Category Archives: happenings at the library

Community Announcement: MBTA COMMUNITY MEETING:

Auburndale Commuter Rail Station Accessibility Project

Wednesday, February 15th at 6:00 pm in the Village Bank Lobby


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

6:00 PM



The Village Bank

307 Auburn Street

Auburndale, MA



MBTA project team and its Architect will provide a slide presentation and answer questions about the 100% design of the Auburndale Commuter Rail Station Accessibility Project along the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line.


If you have a disability and need an accommodation to fully participate in the meeting, American Sign Language interpreters, assistive listening devices, and /or handouts in alternate formats,  please submit your request to Trish Foley at 857-368-8907 or email at least 7 days prior to the meeting.


In case of inclement weather, meeting cancellation announcements will be posted at and a rescheduled meeting date will be March 8th

Annual Meeting ~ Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 pm

Please join us for annual ACL meeting on Tuesday, March 7!  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.

Who is presently on the board or an officer of the ACL, you ask?  These are the folks who, in addition to staffing regular volunteer shifts, help with the finances, programming, circulation, holdings acquisition, and policies of the ACL: Johanne Campbell (treasurer), Ellen Chu, Barb Day, Dana Hanson (president), Lenna Kutner, Janet Linder, Liz Miller (assistant treasurer), Lynn Slobodin, Martha Sweet, Christopher Weinmann, and Linda Winslow (secretary).  We look forward to voting in two new board members, Liz Noon and Robyn Phillips, at our upcoming meeting as well–welcome Liz & Robyn!

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We invite anyone who loves the ACL to join us!


Pizza & Game Night Saturday, March 4th at 6:00 pm

Have the cold and dark nights of Winter got you down? Experiencing cabin fever? We have the antidote! Come play board games and eat pizza with your friends and neighbors at the ACL!

Pizza will be served (it’s free but please RSVP below so we’ll know how much to order).

Board games from the ACL’s collection will be available, but please bring in a favorite game or two to share if you wish. All ages are welcome.

While you are playing games and eating, there will be a small presentation on the possibility of creating a TOY LIBRARY at the ACL. Toy libraries are a great way for kids to enjoy toys new to them while reducing waste and cost. They also are a great way to meet other families with young children.

For questions about Game Night and pizza RSVP, please contact

For more info/questions/comments about the Toy Library, please contact

Minecraft Meet-Up! Saturday, February 11th from 11 am – 12:30 pm

Are you a serious Minecraft fan? Come to the ACL to meet other players, discuss your favorite mods and tricks, and play together on a private server.

To play on the server you will need to bring your own laptop and have a Minecraft account. Those without computers are still welcome to hang out, check out the ACL’s new Minecraft books, and play pocket edition on their mobile device.

Saturday, February 4 10:30 – noon 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

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

Opening the yarngates to ALL fiber arts at the ACL!

Mark your calendars for our upcoming dates: 2/4, 2/18

Help Us Bring FREE Yoga Programming to the ACL

Benefit Class in Waltham on February 11th from 1-2 pm

The ACL’s own Johanne Campbell is looking to bring free yoga to the library!  Yoga in the lovely setting of the ACL for free…could it be any better?  Let’s make this happen!  The first step is to gather some supplies (mats, blocks, etc.) for classes.  Johanne’s plan is to hold a benefit class at a local studio to get us started.

Yoga Class to Benefit Free Yoga at the ACL
Saturday, February 11th from 1 – 2 pm
At Chakra Power Yoga at 750 Main Street in Waltham
Please bring gently used yoga mats or blocks or a cash donation ($20 suggested, any amount appreciated)

Join Teacher Trainee Johanne as she leads an all-levels flow to gather supplies for a new free yoga program at the Auburndale Community Library.  The class will be held at Chakra Power Yoga at 750 Main Street in Waltham.  Do Good! Chakra Power Yoga Gives Back! Through monthly benefit classes and designated collection sites for clothing and food drives, CPY is committed to hosting yoga benefit classes and encouraging the studio community to give back through on-site donations.

The Newton Nomads Return to the ACL! Doubt: A Parable

Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 pm & Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 pm

The Nomads’ newest show opens on Fri Jan 27 and they’ve got a good one.  And once again, they will hold performances at the ACL!

John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable has been described as a “blunt and blazing thriller”.   Did he? or didn’t he? that’s the question at the heart of this Pulitzer prize winning script.

Doubt is set in a Catholic elementary school in the 1960’s.  The changing tides of the times and dark suspicions pit the principal of the school (Linda Goetz) against a parish priest (Matt Winberg) with a young nun (Sarah Morisette) caught in the crossfire.  Hanging in the balance is one boy’s fate, the first black student in the school, with his mother to defend him (Ramona Lisa Alexander).  Moment to moment the story is in turns funny, tense, heartrending, and explosive.

This production features the stellar Linda Goetz (Faith Healer, Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Picasso) and three wonderful Nomadic Theater newcomers.  Sarah Morrisette,  Matt Winberg, and Ramona Lisa Alexander will be making their Nomadic Theater debut.  Our favorite director, Newton Nomadic regular Billy Meleady (Turn of the Screw, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me) is back in the director’s seat.


WARNING:  Get your tickets now!  This show will only run for four weekends rather than our usual five.   Our last show (Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me) sold out every show in the last half of the run, so we’re guessing tickets for this show will sell out early.   Don’t miss it – once again we have a great script, a great new cast and it promises to be another Newton Nomadic show to remember.
As always, each night or two the show will move to a new and unique performance space.   Like nomads the world over, we never settle in any one place for long.   Along with some of our favorite venues, we’re excited to be bringing it to a living room in Jamaica Plain (Sally & Tim Deans home) for the first time.

Join us at an art studio, a barn, a library, a living room, a rug store or a pub.  Visit Newton Nomads to order your tickets now!