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Help the Library plan its future at Aug. 10 public forum

Dad reading with boyThe Atlantic City Free Public Library invites you to attend a special public meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Main Library’s second-floor meeting room. This forum will focus on gathering information in order to assist the library in future planning of services.

Due to a significant decrease in funding, the library has already had to reduce staffing, services and hours. The library remains committed to our mission to meet the diverse educational, recreational and informational needs of the Atlantic City community.

Call (609) 345-2269 for more information.
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Historical Museum at Garden Pier now closed

Mr. PThe Atlantic City Historical Museum, presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, closed its Garden Pier location Aug. 6 due to the pending sale of the pier.
The Library is committed to preserving and sharing the rich history of Atlantic City. The Library is working to finalize plans for the relocation of the Museum and exploring additional options to make the exhibits accessible to the public.
The Main Library, located at One North Tennessee Avenue, houses the Atlantic City Heritage Collections – an extensive array of resources dedicated to the city’s history. That collection includes a wealth of published and unpublished works, including photographs, postcards and memorabilia. The Library created the website www.atlanticcityexperience.org, which highlights some of the people and moments that have helped shape the city. The Library has developed and made available through its website – www.acfpl.org – an Atlantic City Historical Markers Guide and Atlantic City Sports History Map.
The Atlantic City Historical Museum at Garden Pier was co-founded by Vicki Gold Levi and Anthony Kutschera in 1985, showcasing the culturally diverse and exciting history of Atlantic City in a nostalgic timeline. Throughout its years of operation the Historical Museum has functioned with the cooperation and partnership of the City of Atlantic City.
The Library assumed management of the Historical Museum in 2012, when Museum Chairman Bob Ruffolo and Vice Chairman Herb Stern, along with the Museum Board, transferred the collection and operations to the Library, which is a service of the City of Atlantic City.
The Library incorporated items from its Atlantic City Heritage Collections into the Historical Museum for exhibits. Also, it partnered with community organizations to display their collections at the Museum. The Library was named a recipient of a 2016 New Jersey State Library Multicultural Award for its “Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica” exhibit, which has been on display at the Historical Museum since October. The exhibit – funded through a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State – includes photos from the collections of local organizations, city residents and the Atlantic City Heritage Collections.
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Library foundation donates new children's computer

board with kids only use small since its not sharpThe Foundation of the Board of Trustees of the Atlantic City Free Public Library donated a new children’s computer in June. The computer is available for public use — for children ages 2 to 8 — in the Main Library’s Youth Service Department.

The computer is an Early Literacy Station™ (ELS) featuring more than 4,000 learning activities. The fun, interactive and engaging content spans all seven curricular areas: math, science & nature, social studies and geography, reading, art and music, writing and computer skills, and reference. The content is full of child-friendly images, sounds, songs and videos.

Pictured around the new children’s computer are Atlantic City Library Director Maureen Sherr Frank; Atlantic City Library Board of Trustees members Paul Spaventa, William Cheatham, Curene Clark Ervin and Mary Lou Faulk; and Ajaylah Butts, 6, Landon Hamilton, 4, Jaida Mead, 4, and Penelope Hernandez, 3.

The Foundation is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of aiding the Atlantic City Free Public Library. This summer the Foundation has started a new campaign to raise funds to enhance services for children and teens — with a focus on educational programs for the fall. Those who wish to contribute to this campaign can do so by visiting the Foundation’s website at:
Donations are tax deductible and can be made through the Foundation website via credit card or PayPal; or, checks can be mailed to the Foundation at:
The Foundation of the Board of the Atlantic City Free Public Library
One North Tennessee Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
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Library wins multicultural award for La Ciudad Atlántica exhibit

multicultural awardThe Atlantic City Free Public Library was named a recipient of a 2016 New Jersey State Library Multicultural Award for its “Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica” exhibit. New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute recognized the Atlantic City Library at the annual New Jersey Library Association Conference held May 18 at the Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center.

Pictured (from the left) are: Luis Rodriguez, President of La Casa Dominicana; Maureen Sherr Frank, Director of the Atlantic City Free Public Library; Dr. Merydawilda Colon, Executive Director of the Stockton University Center for Community Engagement; Heather Perez, Archivist of the Atlantic City Free Public Library and Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian. Photo by New Jersey State Library.

The library, which received a $1,000 award, unveiled the award-winning exhibit in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in October 2015 at its Atlantic City Historical Museum location. The exhibit consisted of photos from the collections of local organizations and residents, and the Atlantic City Library’s Atlantic City Heritage Collections. It also included oral history interviews with local residents from various countries, traditional clothing and memorabilia.
Library archivist Heather Perez coordinated the exhibit. Consultants for this project included historian Vicki Gold Levi, Dr. Merydawilda Colon of the Stockton University Center for Community Engagement and oral historian Dr. Richlyn Goddard.
The award recognizes outstanding library programs that increase understanding and promote multiculturalism through sustainable and creative programming.
“New Jersey libraries play a critical role in helping their community users make cross-cultural connections and develop skills necessary to function in a culturally pluralistic society,” Chute said.
Two other libraries – The Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights and South Brunswick Public Library – were also honored.
Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3062, for more information.

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Local officials and residents were among those in attendance at the grand opening of the “Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica” exhibit Oct. 10, 2015, at the Atlantic City Historical Museum on Garden Pier. The museum is presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library. Photo by Atlantic City Library.

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Library mourns loss of former Director

The Atlantic City Free Public Library was saddened to hear about the passing of its former Library Director Richard Sweeney, who died on May 19.

He was appointed Director in 1971 and held that position until 1976. His contributions included: implementing the borrowing of films, overseeing the creation of a reference collection related to gambling, starting a library index to the local newspapers and managing renovations of the Carnegie Library location.

Richard Sweeney also worked in Atlantic City as a librarian at Central Junior High School and teacher at Holy Spirit High School.

He was serving as the head librarian at the New Jersey Institute of Technology at the time of his passing. The Atlantic City Free Public Library would like to send its condolences to Mr. Sweeney’s family, friends and colleagues.