Special events and news

Arlington Reads Together in March: Arlington’s annual community read returns in March. This year, the Arlington Reads Together theme is “Puerto Rico.” See the book selections and full list of events at http://bit.ly/ArRT20.

Esmeralda Santiago -- Writing a Life: 3 p.m. March 8 (Note: Daylight Savings Time begins on March 8), Arlington Town Hall. Esmeralda Santiago, author of 2020 Arlington Reads Together pick “When I Was Puerto Rican,” kicks off a month of Puerto Rico themed programs and events when she presents, “Esmeralda Santiago: Writing a Life.” Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event, courtesy of The Book Rack. The program is presented by the Arlington Libraries Foundation.

Friends of Robbins Library present Reading Room Concert Series: The Friends of Robbins Library is pleased to announce the 2020 Reading Room Concert Series featuring local musicians in the historic Robbins Library Reading Room. Concerts are scheduled for Sundays at 3 p.m. March 22: Harpbeats. April 26: Aaron Larget-Caplan.

Fabiola Mendez Trio: 3 p.m. March 29, Arlington Town Hall. The Fabiola Mendez Trio wraps up a full month of Arlington Reads Together events and discussions with the music of Puerto Rico. Fabiola Mendez is a Puerto Rican musician who studied at the Humacao Musical Institute, the Antonio Paoli School of Music in Caguas, and the Conservatorio de Artes del Caribe. In 2018, she received her Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, becoming the first student to graduate with the Puerto Rican cuatro as principal instrument. This concert is presented by the Friends of Robbins Library.

For children and families

Singalongs for Infants and Toddlers ages 0-5: 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Robbins Library, 10 a.m. Thursdays at Fox Branch Library. Join these singalong musicians for singing and dancing fun. Tickets 30 minutes prior at Fox, one hour prior at Robbins.

Fun at Fox! Ages 2-5: 10 a.m. alternating Fridays and Saturdays, March 7, 13, 21 and 27, Fox Library Children’s Area. Stories, crafts, games for ages 2+; drop-in.

Play Together ages 0-5: 10 a.m. Fridays, Robbins Library Play Circle. Kids and their caregivers meet up to play, build, and imagine with a new collaborative toy each week. For ages 0-5 with grownup. Drop-in; no ticket required.

Storytime at Robbins Library for ages 1 to 2: 10 and 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Limit for each session is 15 — pick up tickets at 9:30 and 10 a.m. respectively. Songs, fingerplay, short stories and silliness.

Storytime at Robbins Library for ages 2 to 3: 11 a.m. Mondays. Stories, songs and crafts! Tickets 30 minutes prior.

Storytime at Robbins Library for ages 3 to 5: 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Stories for kids who love books, songs and wiggling! Tickets 30 minutes prior.

Special programs for children and families

ART -- Fun at Fox ART edition: 10-11 a.m. March 7, Fox Library. The group will read “Parrots over Puerto Rico” and a few other stories about Puerto Rico followed by a craft.

Moving and Grooving: 9:30-10:30 a.m. March 7, Robbins Library Community Room. Move, wiggle, dance and explore with your little one. For children ages 1-3 and their caregivers. Older or younger siblings welcome! Tickets 30 minutes prior.

Family Dance Party at Fox: 2-4 p.m. March 7, Fox Library. Come bust a move at the Fox family dance party! All ages, tickets 30 minutes prior.

Read to Dogs at Fox: 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 10 and 24. Read to Dogs! Share a book with a furry friend and create a special experience. For new or experienced kid readers. Sign up for a 15-minute one-on-one session at the Fox Library Circulation Desk 30 minutes before the program.

Grandparent Story Hour at Fox: 10-11 a.m. March 10, Fox Library. Bring your grandchild to this story time for ages 0-5 and make friends with some other grandparents. Pick up a free ticket 30 minutes prior.

‘Parrots Over Puerto Rico’ Craft: 2-4 p.m. March 11, Robbins Children’s Room. Using the Arlington Reads Together book “Parrots over Puerto Rico” as a model, explore the unique book illustrations and create artwork in the same style! Drop-in, for all ages.

Yoga for Parents and Kids: 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 14, Robbins Library Community Room. This Family Yoga Class emphasizes interactive and partner poses for kids and parents. Activities include cooperative games, breathing exercises, simple mindfulness activities and relaxation. Poses and games in this class are most appropriate for children ages 4-8. No yoga experience required. No mat required. Tickets 30 minutes prior.

New Parent Meet-up at Fox: 2-3 p.m. March 21, Fox Library. Are you a new parent? Bring your baby and come make some new parent friends!

