• New Walk-in Job Skills Lab

    job skillsThe Atlantic City Free Public Library is now offering a free weekly Walk-in Job Skills Lab & Speaker Series to library members who need help with job-related tasks. We’ll provide refresher tips for your job search. The lab is on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. in September and October in the Main Library meeting room. The Speaker Series begins at 4 p.m., following the lab. Click here to read more.

    Out of Work?  Need  Help Refreshing Your Job Searching Skills?

    In September and October, the ACFPL will offer a WALK-IN JOB SKILLS LAB for library members who need help with job- related tasks.  This is not a job fair; it is only refresher tips for your job search.

     Every Wednesday, from 2:00PM – 4:00PM, library members can “walk-in’ and receive assistance with job-related tasks.

    Although library staff members are unable to enter your personal information, we can guide you through the process of searching for jobs on the web, creating an email address, updating your resume, or completing an online employment application.

    This is a free service offered on a first- come first- served basis.

  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at library

    Hispanic Heritage MonthAmericans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Click here to read more about the Atlantic City Free Public Library is offering to celebrate.
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  • Dr. Pitney markerGuide to Atlantic City Historical Markers available online

    The City of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Free Public Library are pleased to announce the availability of a new digital historical resource featuring the commemorative markers located throughout Atlantic City. These markers share the history of Atlantic City and the stories of many Atlantic City residents. Click here to view this great resource.
  • Library opens teen Makerspace

    MAKE AC logo resized smallTeenagers who love to make things – whether it’s their own clothes, music, movies, video games or inventions – have the opportunity to do so at the Atlantic City Free Public Library. Atlantic City teens are invited to “Make AC: Dream It, Design It, Do It” in the library’s Makerspace, which opened April, 14, 2014. Click here to continue reading.

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Summer Reading Program for kids now underway

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The Atlantic City Free Public Library officially began its annual Summer Reading Program this month with a kickoff party, and the fun will continue through late August. View our brochure.
The launch party, which was held June 25 at the Main Library, included information about the Summer Reading Program, book giveaways, fun activities, music, balloon art, special guests and more.
The themes for the Summer Reading Program are “Dig Into Reading” for kids and “A Grimm Summer” for teenagers.
Children and teenagers ages 0-17 are eligible to participate in the program, which will include a great selection of fun and educational events. Children less than nine years of age must be accompanied by a supervising adult in order to attend. All programs will be held at the Main Library unless noted otherwise.
Space is limited. It’s best to reserve a spot by calling (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050.

