Category Archives: happenings at the library

Create Garden Art for the Auburndale Community Library!


Due to the current circumstances, our annual ACL GARDEN ART EVENT will be remote – Make At Home!

All ages and skill levels are welcome to create ART… from stones, sticks, branches, pine cones, leaves, recycled material, old balls and toys. Imagine whatever you think would look interesting, funny, or lovely, in our garden… and Make It! Please drop off your artwork at the ACL garden Saturday, July 11th, 10am- 12 noon, or leave by the green hose. We will apply a coat of polyurethane to protect your creation from the elements throughout the summer – to be picked up at a date to be determined in the fall. While we can’t be together this year, we appreciate your efforts to further beautify our gardens and we can’t wait to see what you have created. Enjoy and stay safe!

New Books!

We have lots of new titles!

More bestsellers and books you requested are ready for you to order and pick up. And more are arriving every day.

It is helpful for you to check our catalog (enter Auburndale Community Library, no password) to see if the book you want is part of our collection – AND to see if there are any copies available. If not, we’re happy to buy it or put it on reserve for you. Request books to check out: ACL Books TO-GO Request Form

First week report of ACL Books TO-GO!

Our first week of ACL Books TO-GO! doorside pick up and bicycle delivery went
well, especially considering it is a new venture for all. Thanks to our loyal patrons for continuing to support our lovely community library. PLEASE continue to do so.

And please continue to be patient as you may not receive all your requests the first time around. You can also now return your books to the bins under the outside table Tuesdays, 10-12 and Thursdays, 5-7 or anytime through the return slot on the Auburn Street side door. Please no donations at this time.

A special thanks to all the volunteers who are working hard behind the scenes to
bring this service to our patrons, from purchasing, cataloging and covering books, to manning the request desk and pick up table and delivering books by bicycle.

Want books?! ACL Books TO-GO!

We can’t wait to check out books to you!

To start, check our catalog to see if we have the books you want.

Then request items, by filling out this form.

We will contact you with the pickup date and time, either
Tuesdays, 11am – 12pm or Thursdays, 6pm – 7pm.

Orders will be filled as they come in. Please be
patient, our requests might take a week to be ready.

Books will be in a paper bag outside the ACL on a
table at the end of the ramp.

Be mindful of social distance when picking up books.

Bicycle delivery is available! Please indicate this request
on your form.

Needlers/Knitters, Read Aloud, Story Times, Bookclub… all online!

The ACL group, Newton Knitters And Needlers, is going strong remotely! 

This Auburndale Community Library group continues to meet via Zoom from 10:30 till Noon on Saturdays. All are welcome to join! You can find more info about the group on Facebook, Newton Knitters and Needlers.

Read-Aloud from local author (and ACL Volunteer), Lenna Kutner

Lenna reads from her book The Magic of Norumbega. The story takes place in Auburndale’s own Norumbega Park back in the days when it was a legendary amusement park. Who can forget the Totem Pole Ballroom? The Magic of Norumbega was on Newton’s 2016 summer reading list for students going into 4th grade. This link should bring you to all the uploaded chapters.

Online Story Times

While we can’t welcome our littlest patrons on Tuesday mornings, Janet and Barb are regularly posting online Story Times with stories, puppet shows, songs and simple craft ideas. The latest was about new babies and big brothers and sisters. Coming up – Gardens and Father’s Day. For those that missed them, here are the links to all the videos: Are you a big brother or sister?, Earth Day, Building Books with Barb, Rainy Day Craft and Story, Fun with Puppets and Songs!, The Three Penguins Popper, Ukelele Sing-along, Puppet Show with Barb & Janet, Garden Craft

The ACL/ANA Book Club meets again!

Please join us Thursday, June 11th at 7:30pm on Zoom for our next Auburndale Community Library/Auburndale Neighborhood Association Book Club. We are reading The Bookshop, by Penelope Fitzgerald. It’s a short book we think will be enjoyable these days when so many of us wish we could walk into our local bookstores. Everyone welcome! Here is the Zoom link. The book is instantly available free on Hoopla as an ebook or audiobook, through your Minuteman Library Network library card.


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!