Something for everyone at library this summer

Events include history lectures, garden tours, craft classes and game sessions.

The Sun

With summer in full effect, the Mullica Hill library will have something for everyone at its coming events.

Among them is the historical lecture, “Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 Years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. It will feature author Margaret Buchholz, who will discuss ships that are resting beneath the New Jersey portion of the Atlantic Ocean.

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“Ms. Buchholz will sail us into the storm-tossed seas, where we will be caught in the swirling wreck-filled waters, and fires of tragedies like the Morro Castle, and come away with a sense of shared survival as well as respect for the brave heroes and lost souls of her book,” said adult services librarian Debbie Drachman.

The event is part of a series of historical lectures funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Register for the event on the GCLS website.

Also this summer will be the library’s garden tours every Friday from 11 to 11:30 a.m., with the next one scheduled for July 5. The tours follow the library’s Toddler Storytime events – also on Fridays, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. – and allows kids and parents to explore the library’s inner garden.

“It’s a great learning opportunity for kids that are interested in gardening,” said Jim O’Connor, who runs the tours. “We sit on fertile farmland, as Gloucester County used to be called the ‘county that feeds Philadelphia.’

“Kids will help us pick out beans and other types of vegetables, as well as helping plant stuff,” he added. “Parents can do it as well. We’re growing two types of kale and broccoli, which kids can pick right off.”

Registration is not required for the garden tours. The library will also feature adult craft classes on the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m., the next on July 8. Each session will feature a unique craft and supplies are included.

“We’ll be embroidering with fabric and buttons on a shirt you bring in from home,” Drachman explained.

Space is limited and requires registration on the GCLS website. Also for adults are the library’s regular Card Games and Mahjongg on the third Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m., with the next one on July 16. A Movie Matinee for seniors is shown on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.; next up is Aug. 7.

Those programs require registration.

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