• 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.


Atlantic City Experience: 100 Years of Garden Pier

Garden Pier 1917Did you know that July 19, 2013 marks 100 years since Garden Pier first opened?

Garden Pier stood apart from the other piers in Atlantic City. First opening on July 19, 1913, its "uptown" location placed it away from the frenzied activity of the bustling downtown. The red-tiled roofs and Ionic architecture style of the buildings and the beautifully landscaped gardens gave the pier a formal appearance which attracted an upscale crowd.

(Postcard showing the buildings and gardens on Garden Pier soon after it opened. The large building in the center was B.F. Keith's Theatre. H049.624.158Gar014, Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library.)

The centerpiece of Garden Pier was the stately B.F. Keith's Theatre, which for many years rivaled any of those on Broadway. Here, Tobacco Road and George White's Scandals premiered; during one notable week, both Douglas Fairbanks and Sophie Tucker appeared. One of the city's largest ballrooms was on the pier. In it, dances were held and large conventions met before the Atlantic City Auditorium was built. The first Miss America pageant started on Garden Pier in 1921.

 

For many seasons, businesses such as Underwood Typewriter, Hoover, and Pennsylvania Rubber Company advertised their wares to passersby. Taking advantage of the opportunity to attract people leisurely strolling by, the companies showcased typewriters, vacuum cleaners, car tires, and more.

Ultimately, the uptown location made it less commercially successful. After languishing for a decade, the pier was purchased by the City of Atlantic City in 1944. It survived the Great Hurricane of 1944 with extensive damage, but a new era for Garden Pier began when it reopened during Atlantic City's Centennial celebrations in 1954 as the Garden Pier Civic Center. The pier housed the Atlantic City Art Center, a historical exhibition, a fountain, and a concert and band shell.

Florence Valore Miller, a charter member of the Atlantic City Art Center, became the Civic Center executive director in 1962. For years, songstress Lucille "Aunt Lucy" Russo gave local youngsters their first taste of stardom in Garden Pier's Civic Center with her Boardwalk Star Revue. A devastating fire heavily damaged the pier in 1981, but thanks to the dedication of Mrs. Miller and Atlantic City Councilman Walter Collette, the pier was rebuilt. In 1985 the Atlantic City Historical Museum joined the Art Center on the Garden Pier. The pier underwent major renovations in 1994, funded by the City of Atlantic City, and again in 2012 with funding from the City, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the pier's new neighbor, Revel Hotel Casino.

Today, the Garden Pier is the only municipally-owned pier in Atlantic City. The Atlantic City Art Center, under the management of the City of Atlantic City, and the Atlantic City Historical Museum, under the management of the Atlantic City Free Public Library, join in wishing the Garden Pier a very happy 100th anniversary!

Please visit the Atlantic City Historical Museum when we reopen to see the exhibit "Atlantic City Experience: 100 Years of the Garden Pier."

experience logo no background Click above to visit the Atlantic City Experience site. Visit the Atlantic City Historical Museum and see the best historical and cultural resources of Atlantic City.

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