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Black History Month programs to include superhero art, Friday Film Series

ecbaccThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold programs for children and teens, plus a film series, in celebration of Black History Month. All programs will be held at the Main Library. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.
•    Friday Film Series on Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. – The library will show films on Friday afternoons for Black History Month: The Great Debaters on Feb. 3; Race on Feb. 10; Night Catches Us on Feb. 17 and Freedom Summer on Feb. 24. The movies may include introductions and discussions with guest speakers.
•    Comic Book Workshop on Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m. — The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) will lead this program for children ages 9-12. The ECBACC’s STARS (Storytelling That Advances Reading Skills) workshop is designed to use comic book art and imagery as a vehicle to foster creativity and promote literacy, with a secondary focus on introducing participants to the various career options that exist within the comic book industry. Participants learn what it’s like to be a comic book creator via the “Create Your Own Hero” exercises while putting their imaginations to work as they pen their own stories for the characters they create. The program is being paid for through a grant — the 2016 ALA Will Eisner Grant — that the library received.
•    Teen program: Create a Superhero on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. – Teens ages 13-18 will explore the range of uses for ancient mythology, neo-mythology and related media to create their own unique and innovative characters. At the end of this workshop, participants will have designed, created and advanced their own characters and storylines.