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.

Work of famed artist Jacob Lawrence to be exhibited in September

The Builders The FamilyThe Atlantic City Arts Commission will present the Jacob Lawrence Centennial Exhibition this September to commemorate the 100th birthday of the famed Atlantic City-born artist. The exhibit will be on display all month on the first floor of the Atlantic City Free Public Library, with a special reception scheduled on Lawrence’s birthday, Sept, 7, from 2-4 p.m.
It will feature 14 pieces of Lawrence’s art – including three original lithographs and an original poster. One of those originals – “The Builders, The Family” (pictured to the right) – was part of Lawrence’s iconic “Migration of the Negro” series, a set of 60 narrative paintings that garnered him national acclaim at the age of 23. The series focuses on the Great Migration, the multi-decade mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North that started in the 1910s.
“Lawrence’s work was incredibly important and his Migration of the Negro series made a huge impact in the art world,” said Valeria Marcus, an Atlantic City Arts Commission member who coordinated this exhibit. “That series put him on the map and helped him secure a place among the century’s greatest artists.”
The exhibit will also showcase newspaper clippings about his life. Also, the Arts Commission worked with Pennsylvania Avenue School staff to have some of its students create Lawrence-inspired paintings. The students’ art will be displayed in the library’s second-floor meeting room throughout September.
The following organizations and people contributed to make this exhibit possible: Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Housing Authority, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Terry Dintenfass, Inc., African American Heritage Museum, Stockton University, The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, Pennsylvania Avenue School, Dr. Richlyn Goddard and Joanna LaSane.
Lawrence was born Sept. 7, 1917, at 1522 Arctic Ave. in Atlantic City. He resided in the city before moving as a child. On a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a 16-year-old, Lawrence developed a love for tempera paints after admiring 16th century Italian paintings.
The African-American experience was seen in every thread of Lawrence’s paintings, especially his “Migration of the Negro” series. He was the first African American given a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City in 1941. The collection is now held by the Phillips Collection and MOMA.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Reynolda House Museum of American Art are among the museums with permanent collections of his work. One of his paintings also hangs in the White House Green Room.
Lawrence was named Fortune Magazine’s most influential artist of the 20th century. He received many other accolades throughout his distinguished career, such as the Julius Rosenwald Fund fellowship, Simon Guggenheim post-service fellowship, National Institute of Arts and Letters citation grant, Ford Foundation grant, NAACP Spingarn Medal of Arts, Founder’s Day Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence, the Washington Medal of Merit and numerous honorary degrees.
Lawrence spent parts of four decades teaching art, with his final stop coming as a tenured professor at the University of Washington, Seattle from 1971-83. He resided in Seattle until his death in 2000.
Contact Marcus at (609) 674-1482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Share your A.C. memories, photos at library for 48 Blocks celebration

new 48 blocks logoOn June 24, as part of 48 Blocks, Stockton University’s South Jersey Culture & History Center is inviting the community to bring historic photographs, postcards, and documents to 1-of-6 locations throughout Atlantic City - including either Atlantic City Free Public Library location - to be scanned and photographed and immediately returned to the owner, along with a digital copy on a USB flash drive.  The digitized items will become part of the city’s historic archive and will be featured in exhibits and activities for future cultural events in Atlantic City.

In addition, while folks are having their items scanned and photographed, they are welcome to share stories of places, people, and events from the City’s past.  Call Lisa Honaker at 609.652.4760 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a 10-minute appointment at the location you prefer.  Walk-ins also welcome.   To prepare for your visit, consider the question:  What’s gone that you miss?

Ward 1:  10am-1pm, Oceanside Family Success Center, 201 Melrose Ave.
Ward 2:  2pm-5pm, Atlantic City Free Public Library, 1 N Tennessee Ave.
Ward 3:  10am-1pm, MLK School, 1700 Marmora Ave.
Ward 4:  2pm-5pm, 2125 N Riverside Dr.
Ward 5:  10am-1pm, Wonder Bar, 3701 Sunset Ave.
Ward 6:  2pm-5pm, Richmond Ave Branch, AC Free Public Library, 4115 Ventnor Ave.

