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Needlers/Knitters, Read Aloud, Story Times, Bookclub… all online!

The ACL group, Newton Knitters And Needlers, is going strong remotely! 

This Auburndale Community Library group continues to meet via Zoom from 10:30 till Noon on Saturdays. All are welcome to join! You can find more info about the group on Facebook, Newton Knitters and Needlers.

Read-Aloud from local author (and ACL Volunteer), Lenna Kutner

Lenna reads from her book The Magic of Norumbega. The story takes place in Auburndale’s own Norumbega Park back in the days when it was a legendary amusement park. Who can forget the Totem Pole Ballroom? The Magic of Norumbega was on Newton’s 2016 summer reading list for students going into 4th grade. This link should bring you to all the uploaded chapters.

Online Story Times

While we can’t welcome our littlest patrons on Tuesday mornings, Janet and Barb are regularly posting online Story Times with stories, puppet shows, songs and simple craft ideas. The latest was about new babies and big brothers and sisters. Coming up – Gardens and Father’s Day. For those that missed them, here are the links to all the videos: Are you a big brother or sister?, Earth Day, Building Books with Barb, Rainy Day Craft and Story, Fun with Puppets and Songs!, The Three Penguins Popper, Ukelele Sing-along, Puppet Show with Barb & Janet, Garden Craft

The ACL/ANA Book Club meets again!

Please join us Thursday, June 11th at 7:30pm on Zoom for our next Auburndale Community Library/Auburndale Neighborhood Association Book Club. We are reading The Bookshop, by Penelope Fitzgerald. It’s a short book we think will be enjoyable these days when so many of us wish we could walk into our local bookstores. Everyone welcome! Here is the Zoom link. The book is instantly available free on Hoopla as an ebook or audiobook, through your Minuteman Library Network library card.


We have some news!

No, our doors are not open.

However, we are closely monitoring the state and local guidelines as Massachusetts moves toward reopening some businesses. In particular we are looking at the Newton Free Library and other local libraries for input. Stay tuned for updates about possible curbside pickup of books – and returns.

Meanwhile, PLEASE keep your ACL books at home as we currently do not have volunteers in the building to monitor the drop box. Although we are closed, there are still many remote activities happening.

Library closing news

In step with the Newton Public Schools and the Newton Free Library, the Auburndale Community Library will be closed to patrons after 8pm on Thursday, March 12. As this is a fluid situation, please look to this website and our Facebook page for updates as to when we will re-open.

If you have materials you’d like to return while we’re closed, please use our book slot at the side entrance on Auburn Street.

The Newton Free Library has a list of suggestions what to do when they’re closed.

Thanking our December Volunteers!

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

Charlotte Anderson, Debbie Bowen, Margaret Braccio, Maria Bueche, Jill Butler, Caroline Cai, Johanne Campbell, Susan Cassidy, Ellen Chu, Zachary Cook, Anne Costello, Barb Day, Carol Gladden, Laurie Friedell, Barry Goldstein, Dana Hanson, David Harris, Joan Klaski, Lenna Kutner, Celia Kwartler, Janet Linder, Natalie Lurie, Pat McCaffrey, Nancy Mazur, Fran Newton, Liz Noon, Robyn Phillips, Luna Tang, Lynn Slobodin, Ed Sugrue, Iza Synnott, Dena Wald, Alla Webster, Linda Winslow

Looking for a neighborly community-based volunteer activity? We’re always looking to bolster our Auburndale Community Library volunteer 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.

Speed Cubing at the ACL: Sat, Jan 25th from 11am to 12:45pm

Have you ever wanted to learn how to solve a Rubik’s cube?  Or maybe you can solve it, but want to meet like-minded folks that are into speed cubing?  Join 9th grader Tim Kwartler and his Mom, Cecelia Kwartler, as they teach and inspire all ages of cubers on Saturday, January 25th from 11 am to 12:45 pm at the ACL.  Kids and adults welcome


History of Auburndale: All Roads Lead to the Totem Pole at the ACL Weds, Jan 15th 8pm

You’re invited to a presentation on the history of Auburndale, including Norumbega Park and the Totem Ball Ballroom, both of which were widely used entertainment venues in the 1930s.  The presentation, which was prepared by Caroline and Larry Schwirian, was initially put together for Historic Newton and covers Auburndale history from the founding in 1678 through the closing of the Totem Pole Ballroom in 1964.  Refreshments will be provided.
Larry and Caroline Schwirian are architects with a combined 85+ years of experience, including research for the creation of the Auburndale Historic District.
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ACL Annual Meeting: Wednesday January 22 at 7:30pm

Our ACL Annual Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 pm–please join us!  (Snow date Wed Jan 29).  We will review circulation statistics, programming, our budget, and general ACL operations.  We will also vote on our board members.  Just a time to bring everyone together once a year to discuss the state of the library and generally swoon about what a great thing we’ve got going.

Speaking of our statistics, ACL co-president Ellen Chu created a wonderful infographic (on the right) about our past year at the library. Check it out!

We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the wonderful commitment of all of YOU.  Thank you so much for all your efforts in 2019 and for helping us get 2020 off to a great start!