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Historical Museum, Art Center at Garden Pier now open

Historical Museum exteriorGarden Pier - home to the Atlantic City Historical Museum and Atlantic City Art Center - officially reopened in June 2014. The Pier had been closed since October 2012 due to damage suffered during Hurricane Sandy.
The Atlantic City Historical Museum, operated by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, showcases the culturally diverse, exciting history of Atlantic City in a nostalgic timeline. Visitors can enjoy exhibits of Mr. Peanut, sand sculptures, Miss America and casinos – along with vintage photographs and local artifacts. Also, new exhibits detailing the history of Garden Pier, Summer of 1964 and Atlantic City’s sports history are on display.
The Atlantic City Art Center updated its galleries last month by bringing in an exhibit from the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey.
AAHMSNJ founder Ralph Hunter is presenting “The Northside: The Way We Were.” The exhibit highlights Atlantic City’s African-American Northside community from the 1930s to ’60s, including Club Harlem, Sarah Spencer Washington, churches and hotels, and African-American firsts in the city.
Please call (609) 347-5839 for more information.

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Top performers highlight 15th annual Jazz on the Beach Series

 

CBB - Sean Jones2The 15th annual Chicken Bone Beach Jazz on the Beach Series – a popular Atlantic City summertime tradition that showcases some of the nation’s top jazz artists – returns to Kennedy Plaza on July 3.

The Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Inc., and Atlantic City Free Public Library present this free concert series, which takes place on Thursdays in July and August from 7-10 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza, located on the Atlantic City Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia avenues.

The schedule features:
•    Winard Harper and Jeli Posse on Thursday, July 3 – Baltimore is renowned for producing jazz greats – and Winard Harper, a drummer, bandleader and educator, is among them. Jeli, which is another name for griot, is a combination of a storyteller, historian, poet and musician, and Harper considers the band an extension of that tradition. The group’s album “Coexist” features a variety of styles, including African motifs, blues, gospel, swing, soul jazz, bop and funk. Eddie Morgan Trio is the opening act.
•    Helen Sung Quartet on Thursday, July 10 – Winner of the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition, Helen Sung has worked with such jazz masters as Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Benny Golson and Buster Williams. She has released several critically acclaimed albums, including “Sungbird After Albeniz,” which All About Jazz hailed “a real winner.” Sung’s latest album, “Anthem for a New Day,” came out earlier this year. The Steve Cain Quartet is the opening act.
•    Michael Pedicin Quartet on Thursday, July 17 – Michael Pedicin took up the tenor sax as a teen after listening to the music of jazz legend John Coltrane, who he calls his musical idol. Pedicin released his 12th album, “Why Stop Now … Ubuntu,” in 2013. The Somers Point Jazz Society named Pedicin, who is also the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Richard Stockton College, the winner of this year’s George Mesterhazy Jazz Master Award. The Jordan Williams Quartet is the opening act.
•    Wilson “Chembo” Corniel Quintet on Thursday, July 24 – Considered one of the top hard-hitting, versatile percussionists around, Wilson “Chembo” Corniel was nominated for a Grammy for his 2009 release “Things I Wanted To Do.” He teaches percussion at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music and leads clinics throughout the country to raise awareness of Afro-Caribbean music. The Suzzette Ortiz Quartet is the opening act.
•    Sean Jones Quartet on Thursday, July 31 – Sean Jones (see photo at top) is the former lead trumpeter for Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and he played on jazz diva Nancy Wilson’s Grammy Award-winning album “Turned to Blue.” All About Jazz once wrote, “Jones possesses his own style that can deliver blistering notes or silky tones at the drop of a hat.” The Chicken Bone Beach Youth Jazz Ensemble is the opening act.
•    Mimi Jones Quartet on Thursday, Aug. 7 – New York native Mimi Jones is a multi-talented bassist, vocalist and composer. Jones has performed or recorded with the great Lionel Hampton, Kenny Barron, Tia Fuller and Terri Lyne Carrington. In 2009, she released her debut CD, “A New Day.” She toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States and has performed on five continents as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador. The Connie Jackson Quartet is the opening act.
•    Kameelah Samar Quartet on Thursday, Aug. 14 – Kameelah Samar brings her jazz vocals to a new height, flavoring each mood with a touch of grace and elegance, from big band swing to the mellow tones of a heartfelt ballad. Samar has completed a CD, scheduled for a fall 2014 release, titled “Celebrate the Season,’’ which is a collection of Christmas songs and classic tunes. The Dwain Davis Quartet is the opening act.
•    Tia Fuller Quartet on Thursday, Aug. 21 – A dynamic saxophonist, composer and educator, Fuller was part of the Beyoncé Experience and I AM … Sasha Fierce world tours to promote the superstar’s CDs. Fuller has been featured in Jazz Improv Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, The Philadelphia Tribune, The Star Ledger and Downbeat Magazine. She has recorded three CDs with her quartet: “Pillar of Strength,” “Healing Space” and “Decisive Steps.” The Gil Thompson Trio is the opening act.
•    Ralph Peterson, Jr. Quartet on Thursday, Aug. 28 – Pleasantville native Ralph Peterson, Jr., returns to the area to headline the finale. He is renowned in jazz circles for his powerful, energetic and distinctive style of drumming. Peterson, who apprenticed under such jazz greats as Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Elvin Jones and Walter Davis, released “ALIVE at Firehouse 12, Vol. 1: The Unity Project” in 2013. He is a professor at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. The Keith Hollis Quartet is the opening act.

