HAMMONTON - The Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System started to get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day on Feb. 1 with a hanging heart’s craft.

“I found the craft on Pinterest,” said senior librarian Rachel Simmons. Simmons is usually in charge of the crafts for the younger age groups and attempts to find crafts that will be good for little hands.

The hanging hearts craft that Simmons chose for this month’s Creative Crafts for Kids consisted of three hearts that were made from chenille stems, also known as pipe cleaners, which had been beaded and then connected together.

Elle Monaghan and Kendall Husta, both 5, set to work on their crafts right away. “I enjoy art and painting,” said Elle as she began to string beads along her chenille stems. Last Wednesday was a big day for Elle as she also got her very own library card.

Kendall decided that she wanted to make bracelets instead of the hanging hearts. “I’m making a bracelet for my little sister,” said Kendall, whose sister Everly could not make it to the Creative Crafts for Kids because she was sick.

The Hammonton Library Branch also offers more programs geared towards children. Not only does it offer a monthly Creative Crafts for Kids, but it also provides Toddler and Preschool Storytimes.

Toddler Storytime occurs every Tuesday at 10 a.m. between now and March 28. This storytime is suggested for ages 2-4 and includes crafts, snack and games, along with stories.

Preschool Storytime occurs every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. between now and March 30. This storytime is suggested for ages 3 1/12 to 5 and includes a craft along with the stories.

There also is a Saturday Storytime geared towards ages 2-5 and each session will have crafts, snacks and games along with the stories. The next Saturday Storytime will be on Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m. Registration is requested for all storytimes.

The next Creative Crafts for Kids will be on Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Children will be trying Marshmallow Shamrock Stamping. The suggested ages for Creative Crafts for Kids is 5 and up but younger children may be able to participate with the help of an adult. Registration is requested.

Kids are not the only ones who get to enjoy monthly crafts at the library, teenagers and adults can too. Teenagers and adults can try their hand at making a decorative photo magnet at the next Crafting For Adults and Young Adults. The craft will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The craft is suggested for 13 years and up and registration is requested.

If you would like any more information on any of the programs mentioned, please call (609) 561-2264.

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