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ASL at the ACL: American Sign Language Class Possibly Coming to the ACL

Are you, or your kids, interested in learning ASL? We are considering the possibility of offering a series of classes in American Sign Language at the ACL. Please email us soon at if you might be interested. We need an idea of how many folks, and what ages, we should try to accommodate.

It’s Back! Spilling Ink at the ACL: Creative Writing for Kids Grades 5-8 on Sunday, September 10th at 3:00 pm

Spilling Ink* club is a creative writing club for kids in 5th-8th grade. Do you want to write about other worlds or characters you’ve imagined? This is the place to do it! We will workshop and write individual stories in all different genres. We will come together to use prompts to expand and grow our writing. There will be time to share and receive positive, constructive feedback. This club will meet on the second Sunday of every month and the first meeting is Sunday, September 10. Contact Charlie Loftus with further questions and to RSVP (12 people maximum). You must register. Email:

*This club is based off of Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter.

POSTPONED ACL’s Cookbook Book Club: The Thrill of the Grill

We were fired up for a celebration of the summer grilling season, but we’re going to postpone this round.

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Stay tuned for an update on a future Cookbook Club date!  Questions or suggestions for a future cookbook theme?  Contact Susan Katcher at or 617-599-8291.

Late Summer Schedule–Closing Thursday 8/18 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 Thursday 8/18/16 for the final two weeks of the summer. So come in soon if you’ve got a hankering for the new Harry Potter, best sellers, or light beach reads to keep you fully stocked for the final weeks of the summer!
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What a summer we’ve had!  Here we are at the Dancing in the Parks outdoor concert sponsored by the Village Bank.

ACL Garden Club Update and Thank Yous

Once again, our ACL gardens were lovingly tended by a group of dedicated volunteers this summer.  Many thanks to Alla Webster, Liz Noon, Linda Winslow, Melissa Gallagher, and CC Coggins for all their efforts to keep things looking beautiful!

We are always looking for more helping hands.  Might you be able to help us water the beds now and then through the fall gardening season?  So many neighbors remark that they love the garden and the ACL…our garden folks can really use some help.  Please contact Alla at to learn more!


Many Thanks to Our Summer ACL Volunteers

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

AnnaMaria Abernathy, Debbie Bowen, Johanne Campbell, Matt Carter, Susan Cassidy, Nancy Caulfield, Ellen Chu, Anne Costello, Barb Day, Carol Gladden, Barry Goldstein, Dana Hanson, David Harris, Jane Hobbs, Lenna Kutner, Ceclia Kwartler, Janet Linder, Natalie Lurie, Nancy Mazur, Liz Miller, Deb Moore, Fran Newton, Liz Noon, Robyn Phillips, Susanne Sax, Ned Schofield, Lynn Slobodin, Paula Spies, Ed Sugrue, Pam Sway, Alla Webster, Christopher Weinmann, Russ Wiggin, 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 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.


New! ACL’s Cookbook Book Club:  The Thrill of the Grill, Thursday August 18th: 6:30 PM

What better way to celebrate the summer than outdoor eating!  For our next ACL Cookbook book club, we’ll use The Thrill of the Grill by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby.
Both are local. Chris Schlesinger is the chef behind the East Coast Grill, Jake and Earl’s Dixie BBQ and The Blue Room.  John Willoughby helped launch Cook’s Illustrated magazine and has been involved with the America’s test kitchen TV show.  The Thrill of the Grill has plenty of recipes (sides, salads, dessert) that aren’t grilled so this will definitely work for the ACL potluck/book club format.  Maybe we can eat outside again!
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Here’s how our ACL Cookbook Book Club works:
  • You choose a recipe from The Thrill of the Grill.  A copy will be available at the ACL circulation desk.  There are also many copies in the minuteman library system, as well as recipes available on-line.
  • Sign up at the circulation desk, or using our signup form:  That way, we will ensure we don’t have duplicate dishes.
  • Make your dish at home and bring it to the ACL on Thursday, August 18th, ready to eat (we don’t have the ability to reheat or refrigerate at the ACL)
Questions or suggestions for a future cookbook theme?  Contact Susan Katcher at or 617-599-8291.