• 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.


The library will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 5.


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


Masks are optional, but social distancing is still in effect. All programs are 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.

Tuesday, September 27 at 10:30 a.m. Children and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, games and movement while building language literacy skills.


Toddler Craft Hour: Open to ages 3 and older. Thursdays, September 8 and 22 at 10:30 a.m. Registration required. Make a different under-the-sea animal craft for each session. All materials provided.


Back 2 School Craft: Bookworm Pencil Holder: Open to ages 3 and older. Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Make a back-to-school bookworm pencil holder with pencils. All materials are provided.


How to Hunt the Jersey Devil! with Local Author Tony DiGerolamo: Open to ages 13 and older. Registration required. Thursday, September 8 at 6 p.m. Local author and comedian Tony DiGerolamo, discusses his new novel series, The Pineys, along with the Jersey Devil, South Jersey Witches and other local folklore.The series is about a family of hunters who hunt the kin of the Jersey Devil.


Maker’s Space Lap Quilt: Open to adults. Registration required. Registration covers all classes. Saturdays, August 10 and 24 at 1:30 p.m. Make a pair of sleep pants using a commercial pattern. Must attend both days. 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 Adult Craft Night-No Sew Duct Tape Zip Pouch: For Teens and Adults 12 and older. Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. Registration Required. Make a very cool and handy, no-sew, duct tape zip pouch. All materials are provided.


Family Movie Night: Suggested for ages 4 and older, registration required. Join us on September 21 at 6 p.m. for the movie The Bad Guys (Rated PG) and refreshments.


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


Lucy by the Sea

A Novel by Elizabeth Strout



As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and on-again, off-again friend, William. For the next several months, it’s just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the moody, swirling sea.


Fairy Tale

A Novel by Stephen King



Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it.


Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.