Monday, July 31, 2017


Food Friday - INSECTS 

Friday, August 4th, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Robbins Teen Area

Teens, come to the Teen Area and sample the latest food gimmick! Stop by for a few minutes or hang out for the full hour. In this edition, we'll look into insects! We'll have an insect to taste, and insect inspired candy. This food tasting event is for those in grades 6 through 12.

Monday, July 24, 2017


Linen Bracelets 

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Robbins Teen Area

In this maker event, teens will learn to make a simple braided bracelet. Using a selection of different colored beads and linen strands, this bracelet goes far beyond the classic embroidery floss bracelet! Drop-in while supplies last!

Friday, July 21, 2017



Children who read just four books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books. We are challenging everyone in Arlington to choose four books to read over these summer months! We'll be sharing the 4 titles from some of our staff and community members this summer to inspire you! Share your selections on social media. Use the hashtag #WhatsYourFour?

In this post, our Adult Services Librarian, Rob, will be sharing their four for this summer! 

Rob, Adult Services Librarian

Rob's four must read YA books of the summer are Jem and the Holograms by Kelly Thompson, The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, and Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard.

Jem and the Holograms is a graphic novel with stunningly colorful artwork throughout. The story is a raucous, musical adventure full of likable characters from start to finish.  One of my favorite things about the art style is how diverse the body types and faces are - the characters look like real people and come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes.

The Female of the Species
 is not for the faint of heart, but tackles rape culture, weaves an incredibly compelling story, and has fantastically written characters.  It's topped off with an ending that punches you right in the gut and leaves you thinking long after you're done.

History Is All You Left Me
 is a story about love, jealousy, grief, and figuring out how to pick up the pieces after life takes a turn you don't expect.  It's about how sometimes the person you least expect can be the only person who understands how you feel.  

Girl Mans Up has one of my favorite main characters in Pen.  She's flawed but learns from her mistakes. The story is all about her journey of self-acceptance, standing up for herself, and respecting herself enough to know when to draw the line." 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Teen Summer Reading Challenge - SIGN UP NOW

Teen Summer Reading Challenge

There's still time to join the Teen Summer Reading Challenge at Robbins and Fox! The theme of this summer's challenge is 'Build a Better World,' and to do so, we've thought of a myriad of activities to complete! 

Here's a rundown... 

Each activity is a square on the bingo sheet, and for each square completed, participants will receive a raffle ticket to put into the prize(s) of their choosing! 

If participants 'blackout' the bingo sheet, meaning they've completed all the squares on one side, they will be eligible for a MYSTERY PRIZE!

On September 5th, the official end of the challenge, we will pull the winning raffle tickets for each individual prize.


Prize #1 'Build a Better Beach Day' 

Unicorn Float
28-quart Igloo Cooler
LED light-up Frisbee
Shark Week Towel

Prize #2 'Months of Music'

Bluetooth Speaker
Bluetooth Headphones
3-months of Spotify premium

Prize #3 'Kindle Kindness' 

Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle charger

 Prize #4 'Build a Better Dystopia'

1984 George Orwell
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick 
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Want by Cindy Pon 
Funko Pop Vinyl figures
Will from Stranger Things
Clarke Griffin from The 100

Prize #5 'Reading More Diverse Books' 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Persepolis Volume 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Prize #6 'Vinyl Dreams'

Crosley Portable Record Player
$40 Amazon Gift Card to start your record 
collection (we also lend records at the library)


Sound fun? Stop by the Reference Desk to sign-up. We hope you're enjoying your summer, and we look forward to seeing you in the library!

Monday, July 17, 2017


Tomorrow is our Drop-in Henna Program from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Teen Area. Not sure what design you'll get? Here's a quick board to get you started! Check out more event details here
Henna Design by Mandy Roberge

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mario Kart Tournament

Mario Kart Tournament

Friday, July 21st, 2017
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Robbins Teen Area
Join us a Wii U gaming tournament featuring Mario Kart! No registration required. Snacks will be provided! This event is for grades 6 to 12.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Harry Potter Birthday Party!

Harry Potter Birthday Party 

Monday, July 31st, 2017
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Robbins Community Room
Sign-up required. Grades 6 to 8.

Help us celebrate Harry’s birthday with a Hogwarts themed party with food, games, and trivia!

Sign-up here:

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Food Friday - TOMORROW

Food Friday
Friday, July 14th, 2017
3:00 to 4:00 pm 
Teen Area 

Teens, come to the Teen Area and sample the latest food gimmick! Can you guess what we'll be testing this week?!  Stop by for a few minutes or hang out for the full hour. This food tasting event is for those in grades 6 through 12.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Cereal Box Collage Workshop 

Tuesday, August 8th 
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm 
Robbins Library Teen Area

NY-based pop artist & author Michael Albert brings his Modern Pop Art Experience & Cereal Box Collage workshop to the Robbins Library! All participants will make their own collage out of cereal boxes & other printed cardboard packages. Save your own cereal boxes and bring them to the workshop–make a collage of your favorite song lyric, quote, or whatever you like! 

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Here's a list of our events this Summer at Robbins Library. The vast majority of the events are for grades 6 through 12 and do not require sign ups. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at