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.

Free tax preparation sessions to be held at Main Library

Campaign for Working FamiliesThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will host free tax preparation sessions twice a week beginning in February for families and individuals with an annual income of less than $54,000.

The Campaign for Working Families, Inc. (CWFI) will prepare taxes Thursdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Main Library’s first-floor Learning Center. The sessions will be held Feb. 1-April 14. Click here to download the flyer.

There are no appointments for this service. People are helped on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, a drop-off option will be available to individuals who are unable to wait around for their tax returns to be prepared.

CWFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping working families and individuals achieve economic empowerment by providing free tax preparation, resource building and asset development.

Please call CWFI at (215) 454-6483 or visit for more information.

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Read-in to be held Jan. 13

Dr. KingThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with its Fifth annual MLK Read-in on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Main Library.
Special guests and Atlantic City Free Public Library staff members are scheduled to read some of Dr. King’s work and stories inspired by him. Selections will include: “I Have a Dream” speech, “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. Also, the program will include musical interludes by the Atlantic City High School Choir.
The program is free and open to people of all ages. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.

Free tickets available for city's Winter Wonderland event

Winter Wonderland6The City of Atlantic City will hold its Winter Wonderland Block Party for children Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the City Hall courtyard at 1301 Bacharach Blvd. (located between City Hall and the Atlantic City Free Public Library). Tickets are free and required to gain admission.
This seventh annual holiday event is for Atlantic City children ages 3 to 12 and will be held outdoors. The event will include rides, games, arts and crafts, chance to meet Santa Claus and other special guests, magic show, and performances by the Atlantic City High School Choir and Xclusive Drill Team.
Tickets are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Tickets will be distributed at City Hall on the following dates: Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Tickets will be distributed only to adults, who must show a proof of Atlantic City residency and photo ID. Each adult can receive a maximum of three children’s tickets.
The Atlantic City Winter Wonderland is presented by the City of Atlantic City, and sponsored by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic County Toys for Kids Program, 99.3 The Buzz, 96.1 WTTH The Touch, Serpico Pyrotechnics, Target, The Salvation Army, Toys R Us and Walmart.
For more information please call the City’s Division of Recreation at (609) 347-5643.