The 15th annual Jazz on the Beach Concert Series is funded in part by the NJ State Council of the Arts/Department of State through the Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, City of Atlantic City, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), Comcast, PNC Bank, Kinematica Inc, Kramer Beverage Co. COORS, Just 4 Wheels, Atlantic City Convention Center and ZEO Brothers. Tune in to Stockton College Radio Station WLFR 91.7 on Wednesdays for the Chicken Bone Beach Hour from 7-8 PM.

Call (609) 441-9064 or (609) 841-6897; or, visit www.chickenbonebeach.org for more information.

 

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Summer Reading Program gets started with launch party June 26

 

Fizz Boom ReadThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will officially kick off its Summer Reading Program with a launch party 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26. The party will include information about the Summer Reading Program, book giveaways, fun activities, special guests and more.
The themes for the Summer Reading Program are “Fizz Boom Read” for kids and “A Clockwork Summer” for teenagers.
Children and teenagers ages 0-18 are eligible to participate in the program, which will include a great selection of fun and educational events. Children less than nine years of age must be accompanied by a supervising adult in order to attend. All programs will be held at the Main Library unless noted otherwise.
Space is limited. It’s best to reserve a spot by calling (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050.

KIDS PROGRAMS FOR JUNE AND JULY

SUMMER READING KICKOFF PARTY
Thursday, June 26, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for our Summer Reading Program launch party where there will be free books to take home, games, refreshments and special guests. For ages 18 and younger.

SUMMER FUN COOKIE BASH
Fun Day Sunday, June 29, at 2 p.m.
Kids will enjoy creating their own cookie masterpieces and also, of course, eating them at the library. Reservations required and parents must be accompanied by a child. Ages 3 to 12.

SUMMER RHYME TIME
Thursdays, July 3 and 10, at 10:30 a.m.
Features stories, songs, fingerplays, and simple crafts. Storytimes are a great way to develop pre-reading skills. Ages 2 to 5.

BABY BOUNCE AND PLAY
Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, at 1 p.m.
Introduce your baby to the world of sounds and stories, and help build important pre-reading skills. Ages birth to 2.

COMIC DRAWING CLASS
Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, at 3:30 p.m.
Learn how to draw characters or super heroes. Marvel/DC Comics illustrator Joe Del Beato leads the instruction. All materials supplied. Ages 9 to 17.

CREATIVE CRAFT THURSDAYS AT RICHMOND BRANCH LIBRARY
Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 21, 31, at 3:30 p.m.
Kids use their imaginations to make and take home crafts with seasonal themes. All materials supplied. Ages 6 to 12.

TWEEN DAYS IN THE TEEN LOUNGE
Saturdays, July 5 and 19, at 9:30 a.m.
Not quite a teen? You are invited to rock out in the Teen Space. This is your chance to enjoy gaming: Xbox360, PS3, Nintendo Wii. Participants need a library card in good standing to participate. Ages 9 to 12.

DISCOVERY STORYTIME AND CRAFT
Saturdays, July 5 and 19, at 11 a.m.
Thematic STEM-centered stories, rhymes, songs and crafts. Ages 3 to 5.

LEGO CLUB
Saturdays, July 5 and 19, at 2 p.m.
Use your imagination and our LEGOs to create something special. Ages 6-12.

