Free tickets available for city's Winter Wonderland event

Winter Wonderland6The City of Atlantic City will hold its Winter Wonderland Block Party for children Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the City Hall courtyard at 1301 Bacharach Blvd. (located between City Hall and the Atlantic City Free Public Library). Tickets are free and required to gain admission.
This seventh annual holiday event is for Atlantic City children ages 3 to 12 and will be held outdoors. The event will include rides, games, arts and crafts, chance to meet Santa Claus and other special guests, magic show, and performances by the Atlantic City High School Choir and Xclusive Drill Team.
Tickets are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Tickets will be distributed at City Hall on the following dates: Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Tickets will be distributed only to adults, who must show a proof of Atlantic City residency and photo ID. Each adult can receive a maximum of three children’s tickets.
The Atlantic City Winter Wonderland is presented by the City of Atlantic City, and sponsored by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic County Toys for Kids Program, 99.3 The Buzz, 96.1 WTTH The Touch, Serpico Pyrotechnics, Target, The Salvation Army, Toys R Us and Walmart.
For more information please call the City’s Division of Recreation at (609) 347-5643.

Download great books from our collection any time of day

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Library cardholders can browse the collection, check out books and then download them to a personal computer or mobile device. Titles expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees!
With thousands of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, the new collection features something for everyone. Selections include best-selling novels, well-known classics, study guides, language learning guides and much more.
Call (609) 345-2269 or visit the Main Library Help Desk for more information.

You can quickly charge your smartphone, laptop and tablet at the Main Library

Charging StationThe Atlantic City Free Public Library now offers a charging station after being selected as a contract award winner for funding under LibraryLinkNJ’s “Powering Up: Library Charging Stations Incubator Project.”
Those who visit the Main Library will be able to charge their smartphones, laptops and tablets for free in a Kwikboost Charging Station, which features eight secure, ADA-compliant lockers equipped with 16 connectors and fast-charging technology.
In addition to being a convenient way for the public to quickly charge their devices when they visit the Main Library to borrow materials, attend a program or use the public computers, the charging station can also benefit residents during times of crisis – such as during a bad storm that knocks out power in surrounding areas.
During Superstorm Sandy, many libraries were open – unless they were flooded or without power – and where people went to access computers, use free WiFi to contact relatives and insurance companies, fill out forms, and charge the batteries in their handheld devices and laptops. Fiscal stakeholders, organizational partners and community members now recognize libraries as partners in disaster preparedness.
This project is supported by funds from LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, which is funded by the New Jersey State Library.

Mental illness, recovery to be discussed Sept. 26

NAMIThe National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will present a program — In Our Own Voice (IOOV) — Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m. at the Main Library. The guest speaker will be NAMI’s Milo Turk.

IOOV is a NAMI program, designed to train individuals with various mental health conditions to give presentations about their illness and recovery.

The program is a powerful tool for community education and reducing stigma by putting a human face on an often misunderstood area of human suffering.

The program is intended to help reduce the discrimination often faced by people who deal with mental health illnesses and issues, those who care about them, and those who care for them. One or two program speakers go to a location, and present their first-hand lived experience, backed by other presenters appearing on a DVD. The live and taped presenters speak about their dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills, and successes, hopes and dreams. With questions and answers, which the presenters are trained to deal with, the program takes approximately one hour.

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.
It will feature 14 pieces of Lawrence’s art – including three original lithographs and an original poster. One of those originals – “The Builders, The Family” (pictured to the right) – was part of Lawrence’s iconic “Migration of the Negro” series, a set of 60 narrative paintings that garnered him national acclaim at the age of 23. The series focuses on the Great Migration, the multi-decade mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North that started in the 1910s.
“Lawrence’s work was incredibly important and his Migration of the Negro series made a huge impact in the art world,” said Valeria Marcus, an Atlantic City Arts Commission member who coordinated this exhibit. “That series put him on the map and helped him secure a place among the century’s greatest artists.”
The exhibit will also showcase newspaper clippings about his life. Also, the Arts Commission worked with Pennsylvania Avenue School staff to have some of its students create Lawrence-inspired paintings. The students’ art will be displayed in the library’s second-floor meeting room throughout September.
The following organizations and people contributed to make this exhibit possible: Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Housing Authority, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Terry Dintenfass, Inc., African American Heritage Museum, Stockton University, The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, Pennsylvania Avenue School, Dr. Richlyn Goddard and Joanna LaSane.
Lawrence was born Sept. 7, 1917, at 1522 Arctic Ave. in Atlantic City. He resided in the city before moving as a child. On a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a 16-year-old, Lawrence developed a love for tempera paints after admiring 16th century Italian paintings.
The African-American experience was seen in every thread of Lawrence’s paintings, especially his “Migration of the Negro” series. He was the first African American given a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City in 1941. The collection is now held by the Phillips Collection and MOMA.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Reynolda House Museum of American Art are among the museums with permanent collections of his work. One of his paintings also hangs in the White House Green Room.
Lawrence was named Fortune Magazine’s most influential artist of the 20th century. He received many other accolades throughout his distinguished career, such as the Julius Rosenwald Fund fellowship, Simon Guggenheim post-service fellowship, National Institute of Arts and Letters citation grant, Ford Foundation grant, NAACP Spingarn Medal of Arts, Founder’s Day Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence, the Washington Medal of Merit and numerous honorary degrees.
Lawrence spent parts of four decades teaching art, with his final stop coming as a tenured professor at the University of Washington, Seattle from 1971-83. He resided in Seattle until his death in 2000.
Contact Marcus at (609) 674-1482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.