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ATLANTIC COUNTY LIBRARY NEWS


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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 (facebook.com/atlanticlibrary), X (@ACLSLibrarian) and Instagram (@aclslibrarian).

Many library services are available 24/7 at atlanticlibrary.org.


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


All programs are subject to change or cancellation.


Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays, April 2, 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. Materials and snacks provided.


Lego Club: Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. Open to ages 5 and older. Registration required. Join EGO Club and create your own Lego designs. All supplies are provided.


Kite Craft for Kids: Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. Open to ages 5 and older. Registration required. Learn how to make your own kite that really flies. Materials are provided.


Crafting Social Hour: Saturday, April 6 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.


Solar Eclipse Viewer Event: Monday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. Open to all ages. Registration required. Join us for the solar eclipse event which begins around 2 p.m. Make your own eclipse viewer beforehand and enjoy some eclipse themed refreshments. Materials are provided.


DIY Glass Crackle Gems Jewelry: Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. Open to adults.

Registration required. Learn how to make colorful jewelry out of crackle glass gems using nail polish and flat backed glass stones. Materials are provided.


Makers Space Sewing: Saturday, April 20 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. On April 20 make a Japanese-Knot Tote Bag.


Family Movie Night: Tuesday, April 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.


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


A Calamity of Souls:


A Novel by David Baldacci


Jack Lee is a white lawyer from Freeman County, Virginia, who has never done anything to push back against racism, until he decides to represent Jerome Washington, a Black man charged with brutally killing an elderly and wealthy white couple. Doubting his decision, Lee fears that his legal skills may not be enough to prevail in a case where the odds are already stacked against both him and his client. And he quickly finds himself out of his depth when he realizes that what is at stake is far greater than the outcome of a murder trial.


Desiree DuBose is a Black lawyer from Chicago who has devoted her life to furthering the causes of justice and equality for everyone. She comes to Freeman County and enters a fractious and unwieldy partnership with Lee in a legal battle against the best prosecutor in the Commonwealth. Yet DuBose is also aware that powerful outside forces are at work to blunt the victories achieved by the Civil Rights era.  


Lee and DuBose could not be more dissimilar. On their own, neither one can stop the prosecution’s deliberate march towards a guilty verdict and the electric chair. But together, the pair fight for what once seemed impossible: a chance for a fair trial and true justice.


The Familiar:


A Novel by Leigh Bardugo


In a shabby house, on a shabby street, in the new capital of Madrid, Luzia Cotado uses scraps of magic to get through her days of endless toil as a scullion. But when her scheming mistress discovers the lump of a servant cowering in the kitchen is actually hiding a talent for little miracles, she demands Luzia use those gifts to improve the family’s social position.


What begins as simple amusement for the nobility takes a perilous turn when Luzia garners the notice of Antonio Pérez, the disgraced secretary to Spain’s king. Still reeling from the defeat of his armada, the king is desperate for any advantage in the war against England’s heretic queen―and Pérez will stop at nothing to regain the king’s favor.


Determined to seize this one chance to better her fortunes, Luzia plunges into a world of seers and alchemists, holy men and hucksters, where the lines between magic, science, and fraud are never certain. But as her notoriety grows, so does the danger that her Jewish blood will doom her to the Inquisition’s wrath. She will have to use every bit of her wit and will to survive―even if that means enlisting the help of Guillén Santángel, an embittered immortal familiar whose own secrets could prove deadly for them both.


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