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  • Writer's pictureMichael Bleming

In The Book Stacks

Atlantic County Library News

The Atlantic County Library System/Hammonton is located at 451 S. Egg Harbor Rd. and may be reached by calling (609) 561-2264. Follow the Atlantic County Library System on Facebook (, Twitter (@ACLSLibrarian) and Instagram (

Many library services are available 24/7 at

To view their full calendar of events, visit Registration required for all programs.

The library will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4.

Masks are optional, but social distancing is still in effect. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

Lego Club: Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Open to ages 5 and older. Registration required. Join our Lego Club and create your own Lego designs. All supplies are provided.

Book Sale Blowout: Sept. 6 through Sept. 18. Visit our meeting room to check out a wide selection of gently used children’s, young adult, adult books and DVDs.

Crafting Social Hour: Saturday, Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Open to teens and adults. Registration requested. Do you like to chat with others while crafting? Bring your projects with you, (knit, crochet, cross-stitch, embroider, stencil, jewelry-making, etc.) and pass your creative time with new friends. Join us each month while working on individual projects. Refreshments provided.

DIY Wine Cork Pumpkins: Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Open to adults. Registration required. Create a festive fall pumpkin using recycled wine corks. All materials are provided.

Self-Care for the Caregiver: Thursday, Sept. 21 at 2:30 p.m. Open to adults. Registration required. Caregiving is a great act of love...and also can be a great challenge. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. This one-presentation focuses on the importance of self-care for the caregiver and will offer tips and strategies on how to practice self-care as you care for others. Presented by the Cape Atlantic Caregivers Coalition.

Makers Space Sewing: Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Open to teens and adults. Registration required. Discover how to sew both by hand and with machines. Also learn how to take measurements, select a pattern, and choose fabric. All programs are subject to change or cancellation. On Sept. 23 make cloth pumpkins.

Recommended Reading: Upcoming titles that will be circulating in our collection soon:

The River We Remember

A Novel by William Kent Krueger

On Memorial Day, as the people of Jewel, Minnesota gather to remember and honor the sacrifice of so many sons in the wars of the past, the half-clothed body of wealthy landowner Jimmy Quinn is found floating in the Alabaster River, dead from a shotgun blast. Investigation of the murder falls to Sheriff Brody Dern, a highly decorated war hero who still carries the physical and emotional scars from his military service. Even before Dern has the results of the autopsy, vicious rumors begin to circulate that the killer must be Noah Bluestone, a Native American WWII veteran who has recently returned to Jewel with a Japanese wife. As suspicions and accusations mount and the town teeters on the edge of more violence, Dern struggles not only to find the truth of Quinn’s murder but also put to rest the demons from his own past.

Caught up in the torrent of anger that sweeps through Jewel are a war widow and her adolescent son, the intrepid publisher of the local newspaper, an aging deputy and a crusading female lawyer, all of whom struggle with their own tragic histories and harbor secrets that Quinn’s death threatens to expose.


A Novel by Stephen King

When Penny Dahl calls the Finders Keepers detective agency hoping for help locating her missing daughter, Holly is reluctant to accept the case. Her partner, Pete, has Covid. Her (very complicated) mother has just died. And Holly is meant to be on leave. But something in Penny Dahl’s desperate voice makes it impossible for Holly to turn her down.

Mere blocks from where Bonnie Dahl disappeared live Professors Rodney and Emily Harris.

They are the picture of bourgeois respectability: married octogenarians, devoted to each other, and semi-retired lifelong academics. But they are harboring an unholy secret in the basement of their well-kept, book-lined home, one that may be related to Bonnie’s disappearance. And it will prove nearly impossible to discover what they are up to: they are savvy, they are patient, and they are ruthless.


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