Banned Books Week 2013, Continued

In honor of Banned Books Week, the Children’s Services and Fox Library Staff have decided to pose with some of our favorite banned books.

Here’s Librarian Yvonne with And Tango Makes Three, which was challenged for homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and being unsuitable for its target age group.  Richardson’s picture book tells the true story of two male penguins who hatch and parent a baby chick at New York’s Central Park Zoo.  Tango, which was also awarded many accolades, has topped the most frequently challenged booklist for several years.


Cakes + Trucks = A Winning Combination!  If you haven’t read Chihiro Nagawa’s Who Made This Cake, what are you waiting for?  Come check out one of our copies today!

As an added bonus, Who Made This Cake will be featured prominently in two of this week’s storytimes!  Join Laura on Monday at 11:00 at Robbins (Storytime ages 2.5 - 3.5) or on Tuesday at 10:00 at Fox (Storytime ages 2 - 5) to see more of this exciting tale, along with many other truck books!

If you want to bring a tear to your eye...

… read this article that appeared in February’s Library Journal.  Here’s the link:

As you can see, it’s written about Miss Petersen, the librarian of the old Dallin Branch here in Arlington, MA, which closed in 1981.  And guess what!  Our Library Director Ryan was able to track her down!  She is still up to her old tricks as a librarian in Concord and was incredibly touched to hear about this article.  We can’t wait until she’s reunited with its author!

Some New Fun at the Fox!


In case you hadn’t noticed, Fox Librarian Laura is expecting a baby within the next few weeks!  While she is away with the new baby, Librarian Yvonne will be filling her flip flops and will be at Fox full-time.  Stay tuned for more news on the baby-to-be!

Frenzy at the Fox this Saturday!


… He says that we are open THIS SATURDAY!

This coming Saturday (10/26), the Fox Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and the Little Fox Shop will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Yay!

And if that’s not enough, we will also be hosting a Cartooning Frenzy at 10:00 a.m. that day.  Join us to learn all sorts of cartooning secrets.  Please arrive 30 minutes early for a free ticket.  Ages five and up.

American Girls are officially ready for check-out!  Borrow Kaya, Rebecca, Addy, Ruthie, Josefina, Marie-Grace, Cecile, or Kit for one week at a time and be sure to report back about the adventures you have.  Have questions?  Just let us know!


The Secret Book Club recently got together for a great follow-up conversation about The Name of this Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch.  We explored our very own Symphony of Smells and wrote messages with ‘invisible ink’.  What did our readers think was the grossest smell in the symphony?  No contest: anchovies!

Happy March, Everyone!

Hurray, it is March!  Do you know what that means?  Yes, you’re right: another month of fun programming at the Robbins and Fox Libraries!  This month, you can look forward to a Lever Art program at the Robbins, Bedtime Stories at the Fox, a Singalong with the Music Man at Robbins, and learning more about birds from Habitat at the Fox.  These are just a few of the exciting programs that we have coming up this month, in addition to our regularly scheduled storytimes and singalongs.  

Please visit the Robbins and Fox Libraries to pick up an Events Calendar for more details.  You can also find out more information on all of our programming on our website.  Here’s the link to the Events Calendar:

Three Cheers for March!