• Michael 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 (facebook.com/atlanticlibrary), Twitter (@ACLSLibrarian) and Instagram (instagram.com/aclslibrarian).


Many library services are available 24/7 at www.atlanticlibrary.org.


The library will be closed on May 30 for Memorial Day and June 17 for Juneteenth.


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


Makers Space Sewing for Teens and Adults: Open to teens and adults. Registration required. On Saturday, June 11 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines, masks are recommended for anyone that is not vaccinated. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.


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


Tracy Flick Can’t Win

A Novel by Tom Perrotta


Tracy Flick is a hardworking assistant principal at a public high school in suburban New Jersey. Still ambitious but feeling a little stuck and underappreciated in midlife, Tracy gets a jolt of good news when the longtime principal, Jack Weede, abruptly announces his retirement, creating a rare opportunity for Tracy to ascend to the top job.


Energized by the prospect of her long-overdue promotion, Tracy throws herself into her work with renewed zeal, determined to prove her worth to the students, faculty and school board, while also managing her personal life—a 10-year-old daughter, a needy doctor boyfriend and a burgeoning meditation practice. But nothing ever comes easily to Tracy Flick, no matter how diligent or qualified she happens to be.


Among her many other responsibilities, Tracy is enlisted to serve on the Selection Committee for the brand-new Green Meadow High School Hall of Fame. Her male colleagues’ determination to honor Vito Falcone—a star quarterback of dubious character who had a brief, undistinguished career in the NFL—triggers bad memories for Tracy and leads her to troubling reflections about the trajectory of her own life and the forces that have left her feeling thwarted and disappointed, unable to fulfill her true potential.


As she broods on the past, Tracy becomes aware of storm clouds brewing in the present. Is she really a shoo-in for the principal job? Is the superintendent plotting against her? Why is the school board president’s wife trying so hard to be her friend? And why can’t she ever get what she deserves?


The House Across the Lake

A Novel by Riley Sager


Be careful what you watch for . . .


Casey Fletcher, a recently widowed actress trying to escape a streak of bad press, has retreated to the peace and quiet of her family’s lake house in Vermont. Armed with a pair of binoculars and several bottles of bourbon, she passes the time watching Tom and Katherine Royce, the glamorous couple living in the house across the lake. They make for good viewing—a tech innovator, Tom is powerful; and a former model, Katherine is gorgeous.


One day on the lake, Casey saves Katherine from drowning, and the two strike up a budding friendship. But the more they get to know each other—and the longer Casey watches—it becomes clear that Katherine and Tom’s marriage isn’t as perfect as it appears. When Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey immediately suspects Tom of foul play. What she doesn’t realize is that there’s more to the story than meets the eye—and that shocking secrets can lurk beneath the most placid of surfaces.