Lego Club: 4-5 p.m. March 19, Robbins Library Children’s Room. Ready... set...Lego! Drop-in, for ages 5+. Pick up a free ticket 30 minutes prior.

Mindfulness for Kids: 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 21, Robbins Library Community Room. This group is designed to teach kids to enjoy the benefits from having a Mindfulness practice, which can help with focus. Do simple and fun activities to encourage relaxation. Space is limited; pick up a free ticket 30 minutes in advance. For ages 4-8.

Family Irish Dance: 3-4 p.m. March 22, Robbins Library Community Room. Celebrate with a dance party — Irish style! Skip, circle, and swing your partner to spirited live music. These fun Irish social dances are for the whole family. Dances for ages 5+, no experience necessary! Pick up a free ticket 30 minutes before the program.

Registration Opens for April Pageturners for 4th and 5th graders: 9 a.m. March 24. Next month’s read is “Turtle in Paradise,” by Jennifer Holm! Required registration at https://pt0420.eventbrite.com.

Pom Pom Frames: 4-5 p.m. March 25, Fox Library. Come make this unique craft and go home with a frame covered in pom poms! Tickets 30 minutes prior. Grades 2-5.

ImagArena: 3:30-5 p.m. March 26, Robbins Library Community Room. ImagArena is a new building workshop designed to awaken the imaginative abilities of every individual. Much more than a typical building workshop, ImagArena combines the spirit of an art program, the materials of a building workshop, and the framework of a video game to provide an experience that engages everyone! For ages 7-12. Space is limited, pick up a free ticket 30 minutes before the program.

Musifiesta at Fox: 10-11 a.m. March 28, Fox Library Community Room. Join Maura Mendoza in this fun Latin American singalong! This is a bilingual, interactive musical show. Dance and keep to the beat with the egg shakers, tambourines, and maracas. Hear “chacareras,” “corridos,” Latin swing, bossa nova, and more! For families and kids of all ages. Pick up a free ticket 30 minutes before the program.

Programs for teens

Middle School D&D at Fox: noon-2 p.m. March 7 and 21, Fox Library. Interested in playing Dungeons and Dragons? Come play with a friendly group at the Fox Library! All levels are welcome, and players are encouraged to come every week. Grades 6-8.

Financial Education for Teens!: 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 10, Robbins Library Community Room. Reese Himmer is a financial coach and founder of In the Black Financial Coaching. He is on a mission to help people transform their finances! This program for teens will cover topics about the transition from being financially supported by parents: different types of bank accounts, credit and credit cards, investing, and student loans. For ages 12-18.

Food Friday: 3-4 p.m. March 13. Food Friday is back! Come to the teen area this Friday to try out the weird, the new, the tasty. For grades 6-12.

Teen Room Movie Day: 1-3 p.m. March 17. Looking for something to do once school’s out? Stop by the Teen Space to watch a movie! For grades 6-12.

Programs for adults

Game Chat -- Indie/Experimental Games: 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 5, Robbins Library Conference Room. Like a book club, but for video games! The group meets quarterly. Every meeting, participants pick a topic and suggest a recommended title — but feel free to play any game that fits the topic and come in to talk about it! Open to adults and teens. This meeting is about Indie and Experimental Games, and the suggested title is “Undertale,” available for all modern systems. Contact Nick for more information about this meeting — nglade@minlib.net or 781-316-3227.

Beehive Poetry with Arlington’s Poet Laureate Steven Ratiner: 7-8:30 p.m. March 5, Robbins Library, Third Floor. All aspiring and experienced poets are invited to the Arlington Poet Laureate’s Drop-in Hours. Come by the table overlooking the Library beehives on the third floor for a friendly, informal gathering of poets. Participants should bring 10 copies of a poem they’d like to share — and a notebook for in-workshop writing exercises.

Wayfarer Film Series presents ‘The Last Colony’ -- Puerto Rico’s Unique Relationship with the United States: 6-8 p.m. March 5, Robbins Library Community Room. Travel the world and experience international cinema with the Wayfarer Film Series! Catch a glimpse from beyond the continent, snack on fresh popcorn from our new popcorn machine, and enjoy a variety of films you might have missed at your local theater. The March film will be “The Last Colony.” Filmmaker Juan Agustin Marquez examines Puerto Rico’s political situation and relations with the United States. The documentary is in Spanish and English with English subtitles. This film is unrated with a runtime of 92 minutes.

