Category Archives: happenings at the library

Re-opening Plans!

View of the circulation desk

Many thanks to the folks who have already filled out our re-opening survey. If you have not filled it out yet, please do so as it will help us with our re-opening plans. We are still closely monitoring the guidelines from the city and state as well as protocols from other local libraries regarding in-person browsing.

We are very grateful to volunteer Tim Moore who is helping us install a Lexan barrier around the circulation desk. Thank you for your survey input, patience, and support. Thinking of the day when we can all gather at our special library again!

View from behind the desk

Valentine’s Day Storytime and Craft-order by noon February 5

Here is our Valentine’s Day Story Time! (

If you would like to order our Valentine Craft-to-Go, just enter that in our order form:

You can choose Saturday, Feb. 6th or Tuesday, Feb. 9th to pick up your bag. We will call you when your craft-to-go is ready. Let us know if you need a glue stick. Please order your craft by noon on Friday, Feb. 5th so we have time to make all the bags. Enjoy!

ACL in the News

If you haven’t seen it yet, Village 14 has run an article co-written by our own, Janet Linder, about the two community libraries in Newton –  the Auburndale Community Library and the Waban Library Center. The link to the article is here.

Inclement Weather Reminder

Please note that the ACL will follow the Newton Public Schools (NPS) decision on closures. We want our volunteers to be safe during these days so a closure may affect our delivery schedule. Rest assured, we will get your book requests fulfilled/delivered as soon as it is safe to do so. NPS announcements are on their homepage:  If the snow hits on a Saturday, we will make our own call and follow the will of our volunteers on duty. It will be announced on our Facebook page, Instagram @auburndalemalibrary, and website.

Library closed Tuesday February 2nd-no ACL Books To-Go

Due to the impending storm, we’ve decided to close. Stay warm and safe, everyone — and curl up with a good book!

New Story Time and Craft-to-go!

We’re back with a new Story Time and Craft-to-Go!

This week’s Story Time theme is Thank You, Helpers, all about the people who help us in many ways, and about the many ways we can all be kind to each other.

The Craft-to-Go will be decorating stars for anyone you want to thank for being a helper; bags will be given out on Saturday, January 9th, from 10 -12. Please order yours by Friday at 6 pm so we know how many craft bags to make. Let us know how many bags you would like, one per child, thanks.

You can watch the video here, and order the craft through our order form, below. Just write craft-to-go in the form. Let us know if you need a glue stick, too! Order your craft, and books, games and puzzles, here.

Delivery service change

We have been thrilled to offer bicycle delivery these last few months
and we will continue to do so as long as weather cooperates.
However, given the time change and a busy schedule for our fantastic
delivery crew, we will only be offering delivery to Auburndale, West
Newton and Lower Falls (02466, 02465 and 02462)
. Thanks for your
understanding and to the Phillips family for providing this service!

November hours for Books To-Go pick up

The HVAC work on the library building will be completed soon. Again, many thanks to the city for undertaking this project and preserving this special building. Starting November 3rd (yes, Election Day) we will again be offering pick up on Tuesdays from 11:00am-12:00pm. We will also continue to offer pick up on Saturday mornings from 11:00am-12:00pm. Please note the shorter Saturday hours. Unfortunately, the time change and shortening daylight hours preclude a Thursday evening option.

As a reminder, you can return books to the bin under the table only during To-Go pick up hours, but feel free to use our return/mail slot on Auburn Street at other times (for items that fit through the slot!). Also please remember to return all ACL books, with pink stars on the spine, to this library only.

Story Time is back — now with Craft To-Go

We’re back! Online Story Times with Barb and Janet are starting again.
This week’s Story Time is all about apples, a fall favorite.

We are also now offering a Craft To-Go related to each Story Time with everything you need to create your craft at home. This week, create your own apple tree with our kit and add your own touches from home. You can use markers, cereal, buttons, anything you like to create your apple tree.

If you would like to order a craft bag, go to our Books To-Go
order form and type in Craft To-Go in the space for children’s book requests. You can order one craft bag for each child in your family, so let us know how many bags you would like. The Craft To-Go bags will be ready for pick up Saturday mornings at 10:00am on the table outside the library with your name on the bag. (In the case of inclement weather, the bags will be just inside the front door.) Please wear masks and practice social distancing at pick up.

For this first Story Time craft, we will be offering pick up on two Saturdays. Please order by Friday, October 16th for pick up on Saturday, October 17th and by Friday, October 23rd for pick up Saturday, October 24th.

Going forward, there will only be one pick up. Please check our Facebook page for future Story Time videos and craft info

ACL Books-To-Go service update: Saturday pick ups

It seems like just yesterday that we started the ACL Books-To-Go service! As the weather is changing, we are very excited and grateful that the City of Newton will be making some much needed updates to the HVAC system to ensure that our beautiful, historic building is heated and winterized. Since the work will be happening over the course of the next few weeks, we are temporarily changing our pick up times to Saturdays between 11am-1pm.

There will be no Tuesday or Thursday pick up times starting 9/21 until further notice. The Saturday pick up times will start Saturday, 9/25/20.

We will still be offering a delivery service which you can indicate on the book request form if you prefer that to picking up from the ACL. We will keep you posted when the work is done and we can offer ACL-To-Go during the week again. Books can still be returned via our mail slot in the side door facing the Pike and/or during our Saturday pick up hours in the bin by the table at the front of the library.