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Children’s Book Sale Friends of the Newton Free Library

A special sale of gently-used and previously-adored children’s books will occur in Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library on Saturday, October 25 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm.

An Evening at the Theater…The Newton Nomadic Theater presents Faith Healer Friday 11/7 & Saturday 11/8

The ACL is a cultural destination!

The Newton Nomadic Theater is a brand new theater company dedicated to producing simply staged, high quality theater in unconventional theater spaces around Newton.  The first production, Faith Healer by Brian Friel, starring Linda Goetz, Billy Meleady and Dave Rich opened for at two nights in Carriage House Violins in Newton Upper Falls, moved for two more nights at Gregorian Rugs in Newton Lower Falls, and then on to the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre.

The houses have been full, the audiences enthusiastic and the reviews outstanding so we are extending the run of Faith Healerfor three more performances - Friday November 7, Saturday November 8 at the Auburndale Community Library and then on to Brendan Behan Pub in Jamaica Plain for Sun Nov 9.

Come see one of these final performances to see what everyone has been talking about.

Woof…Read to Oliver the Dog Tuesday, October 28th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Oliver the Golden Retriever will be at the ACL on Tuesday, October 28th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm.  Children can have a 10 – 15 minute one on one reading session with Oliver.  Bring the book of your choice, or choose one at the library.  (Oliver enjoys all types of books, not just books about dogs!)  This program is a great way for children to practice reading in a fun, non-judgmental environment where it is OK to make mistakes.  Even kids who are pre-readers can benefit from hanging out with Oliver and doing a conversational ‘show and tell’ session with him.

Space is limited and registration is required.  To add your name to the sign-up list for Oliver’s future visits to the ACL, send an email to Special thanks to the Pets & People Foundation for bringing Oliver and his humans to the ACL as a Certified Pet Therapy Team.

The Deep End: A Group Conversation About End-Of-Life Decision-Making for Ourselves & Our Loved Ones

Sunday, October 26th 4:30 – 5:30 pm 

Talking about end-of-life issues can be challenging. What are your hopes and fears about care as you, your family members, or your loved ones approach the end of life? How would your family cope with a serious illness? Where can you find information to help you and your loved ones make preparations? Dive into these questions and more at “The Deep End,” a group conversation about end-of-life decision-making for ourselves and those close to us. This drop-in group is facilitated by a licensed social worker from Good Shepherd Community Care.
Bring your own  questions—there’s a lot to talk about.

Family Photo Fundraiser at the ACL

In time for your holiday card…. Family Photo Fundraiser featuring Tracy Rodriguez Photography and benefiting local charity, Fertility Within Reach!

Sunday, Oct. 19th, at the Auburndale Community Library.
30 minute photo shoot at half the price to you, while raising tax-deductible donations for Fertility Within Reach (FWR).
High resolution photos, you have full printing rights.

Schedule your session between noon – 5pm with Davina Fankhauser,

FWR is a Newton based not-for-profit helping those in need access care to build their family. To learn more, please and

Halloween Kiddie Crafting Party! Saturday, October 25th 10:30 am –  noon

An annual favorite!  Come by for drop-in crafts, tricks, and treats!  The ACL Teens and Oliver the Dog will be ready for a wild rumpus to celebrate Halloween.
If you are a teen who is interested in helping that day, contact Dana at

​Halloween crafts at the ACL!

Many Thanks to Our September ACL Shift Volunteers

These volunteers donated their time and talents at the ACL over the month of September.  Next time you see one of them around town, give them a big ol’ hearty THANKS!

AnnaMaria Abernathy, Debbie Bowen, Johanne Campbell, Susan Cassidy, Nancy Caulfield, Ellen Chu, Yanyan “Sylvia” Cui, Michele Davis, Barb Day, Carol Gladden, Diana Fisher Gomberg, Barry Goldstein, Sandy Halperin, Dana Hanson, Rosemary Hinterregger, Jane Hobbs, Suruchi Kaul, Lenna Kutner, Cecelia Kwartler, Janet Linder, Natalie Lurie, Joanne Lyons, Louise McCarthy, Liz Miller, Deb Moore, Liz Noon, Sarah O’Neil, Robyn & Julian Phillips, Nancy Price, Suzanne Sax, Ned Schofield,Junko Shibuya, Lynn Slobodin, Paula Spies, Ed Sugrue, Martha Sweet, Alla Webster, Christopher Weinmann, Linda Winslow

Looking for a neighborly community-based volunteer activity this fall?  We’d love to bolster our Auburndale Community Libraryvolunteer ranks.  Here’s how it works: you sign up for a shift when it’s convenient for you (maybe once or twice a month) and you help keep our little library going strong!  Contact for the link for volunteer signups and we’ll train you on the job–it’s an easy peasy gig.