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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

Resolution 2016: *READ MORE*

Well, we might be slightly biased since we’re a library…  The ACL is a great place to beat the winter blues.  We have all the hot reads to get you through the winter!

  • Looking for a particular title?  If you’re looking for a specific book and it’s not in our catalog, contact Janet and she can probably acquire it for our collection.
  • Lots of best sellers in your life?  Do you (or any of your friends) tend to BUY lots of best sellers for book groups or solo reading?  The ACL can usually use anything that’s very current: as a rule of thumb, if it’s making the rounds in your book group, it’s probably on the next group’s list as well!  Why not consider donating any freshly-read books to the ACL for our lending library?  Just bring them by the circulation desk anytime we’re open and we’ll graciously accept your cast-offs.

Storytime in Chinese Sunday, January 10th from 9:30 -11am

New to the ACL!  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

It’s Sign-Up Time! ACL’s Cookbook Book Club/Potluck: Jerusalem Wednesday, January 13th at 6:30 pm

Do you like to cook and read?   Come do both, at the first cookbook book club meeting at the Auburndale Community Library on Wednesday, January 13th at 6:30 pm.  We’ll share a potluck meal and conversation, all from the cookbook Jerusalem, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi.  We’ll also look at other cookbook selections – we hope to make this a recurring event!

Here’s how our ACL Cookbook Club works:

  • You chose a recipe from the cookbook.  (We’ll have a non-circulating copy of Jerusalem 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 online signup form.  This way we will ensure we don’t have duplicate dishes.
  • Make your dish at home and bring it to the ACL on Wednesday January 13th at 6:30 pm, ready to eat (we don’t have ability to reheat or refrigerate at the ACL).

Questions?  Contact Susan Katcher at or 617-599-8291

Newton Food Drive at the ACL

Once again this year, the ACL will be a collection depot for the Newton Food Drive.  There is a vital need for donations in our city–Newton has 4 food pantries serving over 1200 residents monthly.  Please bring a donation when you visit the library!


We’re collecting items for the Newton Food Drive

The ACL is also seeking volunteers to help transport our donations to City Hall for sorting and distribution at 9:45 am on New Years Eve Day (Thursday, December 31).  Please contact Dana if you’d like to lend a hand and we’ll get you more information (families welcome–this a great opportunity to involve the kids in community service!).

Stocking Stuffers!  ACL Water Bottles and Re-Usable Totes Available at Just Next Door and the ACL

Looking for that perfect holiday gift?  All the local hipsters are sporting ACL gear…the must-have accessories of the season!

We know it can be a little tricky to make it to the ACL during our part-time hours of operation during the busy holiday season.  So we are thrilled to let you all know that we have partnered with our neighborhood gift shop, Just Next Door, to sell our wares during December.  In addition to the totes ($5) and stainless steel water bottles ($10), Just Next Door has lots of other goodies for everyone on your holiday list…

Auburndale’s “IT girl”, Amy from Just Next Door, modeling ACL accessories

​Just Next Door is located at 327 Auburn Street, just steps away from the ACL.  Shop local, folks!