Cookbook Club: 6:30-8 p.m. March 9, Robbins Library Community Room. As part of Arlington Reads Together, the group will be celebrating the food of Puerto Rico! Everyone will bring dishes they’ve made from the El Boricua website at http://elboricua.com/recipes.html. Choose a recipe to make, and register by emailing your recipe choice to Linda Dyndiuk at ldyndiuk@minlib.net by March 4.

Knitting Club at Fox: 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31, Fox Library. Love to knit? Bring your own knitting project and meet other knitters.

Robbins Library Queer Book Group/Social Listens To Puerto Rican Podcasts: 7-8:30 p.m. March 11, Robbins Library Conference Room. QBG will be listening to some podcasts about queer Puerto Ricans! The group will listen to an episode of “Se Ve Se Escucha” (Seen and Heard), about three Boricuas using language justice to create bridges between folks in the diaspora and folks in Puerto Rico, and an episode of “Queering Left,” interviewing two activists from the Puerto Rican community. Feel free to bring any quiet crafting, knitting, etc. to work on while you listen — coloring books will be provided.

Guys Book Group: 7:30 p.m. March 12, Fox Branch Library. The book this month is “A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts,” by Joseph Bagley. New members are always welcome. Contact Brad McKenna, bradley.mckenna@gmail.com, for more information.

Arlington Reads Together Book Discussion -- ‘When I Was Puerto Rican’ and ‘Puerto Rico Strong’: noon-1 p.m. March 13, Robbins Library Conference Room. Discuss questions relating to each title, and how they speak to each other.

Arlington Reads Together Book Discussion -- Three Books, One Topic: 10 a.m. March 14, Robbins Library Conference Room. Discuss all three community read books and talk about how all three titles work together to paint a picture of Puerto Rico.

Plarning Brigade Meet-up at Fox: 2-4:30 p.m. March 14, Fox Library. Come work on your plarning project with other plarning brigade members. Michelle Lougee will be present to help give direction for your work. The work has an environmental message: reduce plastic and protect our world! Open to adults and interested youth (age 10 and up).

Solo el Pueblo Salva al Pueblo -- Puerto Rico Amidst Austerity, Natural Disasters and Political Revolt: 7 p.m. March 19, Robbins Library Community Room. Patricia Alvarez Astacio, assistant professor of anthropology at Brandeis University, discusses the complex threads of Puerto Rico’s recent history to understand how natural disasters in an economically depressed US territory reinforce colonial policies, sustain corruption at the national and federal levels, and also serve as a catalyst for Puerto Ricans to reclaim their voice.

Not-So-Young-Adult Book Group Reads ‘When I Was Puerto Rican,’ by Esmeralda Santiago: 7-8 p.m. March 23, Robbins Library Conference Room. The group will be discussing “When I Was Puerto Rican,” by Esmeralda Santiago. This is a book group for adults, but members read books written for teens. Newcomers welcome.

PLUGGED iN PRESENTS Equitable Resilience to Climate Change -- Lessons from Puerto Rico: 7 p.m. March 24, Robbins Library Community Room. Presenter Ramón Bueno’s work focuses on how different dimensions of resilience and vulnerabilities interact with equity in development and technology. Ramón was born in Cuba then later grew up in Puerto Rico. He studied aerospace engineering and a master’s degree in systems modeling and optimization at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His interests in the Caribbean region extended to his climate-related work, starting in 2008 with “The Caribbean and Climate Change: The Costs of Inaction,” with colleagues at the Climate Economics Group. He has participated in presentations, dialogues and lectures at universities in Puerto Rico, and with others such as the Puerto Rico Climate Change Council and the Center for Investigative Journalism. Following the devastation by the 2017 hurricanes, he has been engaged in dialogues fostering connections and collaborations between colleagues in the Island and universities and professionals in the Boston area.

Tertulia Literaria de la Biblioteca Robbins discute ‘Cuando era puertorriqueña’ de la autora Esmeralda Santiago: 3-4 p.m. 25 de marzo, Robbins Library Conference Room. Ven a Robbins a discutir en español la autobiografía de la escritora puertorriqueña Esmeralda Santiago. Puedes conseguir copias del libro en el escritorio de circulación.

Plarning Brigade Workshop at Fox: 2-4:30 p.m. March 28, Fox Library. Learn how you can be involved in a large community art project with Artist in Residence Michelle Lougee! Learn how to crochet plastic bags into colorful art. For the next seven months, Michelle Lougee will lead the community in creating a large collaborative sculpture for the Minuteman Bikeway made of recycled plastic bags. The work has an environmental message: reduce plastic and protect our world! Open to adults and interested youth (age 10 and up). Co-Sponsored by ArtLinks and Sustainable Arlington. RSVP to PlarnArtPlanet@gmail.com.