AtlantiCare to discuss advance care planning

AtlantiCareThe library will hold an Introduction to Advance Care Planning on April 20 from 1-2 p.m. The guest speaker will be Advance Care Planning Program Director Christeen Cornell, RN, BSN, CCM. The presentation will provide an overview of what advance care planning is, why it is important and the steps involved in creating an advance directive. There will be time for questions following the presentation.

Becoming a Mom Prenatal Classes to be held in English, Spanish

SJ Family Medical CentersSouth Jersey Family Medical Centers will lead a weekly “Becoming a Mom” series at the Atlantic City Free Public Library. Classes taught in English will be held March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7, 21 from 12-2 p.m. Classes will also be taught in Spanish on those days from 2-4 p.m.

The classes are for pregnant women who are interested in learning more about caring for themselves during and after pregnancy, healthy eating, caring for their baby, labor and delivery. Lunch will be served at each session. Call (609) 348-0066 to register.

This program is offered through an improving pregnancy outcomes grant funded by the New Jersey Department of Health and a grant from the March of  Dimes.

Third annual N.J. Makers Day coming March 25

NJMakersDaylogoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will serve as a host site for the third annual New Jersey Makers Day on Saturday, March 25. The library will give children, teens and their families an opportunity to participate in maker-related activities and collaborative projects from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Main Library’s Teen Makerspace and meeting room, both located on the second floor.

Green Screen Photoshop Booth (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) — Participants will be photographed in front of a green screen and choose which background they want behind them. The library will email participants the Photoshopped image.

Demonstration Tables (10 a.m.–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.

DIY Kaleidoscopes with the Oceanside Family Success Center (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) —  Participants discover how ordinary beads and cardboard tubes become beautiful reflecting prism patterns!

STEM Storytime and Craft (2 p.m.) – Hear the story of a young girl named Rosie Revere, who is a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets. A craft will follow the story.

STEM Science Climate Change Project with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (3 p.m.) – This program is to foster greater understanding of climate change, its effects and solutions. Hands-on activities will help youth understand the science behind climate change, the carbon foot print and weather.

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 — located in the Teen Space — 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.

New weekly Tai Chi class for seniors held on Fridays

Tai ChiThe Atlantic City Free Public Library hosts a weekly Introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong class for adults 60 and older on Fridays at the Main Library. Classes are free and run from 10:30-11:30 a.m. An instructor from the Milton & Betty Katz JCC of Atlantic County will lead the classes. Please call Kelly Rosenberg of the JCC at (609) 822-1167, ext. 144, for more information.

Black History Month programs to include superhero art, Friday Film Series

ecbaccThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold programs for children and teens, plus a film series, in celebration of Black History Month. All programs will be held at the Main Library. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.
•    Friday Film Series on Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. – The library will show films on Friday afternoons for Black History Month: The Great Debaters on Feb. 3; Race on Feb. 10; Night Catches Us on Feb. 17 and Freedom Summer on Feb. 24. The movies may include introductions and discussions with guest speakers.
•    Comic Book Workshop on Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m. — The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) will lead this program for children ages 9-12. The ECBACC’s STARS (Storytelling That Advances Reading Skills) workshop is designed to use comic book art and imagery as a vehicle to foster creativity and promote literacy, with a secondary focus on introducing participants to the various career options that exist within the comic book industry. Participants learn what it’s like to be a comic book creator via the “Create Your Own Hero” exercises while putting their imaginations to work as they pen their own stories for the characters they create. The program is being paid for through a grant — the 2016 ALA Will Eisner Grant — that the library received.
•    Teen program: Create a Superhero on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. – Teens ages 13-18 will explore the range of uses for ancient mythology, neo-mythology and related media to create their own unique and innovative characters. At the end of this workshop, participants will have designed, created and advanced their own characters and storylines.