• Michael Bleming

In the books 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 (facebook.com/atlanticlibrary), Twitter (@ACLSLibrarian) and Instagram (instagram.com/aclslibrarian).


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


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


All programs subject to change or cancellation.


Toddler Storytime: All children ages 1.5 to 5 are invited. Registration is required. The latest books and some old favorites will help introduce new vocabulary and reinforce learning. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Children and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, games and movement while building language literacy skills.


Maker’s Space Lap Quilt: Open to adults. Registration required. Registration covers all classes. Tuesday, August 2 at 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays, August 6 at 1:30 p.m. Make a tied lap quilt. Learn how to piece a quilt top and tie it. Please contact the library for a materials list. Sewing machines are provided. Masks are optional, but social distancing is still in effect.


DIY Kids Crafts-Painted Fairy Houses: Open to ages 5-12. Wednesday, August 3 at 1:30 p.m. Registration required. Make your own fairy house. All materials are provided. Face masks are optional, but social distancing is still in effect. All programs are subject to change or cancellations.


Toddler Craft Hour: Open to ages 3 and older. Tuesdays, August 4 and 18 at 10:30 a.m. Registration required. Make a different under-the-sea animal craft for each session. All materials provided. Masks are optional, but social distancing is still in effect.


Summer Reading Program - Aquatic Sciences Oceans of Possibilities: Open to all ages. Registration required. Thursday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m. With an “Ocean of Possibilities” there is so much to learn. Patrons will dive into the world of oceans with the Center for Aquatic Sciences, learning about some of the unique creatures that call the ocean home. From Narwhals to horseshoe crabs, this 45-minute program will engage learners of all ages! Sponsored by the Atlantic County Library Foundation. Masks are optional, but social distancing is still in effect. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.


Summer Reading Program - DIY Popsicle Stick Craft Sign: Open to adults. Registration required. Wednesday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. Make a rustic wall sign out of popsicle sticks. All materials are provided. Masks are optional but social distancing is still in effect. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.


Family Movie Night: Suggested for ages 4 and older, registration required. Join us on August 31 at 6 p.m. for the movie Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Rated PG) and refreshments. Masks are optional, but social distancing is still in effect.


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


Ink Black Heart

by Robert Galbraith


When frantic, disheveled Edie Ledwell appears in the office begging to speak to her, private detective Robin Ellacott doesn’t know quite what to make of the situation. The cocreator of a popular cartoon, The Ink Black Heart, Edie is being persecuted by a mysterious online figure who goes by the pseudonym of Anomie. Edie is desperate to uncover Anomie’s true identity.


Robin decides that the agency can’t help with this—and thinks nothing more of it until a few days later, when she reads the shocking news that Edie has been tasered and then murdered in Highgate Cemetery, the location of The Ink Black Heart.


Robin and her business partner, Cormoran Strike, become drawn into the quest to uncover Anomie’s true identity. But with a complex web of online aliases, business interests and family conflicts to navigate, Strike and Robin find themselves embroiled in a case that stretches their powers of deduction to the limits—and which threatens them in new and horrifying ways.


Babysitter

A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates


In the waning days of the turbulent 1970s, in the wake of unsolved child-killings that have shocked Detroit, the lives of several residents are drawn together with tragic consequences.


There is Hannah, wife of a prominent local businessman, who has begun an affair with a darkly charismatic stranger whose identity remains elusive; Mikey, a canny street hustler who finds himself on a chilling mission to rectify injustice; and the serial killer known as Babysitter, an enigmatic and terrifying figure at the periphery of elite Detroit. As Babysitter continues his rampage of abductions and killings, these individuals intersect with one another in startling and unexpected ways.