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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 South Egg Harbor Road 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 our full calendar of events, visit Registration required for all programs.

Toddler Storytime: All children ages 1.5 to 5 are invited to weekly preschool storytimes on Tuesdays, March 1 through March 31 at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required. Each session includes the latest books and some old favorites to help introduce new vocabulary and reinforce learning. Children and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, games and movement while building language and literacy skills. In accordance with CDC guidelines: masks are recommended for anyone that is not vaccinated. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

Creative Crafts for Kids: Open to ages 5 and older. Registration required. DIY make and take crafts with all supplies provided. On Monday, March 2 make a St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Slime. Masks are required for anyone over the age of 2. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

Makerspace Sewing Crafts for Teens & Adults: Open to teens and adults. Registration required. Learn how to sew by hand and machine on Saturday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m. Also learn how to take measurements, choose a pattern and choose fabric. In accordance with CDC guidelines: masks are recommended for anyone that is not vaccinated. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

Family Movie Night: Suggested for ages 4 and older, registration required. Join us for a showing of Encanto (Rated PG) on Wednesday, March 30 with snacks and refreshments. In accordance with CDC guidelines: face masks are required for everyone 2 years and older, regardless of vaccination status. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

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

French Braid

A Novel by Anne Tyler

The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever leave home, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations to be a painter, which means less time keeping house for her husband, Robin. Their teenage daughters, steady Alice and boy-crazy Lily, could not have less in common. Their youngest, David, is already intent on escaping his family’s orbit for reasons none of them understand. Yet, as these lives advance across decades, the Garretts’ influences on one another ripple ineffably but unmistakably through each generation.

The Night Shift

A Novel by Alex Finlay

It’s New Year’s Eve 1999. Y2K is expected to end in chaos: planes falling from the sky, elevators plunging to earth, world markets collapsing. A digital apocalypse. None of that happens. But at a Blockbuster Video in New Jersey, four teenagers working late at the store are attacked. Only one inexplicably survives. Police quickly identify a suspect, the boyfriend of one of the victims, who flees and is never seen again.

Fifteen years later, more teenage employees are attacked at an ice cream store in the same town, and again only one makes it out alive.

In the aftermath of the latest crime, three lives intersect: the lone survivor of the Blockbuster massacre who’s forced to relive the horrors of her tragedy, the brother of the fugitive accused, who’s convinced the police have the wrong suspect and FBI agent Sarah Keller who must delve into the secrets of both nights—stirring up memories of teen love and lies—to uncover the truth about murders on the night shift


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