Category Archives: happenings at the library

Late Summer Schedule–Closing After Thursday 8/17 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 this coming Thursday 8/17/16 for the final two weeks of the summer. So come in soon if you’ve got a hankering for the new reads, best sellers, or light beach reads to keep you fully stocked for the final weeks of the summer!

We’ll re-open on Tuesday, September 5th!

PJ Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Wednesday, July 12th – 7 pm

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


Thanking our Piano People!

The ACL was thrilled to host a Newton Arts Festival “Artful Piano” once again this year.  We all enjoyed the piano for several weeks at the library.  The piano left us this week, but we hope to host another one next year.

We thank the following community folks for a tremendous piano season!
Rumyana Gizdova & Breadsong Bakery for being the primary caretakers of the piano

Melinda Gordon for her fantastic purple Prince-inspired design

Maria Beatriz Arvelo (citywide chair of the Artful Pianos)

Lakshmi Narayan for spearheading our community concert

Piano care team: Jill Butler, Johanne Campbell, Susan Cassidy, Dana Hanson, Maureen Kelley, Lakshmi Narayan, Robyn Phillips, Jay Snyder, Alla Webster

Summertime…Calling ALL Needlefolk…”Newton Needlers”

Newton Needlers is open to all knitters, crocheters, cross stitchers, quilters, needle pointers and fabric or conversation aficionados.  (You’ll recognize lots of familiar ACL faces from our group formerly known as ACL Drop-In Knitters.)

Newton Needlers (formerly Drop-In Knitting at the ACL)
1st, 3rd and (occasionally) 5th Saturdays of every month


Upcoming July knitting dates: July 15 & July 29

Anyone who enjoys any fiber art or would like to learn one is welcome to come.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.


ACL Summer Schedule

Here’s a quick lowdown on the summer schedule:
  • Regular hours and and programming through Thursday, June 29.  (Including Magic Club this Saturday, June 24 at 1:00 pm.)
  • 4th of July Holiday closure on Saturday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 4
  • Summer hours begin on Thursday, July 6
Tuesday: 10 am – 3 pm (Story Time at 10:30 as usual)
Thursday: 3 pm – 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 1 pm (Magic Club at 11:00 am)
  • Late Summer Hiatus: As always, the ACL will be closed for the final two weeks of August.


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.

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