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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 (

The library will be closed on February 13 for Lincoln’s Birthday (observed) and February 20 for Presidents Day.

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.

Lego Club: February 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Open to ages 5 and older. Registration is required. Join our Lego Club and create your own Lego designs. All supplies are provided.

Toddler Storytime and Craft: All children ages 1.5 to 3 are invited on Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m. Registration is 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.

Valentine Fingerpaint Canvas Art: Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. Open to ages 5 and older. Registration required. Make an artistic display for Valentine’s Day with a fingerprint painted canvas. All materials are provided.

DIY Painted Mugs: Design your own mug on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. Open to adults. Registration required. Make your own decorative designs on a mug. All materials are provided.

Family Movie Night: Suggested for ages 4 and older; registration required. Join us on February 22 for a movie 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.

Maker’s Space Sewing: Open to teens and adults. Registration is required. Discover how to sew both by hand and with machines. On Saturday, February 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. make valentine sachets. Also learn how to take measurements, select a pattern, and choose fabric.

Crafting Social Hour: Suggested for teens and adults. Registration is 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 on Saturday, February 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join us each month while working on individual projects. Refreshments will be served, so please advise library staff of any food allergies.

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

Someone Else’s Shoes

A Novel by JoJo Moyes

Nisha Cantor lives the globetrotting life of the seriously wealthy, until her husband announces a divorce and cuts her off. Nisha is determined to hang onto her glamorous life. But in the meantime, she must scramble to cope—she doesn’t even have the shoes she was, until a moment ago, standing in.

That’s because Sam Kemp—in the bleakest point of her life—has accidentally taken Nisha’s gym bag. But Sam hardly has time to worry about a lost gym bag—she’s struggling to keep herself and her family afloat. When she tries on Nisha’s six-inch high Christian Louboutin red crocodile shoes, the resulting jolt of confidence that makes her realize something must change—and that thing is herself.

It’s One of Us

A Novel by J.T. Ellison

Everybody lies. Even the ones you think you know best of all . . .

Olivia Bender designs exquisite home interiors that satisfy the most demanding clients. But her own deepest desire can’t be fulfilled by marble counters or the perfect rug. She desperately wants to be a mother. Fertility treatments and IVF keep failing. And just when she feels she’s at her lowest point, the police deliver shocking news to Olivia and her husband, Park.

DNA results show that the prime suspect in a murder investigation is Park’s son. Olivia is relieved, knowing this is a mistake. Despite their desire, the Benders don’t have any children. Then comes the confession. Many years ago, Park donated sperm to a clinic. He has no idea how many times it was sold—or how many children he has sired.

As the murder investigation goes deeper, more terrible truths come to light. With every revelation, Olivia must face the unthinkable. The man she married has fathered a killer. But can she hold that against him when she keeps such dark secrets of her own?


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