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“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

From the Book Corner

Check out our reads in our non-fiction section…there’s always something new on our shelves.  Our ACL readers LOVE their non-fiction!
In particular, one new book of interest on our shelves is No One Cares About Crazy People by NYT best selling author Ron Powers.  There was a recent review of the book on NPR’s Fresh Air here.

Interested In A Free Community Parenting Course?

From neighbor Helaine Golann:

“Parenting is the most challenging job I’ve ever done – I wish I’d had a training course!”   I cannot begin to count the number of times I had thoughts like this as a parent or heard and continue to hear similar ones from other parents.

What about you?  Would you be interested in such a course/workshop if it was offered at the Auburndale Community Library?

As both parent and developmental psychologist I’ve checked out multiple books and programs of this sort, and the one that still stands out was developed in the 70’s by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.  It’s a skill based workshop program that I believe has the potential to be a powerful resource in helping parents develop increasingly positive, respectful and compassionate relationships with their children and themselves.   The skills include: helping children deal with their feelings through responsive listening, engaging cooperation, alternatives to punishment, encouraging autonomy, mutual problem solving, helpful ways of praising, and freeing children from roles, and more.

The meetings are structured with experiential and practice exercises and homework (mostly trying out skills and sharing experiences on how they worked for you and your child/children).

If you would be interested, please contact me at and we can see if we can get a group to form.

Many Thanks to Our May ACL Volunteers

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

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

Looking for a neighborly community-based volunteer activity this summer?  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.


Donate Today to the ACL Fund

Our 2017 ACL Fund campaign is underway and we are thankful to the 68 donors who have already made contributions–you are wonderful!!!  Your financial support of the ACL enables us to keep our programming and collections strong.  

We’d love to have others join these financial stewards of the ACL.  Donations may be securely made online here or you may mail donations to:

The ACL Fund
375 Auburn Street
Auburndale, MA 02466

We are truly touched by our ACL community’s generosity.  Thank you so very much.

Wednesday Evening Summer Programming

The ACL is once again planning expanded programming in the summer on many Wednesday evenings.  The pace is easier, theevenings 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.


ACL’s Cookbook Book Club/Potluck:  Sunday, June 4th, 5:00 PM

For our next cookbook book club, we’ll use Modern Potluck, by Kristen Donnelly.   Modern Potluck celebrates the tradition of potlucks, or creating beautiful food to share.

You can pick any recipe from her book or her web site, see  What could be better than a web site called “Eat Better Drink Better”!

Here’s how our ACL Cookbook Club works:

  1. You chose a recipe from the cookbook or web site.  We’ll have a non-circulating copy of the book at the front desk–you can take a photo or request a photocopy of the recipe you would like to prepare.  There are also several copies of this cookbook in the minuteman library system.
  2. Sign up at the circulation desk or online here: Sign-Up
  3. Make your dish at home and bring it to the ACL on Sunday, June 4th  5:00 PM, ready to eat (we don’t have ability to reheat or refrigerate at the ACL).

Questions?  Contact Susan Katcher at or 617-599-8291