Category Archives: neighborhood happenings

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!

 

The Village Bank: Holiday Gift Drive

For the 7th consecutive year, The Village Bank and the City are encouraging local residents, businesses and organizations to play an active role in theHoliday Gift Drive through donations of gift certificates and new, unwrapped gifts for children ages newborn to 10.

The Village Bank’s Newton branches in Auburndale, Newtonville, Nonantum, Newton Highlands, Waban and West Newton will serve as Holiday Gift Drivecollection sites. Donations will be accepted from November 17 through December 15.

 

At the Waban Library Center: Anita Silvey, Children’s Book Expert Sunday December 5th 1-3 pm

Our “sister” community library, the Waban Library Center, will have an author talk event on Sunday December 5th.
Come hear Anita Silvey speak about her four best-selling books.  She is an authority on what is the best book for your child.

“Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall” by Anita Silvey, Foreword by Jane Goodall.
“100 Best Books for Children”
“Children’s Book a Day Almanac”
“Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Children’s Book”
Voluntary donations help the Waban Library Center stay open.  The WabanLibrary Center is located at 1608 Beacon Street in Waban.  For more information, www.wabanlibrarycenter.org.

 

Community News: The Village Bank: Holiday Gift Drive

For the 7th consecutive year, The Village Bank and the City are encouraging local residents, businesses and organizations to play an active role in theHoliday Gift Drive through donations of gift certificates and new, unwrapped gifts for children ages newborn to 10.

The Village Bank’s Newton branches in Auburndale, Newtonville, Nonantum, Newton Highlands, Waban and West Newton will serve as Holiday Gift Drivecollection sites. Donations will be accepted from November 17 through December 15.

 

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: http://understandingourdifferences.org/fish-in-a-tree/

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

Information:  info@UnderstandingOurDifferences.org.

Author Talk: NPR’s Scott Simon to Speak on Thursday Nov 5

 

One of the ACL’s volunteers has informed us about a special author event sponsored by another non profit organization in the Newton community. Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, will be this year’s speaker for the Good Shepherd Community Care Institute’s annual dinner on November 5, at 6pm at the Westin in Waltham. Attendees will get to hear Scott talk about his newest book, Unforgettable, a memoir documenting his conversations with his mother during their last week together, and will also receive a free, signed copy of the book. Click here for more information about this event.

Good Shepherd Community Care was founded in 1978 in Newton as Hospice of the Good Shepherd and is the original Massachusetts hospice. Its annual dinner is part of a larger program designed to inform and support the often difficult conversations that help to insure quality at the end of life.