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Many Thanks to Our July & August ACL Volunteers

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

AnnaMaria Abernathy, Debbie Bowen, Jill Butler, Johanne Campbell, Nancy Caulfield, Susan Cassidy, Conor Choka, Ellen Chu, Anne Costello, Julia Crory, Barb Day, Carol Gladden, Barry Goldstein, Lois Hamilton, Dana Hanson, David Harris,Lenna Kutner, Cecilia Kwartler, Heidi Levitt, Janet Linder, Carol Lubkowski, Natalie Lurie, Pam McVey, Nancy Mazur, Liz Miller, Deb Moore, Fran Newton, Liz Noon, Robyn Phillips, Junko Shibuya, Lynn Slobodin, Paula Spies, Ed Sugrue, Pam Sway, Martha Sweet, Alla Webster, Christopher Weinmann, Linda Winslow

We also had a fantastic group of TEEN VOLUNTEERS helping this summer!  Thank you to our young ACL enthusiasts…the next generation of stewards of our neighborhood gem.

Looking for a neighborly community-based volunteer activity this coming fall?  We’d love 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.

Late Summer Schedule–Closing After Thursday 8/17 through Labor Day

What a tremendous summer we’ve had at the ACL! Many thanks to all of our volunteers for their hard work to keep us going strong–it’s now time for them to enjoy a little break themselves. As in years past, we will close at the end of our shift this coming Thursday 8/17/16 for the final two weeks of the summer. So come in soon if you’ve got a hankering for the new reads, best sellers, or light beach reads to keep you fully stocked for the final weeks of the summer!

We’ll re-open on Tuesday, September 5th!

PJ Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Wednesday, July 12th – 7 pm

The ACL is once again planning expanded programming in the summer on many Wednesday evenings.  The pace is easier, the evenings are lovely for a summer stroll to visit us, and we enjoy hosting these special events to see our friends and neighbors.

More details forthcoming, but for now here’s what we’ve got in the works thus far:

Nature Garden Art Night – Wednesday, June 28 – 7 pm
Back by popular demand!  Decorate our garden with a community arts and crafts project!
PJ Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Wednesday, July 12th – 7 pm
Wear your PJ’s and bring your favorite stuffed animal.  After the stories are over, your stuffed animal will get to spend the night with the giant Curious George!
ACL Craft-A-Palooza ’17Wednesday, July 19th7 pm
CRAFTS NIGHT OUT in the ‘Dale.  We’ll have an open crafting session at the ACL.  Bring your projects or use our materials to hang out, chat, and create with friends and neighbors.

Dancing in the Parks Outdoor Concert – Wednesday, July 26 – 6:30 – 8 pm
The Spicolis, named for the surfer dude from the iconic 80s film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, play upbeat tunes from the punk and new

 wave era.  They play songs from artists like the Pretenders, Duran Duran, the Cars, Tom Petty, Simple Minds and more.

Stay tuned for full details and more events to celebrate the summer season at the ACL.


Thanking our Piano People!

The ACL was thrilled to host a Newton Arts Festival “Artful Piano” once again this year.  We all enjoyed the piano for several weeks at the library.  The piano left us this week, but we hope to host another one next year.

We thank the following community folks for a tremendous piano season!
Rumyana Gizdova & Breadsong Bakery for being the primary caretakers of the piano

Melinda Gordon for her fantastic purple Prince-inspired design

Maria Beatriz Arvelo (citywide chair of the Artful Pianos)

Lakshmi Narayan for spearheading our community concert

Piano care team: Jill Butler, Johanne Campbell, Susan Cassidy, Dana Hanson, Maureen Kelley, Lakshmi Narayan, Robyn Phillips, Jay Snyder, Alla Webster

Summertime…Calling ALL Needlefolk…”Newton Needlers”

Newton Needlers is open to all knitters, crocheters, cross stitchers, quilters, needle pointers and fabric or conversation aficionados.  (You’ll recognize lots of familiar ACL faces from our group formerly known as ACL Drop-In Knitters.)

Newton Needlers (formerly Drop-In Knitting at the ACL)
1st, 3rd and (occasionally) 5th Saturdays of every month


Upcoming July knitting dates: July 15 & July 29

Anyone who enjoys any fiber art or would like to learn one is welcome to come.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.


ACL Summer Schedule

Here’s a quick lowdown on the summer schedule:
  • Regular hours and and programming through Thursday, June 29.  (Including Magic Club this Saturday, June 24 at 1:00 pm.)
  • 4th of July Holiday closure on Saturday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 4
  • Summer hours begin on Thursday, July 6
Tuesday: 10 am – 3 pm (Story Time at 10:30 as usual)
Thursday: 3 pm – 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 1 pm (Magic Club at 11:00 am)
  • Late Summer Hiatus: As always, the ACL will be closed for the final two weeks of August.


“Rogue the Cove” — Saturday June 24 at 9:30 am

Everyone’s favorite 5K road race, Rove the Cove, is on a one-year hiatus–we are all crossing our fingers that it’ll be back in full force for 2018.  We’ve been assured by neighborhood dynamic duo race coordinators Adrian Bishop and Nick Nesgos that this is the case…
However, for those who can’t imagine ushering in their summers without this beloved neighborhood tradition, we’re “going rouge” this year with a low-key group run.  We invite you all to join us for Rogue the Cove on Saturday June 24 at 9:30 am.
  • Show up around 9:15 am in your “vintage” Rove the Cove t-shirts or other colorful running gear.
  • Stand at the start line, wait for the “ready-set-go” whistle at 9:30 am and then run or stroll the route as you always do!
  • We won’t have bib numbers or “official” times, but we’ll have a dude with a stop watch at the finish if you’re into that kind of thing…we can give you an approximate finish time for fun.
  • You’ll bask in the satisfaction and glory of knowing that you are tuff enuff to GO ROGUE!!!!

Want to join the fun?  Just SHOW UP.  Questions?  Contact Dana at