• Leonard Dozier to play
    Third Thursday Concert Series on Aug. 17

    Leonard DozierThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will be bringing free entertainment to the city with its Third Thursday Concert Series. Performances will be held on the third Thursday of each month from May through September. Shows begin at 5 p.m. and will be held at the Main Library. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information. Click here to read more.
  • Work of famed artist Jacob Lawrence
    to be exhibited in September

    The Builders The FamilyThe Atlantic City Arts Commission will present the Jacob Lawrence Centennial Exhibition this September to commemorate the 100th birthday of the famed Atlantic City-born artist. The exhibit will be on display all month on the first floor of the Atlantic City Free Public Library, with a special reception scheduled on Lawrence’s birthday, Sept, 7, from 2-4 p.m. Click here to read more.
  • Summer Reading Program is underway

    Steel PierThe Atlantic City Public Library has kicked off its Summer Reading Program for children and teenagers. Steel Pier in Atlantic City is a sponsor of this year’s Summer Reading Program. Contact the Youth Services Department at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, to see how you can qualify for free rides and free snacks at Steel Pier for our end-of-summer party on Aug. 17. The rain date for this party will be Aug. 24. Please call Youth Services to find out whether the party will be moved to the rain date. Click here to check out the Summer Reading Program events schedule.
  • Library to host monthly Job Corps
    information sessions for individuals ages 16-24

    job corpsThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will host Job Corps orientations on June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Job Corps is the largest vocational trade school in the country that provides hands-on training in high-demand industries, such as manufacturing, construction, health care, hospitality, information technology and more. The program is open to ages 16-24 that need a High School Diploma. Call Kim Webster at (856) 305-7388 to reserve a seat. Click here to download the flyer.
  • 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. The lab is held Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the first-floor Learning Center (next to the Help Desk). Click here to read more.
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Black History Month celebration to include ‘Breaking Barriers’ exhibit

Pop LloydThe Atlantic City Free Public Library has developed a new photo exhibit and related programs to celebrate Black History Month and the city’s rich history.
The library’s exhibit – “The Atlantic City Experience: Breaking Barriers” – showcases the talents of three groundbreaking Atlantic City residents in the sports world: John Henry “Pop” Lloyd (pictured to the left), Art Dorrington and Sarah Spencer Washington. The exhibit will be displayed at the Main Library beginning Feb. 5.
A Negro League baseball star, Lloyd was considered one of sport’s greatest players; Dorrington was the first black hockey player to sign an NHL contract; and Washington was a businesswoman who opened the Apex Golf Club (now Pomona Golf and Country Club), where people of all races were welcome.
The library has planned two programs to complement the Breaking Barriers exhibit:
•    Pop Lloyd and the Negro Leagues Discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Union County College professor Dr. Lawrence Hogan will lead this discussion of the history of black professional baseball in Atlantic City and the social/communal/civic legacy of one of its greatest players, Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop John Henry “Pop” Lloyd. The presentation also covers the restoration of Atlantic City’s historic Pop Lloyd Stadium. Hogan will be accompanied by Pedro Sierra, who played for the Indianapolis Clowns and Detroit Stars of the Negro Leagues in the 1950s. Hogan is an expert on the Negro Leagues and author of several books, including “The Forgotten History of African American Baseball.” This program is funded in part by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
•    Flashback Fridays Archives Series: Behind the Scenes of Breaking Barriers on Friday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 2 p.m. – This program will give attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the work performed by library staff to develop the Breaking Barriers exhibit – from initial idea to research to display.
Also, the library will also offer the following program in celebration of Black History Month:
•    Researching Your Roots: Exploring African-American Family History on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Researching genealogy, or family history, is a passion for many people. Researching African-American family history can be daunting due to a lack of resources. Join us for a free workshop in which guest speakers Wilbur Fields, Dr. Jacqueline McBride with Dottie Jones, and Dr. Richlyn Goddard will share their personal experiences and research tips to help genealogists at any level advance with their family history.

Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3062, for more information.

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