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First Lego League Robotics at the ACL!  Sundays 4:30 – 6:30 pm and Mondays 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Do you like robots? Are you between the ages of 9-14?

​Come join a new First Lego League (FLL) group!  We meet at the ACL on Sunday afternoons 4:30-6:30pm and Monday evenings 5:30-7:30. Meetings have started already but there’s room for a few more robot lovers. The group meets to prepare for an FLL event in November which includes producing a research project on trash/recycling and designing a robot that can accomplish a series of designated tasks. More information about FLL available here: To sign up, please email:

ACL’s OWN!  Lenna Kutner’s The Magic of Norumbega Book

The ACL is proud to have a new title on our shelves…The Magic of Norumbega, by our very own Lenna Kutner.  Lenna is a founding volunteer/board member at the ACL and she has written a wonderful children’s book set in a 1940s Norumbega Park.  She even held focus groups with local ACL kids to test-run the story before it was published!  A neighborhood classic in the making…

The Magic of Norumbega is a story of friendship, loyalty, and bravery, and a lovable dog who finds herself in a heap of trouble when she takes a trip into the past.  Blending fantasy with history, the tale takes place around 1940 in the real-life setting of Norumbega Park, once considered New England’s finest amusement park, and home to the renowned Totem Pole Ballroom.  At times funny, sometimes scary, and occasionally sad, the dog’s adventures and her happy outcome will have children reading the book over again and again.  For more information about The Magic of Norumbega, visit

Scratch Programming Classes for Kids (ages 8 – 12 years old): Thursday Evenings from 7-8 pm Beginning on Thursday September 24th

Scratch is a free programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world.  As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.  Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.  For more information about Scratch go to

Your kids can come and join us at the ACL for a 9 week session to learn how to design and create their own games using Scratch.  Classes will be held weekly on Thursday evenings from 7-8 pm beginning on Thursday, September 24th.

All children will need to bring a laptop and headphones with them to class.  The classes are free, but pre-registration is required.  The class will be strictly limited to children 8 to 12 y.o. that are interested in programming.  Parents are welcome, but not required, to attend the classes along with their children.

To register, email with the child’s name, age, and the email address that we can use to create an account for your child on the Scratch web site.  The class will be limited to the first 12 children that register.  After the class is filled, additional children will be placed on a waiting list.  Expect a reply from the ACL confirming your child’s registration before September 15th.

Acoustic Folk Music Concert at the ACL ~ Molly Tuttle and John Mailander ~ Thursday, September 17th at 7:30 pm

The ACL is delighted to host an upcoming “Live At The Library” concert, a Newton Family Singersproduction.

Molly Tuttle & John Mailander

Thursday, September 17th

Doors open at 7:30pm

$20 Donation requested

Seats are limited.  Please RSVP to to reserve your seat.


​Acoustic folk concert at the ACL on Thursday, Sept 17th

Molly Tuttle is an award winning songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist with a distinctive voice. She was awarded the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship award from the Nashville Foundation for Bluegrass Music, Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, music and composition Merit Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music, and 1st place in the prestigious Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition.


John Mailander played fiddle in Steve Martin & Edie Brickell’s musical, “Bright Star”, for its premiere run in New York, was selected to participate in the Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar in 2012 and 13 and often appears with renowned artists, such as Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, John Reischman and Laurie Lewis. He recently released his debut solo album, Walking Distance.


Molly & John together released their debut self-titled EP in February 2014. They have performed at Club Passim, Grey Fox and Freshgrass music festivals, and many other venues throughout the country. As of August 12, 2015, each of Molly and John was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association for its prestigious Momentum Award of 2015.

Calling Local Authors: Tour de Newton at the ACL Sunday, September 13th

The library is one of the stops along the route of the Tour de Newton, this coming Sunday September 13th.  We expect over 700 bikers from all over Newton and we are looking forward to hosting our visitors and sharing our neighborhood pride!

If you are a local author and would like to join us in this effort to showcase the library and our village by attending the event and/or providing information on your book for us to share with our visitors, we would love to hear from you prior to the event.  The ride begins at 9:30 and we will likely host visitors until 1:00 pm or so.  For more information, please contact Kathleen Maguire at

Knitting Club Saturday September 12th 10:30 – 11:45 am

Fall is here…time to get those holiday projects going!  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: 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24


*DATE CHANGE* Read NOW, Discuss Later: The ACL Book ClubTheir Eyes Were Watching God on Tuesday September 29th at 7pm

Our next ACL Book Club selection is Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. We will meet on Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00 pm.  Books are available at the library–we plan to meet every 6 weeks or so.  We’ll choose the next book when we meet, so bring your suggestions.

About the book (from Wikipedia):
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a 1937 novel and the best known work by African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston. The novel narrates main character Janie Crawford’s “ripening from a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny.”[1] Set in central and southern Florida in the early 20th century, the novel was initially poorly received for its rejection of racial uplift literary prescriptions. Today, it has come to be regarded as a seminal work in both African-American literature and women’s literature.[2] TIMEincluded the novel in its 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923.[3]

We look forward to having you join us! Bring your coffee; we’ll supply the donuts!   Any questions, please email Cecelia Kwartler at: