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November Holidays At the ACL

We will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, on both:

  •  Thursday November 27th
  • Saturday November 29th

Enjoy the time with your friends and families!

Calling All Kids! Tuesday Morning Story Time at the ACL Tuesdays at 10:30

Bring the little ones to the library on Tuesday mornings for a lovely story and craft time with ACL faves Janet and Anne.  We are gaining more fans all the time–some weeks we outgrow our space in the Children’s Room and have to head out to the Main Room!

Songs, crafts, stories, toys…and BOOKS for borrowing!  It’s a grand old time.

​Hard at work on a craft during Story Time this past week…

ACL Holiday Flower Arranging Class Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30 pm

Back by popular demand: flower arranging at the ACL!  Treat yourself to a fun night out learning a new skill, and head home with a beautiful flower arrangement.

Join us at this hands-on workshop to learn how to create an interesting, adaptable, holiday arrangement that’s fun to make.  Our focus will be on Christmas and Hanukah, however we will also demonstrate how to adapt this basic design to other holidays and events (New Year’s Eve, Birthdays, etc.).  You can keep the arrangement for yourself, or give it to a deserving host or hostess.

This class is intended for adults or teens (14 and over)

Supplies fee – $25 payable at registration (scholarships available)
Pre-registration is required!  The class will be capped at 15 participants.
Email us to register –

We supply the materials (containers, flowers, etc), and the instruction.  You provide the creativity and your hidden talents.  All you need to bring is a scissors or clippers to cut the plant material, and a small trash bag.


​The workshop will be taught by long time Newton residents, Joanne Lyons and Susan Lunin.  The instructors have entered arrangements in many flower shows, and they are currently Co-presidents of the Temple Shalom Garden Club in West Newton.  They are both also on the Board of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and they led the effort in Newton to plant the “Marathon Daffodils” along Commonwealth Avenue.

The Newton Solar Challenge– Workshop At the ACL on Wednesday 11/19 at 7 pm

The Newton Solar Challenge is a City-wide residential solar campaign sponsored by Green Decade Newton, the City of Newton Sustainability Office and Newton-based BarnRaise Energy.  The Newton Solar Challenge provides:  preferred pricing for Newton residents, American-made solar equipment, high-quality regional solar installers and “solar loans” from local banks to support residential ownership.

The Newton Solar Challenge will have two “Solar Workshops” for interested Newton homeowners at the Auburndale Community Library on:
  • Sunday, November 16 @ 4 PM
  • Wednesday, November 19 @ 7 PM

Local residents learning about solar at this past Sunday’s workshop

In the Solar Workshops, the team will give a brief presentation and then will have interactive “breakouts” in small groups covering:

  • How would solar work at my house?
  • How would it “look” on my house?
  • Show me the numbers !
    • How does solar reduce increasing utility bills (after recent 37% utility increases) ?
    • How do the numbers work to provide a payback on a solar investment.
    • Solar Loans:  How will solar loans enable residential ownership and help make the numbers even better?
We will provide hospitality of coffee, soft drinks and deserts.  We expect to be wrapped up with the presentation within 45 minutes and then to have the informal “breakout discussions” for about 30 minutes.  This is an opportunity to learn and get involved in an informational, community-based setting.  To learn more, visit

Auburndale Commuter Parking Update

The following is from Sgt. Babcock of the Newton Police Department:

Signs have been installed to implement the new Auburndale Commuter Parking Plan.  The police will not start enforcing until a 3 week transition period starting on November 5, 2014.  Only meters, HP, will be tagged. Placards will be free for residents for the remainder of 2014. They won’t be ready until November 5, 2014. The 2015 placards/stickers will be available in the middle of December 2014 for sale for $25.00.

For more information about the parking plan that goes into effect on November 4, 2014:

Newton Reads…The Beginning of Everything

The ACL is excited about the citywide Newton Reads program being sponsored by the Newton Free Library in October.  The goal of Newton Reads is to promote good mental health through community connection, shared information, and discussion.  The Newton Free Library has a terrific array of events listed for the program on their Newton Reads webpageand we encourage you to attend any that you can!

It’s BACK: Lego Club!  Tuesdays 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Legos are like a retro version of Minecraft…
The Lego Club was one of our original ACL activities and there has been a renewed interest by one of our patrons and her brood, so it’s ON.  Bring the kids by to play with our enormous pile of Legos while you sit on the periphery and read a book.

​Throwback! A bunch of these kids are teenagers now…

Show up, belly up to the pile, and start building.  Voila!  A free and social Tuesday elementary school early release activity for the masses.  Tell a friend, bring a friend.  We can’t wait to see the new creations.