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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!

Year-End Donations To Support the ACL: Read, Share, Grow…In The Heart of Our Community

Each holiday season, we receive queries from our patrons about charitable giving to the ACL—people love to show their ACL love this time of year!  Of course, the answer is a resounding “yes”—we happily accept donations.  We have our 501(c)3 non-profit designation and donations to the ACLare tax deductible to the extent of the law.

If you would like to remember the ACL in your holiday giving, donations may be securely made online here or you may mail donations to:

The ACL Fund
375 Auburn Street
Auburndale, MA 02466

We are so grateful for your support!  Thank you!!

Thanking Our November Volunteers

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

Our volunteers are always getting new books on the shelves for you!

AnnaMaria Abernathy, Charlotte Anderson, Debbie Bowen, Maria Bueche, Jill Butler, Caroline Cai, Johanne Campbell, Bethisda Cardona, Susan Cassidy, Ellen Chu, Anne Costello, Barb Day, Erika Drezner, Carol Gladden, Diana Fisher Gomberg, Laurie Friedell, Barry Goldstein, Dana Hanson, David Harris, Durlov Khan, Joan Klaski, Jody Klein, Lenna Kutner, Celia Kwartler, Janet Linder, Natalie Lurie, Pat McCaffrey, Nancy Mazur, Deb Moore, Fran Newton, Liz Noon, Robyn Phillips, Luna Tang, Junko Shibuya, Lynn Slobodin, Ed Sugrue, Iza Synnott, Anu Taliyan, 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.


Help the Newton Food Drive this Holiday Season by donating items at the ACL

Please help our neighbors facing food insecurity.  Newton’s three food pantries provide meals for more than 1,800 people each month, and they need everyone’s help to keep up with the growing need right here in Newton.

Donate to the Newton Food Drive at the ACL
—Newton’s three pantries are asking for breakfast foods including cereal, granola, oatmeal, energy and granola bars, non-perishable milk boxes, coffee, tea, and peanut butter.  (Sorry, no open or expired food can be accepted.)
Donations will be collected from Monday December 2 through Friday December 27 at the ACL and more than 30 other locations across Newton.
Help us sort the donated food on Tuesday, December 31st from 10 – 10:30 am in the War Memorial at City Hall.  We need help from everyone, from youngsters to seniors.  Plus, we’ll have craft making, face painting, and refreshments for the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Open House until noon.

Stocking Stuffers! ACL Water Bottles and Re-Usable Totes Available at Just Next Door and the ACL

Looking for that perfect holiday gift?  All the local hipsters are sporting ACL gear…the must-have accessories of the season!

We know it can be a little tricky to make it to the ACL during our part-time hours of operation during the busy holiday season.  So we are thrilled to let you all know that we have partnered with our neighborhood gift shop, Just Next Door, to sell our wares for the holidays.  In addition to the totes ($5) and stainless steel water bottles ($10), Just Next Door has lots of other goodies for everyone on your holiday list…

Auburndale’s “It girl”, Amy from Just Next Door, modeling ACL accessories

Bonus: shop at Just Next Door anytime on Wednesday, Dec 4th and mention Burr School at checkout and every purchase gives 20% back to one of our local elementary schools.
Just Next Door is located at 327 Auburn Street, just steps away from the ACL.  Shop local, folks!

Open House (with pizza!) to Learn About Story Starters: Tuesday, December 10 5-6:30 pm

Join Story Starters at an Open House at the ACL on December 10th from 5:00-6:30 (pizza included!) for any interested families who want to learn about this program. Story Starters gives families with kids ages 3-6 at-home curriculum tools and to preempt racial bias and build community change. Together, Newton families can build empathy, support connection, and get comfortable talking about race. For more details about the program, visit Click here to find flyers with more information.

Tuesday, December 10th at 10:30 am FREE Children’s Dance Class

At Story Time on Tuesday, Dec 10th we will be having a FREE children’s dance class! Join Little Beats for a creative movement class at 10:30. 

Everyone welcome!

Smallfoot Movie — Tuesday, Dec 10 at 3:00 pm

Tuesday afternoon movies are back at the ACL! Come gather in our cozy space to watch movies on our big screen! Hope to see you there!

Auburndale Neighborhood Association! First Meeting: Monday, Dec 9 at 8:00 pm

We are moving forward with organizing/creating a new community based organization for Auburndale focused on creating Auburndale-specific events that foster connection and community: the Auburndale Neighborhood Association.

If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, please email

If you’re interesting in potentially joining the board, the first meeting will be on Monday, December 9th, at 8:00 at the Auburndale Library.