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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!


Fall Schedule…Open For Business

We take a lot of time to rejuvenate during the late summer, so we try to keep fully staffed during some of our fall holidays.  We will be OPEN on Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend.

Calling Our ACL Teen Volunteers! Fall Planning Meeting, Saturday September 20th at 11:00 am

Are you a teen who loves books or libraries?  Do you have a youth living at home who would like to become involved in super-local, low-key community service?  We have a mighty crew of teens (and NEAR-teens, “tweens” are swell) who help us plan and run activities at the library.

We’re having an informal planning meeting on Saturday, September 20th at 11:00 am.  Ideas we’re kicking around include:

  • Linking up with the Spilling Ink group to assist with special projects for their blog
  • Freshening the art and book display in the teen area
  • Running a Halloween craft for little ones in late October

Anyone who is interested in learning more is encouraged to attend (we’ll have donuts!!!!) or you may email if you cannot join us.  GUYS are welcome, too!  We’d love to add some teen-run guy-friendly activities in addition to our beloved Magic Club.  Perhaps Manga?  Or digital photography? Teens are typically behind anything cool we do at the ACL.  Join our crew.

Teen Display (photo courtesy of the Newton Tab)​