KIDS BOOK CLUB
Saturdays, July 5 and 19, at 3 p.m.
Read and make cool stuff in this fun STEM-centered book club for aspiring scientists and engineers. Enjoy snacks, crafts and good times, and the first 10 books are FREE. Ages 8 to 12.

SHRINKY DINKS
Fun Day Sunday, July 6, at 2 p.m.
Fizz, boom and the whole family makes a great Independence Day craft to take home. All ages.

SPIN ME A YARN
Tuesday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m.
Storyteller and weaver Bridget Flynn spins tales of long ago while introducing children to the spinning wheel. Children will learn how to use it and spin their own yarns.

CREATIVE CRAFT TUESDAYS
Tuesdays, July 8 and 22, at 3:30 p.m.
Kids use their imaginations to make and take home crafts with seasonal themes. All materials supplied. Ages 6 to 12.

INTRODUCTION TO LEGO ROBOTICS
The American Engineering and Science Robotics Academy will be conducting summer robotics mini camps for children and teens at the Atlantic City Public Library. Participants will perform tasks of real engineers and scientists, learn the engineering process, develop problem solving, critical thinking, creative, and innovative skills. Class size limited. Registration required.

INTRODUCTION TO LEGO ROBOTICS 1—Mini camp
Tuesday, July 8, Wednesday, July 9, and Thursday, July 10 at 11 a.m.
Children, working in teams, design, build and program simple motorized machines, and participate in challenges. Ages 6 to 12.

LEGO TUESDAYS AT RICHMOND BRANCH LIBRARY
Tuesdays, July 8 and 22, at 3 p.m.
Use our LEGOs and your imagination to create something fantastic! Children less than 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult/guardian older than 14. Ages 6 to 14.

STORY TIME FRIDAYS AT RICHMOND BRANCH LIBRARY
Fridays, July 11, 18, 25, at 11:30 a.m.
Includes stories and finger plays for children. Families and siblings are welcome.  Best for ages 9 and younger.

MAGICAL CHAD JUROS
Fun Day Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m.
Magical Chad performs magic tricks and follows with magic lessons. (Reservations required for magic lessons). Ages 6 to 12.

CHOO CHOO CHARLIE AT ALL WARS BUILDING
Tuesday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Choo Choo Charlie will take you on a magical adventure with a unique blend of train effects, magic and comedy. Ages 5 to 12.

INTRODUCTION TO LEGO ROBOTICS 2—Mini camp
Tuesday, July 15, Thursday, July 17, and Friday, July 18 at 11 a.m.
Children and teens, working in teams, design, build and program simple motorized machines, and participate in challenges.

FRANKLIN INSTITUTE TRAVELING SCIENCE SHOW AT ALL WARS BUILDING
Wednesday, July 16 at 1 p.m.
Lightning, twisters and hail—oh my! This dynamic show reveals the science of weather—to the extreme. Where does our weather come from, and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? We’ll make a cloud, explore thunder and lightning, and even create snow. We promise a stormy ending to this show as we demonstrate the power of a tornado! Ages 8 to 12.

SCIENCETELLERS—DRAGONS AND DREAMS AT ALL WARS BUILDING
Thursday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m.
Sciencetellers uses visually exciting experiments to bring the sights and sounds of the story “Dragons and Dreams” to life! Children in grades K–5 will be totally immersed in this interactive storytelling show, featuring tons of exciting hands-on science experiments on fire and ice! Ages 5 to 12.

ZOO ON WHEELS AT ALL WARS BUILDING
Friday, July 18 at 2 p.m.
Discover the excitement of the zoo at the library. The Philadelphia Zoo brings an interactive, educational and engaging experience with live animals. Climate Change Alert: Across the globe, animals like frogs, polar bears and even butterflies are impacted by climate change. Learn how changing temperatures impact wildlife and how you can make a difference. All ages.

OUR MARINE MAMMALS AND SEA TURTLES AT ATLANTIC CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Fun Day Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m.
Discover what makes a marine mammal different from a fish, which types of marine mammals and sea turtles come to New Jersey, and the dangers they face while they are here. Learn how and why the Marine Mammal Stranding Center helps our marine friends. All ages.

THE GOOD, THE ICKY AND THE SLIMY
Tuesday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m.
Bugs and spiders along with frogs and snakes are thought to be “icky” by many. But the amazing animals in this program will change your mind. Ages up to 12.