The June and July programs are:
•    Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party on Tuesday, June 25, from 2-4 p.m. – Join us for our Summer Reading Program launch party where there will be free books to take home, magic, face painting, refreshments and special guests. For ages 17 and younger.
•    Teen Zumba Nights on Wednesdays, June 26 and July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, from 5-6 p.m. – Bring your friends and follow endless combinations of Xbox Zumba routines. You’ll have so much fun dancing you won’t even realize you’re exercising – relieve stress, feel good and get healthy! Ages 10 to 18.
•    Comic Drawing Class on Thursdays, June 27, July 11, 18 and 25, at 3:30 p.m. – Learn how to draw characters or super heroes. Marvel/DC Comics illustrator Joe Del Beato leads the instruction. All materials supplied. Ages 7 to 17.
•    Celebrating Author Eric Carle: Creative Collages on Friday, June 28, at 1 p.m. – Participants learn about the genius of author/illustrator Eric Carle and create their own Carle-inspired collages. Children less than age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 8 to 12.
•    Gaming Fridays on Fridays, June 28 and July 5, 12, 19 and 26, at 3 p.m. – Game at your library! Bring your Magic, Yu Gi Oh!, Pokémon or other games and challenge your friends. Teen Lounge members can check out board games or participate in organized video game tournaments, which will include Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Naruto Shippuden, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and others. Must be 13 to use the Teen Lounge games. Ages 8 to 18.
•    Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Meetings on Saturdays, June 29, July 13 and 27, at 2 p.m. – Make your voice heard! Plan teen events, tell the library what material we should buy, and build some volunteer hours, all while eating free pizza! Ages 13 to 18.
•    Jewelry Making on Saturday, June 29, at 3 p.m. – Learn to make an awesome bracelet from either wire or hemp cord with a variety of embellishments. Various styles and techniques available. Ages 13 to 18.
•    Personalized Summer Fan on Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m. – Cool off in style with a personalized, decorated paddle fan. All ages.
•    NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party on Sunday, June 30, at 3:30 p.m. – Whether you’re working on song lyrics, starting your brilliant first book, or writing and drawing a graphic novel, you’re welcome to join us for National Novel Writing Month! Get ideas, celebrate with fellow creative people, do some ridiculous writing exercises, and most of all, START. Camp NaNoWriMo begins now! Ages 10 to 18.
•    Silent Library Teen Challenge on Friday, July 5, at 1 p.m. – Ever seen MTV’s show “Silent Library?” It challenges teams to perform ridiculous tasks, all while staying absolutely silent in the library. Are you up to the challenge? Ages 13 to 18.
•    Tween Days in the Teen Lounge on Saturdays, July 6 and 20, from 9:30-11 a.m. – Kids are invited to rock out in the Teen Space. This is your chance to enjoy gaming: Xbox360, PlayStation3 and Nintendo Wii. Participants need a library card in good standing. Ages 9 to 12.
•    Lego Club on Saturdays, July 6 and 20, at 11 a.m. – Use our LEGOs and your imagination to create something spectacular. Ages 6 to 12.
•    Dinosaur Story Time on Saturdays, July 6 and 20, at 2 p.m. – This program features stories, rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and simple crafts. Ages 2 to 6.
•    Kids Book Club on Saturdays, July 6 and 20, at 3 p.m. – Combine technology and reading in a fun book club experience. Enjoy snacks, crafts and good discussion. The first 10 books are FREE. Ages 8 to 12.
•    Magical Chad on Sunday, July 7, at 2 p.m. – Enjoy magic, juggling and magic lessons with Magical Chad Juros. Registration is required for the lessons after the magic show. All ages.
•    Teen Coffeehouse Night on Tuesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. – Teen Coffeehouse Nights are open mic events for everyone to share music, stories, poems, and art. Teens can share their own creations, or read from works that they enjoy. Warm drinks will be served, and everyone is invited to speak or sit back and listen. Ages 13 to 18.
•    Make Your Own Fossils on Wednesday, July 10, at 10:30 a.m. – Dinosaur lovers get to make their own fossils by molding clay, rolling it out using archaeological style fossils to create dinosaur prints, then painting them to make them look like the real thing. This is a make-and-take project that includes learning about the age of dinosaurs. Ages 8 to 12.
•    Baby Bounce and Playtime on Thursdays, July 11 and 18, at 11:30 a.m. – Introduce your infant to the world of sounds and stories. Ages 0-2.
•    NaNoWriMo Writing Meet-ups on Thursdays, July 11 and 18, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. – Work on your writing in a casual, quiet environment. Light snacks and writing inspiration provided. Writers only! Ages 10 to 18.
