Library Teen Advisory Board Yearly Wrap up Party

Monday, June 17

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Robbins Library Conference Room

Join the Teen Advisory Board in ringing in Summer with their final pizza party. Games and music are expected to be mixed with a look back at the cool things the Board did this year and planning for next year's events.

Last Day of School Teen Game Day

Tuesday, June 18

1 to 5 p.m. 

Robbins Library Teen Room

Celebrate the end of the school year with video games and crafts! Teens can come to the Teen Room after their last dismissal and play on the Nintendo Switch, use a button maker and do other activities.

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

Summer Reading Kickoff 

Saturday, June 15 

10 a.m. to noon                                        

This year’s theme is “Read Around the World.”  There is planned to be games, face painting, popsicles, bubbles, Magna-Tiles and more.

Ants on a Log Family Concert! 

Saturday, June 22

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Robbins Library Commmunity Room

Pick up a free ticket 30 minutes before the event starts.

 
 
 
 

This news listing from Assistant Director of Libraries Lara Vilahomat was updated June 2, 2024, by Brynn O'Connor, assistant to the editor.