Library hosting exhibit featuring Mosque No. 10, local Islamic community

A new exhibit — Mosque No. 10 and the African American Islamic Community in Atlantic City and South Jersey — will be featured at the Atlantic City Library until April 30. The exhibit, in celebration of Black History Month, is sponsored by Masjid Muhammad.

The exhibit examines the history of Islam and the Muslims of  the African American community in Atlantic City. It also highlights Atlantic City’s Mosque No. 10 — the 10th in a nationwide system of Mosques established under Elijah Muhammad.  The exhibit, curated by Dr. Richlyn Goddard and her research team, explores the Nation of Islam under the leadership of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, the son of Elijah Muhammad. It focuses on the Islamic religious community it fostered in the African American community of Atlantic City, examining the themes of unity, self-help, family, community and business development that shaped the Islamic movement in America. The exhibit will include photographs, uniforms, newspaper clippings and memorabilia.

In conjunction with this exhibit and Women’s History Month, the library will hold a Women in Islam program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. Author and professor Turiya S.A. Raheem will lead the talk.

Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.

Need help with your reading or writing skills?

Literacy VolunteersThe Atlantic City Free Public Library and Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic are offering a basic adult literacy class for individuals who need help with their reading and writing skills. The class is for adults on a fifth grade reading level or lower.
A Literacy Volunteer will teach the class at the Main Library (One North Tennessee Ave.) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Registration is required and on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Visit the Main Library Help Desk to register. The class is free.
Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3079, for more information.

Read-in program on Jan. 16 a tribute to life of Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. KingThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a read-in program Saturday, Jan. 16, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Main Library.

Special guests — including Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and Councilman Kaleem Shabazz — and Atlantic City Free Public Library staff members, are scheduled to read some of Dr. King’s work and stories inspired by him. Selections will include: “I Have a Dream” speech, “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

The program is free and open to people of all ages. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.

Library to accept 'Food for Fines' Nov. 30-Dec. 12

Food Bank logoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold a “Food for Fines” drive from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12. People 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, 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.

Winter Wonderland returns Dec. 12; learn how you can get tickets

Winter Wonderland picMayor Don Guardian and the City of Atlantic City will continue a holiday tradition by holding a Winter Wonderland celebration for children Saturday, Dec. 12, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Bass Pro Shops at Tanger Outlets The Walk (30 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard in Atlantic City). Tickets are free and required to gain admission.
This fifth annual holiday event is for Atlantic City children ages 3 to 12. The event will feature fun activities outside and inside the store, including rides, magic shows, games, and arts and crafts. Children will also have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus.
Tickets are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Tickets will be distributed at City Hall, located at 1301 Bacharach Blvd., at the following dates and times: Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Tickets will be distributed only to adults, who must show a proof of Atlantic City residency and photo ID. Each adult can receive a maximum of one adult ticket and three children’s tickets.
The Atlantic City Winter Wonderland is presented by the City of Atlantic City, and sponsored by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), Atlantic City Free Public Library and Atlantic County Toys for Kids Program. Also, 95.1 WAYV will have giveaways.
For more information, please call the City of Atlantic City Division of Recreation at (609) 347-5643.