•    Storytelling with Balloon Animals on Friday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m. – Cheryl-Anne tells stories while creating colorful balloon animals. Ages 6 to 12.
•    Indoor Picnic and Movie on Friday, July 12, at 1 p.m. – Camp out in our meeting room! Bring a bag lunch and a blanket, and we’ll provide the drinks and movie. Ages 10 to 18.     
•    Books and Brunch in Bed on Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m. – Wear PJs and nosh on bagels and fruit at this delicious book club. A free copy of the book club selection is available for the first 10 teens to sign up. July’s book club choice is “Beastly” by Alex Flinn. Ages 13 to 18.
•    Petroglyphs-Ancient Stone Carving on Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m. – Petroglyphs (also called rock engravings) are images created by removing part of a rock surface by picking, carving, and scraping it. Participants will learn about prehistoric cave carving and painting and view some examples. Participants will use a variety of tools to carve their own petroglyphs and pigments to decorate them. Supplies are provided. Ages 8 to adult.
•    Stories and Face Painting on Tuesday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m. – Watch as folk tales from around the world are brought to life in face painting! Ages 6 to 12.
•    Native American Storytelling on Wednesday, July 17, at 10:30 a.m. – Experience Native American culture with Tchin, a nationally known artist and educator of Indian arts and culture. Through the art of oral tradition, he tells Indian stories portraying the creation of the world and how things came to be. Ages 7 to 17.
•    Big Bug Party on Thursday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. – Learn about and interact with exotic big bugs from around the world. All ages.
•    Teen Self-Defense: Mixed Martial Arts on Friday, July 19, at 1 p.m. – Learn how to defend yourself from Big Bad Wolves, Evil Queens and Villainous Huntsmen! Join mixed martial art master Sensei Brian “Graveto” Moragne for an in-library, self-defense class. Ages 13 to 18.
•    Terra Cotta Soldiers on Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m. – Learn about the ancient buried army of China and then make your own Terra Cotta soldiers. Ages 8 to adult.
•    Science Tellers: Dragons and Dreams on Tuesday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m. –  This fun, high-energy program teaches the science of fire and ice by telling a tale of Dragons and Dreams using experiments. Volunteers are a must! Ages 6 to 12.
•    Spin Me a Yarn on Wednesday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m. – Storyteller and weaver Bridget Flynn spins tales of long ago while introducing children to the art of the spinning wheel. Children will learn how to use a real spinning wheel and spin their own yarn. Ages 5 to 8.
•    Mr. Bubbles on Wednesday, July 24, at 1 p.m. at All Wars Memorial Building – Join us for the world’s funniest Bubble Show. Step into an interactive bubble world and be dazzled by masterpieces of bubble artistry. All ages.
•    Philadelphia Zoo Live Animal Show on Thursday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. – Discover the excitement of the zoo at the library! The Philadelphia Zoo will bring an interactive, educational and engaging experience with live animals. All ages.
•    All About Jazz Author Visit on Thursday, July 25, at 1 p.m. – Author Mick Carlon shares his love of jazz and stories from his book on jazz musician Louis Armstrong.  Ages 10 to 17.
•    Musical Instruments From Around the World on Friday, July 26, at 10:30 a.m. – Travel around the world in song with Daria, hear stories about exotic instruments and play them with her. Ages 7 to 12.
•    Grimm Fairy Tales + Origami on Friday, July 26, at 1 p.m. – If you’ve never heard the original versions of your favorite fairy tales, you’re in for a surprise: they aren’t as nice and happy as you might think. Hear the real stories and learn fairy tale origami with renowned storyteller Megan Hicks. Ages 13 to 18.
•    NaNoWriMo Write-A-Thon on Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Only five days left until the end of our National Novel Writing Month challenge! Bring a bag lunch and your writing project, we’ll provide the liquid refreshment and encouragement. Mini prizes will be awarded for a series of writing challenges throughout the day. Drop in whenever you’re available, or stay the whole day and seriously beef up your word count! Ages 10 to 18.
•    Aboriginal Dot Painting on Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m. – Learn about the ancient art of Australian Aboriginal Dot Painting and create your own. A great family craft. All ages.
•    Singable Stories From Around the World on Wednesday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m. – Enjoy an interactive concert of singable stories based on children’s folktales, myths and legends from diverse world cultures. Ages 5 to 12.
 
