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.


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.

Summer Reading Program for children, teens begins June 28

SRPThe Atlantic City Public Library will kick off its Summer Reading Program for children and teenagers on Tuesday, June 28, at 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.”

Download the Summer Reading Program 2016 brochure in English or in Spanish.

The kickoff event is for kids ages 17 and younger, and it will include a magic show starring Chad Juros and special guests. Those who sign up for the Summer Reading Program that day will receive a free book to start their summer of reading. Children less than 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Please call the Youth Services Department at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information or to reserve a spot for programs where registration is required.

Tuesday, June 28, from 2-4 p.m.
Sign up for Summer Reading, get a FREE book, and enjoy a magic show.  Special guest speakers. Ages 18 and younger.

Thursdays, June 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Features stories, songs, finger plays, creative movement and simple crafts for ages 3 to 5. Family and siblings are welcome to attend. Library 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 (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, in advance to reserve a spot.

Thursdays, June 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This program is designed to introduce infants (ages 0 to 24 months) to the world of sounds and stories. Stories, songs, rhymes and movement help build pre-reading skills for our littlest library lovers. An informal playgroup immediately follows this story time.

Thursdays, June 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Learn to draw your favorite characters with Marvel/DC Comics illustrator Joe Del Beato.  Ages 9-17.

Fridays, July 1, 15, 22, 29; Aug. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Enjoy family friendly films together on Friday afternoons all summer.

Saturdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6, 13, from 11 a.m. to 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 to participate.

Saturdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6, 13, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Use your imagination and our LEGOs to create something awesome.  Ages 6 to 12.

Thursday, June 30, at 1 p.m.
Get active with the family! Have fun hula hooping while you get fit. Age 6 and older. This program is in collaboration with Oceanside Family Success Center.

Saturdays, July 2, 16, 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Hands-on science fun for kids. Session 1: Introduction to Scratch Online Coding; Session 2: Makey-Makey Experiments; Session 3: Introduction to Finch Robot. Ages 9-12. Registration required.

Thursday, July 7, from 1 to 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.

Wednesday, July 13, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Choo Choo Charlie will take you on a magical adventure with train effects, magic and comedy. Ages 5-9.

At Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
(317 N. Pennsylvania Ave.)
Thursday, July 14, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Fitness Frenzy is an interactive multi-media, magic and juggling show that teaches health and fitness. It uses animated digital projections and demonstrations, including magic, juggling and comedy!

Thursday, July 21, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Sciencetellers will make things fly, spin, move and soar while telling a series of stories! Throw on your coat and buckle up — participants will experience the science of power and energy through several exciting, hands-on experiments! Ages 5-12.

Tuesday, July 26, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
A very funny and silly cat runs this fun, lively and interactive program. Participants test their knowledge of Seuss Trivia in the Seussology Game Show. Comedy abounds. Ages 5 to 8.

Thursday, Aug. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m.
This interactive presentation features live reptiles and amphibians! Children will see, touch and learn about their lives.  All ages.

At Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
(317 N. Pennsylvania Ave.)
Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Program with ice cream sundaes, plus music by DJ Dave. Ages 18 and under.

Tuesday, June 28, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Ages 13-18 are invited to stay after the official summer kick-off for an after party.

Tuesdays, July 5, 12, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Teens will meet to collaborate, write the script for and make a short film. Registration required.

Saturdays, July 9, 30; Aug. 13, from 2 to 3 p.m.
TAG is our teen volunteer group. Application required; see Ms. Moffit in the Youth Services Department or call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050.

Fridays, July 8; Aug. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. (Films)
Saturdays, July 9, 30; Aug. 13, from 3 to 4 p.m. (Book talk)
Teens will read two books (Maze Runner and City of Bones), discuss them, and then see the films while enjoying snacks. First 10 books are free!

Saturday, July 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Ever seen MTV’s show “Silent Library?” Perform ridiculous tasks, all while staying absolutely silent.

Thursday, July 28, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Explore this way to raise confidence levels and harmonize mind with body. This program is in collaboration with the Oceanside Family Success Center.
Saturday, July 30, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Join us in honoring TAG members who have graduated as they age out of Youth Services. We’ll elect new TAG officers. TAG alumni are welcome.

Thursday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Learn the basics of crochet. Crochet hooks and  yarn will be provided or bring your own! This program is in collaboration with Oceanside Family Success Center.

At Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
(317 N. Pennsylvania Ave.)
Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the end of our summer program with ice cream and music by DJ Dave. Ages 18 and under.

This series is conducted by Carol Waties, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Stockton University.  

