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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 (

The library will be closed on Columbus Day, October 10.

Many library services are available 24/7 at

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

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

Toddler Storytime: All children ages 1.5 to 5 are invited on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m..

Registration is required. The latest books and some old favorites will help introduce new vocabulary and reinforce learning. Children and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, games and movement while building language literacy skills.

Lego Club: October 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Open to ages 5 and older. Registration is required. Join our Lego Club and create your own Lego designs. All supplies are provided.

Crafts: Make Halloween lollipop ghosts, spiders and pumpkins on October 12 from 6:30 p.m.

to 7:30 p.m. Open to ages 3 and older. Registration is required. Get into the season’s spirit and create a spooky ghost, spider or pumpkin out of a lollipop. All materials are provided.

Makerspace Sewing: Saturday, October 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn to make fabric pumpkins. Suggested for teens and adults. Registration is required. Learn how to sew by hand and machines. Also learn how to take measurements, choose a pattern and choose fabric.

Tarot Tea Party: Wednesday, October 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Suggested for ages 12 and older. Registration is required. For some seasonal fun, join us to learn about tarot cards and their meanings. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume or special fashion and are welcome to bring their own decks of cards too. Tea and other refreshments will be served.

Family Movie Night: Suggested for ages 4 and older, registration required. Join us on October 25 at 6 p.m. for the movie Hotel Transylvania: Transformania! (Rated PG) and refreshments.

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

The Passenger

A Novel by Cormac McCarthy

1980, PASS CHRISTIAN, MISSISSIPPI: It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wet suit and plunges from the Coast Guard tender into darkness. His dive light illuminates the sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating, eyes devoid of speculation. Missing from the crash site are the pilot’s flight bag, the plane’s black box, and the tenth passenger. But how? A collateral witness to machinations that can only bring him harm, Western is shadowed in body and spirit—by men with badges; by the ghost of his father, inventor of the bomb that melted glass and flesh in Hiroshima; and by his sister, the love and ruin of his soul.

Mad Honey

A Novel by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life—living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising their beautiful son, Asher—was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined that she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in and taking over her father’s beekeeping business.

Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start.

And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can trust him completely...

Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she would be lying if she didn’t acknowledge the flashes of his father’s temper in Ash, and as the case against him unfolds, she realizes he’s hidden more than he’s shared with her.


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