September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Library card signup monthThe Atlantic City Free Public Library invites city residents to get their library card in September, which is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Your library card provides you with access to countless FREE resources. From classes and computer access to programs and free books, movies, and music, your library has something for everyone. You can even use it from home at

Visit the Main Library or Richmond Branch Library to sign up for your library card; or, apply for one online.

Library receives grant for exhibit exploring city's Hispanic population

princess oreliaThe New Jersey Historical Commission has approved a project grant in support of a new Atlantic City Free Public Library exhibit that will debut at the Atlantic City Historical Museum in October.

The library will receive an $8,915 grant in support of “The Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica.” The exhibit will explore the recent history of Atlantic City's Hispanic population. The exhibit will be on display at the museum from September through the end of the year.

As part of the project, the library has already started interviewing local residents from various Hispanic countries. These oral history interviews explore the residents' backgrounds, immigration stories and experiences here in Atlantic City. Some of the recent interviewees have included Atlantic City Electric's Manager of Government and Public Affairs Bert Lopez, Youth in Motion founder Martha Marin, Atlantic City Police Department officer Ivan Lopez and Stockton University’s Center for Community Engagement Executive Director Dr. Merydawilda Colon.

The library invites the public to share their stories and more for the exhibit. Photographs showing Atlantic City's Hispanic celebrations (such as parades, festivals, weddings, quinceanos), sports, Hispanic-owned businesses, and more are needed. Also needed are costumes and flags and other traditional items from Latino countries.

Also, in conjunction with this exhibit, the library is also planning a Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Atlantic City Historical Museum and Garden Pier. The event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10. Please visit in coming weeks for details about the celebration.

Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3062, for more information.

Hispanic Heritage Month celebration slated for Sept. 15

Hispanic Heritage Month celebration2 2011Atlantic City’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration — presented by La Casa Dominicana, the City of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Free Public Library — will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Police and Firefighters Memorial Plaza (located between City Hall and the Main Library).
This free event will feature music and dance performances, plus special guest appearances.
Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Sept. 15 marks the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively.
Please call (609) 334-2563 for more information.

Philadelphia Eagles Book Mobile to visit Aug. 11

eaglesThe Philadelphia Eagles Book Mobile will stop by the Atlantic City Free Public Library for a special story time at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11. The story time will be held at the Main Library, located at One North Tennessee Ave.
The Eagles’ Storybook Man will read a book to the children. Each child will have the opportunity to pick out a free book to keep following the reading. The program is scheduled to run 30-45 minutes.
This literacy program is part of the Eagles Youth Partnership (EYP). EYP serves more than 50,000 low income children in the Greater Philadelphia region every year with a focus on health and education programming. EYP takes its services directly to kids at their schools and in their neighborhoods. The signature mobile programs – the Eagles Eye Mobile and Eagles Book Mobile – leverage the celebrity and excitement of the Eagles football team, enabling EYP to capture the attention of some of the hardest-to-reach children.
The Book Mobile has distributed 555,412 books and traveled 68,508 miles since 2000, according to the Eagles.
Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more informatio

Authors to discuss book about A.C. casino industry Aug. 1 at Historical Museum

Just One More HandStockton University professors Dr. Ellen Mutari and Dr. Deborah M. Figart will discuss their book, Just One More Hand: Life in the Casino Economy, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Atlantic City Historical Museum. The museum — presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library — is located at South New Jersey Avenue and Boardwalk on Garden Pier.
Just One More Hand explores life stories of individual Atlantic City casino workers in the context of the history of the city and the now-global gaming industry. It tells a story about how an industry that promised a solid and stable livelihood is being transformed by competitive pressures, causing employees to lose their economic footing. Incorporating the real experiences of casino employees, the book demonstrates the difficulties for local communities that are building new casinos in the hopes of luring tourists.
Dr. Mutari is an expert on labor market and employment policies; gender, race-ethnicity, and class; economic history and the contemporary political economy. Dr. Figart is an internationally known scholar in the field of labor and employment issues.
The Atlantic City Historical Museum, operated by the Atlantic City Free Public Library since August 2012, showcases the culturally diverse and exciting history of Atlantic City in a nostalgic timeline. Visitors can enjoy exhibits of Miss America, Mr. Peanut, Garden Pier, and “Boardwalk Empire” props, sand sculptures and casinos – along with vintage photographs and local artifacts.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday. Admission to the museum is free. Please call (609) 347-5839 for more information.