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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.

Newton Reads…And Auburndale Reads, Too The Beginning of Everything Discussion at the ACL

The ACL is excited about the citywide Newton Reads program being sponsored by the Newton Free Library in October.  The goal of Newton Reads is to promote good mental health through community connection, shared information, and discussion.  The Newton Free Library has a terrific array of events listed for the program on their Newton Reads webpage and we encourage you to attend any that you can!

We have several copies of the book at the ACL and they have been circulating frequently–so we know a lot of y’all have read it already.  It’s a great read for adults and teens alike.  We’re thinking of having our own discussion group at the ACL on the evening of Thursday October 23rd at 7:30 pm if we have a quorum.  Please let us know if you’d like to participate by emailing

Thanking Our ACL Gardeners

The ACL grounds are looking gorgeous, as usual, thanks to the tireless efforts of our gardening volunteers.  They have continued working diligently, right into the fall season.  (Last week, a volunteer was spotted watering the grounds in the evening using a flashlight–these folks are dedicated!)  Many thanks to these volunteer who help our ACL gardens grow and thrive:

Freda Piecuch, Penny Caponigro, Alla Webster, Melissa Gallagher, Linda Winslow, Chuck Smith, Trish Smith, Reshma Kulkarni, Riddhe Kulkarni, 5, Jim Noon, Liz Noon, Pat Rand, Margo Young, Ned Schofield, Ryan Chao, 8, Arnall Chao, 3 1/2, ZiZi Zhang
We were also very thankful for a group of incoming first year Mount Ida College students who helped with a day of service in our gardens during their orientation week.  Over 300 of their students were dispatched to various locations around the city and we were fortunate to be one of their selected sites.

Knit-A-Long Club Saturday Sept 27th 10:30 – 11:45 am

Our beloved Saturday Knit-A-Long Club meets this week.  The club meets on the second and fourth Saturday 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.  Start planning those winter knitting projects!

It’s BACK: Lego Club! Tuesdays 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Legos are like a retro version of Minecraft…

The Lego Club was one of our original ACL activities and there has been a renewed interest by one of our patrons and her brood, so it’s ON.
Bring the kids by to play with our enormous pile of Legos while you sit on the periphery and read a book.
​Throwback! A bunch of these kids are teenagers now…

Show up, belly up to the pile, and start building.  Voila!  A free and social Tuesday elementary school early release activity for the masses.  Tell a friend, bring a friend.  We can’t wait to see the new creations.

Saturday September 27! Dr Seuss Drop-In Crafting Party from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

The ACL Teens and the Girl Scouts are combining to bring us a fun-filled gathering to celebrate one of our favorite authors.  We’ll have Dr. Seuss inspired crafts, face painting, read-alouds, and some snacks.  Drop by and join the fun!