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Valentine’s Evening Drop-Off Service Event: Thursday, Feb 14th from 5-9 pm

Drop your kids off and go out on Valentine’s Day!

Service Stars is partnering with the Auburndale Community Library to give kids a fun evening while their parents go out.  We will be making valentines for a local nursing home, having pizza, and watching a movie, along with other fun activities!

Date: Thursday, February 14th
Time:  5:00 – 9:00PM
Cost: $25/child or $45/family
Age: Preschool and older
Location:  Auburndale Community Library

Register at our website:

(Click on Fundraising Events)

*Scholarships available upon request (

This is a fundraiser to benefit Service Stars and the Auburndale Community Library!

About Service Stars: 

Program Coordinators: Kelly Comings, Andy Comings, and Sam Genier

We are three experienced teachers who are passionate about teaching social justice at an early age. Kelly has been teaching first and second grade in Holliston for the past 14 years. Andy has been teaching sixth grade Social Studies at Day Middle School in Newton for the past 14 years. We live in West Newton with our two daughters. Sam has been a science teacher at Day for the past 15 years. She lives in Newton with her wife and two kids.

Technology “Petting Zoo” for Kids!  Saturday, February 16 from 2-3 pm

The Auburndale Community Library was recently awarded with a Gravestar Foundation grant to purchase some robot and coding kits for kids. We will now have simple robotics kits to use in the library and pique your kids’ interest in robotics! Join us for our “petting zoo” event to learn about our new goodies…

Saturday, February 16 from 2:00-3:00pm.
Try out our KIBO, KUBO and Cubetto Coding Kits.
For children ages 4+ with caregiver.

Riverside Visioning Community Open House, February 10th, 4:00, Williams School

This is the opportunity for you to give input on what gets developed at Riverside.  The City of Newton Planning department, and their consultant, Civic Moxie, invite you to attend an open house to create the future vision for the Riverside Station site.  Please see HERE for more information.  The intent of the vision plan is to assist the City in evaluating future development proposals as well as how to better integrate the site into the community.

Kids’ Drop-In Valentine’s Craft Party!!! Saturday, February 9th 10:30-noon

Happy Chinese New Year from the ACL!
‘Tis the season…join us for our annual Valentine making party!  We’ll have supplies on hand to make some Valentine crafts!
Drop in and join the fun on Saturday, February 9th from 10:30 – noon.  If you have a tween or teen who would be interested in assisting at this event, just have them show up ready to lend a hand and/or make some Valentines themselves.

Williams School Art Installation at the ACL

The ACL is Where the Wild Things Are this winter!  Artists in Kindergarten at Williams School have expressed their creativity in wild colors with great imagination in our latest library exhibit. Come to select your favorite painting and imagine your own as you view our four large exhibit frames in the Great Room, as well as the new “clothesline” art in the Children’s Room.

Williams Kindergarten artists created Wild Things, based on the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. While reading the book, the students discussed how they could create a wild thing – make large eyes, horns, claws, crazy hair, etc. The artists noticed how lines could be used to make visual textures for fur and scales. Using oil pastels, they drew the largest shapes first (body and head) and then added smaller details. They then added color with oil pastels and tempera cake paints.

Many thanks to Williams Art Teacher Kathleen McGill and ACL volunteer Liz Noon for bringing this exhibit to the library!

ACL Annual Meeting ~ Tuesday, January 29 at 7:30 pm

Please join us for annual ACL meeting on Tuesday, January 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.

Who is presently on the board or an officer of the ACL, you ask? These are the folks who, in addition to staffing regular volunteer shifts, help with the finances, programming, circulation, holdings acquisition, and policies of the ACL: Johanne Campbell (treasurer), Ellen Chu (president) Dana Hanson, Lenna Kutner, Janet Linder, Liz Miller (assistant treasurer), Liz Noon, Robyn Phillips, Lynn Slobodin, Martha Sweet, Christopher Weinmann (president), and Linda Winslow (secretary).

Thanking Our December ACL 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!

AnnaMaria Abernathy, Debbie BowenMargaret Braccio, Jill Butler, Johanne Campbell, Caroline Cai, Susan Cassidy, Ellen Chu, Anne Costello, Barb Day, Carol Gladden, Barry Goldstein, Chris Green, Dana Hanson, David Harris, Durlov Khan, Lenna Kutner, Celia Kwartler, Janet Linder, Natalie Lurie, Carie Michael, Nancy Mazur, Fran Newton, Liz Noon, Robyn Phillips, Nancy Price, Lynn Slobodin, Ed Sugrue, Pam Sway, Beth Tierney, Joanne Wang, Alla Webster, Russ Wiggin, Linda Winslow

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