Join in on the Summer Reading Program fun

Steel PierThe Atlantic City Public Library has kicked off its Summer Reading Program for children and teenagers. Steel Pier in Atlantic City is a sponsor of this year’s Summer Reading Program. Contact the Youth Services Department at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, to see how you can qualify for free rides and free snacks at Steel Pier for our end-of-summer party on Aug. 17. The rain date for this party will be Aug. 24. Please call Youth Services to find out whether the party will be moved to the rain date.

Please call the Youth Services Department at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.


Tween Days in the Teen Lounge
Saturdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug. 5, 12, 19, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Not quite a teen yet? You are invited to rock out in the Teen Lounge and play video games. Participants need a library card in good standing Build a Better Worldto participate.
Saturdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug. 5, 12, 19, from 2-3 p.m.
Fridays, July 21, 28; Aug. 4, 11 from 2-3 p.m.
Use your imagination and our LEGOs to create something awesome. Ages 6-12
Family Story Time and Craft
Thursdays, July 6, 20, 27, from 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Features stories, songs, creative movement and simple crafts for ages 3-5. Story times are a fun way to help children develop skills they will need to be ready to read. Childcare groups are asked to call in advance.

Baby Bounce and Play Group
Thursdays, July 6, 20, 27, from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Introduce infants to the world of sounds and stories. Stories, songs, rhymes and movement help build pre-reading skills. An informal playgroup immediately follows this story time.
Comic Drawing
Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug 3, 10, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Learn to draw your favorite characters with Marvel/DC Comics illustrator Joe Del Beato. Ages 9-17.
Paws to Read to Sophie the Poodle
Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25; Aug. 1, 8 from 10:30-11 a.m.
Children ages 4-10 can sign up to read to Sophie, a certified therapy dog. Participating children should not be fearful of dogs or have pet allergies.
Summer STEM Projects
(In collaboration with the Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County Rutgers)
Wednesday, July 26, from 2-3 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 2-3 p.m.
Hands-on science fun for kids. Can gardens grow without soil? Learn about, build and maintain a hydroponic garden right inside the library. Ages 9-17. Registration is required.
Saturday, July 29, from 3-4:30 p.m.
Use recycled plastic bottles to make a car that moves. Ages 9-17.

Strange World of Reptiles
Thursday, July 6 from 1-2 p.m.
This interactive presentation features live reptiles and amphibians! All ages.
Crochet Circle
In Collaboration with Family Success Center
Friday, July 7, at 1 p.m.
Teens, learn the basics of crochet; chain, single crochet and double crochet.  Crochet hooks and yarn will be provided or bring your own!

STARS Comics Workshop
Monday, July 10, at 10:30 a.m.
STARS is designed to use comic book art and imagery as a vehicle to foster creativity and promote literacy. Participants will create their own characters. Ages 9-12.  The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) will lead the program.


Thursday, July 13, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Sciencetellers will make things fly, spin, move and soar while telling a series of stories! Kids will experience the science of power and energy through hands-on experiments! Ages 5-12.
Unplugged Game Day @ The Library
Friday, July 14, from 2-4 p.m.
Fun and games without electricity! Join us for board and card games — a great family activity. Ages 6-16

Around the World with Yosi
Thursday, July 20, from 1-2 p.m.
A multicultural, interactive and educational concert with songs, humor and dances, plus hands-on exploration of various instruments from other countries. All ages.
Our Marine Mammals and Turtles
Friday, July 21, from 1-2 p.m.
Discover which types of marine mammals and sea turtles come to New Jersey and the dangers they face while here. Learn about the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and how it helps our marine mammal friends. All ages.
Storytelling with Animal Balloons
Thursday, July 27, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Miss Cheryl Anne tells stories with the help of colorful animal balloon characters. Ages 3-8
Choo Choo Charlie
Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Choo Choo Charlie will take you on a magical adventure with train effects, magic and comedy. Ages 5-9.
Bubble Time Fun
Thursday, Aug. 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Colorful rainbows of bubbles in all shapes and sizes. Ages 6-12.
End of Summer Reading Program Celebration
Thursday, Aug. 17
Celebrate the end of our summer program.


