Category Archives: new books

From the Book Corner

Summer is the time for reading!  Our intrepid collections manager Janet is stocking the shelves weekly with the latest hot reads…

ACL Author Barry Goldstein: Lord of the Rings in Yiddish

From our stalwart Tuesday 12-1 pm volunteer Barry Goldstein–just published!

First time in Yiddish!

The Lord of the Rings


R. R. Tolkien

Translated by Barry Goldstein

The complete tale of Middle Earth

The Fellowship of the Ring / Di Khavruse fun dem Fingerl

The Two Towers / Di Tsvey Turems

and just released

The Return of the King / Der Tsurikker fun dem Kinig

Also the Yiddish translation of

The Hobbit / Der Hobit

or in

Romanized Yiddish

Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition / Shekltons Oyshalt Ekspeditsye

More at the translator’s web-page

From the Book Corner

New books landed this week…more to come!
We recently made our purchases at Barnes and Noble with the anonymous $200 gift card we received this winter.  We bought several beautiful new children’s picture books, a bunch of hot new best sellers in fiction and nonfiction, and some new additions to some of our popular kids’ series. We also were delighted to splurge on a little stuffed animal horse to add to the “Old MacDonald” collection for singing at story time.  Once again, thank you for this very nice donation!
If you have a book request and we don’t have the book in our collection, ask the front desk or email Janet at  Janet is in charge of our acquisitions and she updates our shelves regularly.
Fines Amnesty continues through March…please bring back those books–no fees, no questions asked.  Rummage underneath the bed, behind the couch, etc.  It happens, books get lost, but then they get found.  It’s all good at the ACL!

Resolution 2016: *READ MORE*

Well, we might be slightly biased since we’re a library…  The ACL is a great place to beat the winter blues.  We have all the hot reads to get you through the winter!

  • Looking for a particular title?  If you’re looking for a specific book and it’s not in our catalog, contact Janet and she can probably acquire it for our collection.
  • Lots of best sellers in your life?  Do you (or any of your friends) tend to BUY lots of best sellers for book groups or solo reading?  The ACL can usually use anything that’s very current: as a rule of thumb, if it’s making the rounds in your book group, it’s probably on the next group’s list as well!  Why not consider donating any freshly-read books to the ACL for our lending library?  Just bring them by the circulation desk anytime we’re open and we’ll graciously accept your cast-offs.

Hot Reads at the ACL

Our new acquisitions volunteer extraordinaire, Janet Linder, keeps our shelves stocked with the latest hot reads for both kids and adults.  Here’s a photo of the latest titles to hit our shelves…Franzen, Steel, Patterson, McCall Smith, and more!

ACL’s OWN!  Lenna Kutner’s The Magic of Norumbega Book

The ACL is proud to have a new title on our shelves…The Magic of Norumbega, by our very own Lenna Kutner.  Lenna is a founding volunteer/board member at the ACL and she has written a wonderful children’s book set in a 1940s Norumbega Park.  She even held focus groups with local ACL kids to test-run the story before it was published!  A neighborhood classic in the making…

The Magic of Norumbega is a story of friendship, loyalty, and bravery, and a lovable dog who finds herself in a heap of trouble when she takes a trip into the past.  Blending fantasy with history, the tale takes place around 1940 in the real-life setting of Norumbega Park, once considered New England’s finest amusement park, and home to the renowned Totem Pole Ballroom.  At times funny, sometimes scary, and occasionally sad, the dog’s adventures and her happy outcome will have children reading the book over again and again.  For more information about The Magic of Norumbega, visit

Spring: It’ll Be Here Eventually

As we patiently await its arrival, why don’t you check out some spring-themed books at the ACL?  The Passover and Easter children’s books are out on display and we’ve got gardening books aplenty for the grownups.  A great book can take you anywhere!  Even to a place with green grass and blooming flowers…

Year-End Charitable Giving to the ACL

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 ACL are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

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The Auburndale Community Library

If you would like to remember the ACL in your holiday giving, please hand-deliver your donation to our volunteers at the circulation desk or mail it to us:

Year-End Charitable Donations:
Auburndale Community Library

Attn: Johanne Campbell, Treasurer
375 Auburn Street
Auburndale, MA 02466
It is helpful to us if you print out and attach this form to your donation, but we can usually piece information together from your check even without this extra step.  We are funded 100% by donations and it is so important to us to have community-based support from our neighborhood patrons in addition to our wonderful corporate sponsors.  Thank you in advance for your continued generosity and support of the Auburndale Community Library.


Book Event: Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser Newton Alderman and Author David Kalis Tuesday, June 17th at 7:30 pm 

We are pleased to present Newton Alderman and Author David Kalis at the ACL on Tuesday, June 17th for a book talk about his book, Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser.

The situation in Russia and Ukraine is dangerous and evolving, but in many ways is a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Having lived in the USSR for 3 years during its dissolution, and witnessing first-hand the chaos of the mafia, corruption, and uncertainty, Author David A. Kalis has a unique perspective on the current conflict, and fantastic stories to share of his time in Russia. His memoir is told from the perspective of a recent college graduate, so provides insights for young adults trying to find a direction, while his search for his roots in Ukraine and the unraveling of the Soviet Union will appeal to all adults. Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser is his coming-of-age memoir in which David finds that the road less traveled can lead to unexpected adventure, and that looking backward sometimes provides the best insight into how to move forward. Kirkus Review is available here.


From the Book Corner: Our Signature ACL Book Displays

In addition to our new hot reads, did you know that the ACL has ever-changing, timely book displays?

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Book collections on display right now: Teen Award Winners ~ Irish and Irish American Writers ~ Books Recommended by Volunteer Liz ~ Celebrate Pi Day 3-14 ~ Explore the Cosmos