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  • Writer's pictureThe Hammonton Gazette

In The Book Stacks ~ Atlantic County Library News

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 (, X (@ACLSLibrarian) and Instagram (@aclslibrarian).

Many library services are available 24/7 at

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

The library will be closed Feb. 19 for Presidents Day.

All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 10:30 a.m. Open to ages 3-5.

Registration required. Children and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, games and movement while building language and literacy skills. All materials and snacks are provided. Please alert staff to food allergies.

Lego Club: Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Open to ages 5 and older. Registration required.

Join the Lego Club and create your own Lego designs. All supplies are provided.

Valentine Watercolor-Heart Art: Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Suggested for ages 5-12.

Registration required. Make your Valentine a homemade work of heart. Use vibrant watercolors to make a surprise heart artwork. All materials are provided.

Crafting Social Hour: Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1:30 p.m. Open to teens and adults. Registration requested. 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. Please advise staff on food allergies.

Family Movie Night: Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Open to all. Registration required. Join us for movies on the big screen. Check with the branch for upcoming titles. Refreshments will be provided; please advise staff of any food allergies. Guardians must remain with children age 9 and under.

DIY Snowman Door Décor: Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 a.m. Open to adults. Registration required. Fight the Winter blues at the library and make a snowman wreath to decorate your door. All materials are provided.

Makers Space Sewing: Saturday, Feb. 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. On Feb. 24 make a St. Patrick’s Day table runner/wall hanging.

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

The Women:

A Novel by Kristen Hannah

Women can be heroes. When 20 year old nursing student Frances “Frankie” McGrath hears these words, it is a revelation. Raised in the sun-drenched, idyllic world of Southern California and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing. But in 1965, the world is changing, and she suddenly dares to imagine a different future for herself. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path.

As green and inexperienced as the men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is overwhelmed by the chaos and destruction of war. Each day is a gamble of life and death, hope and betrayal; friendships run deep and can be shattered in an instant. In war, she meets―and becomes one of―the lucky, the brave, the broken and the lost.

But war is just the beginning for Frankie and her veteran friends. The real battle lies in coming home to a changed and divided America, to angry protesters and to a country that wants to forget Vietnam.

The Teacher

by Freida McFadden

Lesson No. 1: Trust no one.

Eve has a good life. She gets up each day, gets a kiss from her husband Nate and heads off to teach math at the local high school. All is as it should be. Except…

Last year, Caseham High was rocked by a scandal involving a student-teacher affair, with one student, Addie, at its center, but Eve knows there is far more to these ugly rumors than meets the eye.

Addie can’t be trusted. She lies, hurts people and destroys lives. At least, that’s what everyone says.

But nobody knows the real Addie. Nobody knows the secrets that could destroy her, and Addie will do anything to keep it quiet.


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