Town Day at the Library

Robbins Library is open with full library services and hours on September 23, Arlington’s popular Town Day festival.  

 Opening the Library for service on Town Day allows patrons to visit for services like materials pickup, technology access, and workspace. Additionally, the Library is offering special Town Day activities, including tours, historical displays, and a kids picture books readathon.  

Library Director Anna Litten says, “Robbins Library is a true jewel in Arlington Center.  We’re excited about inviting the public into the library on Town Day.  This will be a great opportunity to help the community  celebrate the Town, learn more about our beautiful building, and the history of library services in Arlington.” 

Litten, along with Assistant Director Amanda Troha, will host tours of the library scheduled at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Stops on the tour include  a display of featured items from the Local History collection in the Library’s  Reading Room.  The display, along with  select images from the Library’s digitized collections on view in the fourth floor rotunda, will be available all day. 

Kids and families can take a break from the bustle of Town Day activities in the Library’s Children’s Room.  Kids can relax in beach chairs and read picture books. After kids finish each picture book, they’ll be invited to put a dot on our Town Day Reading Chart. We’ll find out how many picture books Arlington kids can read in a day! 

The Library has long hosted one of Arlington’s favorite Town Day traditions, the Friends of the Robbins Library’s Town Day Book Sale.  With thousands of books available for purchase in the Library’s lower level Community Room and additional items offered in the parking lot behind the Library,  community members can find affordable priced books, media including record albums, tote bags, and more.  All sales support  Arlington’s libraries. The Sale is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The Friends’ members preview sale begins at 10:00 am. Not a Friends’ member?  Join at the Sale and take part in the preview hours. 

Donations of gently used paperback and hardcover books and media are gratefully accepted. Donate items in the bin located in the front lobby of Robbins Library.  Please do not donate any textbooks, encyclopedias, videotapes, or guidebooks more than ten years old, or books without covers or damaged books. All other books, books on cd, music cds and DVDs are welcome. The Sale relies on volunteers.  Interested volunteers can contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy McElroy at

More information will be available at the Library’s Town Day booth, located at the corner of Mass Ave and Peg Spengler Way, right outside the Library.  Visitors are also encouraged to stop by the Arlington Libraries Foundation booth, also outside the library, and learn more about opportunities to support our Libraries.  

Town Day Library Hours: 9:00-5:00
Friends of Robbins Library Town Day Book Sale Hours: 10:30-3:00 (with Friends’ members preview beginning at 10:00)
Library Tours: 11:00 and 3:00