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ACL Gardens!

A huge shout out to our amazing Garden crew: Liz Noon, Iza Sinnott, Maria Bueche, and lead gardener, Alla Webster. They have continued to work hard throughout the shutdown to maintain and refresh the ACL gardens. We hope you enjoy them on your walks around the neighborhood. Please do continue to maintain social distancing! One of our favorite summer evening events has been Garden Art. We are looking at ways to do this remotely. Stay tuned.


We’ve got the BOOKS!

We have lots of current nonfiction AND fiction!
If you have a request for a book, just let us know and we’ll try to get it!

Kids’ Drop-In Valentine’s Craft Party!!! Saturday, February 9th 10:30-noon

Happy Chinese New Year from the ACL!
‘Tis the season…join us for our annual Valentine making party!  We’ll have supplies on hand to make some Valentine crafts!
Drop in and join the fun on Saturday, February 9th from 10:30 – noon.  If you have a tween or teen who would be interested in assisting at this event, just have them show up ready to lend a hand and/or make some Valentines themselves.

Shop Amazon and Help Our Library

Now when you shop on Amazon, a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the ACL. Just click on this link to get started: Thank you for your support!


Newton Needlers: EVERY Week Now!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – noon

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)
10:30-12:00 pm

piano knitting
​Our ACL knitters are working on decorating a piano for this year’s Artful Piano project

Drop-In Valentine Kiddie Craft Party Saturday from 10:30 – noon

Join us this Saturday for crafts and treats to gear up for Valentine’s Day!


ACL Snow Policy

With yesterday’s thaw, snow seems like a faint memory, but we know it may have only just begun for the season.  Just a reminder that the ACL will follow the Newton Public Schools snow closures on weekdays so check out their website if in doubt about our status in a storm.  As for Saturdays, we usually make a gametime decision and the best place to get a quick update is usually our Facebook page (which you should be following and “liking” frequently anyways!).
​Throwback to March 2015 when we made a “Snow Cake” in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday

Got Toys? We do…

Did you know that the ACL has a toy lending library?  Before there was Words With Friends, there was Scrabble, folks. We have board games and puzzles for all ages.  Check ’em out sometime.
Why limit yourself to words in books?  These patrons took out Scrabble today at the ACL!


Shadow Puppet Performance of the Hare and the Tortise at the ACL on Sunday, December 17th at 3:30 pm

Please join the the ACL‘s “EveryBody Signs” group for a shadow show in American Sign Language and English!  We will present “The Hare and the Tortoise” on Sunday December 17 at 3:30 pm at the Auburndale Community Library.

All are welcome!

​Beautiful hand-made shadow puppets–see the classic story in both English and ASL this Sunday at the ACL
Questions about our group or the performance: Rebecca Bella Wangh

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 ACLlove 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.  

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

We are so grateful for your support!  Thank you!!