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!

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.

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!

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!

Robbins and Fox Libraries: The Perfect Summertime Field Trip Destination

Attention, preschools!  Are you looking a fun, local, educational, and AIR-CONDITIONED field trip this summer?  How about a visit to the library?  Both Robbins and Fox Libraries are great destinations. Our children’s librarians will happily work with you to schedule a time to give your tots a special storytime and library tour.  Just call the Robbins Children’s Room at 781.316.3234 or the Fox Library at 781.316.3198 to schedule a visit.

It’s a wonderful way to introduce young children to the magic of the library… but you don’t have to take our word for it!  Here are some comments from the kids at Arlington Height’s Nursery School after their visit to the Fox Library last week.

I liked our visit to the Fox Library because…

  • because everyone loved our sculptures.* 
  • Because the librarian read stories to us.
  • Because we went in groups around the library and the teachers read books to us.
  • Listening to the stories.
  • That we had a storytime.  And did you know?  Laura the Librarian is my Mommy’s friend!
  • The story of the fish.  I know it’s called Swimmy.
  • That we got to read books.
  • That we saw our sculptures.*
  • Going on the bus. 
  • That Laura read that story about the jellybeans.
  • Riding on the bus.
  • That I saw our sculptures.
  • Seeing our sculptures.*
  • When Laura read us the books.
  • That we split up into groups and read more books that the kids picked.

Sometimes, we can provide exhibit space for students’ artwork.  Call us for more information.

Library Holiday Hours and Spring Vacation Week Schedule

This Friday, 4/18, the Robbins and Fox Libraries will close at noon for Good Friday.  The Robbins Library will be open on Saturday, 4/19, but will be closed on Sunday, 4/20 for Easter and Monday, 4/21 for Patriots Day.

Next week (4/22 - 4/26) is also school vacation week, which means that we will not be holding Storytime or Singalong at either library.  However, we have some exciting programs, including: 

  • Tuesday, 4/22, 2:00 p.m.: Recycling Drop-In Craft at Robbins: Help us celebrate Earth Day by making crafts with recyclables.  Ages 5-11, Drop-in.
  • Wednesday, 4/23, 4:30 p.m.: Fox and Branch Family Concert at the Fox Branch Library: Sing, dance, and try your hand at the washboard and other musical instruments with the beloved Fox and Branch Band!  All ages, pick up free ticket at 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 4/24, 2:30 p.m.: Lego and Board Game Afternoon at Fox: Come create with our supply of Legos and/or try out some new board games.  Ages 3 and up, Drop-in.
  • Friday, 4/25, 2:00 p.m.: K'nex Extravaganza at Robbins: Come create with our supply of K'nex or play with some of our board games.  Ages 3 and up.  Drop-in.
  • Saturday, 4/26, 10:00 a.m.: Singalong with the Music Man at Robbins: Enjoy an interactive blend of Ed the Music Man’s original and traditional children’s songs.  All ages, pick up free ticket at 9:30 a.m.

We hope to see you at one of these fun programs!

How to Read to Your Infant at Fox Library!

Have you ever wondered what babies are taking in when you read to them? Join us tomorrow at the Fox Library for a FUN and INFORMATIVE program aimed at babies ages 0 to 6 months old and their caregivers.  Light snacks, a free book for your infant, book lists, and tips on reading aloud.  Older siblings welcome.

Sign up online by clicking here. Space is limited!