April 8-14 is National Library Week

NLW2018The Atlantic City Free Public Library is joining libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians  and  library workers.  Libraries  aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and their resources. Resources such as e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.

"Atlantic City Free Public Library: 115 Years in the Making" exhibit — The 115-year Atlantic City Free Public Library exhibit, which will be located on the Main Library’s first floor, will be a chronological timeline of the Library’s history. It will highlight many of the library’s locations, key figures, memorable programs and services it has provided through photos and artifacts. The exhibit will be on display beginning during National Library Week through mid-June.

Food for Fines from April 9-14 — 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.

New exhibit chronicling library's history on display through mid-June

IllinoisandPacificThe Atlantic City Free Public Library is chronicling the 115 years of services it has provided to the city since formally opening its doors in a house (see photo) in 1903. The public is invited to view our new exhibit, “The History of the Atlantic City Free Public Library: 115 Years in the Making.”
(View coverage of the exhibit opening from SNJ Today and The Press of Atlantic City).
Through the use of photos and artifacts from the library’s Atlantic City Heritage Collections, the exhibit highlights many of the library’s locations, staff, programs and services. This exhibit will remain on display through mid-June 2018.
“The History of the Atlantic City Free Public Library: 115 Years in the Making” exhibit has been funded by the Paul Nee Fund of the Foundation of the Atlantic City Free Public Library. Nee (1956-90) was a lifelong resident of Atlantic City and worked for the library for nearly 20 years. He began his Atlantic City Library career as a teenager and later became the Library Director in 1987.
The library’s history dates back to November 1901, when a plan for a public library was embraced by Atlantic City residents in a landslide referendum, with 6,062 voters in favor and only 30 opposed. After a period of providing services at City Hall, the library formally opened its doors on Jan. 1, 1903, in a wood-framed house at Illinois and Pacific avenues. The land at this site had been previously purchased to be the library’s permanent location. Subsequently, Andrew Carnegie donated $71,000 for the construction of a new library building, and the dedication for this structure took place in 1905. The library remained in the building – now the Carnegie Center, operated by Stockton University – until 1985, when the current Main Library location at 1 North Tennessee Ave. opened.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino A.C. new sponsor of Third Thursday Concert Series

HRHC Atlantic City Logo 4C CMYK 1 croppedNot only is the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Series bringing world-class entertainment to the resort, it is supporting the Atlantic City Free Public Library’s efforts to provide free music to the community.
The casino is the new sponsor of the library’s Third Thursday Concert Series — a free monthly music series held 5 p.m. at the Main Library on the third Thursday of each month from April through September.
“We’re thrilled to have Hard Rock Hotel & Casino here in the city and grateful for their support of our Third Thursday Series,” Library Director Robert Rynkiewicz said.
•    Martin Payne & Friends on April 19 – Longtime Atlantic City Free Public Library staff member Martin Payne and his band mates will pay tribute to Atlantic City jazz musicians Johnny Andrews, Chris Columbo, Harvey Mason and Hassan Abdullah. (Click here to watch a clip of the band's performance at the library in 2017).
Mayes Duo on May 17•    The Mayes Duo on May 17 – Classical guitarists Joseph and Kathleen Mayes (pictured), who teach music at Rowan University, have recorded three CDs as the Mayes Duo. Both have enjoyed long musical careers as part of respected ensembles and as soloists. Along with 20th century classical guitars, their performances showcase instruments such as the terz guitar, renaissance lute and Neapolitan mandolin.
•    Polash Gomes and Abhik Mukherjee on June 21 – Polash Gomes founded the Rageshree Music Institute in 1991, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Indian classical music and presenting this art form through concerts and educational programs. Abhik Mukherjee is a sitar player and vocalist who has performed at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Metropolitan Museum of Art and internationally.
•    Gina Roche’ Duo on July 19 – The Gina Roche’ Duo will perform blues, jazz and original compositions with a Brazilian twist.
•    Phyllis Chapell & Skipper Kripitz on Aug. 16 – Phyllis Chapell (vocals/guitar) and Skipper Kripitz (drums/percussion) will play a unique mix of jazz, world, pop, originals and folk music.
•    Tony Day and the Across the Globe Music Group on Sept. 20 – Jazz artist Tony Day, whose talents range from studio musician and band leader to composer and teacher, has performed on drums and percussion with many jazz recording artists and for headliner acts in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Sharp haircuts, minds: Library brings 'Fade to Books' to city barbershops

Barbershop photoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library has made children’s books available at select city barbershops this winter after being named a recipient of a Fade to Books grant in 2017.
The New Jersey State Library, in partnership with the Long Branch Public Library and the Bridge of Books Foundation, launched a grant opportunity for public libraries to join with their local barbershops in an effort to spur young boys to read. Fade to Books recognizes the role of the barbershop as a community gathering space and the role of the barber as a mentoring figure for young men and boys.
Barbers encourage their young clients to select books to read as they sit in the waiting area, during their haircuts or at home. Children are allowed to keep the books they take from the Fade to Books display at the barbershop. Readers can earn points toward a discounted haircut by reading, and they’ll be invited to a special Fade to Books celebration this spring at the library.
Three Atlantic City barbershops are participating: Just Cutt’ n Up at 528 Atlantic Ave.; Casino City Barber & Salon at 1724 Atlantic Ave. and Wally’s Barbershop at 3911 Ventnor Ave.
This project is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Library and in partnership with the Long Branch Public Library and Bridge of Books Foundation.
Atlantic City barbershops that wish to be considered as future Fade to Books sites can call Wendell Cherry at (609) 345-2269.

Celebrate Black History Month at the library

Club Harlem 1989The Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold special programs and display an exhibit in celebration of Black History Month. All programs are free. Call (609) 345-2269 for more information.

February Book Club Challenge for Teens: African-American Authors — Come into the library any time during the month of February and check out our Book Club Challenge. This month, pick any book by an African-American author and tell us your thoughts on the Book Club Board in the teen area. Each participant gets to pick from the prize box.

Atlantic City’s Black History Exhibit – This exhibit, located on the first floor of the Main Library, will be a mixture of photos and artifacts. Subjects that will be covered are Kentucky Avenue, Club Harlem (pictured), Chicken Bone Beach, black firefighters and police officers, and notable figures such as Pop Lloyd and Sarah Spencer Washington.

Comic Drawing Lessons on Thursday, Feb. 8 and 22, at 3:30 p.m. — Marvel/DC Comics Illustrator Joe Del Beato will lead drawing instruction for children and teens ages 7-17. Participants will focus on African American characters in comics, cartoons and graphic novels during February. All materials supplied. No experience necessary

Betcha Can’t Eat Just One on Saturday, Feb, 10, at 3 p.m. — Children and teens are invited to a special potato chip taste testing to honor the African-American inventor of the potato chip, George Crum. Participants will taste a variety of chips and vote for the best following a reading of “George Crum and the Saratoga Chip” by Gaylia Taylor.

Creative Craft on Friday, Feb. 23, at 3:30 p.m. — Kids ages 6-12 use their imagination to make and take home crafts with cultural and seasonal  themes. Children less than 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult/guardian. All materials supplied.