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NEW! Minecraft Meet-Up Saturday, November 14th 11 am – 12:30 pm

Are you a serious Minecraft fan? Come to the ACL to meet other players, discuss your favorite mods and tricks, and play together on a private server.

Saturday, November 14th 11 am – 12:30 pm
Recommended for ages 10+
Will likely meet on a monthly basis, TBD
To play on the server you will need to bring your own laptop and have a Minecraft account. Those without computers are still welcome to hang out, check out the ACL’s new Minecraft books, and play pocket edition on their mobile device.

Hot Reads at the ACL

Our new acquisitions volunteer extraordinaire, Janet Linder, keeps our shelves stocked with the latest hot reads for both kids and adults.  Here’s a photo of the latest titles to hit our shelves…Franzen, Steel, Patterson, McCall Smith, and more!

Time to Pick Up Your Summer Nature Craft Creations

Thank you to all of our summertime nature crafters.  You all helped adorn our lovely gardens with your wonderful creations.  We have enjoyed your works of art and now you may bring them home for your own gardens!  We’ll give folks a couple of weeks to gather their items.  We hope we can do a similar “installation” next summer!

Your library for all seasons…early fall foliage at the ACL

Read NOW, Discuss Later: The ACL Book Club Just Mercy on Saturday, December 5th at 10:00 am

Our next ACL Book Club selection is Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. We will meet on Saturday, December 5th at 10:00 am.  We have selected this as our next title because author Bryan Stevenson will be speaking about his groundbreaking book at Emerson College at a lecture that is free and open to the public on Wednesday December 9th (register here for the December 9th author event).

About the book (from Facing History and Ourselves):

Just Mercy, Stevenson’s memoir, recalls his experiences as a young lawyer advocating for justice and fighting against extreme punishments in an unbalanced criminal justice system. The stories he tells are heartbreaking, inspiring, and motivate audiences to take action and make changes in their own lives.

Visionary attorney and human rights activist Bryan Stevenson is a MacArthur Fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. Stevenson is one of the country’s most inspired thinkers and social justice advocates, and a leader in the movement to fight mass incarceration.

We look forward to having you join us!  Any questions, please email Kathleen Maguire

Understanding Our Differences: Annual Family Book Event Tuesday Oct 20

Great minds don’t always think alike!  That’s the message of the children’s book, Fish In A Tree, to be featured at Understanding Our Differences’ 4th Annual Family Book Event with a disability theme.  Author Lynda Mullaly Hunt will talk about and sign her New York Times bestselling novel, about a girl with learning disabilities who discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label.

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Time:  Program is 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Book signing follows.

Place:  Newton South High School Auditorium, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton Centre

Registration:  Required in advance at this link:

Admission:  Free for children and Newton Public Schools teachers and staff.  Requested donation at the door is $10 for adults.


TIME CHANGE Magic The Gathering Club Saturday Afternoons 1-3 pm (No Longer Saturday Mornings)

We have an exciting announcement to share from our founding adult Magic enthusiast, Bruce Richard:
When the Magic Club at the library first started, it was run by the kids themselves.  Three boys started the Club and the Saturday meetings became regular events with ten or more showing up every week.  The boys were running tournaments with prizes every week.  As the boys got older, the Magic Club shifted and the Saturdays aren’t nearly as well attended.  I’d like to change that.  I’d like to see theSaturday groups return to a place where the kids work together to help the newer players learn the game, and everyone helps each other build better decks.

I’ve asked Jacob Brockman, one of the regulars of the prereleases, to take over running the Club.  He knows the rules inside out and is a great teacher.  He will be there on Saturdays from 1-3 eachSaturday, running small tournaments.  The tournaments will be smaller (best of one matches with only three or four rounds).  I’ll be providing a few foil promotional cards for the winner and a randomly selected player in the tournament.  There is no cost to enter.  Simply arrive by 1:00 with a deck to play!
For this Saturday, I’ll be there with Jacob, helping him through the tournament setup and just getting things set up.  For this week, I thought we could try a tournament with only Standard legal decks.  Standard legal decks must follow these rules:
After this week, it will be up to Jacob to choose the format.  I hope to see everyone there onSaturdays from 1-3! 

Questions about the new Magic format?  Contact Bruce or Jacob.

ACL’s Own: First Time in Yiddish The Two Towers Translated by Barry Goldstein

Have you ever visited the ACL on a Tuesday between noon and 1 pm?  If so, you know our wonderful ACL volunteer Barry, author of the newest J.R.R. Tolkien Yiddish translation of The Two Towers!  Check out his website at:

Also available: the Yiddish translation

The Hobbit / Der Hobit

The Fellowship of the Ring / Di Khavruse fun dem Fingerl

Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition / Shekltons Oyshalt Ekspeditsye