Exchange Food for Fines, learn how to get published during National Library Week

NLW2015 Banner 200x300National Library Week is April 12-18 – and it 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.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library’s plans for National Library Week include:
•    ‘Food for Fines’ exchange from April 13-18 – 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.
•    Tips on How to Get Published on Saturday, April 18, at 2:30 p.m. — Kathleen Volk Miller, Director of Drexel University’s Graduate Program in Publishing Program and Co-editor of Painted Bride Quarterly, will talk about the publishing industry.
For more information, please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112.


Women's History Month program in honor of Barbara Hudgins on March 30

Barbara HudginsThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold a special Women’s History Month program – Barbara Hudgins: A Lifetime of Service – on Monday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hudgins becoming the first woman elected to the position of Council-At-Large in Atlantic City. She held that position from 1990-2001.
Hudgins will discuss the challenges of women in politics, and she will reflect on some of her greatest accomplishments.


GSFF to present Irish films on St. Patrick's Day

GSFF transparentThe Atlantic City Free Public Library and Garden State Film Festival will mark St. Patrick’s Day by viewing and discussing short Irish films beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Each film is approximately 15 minutes long. The program will feature three films that were shown at previous GSFF events: The Wednesdays, Gone Fishing and Bye Bye Now. GSFF Vice President Harriet Diamond will lead the discussion.

The Wednesdays (14 min)
A poignant, but heart-warming comedy. Mr and Mrs O'Leary have been prisoners of old age for too long, so when they discover a way to feel young again, they take it - every Wednesday. But soon the law comes knocking at their door...

Gone Fishing (13 min)
Gone Fishing is the touching story of a boy and old man coming to terms with bereavement through their shared love of fishing, and the legend of Goliath, the biggest pike ever caught!

Bye Bye Now (15 min)
An amusing and poignant documentary about the fate of the Irish phone box, which has gone from the centre of society to the verge of extinction. Bye Bye Now! is a bitter sweet tribute to the phone box, a historical document and a barometer of how much we've changed. A roadtrip around Ireland in honour of the phonebox.


Main Library closed on Sundays

main libraryThe Main Library is now closed on Sundays due to reduced funding.

The library apologizes for any inconvenience this might cause. The Main Library will be open Monday through Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Richmond Branch Library is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Library a host site for NJ Makers Day on March 21

NJMakersDaylogoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will serve as one of the host sites for NJ Makers Day 2015 on Saturday, March 21.
The library will give people of all ages an opportunity to participate in maker-related activities and collaborative projects from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second floor of the Main Library.
•    Statewide 3D Design Challenge – Try easy-to-use design software to create a 3D model that can be printed at the library.
•    The Sounds of Atlantic City Recording Booth – Record short audio clips, a sung note, word, phrase, rhyme or random sound, which will be processed and arranged into a piece of sound art by library staff and volunteers.
•    Green Screen Photoshop Booth – Have your picture taken at the library and Photoshopped into a background of your choosing. Those who participate in this activity can have the photo emailed to them.
•    Collaborative Quilt – Design a square to be added to a work of fiber art that will be assembled by teen volunteers and displayed at the library. Squares can be knitted, crocheted, sewn or assembled with fabric glue.

There will be several stations set up for live demonstrations showing how to use various tools and technology available in the Atlantic City Library’s Makerspace, including physical computing and music recording equipment, t-shirt design software, button maker and STEM kits.
Also, throughout the day the NJ Makers Day planning committee will host live Google Hangouts, which will be broadcast at the Atlantic City Library and other locations. Participants at those sites will be able to follow an online leader to complete two maker activities – a DIY Light Bulb Project and Balancing Toy Challenge – listen to recorded keynote speeches from Senator Cory Booker and author/tech journalist Cory Doctorow, and enjoy a STEM Storytime.
NJ Makers Day is a statewide event that celebrates, promotes, and, in many cases, introduces maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM-based learning. This inaugural event will be held in libraries, schools, museums and other community locations.
Since the Atlantic City Free Public Library Makerspace opened in April 2014, local teens have been invited to “Make AC: Dream It, Design It, Do It.” The library’s Makerspace provides teens with access to a 3D printer, digital audio recording, photography and video equipment, robotics, sewing machine and fiber arts, and more.
“We have such a fantastic array of tools and technology available here – things you would never expect from a public library,” said Megan England, coordinator of the Atlantic City Library Makerspace. “We're glad to have the chance to share all of it with the community and use our tools to create collaborative art by and for the people of Atlantic City."
The maker movement in the United States isn’t just a hobby; it’s having a significant impact on school curriculum development and growing local economies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment in occupations related to STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – is projected to grow to more than nine million between 2012 and 2022. That’s an increase of about one million jobs.”
Find out more about NJ Makers Day and the Atlantic City Library Makerspace by visiting or calling (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050.