Library, staff members and volunteers receive special recognition

Maureen Sherr Frank and Ralph E. Hunter Sr. on Feb. 29 2012 - 2The Atlantic City Free Public Library received special recognition in February for its service to the community.
The library was among four groups selected to be honored by the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey at the museum’s 10th anniversary celebration on Feb. 29.
Museum founder Ralph E. Hunter, Sr,, thanked the library for its “continued commitment to the African American Heritage Museum, and for sharing in its mission to enhance the cultural and educational landscape of this region.”
The library has partnered with Hunter and the museum the last several years. The library has displayed several popular exhibits that Hunter has created in celebration of Black History Month. He has also been a guest speaker at the library.
The museum also selected AtlantiCare, Buena Vista Township and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey as this year’s honorees.
PHOTO: Atlantic City Free Public Library Director Maureen Sherr Frank and Ralph E. Hunter, Sr.

teens2Also, Atlantic City’s City Council approved resolutions honoring the Atlantic City Free Public Library’s teen volunteers on Feb. 22 at City Hall. Each teen earned a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the number of hours they volunteered at the library over the previous year.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.
PHOTO: The library staff members and teen volunteers pictured are (from left to right): Teen Services librarian Laura Hunt, teen volunteers Nicole, Destiny, Shanordo, An, Darsh, Hannan, Rabiul and Manisha, and Library Director Maureen Sherr Frank. City Council members pictured in the back (from left to right) are: Moisse Delgado, Aaron Randolph, Marty Small, William Marsh, Rizwan Malik, Frank Gilliam and Steven L. Moore.
Each of the teens volunteered at least 50 hours during 2011, while Nicole and Rabiul volunteered more than 250 hours.
During the year, the teens assisted the librarians with more than 35 programs (including festivals), helped develop the library’s new teen website, wrote blogs and book reviews, shelved materials and more.

Esmeralda Vizcaino and Mimi Lee
On Feb. 27, La Casa Dominicana (The Dominican Home) honored library Outreach Coordinator Mimi Lee for her outstanding achievements, dedication to public service and contribution to the community. La Casa Dominicana presented Lee with a certificate of appreciation at a special flag raising cermony at Police and Firemen's Memorial Plaza in honor of the 168th Dominican Republic Independence Day.
PHOTO: Esmeralda Vizcaino of La Casa Dominicana with Atlantic City Free Public Library Outreach Coordinator Mimi Lee.

Atlantic City Weekly announced its 2012 Top 40 Under 40 honorees in its March 15 edition, and the list included Atlantic City Free Public Library archivist Heather Halpin Perez. The list consists of 40 local leaders in the area under the age of 40. All of the honorees were nominated and then selected from a committee of A.C. Weekly staff and the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees.