Atlantic City Library Tennessee Avenue Improvement Project to begin early in 2022

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The library's William K. Cheatham Building (Main Library) – which opened in 1985 at 1 North Tennessee Ave. – will receive extensive exterior repairs and upgrades in 2022 as part of the Atlantic City Free Public Library Tennessee Avenue Improvement Project. The library has received grant funding from the first round of the New Jersey Library Constru...

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Women's History Month program in honor of Barbara Hudgins on March 30

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The Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold a special Women’s History Month program – Barbara Hudgins: A Lifetime of Service – on Monday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hudgins becoming the first woman elected to the position of Council-At-Large in Atlantic City. She held that position from 1990-2001.
Hudgins will discuss the challenges of women in politics, and she will reflect on some of her greatest accomplishments.

World Cup Gaming Competition coming to library June 11

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While much of the sporting world will be focused on the 2014 FIFA World Cup beginning this June, the Atlantic City Free Public Library will be staging a soccer competition of its own.
The library will hold a World Cup Gaming Competition at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the Main Library. Gamers, who must be at least 18 years of age to participate, will play FIFA 14 on Xbox.
Gamers will compete in groups for their chance to be crowned the library’s World Cup champion.
Space is limited. Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3077, for more information.

You can quickly charge your smartphone, laptop and tablet at the Main Library

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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.
In addition to being a convenient way for the public to quickly charge their devices when they visit the Main Library to borrow materials, attend a program or use the public computers, the charging station can also benefit residents during times of crisis – such as during a bad storm that knocks out power in surrounding areas.
During Superstorm Sandy, many libraries were open – unless they were flooded or without power – and where people went to access computers, use free WiFi to contact relatives and insurance companies, fill out forms, and charge the batteries in their handheld devices and laptops. Fiscal stakeholders, organizational partners and community members now recognize libraries as partners in disaster preparedness.
This project is supported by funds from LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, which is funded by the New Jersey State Library.

Winter Wonderland returning Dec. 13

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Mayor 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.

Work of famed artist Jacob Lawrence to be exhibited in September

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The Atlantic City Arts Commission will present the Jacob Lawrence Centennial Exhibition this September to commemorate the 100th birthday of the famed Atlantic City-born artist. The exhibit will be on display all month on the first floor of the Atlantic City Free Public Library, with a special reception scheduled on Lawrence’s birthday, Sept, 7, from 2-4 p.m.
It will feature 14 pieces of Lawrence’s art – including three original lithographs and an original poster. One of those originals – “The Builders, The Family” (pictured to the right) – was part of Lawrence’s iconic “Migration of the Negro” series, a set of 60 narrative paintings that garnered him national acclaim at the age of 23. The series focuses on the Great Migration, the multi-decade mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North that started in the 1910s.
“Lawrence’s work was incredibly important and his Migration of the Negro series made a huge impact in the art world,” said Valeria Marcus, an Atlantic City Arts Commission member who coordinated this exhibit. “That series put him on the map and helped him secure a place among the century’s greatest artists.”
The exhibit will also showcase newspaper clippings about his life. Also, the Arts Commission worked with Pennsylvania Avenue School staff to have some of its students create Lawrence-inspired paintings. The students’ art will be displayed in the library’s second-floor meeting room throughout September.
The following organizations and people contributed to make this exhibit possible: Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Housing Authority, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Terry Dintenfass, Inc., African American Heritage Museum, Stockton University, The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, Pennsylvania Avenue School, Dr. Richlyn Goddard and Joanna LaSane.
Lawrence was born Sept. 7, 1917, at 1522 Arctic Ave. in Atlantic City. He resided in the city before moving as a child. On a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a 16-year-old, Lawrence developed a love for tempera paints after admiring 16th century Italian paintings.
The African-American experience was seen in every thread of Lawrence’s paintings, especially his “Migration of the Negro” series. He was the first African American given a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City in 1941. The collection is now held by the Phillips Collection and MOMA.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Reynolda House Museum of American Art are among the museums with permanent collections of his work. One of his paintings also hangs in the White House Green Room.
Lawrence was named Fortune Magazine’s most influential artist of the 20th century. He received many other accolades throughout his distinguished career, such as the Julius Rosenwald Fund fellowship, Simon Guggenheim post-service fellowship, National Institute of Arts and Letters citation grant, Ford Foundation grant, NAACP Spingarn Medal of Arts, Founder’s Day Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence, the Washington Medal of Merit and numerous honorary degrees.
Lawrence spent parts of four decades teaching art, with his final stop coming as a tenured professor at the University of Washington, Seattle from 1971-83. He resided in Seattle until his death in 2000.
Contact Marcus at (609) 674-1482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

World Book Online now available

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In an effort to assist teachers, students and parents with virtual learning, the Atlantic City Free Public Library has added World Book to its premium eResources. World Book will be available — all day, every day — to library card holders who have Internet access.

