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  • Writer's pictureMichael Bleming

In The Book Stacks

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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 (, X (@ACLSLibrarian) and Instagram (@aclslibrarian).

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 New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 and Martin Luther King Jr Day, Jan. 15.

All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

Lego Club: Tuesday, Jan. 2 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.

Pinecone Birdfeeders Craft: Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Open to kids ages 5 and older. Registration required. Turn a pinecone into a bird feeder for our feathered friends this Winter. All materials will be provided.

Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 10:30 a.m. Open to ages 3-5.

Registration required. Children and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, games and movement while building language and literacy skills. All materials and snacks are provided.

Crafting Social Hour: Saturday, Jan. 13 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. Please advise staff on food allergies.

DIY Snowy Mason Jar: Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 a.m. Open to adults. Registration required. Create faux-snow covered mason jar luminaries for the winter season. All materials are provided.

Family Movie Night: Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. Open to all. Registration required. Join us for movies on the big screen. Check with the branch for upcoming titles. Refreshments will be provided; please advise staff of any food allergies. Guardians must remain with children age 9 and under.

Makers Space Sewing: Saturday, Jan. 27 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 Jan. 27 make a heart-shaped pillow.

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

The Fury:

A Novel by Alex Michaelides

This is a tale of murder.

Or maybe that’s not quite true. At its heart, it’s a love story, isn’t it?

Lana Farrar is a reclusive ex–movie star and one of the most famous women in the world.

Every year, she invites her closest friends to escape the English weather and spend Easter on her idyllic private Greek island.

I tell you this because you may think you know this story. You probably read about it at the time―it caused a real stir in the tabloids, if you remember. It had all the necessary ingredients for a press sensation: a celebrity; a private island cut off by the wind…and a murder.

We found ourselves trapped there overnight. Our old friendships concealed hatred and a desire for revenge. What followed was a game of cat and mouse―a battle of wits, full of twists and turns, building to an unforgettable climax. The night ended in violence and death, as one of us was found murdered.

But who am I?

My name is Elliot Chase, and I’m going to tell you a story unlike any you’ve ever heard.

The Heiress:

A Novel by Rachel Hawkins

When Ruby McTavish Callahan Woodward Miller Kenmore dies, she’s not only North Carolina’s richest woman, she’s also its most notorious. The victim of a famous kidnapping as a child and a widow four times over, Ruby ruled the tiny town of Tavistock from Ashby House, her family’s estate high in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

But in the aftermath of her death, her adopted son, Camden, wants little to do with the house or the money—and even less to do with the surviving McTavishes. Instead, he rejects his inheritance, settling into a normal life as an English teacher in Colorado and marrying Jules, a woman just as eager to escape her own messy past.

Ten years later, his uncle’s death pulls Cam and Jules back into the family fold at Ashby House. Its views are just as stunning as ever, its rooms just as elegant, but the legacy of Ruby is inescapable.

And as Ashby House tightens its grip on Jules and Camden, questions about the infamous heiress come to light. Was there any truth to the persistent rumors following her disappearance as a girl? What really happened to those four husbands, who all died under mysterious circumstances? And why did she adopt Cam in the first place? Soon, Jules and Cam realize that an inheritance can entail far more than what’s written in a will––and that the bonds of family stretch far beyond the grave.


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