WETLANDS INSTITUTE - ADAPTATIONS
Tuesday, July 22 at 1 p.m.
Children will be challenged to discover the special adaptations of sea animals by observing, touching and handling sea animals such as sea stars, urchins, hermit crabs, spider crabs, clams, sea snails, mummichogs and oyster toadfish. Predator prey relationships, food webs, life cycles, anatomy, and classification will be discussed. Ages 6 to 12.

STORYTELLING WITH ANIMAL BALLOONS
Thursday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Colorful animal balloons assist Miss Cheryl Ann in telling comic stories and fairy tales. Ages up to 8.

THE ART OF CALLIGRAPHY
Fun Day Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m.
The word calligraphy means “beautiful writing.” Come join us and learn how to create some “beautiful writing” of your own, make a book, decorate it, and take it home. All supplies provided. Ages 5 to adult.

MAKE A VOLCANO
Tuesday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m.
Participants will make a working miniature volcano, learn the hula and hear a story about Pele. Age 6 to 12.

WONDERGY LASER SCIENCE SHOW AT ALL WARS BUILDING
Tuesday, July 29, at 1 p.m.
Learn about the science of optics and lasers at this exciting laser light show set to music. Patrons who are afraid of the dark or epileptic should not attend. All ages.

SINGABLE STORIES
Thursday, July 31 at 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy an interactive concert of singable stories based on children’s folktales, myths, and legends from around diverse world cultures. Ages up to 12.

KIDS PROGRAMS FOR AUGUST

STORY TIME FRIDAYS AT RICHMOND BRANCH
Fridays, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, at 11:30 a.m.
Includes stories and finger plays for children. Families and siblings are welcome.  Best for ages 9 and younger.

TWEEN DAYS IN THE TEEN LOUNGE
Saturdays, Aug. 2, 16, 30, at 9:30 a.m.
Kids are invited to rock out in the Teen Space. This is your chance to enjoy gaming: Xbox360, PS3, NintendoWii. Participants need a library card in good standing to participate. Ages 9 to 12.

DISCOVERY CLUB STORYTIME AND CRAFT
Saturday, Aug. 2, 16, 30, at 11 a.m.
Thematic STEM-based stories and crafts. Ages 5 to 8.

LEGO CLUB
Saturdays, Aug. 2, 16, 30, at 2 p.m.
Use your imagination and our LEGOs to create something special. Ages 6-12.

KIDS BOOK CLUB
Saturdays, Aug. 2 and 9, at 3 p.m.
Read cool stuff and make cool stuff in this fun STEM-centered book club for aspiring scientists and engineers. Enjoy snacks, crafts and good times, and the first 10 books are FREE. Ages 8 to 12.

FAMILY CRAFT
Fun Day Sunday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m.
It’s family craft time at the library. Make a craft together to take home. All materials supplied. All ages.

AGOSTINO ARTS: TRANSFORMATIONS
Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m.
Agostino Arts’ innovative performance art brings stories to life on the faces of the audience through exciting tales from around the world and painted faces. All ages.

OUR MARINE MAMMALS AND SEA TURTLES AT ATLANTIC CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 1 p.m.
Discover what makes a marine mammal different from a fish, which types of marine mammals and sea turtles come to New Jersey, and the dangers they face while they are here. Learn how and why the Marine Mammal Stranding Center helps our marine friends. All ages.

LEGO TUESDAYS AT RICHMOND BRANCH LIBRARY
Tuesdays, Aug. 5 and 19, at 3 p.m.
Use our LEGOs and your imagination to create something fantastic! Children less than 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult/guardian older than 14. Ages 6 to 14.

CREATIVE CRAFT TUESDAYS
Tuesdays, Aug. 5 and 19, at 3:30 p.m.
Kids use their imaginations to make and take home crafts with seasonal themes. All materials supplied. Ages 6 to 12.

BABY BOUNCE AND PLAY
Thursdays, Aug. 7, 21, 28, at 1 p.m.
Introduce your baby to the world of sounds, movement and stories, and help build important pre-reading skills. Ages birth to 2.

COMIC DRAWING CLASS
Thursdays, Aug. 7, 21, 28, at 3:30 p.m.
Learn how to draw characters or super heroes. Marvel/DC Comics illustrator Joe Del Beato leads the instruction. All materials supplied. Ages 9 to 17.

CREATIVE CRAFT THURSDAYS AT RICHMOND BRANCH LIBRARY
Tuesdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28, at 3:30 p.m.
Kids use their imaginations to make and take home crafts with seasonal themes. All materials supplied. Ages 6 to 12.

