Documentary based on ‘Northside’ play to be shown May 27

Our SideThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will show the documentary “Our Side: The Other Atlantic City” on Saturday, May 27, at 2 p.m. Our Side tells the story of a community-led theater production in Atlantic City — a stage adaptation of the book "Growing up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside," written by Atlantic City native Turiya S.A. Raheem.
From bustling streets to broken promises, from discrimination to resiliency, the film follows local residents staging a play about the historically Black community of Atlantic City through the lens of Raheem’s own family odyssey. Coming together to perform their community history shapes residents’ hearts and minds and helps them imagine a better future for their community.
Theatrical footage and oral history interviews illustrate the vibrant Atlantic City of yesteryear, bringing to life the pride and struggle that made the Northside a self-sustaining community and epicenter of Black culture. The documentary shows the daily lives of cast members, their struggles to give their city a better future and honor its past.
Please call (609) 345-2269 for more information.

Library staff mourns sudden passing of colleague Providencia Colon

ProviThe Atlantic City Free Public Library recently lost a beloved friend and colleague. Providencia Colon, 48, who worked at the library since 1986, passed away in late April due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Provi was well liked by her co-workers for her kindness, thoughtfulness, and calm and positive demeanor. She was the kind of person who never had a bad word to say about anybody.

In the days following her death, staff members fondly remembered how she took a genuine interest in their personal lives, her smile and kind gestures, her work ethic and willingness to tackle whatever job she was asked to do, and her impact on their lives.

Though she was quiet and avoided the limelight, Provi was a familiar and welcome face to our public. She worked in several visible roles — including at the Circulation, Help and Youth Services desks — assisting library customers, many of whom wrote letters commending her for her customer service. Provi handled many jobs behind the scenes, including maintaining the Magazines section.

The Atlantic City Free Public Library staff will miss her dearly.

Celebrate National Library Week from April 9-15

NLW 2017National Library Week, which is April 9-15, 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 job, parent looking for free activities for children or student searching for your next favorite book, you belong at the library. The Atlantic City Free Public Library will be holding many programs during National Library Week:
•    Food for Fines from April 10-15 — Library members with overdue materials can make a food donation at the library in lieu of paying a fine. For each non-perishable item donated, the accrued fines for one overdue item will be waived. The food will be donated to the Community Food Bank – Southern Branch.
•    Basic Reading and Writing (first to third-grade reading level) on Monday, April 10, from 10 a.m.-noon — Adult literacy class for adults who need help with their reading and writing skills.
•    Beginning ESL on Monday, April 10, from 1-3 p.m. — This class focuses on reading, writing and listening basics, and vocabulary.
•    Basic Reading and Writing (fifth-grade reading level or lower) on Tuesday, April 11, from 10 a.m.-noon — Adult literacy class for adults who need help with their reading and writing skills.
•    Intermediate ESL on Tuesday, April 11, from 1:30-3 p.m. — Listen, read, practice conversation, learn writing techniques, new vocabulary, pronunciation and proper grammar. All levels of ESL students are welcome to attend.
•    Smash Bros on Tuesday, April 11, from 4-6 p.m. — Practice for tournaments and challenge your friends! The Teen Lounge will be Super Smash Bros only. For ages 13-18.
•    Walk-in Job Skills Lab on Wednesday, April 12, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Search and apply for jobs online, create a resume, study for work-related exams and more with assistance from the library’s trained staff.
•    Need Health Insurance on Wednesday, April 12, from 1-5 p.m. — Don’t have health insurance? The Center for Family Services’ Healthcare Navigators can help you enroll for no-cost or low-cost health coverage. An appointment is necessary. Call the Center for Family Services at 1-877-922-2377.
•    Computer Class: Basic Internet and Typing Skills on Wednesday, April 12, from 1:30-3 p.m. — Learn the basics of the Internet and typing, how to access different websites and perform searches.
•    LEAP: Learn to Use Email on Thursday, April 13, from 10-11:30 a.m. — For adults 55+ with vision changes. Learn how to set up an email, check your messages, email others and create an address book. Participants will also be introduced to assistive technology features, such as Zoom and Voice Over (Apple’s built-in screen reader), so you can see or have read to you what’s shown on the screen.
•    Ribbon Cutting for the Atlantic City Library’s Learning Center for Computer Literacy, Education and Career Advancement on Thursday, April 13, at 12 p.m. — The library will unveil its new computer lab in a special ceremony. City and library officials will speak, and demonstrations of the new technology will be provided. The public is invited to attend.
•    Spring Break Fitness Session on Thursday, April 13, at 3:30 p.m. — Keep fit and have fun during your spring break with a hula hooping get together with library friends Oceanside Family Success Center. All ages welcome. Adults must be accompanied by a child.
•    Comic Drawing on Thursday, April 13, at 3:30 p.m. — Marvel/DC Comics Illustrator Joe Del Beato will lead drawing instruction for children and teens ages 7-17. Learn how draw your favorite characters. No experience necessary. All supplies provided.
•    Tween Days in the Teen Lounge on Saturday, April 15, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Kids aged 9-12 are invited to play video games in the Teen Space: Xbox360, PS3, NintendoWii. Participants need a library card in good standing to participate.
•    LEGO Club at Saturday, April 15, at 2 p.m. — Use our LEGOs and your imagination to create something fantastic!  Ages 6 to 12.
•    Spine Poetry on Saturday, April 15, from 2-3:30 p.m. — April is National Poetry Month. Families are invited to create their own spine poem by stacking books, with the titles on the spines forming the poem. Participants are encouraged to share pictures of the poems on social media.

