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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

The library will be closed on May 15 for Good Friday.

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

Toddler Storytime: All children ages 1.5 to 5 are invited. Registration is required. The latest books and some old favorites will help introduce new vocabulary and reinforce learning. Tuesdays, April 5 through April 26 at 10:30 a.m. Children and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, games and movement while building language literacy skills Masks are optional, but social distancing is still in effect.

Creative Crafts for Kids: Open to ages 5 and older. Registration required. DIY make and take crafts with all supplies provided. On Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. make watercolor spring eggs. Masks are optional, but social distancing is still in effect. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

DIY Adult Crafts: Open to adults. Registration is required. DIY projects to take and make each month. On Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. make garden gnomes. All materials are provided. Masks are optional, but social distancing is still in effect. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

Library Social Reader’s BookClub: Open to adults. Registration is required. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with us discussing the latest book of the month. On Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. discussing The Maidens by Alex Michaelides and on Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. discussing We are the Brennans by Tracey Lange. Masks are optional, but social distancing is still in effect. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

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

Sea of Tranquility

A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel

Edwin St. Andrew is 18 years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal—an experience that shocks him to his core.

Two centuries later a famous writer named Olive Llewellyn is on a book tour. She’s traveling all over Earth, but her home is the second moon colony, a place of white stone, spired towers and artificial beauty. Within the text of Llewllyn’s best-selling pandemic novel lies a strange passage: a man plays his violin for change in the echoing corridor of an airship terminal as the trees of a forest rise around him.

When Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the black-skied Night City, is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended: The exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Roberts himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe.

Crimson Summer

A Novel by Heather Graham

When FDLE special agent Amy Larson discovers a small horse figurine amid the bloody aftermath of a gang massacre in the Everglades, she recognizes it immediately. The toy is the calling card of the apocalypse cult that Larson and her partner, FBI special agent Hunter Forrest, have been investigating, and it can only mean one thing: this wasn’t an isolated skirmish—it was the beginning of a war.

As tensions between rival gangs rise, so does the body count, and Larson and Forrest’s investigation leads them to a violent, far-right extremist group who are in no hurry to quell the civil unrest. With a deadly puppet master working to silence their every lead, it’s a race against the clock to figure out who’s been pulling the strings and put a stop to the escalating cartel turf war before the Everglades run red.


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