• Summer Reading Program
    to begin with party June 26

    Steel PierThe Atlantic City Public Library will hold a Summer Reading Program kickoff party Tuesday, June 26, at 2 p.m. The Summer Reading Program, for children and teenagers ages 0-18, will include a magic show and fun activities. Those who sign up for the program at the party will receive a free book to start their summer of reading. Steel Pier in Atlantic City is once again a sponsor of the Summer Reading Program. Click here to read more.
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
    new sponsor of Third Thursday Concert Series

    HRHC Atlantic City Logo 4C CMYK 1 croppedNot only is the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City bringing world-class entertainment to the resort, it is supporting the Atlantic City Free Public Library’s efforts to provide free music to the community. The casino is the new sponsor of the library’s Third Thursday Concert Series — a free monthly music series held 5 p.m. at the Main Library on the third Thursday of each month from April through September. Click here to read more.
  • Sharp haircuts, minds: Library brings
    'Fade to Books' to city barbershops

    Barbershop photoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library has made children’s books available at select city barbershops this winter after being named a recipient of a Fade to Books grant in 2017.
    The New Jersey State Library, in partnership with the Long Branch Public Library and the Bridge of Books Foundation, launched a grant opportunity for public libraries to join with their local barbershops in an effort to spur young boys to read. Click here to read more.
  • You can quickly charge your smartphone,
    laptop and tablet at the Main Library

    Charging StationThe Atlantic City Free Public Library now offers a charging station after being selected as a contract award winner for funding under LibraryLinkNJ’s “Powering Up: Library Charging Stations Incubator Project.” Those who visit the Main Library will be able to charge their smartphones, laptops and tablets for free in a Kwikboost Charging Station, which features eight secure, ADA-compliant lockers equipped with 16 connectors and fast-charging technology. Click here to read more.

Teen Makerspace opening, jazz concert highlight National Library Week activities

Eddie MorganThe Atlantic City Free Public Library is celebrating National Library Week (April 13-19) in a big way this year.
The library is inviting the public to attend the grand opening for its new teen Makerspace – “Make AC: Dream It, Design It, Do It” – at 2 p.m. Monday, April 14. The Makerspace will be located inside the Teen Space at the Main Library.
The Makerspace will provide Atlantic City Free Public Library teen cardholders with access to a variety of technology and tools, including a 3-D printer, digital audio recording, photography and video equipment, robotics, sewing machine and fiber arts, and more.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library is one of 15 libraries statewide – and the only one in Atlantic County – to be awarded funding by the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, to develop its own Makerspace. The library is receiving $7,500 in funding and providing a match for a portion of that amount.
Funding for this Makerspace Initiative is provided by the New Jersey State Library and by LibraryLinkNJ, The New Jersey Library Cooperative, whose services are funded by the New Jersey State Library, which is responsible for the coordination, promotion, and funding of the New Jersey Library Network.
In addition to the Makerspace grand opening, the library has many programs planned during National Library Week:
•    ‘Food for Fines’ exchange from April 13-19 – Library members with overdue materials can make a food donation at the Main Library or Richmond Branch Library in lieu of paying a fine. For each non-perishable item donated during National Library Week, the accrued fines for one overdue item will be waived. The donated food will be given to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey-Southern Branch.
•    Fun Day Sunday: Science Kits for Kids on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. – In anticipation of our Makerspace opening, people of all ages are invited to experience our new science and technology crafting kits. Build a doll house with working lights and fans, hook bananas up to a computer to make a piano, and more!
•    ESL: Intermediate Class on Monday, April 14, at 1 p.m. – Listen, read, practice conversation, learn writing techniques, new vocabulary, pronunciation and proper grammar. While the level of instruction is intermediate, all English language learners are strongly encouraged to attend.
•    Film Society: Great Movie Entrances on Monday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. – This classroom session will focus on the greatest character entrances in movie history.
•    Computer training: Email setup and practice on Tuesday, April 15, at 1 p.m. – Come to this computer class without a valid email address and leave with one! A valid email address is needed to perform many important tasks, such as applying for jobs online. Learn how to access your email, compose emails, send emails, view your incoming emails, and attach documents.
•    Computer training: Microsoft Word Basics on Tuesday, April 15, at 5 p.m. – Learn how to create, edit, save, and print Word documents by making a resume. Resume templates will be provided.
•    Jazz Concert featuring Eddie Morgan & REK’D 4 JAZZ on Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. – The group will perform a tribute to trumpeters Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis and Lee Morgan. This event is also being held in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.
•    Pre-school Rhyme Time on Thursday, April 17, at 10:30 a.m. – Features stories, songs, finger plays and crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Library story times are a fun way to help your child develop skills they will need to be ready to read. Ages 3-5.
•    Baby Bounce and Play Group on Thursday, April 17, at 11:30 a.m. – This program is designed to introduce infants to the world of sounds and stories. Best suited for infants 0-24 months.
•    Comic Drawing on Thursday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m. – Marvel DC Comic Illustrator Joe Del Beato will lead the instruction. All materials are supplied. Ages 9-17.
•    Pep Talk: Boxing on Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. at Noyes Arts Garage Stockton College – Trainer Abdur Rahim Muhammad will lead this discussion of local boxing at the Noyes Arts Garage Stockton College (2200 Fairmount Ave. in Atlantic City). The Pep Talks are held in conjunction with the two sports exhibits the library is hosting at the Arts Garage: the Smithsonian Institution’s Hometown Teams and The Atlantic City Experience: Devotion and Determination, which was developed by library staff.
•    Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meeting on Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m. – TAG is our teen volunteer organization that plans teen events, tells the library what materials we should buy and coordinates volunteer opportunities.
•    Teen Book Club: “Drama” and “The P.L.A.I.N. Janes” on Saturday, April 19, at 3 p.m. – Our book club is awesome because we give you a free copy of the book to keep. Grab your copy at the Youth Services desk and join us for snacks, drinks and discussion at our monthly meeting, even if you don’t have time to finish the book.
National Library Week is a time to recognize the importance of libraries to the communities they serve.
Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong at your library.
Today’s libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people. Libraries provide cultural heritage and genealogical collections, materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources, English as a second language and citizenship classes and many other creative and resourceful programs.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
For more information, please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112.

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