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Save the Date: Newton Serves — Sunday April 27th

The ACL will once again be a site for Newton Serves–much more to come in the upcoming months, but for now, mark those calendars for Sunday April 27th!

Save the Date: Newton Kitchen Tour — Sunday April 13th

The Newton Kitchen Tour is a self guided tour of fabulous kitchens–modern, traditional, big, small, something for everyone!  Selections from around the city, including some venues in Auburndale.  Proceeds from the Newton Kitchen Tour go to the Burr Elementary School Playground Fund.
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Save the Date: Newton Democratic City Committee “Conversation with the Candidate” Series

The NDCC in conjunction with Alderman Jay Harney is proud to announce a Conversation with the Candidate series of events designed to give Newton residents a more personal, closer look at the Democrats running for office this year.  This series will be held at the Auburndale Community Library.

  • Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 pm: Meet Deb Goldberg, candidate for Treasurer
  • Thursday, April April 3, 7:00 to 9:00 pm: Meet James Arena DeRosa (7 pm) candidate for Lt. Gov. and Senator Barry Finegold (8 pm) candidate for Treasurer
  • Thursday, April 10, 7:00 to 9:00 pm: Meet Maura Healey (7 pm) candidate for Attorney General and Mike Lake (8 pm) candidate for Lt. Governor
  • Thursday, April 24, 7:30 pm: Meet Steve Kerrigan, candidate for Lt. Governor
  • Tuesday, May 6, 7:00 to 9:00 pm: meet Tom Conroy (7 pm) candidate for Treasurer andMarian Ryan (8 pm) candidate for District Attorney

All are welcome to attend! These events are free and open to the public. Bring friends, family, whoever you like!

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Questions? Contact or (617) 997-257

MEOW…Help the Cats…Donate Supplies the ACL

Hi, my name is Gwen I’m a Junior Girl Scout and I’m trying to earn my bronze award.  I want to help cats at the MSPCA.  My goal is to help collect cat supplies to donate to the MSPCA. If you want to help the cats at the MSPCA please donate the supplies below:

  • Toys (jingle balls, wands, ping pong balls, catnip, play mice, etc.
  • Canned cat food
  • Clean towels and sheets (used are okay, as long as they are washed)
  • Feliway (calming scent release for cats)
  • Cozy cat beds
  • Cat carriers
  • Litter boxes
  • * Special Request!* The Refined Feline Cat Cloud Shelves

Please donate new supplies!  Your donations can be dropped off at the Auburndale Community Library anytime during regular hours!  You’ll be making a difference for the cats at the shelter thank you!

From the Book Corner: Our Signature ACL Book Displays

In addition to our new hot reads, did you know that the ACL has ever-changing, timely book displays?

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Book collections on display right now: Teen Award Winners ~ Irish and Irish American Writers ~ Books Recommended by Volunteer Liz ~ Celebrate Pi Day 3-14 ~ Explore the Cosmos


Super (Troop-er) Story Tellers! Saturday Storytime & Crafts from 10:30 – 11:30 in March

Come join us for a Saturday morning of drop-in storytelling and crafts! We are three Girl Scouts from troop 73000 working with the library to engage your preschooler or kindergartener in a love of reading! We will read picture books and provide a related craft on Saturday mornings through the month of March.  We’ll be on-hand from 10:30 – 11:30…drop in any time during the hour!

We request that you stay with your child for the duration of the program, as this is not a babysitting program. Hope to see you there on March 8, 15, 22, and 29!!

~ Maya, Catherine, and Kristina

Our Newest ACL Volunteer: Read to Oliver the Dog!

Oliver the Golden Retriever will be at the Auburndale Community Library on various occasions to listen to young readers. Children can have a 10 – 15 minute one on one reading session with Oliver.  Bring the book of your choice, or choose one at the library.  (Oliver enjoys all types of books, not just books about dogs!)  This program is a great way for children to practice reading in a fun, non-judgmental environment where it is OK to make mistakes.

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Space is limited and registration is required.  To add your name to the sign-up list for Oliver’s future visits to the ACL, send an email to

Special thanks to the Pets & People Foundation for bringing Oliver and his humans to the ACL as a Certified Pet Therapy Team.


Buy-One-Get-One-Free for Library Card Holders From Wheelock Family Theatre

Again this year discounted tickets are made available for Wheelock Family Theatre Friday evening performances through the Library Pass Program, sponsored by the Boston Parents’ Paper. With your Massachusetts Library Card (including one from the ACL!) you are offered one free ticket for each ticket you purchase at the regular price.  Reserve in advance and present your library card at the box office on the day of attendance. Call the Box Office at 617-879-2300 to reserve your tickets, and let them know you have a Library Card good for the evening performance BOGO (Buy One Get One).

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - April 11th - May 11th 2014
BOGO available on 4/11, 4/18, 5/2, and 5/9

“Starting Young” Parent Workshop Series At the Waban Library Center

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, in collaboration with Newton Wellesley Hospital, the Newton Partnership and Vision of Hope, are excited to be able to offer The Starting Young Parent Workshops in Newton.  This series of four workshops have been proven effective in supporting parents in raising healthy and safe children.

This series will be facilitated by BARCC staff with over 15 years of combined experience in facilitating conversations – Melissa Gopnik and Lee Doyle. The workshops will cover topics such as:

  • What are appropriate boundaries between children and adults?  Between younger and older children?
  • How do I  talk to other adults whose behavior might worry me?
  • How do I talk to my children about boundaries?
  • What are developmentally expected sexual behaviors for children of different ages?
  • What should I do if I think a child is being harmed?
  • What can I do in my community to prevent child sexual abuse?

During each workshop, facilitators will lead conversations amongst participants and promote shared learning.

Through funding from the Vision of Hope Fund, BARCC is able to offer free childcare during these workshops.

The workshops will be on Thursday March 6,  March 13, March 20 and March 26 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Waban Public Library.  These workshops are designed to be a series of workshops and so parents are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

To reserve your spot in these workshops, or if you have additional questions,  please e-mail Lee or call 617.649.1259

Valentines and more at the library

Sunnier times, so to speak, at the library this past weekend.  The jam was jumping!  we had adult crafts, kiddie crafts, teen volunteers, knitters, Magic club, and regular patrons.

Many thanks to Sotiria Stavridis for bringing in her crafty wares for the adults and to teen volunteers Becca and Rachel for helping the wee ones with their kiddie Valentines.  We love that there was so much “luv” at the library last weekend!