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Summer Reading Program begins with June 25 party, ends at Steel Pier

Steel PierThe Atlantic City Public Library will begin its Summer Reading Program for children and teens with a kickoff party Tuesday, June 25, at 2 p.m. at Main Library. The kickoff party will include a performance by award-winning magician and illusionist Joe Holiday, balloon artist, special guests and information about the Summer Reading Program. Those who sign up for the program at the party will receive a free book to start their summer of reading.
The Summer Reading Program theme is “A Universe of Stories.” The library’s program schedule includes moon story times, Space Wars robotics series, Franklin Institute space show and book talk by author M.K. England, a former Atlantic City Library staff member who wrote the youth sci-fi adventure “The Disasters.”
The Steel Pier is once again a sponsor of the library’s Summer Reading Program. Children and teens who register for the Summer Reading Program and meet the program requirements are eligible for a day of free rides at the end-of-summer party at Steel Pier on Aug. 20.
Please call the Youth Services Department at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.

PROGRAM SERIES

Movie & Board Game Day
Friday, July 5, 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 1 p.m.
Children and teens are invited to have some fun with their friends by watching movies in the meeting room or playing board games in the Youth Services Department.

Tween Days in the Teen Lounge
Saturday, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, at 11 a.m.
Tweens get an opportunity to enjoy gaming in the Teen Lounge. Play Xbox360, PS3 or Nintendo Wii. Participants need a library card in good standing to participate. Ages 9-12.

LEGO Club
Saturday, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, at 2 p.m.
Children can use our LEGOs and their imagination to create something fantastic. Ages 6-12.

Moon Storytime
Tuesday, July 9, 30 and Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, at 10:30 a.m.
Features stories, songs, finger plays and crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Family and siblings are welcome. Library story times are a fun way to help children develop skills they will need to be ready to read. Ages 3-5.

Snapology/Space Wars
Thursday, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, at 2 p.m.
Snapology/Space Wars provides interactive robotics and coding programs for children and teens using LEGO bricks. Students in our robotics programs learn pseudo-coding, coding, robotics and engineering principles. This eight-week program provides a great mix of fun and education. Ages 3-14. Please call (609) 345-2269 ext. 3050 to register.

Comic Drawing
Thursday, July 11, 25 and Aug. 15, 29 at 3:30 p.m.
Marvel/DC Comic illustrator Joe Del Beato will lead a drawing instruction for children and teens. Participants learn how to draw favorite characters. All materials supplied. No experience necessary. Ages 8-17.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Saturday, July 13 and Aug. 17, at 1 p.m.
TAG is the library’s teen volunteering group. TAG members provide input on what resources and programs should be available for teens at the library, while also helping staff members with library tasks. Visit the Youth Services desk for a TAG application. Ages 13-18.

Summer Sci-Fi Book Club
Tuesday, July 16 and Aug. 13, at 5 p.m.
The club is for teen and adult Atlantic City Library members. Registration required at Main Library Help Desk. The club will discuss “Dune” by Frank Herbert on July 16 and “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury on Aug. 13. Read the novel or watch the movie adaptation prior to the meeting.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

Franklin Institute Space Show
Tuesday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m.
In this show, we discuss the force of gravity and use Newton’s third law of motion to launch a rocket. Once in space, we learn about freefall and microgravity. As we orbit, we explain how satellites help the spacecraft communicate with mission control. We will enlist a student to do some work in a simulated microgravity environment. We will discuss the many functions of the space suit, and we’ll even let one lucky volunteer try on “The World’s Cheapest Space Suit.”

Sciencetellers
Thursday, July 18, at 10:30 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 9 and older.

Choo Choo Charlie
Tuesday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m.
Choo Choo Charlie will take children on a magical adventure with train effects, magic and comedy. Ages 5-9

Storytime with Michelle Wilson
Thursday, July 25, at 10:30 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.

Reptile Show
Thursday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m.
This interactive presentation features live reptiles and amphibians. All ages.

Book talk with “The Disasters” Author M.K. England
Monday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m.
Former Atlantic City Teen Services Librarian Megan England returns to discuss her debut book, “The Disasters,” a Young Adult sci-fi adventure described as “The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy.” Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.

End of Summer Reading Program Party
Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. (at Steel Pier)
Children and teens can celebrate their reading accomplishments with free rides at Steel Pier. Open to youth who registered for the Summer Reading Program and read at least three books or attended three programs between June 25-Aug. 20. Participants must register at the Youth Services Department to attend.

TEEN ENTREPRENEUR SERIES

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

Business Plan 101
Tuesday, July 9, at 1 p.m.
Are you interested in starting a business? Learn about entrepreneurship and how to write a business plan, as well as creating marketing and financial plans. A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success.

Business Plan Review
Tuesday, July 16, at 1 p.m.
Waties will review participants’ business plans.

Crafting a Winning Elevator Pitch
Tuesday, July 23, at 1 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 30, at 1 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?