The August programs are:
•    Sweet Mud Painting on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m. – This workshop focuses on the techniques of the “Alabama Mud Painter,” Jimmy Lee Sudduth, who painted with a mixture of mud and syrup. Participants are supplied with all of the materials that they will need to create a painting utilizing the techniques of the artist. Ages 10 to 18.
•    NaNoWriMo Finish Line Party on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. – We made it! Count your final words. Did you make your goal? Whether you finished a whole novel or stopped writing after one poem, come celebrate the end of our month of writing. Share your writing (if you want), claim your final prizes and learn how to get your work edited and published on the library website or as an eBook! Ages 10 to 18.
•    Comic Drawing Class on Thursdays, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, at 3:30 p.m. –  Learn how to draw characters or super heroes. Marvel/DC Comics illustrator Joe Del Beato leads the instruction. Ages 7 to 17.
•    Choo Choo Charlie on Friday, Aug. 2, at 10:30 a.m. – Choo Choo Charlie will take you on a magical adventure with a unique blend of train effects, comedy and magic. Ages 5 to 12.
•    Gaming Fridays on Fridays, Aug. 2 and 9, from 3-5 p.m. – Game at your library! Bring your Magic, Yu Gi Oh!, Pokémon, or other games and challenge your friends. Teen Lounge members can check out board games or participate in organized video game tournaments, which will include Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Naruto Shippuden, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and others. Must be 13 to use the Teen Lounge games. Ages 8 to 18.
•    Tween Days in the Teen Lounge on Saturdays, Aug. 3 and 17, from 9:30-11 a.m. – Kids are invited to rock out in the Teen Space. This is your chance to enjoy gaming: Xbox360, PlayStation3 and Nintendo Wii. Ages 9 to 12.
•    LEGO Club on Saturdays, Aug. 3, 17 and 31, at 11 a.m. – Use our LEGOs and your imagination to create something spectacular. Ages 6 to 12.
•    Dinosaur Story Time on Saturdays, Aug. 3, 17 and 31 at 2 p.m. – This program features stories, rhymes, songs, fingerplays and simple crafts. Ages 2 to 6.
•    Kids Book Club on Saturday, Aug. 3 and 17, at 3 p.m. – Combine technology and reading in a fun book club experience. Enjoy snacks, crafts and good discussion. The first 10 books are FREE. Ages 8 to 12.
•    Yam Festival: Creating Andinkra Cloth Bags with Yam Stamps on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. – Andinkra Cloth is a distinctive patterned fabric developed by the Ashanti people of Ghana. Using stamps carved from yams, in honor of the Yam Festival of Ghana, participants will create their own distinctive fabrics patterned on the designs of the Ashanti. The fabric will be fashioned into a functional bag. All supplies are provided. Ages 8 to adult.
•    Teen Coffeehouse Night on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. – Teen Coffeehouse Nights are open mic events for everyone to share music, stories, poems, and art. Teens can share their own creations, or read from works that they enjoy. Warm drinks will be served, and everyone is invited to speak or sit back and listen. Ages 13 to 18.
•    Teen Zumba Nights on Wednesdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 5-6 p.m. – Bring your friends and follow endless combinations of Xbox Zumba routines. You’ll have so much fun dancing you won’t even realize you’re exercising – relieve stress, feel good and get healthy! Ages 10 to 18.
•    “Our A.C.” Teen Documentary Screening on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. – ACFPL teens have worked hard to produce short films about their neighborhoods, schools and communities from their perspectives. The films will be shown in an open community screening to choose the winning film and foster discussion about Atlantic City and the teens who grew up here. Ages 13 to adult.
•    Teen Fairy Tale Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 10:30 a.m. – Our talented teens present their own interpretations of Grimm’s fairy tales as a play for Atlantic City kids. Open to all ages.
•    Wetlands Institute: Life in a Salt Marsh on Friday, Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. – This is an interactive program where participants learn about the elements of a salt marsh and create a living model of a salt marsh. Activity includes live animal touch tanks. Ages 8 through adult.
•    Teen Book Club on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 12 p.m. – Join us for a lunchtime meeting of the Teen Book Club! Bring some food, we’ll provide the drinks. Ten free copies of the book club selection – “Enders Game” by Orson Scott Card – will be available to keep for any teens who wish to participate. Ages 13 to 18.
•    Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. – Make your voice heard! Plan teen events, tell the library what material we should buy, and build up some volunteer hours, all while eating free pizza! Ages 13 to 18.
•    Dig Into Dinosaurs on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. – Learn about the ancient art of Ebru and make beautiful marbleized dinosaurs. A great family craft. All ages.
•    Summer Reading Dance Party on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. at All Wars Memorial Building – Celebrate your summer of reading in a rockin’ Summer Reading Party with Kids Choice DJ Dave. There will be treats, prizes and certificates. All ages.
•    Baby Bounce and Playtime on Thursdays, Aug. 15, 22 and 29, at 11:30 a.m. – Introduce your infant to the world of sounds and stories. Ages 0-2.
•    Fossil Medallions on Sunday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. – Learn about how fossils are made and make your own fossil using a special stamping art process. Ages 8 to adult.
•    Dino Man Space on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 1 p.m., at All Wars Memorial Building – Dino Man Space uses giant inflatable dinosaurs, meteors, comets, liquid air and a goldfish to take children on a fast-paced exploration of the heavens. Ages 5 to 12.
•    Nature Impression Wall Hangings on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. – Using self-hardening clay and a variety of found objects, such as flowers, twigs and stones, participants will create their own nature-inspired glazed wall hangings. All materials supplied.  Ages 8 to adult.
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