Exchange your 'Food for Fines' until Dec. 10

Food Bank logoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold a “Food for Fines” drive from Nov. 28 to Dec. 10 during normal library hours. People 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, 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.

Free tickets available for Sixth annual Winter Wonderland celebration

Winter Wonderland6Mayor Don Guardian and the City of Atlantic City will continue an annual holiday tradition by holding a Winter Wonderland celebration for children Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Bass Pro Shops at Tanger Outlets The Walk (30 North Christopher Columbus Blvd. in Atlantic City). Tickets are free and required to gain admission.
This sixth annual holiday event is for Atlantic City children ages 3 to 12. The event will feature fun activities outside and inside the store, including rides, games, and arts and crafts. Children will also have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus.
Tickets are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Tickets will be distributed at City Hall, located at 1301 Bacharach Blvd., on the following dates: Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Tickets will be distributed only to adults, who must show a proof of Atlantic City residency and photo ID. Each adult can receive a maximum of three children’s tickets.
The Atlantic City Winter Wonderland is presented by the City of Atlantic City, and sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic County Toys for Kids Program, Toys R Us, Five Below, Calvi Electric, 99.3 The Buzz, 96.1 WTTH The Touch and McDonald’s.
For more information, please call the City of Atlantic City Division of Recreation at (609) 347-5643.

29th annual Kwanzaa celebration slated for Dec. 3

Afro One at Kwanzaa programThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold its 29th annual Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre will perform. The group combines song with traditional and contemporary dance, while also providing a history of Kwanzaa and its principles.
Click here to check out video from the library's 2014 Kwanzaa celebration.
Dr. Patricia Reid Merritt is the director of Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre. A professor of Social Work and African-American Studies at Stockton University, Dr. Reid-Merritt has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the NAACP Freedom Award.
The program is free and suitable for all ages. No registration is required. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.

Library Director Maureen Frank retires; Robert Rynkiewicz named as replacement

Maureen Sherr Frank photoMaureen Sherr Frank, who has served as Atlantic City Free Public Library Director since 1982, has retired. Her final day as Library Director was Oct. 31. The Library’s Board of Trustees has appointed Robert P. Rynkiewicz the new Library Director, effective Nov. 1.
“The Board of Trustees commends and thanks Maureen Sherr Frank for the outstanding work she has done at the Atlantic City Free Public Library,” Board of Trustees President William Cheatham said. “Under her leadership, the library has made a tremendous impact on the lives of many in the Atlantic City community by providing essential resources, services and training, and by responding to the ever-changing needs of the residents. She will be greatly missed. We wish her nothing but the best in the next chapter of her life.
“We’re fortunate to have somebody with Bob Rynkiewicz’s library experience and knowledge of our community ready to step in to replace Maureen. He has worked side-by-side with Maureen for more than 30 years, so we expect a seamless transition. We’re thrilled to have Bob leading us into the future.”
During Frank’s tenure, the Atlantic City Free Public Library opened its current Main Library and Richmond Branch Library locations, and was among New Jersey’s first libraries to create a Teen Space and Makerspace. The Library also reopened and assumed management of the Atlantic City Historical Museum on Garden Pier in 2012.
She has worked with the Library’s Board of Trustees and staff to implement new services to meet the needs of the Atlantic City community, including the development of the world language collection, and expanded access to computers, electronic information, training and programs.
Frank has served as president of the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative (SJRLC) and Urban Libraries section of the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA), and represented public libraries on the New Jersey Library Network Review Board. In 2010 she received the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Award presented by the Atlantic City Branch of the NAACP. She was also on the MLK Federal Holiday Commission National Library Committee. She currently serves on United Way’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and was previously a Main Street/Atlantic City Advisory Committee member.
Rynkiewicz has worked at the Atlantic City Free Public Library since 1979, when he joined the staff as a library assistant in the Circulation Department. His experience includes time as the Head of the Audio-Visual, Technical Services, Adult Services and the Information Technology departments of the library, and he was appointed Assistant Director in 1990. He has served on numerous SJRLC and NJLA committees. Rynkiewicz has written several articles focusing on the use of information technology in libraries as well as presented workshops focusing on the use of open source technology, including at the Computers in Libraries and New Jersey Library Association annual conferences. More recently Rynkiewicz has worked with staff to institute cost-savings measures, including implementation of a new integrated library system, Koha. He also served as an adjunct professor of computer science at Cape Atlantic Community College for 15 years.
“I am very grateful to the board for appointing me to be the library director,” he said. “The library serves a diverse community with a dedicated staff. The Atlantic City Library has a great reputation of providing services to Atlantic City and surrounding areas. I look forward to working with everyone to build on this legacy.”

New iPad classes designed for adults with vision change

LEAP logoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will host iPad classes for adults ages 55 and older who have had a change in their vision. The classes, part of the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP), are sponsored by the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, in partnership with Advancing Opportunities and the New Jersey State Library.

The classes will teach users how to use the iPad’s assistive technology that is available, including Voice Over, a built-in screen reader, and Zoom magnification, a built-in reading magnifier.

Classes will be held Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 at the Main Library. Registration is required for these classes. Call 1-888-322-1918, ext. 595, to register.