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  • Writer's pictureMichael Bleming

In the book stacks Atlantic County Library news

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The Atlantic County Library System/Hammonton is located at 451 S. Egg Harbor Rd. 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 their full calendar of events, visit Registration required for all programs.

Masks are optional, but social distancing is still in effect. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

The library will be closed on June 16 for Juneteenth.

Crafting Social Hour: Saturday, June 3 at 1:30 p.m. Open to teens and adults. Registration required. Do you like to chat with others while crafting? Bring your projects with you, (knit, crochet, cross-stitch, embroider, stencil, jewelry-making, etc.) and pass your creative time with new friends. Join us each month while working on individual projects. Refreshments provided.

Toddler Storytime and Craft: All children ages 1.5 to 3 are invited on Tuesdays, June 6 , 13 and 20 at 10:30 a.m. Registration required. 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.

Lego Club: Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. Open to ages 5 and older. Registration required. Join our Lego Club and create your own Lego designs. All supplies are provided.

Craft for Adults-DIY Terrarium: Wednesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. Open to adults. Registration required. Using a glass jar, build your own terrarium using various plants, moss and pebbles. All materials are provided.

Maker’s Space Sewing: Saturday, June 10 and June 24 at 1:30 p.m. Open to teens and adults. Registration required. Discover how to sew both by hand, and with machines. Also learn how to take measurements, select a pattern, and choose fabric. All programs are subject to change or cancellation. On June 10 and June 24 make a beach cover-up.

All Together Now-Summer Reading Program: Begins June 12. For all ages. Registration required. Join us for a fun-filled summer with reading, crafts and games. Enter our weekly book-bundle raffles. Track your reading by the book or the minute. Turn in your incentive games and summer challenges for prizes during the summer. Bring your final reading logs August 3 to our Summer Reading Finale.

All Together Now-DIY Summer Garden Watering Cans: Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. Open to children and teens 5-17. Registration required. Do you like gardening? If so, start by making a recycled watering can out of beverage containers. Help us nurture our library garden. All materials are provided.

All Together Now-DIY Butterfly/Hummingbird Nectar Feeders: Thursday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m. Open to all ages. Young children may need help from an adult. Registration required. Make your own butterfly and/or hummingbird nectar feeder. All materials are provided.

All Together Now-Collaborative Art Puzzle: Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. Open to kids and teens, aged 5-17. Registration required. Join us for a collaborative art project using puzzle pieces and imagination. All decorative materials and puzzle pieces are provided.

Family Movie Night: Wednesday, June 28 at 6 p.m. Movie TBD. Open to all. Registration required. Join us for movies on the big screen. Refreshments will be provided; please advise staff of any food allergies. Check with the branch for upcoming titles. Guardians must remain with children age 9 and under.

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

Zero Days

A Novel by Ruth Ware

Zero Days

Hired by companies to break into buildings and hack security systems, Jack and her husband, Gabe, are the best penetration specialists in the business. But after a routine assignment goes horribly wrong, Jack arrives home to find her husband dead. To add to her horror, the police are closing in on their suspect—her.

The Five-Star Weekend

A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand

Hollis Shaw’s life seems picture-perfect. She’s the creator of the popular food blog Hungry with Hollis and is married to Matthew, a dreamy heart surgeon. But after she and Matthew get into a heated argument one snowy morning, he leaves for the airport and is killed in a car accident. The cracks in Hollis’s perfect life—her strained marriage and her complicated relationship with her daughter, Caroline—grow deeper.

So when Hollis hears about something called a “Five-Star Weekend”—one woman organizes a trip for her best friend from each phase of her life: her teenage years, her twenties, her thirties and midlife—she decides to host her own Five-Star Weekend on Nantucket. But the weekend doesn’t turn out to be a joyful Hallmark movie.

The husband of Hollis’s childhood friend Tatum arranges for Hollis’s first love, Jack Finigan, to spend time with them, stirring up old feelings. Meanwhile, Tatum is forced to play nice with abrasive and elitist Dru-Ann, Hollis’s best friend from UNC Chapel Hill. Dru-Ann’s career as a prominent Chicago sports agent is on the line after her comments about a client’s mental health issues are misconstrued online. Brooke, Hollis’s friend from their thirties, has just discovered that her husband is having an inappropriate relationship with a woman at work. Again! And then there’s Gigi, a stranger to everyone (including Hollis) who reached out to Hollis through her blog. Gigi embodies an unusual grace and, as it hap- pens, has many secrets.


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