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Late August Closure: Friday, August 15th – Monday Sept 1st

See you back for regular hours on Tuesday, September 2!
As always, if you have books to return during our closure please use our drop slot on Auburn Street.

Many Thanks To Our July ACL Shift Volunteers

These volunteers donated their time and talents at the ACL over the month of July.  Next time you see one of them around town, give them a big ol’ hearty THANKS!

AnnaMaria Abernathy, Anne Alsmeyer, Debbie Bowen, Johanne Campbell, Susan Cassidy, Nancy Caulfield, Ellen Chu, Michele Davis, Barb Day, Diana Fisher Gomberg, Carol Gladden, Barry Goldstein, Dana Hanson, Rosemary Hinteregger, Reshma Kulkari, Lenna Kutner, Celia Kwartler, Janet Linder, Natalie Lurie, Joanne Lyons, Nancy Mazur, Carie Michael, Liz Miller, Liz Noon, Ned Schofield, Lynn Slobodin, Ed Sugrue, Alla Webster, Nicole Welborn, Linda Winslow

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Want to be a part of the ultimate community Do-It-Yourself project ever to hit 02466?  We’d love to bolster our Auburndale Community Library volunteer ranks this coming fall.  Here’s how it works: you sign up for a shift when it’s convenient for you (maybe once or twice a month) and you help keep our little library going strong!  Contact for the link for volunteer signups and we’ll train you on the job–it’s an easy peasy gig.

Spilling Ink Creative Writing Club for Youth August 14 and 28 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Spilling Ink Club is a creative writing club for middle school and high schoolers.  It’s a place where young writers can write and share their writing with others.  We meet at the Auburndale Community Library, usually once a month.  During the summer we meet on a Thursday from 6:30 – 7:30 pm and during the school year we meet on a Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.  This club was inspired by the book Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter.

Join us!  Questions?  Contact Isadora at

Knit-A-Long Tomorrow, Saturday, Aug 9th 10:30 – 11:45 am More Dates To Come This Fall…

​Summertime…time to knit!  Why not?
Prep that project just in time for your late August vacation!  Knitting guru Judy Castaldi will be on hand to help knitters with projects, troubleshoot, or even teach you how to knit from scratch!  Anyone who enjoys knitting or would like to learn how to knit is welcome to come.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.
Stay tuned for fall Knit-A-Long Dates…TBD.

Thanking Our ACL Garden Club Members

Liz Noon and her team of gardeners have been so dedicated this summer!  They have been shopping, planting, pruning, watering, and maintaining our gorgeous grounds around the library.  We are always looking for more helpers and as we head into the fall and beyond, Liz hopes to bring this group and other newcomers together to learn more about the love of gardening.  (See composting workshop, above…that’s the idea…)

Thank you to these wonderful gardeners!

Liz Noon, Linda Winslow, Reshma Kulkarni, Melissa Gallagher, Penny Caponigro, Freda Piecuch, Alla Webster, Ned Schofield, Maria Bueche, Iza Synnott

If you would like to lend a hand with gardening, please contact Liz at

Thanking our Teen n’ Tween Summer Helpers

Our teens have been great this summer, as usual.   Our youth volunteers make the ACL a vibrant, inter-generational, community gathering place…we thank the following superstars for bringing their talents and energy to the library this summer:
Nature Crafting: Montana
Settlers of Catan Game Night: Rauf, Griffin, Theo D. and Solly
PJ Storytime: Isadora, Henry, Maddy, Natalie
ACL Outdoor Concert: Emma, Rachel
New Summer Volunteers: Laila, Roxanne, Zoe, Emma
If you know a teen (or a mature tween) who would like to become more involved at the ACL, please contact Dana at  We can always find a way to incorporate an eager helper!
​            Our ACL Teens entertained the kids and got them dancing at our outdoor concert…​   

Interactive Hands-On Composting Workshop Wednesday, July 29th at 7:30 pm

Have you wondered if composting is for you?  Have you tried composting, but aren’t seeing the results you wanted? Would you and your family like to learn more about composting in a fun, interactive workshop?  Dirty Boys Composting, a company started by two Newton high school students, Grant Berman and Max MacKenzie, will teach your family about the benefits, science, and art of composting as they share their experiences setting up and maintaining backyard compost piles throughout the city.  Create working, table top composting containers to take home, while learning how to take the guesswork out of composting.  Auburndale Community Library, July 29th at 7:30 pm.

But WAIT…There’s MORE! The 5-Year Season of Celebration at the ACL

It’s a jam-packed summer at the ACL as we celebrate our 5th year.  Here’s the current roster of events.  Stay tuned to future ACL Updates for more details:

        Wednesday July 9th – ACL Garden Art Creation/Installation (see above for details)

Tuesday July 15th – Musical Story Time with Teen Isadora

Wednesday July 16th – Make-O-Rama Night with Master Synthesist Kevin Osborn

Thursday July 17th - Settlers of Catan community game night

Wednesday July 23rd – “Dancing in the Parks” concert at the ACL

“Dancing in the Parks” at the ACL 7/23

Newton Community Pride and The Village Bank will bring John Burrows and the Copabanana Band to the grounds of the ACL as part of their annual Dancing in the Parks summer concert series.  We’re looking forward to their Caribbean rock with a Latin back beat–bring your chairs, blankets, and dancing shoes!  We imagine that Curious George will make a celebrity guest appearance, as well…


George wishes the ACL a Happy Birthday at Rove the Cove



That’s all for now,

All Ages Event: Create Garden Sculpture From Nature for our ACL Summer Garden Exhibit Wednesday July 9th from 7 – 8:30 pm

We are going to create and adorn our lovely ACL grounds with sculpture made from found items in nature.  Join us for an evening of hands-on fun and art installation in our very own ACL garden!  We will work together to make the objects and place them outdoors for our community to enjoy all summer long.  By participating in this workshop, you can learn how to make art for your own garden.
We will have supplies, but advance registration helps ensure that we bring enough for everyone.  Please contact Liz Noon at if you would like to join us, but we’ll also take any last-minute drop-in participants as well.  If you have found items from nature (your yard, the beach, etc.) that you’d like to share, please feel free to bring them along.

Many Thanks To Our June ACL Shift Volunteers

These volunteers donated their time and talents at the ACL over the month of June.  Next time you see one of them around town, give them a big ol’ hearty THANKS!

Jessica Avery, Debbie Bowen, Nancy Caulfield, Ellen Chu, Michele Davis, Barb Day, Diana Fisher Gomberg, Carol Gladden, Barry Goldstein, Dana Hanson, Rosemary Hinteregger, Jane Hobbs, Suruchi Kaul, Lenna Kutner, Janet Linder, Natalie Lurie, Joanne Lyons, Louise McCarthy, Nancy Mazur, Liz Miller,Deb Moore, Liz Noon, Suzanne Sax, Ned Schofield, Iqbal Shahzad, Junko Shibuya, Lynn Slobodin, Paula Spies, Shamanthaka Subramanian, Ed Sugrue, Martha Sweet, Beth Tierney, Christopher Weinmann,Nicole Welborn, Linda Winslow

It’s easy to become involved–email Dana at to find out more.  We train you on the job!