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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. Many library services are available 24/7 at

The library is committed to providing a safe environment. In-person events will follow government recommendations for health and safety and have been redesigned to create a sanitary environment that allows for physical distancing. Face masks for anyone over the age of 2 will still be required for any indoor activities until further notice.

Whether it’s providing free access to books, programs, educational apps, homework help, digital media or 24/7 online databases and resources, a library card is one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies. Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

The library will be closed on Monday, October 11 for Columbus Day.

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

Following are events offered this October:

Grab N’ Go: Craft of the Month Club for Teens and Adults: Suggested for teens and adults. Come in and get the directions for a craft to do at home with your own materials. Each month there will be a new craft to try. Library will provide directions; you will need to provide your own materials. October’s craft is a No-Sew Rustic Table Runner.

Toddler Storytime and Craft: Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Open to ages 2 1/2 to 5. Registration required for each session. Space is limited to 10. 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 and literacy skills. Materials are provided.

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


A Novel by Jonathan Franzen

It’s December 23, 1971, and heavy weather is forecast for Chicago. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate pastor of a liberal suburban church, is on the brink of breaking free of a marriage he finds joyless―unless his wife, Marion, who has her own secret life, beats him to it. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college on fire with moral absolutism, having taken an action that will shatter his father. Clem’s sister, Becky, long the social queen of her high-school class, has sharply veered into the counterculture, while their brilliant younger brother Perry, who’s been selling drugs to seventh graders, has resolved to be a better person. Each of the Hildebrandts seeks a freedom that each of the others threatens to complicate.

State of Terror

A Novel by Hillary Rodham Clinton & Louise Penny

After a tumultuous period in American politics, a new administration has just been sworn in, and to everyone’s surprise the president chooses a political enemy for the vital position of secretary of state.

There is no love lost between the president of the United States and Ellen Adams, his new secretary of state. But it’s a canny move on the part of the president. With this appointment, he silences one of his harshest critics, since taking the job means Adams must step down as head of her multinational media conglomerate.

As the new president addresses Congress for the first time, with Secretary Adams in attendance, Anahita Dahir, a young foreign service officer (FSO) on the Pakistan desk at the State Department, receives a baffling text from an anonymous source.

Too late, she realizes the message was a hastily coded warning.

What begins as a series of apparent terrorist attacks is revealed to be the beginning of an international chess game involving the volatile and Byzantine politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran; the race to develop nuclear weapons in the region; the Russian mob; a burgeoning rogue terrorist organization; and an American government set back on its heels in the international arena.

As the horrifying scale of the threat becomes clear, Secretary Adams and her team realize it has been carefully planned to take advantage of four years of an American government out of touch with international affairs, out of practice with diplomacy and out of power in the places where it counts the most.

To defeat such an intricate, carefully constructed conspiracy, it will take the skills of a unique team: a passionate young FSO, a dedicated journalist and a smart, determined, but as yet untested new secretary of state.


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