• Exchange 'Food for Fines' on overdue items Jan. 17-21

    MLK Day of ServiceThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold a “Food for Fines” drive from Jan. 17-21 in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. 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. Click here to read more.
  • 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 leads the classes. Click here to read more.
  • Make appointment for assistance with tax return

    taxesVolunteers from the Tax Aide Program of AARP will be at the Atlantic City Free Public Library to assist the community with basic tax returns by advance appointment only. You must call 1-800-617-1519 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment. AARP will be at the Main Library on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 through April 12.
  • Receive one-on-one assistance
    at weekly Walk-in Job Skills Lab

    job skillsThe Atlantic City Free Public Library offers a free Walk-in Job Skills Labs to library members who need help with job-related tasks. We’ll provide refresher tips for your job search. Beginning in January 2017, the lab will be held Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please note the new lab hours. Click here to read more.
  • Live, online tutoring help available for students

    Live Homework HelpStudents who need assistance with homework can receive free, on-demand tutoring help thanks to an online service provided by the Atlantic City Free Public Library. The library offers Live Homework Help™, an online tutoring service powered by Tutor.com™. Live Homework Help is for students in grades K-12 and those taking introductory level college courses. Click here to read more.
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Library to move ahead with Flashback Fridays

The Atlantic City Free Public Library will offer more Flashback Fridays archives programs due to the series’ success in October.
The programs will be held on the first Friday of each month. The next program, with a “Show and Tell” theme, will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Main Library meeting room. Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring in an item they are working on or researching. Members of the library’s Atlantic City Heritage Collections staff will bring some items and discuss how they would research or preserve each one.
The topic for the Dec. 6 meeting, which begins at 1 p.m., will be How to Date Postcards and Photographs.
Here are some helpful tips that staff members shared at the Flashback Friday programs in October:
Tips for Preserving Your History:
▪ Control the environment where you keep your history — make sure it’s not someplace where the temperature and humidity changes a lot. (i.e. best not to keep things in basements or attics or garages).
▪ Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe — Make copies of your most valuable records and photographs. If you keep digital records, keep copies in different places, such as a flash drive, hard drive and a digital cloud.
▪ Don't do anything permanent to any of your original records or artifacts — never write on something with a pen and don't use glue or tape to hold things together.
▪ Use the proper materials to make sure things are preserved for a longer time, such as acid-free paper and acid-free boxes, polyethelene or Mylar plastic pages.
Tips for Researching Family History:
▪ Talk to older members of your family and get as much information as you can. Record them talking, if they agree.
▪ Always look for primary sources — the best record is the one that documents the events close to when they happened.
▪ Try unconventional sources, such as maps, to get new information or a fuller picture of the person's life.
▪ Look for new websites and updated databases. Some free sites are www.familysearch.org and www.haithitrust.org

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