Kwanzaa celebration set for Dec. 27

Afro-One at Kwanzaa programThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will continue a long-standing and popular tradition by holding a Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
The 27th annual Kwanzaa program will feature a performance by Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre. This event will combine song, music, and traditional and contemporary dance, while providing a history of Kwanzaa.
Kwanzaa is a holiday of African heritage and values and is celebrated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.
Dr. Patricia Reid Merritt is the director of Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre. A professor of Social Work and African-American Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Dr. Reid-Merritt has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the NAACP Freedom Award.
Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre was founded in 1974 and emphasizes dance, drama and music in the African-American arts. The group has performed at schools, colleges and universities, businesses and corporations, conferences, Kwanzaa celebrations, weddings, rites of passage, local festivals and community events.
Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.

The Atlantic City Free Public Library will show the documentary “The Black Candle” at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26.
The film uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to explore and celebrate the African-American experience. It traces the holiday’s growth out of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s to its present-day reality as a global, pan-African holiday embraced by more than 40 million celebrants.Maya Angelou narrates the film.


Winter Wonderland returning Dec. 13

Winter Wonderland42Mayor Don Guardian and the City of Atlantic City, and the Atlantic City Free Public Library will continue a holiday tradition by turning an Atlantic City Convention Center ballroom into a Winter Wonderland for children on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are free and required to gain admission into the event.
This fourth annual holiday event, which is for Atlantic City children ages 3 to 12, will be held in the Convention Center’s Hall A. All children attending the event must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Tickets will be distributed at City Hall, located at 1301 Bacharach Blvd., at the following dates and times: Dec. 2 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Dec. 3 from 2-4 p.m., and Dec. 4 from 4-6 p.m.
Tickets will be distributed only to adults, who must show a proof of Atlantic City residency and photo ID.
This year’s Winter Wonderland will include magic shows, rides, games, moon bounces, toy giveaways, face painting, arts and crafts, cookie decorating and more.
The Atlantic City Winter Wonderland is presented by the City of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Free Public Library, and sponsored by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and Atlantic County Toys for Kids Program. Also, 95.1 WAYV, 99.3 The Buzz, 96.1 WTTH The Touch and 100.7 WZXL will have giveaways.
For more information, please call the City of Atlantic City’s Recreation/Community Affairs Department at (609) 347-5643.

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Library receives Kiwanis Club of A.C. archives

Tom Keck and Bill McGinleyThe Kiwanis Club of Atlantic City has donated its archives, which date back to the group’s origin in 1920, to the Atlantic City Free Public Library to be included in its Atlantic City Heritage Collections.
The Kiwanis Club is folding this year after 94 years of serving children in the community.
Long-time Kiwanis Club members Tom Keck and Bill McGinley presented the archives, which included scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photos, programs and plaques, to the library in October.


Boardwalk Empire props on display at A.C. Historical Museum

Boardwalk Empire propsThe last episode of the fifth and final season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” aired on Oct. 26, but the series will maintain a presence at the Atlantic City Historical Museum.

The Atlantic City Historical Museum, which is presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, recently received donations of Boardwalk Empire props and related items – and many of those are showcased for the public to view. (See TV40's coverage)

Some of the Boardwalk Empire items on display include: an Atlantic City Beach Patrol costume swimsuit, bottles, promotional posters, newspapers, a wooden barrel and research binder about Enoch “Nucky” Johnson – the inspiration behind the lead character Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi.

The displayed items were donated to the museum by Boardwalk Empire’s producers and their research advisor, Edward McGinty, who also played the character Ward Boss Boyd on the show.

The Atlantic City Free Public Library’s Reference Department has worked with McGinty and the show over the years, answering questions, along with providing detailed information about the city and photos from the library’s Atlantic City Heritage Collections.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Bootleg Productions and HBO over these past five seasons as historical consultants for the show,” Atlantic City Library and Historical Museum archivist Heather Perez said. “We appreciate their donation of the props and costume piece, as well as their research materials and memorabilia. We are happy to have them on exhibit at the Atlantic City Historical Museum. Interest in Atlantic City’s rich heritage has never been higher, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to draw fans of the TV series and to show them the amazing things that have happened here in the city.”

The Atlantic City Historical Museum, operated by the Atlantic City Free Public Library since August 2012, showcases the culturally diverse, exciting history of Atlantic City in a nostalgic timeline. Visitors can enjoy exhibits of Garden Pier, Miss America, Mr. Peanut, sand sculptures, casinos and the Summer of 1964 – along with vintage photographs and local artifacts.

The museum is open seven days a week, including most holidays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Please call (609) 347-5839 for more information.


Meet author Jane Kelly on Oct. 18

missing you in atlantic cityThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold a Meet the Author program featuring Jane Kelly at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Main Library meeting room.
Kelly writes mystery novels set in New Jersey beach resorts that have a humorous twist, including “Missing in Atlantic City.” There will be a book signing following the program.
Visit for more information about the author. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3077, to learn more about the program.