Robbins Library Book Discussion Group

Upcoming Meetings

All at 7:00PM, usually on the first Monday of the month.

(check our Facebook Group for info about the next title, etc.)

Covid-19 Pandemic Changes

  • We are now meeting online, monthly, via Zoom. Zoom invites to meetings are distributed via email, so make sure you're on our email list.

  • Because it is difficult to borrow enough real books from the library for our members, we are currently only choosing books that will be available from the library as digital "e-books" and audiobooks. However in many cases you may be able to pick up a copy of the book at the Robbins Library check-out desk.

  • Normally new members "join" by simply attending a meeting at the library. For now, please send an email introducing yourself to and we will add you to our mailing list for notifications of new meetings, Zoom links, etc.

About the Robbins Library Book Discussion Group

We read both fiction and non-fiction. We select a list of books in the fall to read during the following year from nominations by Book Group members. A sufficient quantity of each month's book selection is reserved by the library system and made available to Book Group members to check out a month in advance of the meeting. In order to have a large amount of books available we tend to select either "classics" or books that were very popular several years ago to ensure that the Minuteman Library system has enough copies of the title available for us.

Note: Because of the pandemic as of Spring 2020 we have switched to meeting online, and we use books that are available from the Library as e-books or audiobooks.

We invite new members to join us at any meeting (it is not required that you have read the book for that month).

This web site is "unofficial" and is not operated by the Robbins Library.


The Robbins Library Book Discussion Group was founded in 1994 by library volunteer Peter Glass, with support from the Robbins Library. This group has been meeting monthly ever since. In 1996 Ann Honeycutt took over the role of volunteer facilitator (until her departure in 2015). We are the longest-running book group at the Library.

Useful Links

To contact the Robbins Library visit:

To visit our Facebook Group (for chat between meetings):

Click here to Nominate Books for our 2021 Reading List!

See books already nominated (spreadsheet format)

Books recently read by this group:

  • 2020 - Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • 2021 - An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

  • 2021 - Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad

  • 2021 - The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

View list of books previously read (1994-2020) by this group:

Books previously read - sorted by year read [PDF]

Books previously read - sorted by title [PDF]

When we meet

Meetings in 4th Floor Conference Room (4FCR), except where noted. Note: starting in Spring 2020 all meetings are now being held via Zoom

Most meetings are on the first Monday of the month.

Meetings begin at 7:00PM

NOTE - Due to the pandemic, we have switched to online meetings for the duration. See "Digital Book Guide for Arlington" for more information about borrowing digital books: