HAMMONTON - If you are looking for ways to beat the summer heat, than check out the many cool activities being offered at the libraries in the Atlantic County Library System.

Through its “Build A Better World” summer reading program, kids of all ages are welcome to participate in logging their summer reading, scavenger hunts and much more. If completed before Aug. 10, participants win prizes.

At the Hammonton Branch, kids and teens also have a chance to participate in the Build a Better World Story Wall by grabbing a story kit and adding to the wall. The Hammonton Branch also is offering several opportunities for participants to build something, such as a birdhouse (for ages 8 and up) and a boat (for ages 5 and up).

At the Brigantine Branch, adults have a chance to participate in the fun of the Build A Better World Program, too. Adults can log their reading, including ebooks and audio, for a chance at weekly prizes. For adults, the Brigantine Branch also will provide materials on how to build your very own little library on July 13.

However, Build A Better World is not the only program the branches of the ACLS have going on in the coming months. Throughout the summer, several branches will host a variety of story times where young children can listen to stories and maybe even play a game and make a craft.

Children also have the chance to build their reading confidence in a non-judgmental atmosphere with the Furry Buddies. Children ages 6-14 can read to therapy dogs Cody, Erin or Freedom, all of whom love children. The Furry Buddies alternate between the Galloway Township and Mays Landing branches on Tuesday evenings, so no matter where you are in Atlantic County, they are never far away.

The library also is the perfect place to get some exercise as several branches are offering yoga programs. At the Ventnor Branch, adults and teens can enjoy some relaxing Flow Yoga. Adults and teens can also enjoy some yoga at the Egg Harbor Township Branch.

If exercise is not your thing, though, the ACLS offers plenty of more activities for people of all ages, including book clubs, knitting clubs and even Lego clubs. All of these activities and programs are just the beginning of what the ACLS has in store this summer at its branches. For more information on these activities and more, please visit

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