Two girls wearing bright clothing with armfuls of books and big smiles.The girl on the right is showing her award for her cover illustration.

Silver Unicorn hosts second annual Kids Graphic Novel Festival

April 27, 2024
The Silver Unicorn, an independent bookstore that sells new books for all ages, hosted its second annual Kids Graphic Novel Festival on Saturday, April 20, 2024. Three thousand people attended. Even a little rain in the morning couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of young adult readers, who got to meet eighteen of their favorite authors and illustrators throughout the day. If you are unfamiliar with the genre, graphic novels: · Are engaging: The combination of words and illustrations can be captivating, providing context for stories that kids might not otherwise understand. · Are fast-paced: Graphic novels offer quick-read alternatives with quickly…
Cover of Clegg and Kennedy’s book on local journalism.

On Local News: Silver Unicorn Bookstore Event

March 6, 2024
A standing-room-only crowd of more than forty was packed into The Silver Unicorn Bookstore for “Community News Night” on the evening of Friday, March 1. In partnership with this publication, Acton Exchange, the small indy bookseller in West Acton hosted veteran journalists Ellen Clegg and Dan Kennedy to discuss…

Welcome to the Acton Exchange Website

November 1, 2023
This is the ‘beta’ test site for the internet home of the Acton Exchange. The site has been developed, discussed, and shared within the core group, and we are pleased and relieved to share it with a wider audience. Our writers and web developers are Acton-based volunteers. The…
Original front entrance to the Acton Memorial Libray, the older brick building part.

Joining the Conversation

August 14, 2023
Each week people from literally all over the world meet in the Acton library to practice speaking and listening to English in a “conversation group.” This small, supportive group gives newcomers to the United States a chance to become more fluent in English and learn about American culture.…
Photo of tree with species identified in Mandarin and English.

The Intersectional Environmentalist visits the Acton Arboretum

July 24, 2023
This summer, Acton residents are joining together in the first annual Community Read, part of a program called “Stories Connect Us.” The book for this summer’s read is The Intersectional Environmentalist, by Leah Thomas. The author examines the intersection of environmentalism, racism, and privilege, and makes the case…
Photograph of 3 stacks of copies of the book entitled "History of the Nashoba Praying Indians"

Book Talk: The History of the Nashobah Praying Indians:

May 15, 2023
On Thursday, May 11, forty-five people gathered at Acton Memorial Library for a presentation by local historian Daniel V. Boudillion on the history of the Nashobah Praying Indians. Boudillion recently published “The History of the Nashobah Praying Indians: Doings, Sufferings, Tragedy, and Triumph.” The event was sponsored by…


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