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Mucho Library Love

February Valentines aren’t even here yet, but the ACL wanted to share some lovely news about recent library love from our patrons!
  • A local teen, Nate Streeter recently gave the ACL the loveliest gift!  A hand-crafted print of our favorite little library.  Nate said that he was one of our Magic kids just a few years ago and he wanted to give something back to the ACL because it brought him so much happiness.  PINCH US!!!!  Come by and check it out–it’s hanging up in the library.
A beautiful framed and matted print of the ACL, hand-made and given to us by Nate Streeter
  • An anonymous patron slipped us a wonderful gift in the book slot a little while back…a $200 gift card to Barnes and Noble!  Oh goody!  Our wonderful acquisitions guru Janet will certainly put that to good use buying new titles for our collection.  Thank you so much, whoever you are!
  • Much to our amazement and surprise, the ACL recently received an unsolicited grant for $750 from a local very generous charitable trust.  The grant is so generous and is unrestricted in nature.  We will be discussing the particulars of how we might use this grant money in our upcoming Annual Meeting.  We have NO IDEA who is behind this grant allocation, but we have a feeling they must be a part of our “ACL extended family”, so we wanted to put a shout-out here, in addition to the forthcoming formal thank you letter to the trust.
  • We received several end-of-the-year charitable donations from friends and neighbors.  Thank you so much!  We rely 100% on donations to run the library–we couldn’t be more appreciative of our donors!

We are so thankful for the community’s support of the ACL!

ACL Annual Meeting ~ Wednesday, February 24th at 7:30 pm

Please join us for our annual ACL meeting on Wednesday, February 24th.

We will review circulation statistics, programming, our budget, and general ACL operations.  We will also vote on our board members.  Just a time to bring everyone together once a year to discuss the state of the library and generally swoon about what a great thing we’ve got going.

Who is presently on the board or an officer of the ACL, you ask?  These are the folks who, in addition to staffing regular volunteer shifts, help with the finances, programming, circulation, holdings acquisition, and policies of the ACL: Johanne Campbell (treasurer), Ellen Chu, Barb Day, Dana Hanson (president), Lenna Kutner, Janet Linder, Liz Miller (assistant treasurer), Ned Schofield, Lynn Slobodin, Martha Sweet, Christopher Weinmann, Linda Winslow (secretary).

Storytime in Chinese Sunday, February 7th from 9:30 -11:00 am

New to the ACL!  Our monthly Storytime in Chinese is being organized by a group of moms who are native Chinese and want to promote children’s interests in reading and speaking Chinese, and learning Chinese culture and tradition.

Stories, rhymes and songs will be suitable for children ages 0-5 with an adult, and will be open to any kids who are interested in listening to stories in Chinese.  This Storytime will usually be structured in a 45-minutes book reading session, followed by a mini craft time.  The goal is to encourage children to speak new words and phrases in Chinese and have fun along the way!  This new program for the ACL will be modeled after similar successful programs in the Greater Boston area, and will begin by meeting once a month.  If you have questions, email us at

Mark your calendars for our upcoming dates: 2/7, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1

ACL’s Second Cookbook Book Club/Potluck: High Tea on Sunday, February 28th at 4pm

Do you like to cook and read?  Come celebrate the last season of Downton Abbey with High Tea at the ACL!

For the second cookbook book club, you can choose from two books so we’ll have a proper full tea!  Make a savory item from Flour Too (Joanne Chang) or a sweet treat from Ready for Dessert (David Lebovitz).

Here’s how our ACL Cookbook Club works:

  • You chose a recipe from either cookbook.  (We’ll have a non-circulating copy of Flour Too and Ready for Dessert at the front desk–you can take a photo or request a photocopy of the recipe you would like to prepare.)
  • Sign up at the circulation desk or using our on-line signup form so we will ensure we don’t have duplicate dishes.
  • Make your dish at home and bring it to the ACL on Sunday, February 28th ready to eat (we don’t have ability to reheat or refrigerate at the ACL).

Costumes optional but welcome!  Questions?  Contact Susan Katcher at or 617-599-8291

Kids’ Drop-In Valentine’s Craft Party!!! Saturday, February 6th 10:30-noon

‘Tis the season…join us for our annual Valentine making party!  The ACL Teens will be on hand to assist the littles with some fun Valentine crafts!

Drop in and join the fun on Saturday, February 6th from 10:30-noon.  If you have a tween or teen who would be interested in assisting at this event, please contact Dana at

February at the ACL: Fines Amnesty

Fines amnesty month!  Got an ACL book (…or two…or a bumper crop…) hanging out around your house?  Drop them by the ACL during the month of February (or even before February if you’re inspired) and we’ll erase the late fines!  Yeehaw!

Bring them to the front desk if we’re open, or feel free to drop them in our mail slot on Auburn Street anytime.

Knit-A-Long Club This Saturday January 30th from 10:30 – 11:45 am

Oh, it’s a cozy time of year…knitters unite.

Our ACL Knitters…join us and learn how to knit!

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 dates: 1/30, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19