Share your A.C. memories, photos at library for 48 Blocks celebration

new 48 blocks logoOn June 24, as part of 48 Blocks, Stockton University’s South Jersey Culture & History Center is inviting the community to bring historic photographs, postcards, and documents to 1-of-6 locations throughout Atlantic City - including either Atlantic City Free Public Library location - to be scanned and photographed and immediately returned to the owner, along with a digital copy on a USB flash drive.  The digitized items will become part of the city’s historic archive and will be featured in exhibits and activities for future cultural events in Atlantic City.

In addition, while folks are having their items scanned and photographed, they are welcome to share stories of places, people, and events from the City’s past.  Call Lisa Honaker at 609.652.4760 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a 10-minute appointment at the location you prefer.  Walk-ins also welcome.   To prepare for your visit, consider the question:  What’s gone that you miss?

Ward 1:  10am-1pm, Oceanside Family Success Center, 201 Melrose Ave.
Ward 2:  2pm-5pm, Atlantic City Free Public Library, 1 N Tennessee Ave.
Ward 3:  10am-1pm, MLK School, 1700 Marmora Ave.
Ward 4:  2pm-5pm, 2125 N Riverside Dr.
Ward 5:  10am-1pm, Wonder Bar, 3701 Sunset Ave.
Ward 6:  2pm-5pm, Richmond Ave Branch, AC Free Public Library, 4115 Ventnor Ave.

Summer Reading Program is underway

Steel PierThe Atlantic City Public Library has kicked off its Summer Reading Program for children and teenagers. Download this year's Summer Reading Program brochure. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World.” Steel Pier in Atlantic City is a sponsor of this year’s Summer Reading Program.

Please call the Youth Services Department at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.


Tween Days in the Teen Lounge
Saturdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug. 5, 12, 19, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Not quite a teen yet? You are invited to rock out in the Teen Lounge and play video games. Participants need a library card in good standing Build a Better Worldto participate.
Saturdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug. 5, 12, 19, from 2-3 p.m.
Fridays, July 21, 28; Aug. 4, 11 from 2-3 p.m.
Use your imagination and our LEGOs to create something awesome. Ages 6-12
Family Story Time and Craft
Thursdays, July 6, 20, 27, from 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Features stories, songs, creative movement and simple crafts for ages 3-5. Story times are a fun way to help children develop skills they will need to be ready to read. Childcare groups are asked to call in advance.

Baby Bounce and Play Group
Thursdays, July 6, 20, 27, from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Introduce infants to the world of sounds and stories. Stories, songs, rhymes and movement help build pre-reading skills. An informal playgroup immediately follows this story time.
Comic Drawing
Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug 3, 10, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Learn to draw your favorite characters with Marvel/DC Comics illustrator Joe Del Beato. Ages 9-17.
Paws to Read to Sophie the Poodle
Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25; Aug. 1, 8 from 10:30-11 a.m.
Children ages 4-10 can sign up to read to Sophie, a certified therapy dog. Participating children should not be fearful of dogs or have pet allergies.
Summer STEM Projects
(In collaboration with the Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County Rutgers)
Wednesday, July 26, from 2-3 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 2-3 p.m.
Hands-on science fun for kids. Can gardens grow without soil? Learn about, build and maintain a hydroponic garden right inside the library. Ages 9-17. Registration is required.
Saturday, July 29, from 3-4:30 p.m.
Use recycled plastic bottles to make a car that moves. Ages 9-17.

Strange World of Reptiles
Thursday, July 6 from 1-2 p.m.
This interactive presentation features live reptiles and amphibians! All ages.
Crochet Circle
In Collaboration with Family Success Center
Friday, July 7, at 1 p.m.
Teens, learn the basics of crochet; chain, single crochet and double crochet.  Crochet hooks and yarn will be provided or bring your own!

STARS Comics Workshop
Monday, July 10, at 10:30 a.m.
STARS is designed to use comic book art and imagery as a vehicle to foster creativity and promote literacy. Participants will create their own characters. Ages 9-12.  The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) will lead the program.