FAMILY CRAFT
Fun Day Sunday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m.
It’s family craft time at the library. Make a craft together to take home. All materials supplied. All ages.

WORLD MUSIC CONCERT STARRING YOU!
Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 10:30 a.m.
Discover unusual instruments from all over the world with musician and artist Daria. Ages 6 to 12.

DJ DANCE PARTY
Thursday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m.
Celebrate your summer reading accomplishments with music and dancing, and make your own sundaes. Ages 18 and younger.

FAMILY CRAFT PROGRAM
Fun Day Sunday, Aug. 17, at 2 p.m.
Craft artist Donna Bridy shares her secrets in a craft experience for the whole family. All ages.

YAM FESTIVAL STORIES AND CRAFT
Fun Day Sunday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m.
Celebrate the African Yam Festival with string stories and crafts for the whole family to make and take home. All ages .

MARBLEIZING: BUGS IN THE GARDEN
Fun Day Sunday, Aug. 31, at 2 p.m.
Similar to tie-dying, marbleizing is easier and more exquisite. Participants will learn both the technique and the fascinating history of this ancient Persian art form called Ebru, followed by a story about garden bugs.

Clockwork Summer logo horizontal with dark backgroundTEENS: GENERAL PROGRAMS
All teen programs are for ages 13-18 unless noted.


TEEN BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, June 24, at 4 p.m.; Saturdays, July 26 and Aug 23, at 1 p.m.
Our book club is awesome because we give you a FREE copy of the book to keep. Forever! Grab your copy at the Youth Services desk and join us for snacks, drinks, and discussion at our monthly meeting, even if you didn’t have time to finish the book.

 


SUMMER VOLUNTEERING KICKOFF

Thursday, June 26, at 12 p.m.
All summer volunteers are required to attend this meeting! We will have lunch, set up for the summer reading kick-off party, and sign up for volunteering shifts.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Mondays, July 7 and 21, at 2 p.m.
Join us for a few casual sets of beach volleyball in the summer sun. Call the library in the event of bad weather. We will meet at the court on New Jersey Avenue at the Boardwalk. Permission slip required – see the Youth Services desk to pick one up.

WORLD LANGUAGE KARAOKE & DANCE
Friday, July 11, at 2 p.m.
Let’s celebrate the diversity of our city and our world through music! No stress – just perform along with a YouTube video of your favorite song in ANY language. Are you a K-pop fan? Do you love to sing in Hindi? Do you just really NEED to belt out your favorite song from Frozen? Just want to dance, no singing? All are welcome – solos, duets, and groups. We’ll vote for the most energetic performer, who will receive a prize!

TEEN ADVISORY GROUP VOLUNTEER MEETINGS
Saturdays, July 12 and 26, Aug 9, at 2 p.m.
Make your voice heard! Plan teen events, tell the library what materials we should buy, and build some volunteer hours, all while eating free pizza! Meetings are required for all teen volunteers.

SELF-DEFENSE WITH MASTER BRIAN
Friday, July 18, at 2 p.m.
Join mixed martial arts master Brian for a self-defense class just for teens. No experience required.

DORM ROOM COOKING
Friday, July 25, at 3 p.m.
Most college dorm rooms don’t allow you to have any cooking appliances other than a microwave and electric kettle. How are you supposed to feed yourself? No worries – we’ll teach you recipes and techniques for preparing your own food with minimal equipment. Not just for the college-bound – great for any teen!

JEWELRY MAKING FOR TEENS
Friday, Aug 1, at 2 p.m.
Learn techniques for making your own bracelets, necklaces, and earrings with wire, cord, and beads. Designs for every style and gender are available!

MAD SCIENCE THEATER
Thursday, Aug 7, at 10:30 a.m.
Atlantic City Library teen volunteers will write, produce, and perform a science-themed play for local children. All ages are welcome to attend.

TAG AGE-OUT PARTY & ELECTIONS
Saturday, Aug 9, at 2 p.m.
Join us for a party honoring our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) members who have graduated high school and turned 18 as they age out of the Youth Services area. We will also elect our 2014-15 TAG officers at the party and formally pass over leadership to them. TAG alumni welcome.

Make AC logo - square resizedTEENS MAKE AC MAKERSPACE PROGRAMS
Makerspace membership is encouraged, but not required, for all maker programs. However, makerspace membership is required to use our equipment at any other time. Join today (it’s free!) and use the skills you learn during our programs at any time the library is open.