World Book’s digital databases are designed for every stage of a student’s educational journey and ideal for reinforcing knowledge and instruction with trustworthy activities, relevant content, assessments, and tutoring. The library will offer three of the World Book products: Kids, Student and Timelines.

Kids: Kids is an ideal learning resource for elementary-aged students with image-driven navigation and inquiry-based activities. The site features easy-to-read articles that can be read aloud or translated and a wealth of engaging games, science projects and activities. Encourage self-direction with visual navigation in Explore, independent learning with WebQuest and compare and contrast skills with Compare Animals and Compare Places. Additional teaching tools for educators and parents make this a complete solution for early learners. (Recommended ages: 6-10).

Student: World Book’s beloved Encyclopedia comes to life in a digital format, perfect for elementary and middle school learners to access information from trusted sources. A one-stop shop for cross curricular learning, Student includes translations to 100+ languages, a Biography Center, current events, research guides and seamless integrations with Google Classroom and Microsoft OneDrive. The My Research and Citation Builder features assist learners in organizing and analyzing their findings. (Recommended ages: 8-16).

Timelines: A growing collection of 650+ unique Timelines, spanning the arts, science and technology, society and culture, sports, world history and geography, and more. Create, customize, collaborate and share your timelines, which is great for visual learners to put events into context and for classroom instruction to introduce a subject. (Recommended ages: 8 and older).

World Book databases are located on the library’s premium eResources page.

Summer Reading Program begins with June 25 party, ends at Steel Pier

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The Atlantic City Public Library will begin its Summer Reading Program for children and teens with a kickoff party Tuesday, June 25, at 2 p.m. at Main Library. The kickoff party will include a performance by award-winning magician and illusionist Joe Holiday, balloon artist, special guests and information about the Summer Reading Program. Those who sign up for the program at the party will receive a free book to start their summer of reading.
The Summer Reading Program theme is “A Universe of Stories.” The library’s program schedule includes moon story times, Space Wars robotics series, Franklin Institute space show and book talk by author M.K. England, a former Atlantic City Library staff member who wrote the youth sci-fi adventure “The Disasters.”
The Steel Pier is once again a sponsor of the library’s Summer Reading Program. Children and teens who register for the Summer Reading Program and meet the program requirements are eligible for a day of free rides at the end-of-summer party at Steel Pier on Aug. 20.
Please call the Youth Services Department at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.

PROGRAM SERIES

Movie & Board Game Day
Friday, July 5, 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 1 p.m.
Children and teens are invited to have some fun with their friends by watching movies in the meeting room or playing board games in the Youth Services Department.

Tween Days in the Teen Lounge
Saturday, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, at 11 a.m.
Tweens get an opportunity to enjoy gaming in the Teen Lounge. Play Xbox360, PS3 or Nintendo Wii. Participants need a library card in good standing to participate. Ages 9-12.

LEGO Club
Saturday, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, at 2 p.m.
Children can use our LEGOs and their imagination to create something fantastic. Ages 6-12.

Moon Storytime
Tuesday, July 9, 30 and Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, at 10:30 a.m.
Features stories, songs, finger plays and crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Family and siblings are welcome. Library story times are a fun way to help children develop skills they will need to be ready to read. Ages 3-5.

Snapology/Space Wars
Thursday, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, at 2 p.m.
Snapology/Space Wars provides interactive robotics and coding programs for children and teens using LEGO bricks. Students in our robotics programs learn pseudo-coding, coding, robotics and engineering principles. This eight-week program provides a great mix of fun and education. Ages 3-14. Please call (609) 345-2269 ext. 3050 to register.

Comic Drawing
Thursday, July 11, 25 and Aug. 15, 29 at 3:30 p.m.
Marvel/DC Comic illustrator Joe Del Beato will lead a drawing instruction for children and teens. Participants learn how to draw favorite characters. All materials supplied. No experience necessary. Ages 8-17.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Saturday, July 13 and Aug. 17, at 1 p.m.
TAG is the library’s teen volunteering group. TAG members provide input on what resources and programs should be available for teens at the library, while also helping staff members with library tasks. Visit the Youth Services desk for a TAG application. Ages 13-18.

