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  • Writer's pictureThe Hammonton Gazette

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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.

All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

The library will be closed on Friday, June 21 for Juneteenth.

Business Planning 101: Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. Open to adults. Registration required.

Business planning 101 is about understanding the essentials of creating a roadmap for your business. It involves: Defining your goals: What do you want your business to achieve?

Understanding your market: Who are your customers, and what are their needs? Crafting your strategy: How will you reach your target audience and achieve your goals? Building your team: Who will help you run the business? Forecasting your finances: How much money will you need, and how will you make it? Join the SBDC at the library for a three hour event exploring Business Planning 101. Sponsored by the Atlantic County Library Foundation and the Atlantic County Coalition for a Safe Community.

Crafting Social Hour: Saturday, June 1 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.

Preschool Storytime and Craft: Tuesdays, June 4, 18 and 25 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. Please alert staff to food allergies.

Lego Club: Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. Open to ages 5 and older. Registration required.

Join Lego Club and create your own Lego designs. All supplies are provided.

DIY T-shirt Tote Bags: Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. Open to adults. Registration required. Make a tote bag out of a recycled T-shirt. Please bring an old t-shirt with you. All other materials are provided.

Makers Space Sewing: Saturdays, June 15 and June 29 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 June 15, June 29, July 13 and July 27 make a Pieced Lap Quilt.

Family Movie Night: Tuesday, June 18 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.

Summer Reading Program Geode Geologist Event: Wednesday, June 19 at 1:30 p.m. Open to ages 7-13. Registration required. What’s inside a geode? How do they form? Most importantly, how do you split them open? This program teaches basic geode geology, then lets children explore various types of rocks. Meet a geologist and learn about rocks and rock formations. All materials are provided.

Summer Reading Program Adventure Collection Satchel and Scavenger Hunt: Monday, June 24 at 1:30 p.m. Open to ages 5 and older. Registration required. Adventure begins at your library with making your own adventure satchel for a library scavenger hunt. All materials are provided.

Summer Reading Program Make your own Adventure Compass: Wednesday, June 26 at 1:30 p.m. Open to ages 5 and older. Registration required. Younger children may need help from an adult. Make your own compass for summer adventures. All materials are provided.

Summer Reading Program Adventure Journal: Thursday, June 27 at 10 a.m. Open to ages 5 and older. Registration required. Write down all your summer activities, trips, and adventures in your own homemade journal. All materials are provided.

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

Middle of the Night

A Novel by Riley Sager

The worst thing to ever happen on Hemlock Circle occurred in Ethan Marsh’s backyard. One July night, 10-year-old Ethan and his best friend and neighbor, Billy, fell asleep in a tent set up on a manicured lawn in a quiet, quaint New Jersey cul-de-sac. In the morning, Ethan woke up alone. During the night, someone had sliced the tent open with a knife and taken Billy. He was never seen again.

Thirty years later, Ethan has reluctantly returned to his childhood home. Plagued by bad dreams and insomnia, he begins to notice strange things happening in the middle of the night. Someone seems to be roaming the cul-de-sac at odd hours, and signs of Billy’s presence keep appearing in Ethan’s backyard. Is someone playing a cruel prank? Or has Billy, long thought to be dead, somehow returned to Hemlock Circle?

The mysterious occurrences prompt Ethan to investigate what really happened that night, a quest that reunites him with former friends and neighbors and leads him into the woods that surround Hemlock Circle. Woods where Billy claimed ghosts roamed and where a mysterious institute does clandestine research on a crumbling estate.

The closer Ethan gets to the truth, the more he realizes that no place—be it quiet forest or suburban street—is completely safe. And that the past has a way of haunting the present.

The Housemaid is Watching

A Novel by Freida McFadden

“You must be our new neighbors!” Mrs. Lowell gushes and waves across the picket fence. I clutch my daughter’s hand and smile back: but the second Mrs. Lowell sees my husband a strange expression crosses her face. In that moment I make a promise. We finally have a family home. My past is far, far behind us. And I’ll do anything to keep it that way…

I used to clean other people’s houses―now, I can’t believe this home is actually mine. The charming kitchen, the quiet cul-de-sac, the huge yard where my kids can play. My husband and I saved for years to give our children the life they deserve.

Even though I’m wary of our new neighbor Mrs. Lowell, when she invites us over for dinner it’s our chance to make friends. Her maid opens the door wearing a white apron, her hair in a tight bun. I know exactly what it’s like to be in her shoes. But her cold stare gives me chills…

The Lowells’ maid isn’t the only strange thing on our street. I’m sure I see a shadowy figure watching us. My husband leaves the house late at night. And when I meet a woman who lives across the way, her words chill me to the bone: Be careful of your neighbors.

Did I make a terrible mistake moving my family here?

I thought I’d left my darkest secrets behind. But could this quiet suburban street be the most dangerous place of all?


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