WRITING & PUBLISHING FOR TEENS
Wednesday, July 2, at 2:30 p.m.
Do you like to write? Learn how to use Scrivener, our brand new writing software, and find out what’s involved in getting published. It doesn’t matter whether you write novels, short stories, poetry, song lyrics, or graphic novels – there’s something for everyone here.

INSIDE COMPUTERS – LITERALLY!
Thursday, July 3, at 2:30 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to take apart a computer to see how it works? Now you can, with no fear of breaking it. Join us as we take apart old computers, explore the components inside, and put everything back together again. You’ll be a pro by the end!

MUSIC RECORDING & PRODUCTION
Wednesday, July 9, at 2:30 p.m.
Did you know that your library has professional music software, microphones, and everything else you need to record, produce, and perform your own music? Learn to record vocals and instruments, apply effects, choose the best mic for the job and more in this hands-on class.

3D PRINTING & DESIGN
Wednesday, July 16, at 2:30 p.m.
Learn how to download pre-made models or make your own 3D designs and print them out in plastic, including jewelry, phone cases and household items.

PHOTOGRAPHY & PHOTOSHOP
Wednesday, July 23, at 2:30 p.m.
Do you love to take photos? Whether you’re seriously into photography or just want to up your selfie game, you’ll learn something useful here. Learn how digital cameras work, what all those weird settings mean, and how to do some basic touch-ups in Photoshop. If you own a digital camera, bring it! Otherwise, you’ll be able to take a turn with our professional digital camera.

VIDEO GAME DESIGN MINI-CAMP
Thursday, July 24, and Friday, July 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join the game designers from GameDevHouse for a two-day series of workshops on designing and creating your own video games. All you need to bring is a bag lunch. Registration is required and space is very limited – call or e-mail to reserve your spot.

VIDEO & GREEN SCREEN TECHNIQUES
Wednesday, July 30, at 2 p.m.
We have a shiny new digital video camera and a green screen kit – learn how to use them to make your own movies with special effects. Dan Skeldon, Chief Meteorologist for NBC News 40, will be here to talk about how he works with a green screen at his job.

DESIGN YOUR OWN T-SHIRT
Wednesday, Aug 6, at 2:30 p.m.
Forget fabric paint and stencils – we have the tools for you to make professional-looking shirts! Learn to use our design software and the Silhouette digital cutter to cut heat transfer vinyl designs for your own custom shirts. Please bring your own solid-color shirt. Tie dye will also be available.

SEWING MACHINE BASICS
Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 2:30 p.m.
Want to make your own clothes, costumes, bags, and accessories? Gotta know how to sew first! Learn to use our brand new sewing machine in this hands-on workshop.

INTRO TO KNITTING & CROCHET
Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 2:30 p.m.
Knitting and crochet aren’t just for your grandparents – they’re useful, relaxing, and fun crafts that let you make your own clothing, accessories, cosplay costumes, plushies, and more. Learn the basics with us, then come in and use our tools any time.

 

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Local favorites featured at Bartram Beach Block Concert Series

 

Bartram - Cason Express 6-27The City of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Free Public Library will once again present the Bartram Beach Block Concert Series – a biweekly series featuring popular local artists – this summer.
The free 90-minute shows will be held 7 p.m. at Bartram Place and the Boardwalk. Those attending the shows are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets.
•    Cason and Friends Jazz Ensemble on Friday, June 27 – The Cason and Friends Jazz Ensemble – led by Derek Cason – is a high energy group that performs an entertaining mix of jazz and R&B classics.
•    Tony DeLuca and the Paisans on Friday, July 11 – Affectionately known as the “Minister of Music,” Tony De Luca is a versatile musician who specializes in Italian and jazz songs.
•    Gina Roche’ on Friday, July 25 – A vocalist, guitarist and composer, local favorite Gina Roché puts a Brazilian twist on her jazz, blues and original compositions.
•    40-Year Overnight Success Tour Starring Jim Craine and the Atlantic City All Stars Band on Aug. 8 – Known as “The Singing Lifeguard,” Jim Craine has performed in many casinos in his native Atlantic City and has opened for legends such as Frank Sinatra.
•    Bud Noble Trio on Aug. 22 – The storied career of pianist Bud Noble includes a six-year stint as a featured performer at the famed Copa Lounge at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

Call (609) 377-7117 or (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.