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Minecraft Meet-Up! Saturday, May 13th from 11 am – 12:30 pm

Are you a serious Minecraft fan? Come to the ACL to meet other players, discuss your favorite mods and tricks, and play together on a private server.

To play on the server you will need to bring your own laptop and have a Minecraft account. Those without computers are still welcome to hang out, check out the ACL’s new Minecraft books, and play pocket edition on their mobile device.

Many Thanks to Our April ACL Volunteers

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

AnnaMaria Abernathy, Itisha Bhatnagar, Debbie Bowen, Jill Butler, Johanne Campbell, Susan Cassidy, Meghan Cericola, Conor Choka, Ellen Chu, Anne Costello, Barb Day, Diana Fisher Gomberg, Carol Gladden, Helaine Golann, Barry Goldstein, Lois Hamilton, Dana Hanson, David Harris, Lenna Kutner,Cecelia Kwartler, Heidi Levitt, Janet Linder, Carol Lubkowski, Natalie Lurie, Samantha McDonald, Adam Manson, Nancy Mazur, Deb Moore, Fran Newton, Liz Noon, Robyn Phillips, Nancy Price, Junko Shibuya, Lynn Slobodin, Paula Spies, Ed Sugrue, Pam Sway, Martha Sweet, Beth Tierney, Alla Webster, Linda Winslow

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


Is Your Teenager (or Tweenager) Interested in Volunteering at the Library This Summer?

Please let us know by mid June or so…

Our neighborhood teenagers are enthusiastic about helping at the library in the summer, which is FANTASTIC.  One challenge, however, is they often approach us in mid-July or so (when a bit of boredom sets in…or when parents feel they need a bit of structure and send them our way) and it’s a little late in the game to plug them in meaningfully.

So perhaps chat with them now to see if they’d be interested in joining us sometime this summer.  These are examples of the types of things teens enjoy doing at the ACL:
  • Assist with Tuesday morning story time crafts
  • Assist with our Wednesday evening special programming sessions (games, crafts, PJ story times)
  • Write book reviews and help with book displays
  • Shelve books and help with odd jobs in the library
It is a very low commitment/extremely flexible–we just send out emails (or texts) to the kids when an activity is coming up and they can jump in as they like/their schedules permit.  It’s just good to have them on our roster early so they can have a few chances to help out before we close up for the season in late August.  All they need to do to be involved is send an email to Dana at  We can email parents too in case the teens need a little gentle prodding…just check in sometime this spring so you’re in the loop.  Thanks!

Volunteers Sought! The “Artful Piano” Project at the ACL this Spring


Once again, the ACL is thrilled to host an “Artful Piano” this Spring as part of the Newton Festival of the Arts.

Last year’s piano…​green…this year…purple!

We will host one of several pianos in the city. Our piano is painted by Melinda Gordon, and it is rumored to have a purple Prince theme! The reveal will happen in a few weeks once it is delivered. There are several ways for our community to be involved in this really cool project!

1) Help us cover/uncover the piano for community use. Breadsong Bakery will be the primary morning caretaker of the piano, but neighbors are needed to assist on evenings and weekends. Would you be willing to join other neighbors in this effort? Please contact Dana Hanson at to learn more. Many hands will make for light work on this!

2) Mark your calendars for our Auburndale Piano concert on Sunday, June 4. Exact details forthcoming, but once again we’ll have local favorite piano man extraordinaire Paul Giragos playing and singing crowd-pleasers. We’ll have sidewalk chalk for the kiddos again too.

3) Just swing by and play on the piano anytime! It’s going to be out there from late April to early June. We invite you to swing by and enjoy the piano any time it’s uncovered!

What’s Going On At the ACL: Highlights From the Annual Meeting

On March 7 2017, the ACL board held its annual business meeting and we’d like to share a few highlights with you.  Many thanks to our secretary, Linda Winslow, for putting together this summary:
1. Several topics related to standard board governance were addressed and it was a pleasure to vote in two new members to the board- Robyn Phillips and Liz Noon. Both have given much to the ACL and will continue to do so in their new role.

2. The annual review of the ACL budget showed that we maintain a positive balance to cover book acquisitions, occupancy fee to the City of Newton, accounting and insurance fees, technology (badly needed new computer), cleaning services, and replacement of some furniture, bookcases, and cabinets. The board voted for a 2017 spring fundraising campaign to make sure we have sufficient funds to cover required operational expenses.

3. One key expense is the purchase of books. Detailed stats about book holdings, circulation, and the number of patrons using the library was reported. Adult fiction continues to be the top category for requests and circulation. The all volunteer staff make sure that  “hot” books are readily available with little waiting time for our patrons.

4. Children’s books are also very popular. The children’s room, Tuesday morning story time, and impressive collection of Juvenile and Young Adult books were noted as ACL favorites and the board discussed potential opportunities to use social media to attract more attention.

5. The ACL continues to serve as a center for many different interest groups. These are the items listed in the frequent “ACL Update” email newsletters. The board was provided with a list of activities that have or are about to take place over the coming year and it discussed ways to improve the space for ACL activities.

6. The board expressed delight in the many improvements made by the decor committee and approved expenditures for a few additional enhancements.

Newton Serves at the ACL: Call for Volunteers — Sunday April 30

It’s That Time of Year again!  NewtonSERVES 2017, is on Sunday, April 30th.  We will be gardening at the Auburndale Community Library from 12 noon until 3:30 PM.  We hope we’ll have many hearty volunteers join us to help spread compost, clean beds, and plant spring flowers, also visit with other gardeners and have some fun.  It is important to sign up on-line at the NewtonSERVES website in order to get on the list for a souvenir 2017 NewtonSERVES T SHIRT.

Alla Webster & Liz Noon, project managers
NewtonSERVES 2017
Auburndale Community Library
375 Auburn Street, Auburndale MA

(Please remember that we garden all spring and summer, and would really appreciate your help in making the ACL grounds really beautiful this year.)

Learn to Play Magic!  A Beginner Workshop Saturday April 15 from 1-3 pm

Ever wonder what’s going on with all those cards and our enthusiastic group of Magic the Gathering players?

This Saturday, the Magic Club is hosting a Learn to Play event from 1-3 pm.  Experienced players will walk you through the basics of a game of Magic, then give you a chance to test your skill against others.  They will be providing everything you’ll need to play.  They look forward to introducing you to the game!