The 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.
The 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.
The library will receive funding from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities for programming related to the exhibit. The programs will be held 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Art Garage. They will focus on various Atlantic City sports topics, with local sports figures serving as guest speakers.
“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.
Teenagers who love to make things – whether it’s their own clothes, music, movies, video games or inventions – will have the opportunity to do so at the Atlantic City Free Public Library beginning this spring.
Atlantic City teens will be invited to “Make AC: Dream It, Design It, Do It” in the library’s Makerspace, which is slated to open in April 2014. The Makerspace will be located inside the Teen Space at the Main Library.
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 will receive $7,500 in funding and provide a match for a portion of that amount.
The library will provide teens 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.
Teen Services librarian Megan England will coordinate the Makerspace project. She worked with the library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) to create the branding and choose the equipment and programs that will be available in the Makerspace.
“The Makerspace will offer teens the opportunity to come up with products and ideas for their own businesses, develop skills that will help them be successful in the workforce or college, and explore crafting and technology techniques for the pure fun of it,” England said.
“The contemporary Makerspace movement is really about creating community spaces where people can learn by doing and engage in exploration and creativity using digital and analog technologies. Such spaces can both enrich and empower library users’ lives,” said Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian.
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.
Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3052, for more information about the Makerspace.
Volunteers from the Tax Aide Program of AARP will be at the Atlantic City Free Public Library to assist the community with their tax returns. This program is for seniors and low-income residents of Atlantic County.
Those interested in getting help with their tax returns must make an appointment by calling (609) 677-8266.
AARP will be in the Main Library’s second-floor meeting room on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 19-April 9.
The 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.