The 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.” The event is for kids ages 17 and younger. Click here to read more. Also, you can download the Summer Reading Program events brochure in English or Spanish.
The 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. 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 Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Click here to read more.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library and Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic are now offering a second adult literacy class - beginning Monday, April 18 - for individuals who need help with their reading and writing skills. The new Monday class is for adults on a first grade reading level or lower, while the Tuesday class is for adults reading at a fifth grade level or lower. Click here to read more.
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. 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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