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Library foundation donates new children's computer

board with kids only use small since its not sharpThe Foundation of the Board of Trustees of the Atlantic City Free Public Library donated a new children’s computer in June. The computer is available for public use — for children ages 2 to 8 — in the Main Library’s Youth Service Department.

The computer is an Early Literacy Station™ (ELS) featuring more than 4,000 learning activities. The fun, interactive and engaging content spans all seven curricular areas: math, science & nature, social studies and geography, reading, art and music, writing and computer skills, and reference. The content is full of child-friendly images, sounds, songs and videos.

Pictured around the new children’s computer are Atlantic City Library Director Maureen Sherr Frank; Atlantic City Library Board of Trustees members Paul Spaventa, William Cheatham, Curene Clark Ervin and Mary Lou Faulk; and Ajaylah Butts, 6, Landon Hamilton, 4, Jaida Mead, 4, and Penelope Hernandez, 3.

The Foundation is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of aiding the Atlantic City Free Public Library. This summer the Foundation has started a new campaign to raise funds to enhance services for children and teens — with a focus on educational programs for the fall. Those who wish to contribute to this campaign can do so by visiting the Foundation’s website at:
Donations are tax deductible and can be made through the Foundation website via credit card or PayPal; or, checks can be mailed to the Foundation at:
The Foundation of the Board of the Atlantic City Free Public Library
One North Tennessee Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
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Library wins multicultural award for La Ciudad Atlántica exhibit

multicultural awardThe Atlantic City Free Public Library was named a recipient of a 2016 New Jersey State Library Multicultural Award for its “Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica” exhibit. New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute recognized the Atlantic City Library at the annual New Jersey Library Association Conference held May 18 at the Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center.

Pictured (from the left) are: Luis Rodriguez, President of La Casa Dominicana; Maureen Sherr Frank, Director of the Atlantic City Free Public Library; Dr. Merydawilda Colon, Executive Director of the Stockton University Center for Community Engagement; Heather Perez, Archivist of the Atlantic City Free Public Library and Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian. Photo by New Jersey State Library.

The library, which received a $1,000 award, unveiled the award-winning exhibit in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in October 2015 at its Atlantic City Historical Museum location. The exhibit consisted of photos from the collections of local organizations and residents, and the Atlantic City Library’s Atlantic City Heritage Collections. It also included oral history interviews with local residents from various countries, traditional clothing and memorabilia.
Library archivist Heather Perez coordinated the exhibit. Consultants for this project included historian Vicki Gold Levi, Dr. Merydawilda Colon of the Stockton University Center for Community Engagement and oral historian Dr. Richlyn Goddard.
The award recognizes outstanding library programs that increase understanding and promote multiculturalism through sustainable and creative programming.
“New Jersey libraries play a critical role in helping their community users make cross-cultural connections and develop skills necessary to function in a culturally pluralistic society,” Chute said.
Two other libraries – The Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights and South Brunswick Public Library – were also honored.
Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3062, for more information.

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Local officials and residents were among those in attendance at the grand opening of the “Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica” exhibit Oct. 10, 2015, at the Atlantic City Historical Museum on Garden Pier. The museum is presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library. Photo by Atlantic City Library.

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Library mourns loss of former Director

The Atlantic City Free Public Library was saddened to hear about the passing of its former Library Director Richard Sweeney, who died on May 19.

He was appointed Director in 1971 and held that position until 1976. His contributions included: implementing the borrowing of films, overseeing the creation of a reference collection related to gambling, starting a library index to the local newspapers and managing renovations of the Carnegie Library location.

Richard Sweeney also worked in Atlantic City as a librarian at Central Junior High School and teacher at Holy Spirit High School.

He was serving as the head librarian at the New Jersey Institute of Technology at the time of his passing. The Atlantic City Free Public Library would like to send its condolences to Mr. Sweeney’s family, friends and colleagues.
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Children and teens invited to participate in Summer Reading Program

SRPThe Atlantic City Public Library's Summer Reading Program for children and teenagers is underway. This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.”

Download the Summer Reading Program 2016 brochure in English or in Spanish.

Children less than 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Please call the Youth Services Department at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information or to reserve a spot for programs where registration is required.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM SCHEDULE
SUMMER READING KICK-OFF
Tuesday, June 28, from 2-4 p.m.
Sign up for Summer Reading, get a FREE book, and enjoy a magic show.  Special guest speakers. Ages 18 and younger.

WEEKLY CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
FAMILY STORYTIME AND CRAFT: FAIRYTALE FEASTS
Thursdays, June 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Features stories, songs, finger plays, creative movement and simple crafts for ages 3 to 5. Family and siblings are welcome to attend. Library 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 (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, in advance to reserve a spot.

BABY BOUNCE AND PLAY GROUP
Thursdays, June 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This program is designed to introduce infants (ages 0 to 24 months) to the world of sounds and stories. Stories, songs, rhymes and movement help build pre-reading skills for our littlest library lovers. An informal playgroup immediately follows this story time.

COMIC DRAWING
Thursdays, June 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Learn to draw your favorite characters with Marvel/DC Comics illustrator Joe Del Beato.  Ages 9-17.

FAMILY FRIDAY MATINEE
Fridays, July 1, 15, 22, 29; Aug. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Enjoy family friendly films together on Friday afternoons all summer.

TWEEN DAYS IN THE TEEN LOUNGE
Saturdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6, 13, from 11 a.m. to 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 to participate.

LEGO CLUB
Saturdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6, 13, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Use your imagination and our LEGOs to create something awesome.  Ages 6 to 12.

