The Atlantic City Public Library will hold a Summer Reading Program kickoff party Tuesday, June 26, at 2 p.m. The Summer Reading Program, for children and teenagers ages 0-18, will include a magic show and fun activities. Those who sign up for the program at the party will receive a free book to start their summer of reading. Steel Pier in Atlantic City is once again a sponsor of the Summer Reading Program. Click here to read more.
Not only is the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City bringing world-class entertainment to the resort, it is supporting the Atlantic City Free Public Library’s efforts to provide free music to the community. The casino is the new sponsor of the library’s Third Thursday Concert Series — a free monthly music series held 5 p.m. at the Main Library on the third Thursday of each month from April through September. Click here to read more.
Even when the Atlantic City Free Public Library is closed, our library cardholders can download best-selling and classic eBooks and audiobooks through its media site – overdrive.acfpl.org. Library cardholders can browse the collection, check out books and then download them to a personal computer or mobile device. Click here to read more.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library has made children’s books available at select city barbershops this winter after being named a recipient of a Fade to Books grant in 2017. The New Jersey State Library, in partnership with the Long Branch Public Library and the Bridge of Books Foundation, launched a grant opportunity for public libraries to join with their local barbershops in an effort to spur young boys to read. Click here to read more.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library now offers a charging station after being selected as a contract award winner for funding under LibraryLinkNJ’s “Powering Up: Library Charging Stations Incubator Project.” Those who visit the Main Library will be able to charge their smartphones, laptops and tablets for free in a Kwikboost Charging Station, which features eight secure, ADA-compliant lockers equipped with 16 connectors and fast-charging technology. Click here to read more.
Marker is located on Northwest corner of Tennessee and Atlantic Avenues.
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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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