Category Archives: happenings at the library

We have some news!

No, our doors are not open.

However, we are closely monitoring the state and local guidelines as Massachusetts moves toward reopening some businesses. In particular we are looking at the Newton Free Library and other local libraries for input. Stay tuned for updates about possible curbside pickup of books – and returns.

Meanwhile, PLEASE keep your ACL books at home as we currently do not have volunteers in the building to monitor the drop box. Although we are closed, there are still many remote activities happening.

Library closing news

In step with the Newton Public Schools and the Newton Free Library, the Auburndale Community Library will be closed to patrons after 8pm on Thursday, March 12. As this is a fluid situation, please look to this website and our Facebook page for updates as to when we will re-open.

If you have materials you’d like to return while we’re closed, please use our book slot at the side entrance on Auburn Street.

The Newton Free Library has a list of suggestions what to do when they’re closed.

Speed Cubing at the ACL: Sat, Jan 25th from 11am to 12:45pm

Have you ever wanted to learn how to solve a Rubik’s cube?  Or maybe you can solve it, but want to meet like-minded folks that are into speed cubing?  Join 9th grader Tim Kwartler and his Mom, Cecelia Kwartler, as they teach and inspire all ages of cubers on Saturday, January 25th from 11 am to 12:45 pm at the ACL.  Kids and adults welcome


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.
RSVP:  Appreciated but not required, please reply to

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!!

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.