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HAMMONTON - With Halloween just around the corner, the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System were getting people in the mood with their mini-pumpkin candy bouquet craft on the evening of Oct. 4.

The mini pumpkin candy bouquet craft was made using:

a small glass container, like one used for jelly;

colored tissue paper, in this case orange and green to keep with the pumpkin theme;

skewers;

ribbon;

hot glue gun, adult supervision is necessary;

scissors;

artificial moss;

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, try to save enough for the craft!

The first step in the craft is to fill the glass jar with the tissue paper, layering as desired.

You have the option of putting moss into the jar at this stage as well — it’s all about being creative.

The next step is to cut the skewers so they stand just slightly out of the jar, after which you then take a hot glue gun and glue the skewers to the back of the Reese’s, which are still in their wrappers, then let them dry.

Once dry, place them in the jar and arrange. Tying some ribbon around the jar finishes everything up.

“This craft came from Pinterest,” laughed senior librarian, Rachel Simmons. “I found it after I typed in “Halloween crafts. Pinterest has great crafts, so I figured why mess with a good thing?”

“I love crafts and it is something to do,” said Valerie Garcia as she worked on her candy bouquet.

It was Garcia’s first time visiting the library. Garcia visited the library with her mother Yolanda Algea, who moved to Hammonton two years ago.

“I was showing my daughter the town,” smiled Algea when asked why she came to the candy bouquet craft.

The candy bouquet is not the only craft that the Hammonton library has in store for this month. On Oct. 18, children ages 5 and older will have the opportunity to make their very own Halloween pumpkin treat bags. The craft begins at 6 p.m. There will also be a Bat-O-Lanterns craft on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. for children 5 and older. For both crafts, all materials are provided, but registration is requested.

The Hammonton library has many more fun and interesting experiences in store for the rest of the year as well. The month of November is heroes month at the library and the library will have a heroes wall dedicated to both fictional and real-life heroes.

People of all ages are welcome to post a poem, description, or a drawing of their heroes on the wall.

In keeping with their heroes theme, the library will also have a “Heroes Among Us: Book Discussion” on Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. The discussion will allow attendees to discuss their favorite fictional heroes from their favorite books. The discussion is suggested for teens and adults and refreshments will be provided.

On Dec. 6, people of all ages will have the chance to make cocoa cones, the perfect homemade gift for those hard to shop for people on your list. The craft begins at 6:30 p.m. and registration is requested.

These are just some of the many offerings at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System.

For more information on the above events or to find out what other events are in store, please go online and visit https://www.atlanticlibrary.org.

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