Fox Branch Manager Amanda Troha.
Amanda Troha

A new face graces East Arlington’s Fox Library. Branch Manager Amanda Troha joined the library at the end of July, and immediately got to work making sure that the Fox remains a destination for fun, learning and community connections in East Arlington.

The previous branch manager was Ashley Waring, who was in the position from August 2018 to May. Before that, Anna Litten, current assistant director at Robbins Library, held the job.

Troha grew up in Brooklyn and received her MLS from Pratt Institute. After graduation, she worked as a school librarian at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in Manhattan.

While Troha enjoyed working at a school, her heart was always in the public library world. Three years ago, Troha and her husband decided to move to the Boston area, where she accepted a position at the Coolidge Corner Library in Brookline.

While working there, Troha said she fell in love with branch life. “Libraries function as essential social infrastructure to their communities, and that is often reflected greatest in the neighborhood branches,” she says. “I love planning programs for all ages to come together, make friends and learn something new.”

Troha is already bringing new and exciting programs to the Fox; for example, promoting wellness with new walking and running clubs in September.

“We want to help support our community in healthy living,” she says. “There is an international initiative called 'Let’s Move in Libraries,' and I wanted to take part. Arlington is a beautiful walking town and we want to promote that in addition to promoting all the library has to offer. The Minuteman path also connects the Arlington Cultural District and the two libraries, and offers amazing public art which we highlight on our walks.”

The first weeks of the walking and running clubs demonstrated the interest in this type of program in Arlington, with more than 20 runners and walkers attending. With a diverse group of participants ranging in age from 30- to 70-somethings, the groups gave strangers the chance to come together, make new friends, and learn more about their neighbors.

A few participants enjoyed their new companions so much they decided to get coffee together and swap contact information. Troha looks forward to continuing to build new and innovative programs for all at the Fox.

“Arlington is such a vibrant community. I felt instantly welcomed and am thrilled by everyone’s enthusiasm and eagerness to try new things,” she says.

When Troha isn’t at the library, she enjoys reading contemporary fiction, science fiction and a good horror novel. Some of her all-time favorite adult books are My Antonia by Willa Cather, Left Hand of Darkness by Urusla LeGuin and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

When she’s not at the Fox, Troha is often at a park with her husband, baby and two dogs.

This news feature was published Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.