Our Mission

The Friends of the Fox Library was formed in 2003 to increase capacity of the Edith M. Fox Branch Library in Arlington MA to serve the community.

What We've Achieved

  • more library hours

  • Increased programming for children and adults.

  • Increased funding for books, CDs, and DVDs for children and adults.

  • Space improvements including new furniture, upholstery, blinds, shelves, and computer desks.

Our History

In 2003, after a failed tax override, the Town of Arlington announced plans to close the Fox Branch Library. At that time a group of community members organized and petitioned the town to save the Fox and to raise awareness about the Fox’s special value to the town. Selectman Jack Hurd initiated negotiations with the town manager and developed a plan where volunteers would privately raise funds to pay for a third of the library’s costs, keeping it open three days a week. Through activities such as a benefit at Flora, movie nights at the Capital Theater, art shows in the library, and several bake sales, as well as letter writing campaigns, the group that became the Friends of the Fox successfully kept the doors of the library open for two years.

An override passed in 2005, allowing for tax dollars to support the Fox being open three days a week. Our group realized that we wanted to continue to raise funds to keep the vibrant library space open and as well-resourced as possible. We hoped for a return to a four-day-a-week schedule and additional money for more books, more programs, and much needed improvements to the space. Moving from emergency mode to the vision of sustainability, the Friends of the Fox formed as an official nonprofit recognized by the state of Massachusetts in 2008. 


The reflections and histories of men and women throughout the world are contained in books.... America’s greatness is not only recorded in books, but it is also dependent upon each and every citizen being able to utilize public libraries.
— Terence Cooke (1921-1983)