New weekly Tai Chi class for seniors begins Jan. 13

Tai ChiThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will host a weekly Introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong class for adults 60 and older on Fridays, beginning Jan. 13 at the Main Library. Classes are free and run from 10:30-11:30 a.m. An instructor from the Milton & Betty Katz JCC of Atlantic County will lead the classes. Please call Kelly Rosenberg of the JCC at (609) 822-1167, ext. 144, for more information.

Black History Month programs to include superhero art, Friday Film Series

ecbaccThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold programs for children and teens, plus a film series, in celebration of Black History Month. All programs will be held at the Main Library. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.
•    Friday Film Series on Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. – The library will show films on Friday afternoons for Black History Month: The Great Debaters on Feb. 3; Race on Feb. 10; Night Catches Us on Feb. 17 and Freedom Summer on Feb. 24. The movies may include introductions and discussions with guest speakers.
•    Comic Book Workshop on Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m. — The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) will lead this program for children ages 9-12. The ECBACC’s STARS (Storytelling That Advances Reading Skills) workshop is designed to use comic book art and imagery as a vehicle to foster creativity and promote literacy, with a secondary focus on introducing participants to the various career options that exist within the comic book industry. Participants learn what it’s like to be a comic book creator via the “Create Your Own Hero” exercises while putting their imaginations to work as they pen their own stories for the characters they create. The program is being paid for through a grant — the 2016 ALA Will Eisner Grant — that the library received.
•    Teen program: Create a Superhero on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. – Teens ages 13-18 will explore the range of uses for ancient mythology, neo-mythology and related media to create their own unique and innovative characters. At the end of this workshop, participants will have designed, created and advanced their own characters and storylines.

Dr. King's impact, speeches focus of Jan. 14 program

Dr. KingThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with its Fourth annual MLK Read-in  Saturday, Jan. 14, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Main Library.

Special guests — including Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and Councilman Kaleem Shabazz — and Atlantic City Free Public Library staff members are scheduled to read some of Dr. King’s work and stories inspired by him. Selections will include: “I Have a Dream” speech, “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

The program is free and open to people of all ages. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.

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.