Summer Sci-Fi Book Club
Tuesday, July 16 and Aug. 13, at 5 p.m.
The club is for teen and adult Atlantic City Library members. Registration required at Main Library Help Desk. The club will discuss “Dune” by Frank Herbert on July 16 and “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury on Aug. 13. Read the novel or watch the movie adaptation prior to the meeting.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

Franklin Institute Space Show
Tuesday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m.
In this show, we discuss the force of gravity and use Newton’s third law of motion to launch a rocket. Once in space, we learn about freefall and microgravity. As we orbit, we explain how satellites help the spacecraft communicate with mission control. We will enlist a student to do some work in a simulated microgravity environment. We will discuss the many functions of the space suit, and we’ll even let one lucky volunteer try on “The World’s Cheapest Space Suit.”

Sciencetellers
Thursday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m.
Sciencetellers will make things fly, spin, move and soar while telling a series of stories. Kids will experience the science of power and energy through hands-on experiments. Ages 9 and older.

Choo Choo Charlie
Tuesday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m.
Choo Choo Charlie will take children on a magical adventure with train effects, magic and comedy. Ages 5-9

Storytime with Michelle Wilson
Thursday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m.
Noted storyteller Michelle W. Wilson brings the folklore of the Pine Barrens and the Jersey Shore to life with her tales. Ages 6-9.

Reptile Show
Thursday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m.
This interactive presentation features live reptiles and amphibians. All ages.

Book talk with “The Disasters” Author M.K. England
Monday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m.
Former Atlantic City Teen Services Librarian Megan England returns to discuss her debut book, “The Disasters,” a Young Adult sci-fi adventure described as “The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy.” Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.

End of Summer Reading Program Party
Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. (at Steel Pier)
Children and teens can celebrate their reading accomplishments with free rides at Steel Pier. Open to youth who registered for the Summer Reading Program and read at least three books or attended three programs between June 25-Aug. 20. Participants must register at the Youth Services Department to attend.

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Conducted by Carol Waties, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Stockton University.

Business Plan 101
Tuesday, July 9, at 1 p.m.
Are you interested in starting a business? Learn about entrepreneurship and how to write a business plan, as well as creating marketing and financial plans. A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success.

Business Plan Review
Tuesday, July 16, at 1 p.m.
Waties will review participants’ business plans.

Crafting a Winning Elevator Pitch
Tuesday, July 23, at 1 p.m.
An elevator pitch is an ideal method to create a positive impression, generate conversations and contribute to your brand.

Presenting Your Elevator Pitch
Tuesday, July 30, at 1 p.m.
Have you perfected your two-minute elevator pitch? Are you ready to discuss what problem your business solves, your target market, projected sales revenue and profits, and all other information necessary to communicate what you do and why?

Summer Reading Program gets started with launch party June 26

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The Atlantic City Free Public Library will officially kick off its Summer Reading Program with a launch party 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26. The party will include information about the Summer Reading Program, book giveaways, fun activities, special guests and more.
The themes for the Summer Reading Program are “Fizz Boom Read” for kids and “A Clockwork Summer” for teenagers.
Children and teenagers ages 0-18 are eligible to participate in the program, which will include a great selection of fun and educational events. Children less than nine years of age must be accompanied by a supervising adult in order to attend. All programs will be held at the Main Library unless noted otherwise.
Space is limited. It’s best to reserve a spot by calling (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050.

KIDS PROGRAMS FOR JUNE AND JULY

SUMMER READING KICKOFF PARTY
Thursday, June 26, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for our Summer Reading Program launch party where there will be free books to take home, games, refreshments and special guests. For ages 18 and younger.

SUMMER FUN COOKIE BASH
Fun Day Sunday, June 29, at 2 p.m.
Kids will enjoy creating their own cookie masterpieces and also, of course, eating them at the library. Reservations required and parents must be accompanied by a child. Ages 3 to 12.

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Summer Reading Program participants can qualify for free rides at Steel Pier

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The Atlantic City Public Library has planned a variety of great activities as part of our Summer Reading Program for children and teenagers. Steel Pier in Atlantic City is once again a sponsor of the Summer Reading Program.

The deadline to register for the Summer Reading Program is July 31. To be eliglble for an afternoon of free rides at our end-of-summer party Aug. 14 at Steel Pier, children and teens must: 1) be registered for the Summer Reading Program. Visit the Youth Services Department if not already registered; 2) read at least three books; 3) submit a filled-out reading log of the books they've read to the Youth Services Department no later than Aug. 13.

Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.

VIEW THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM BROCHURE

WEEKLY CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Musical Storytime and Craft
Thursdays, June 28; July 5, 26; Aug. 2, 9 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Features stories, songs, dance, finger plays and simple crafts. Family and siblings are welcome. Library story times are a fun way to help your child develop skills they will need to be ready to read. Ages 3-6.

