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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 Fourth 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.
The program is free and open to people of all ages. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.
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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.
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Download great books from our collection any time of day

OverDrive Logo 2015 rgbEven when the Atlantic City Free Public Library is closed, our library cardholders can download best-selling and classic eBooks and audiobooks through its media site – overdrive.acfpl.org.
Library cardholders can browse the collection, check out books and then download them to a personal computer or mobile device. Titles expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees!
With thousands of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, the new collection features something for everyone. Selections include best-selling novels, well-known classics, study guides, language learning guides and much more.
Call (609) 345-2269 or visit the Main Library Help Desk for more information.
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You can quickly charge your smartphone, laptop and tablet at the Main Library

Charging StationThe Atlantic City Free Public Library now offers a charging station after being selected as a contract award winner for funding under LibraryLinkNJ’s “Powering Up: Library Charging Stations Incubator Project.”
Those who visit the Main Library will be able to charge their smartphones, laptops and tablets for free in a Kwikboost Charging Station, which features eight secure, ADA-compliant lockers equipped with 16 connectors and fast-charging technology.
In addition to being a convenient way for the public to quickly charge their devices when they visit the Main Library to borrow materials, attend a program or use the public computers, the charging station can also benefit residents during times of crisis – such as during a bad storm that knocks out power in surrounding areas.
During Superstorm Sandy, many libraries were open – unless they were flooded or without power – and where people went to access computers, use free WiFi to contact relatives and insurance companies, fill out forms, and charge the batteries in their handheld devices and laptops. Fiscal stakeholders, organizational partners and community members now recognize libraries as partners in disaster preparedness.
This project is supported by funds from LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, which is funded by the New Jersey State Library.
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Mental illness, recovery to be discussed Sept. 26

NAMIThe National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will present a program — In Our Own Voice (IOOV) — Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m. at the Main Library. The guest speaker will be NAMI’s Milo Turk.

IOOV is a NAMI program, designed to train individuals with various mental health conditions to give presentations about their illness and recovery.

The program is a powerful tool for community education and reducing stigma by putting a human face on an often misunderstood area of human suffering.

The program is intended to help reduce the discrimination often faced by people who deal with mental health illnesses and issues, those who care about them, and those who care for them. One or two program speakers go to a location, and present their first-hand lived experience, backed by other presenters appearing on a DVD. The live and taped presenters speak about their dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills, and successes, hopes and dreams. With questions and answers, which the presenters are trained to deal with, the program takes approximately one hour.