New Walk-in Job Skills Lab


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The 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.

Library members can receive personal assistance from a librarian. Staff members 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, though they won’t enter your information This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also, an online guide that highlights many of the library’s job-related resources is available. To view the guide, visit library’s website — — highlight the Learn tab and click on Jobs.

One of those resources is Job & Career Accelerator™. Interactive wizards guide users through each step, from exploring suitable occupations and finding available jobs to preparing targeted resumes and improving critical job search skills. The personalized Job Search Portfolio allows job seekers to plan, tailor and track multiple job searches at the same time. Job & Career Accelerator™ is available at the library; or, those with an Atlantic City Library card can access this great resource from any computer or device with an Internet connection.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesdays following the lab, the library will hold its Speaker Series. The schedule, which is subject to change, for September and October is:

Sept. 17: Career changes and jobs in demand, and how to search New Jersey O*NET (Occupational Information Network). Guest speaker: Esther Gandica, Atlantic Cape Community College.

Sept. 24: Information about Affordable Care Act (ACA) and NJ FamilyCare and how to apply. Guest speaker: Nikiesha Carter, Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers.

Oct. 1: How to use social media for job searches. Guest speaker: Caitlyn Weiss, Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Talent Network of Southern NJ/Dept. of Labor.

Oct. 8: Available options in light of job displacement/inability to pay current support obligations. Guest speaker: Judiciary staff from Probation Division Support Enforcement Unit. There will be a Q-and-A.

Oct. 15: Coping with job loss. Guest speaker: Juliann Henry from AtlantiCare and Chair of the emotional and spiritual care committee for the Atlantic County and Atlantic City long term recovery groups.

* Oct. 20 from 1-3 p.m. (special date and time): Landlord/Tenant court and foreclosure. Guest speaker: Judiciary staff from Civil Division. Staff from Municipal and Criminal Divisions will also be present to speak about how to address outstanding court obligations, such as fines and restitution.  There will be a Q-and-A. * THERE WILL BE NO WALK-IN JOB SKILLS LAB ON THIS DAY.

Oct. 22: Landlord tenant eviction process. Guest speaker: James Mcclain, attorney for South Jersey Legal Services.

Oct. 29: Services by Atlantic City Library and library tour. Guest speaker: Library staff

For more information about the library’s Walk-in Job Skills Lab, Speaker Series or job-related resources, please visit the Main Library Help Desk, call (609) 345-2269 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Miss America exhibit now on display

Miss America Parade photoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library is paying tribute to Miss America’s return to Atlantic City with a special exhibit. The library unveiled “Here She Is, Atlantic City: Miss America!” this month. The exhibit is located on the first floor of the Main Library.
The exhibit features a robe, on loan from The Miss America Organization, which was worn by Miss America 1974 Rebecca King. It also includes historic photographs, a video slideshow detailing the pageant’s history and a display case showcasing Miss America-related toys, trophies and trinkets – including items on loan from Vicki Gold Levi. Photos of contestants competing in this weekend’s Miss America Pageant are being shown as a slideshow presentation in the library atrium.
Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3062, for more information.

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

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