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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 30 for Memorial Day.

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, May 3 and May 10 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, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. make a twirligig rainbow paper spinner. Masks are optional, but social distancing is still in effect. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

Makers Space Sewing for Teens and Adults: Open to teens and adults. Registration required. On Saturday, May 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. learn how to sew by hand and machine. 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: Open to ages 4 and older, registration required. Join us on May 18 at 6 p.m. for a showing of Sing 2 (Rated PG) with snacks and refreshments. 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, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. make decoupage soaps. 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, May 28 at 2 p.m. discuss 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:

Book of Night

by Holly Black

Charlie Hall has never found a lock she couldn’t pick, a book she couldn’t steal, or a bad decision she wouldn’t make.

She’s spent half her life working for gloamists, magicians who manipulate shadows to peer into locked rooms, strangle people in their beds, or worse. Gloamists guard their secrets greedily, creating an underground economy of grimoires. And to rob their fellow magicians, they need Charlie Hall.

Now, she’s trying to distance herself from past mistakes, but getting out isn’t easy. Bartending at a dive, she’s still entirely too close to the corrupt underbelly of the Berkshires. Not to mention that her sister Posey is desperate for magic, and that Charlie’s shadowless, and possibly soulless, boyfriend has been hiding things from her. When a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie descends into a maelstrom of murder and lies.

Determined to survive, she’s up against a cast of doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires, gloamists and the people she loves best in the world―all trying to steal a secret that will give them vast and terrible power.

The Summer Place

A Novel by Jennifer Weiner

When her 22-year-old stepdaughter announces her engagement to her pandemic boyfriend, Sarah Danhauser is shocked. But the wheels are in motion. Headstrong Ruby has already set a date (just three months away!) and spoken to her beloved safta, Sarah’s mother Veronica, about having the wedding at the family’s beach house in Cape Cod. Sarah might be worried, but Veronica is thrilled to be bringing the family together one last time before putting the big house on the market.

But the road to a wedding day usually comes with a few bumps. Ruby has always known exactly what she wants, but as the wedding date approaches, she finds herself grappling with the wounds left by the mother who walked out when she was a baby. Veronica ends up facing unexpected news, thanks to her meddling sister, and must revisit the choices she made long ago, when she was a bestselling novelist with a different life. Sarah’s twin brother, Sam, is recovering from a terrible loss, and confronting big questions about who he is—questions he hopes to resolve during his stay on the Cape. Sarah’s husband, Eli, who’s been inexplicably distant during the pandemic, confronts the consequences of a long ago lapse from his typical good-guy behavior. And Sarah, frustrated by her husband, concerned about her stepdaughter, and worn out by challenges of life during quarantine, faces the alluring reappearance of someone from her past and a life that could have been.

When the wedding day arrives, lovers are revealed as their true selves, misunderstandings take on a life of their own, and secrets come to light. There are confrontations and revelations that will touch each member of the extended family, ensuring that nothing will ever be the same.


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