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Closing for two weeks: end of August

The library will be closed from August 21 through September 5 for our end-of-summer hiatus.

So drop by before then to check out lots of books! And don’t bother returning them until we reopen on Tuesday September 6. (How’s that for a good way to beat the heat??!)

Volunteering at the Library

If you are open to some light volunteering during the summer months, we currently could use a few more Piano Pals to help cover/ uncover our outdoor piano to protect it from rain. Please email Chris Weinmann at: chrisweinmann1@gmail.com to sign up and for more details.

Teen Volunteers: We greatly appreciate the enthusiasm and desire to help from our neighborhood teens. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate teen volunteers for regular library duties this summer. We would however love to invite our teens to take a leadership role and think of programs or activities that they would like to organize and run. It can be a one-time or recurring event. Examples include a crafternoon, board game/puzzle night, Scratch coding with our Chromebooks, or something like Classics for Kids (see above). In the past, we have had teens help organize musical story times, coding class, book clubs, writing club, crafts classes and more. Email activities@auburndalelibrary.org with your ideas. We can’t wait to hear them!

Outdoor Fun

The ACL was thrilled to once again partner with Newton Porchfest to be a venue for some very
talented musicians in June. However, the musical fun does not need to end since we are now the host site for an Artful Piano titled Khione, painted by artist Rachel Morrissey. Come play a tune or just sit and take in a view of our beautiful gardens. Or, take a short stroll to enjoy our first ever Story Walk: Silly Sally by Audrey Wood, installed with the help of our Lasell University intern, Olivia Beckwith. Stop in at the library when we are open to get a companion Silly Sally coloring page. Plus, we have outdoor Story Times with a craft bag to go on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am. (Not on 7/5 due to the holiday). Check our Facebook page for the latest information on schedule changes and the theme.

Opening and closing hours

It’s been a year since we re-opened for in-person services. We are delighted to welcome everyone, still masked, back into the Library. As more volunteers sign up to help out, we have been gradually increasing our hours. Currently, we are open on: Tuesdays 10am-12pm, Wednesdays 2-4pm, Thursdays 4-8pm, and Saturdays 10am-3pm. As in years past, we do plan to close during the last two weeks of August to give our dedicated volunteers a break. Please check our Facebook page for the latest updates and closure schedules. After Labor Day, we will be mask optional.

Thanks to our kind volunteers

Many hands… light work!

Many thanks to all our patrons, donors and volunteers for your ongoing support. This community could not be what it is without you. Thank you to our perennial sponsors, The Village Bank and Lasell University. Thanks to Grace Enriquez of Lesley University for her donation of children’s and young adult books. Our deepest gratitude to Anna-Maria Abernathy, Charlotte Anderson, Heidi Bankmann, Olivia Beckwith, Debbie Bowen, Margaret Braccio, Maria Bueche, Jill Butler, Caroline Cai, Johanne Campbell, Susan Cassidy, Ellen Chu, Anne Costello, Margaret Crook, Barb Day, Christine Dutt, Clare Eberman, Regina Eliot-Ramsey, Laurie Friedell, Girl Scout Troop 82343, Carol Gladden, Nathan Goldberg, Dana Hanson, Rosemary Hinteregger, Brenda Jaster, Phyllis Katz, Suruchi Kaul, Joan Klaski, Katie Kubie, Lenna Kutner, Cecelia Kwartler, Samantha Lee, Janet Linder, Jorge Manguane, Ruby Lee Marks, Nancy Mazur, Pat McCaffrey, Liz Miller, Deb Moore, Jennifer Moore, Tim Moore, Robyn Phillips, Nathan Phillips, Nancy Price, Becky Proskauer, Ann Purcell, Lauren Rokosz, Jaye Schneider, Junko Shibuya, Lynn Slobodin, Jay Snyder, Michelle Sroussi, Ed Sugrue, Martha Sweet, Iza Synott, Abi Venter, Alla Webster, Becca Webster, Chris Weinmann, and Erica Wieher – volunteers whose help in-person and behind the scenes is what keeps the ACL running. To all of you who have supported us all these years, your patronage and donations have enabled us to continue being the heart of the Auburndale community. Have a wonderful summer!

Thank you, donors!

Two of our neighbors donated the proceeds of their lemonade stand!

We are so deeply grateful and overwhelmed by your generous support of the ACL Fund! It is thanks to your financial support, close to $9,000 and counting, that we are able to continue building this thriving, community resource right here in the heart of Auburndale. From our large corporate sponsors and individual donors, to our youngest members who gifted the proceeds from their lemonade stand sales, we thank each and every one of you for sustaining us, for helping us to help serve you better. It is not too late if you would still like to contribute. Just click here.

Classics For Kids

Know any 4th-6th graders who love the Percy Jackson series? Who wants to know everything there is to know about Greek and Roman mythology, including the languages they were originally written in? If so, come sign up for a fun, weekly Saturday afternoon program running from July 9 to August 27 from 4pm-5pm. Free to students entering 4th-6th grades. No prior knowledge needed, just a desire to learn and have fun. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please email Maddie at mw02459@gmail.com for more information and to register.

Closed Saturday July 2

We are closed on Saturday July 2 for the holiday weekend. Come see us on Tuesday July 5!

Masks at the library

Although the City of Newton has dropped their indoor mask mandate for public spaces, we will continue to require masks for our volunteers and patrons inside the library.

Many of our visitors are under 5 and not yet eligible for vaccination, and we want to keep the library as a safe space for them as well as for our immunocompromised visitors. We appreciate your help with this!

Book Donations: No, thank you…

Just a friendly reminder that, unfortunately, we cannot accept donations of old books at this time.

What to do? The Friends of the Newton Free Library has relocated to the Newton Free Library, and can be contacted for donations. You can also bring books to the More than Words drop off bin at the Rumford Avenue recycling center.

We will be grateful if you do not leave piles of books outside the library, where they risk being ruined by rain and snow, and which we have to bring to used book drop off locations. Thank you!