Library opens new Learning Center

Ribbon cuttingAs part of its National Library Week celebration, the Atlantic City Free Public Library held a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce its new computer lab – The Learning Center for Computer Literacy, Education and Career Advancement – and Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) technology to the public on April 13.

The Learning Center is located on the first floor of the Main Library near the Help Desk, where the library formerly housed its Atlantic City Heritage Collections. The lab, featuring 13 laptops, will be used for the library’s computer training sessions, weekly Job Skills Lab and LEAP classes.

The Learning Center also includes four LEAP computers and four iPads for adults with vision issues. Those computers and iPads – provided by the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, in partnership with Advancing Opportunities and the N.J. State Library – are equipped with assistive technology that magnifies and can read what is shown on the screen.

The Learning Center is part of a first-floor renovation project at the Main Library. The library relocated its Heston Room, which houses the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, to the Bacharach Boulevard end of the floor to create a larger space for researchers and collections. The library also created a new public seating area, with more seating than was previously available and an electrical outlet at each seat, at the Atlantic Avenue end of the floor.

Third Thursday Concert Series resumes June 15

Martin PayneThe 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.
•    Gina Roche' Duo on May 18 – The Gina Roche’ Duo with John Swana will be performing blues, jazz and original compositions with a Brazilian twist. Roche’ is Atlantic City's own, known for her singing, songwriting and electric performances. After years of overseas performing and travel, she met the love of her life and began her family here in Atlantic City, a city that she loves fiercely.
•    Martin Payne & Friends on June 15 – Atlantic City Free Public Library staff member Martin Payne, who plays bass, leads a quintet that will perform jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. The songs include some of the most popular and enduring tunes from the 1920s to ’50s, including “All the Things You Are,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Days of Wine and Roses” and “Spain.”
•    Phyllis Chapell & SIORA on July 20 – Phyllis Chapell performs a unique mix of originals, folk, jazz, pop and international music, including songs in up to 13 languages. She has released two solo CDs and four CDs with her  internationally known ensemble Phyllis Chapell & SIORA. She has been named one of the top 500 jazz vocalists of all time by Scott Yanow (Down Beat, Jazz Times and AllMusicGuide).
•    Leonard Dozier on Aug. 17 – Accomplished actor and ADDY award-winning voice actor Leonard Dozier kicks off his 2017 Songwriter Tour and makes his only Atlantic City stop in support of his new album "Songwriter," which pays tribute to some of the great songwriters in music history, including: James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach and Babyface.
•    Locust St. Riot on Sept. 21 – Locust St. Riot is the music of singer/songwriter Justin Gonzalez being brought to life by the collaboration of three friends, trained as classical musicians, now exploring what originally drew them to music. LSR's originals can be heard on its self-titled CD, and it always pays homage to their inspirations with covers of Stevie Wonder, The Stylistics and Chris Isaak.
Gina Roche on May 18
Martin Payne on June 15
Phyllis Chapell
Phyllis Chapell & SIORA on July 20
Leonard Dozier

Leonard Dozier on Aug. 17
Locust St. Riot 2
Locust St. Riot on Sept. 21