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Library opens new Learning Center

Ribbon cuttingThe Atlantic City Free Public Library held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil its new computer lab – The Learning Center for Computer Literacy, Education and Career Advancement – on April 13 at the Main Library.
The Learning Center is located on the first floor near the Help Desk, where the library formerly housed its Atlantic City Heritage Collections. The lab, featuring 13 laptops, will be used for the library’s computer training sessions, weekly Job Skills Lab and Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) classes.
“We’re excited to be able to offer a space specifically designed for computer learning and career advancement,” Atlantic City Library Director Robert Rynkiewicz said. “It can greatly benefit those in our community who need to improve their technology skills or want assistance performing job-related tasks, such as applying for jobs online and creating resumes.”
In addition to the laptops, the lab also includes four LEAP computers and four iPads that are designated for adults with vision issues. Those computers and iPads – provided by the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, in partnership with Advancing Opportunities and the N.J. State Library – are equipped with assistive technology that magnifies and can read what is shown on the screen.
The Learning Center for Computer Literacy, Education and Career Advancement is part of a first-floor renovation project at the Main Library that began in the fall. The library relocated its Heston Room, which houses the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, to the Bacharach Boulevard end of the floor to create a larger space for researchers and collections. The library also created a new public seating area, with more seating than was previously available and an electrical outlet at each seat, at the Atlantic Avenue end of the floor.
“We needed more space for our Atlantic City Heritage Collections, which are quite extensive,” Rynkiewicz said. “This allows us to make even more of the Collections accessible to the public when it wants to research Atlantic City history. Plus, it gives us the space to create more historical displays.
“We gave our public seating area a fresh look by putting it near the windows and adding new furniture. It was important to give our customers the ability to easily charge their phones and devices. We increased the number of seats available for our customers who want to sit down to read and study.”