The Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold a “Food for Fines” drive from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12. People with overdue materials can make a food donation at the Main Library or Richmond Branch Library in lieu of paying a fine. For each non-perishable item donated, the accrued fines for one overdue item will be waived. Click here to read more.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library will offer a wide variety of computer training classes in November and December. Several of the classes will be sponsored by Internet Essentials from Comcast. Please click here to read more about the upcoming computer training schedule.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library will host its 28th annual Kwanzaa celebration at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. The program will feature a performance by Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre. It will combine song and traditional and contemporary dance, while providing a history of Kwanzaa. Click here to read more.
Richmond Branch Library has new hours
The Richmond Branch Library, located at 4115 Ventnor Ave., has new hours. The library will remain open Tuesday through Saturday, but it will close for one hour on those days. The new hours are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Atlantic City Historical Museum, presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, unveiled its exhibit, “The Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica,” at a grand opening celebration Oct. 10, at Garden Pier. The event was held in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Click here to read more.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library offers a free Walk-in Job Skills Labs to library members who need help with job-related tasks. We’ll provide refresher tips for your job search. The lab is held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesdays. Click here to read more.
“Good Morning America” and David Copperfield visited the Atlantic City Free Public Library on Sept. 9 to surprise local magician Chad Juros. An Egg Harbor Township resident, Juros was the winner of GMA’s “Above and Beyond” contest. Juros visited the library thinking he would be performing, but it was a set-up. Click here to read more.
Marker is located on Northwest corner of Tennessee and Atlantic Avenues.
Historical Marker text:
1921-2015 An Atlantic City native, he was the first African-American Chief of Police in the resort's history. During his 39 years of service, Chief Allmond rose from beat cop to Chief. He received more than 65 honors, including commendations from the F.B.I., the Secret Service, and the Atlantic County Grand Jury. This U.S. Air Force veteran received a special citation for "extreme courage and heroism under fire" for dragging a wounded comrade 50 yards to safety during a gun battle that left seven officers wounded. Chief Allmond was recognized by the City's SWAT Team and by "Who's Who in American Law Enforcement." He was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, served on the boards of the YMCA, Westside Convalescent Center, the Atlantic County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, and the Vestry of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church. In 1979, the NJ State General Assembly issued a proclamation recognizing Chief Allmond's many years of dedicated service.
Joseph Allmond began his first job with the Atlantic City Police Department in 1947, and from the beginning was determined to leave his mark on local law enforcement. He moved up the department's ranks quickly, getting promoted to Sergeant in 1960, then Captain in 1968, and finally Chief in 1979. Across his career, he often gave back to Atlantic City's community, by working with its youth as a role model. His advice to the youth of Atlantic City was, "With hard work, dedication, and self-discipline, there are no limits to what one can achieve."
Allmond was born on March 28, 1921. He was the first baby baptized in the newly-built St. Augustine's Church in Atlantic city. He died on April 25, 2015. He was a lifelong Atlantic City resident.
For more information, see these resources in the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Heritage Collections: Local History Biography Files - Joseph T. Allmond Johnson, Nelson: The Northside
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