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That’s a Wrap: THANK YOU For Your Financial Support!

When we embarked in our first ever ACL Fund annual fundraising campaign in May, we were not sure what to expect.  Two months and over 120 donations later, we are thrilled to report that we raised over $10,000 from the community to benefit the library! 

Our donors sent a strong message of support–your financial commitment to the ACL will enable us to keep our programming and collections fresh as we plan for our 7th year of operations.  We are honored to continue to work to bring you the best little community library we can.

We are truly touched by your generosity and we invite you to continue to “read, share, and grow” at the Auburndale Community Library in the upcoming year and beyond.  Please come on in this summer and enjoy some programs, borrow some books, or sit outside and enjoy our lovely garden…all brought to you by 100% volunteer–and DONOR–power!

SAVE THE DATES Wednesday Evening Summer Programming at the ACL…

The ACL is once again planning expanded programming in the summer on many Wednesday evenings.  The pace is easier, the evenings are lovely for a summer stroll to visit us, and we enjoy hosting these special events to see our friends and neighbors.
More details forthcoming, but for now here’s what we’ve got in the works thus far:
Garden Art NightWednesday, July 15th7 pm
Back by popular demand!  See above for details.
Hey Dave Acoustic Evening Wednesday, July 22nd7 pm
Music at the ACL! Hey Dave, a band featuring Aubunrdale guys named Dave and former members of Opositive…an eclectic acoustic ensemble featuring original music and cover songs.
PJ Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Wednesday. July 29th7 pm
Wear your PJ’s and bring your favorite stuffed animal.  After the stories are over, your stuffed animal will get to spend the night with the giant Curious George!

Dancing in the Parks Outdoor Concert Wednesday, Aug. 5th6:30 – 8 pm
Jumpin Juba–rock & roll, jazz, calypso, and Latin music.  Bring chairs, blankets and your dancing shoes.  Sponsored by our friends at The Village Bank.

Stay tuned for full details and more events to celebrate the summer season at the ACL.

Last Year’s Dancing In The Parks Concert Sponsored by The Village Bank

Community Art Project: Garden Sculpture From Nature for our ACL Summer Garden Exhibit Wednesday July 15th from 7 – 8:30 pm

Calling ALL AGES…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.

Looking forward to once again adorning our garden with community art

We will have supplies, but advance registration helps ensure that we bring enough for everyone.  Please contact Liz Noonat 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.

Knitting Club Saturday July 11th 10:30 – 11:45 am

Join our knitters on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.  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.

Upcoming Knitting Dates: 7/11, 7/25, 8/8


5th Grade Book Owls Book Group Thursdays, biweekly– begins THURSDAY July 9th – 6-7 pm

Book Owls is a book group this summer for children going into fifth grade. It will take place on Thursdays from 6-7 pm, biweekly. Any changes in time will be noted at book group meeting sessions.  Siblings welcome to tag along.


Our first book is Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.

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Child’s name, age, gender, and any allergies he or she may have.

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SATURDAY: The ACL Book Club A Confederacy of Dunces on Saturday July 11th at noon

Our next ACL Book Club selection is A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole. We will meet on Saturday, July 11th at noon.  Loyal ACL volunteer Chris Weinmann, who has taught college courses on humor in American literature, will lead our discussion.  You’re not going to want to miss this session, folks!
About the book…from Wikipedia:
A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel by American novelist John Kennedy Toole which appeared in 1980, eleven years after Toole’s suicide. Published through the efforts of writer Walker Percy (who also contributed a foreword) and Toole’s mother, the book became first a cult classic, then a mainstream success; it earned Toole a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981, and is now considered a canonical work of modern literature of the Southern United States.

The ACL Book Club: Bring your coffee, we’ll supply the donuts!

Books are available at the Auburndale Library–we plan to meet every 6 weeks or so.  We’ll choose the next book when we meet in July; bring your suggestions.
We look forward to having you join us! Bring your coffee; we’ll supply the donuts!   Any questions, please email Cecelia Kwartler at:

Craft Night! Altoid Mint Mini Dioramas Wednesday, July 8th at 7:00 pm

 A beloved annual ACL tradition…our summer craft night is tonight at 7:00 pm!  The ACL has inherited a bumper crop of mint tins–let’s craft these babies up.  Tweens, teens, and adults are invited to join us for a casual evening of mini creativity.  Tweens just need to be accompanied by their adults.

We’ll supply the tins and an assortment of goodies and findings for making our tiny masterpieces.  Please just BYOS: bring your own scissors.  You are of course welcome to bring any other crafty items for your own use.  We invite you to surf around online to get some ideas ahead of time:

​Check it out…a mini ACL diorama! What will you mak