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.


Teen Makerspace opening, jazz concert highlight National Library Week activities

Eddie MorganThe Atlantic City Free Public Library is celebrating National Library Week (April 13-19) in a big way this year.
The library is inviting the public to attend the grand opening for its new teen Makerspace – “Make AC: Dream It, Design It, Do It” – at 2 p.m. Monday, April 14. The Makerspace will be located inside the Teen Space at the Main Library.
The Makerspace will provide Atlantic City Free Public Library teen cardholders with access to a variety of technology and tools, including a 3-D printer, digital audio recording, photography and video equipment, robotics, sewing machine and fiber arts, and more.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library is one of 15 libraries statewide – and the only one in Atlantic County – to be awarded funding by the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, to develop its own Makerspace. The library is receiving $7,500 in funding and providing a match for a portion of that amount.
Funding for this Makerspace Initiative is provided by the New Jersey State Library and by LibraryLinkNJ, The New Jersey Library Cooperative, whose services are funded by the New Jersey State Library, which is responsible for the coordination, promotion, and funding of the New Jersey Library Network.
In addition to the Makerspace grand opening, the library has many programs planned during National Library Week:
•    ‘Food for Fines’ exchange from April 13-19 – Library members 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 during National Library Week, 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.
•    Fun Day Sunday: Science Kits for Kids on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. – In anticipation of our Makerspace opening, people of all ages are invited to experience our new science and technology crafting kits. Build a doll house with working lights and fans, hook bananas up to a computer to make a piano, and more!
•    ESL: Intermediate Class on Monday, April 14, at 1 p.m. – Listen, read, practice conversation, learn writing techniques, new vocabulary, pronunciation and proper grammar. While the level of instruction is intermediate, all English language learners are strongly encouraged to attend.
•    Film Society: Great Movie Entrances on Monday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. – This classroom session will focus on the greatest character entrances in movie history.
•    Computer training: Email setup and practice on Tuesday, April 15, at 1 p.m. – Come to this computer class without a valid email address and leave with one! A valid email address is needed to perform many important tasks, such as applying for jobs online. Learn how to access your email, compose emails, send emails, view your incoming emails, and attach documents.
•    Computer training: Microsoft Word Basics on Tuesday, April 15, at 5 p.m. – Learn how to create, edit, save, and print Word documents by making a resume. Resume templates will be provided.
•    Jazz Concert featuring Eddie Morgan & REK’D 4 JAZZ on Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. – The group will perform a tribute to trumpeters Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis and Lee Morgan. This event is also being held in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.
•    Pre-school Rhyme Time on Thursday, April 17, at 10:30 a.m. – Features stories, songs, finger plays and crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Library story times are a fun way to help your child develop skills they will need to be ready to read. Ages 3-5.
•    Baby Bounce and Play Group on Thursday, April 17, at 11:30 a.m. – This program is designed to introduce infants to the world of sounds and stories. Best suited for infants 0-24 months.
•    Comic Drawing on Thursday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m. – Marvel DC Comic Illustrator Joe Del Beato will lead the instruction. All materials are supplied. Ages 9-17.
•    Pep Talk: Boxing on Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. at Noyes Arts Garage Stockton College – Trainer Abdur Rahim Muhammad will lead this discussion of local boxing at the Noyes Arts Garage Stockton College (2200 Fairmount Ave. in Atlantic City). The Pep Talks are held in conjunction with the two sports exhibits the library is hosting at the Arts Garage: the Smithsonian Institution’s Hometown Teams and The Atlantic City Experience: Devotion and Determination, which was developed by library staff.
•    Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meeting on Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m. – TAG is our teen volunteer organization that plans teen events, tells the library what materials we should buy and coordinates volunteer opportunities.
•    Teen Book Club: “Drama” and “The P.L.A.I.N. Janes” on Saturday, April 19, at 3 p.m. – Our book club is awesome because we give you a free copy of the book to keep. Grab your copy at the Youth Services desk and join us for snacks, drinks and discussion at our monthly meeting, even if you don’t have time to finish the book.
National Library Week is a time to recognize the importance of libraries to the communities they serve.
Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong at your library.
Today’s libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people. Libraries provide cultural heritage and genealogical collections, materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources, English as a second language and citizenship classes and many other creative and resourceful programs.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
For more information, please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112.


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.


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.


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.