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We Are So Grateful..

Many thanks as always to all our patrons, donors and volunteers for their ongoing support. And to our perennial sponsors, The Village Bank and Lasell University, for their ongoing financial support. To Grace Enriquez from Lesley University for her generous donation of children’s books.

To all of our dedicated volunteers whose help both inside and outside the building, in person and behind the scenes continue to sustain the library. Hats off to Charlotte Anderson, Heidi Bankmann, Debbie Bowen, Margaret Braccio, Maria Bueche, Jill Butler, Caroline Cai, Johanne Campbell, Susan Cassidy, Ellen Chu, Anne Costello, Margaret Crook, Barb Day, Clare Eberman, Carol Gladden, Laurie Friedell, Dana Hanson, Phyllis Katz, Suruchi Kaul, Joan Klaski, Lenna Kutner, Janet Linder, Nancy Mazur, Pat McCaffrey, Liz Miller, Deb Moore, Tim Moore, Liz Noon, Robyn Phillips, Nathan Phillips, Maxine Phillips, Nancy Price, Shiv Sawhney, Veer Sawhney, Jaye Schneider, Megan Schneider, Alex Shames, Junko Shibuya, Lynn Slobodin, Martha Sweet, Iza Synott, Alla Webster, Becca Webster, Chris Weinmann, Erica Wieher,

To all of you who have supported us all these years, your patronage and donations have enabled us to keep going. If you can, please consider making a gift donation to the ACL so that we can continue to offer the services, books, craft kits, storytimes, community, and more. We look forward to seeing you all again in person soon!

Newton Out Doors

Newton Out Doors

Newton Out Doors, a citywide public art initiative has chosen the ACL as an installation site. Come admire the three beautiful doors painted by local artists Sepi Golestani, Yenny Hdz and Newton South HS student, Abby Zheng! Many thanks to the Village Bank for sponsoring these exhibits throughout Newton and to Newton Outdoors and Newton Community Pride for bringing this exhibit to the ACL.

Outdoor Story Time – Saturday June 5 11am

If you just can’t wait until Father’s Day…

We are so excited to announce our OUTDOOR STORY TIME, Saturday, June 5th at 11:00am!

Please bring a blanket, and join us on the Auburn St. side of the library. Barb and Janet have some fun stories planned, and we can even do Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes together again at long last! We’ll also have a craft-to-go to give you. We can’t wait to see you all!

Story Time!

Let’s go fly a Kite! We are back with another fun Story Time, all about windy days and kites! Watch the video here (, then order the craft to go on our Books To-Go request form to pick up Saturday, May 29th between 10am – 12pm or Tuesday, June 1st, 10am – 12pm.  

Let us know how many kits you’d like and whether you’d prefer delivery or pick up on Saturday or Tuesday. Be on the lookout for details coming on Facebook about our special Father’s Day Story Time video and craft.

Virtual Tour

In case you need a reminder of what the ACL looks like, our volunteers extraordinaires, Barb and Janet, have created a mini-tour of the library to welcome you back! Here they are showing you all the great books, fun games, and cool puzzles waiting for you to check out ( . We can’t wait to see you all in person back at the ACL!

ACL Still To-Go

Don’t worry if you are not ready to come visit the ACL in person yet. We will continue to offer our ACL To-Go services with Tuesday and Saturday morning pick up times between 10am-12pm, as well as free bicycle delivery to Auburndale, West Newton and Newton Lower Falls. Please continue to make your book requests by using our online form ( Our volunteers will contact you when your items are ready for pick up.

Welcome back to the ACL!

Greetings dear ACL friends! 

We are so excited to fly our OPEN Flag and welcome you back to visit the ACL in person!

Beginning this Saturday, May 29, Express Browsing will no longer require an appointment! Just drop in anytime on Saturdays 2:00pm-4:00pm and/or Thursdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm. During the visits, we are still asking for your help in wearing a mask and maintaining social distance for the time being. Thank you for your understanding.


Annual Meeting Tuesday February 16–Join us!

Please join us for our annual ACL general board meeting on Tuesday, February 16 at 7pm via Zoom. It’s a time to bring everyone together to discuss the state of the library. If you are interested in meeting the board members, taking part in some of our behind-the-scenes discussions, or have any questions about the  ACL, please join us! 

Please fill out this form ( so that we can send you a Zoom link closer to the date. Have any questions? Please email:

Remember: returns and donations

We want to remind everyone to return books through our mail slot in the door facing the Pike on Auburn St. when the plastic return bin is not outside by the table. If the plastic return bin is outside by the table, it means that the library is staffed with volunteers who are happy to process the return books. If the plastic bin is not outside by the table, please do not leave books on the table – please use the mail slot. Thank you for your help in keeping our books safe from the elements.

Before dropping off donations, please email the Friends of Newton Library at to confirm whether they are accepting donations and the times and days they are on site to take them. The Friends are a separate entity from the Auburndale Community Library even though we currently share the same building. Their entrance is down a flight of stairs on Ash St. Please do not leave donations outside of the door to the library. Another place that takes book donations is More Than Words. Check their website for a drop off location near you. Thank you for your help.

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.