Category Archives: happenings at the library

Read to Oliver the Dog is Back!!! Tuesday, April 3 from 3- 4:30 pm

Woof!  Oliver the dog is back and wants to hear some stories!  Set up a time to read to Oliver, a golden retriever who is specially trained to listen.  There will be six 15-minute sessions, so sign up soon!  It will be on Tuesday, April 3 from 3-4:30 right here at the ACL.
Email to reserve your slot!

Our Next FREE Afternoon Movie: Coco on Tuesday, March 20th at 3:30 pm

Come see (or see again!) the Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature Film!
Coco (rated PG) will be shown on Tuesday March 20 at 3:30 pm in the main room of the ACL on our big screen.

Light, nut-free snacks will be served. We look forward to seeing you!

Newton Needlers: EVERY Week Now! Saturdays from 10:30 am – noon

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)
10:30-12:00 pm

Neighborhood Newton Power Choice Informational Meeting Thursday, March 1 at 7 pm

The City of Newton is developing a plan for a new electricity program to be named Newton Power Choice. The program provides an opportunity for Newton to take a bold step and significantly increase the amount of renewable energy in the community’s electricity supply. The program is a form of group purchasing known as an electricity aggregation, and it will impact nearly all electricity customers in Newton. You are invited to attend a brief presentation by Ann Berwick, Newton’s Co-Director of Sustainability and former Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. She will introduce the program and will explain how it will work and what you can expect to see in the coming months.
(snow date – Thursday, March 22nd)
Jointly sponsored by
the Auburndale Community Association
the Lower Falls Improvement Association
and the Lasell Neighborhood Association


Opening Reception for Williams School 4th Grade Artists Tuesday, February 27 from 1:30-2:30 pm

Everyone is invited!!

Join us in honoring our neighborhood artists, hearing about their creations, and enjoying our beautiful library.  Some of our little artists will speak about their creations, their art teacher, and/or going to school at Williams during the reception.  We will also share a lovely slide show of ACL snapshots…you’ll see lots of favorite photos on our new beautiful screen!  We’ll also have juice and cookies.

School Vacation Week FREE Movie at the ACL–Thursday, February 22 at 10:15 am

Come spend a morning at the ACL for a showing of Finding Dory (rated PG)!

Thursday, February 22 @ 10:15 am.

We will be using our brand new projector and our big screen. Light, nut-free snacks will be served. Don’t miss the ACL’s first movie screening, sure to be lots of fun!!


Newton Nomadic Theater is BACK at the ACL! Sunday February 25th at 7:30 pm

We like to think of the Newton Nomadic Theater as our hipster cousin.  And they are back for a new performance at the ACL.

What exactly does a director do?  The Nomads are going to take you behind the scenes to find out.

Nicole Galland, an award winning director and founder of Shakespeare for the Masses will walk you through how each directorial choice can transform a script into something completely new.

You’ll see various scenes from Shakespeare played multiple times using different directorial choices.  With each choice, the same words on the page will yield wildly different results.

The Nomads have recruited a great cast for the evening – Noni Lewis (All in the Timing, Molly Sweeney), Steve Vaughan (Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol) and a fabulous Newton Nomadic newcomer Abigail Dickson.

Don’t miss this wildly inventive, entertaining and surprising look behind the scenes.  One weekend only!  So get your tickets soon while they last.

The Newton Nomadic Theater is dedicated to producing simply staged, high quality theater in interesting and unconventional theater spaces in and around Newton.  In between theatrical productions the theater also regularly hosts Nomad Story Slams, Moth radio inspired nights of story telling.