Thursday, July 13, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Sciencetellers will make things fly, spin, move and soar while telling a series of stories! Kids will experience the science of power and energy through hands-on experiments! Ages 5-12.
Unplugged Game Day @ The Library
Friday, July 14, from 2-4 p.m.
Fun and games without electricity! Join us for board and card games — a great family activity. Ages 6-16

Around the World with Yosi
Thursday, July 20, from 1-2 p.m.
A multicultural, interactive and educational concert with songs, humor and dances, plus hands-on exploration of various instruments from other countries. All ages.
Our Marine Mammals and Turtles
Friday, July 21, from 1-2 p.m.
Discover which types of marine mammals and sea turtles come to New Jersey and the dangers they face while here. Learn about the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and how it helps our marine mammal friends. All ages.
Storytelling with Animal Balloons
Thursday, July 27, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Miss Cheryl Anne tells stories with the help of colorful animal balloon characters. Ages 3-8
Choo Choo Charlie
Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Choo Choo Charlie will take you on a magical adventure with train effects, magic and comedy. Ages 5-9.
Bubble Time Fun
Thursday, Aug. 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Colorful rainbows of bubbles in all shapes and sizes. Ages 6-12.
End of Summer Reading Program Celebration
Thursday, Aug. 17
Celebrate the end of our summer program.


Summer Reading Program Kickoff Afterparty
Thursday, June 29, from 4:30-6 p.m.
Teens are invited to stay after the official summer kickoff for an afterparty.
Super Smash Bros U Tournament
Monday, July 3, from 2-6 p.m.
Teens vs. New Adults! Join us for a tournament featuring the new Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U! Sign up to compete, or be a spectator and cheer on your friends. Winner gets a trophy. Participants must have a library card in good standing.
Silent Library Challenge
Saturday, July 8, from 2-4 p.m.
Teams will perform ridiculous tasks, all while staying absolutely silent.
Superhero/Superheroine Creation
Monday, July 10, at 1 p.m.
Participants will explore uses for ancient mythology, neo-mythology and related media to create unique and innovative characters. Workshop participants will design, create and advance their own characters and storylines. Ages 11-17. The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) will lead the program.

Yoga Basics
Tuesdays, July 11, 18 and Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, at 4 p.m.
Basic yoga instruction provided by Leadership Studio of Atlantic City. Ages 12 and older.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

Saturdays, July 15, 29; Aug. 12, 26, from 1-2 p.m.
TAG is our volunteering group for ages 13-18. Help the library decide what resources teens want and need, and assist with library programs, all while earning volunteer hours.
Teen Crafts
Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.
July 15: KPOP Purses; July 29: Origami-Modular; Aug. 12: Light Bulb Art; Aug. 26: KPOP Craft.
Acting Workshop with Leonard Dozier
Saturday, July 15, from 2-4 p.m.
Telling the Truth is an intensive acting course taught by actor Leonard Dozier. The seminar will cover: core concepts of acting for the camera and the stage, plus the predominant techniques used in the profession today and how to find the technique that helps you be most truthful. Ages 15-18.
TAG Age Out Party and Election
Saturday, July 29, from 3-5 p.m.
Join us for a party honoring our TAG members who have graduated as they age out of Youth Services. We will elect our 2016-2017 TAG officers at the party. Alumni welcome.
End of Summer Reading Program Celebration
Thursday, Aug. 17
Celebrate the end of our summer program.
This series is conducted by Carol Waties, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Stockton University.

Business Plan 101
Tuesday, July 11, from 2-3 p.m.
Are you interested in starting a business? Join us to learn about entrepreneurship and how to write a business plan as well as creating your marketing and financial plans. A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success.
Business Plan Review
Tuesday, July 18, from 2-3 p.m.
Part II: Waties will review your business plan following the Business Plan 101 Seminar.
Crafting a Winning Elevator Pitch
Tuesday, July 25, from 2-3 p.m.
An elevator pitch is an ideal method to create a positive impression, generate conversations and contribute to your brand.
Presenting Your Elevator Pitch
Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 2-3 p.m.
Have you perfected your two-minute elevator pitch? Are you ready to discuss what problem your business solves, your target market, projected sales revenue and profits, and all other information necessary to communicate what you do and why?



Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25  and Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 2 p.m.
Use our LEGOs and your imagination to create something wonderful. Ages 5-12.

Summer Story Time and Craft
Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 10
A great summer activity for families with young children up to age 8.  Enjoy stories, puppetry, songs, rhyming and simple crafts to make and take. Childcare groups are asked to call in advance.

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.