Summer Reading Program Kickoff Afterparty
Thursday, June 29, from 4:30-6 p.m.
Teens are invited to stay after the official summer kickoff for an afterparty.
Super Smash Bros U Tournament
Monday, July 3, from 2-6 p.m.
Teens vs. New Adults! Join us for a tournament featuring the new Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U! Sign up to compete, or be a spectator and cheer on your friends. Winner gets a trophy. Participants must have a library card in good standing.
Silent Library Challenge
Saturday, July 8, from 2-4 p.m.
Teams will perform ridiculous tasks, all while staying absolutely silent.
Superhero/Superheroine Creation
Monday, July 10, at 1 p.m.
Participants will explore uses for ancient mythology, neo-mythology and related media to create unique and innovative characters. Workshop participants will design, create and advance their own characters and storylines. Ages 11-17. The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) will lead the program.

Yoga Basics
Tuesdays, July 11, 18 and Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, at 4 p.m.
Basic yoga instruction provided by Leadership Studio of Atlantic City. Ages 12 and older.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

Saturdays, July 15, 29; Aug. 12, 26, from 1-2 p.m.
TAG is our volunteering group for ages 13-18. Help the library decide what resources teens want and need, and assist with library programs, all while earning volunteer hours.
Teen Crafts
Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.
July 15: KPOP Purses; July 29: Origami-Modular; Aug. 12: Light Bulb Art; Aug. 26: KPOP Craft.
Acting Workshop with Leonard Dozier
Saturday, July 15, from 2-4 p.m.
Telling the Truth is an intensive acting course taught by actor Leonard Dozier. The seminar will cover: core concepts of acting for the camera and the stage, plus the predominant techniques used in the profession today and how to find the technique that helps you be most truthful. Ages 15-18.
TAG Age Out Party and Election
Saturday, July 29, from 3-5 p.m.
Join us for a party honoring our TAG members who have graduated as they age out of Youth Services. We will elect our 2016-2017 TAG officers at the party. Alumni welcome.
End of Summer Reading Program Celebration
Thursday, Aug. 17
Celebrate the end of our summer program.
This series is conducted by Carol Waties, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Stockton University.

Business Plan 101
Tuesday, July 11, from 2-3 p.m.
Are you interested in starting a business? Join us to learn about entrepreneurship and how to write a business plan as well as creating your marketing and financial plans. A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success.
Business Plan Review
Tuesday, July 18, from 2-3 p.m.
Part II: Waties will review your business plan following the Business Plan 101 Seminar.
Crafting a Winning Elevator Pitch
Tuesday, July 25, from 2-3 p.m.
An elevator pitch is an ideal method to create a positive impression, generate conversations and contribute to your brand.
Presenting Your Elevator Pitch
Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 2-3 p.m.
Have you perfected your two-minute elevator pitch? Are you ready to discuss what problem your business solves, your target market, projected sales revenue and profits, and all other information necessary to communicate what you do and why?

Documentary based on ‘Northside’ play to be shown May 27

Our SideThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will show the documentary “Our Side: The Other Atlantic City” on Saturday, May 27, at 2 p.m. Our Side tells the story of a community-led theater production in Atlantic City — a stage adaptation of the book "Growing up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside," written by Atlantic City native Turiya S.A. Raheem.
From bustling streets to broken promises, from discrimination to resiliency, the film follows local residents staging a play about the historically Black community of Atlantic City through the lens of Raheem’s own family odyssey. Coming together to perform their community history shapes residents’ hearts and minds and helps them imagine a better future for their community.
Theatrical footage and oral history interviews illustrate the vibrant Atlantic City of yesteryear, bringing to life the pride and struggle that made the Northside a self-sustaining community and epicenter of Black culture. The documentary shows the daily lives of cast members, their struggles to give their city a better future and honor its past.
Please call (609) 345-2269 for more information.