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. Please call the Youth Services Department at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.



Musical Storytime and Craft
Thursdays, June 28; July 5, 26; Aug. 2, 9 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Features stories, songs, dance, finger plays and simple crafts. Family and siblings are welcome. Library story times are a fun way to help your child develop skills they will need to be ready to read. Ages 3-6.

Baby Bounce and Play Group
Thursdays, June 28; July 5, 26; Aug 2, 9 from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Introduce infants to the world of sounds, rhythm and stories. Stories, songs, rhymes and movement help build pre-reading skills. An informal play group immediately follows. Ages 2 and younger.

Comic Drawing
Thursdays, June 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; Aug 2, 9 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Marvel/DC Comic Illustrator Joe Del Beato will lead drawing instruction for children and teens. Learn how to draw your favorite characters. All materials supplied. No experience necessary. Ages 8-17

Chess Club
Fridays, July 6, 13, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 1-2 p.m.
The library's chess club is for all experience levels. Ages 9-12

Unplugged Game Day
Fridays, July 6, 13, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 1-2 p.m.
Fun and games without electricity! Join us for board and card games — a great family activity. Ages 6-16

Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11 from 2-3 p.m.
Use our LEGOs and your imagination to create something fantastic! Ages 6-12.

PAWS to Read with Sophie the Poodle
Wednesdays. Please call for dates and times
Children reading to dogs is a program for children ages 4-10 who can sign up to read to Sophie the Poodle, a certified therapy dog, in a relaxed and fun environment. Participating children should not be fearful of dogs or have pet allergies.


Sounds of Brazil
Wednesday, July 11 from 1-2 p.m.
Workshop by Minas featuring the music and culture of Brazil, with a live performance and hands-on participation. Participants will sing and play Brazilian percussion instruments. Reservations required. Ages 9 and older.

Thursday, July 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Sciencetellers will make things fly, spin, move and soar while telling a series of stories! Kids will experience the science of power and energy through hands-on experiments! Ages 5-12.

Choo Choo Charlie
Tuesday, July 17 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Choo Choo Charlie will take you on a magical adventure with train effects, magic and comedy. Ages 5-9.

Summer STEM Workshops
Wednesdays, July 18, Aug. 1, 15 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Hands-on science fun for kids. Registration required. Space limited. Ages 9-17. In collaboration with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County.

Jersey Rocks!
Thursday, July 19 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Noted storyteller Michelle W. Wilson brings the folklore of the Pine Barrens and the Jersey shore to life with her tales. Ages 6-9.

Strange World of Reptiles
Thursday, July 19 from 1-2 p.m.
This interactive presentation features live reptiles and amphibians! All ages.

From On the Boardwalk to Under the Boardwalk: Atlantic City
Friday, July 20 from 1-3 p.m.
Atlantic City music has fun and rich history, inspiring songwriters and artists from Paul McCartney to Diana Ross to Bruce Springsteen. Come listen to songs from all genres that talk about Atlantic City. Presented by Heather Perez of the Stockton University Richard E. Bjork Library Special Collection. All ages.

Flight School: Paper Planes That Soar
Saturday, July 21 from 3-4 p.m.
Are you a first-time flyer? Are you looking for simple paper airplane models to impress your friends? From the Dynamic Dart to the Tailspin, the models are easy to fold and a blast to fly. Ages 9-17.

Our Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles
Tuesday, July 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Discover which types of marine mammals and sea turtles come to New Jersey and the dangers they face while here. Learn about the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and how it helps our marine mammal friends. All ages.

Magical Chad
Wednesday, July 25 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Magic show followed by magic lessons. Reservations required for magic lessons. All ages.

Tuesday, July 31 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
A fun and interactive program run by a very funny and silly cat. Ages 3-8.

End-of-Summer Reading Program
Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m.
Celebrate your reading accomplishments with a free afternoon at the Steel Pier. Open to any child or teen who registered for the Summer Reading Program and read at least three books or attended three programs June 26-Aug. 13. Participants must register at the Youth Services Department to attend. Children age 9 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Teen Summer Kickoff After-party

Tuesday, June 26 from 4:30-6 p.m.
Ages 13-18 are invited to stay after the official summer kickoff for an after party.

Crochet Circle
Wednesday, July 11, 25; Aug. 8 from 2-3 p.m.
Learn the basics of crochet; chain, single crochet and double crochet. Crochet hooks and yarn will be provided or bring your own! Registration required. In collaboration with the Oceanside Family Success Center.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Saturdays, July 14, 28 and Aug. 11, 25 from 1-2 p.m.
TAG is our volunteering group for ages 13-18. Ask about how to apply at the Youth Services desk.

Self Defense for Teens
Saturday, July 14 from 2-3 p.m.
Learn how to defend yourself! A certified instructor will teach the best self-defense and safety techniques. In collaboration with Oceanside Family Success Center.

Crafty Teens
Saturdays, July 28 and Aug. 25 from 2-4 p.m.
Programs for TAG members. Activities follow TAG meetings at 2 p.m.

Silent Library Challenge
Saturday, Aug 11, from 2-4 p.m.
Ever seen MTV’s show “Silent Library”? It challenges teams to perform ridiculous tasks, all while staying absolutely silent.

End-of-Summer Reading Program
Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m.
Celebrate your reading accomplishments with a free afternoon at the Steel Pier. Open to any child or teen who registered for the Summer Reading Program and read at least three books or attended three programs June 26-Aug. 13. Participants must register at the Youth Services Department to attend.

(Conducted by Carol Waties, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Stockton University.)

Business Plan 101
Tuesday, July 10 from 2-3 p.m.
Are you interested in starting a business? Learn about entrepreneurship and how to write a business plan, and creating your marketing and financial plans. A business plan is essential for success. This

Business Plan Review
Tuesday, July 17 from 2-3 p.m.
Part II: Waties will review your business plan following the Business Plan 101 Seminar.