Tuesday, July 5, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Are you interested in starting a business? Join us to learn about entrepreneurship, and find out how to write a strong business plan and create marketing and financial plans.

Tuesday, July 12, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Waties will review your business plan following the Entrepreneur 101 Seminar.

Tuesday, July 19, from 2 to 3 p.m.
An elevator pitch is more than just being able to succinctly respond if someone asks what you do, about your interests, or your future career plans or business venture. It is an ideal method to create a positive impression, generate conversations and contribute to your brand. Join us to learn how to craft a winning elevator pitch.

Tuesday, July 26, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Have you perfected your two-minute elevator pitch? Are you ready to discuss what problem your business solves, your target market along with its needs, wants and demographics, projected sales revenue and profits, and all other information necessary to communicate what you do and why? If so, join us for this presentation and critique.

Author Turiya Raheem to discuss her new book May 7

Why We Chose This WayThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold an author book talk — featuring Turiya S.A. Raheem — on Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m. She will talk about her new book, “Why We Chose This Way,” which takes the reader inside the diverse lives of African-American Muslim women.

Learn how these women grew up, how and why they chose Al-Islam as their way of life, their personal journeys and, finally, why they still choose to be Muslim despite the many negative portrayals of the religion and its women in today’s world.

This talk is being held in conjunction with a current library exhibit — Mosque No. 10 and the African-American Islamic Community in Atlantic City and South Jersey.

Raheem is also the author of “Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside.”

The program is free. Raheem will have copies of “Why We Chose This Way” for sale. Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3062, for more information.

Celebrate National Library Week April 10-16

NLW logoNational Library Week is April 10-16 – and it is a perfect time to recognize the importance of libraries to the communities they serve. Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a job, parent looking for free activities for children or student searching for your next favorite book, you belong at the library.
As it does throughout the year, the Atlantic City Free Public Library is offering a wide range of programs during National Library Week. All programs are at the Main Library unless noted:
•    Food for Fines from April 11-16 — Library members with overdue materials can make a food donation at the library in lieu of paying a fine. For each non-perishable item donated, the accrued fines for one overdue item will be waived. The food will be donated to the Community Food Bank – Southern Branch.
•    Walk-in Job Skills Lab on Monday, April 11, at 10 a.m. — Search and apply for jobs online, create a resume, study for work-related exams and more with assistance from the library’s trained staff.
•    Computer Class: Google Docs on Monday, April 11, at 1 p.m. — Explore Google Docs, a free web-based word processor. Learn how to create, edit, format, download, and print documents by making a resume and cover letter. Resume and cover letter templates will be provided.
•    Teen Smash Bros Gaming Mondays on Monday, April 11, at 3 p.m. — Practice up for library tournaments or challenge friends.
•    Film Society: Class on Movie Spoofs on Monday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. — This classroom session will focus on the history of this specific sub-genre of comedy films.
•    Adult Literacy Class: Basic Reading and Writing on Tuesday, April 12, at 10 a.m. — The library and Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic are offering a basic adult literacy class for adults who need help with their reading and writing skills. A Literacy Volunteer teaches the class.
•    Intermediate English as a Second Language (ESL) on Tuesday, April 12, at 1 p.m. — Listen, read, practice conversation, learn writing techniques, new vocabulary, pronunciation and proper grammar. All levels of ESL students are welcome to attend.
•    Computer Class: Basic Internet and Typing Skills on Tuesday, April 12, at 5 p.m. — Learn the basics of the Internet and typing, how to access different websites and perform searches.
•    Pre-school Rhyme Time on Thursday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m. — Rhyme Time is for children ages 3 to 5. It features stories, songs and simple crafts.
•    Baby Bounce and Play Group on Thursday, April 14, at 11:30 a.m. — This program introduces infants to the world of sounds and stories. It helps build important pre-reading skills for ages 0 to 2.
•    Lee’s Circus Extravaganza on Thursday, April 14, at 3 p.m. — This program for children and teens features a kaleidoscope of juggling, plate spinning, unicycling, audience interaction and magic.
•    LEGO Club at Richmond Branch Library on Friday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m. — Kids use the library’s LEGOs and their imagination to construct unique designs.
•    Crafty Saturdays at Richmond Branch Library on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m. — Children have the opportunity to make a seasonal or holiday-themed craft to take home.
•    Teen Button Making on Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m. – Teens will learn how to create their own buttons and can make up to three buttons of their own.
•    Eddie Morgan Trio Jazz Concert on Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m. — The Eddie Morgan Trio wraps up National Library Week with a free concert, which will highlight jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. The Trio plays a mix of standards and funky original renditions of pop and R&B favorites. Ballads and Latin tunes will round out the selections. This event is also in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.
Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.