ADDITIONAL CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
FAMILY HOOPING FITNESS
Thursday, June 30, at 1 p.m.
Get active with the family! Have fun hula hooping while you get fit. Age 6 and older. This program is in collaboration with Oceanside Family Success Center.

SUMMER STEM PROJECTS
Saturdays, July 2, 16, 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Hands-on science fun for kids. Session 1: Introduction to Scratch Online Coding; Session 2: Makey-Makey Experiments; Session 3: Introduction to Finch Robot. Ages 9-12. Registration required.

OUR MARINE MAMMALS AND SEA TURTLES
Thursday, July 7, from 1 to 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.

CHOO CHOO CHARLIE
Wednesday, July 13, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Choo Choo Charlie will take you on a magical adventure with train effects, magic and comedy. Ages 5-9.

FITNESS FRENZY
At Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
(317 N. Pennsylvania Ave.)
Thursday, July 14, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Fitness Frenzy is an interactive multi-media, magic and juggling show that teaches health and fitness. It uses animated digital projections and demonstrations, including magic, juggling and comedy!

SCIENCETELLERS
Thursday, July 21, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Sciencetellers will make things fly, spin, move and soar while telling a series of stories! Throw on your coat and buckle up — participants will experience the science of power and energy through several exciting, hands-on experiments! Ages 5-12.

SEUSSOLOGY
Tuesday, July 26, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
A very funny and silly cat runs this fun, lively and interactive program. Participants test their knowledge of Seuss Trivia in the Seussology Game Show. Comedy abounds. Ages 5 to 8.

SNAKES N’ SCALES
Thursday, Aug. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m.
This interactive presentation features live reptiles and amphibians! Children will see, touch and learn about their lives.  All ages.

END OF SUMMER READING DANCE PARTY
At Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
(317 N. Pennsylvania Ave.)
Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Program with ice cream sundaes, plus music by DJ Dave. Ages 18 and under.

TEEN PROGRAMS
TEEN SUMMER KICKOFF AFTER-PARTY
Tuesday, June 28, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Ages 13-18 are invited to stay after the official summer kick-off for an after party.

TEEN SCRIPT WRITING WORKSHOP
Tuesdays, July 5, 12, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Teens will meet to collaborate, write the script for and make a short film. Registration required.

TEEN ADVISORY GROUP (TAG)
Saturdays, July 9, 30; Aug. 13, from 2 to 3 p.m.
TAG is our teen volunteer group. Application required; see Ms. Moffit in the Youth Services Department or call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050.

BOOKS INTO FILM BOOK CLUB
Fridays, July 8; Aug. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. (Films)
Saturdays, July 9, 30; Aug. 13, from 3 to 4 p.m. (Book talk)
Teens will read two books (Maze Runner and City of Bones), discuss them, and then see the films while enjoying snacks. First 10 books are free!

SILENT LIBRARY CHALLENGE
Saturday, July 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Ever seen MTV’s show “Silent Library?” Perform ridiculous tasks, all while staying absolutely silent.

INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI
Thursday, July 28, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Explore this way to raise confidence levels and harmonize mind with body. This program is in collaboration with the Oceanside Family Success Center.
 
TAG AGE-OUT PARTY & ELECTIONS
Saturday, July 30, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Join us in honoring TAG members who have graduated as they age out of Youth Services. We’ll elect new TAG officers. TAG alumni are welcome.

CROCHET CIRCLE
Thursday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Learn the basics of crochet. Crochet hooks and  yarn will be provided or bring your own! This program is in collaboration with Oceanside Family Success Center.

END OF SUMMER DANCE PARTY
At Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
(317 N. Pennsylvania Ave.)
Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the end of our summer program with ice cream and music by DJ Dave. Ages 18 and under.

TEEN ENTREPRENEUR SERIES
This series is conducted by Carol Waties, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Stockton University.  

BUSINESS PLAN 101
Tuesday, July 5, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Are you interested in starting a business? Join us to learn about entrepreneurship, and find out how to write a strong business plan and create marketing and financial plans.

BUSINESS PLAN REVIEW
Tuesday, July 12, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Waties will review your business plan following the Entrepreneur 101 Seminar.

CRAFTING A WINNING ELEVATOR PITCH
Tuesday, July 19, from 2 to 3 p.m.
An elevator pitch is more than just being able to succinctly respond if someone asks what you do, about your interests, or your future career plans or business venture. It is an ideal method to create a positive impression, generate conversations and contribute to your brand. Join us to learn how to craft a winning elevator pitch.

PRESENTING YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH
Tuesday, July 26, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Have you perfected your two-minute elevator pitch? Are you ready to discuss what problem your business solves, your target market along with its needs, wants and demographics, projected sales revenue and profits, and all other information necessary to communicate what you do and why? If so, join us for this presentation and critique.
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Author Turiya Raheem to discuss her new book May 7

Why We Chose This WayThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold an author book talk — featuring Turiya S.A. Raheem — on Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m. She will talk about her new book, “Why We Chose This Way,” which takes the reader inside the diverse lives of African-American Muslim women.

Learn how these women grew up, how and why they chose Al-Islam as their way of life, their personal journeys and, finally, why they still choose to be Muslim despite the many negative portrayals of the religion and its women in today’s world.

This talk is being held in conjunction with a current library exhibit — Mosque No. 10 and the African-American Islamic Community in Atlantic City and South Jersey.

Raheem is also the author of “Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside.”

The program is free. Raheem will have copies of “Why We Chose This Way” for sale. Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3062, for more information.