Crafting a Winning Elevator Pitch
Tuesday, July 24 from 2-3 p.m.
An elevator pitch is an ideal method to create a positive impression, generate conversations and contribute to your brand.

Presenting Your Elevator Pitch
Tuesday, July 31 from 2-3 p.m.
Have you perfected your two-minute elevator pitch? Are you ready to discuss what problem your business solves, your target market, projected sales revenue and profits, and all other information necessary to communicate what you do and why?


April 8-14 is National Library Week

NLW2018The Atlantic City Free Public Library is joining libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians  and  library workers.  Libraries  aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and their resources. Resources such as e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.

"Atlantic City Free Public Library: 115 Years in the Making" exhibit — The 115-year Atlantic City Free Public Library exhibit, which will be located on the Main Library’s first floor, will be a chronological timeline of the Library’s history. It will highlight many of the library’s locations, key figures, memorable programs and services it has provided through photos and artifacts. The exhibit will be on display beginning during National Library Week through mid-June.

Food for Fines from April 9-14 — Library members with overdue materials can make a food donation at the library in lieu of paying a fine. For each non-perishable item donated, the accrued fines for one overdue item will be waived. The food will be donated to the Community Food Bank – Southern Branch.

New exhibit chronicling library's history on display through mid-June

IllinoisandPacificThe Atlantic City Free Public Library is chronicling the 115 years of services it has provided to the city since formally opening its doors in a house (see photo) in 1903. The public is invited to view our new exhibit, “The History of the Atlantic City Free Public Library: 115 Years in the Making.”
(View coverage of the exhibit opening from SNJ Today and The Press of Atlantic City).
Through the use of photos and artifacts from the library’s Atlantic City Heritage Collections, the exhibit highlights many of the library’s locations, staff, programs and services. This exhibit will remain on display through mid-June 2018.
“The History of the Atlantic City Free Public Library: 115 Years in the Making” exhibit has been funded by the Paul Nee Fund of the Foundation of the Atlantic City Free Public Library. Nee (1956-90) was a lifelong resident of Atlantic City and worked for the library for nearly 20 years. He began his Atlantic City Library career as a teenager and later became the Library Director in 1987.
The library’s history dates back to November 1901, when a plan for a public library was embraced by Atlantic City residents in a landslide referendum, with 6,062 voters in favor and only 30 opposed. After a period of providing services at City Hall, the library formally opened its doors on Jan. 1, 1903, in a wood-framed house at Illinois and Pacific avenues. The land at this site had been previously purchased to be the library’s permanent location. Subsequently, Andrew Carnegie donated $71,000 for the construction of a new library building, and the dedication for this structure took place in 1905. The library remained in the building – now the Carnegie Center, operated by Stockton University – until 1985, when the current Main Library location at 1 North Tennessee Ave. opened.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino A.C. new sponsor of Third Thursday Concert Series

HRHC Atlantic City Logo 4C CMYK 1 croppedNot only is the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Series 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.
“We’re thrilled to have Hard Rock Hotel & Casino here in the city and grateful for their support of our Third Thursday Series,” Library Director Robert Rynkiewicz said.
•    Martin Payne & Friends on April 19 – Longtime Atlantic City Free Public Library staff member Martin Payne and his band mates will pay tribute to Atlantic City jazz musicians Johnny Andrews, Chris Columbo, Harvey Mason and Hassan Abdullah. (Click here to watch a clip of the band's performance at the library in 2017).
Mayes Duo on May 17•    The Mayes Duo on May 17 – Classical guitarists Joseph and Kathleen Mayes (pictured), who teach music at Rowan University, have recorded three CDs as the Mayes Duo. Both have enjoyed long musical careers as part of respected ensembles and as soloists. Along with 20th century classical guitars, their performances showcase instruments such as the terz guitar, renaissance lute and Neapolitan mandolin.
•    Polash Gomes and Abhik Mukherjee on June 21 – Polash Gomes founded the Rageshree Music Institute in 1991, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Indian classical music and presenting this art form through concerts and educational programs. Abhik Mukherjee is a sitar player and vocalist who has performed at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Metropolitan Museum of Art and internationally.
•    Gina Roche’ Duo on July 19 – The Gina Roche’ Duo will perform blues, jazz and original compositions with a Brazilian twist.
•    Phyllis Chapell & Skipper Kripitz on Aug. 16 – Phyllis Chapell (vocals/guitar) and Skipper Kripitz (drums/percussion) will play a unique mix of jazz, world, pop, originals and folk music.
•    Tony Day and the Across the Globe Music Group on Sept. 20 – Jazz artist Tony Day, whose talents range from studio musician and band leader to composer and teacher, has performed on drums and percussion with many jazz recording artists and for headliner acts in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

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. Fade to Books recognizes the role of the barbershop as a community gathering space and the role of the barber as a mentoring figure for young men and boys.
Barbers encourage their young clients to select books to read as they sit in the waiting area, during their haircuts or at home. Children are allowed to keep the books they take from the Fade to Books display at the barbershop. Readers can earn points toward a discounted haircut by reading, and they’ll be invited to a special Fade to Books celebration this spring at the library.
Three Atlantic City barbershops are participating: Just Cutt’ n Up at 528 Atlantic Ave.; Casino City Barber & Salon at 1724 Atlantic Ave. and Wally’s Barbershop at 3911 Ventnor Ave.
This project is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Library and in partnership with the Long Branch Public Library and Bridge of Books Foundation.
Atlantic City barbershops that wish to be considered as future Fade to Books sites can call Wendell Cherry at (609) 345-2269.