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.

Celebrate National Library Week April 10-16

NLW logoNational Library Week is April 10-16 – and it is a perfect 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.
As it does throughout the year, the Atlantic City Free Public Library is offering a wide range of programs during National Library Week. All programs are at the Main Library unless noted:
•    Food for Fines from April 11-16 — 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.
•    Walk-in Job Skills Lab on Monday, April 11, at 10 a.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.
•    Computer Class: Google Docs on Monday, April 11, at 1 p.m. — Explore Google Docs, a free web-based word processor. Learn how to create, edit, format, download, and print documents by making a resume and cover letter. Resume and cover letter templates will be provided.
•    Teen Smash Bros Gaming Mondays on Monday, April 11, at 3 p.m. — Practice up for library tournaments or challenge friends.
•    Film Society: Class on Movie Spoofs on Monday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. — This classroom session will focus on the history of this specific sub-genre of comedy films.
•    Adult Literacy Class: Basic Reading and Writing on Tuesday, April 12, at 10 a.m. — The library and Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic are offering a basic adult literacy class for adults who need help with their reading and writing skills. A Literacy Volunteer teaches the class.
•    Intermediate English as a Second Language (ESL) on Tuesday, April 12, at 1 p.m. — Listen, read, practice conversation, learn writing techniques, new vocabulary, pronunciation and proper grammar. All levels of ESL students are welcome to attend.
•    Computer Class: Basic Internet and Typing Skills on Tuesday, April 12, at 5 p.m. — Learn the basics of the Internet and typing, how to access different websites and perform searches.
•    Pre-school Rhyme Time on Thursday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m. — Rhyme Time is for children ages 3 to 5. It features stories, songs and simple crafts.
•    Baby Bounce and Play Group on Thursday, April 14, at 11:30 a.m. — This program introduces infants to the world of sounds and stories. It helps build important pre-reading skills for ages 0 to 2.
•    Lee’s Circus Extravaganza on Thursday, April 14, at 3 p.m. — This program for children and teens features a kaleidoscope of juggling, plate spinning, unicycling, audience interaction and magic.
•    LEGO Club at Richmond Branch Library on Friday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m. — Kids use the library’s LEGOs and their imagination to construct unique designs.
•    Crafty Saturdays at Richmond Branch Library on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m. — Children have the opportunity to make a seasonal or holiday-themed craft to take home.
•    Teen Button Making on Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m. – Teens will learn how to create their own buttons and can make up to three buttons of their own.
•    Eddie Morgan Trio Jazz Concert on Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m. — The Eddie Morgan Trio wraps up National Library Week with a free concert, which will highlight jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. The Trio plays a mix of standards and funky original renditions of pop and R&B favorites. Ballads and Latin tunes will round out the selections. This event is also in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.
Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.

Students to discuss being 'Young and Muslim in the USA' on April 2

Stockton MSA logoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold a program, “Young and Muslim in the USA,” on Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s second-floor meeting room. Stockton University’s Muslim Student Association will lead the program.
The group will present a video that highlights the Muslim youth in the community and how stereotypes do not accurately describe them. The group will touch on the hardships young Muslims have faced in this country, and it will address concerns involving Muslim youth.
Stockton’s Muslim Student Association was revived by Aisha Khan in 2008. The current officers of the Muslim Student Association are Ramsha Malik, Bazam Bakhat, Sulsabeel Akram, Tasbeeh Muhamed and Aleyah Hassan.
This program is being held in conjunction with an ongoing library exhibit: “Mosque No. 10 and the African American Islamic Community in Atlantic City and South Jersey.” The exhibit, which will be on display through April, is sponsored by Masjid Muhammad.
The exhibit examines the history of Islam and the Muslims of the African American community in Atlantic City. It also highlights Atlantic City’s Mosque No. 10 — the 10th in a nationwide system of Mosques established under Elijah Muhammad. The exhibit, curated by Dr. Richlyn Goddard and her research team, explores the Nation of Islam under the leadership of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, the son of Elijah Muhammad. It focuses on the Islamic religious community it fostered in the African American community of Atlantic City, examining the themes of unity, self-help, family, community and business development that shaped the Islamic movement in America. The exhibit includes photographs, uniforms, newspaper clippings and memorabilia.
Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3062, for more information.

Library, Stockton's SBDC to offer Small Business Workshop Series

SBDC logoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library and Stockton University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present a Small Business Workshop Series beginning in April at the Main Library. Carol Waties, the Interim Director of Stockton’s SBDC, will lead the series.
The series is free, and registration is required. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3063; or, visit the Main Library Help Desk to register or for more information.
The series schedule is as follows:

Building A Winning Business Plan
Monday, April 4, 2016, from 4 to 5 p.m.
Your business starts with a plan. Your business plan, in addition to analyzing your structure, operations, management and financial strategies, is your roadmap to success.

Business Plan Review
Monday, April 18, 2016, from 4 to 5 p.m.
Bring your business plan to this session to have it reviewed and to receive tips that can help improve it.

Crafting Your Elevator Pitch
Monday, April 25, 2016, from 4 to 5 p.m.
Can you succinctly respond if someone asks what you do or what products or services you provide or sell? Learn how to create a positive impression, generate conversations and contribute to your brand.

Social Media 101
Monday, May 2, 2016, from 4 to 5 p.m.
Everyone is talking about Social Media, but do you know which mediums and platforms are best for your business? Join us for an introductory session on sites and strategies as you journey to social media success.

Library to participate in statewide Makers Day on March 19

NJMakersDaylogoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will serve as a host site for the second annual New Jersey Makers Day on Saturday, March 19. This event will give people of all ages an opportunity to participate in maker-related activities and collaborative projects from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Main Library’s Teen Makerspace and meeting room, both located on the second floor.
The day’s activities will include:
•    Green Screen Photoshop Booth (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) — Participants will be photographed in front of the green screen and choose which background they want Photoshopped behind them. Participants will have the option of having their photo e-mailed to them.
•    Demonstration Tables (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) — Learn about the technology and tools that are available in the Makerspace, including: 3D printer, physical computing with Picoboard and Scratch, performing and producing music with Ableton Live + Push Touchpad, sewing machine, t-shirt design with the silhouette cutter, button maker, STEM learning toys for kids, and knitting and crocheting.
•    Atlantic City Collaborative Poem and Video (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) — The public is invited to audio record a one-, three- or five-word line to be added to a collaborative poem, with or without video. The lines will later be arranged into a piece of poetry by library staff.
•    Statewide Project: 3D Giant Marble Run (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) – Participants will use everyday items to create a track to run marbles.
•    Story Time: “Rosie Revere, Engineer” (1 to 1:30 p.m.) – Hear the story of a young girl named Rosie Revere, who is a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets.
•    Statewide Craft: Light-up Bookmarks (1:30 to 2 p.m.) — Create an LED bookmark  to take home.

Since the Atlantic City Library Makerspace opened in April 2014, local teens have been invited to “Make AC: Dream It, Design It, Do It.” The Makerspace features a variety of technology and tools, including a 3-D printer, digital audio recording, photography and video equipment, robotics, sewing machine and fiber arts, and more.
NJ Makers Day is a statewide event that celebrates and promotes maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM-based learning. Learn more about NJ Makers Day by visiting or calling (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050.