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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.


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!