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Poetry reading scheduled for April 30 at Main Library

National Poetry MonthApril is National Poetry Month, and the Atlantic City Free Public Library is celebrating by offering a poetry reading at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Main Library.
Poets Peter Murphy and Karen Zaborowski Duffy, who are both former Atlantic City High School teachers, will read from some of their own works and hold a book signing at the end of the program. The reading is free and open to people of all ages.
Murphy is the author of Stubborn Child, a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize, and a chapbook of poems, Thorough & Efficient. His unique poetry writing assignments have been collected in Challenges for the Delusional (2012), published by Jane Street Press. In addition to receiving a 2009 Poetry Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, he has received awards and fellowships from The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Yaddo, The Folger Shakespeare Library and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. He is the founder/director of Murphy Writing Seminars, which sponsors the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway and other programs for poets, writers and teachers.
Duffy is the recipient of two Poetry Writing Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and is a poetry consultant for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. She has done residencies at Ragdale, Vermont Studio Center and The Norman Mailer Writers Colony at Provincetown where she was named a 2010 Fellow in Creative Nonfiction. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Calyx, PMS-poemmemoirstory, Salt Flats Annual and Journal of New Jersey Poets. Her poetry manuscript, Pathology of Goodness, was named third runner-up for Boa Editions, Ltd. 2010 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize, and her chapbook, Giving in to the Smoke (2007), received the Starting Gate Award from Finishing Line Press. Duffy’s poem “World Series, Game 5” was featured on The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer in 2007.
Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3077, for more information.

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Early Closing at 3PM on April 17

Both branches of the Atlantic City Free Public Library will be closing early at 3PM on April 17 due to scheduled library maintenance. We apologize for any inconveinance this may cause the public. We will reopen at our regular schedule the following morning at 9:30AM.

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Atlantic City Historical Markers Guide available online

Dr. Pitney markerThe City of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Free Public Library are pleased to announce the availability of a new digital historical resource featuring the commemorative markers located throughout Atlantic City. These markers share the history of Atlantic City and the stories of many Atlantic City residents. Click here to check out this great resource.

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Smithsonian, A.C. sports exhibits go on display March 22

Hometown  Teams Title cmyk LargeThe Atlantic City Free Public Library is helping to bring an exciting exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution to the city for a six-week stay.

The library is one of six organizations in New Jersey selected to host “Hometown Teams” – a traveling exhibition that celebrates American sports and sportsmanship. Atlantic City will be the second stop on the Hometown Teams’ 2014 road trip.

The exhibit will be displayed at the Noyes Art Garage Stockton College, located at the Wave parking garage at 2200 Fairmount Ave., from March 22 to May 4. Visitors will be able to view the exhibit from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday during that time.

The library will hold a ribbon-cutting pep rally at 2 p.m. March 22 at the Art Garage to kick off the exhibit’s visit to Atlantic City.

“We are honored to host an exhibit from a well-known institution such as the Smithsonian in Atlantic City,” Library Archivist Heather Halpin Perez said. “We think it’ll be a great opportunity for residents and visitors to see a national exhibit locally.”

The Smithsonian developed this display especially for smaller museums or rural audiences.

As a companion to Hometown Teams, the Atlantic City Free Public Library will present a new exhibit, “The Atlantic City Experience: Devotion and Determination.” This sports-based exhibit, which will also be located at the Art Garage, will showcase some of the people and places that are a part of the fabric of the city’s rich sports history.  Highlights will include Atlantic City Olympians and all-stars, women sports greats both before and after the enactment of Title IX, and the many venues in Atlantic City where sporting events have occurred.

The theme of the Hometown Teams exhibition is the ongoing cultural processes that have made America such a celebrator of sports, through teamwork, leadership and team pride. Through a selection of photographs, artifacts and memorabilia, the Hometown Teams exhibition explores various aspects of sports and teams, from how and why we play these games to what makes us fans and why we root for our home teams. The story is full of surprises about familiar games, histories of our teams and sports traditions, and how sports and teams have become such an integral part of American society.

Also, the library will present a series of “Pep Talks,” which will feature local experts discussing various Atlantic City-related sports topics. Guest speakers will include former NBA player and head coach Chris Ford; ex-Atlantic City High School star basketball player and head coach Laurie Carter; crew coaching legend Stan Bergman and NBC 40 Sports Director Pete Thompson.

The Pep Talks will also be held at the Noyes Art Garage. All programs are free.
•    Female Athletes’ Journey for Equity in Sports on Thursday, March 27, at 6 p.m. Guest speaker: Dr. Eileen Conran-Folks.
•    Basketball on Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Guest speakers: Chris Ford and Laurie Carter.
•    Guided Tour of Hometown Teams and Atlantic City Experience Sports Exhibits on Friday, April 4, at 1 p.m. Guest speakers: Library staff members Heather Halpin Perez and Beth Ryan.
•    Baseball and Softball on Thursday, April 10, at 6 p.m. Guest speakers: Bob Derbyshire and Kathleen Whelan.
•    Boxing on Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. Guest speaker: Abdur Rahim Muhammad.
•    Crew and Swimming on Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m. Guest speakers: Stan Bergman and Bill Howarth.
•    Sports Journalism on Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m. Guest speaker: Pete Thompson.
•    Share and Tell: Atlantic City Sports Artifacts on Friday, May 2, at 1 p.m. Guest speaker: Library staff member Beth Ryan.

“Atlantic City is an American sports story,” Atlantic City Historical Museum Coordinator Beth Ryan said. “From Boardwalk Hall to the beaches, from the basketball courts to the baseball diamonds, we have many stories to tell. The Smithsonian exhibit will allow us the opportunity to bring these Atlantic City stories to light with special programming that visitors and residents of all ages can enjoy.”

Hometown Teams has been made possible in Atlantic City by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institute and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Hometown Teams and Atlantic City Experience: Devotion and Determination is brought to you by: Smithsonian Institution, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Atlantic City Free Public Library, City of Atlantic City and Noyes Arts Garage, Stockton College, in partnership with Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Atlantic City Alliance, Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Atlantic City High School, African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, The Press of Atlantic City, Ocean City Home Bank and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3064 for more information about Hometown Teams.

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Library to hold annual Kwanzaa event Dec. 7

Afro-One at 2011 Kwanzaa programThe Atlantic City Free Public Library’s 26th annual Kwanzaa celebration will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m. at the Main Library.
The featured performer will be Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre.
This event combines song, music, poetry and traditional and contemporary dance with an educational element.
Dr. Patricia Reid Merritt directs the Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre. A professor of Social Work and African-American Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Dr. Reid-Merritt has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the NAACP Freedom Award. Afro-One was founded in 1974 and emphasizes dance, drama and music in the African-American arts. Afro-One has performed at schools, colleges and universities, businesses and corporations, conferences, Kwanzaa celebrations, weddings, rites of passage, local festivals and community events. Their past performances include presentations at Rutgers University, Monmouth University, Penn State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Philadelphia Zoo, African American Historical Site at Boston, University Museum of Pennsylvania, The College of New Jersey, Richard Stockton College, Conference on Black Families in Urban America, Bell Labs, McGuire Air Force Base and Fort Dix.
Kwanzaa is a holiday of African heritage and values and is celebrated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.
Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.