Baby Bounce and Play Group
Thursdays, June 28; July 5, 26; Aug 2, 9 from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Introduce infants to the world of sounds, rhythm and stories. Stories, songs, rhymes and movement help build pre-reading skills. An informal play group immediately follows. Ages 2 and younger.

Comic Drawing
Thursdays, June 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; Aug 2, 9 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Marvel/DC Comic Illustrator Joe Del Beato will lead drawing instruction for children and teens. Learn how to draw your favorite characters. All materials supplied. No experience necessary. Ages 8-17

Chess Club
Fridays, July 6, 13, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 1-2 p.m.
The library's chess club is for all experience levels. Ages 9-12

Unplugged Game Day
Fridays, July 6, 13, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 1-2 p.m.
Fun and games without electricity! Join us for board and card games — a great family activity. Ages 6-16

LEGO Club
Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11 from 2-3 p.m.
Use our LEGOs and your imagination to create something fantastic! Ages 6-12.

PAWS to Read with Sophie the Poodle
Wednesdays. Please call for dates and times
Children reading to dogs is a program for children ages 4-10 who can sign up to read to Sophie the Poodle, a certified therapy dog, in a relaxed and fun environment. Participating children should not be fearful of dogs or have pet allergies.

ADDITIONAL CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Sounds of Brazil
Wednesday, July 11 from 1-2 p.m.
Workshop by Minas featuring the music and culture of Brazil, with a live performance and hands-on participation. Participants will sing and play Brazilian percussion instruments. Reservations required. Ages 9 and older.

Sciencetellers
Thursday, July 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Sciencetellers will make things fly, spin, move and soar while telling a series of stories! Kids will experience the science of power and energy through hands-on experiments! Ages 5-12.

Choo Choo Charlie
Tuesday, July 17 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Choo Choo Charlie will take you on a magical adventure with train effects, magic and comedy. Ages 5-9.

Summer STEM Workshops
Wednesdays, July 18, Aug. 1, 15 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Hands-on science fun for kids. Registration required. Space limited. Ages 9-17. In collaboration with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County.

Jersey Rocks!
Thursday, July 19 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Noted storyteller Michelle W. Wilson brings the folklore of the Pine Barrens and the Jersey shore to life with her tales. Ages 6-9.

Strange World of Reptiles
Thursday, July 19 from 1-2 p.m.
This interactive presentation features live reptiles and amphibians! All ages.

From On the Boardwalk to Under the Boardwalk: Atlantic City
Friday, July 20 from 1-3 p.m.
Atlantic City music has fun and rich history, inspiring songwriters and artists from Paul McCartney to Diana Ross to Bruce Springsteen. Come listen to songs from all genres that talk about Atlantic City. Presented by Heather Perez of the Stockton University Richard E. Bjork Library Special Collection. All ages.

Flight School: Paper Planes That Soar
Saturday, July 21 from 3-4 p.m.
Are you a first-time flyer? Are you looking for simple paper airplane models to impress your friends? From the Dynamic Dart to the Tailspin, the models are easy to fold and a blast to fly. Ages 9-17.

Our Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles
Tuesday, July 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Discover which types of marine mammals and sea turtles come to New Jersey and the dangers they face while here. Learn about the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and how it helps our marine mammal friends. All ages.

Magical Chad
Wednesday, July 25 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Magic show followed by magic lessons. Reservations required for magic lessons. All ages.

Seussology
Thursday, Aug. 2, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
A fun and interactive program run by a very funny and silly cat. Ages 3-8.

End-of-Summer Reading Program
Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m.
Celebrate your reading accomplishments with a free afternoon at the Steel Pier. Open to any child or teen who registered for the Summer Reading Program and read at least three books or attended three programs June 26-Aug. 13. Participants must register at the Youth Services Department to attend. Children age 9 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Summer Kickoff After-party

Tuesday, June 26 from 4:30-6 p.m.
Ages 13-18 are invited to stay after the official summer kickoff for an after party.

Crochet Circle
Wednesday, July 11, 25; Aug. 8 from 2-3 p.m.
Learn the basics of crochet; chain, single crochet and double crochet. Crochet hooks and yarn will be provided or bring your own! Registration required. In collaboration with the Oceanside Family Success Center.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Saturdays, July 14, 28 and Aug. 11, 25 from 1-2 p.m.
TAG is our volunteering group for ages 13-18. Ask about how to apply at the Youth Services desk.

Self Defense for Teens
Saturday, July 14 from 2-3 p.m.
Learn how to defend yourself! A certified instructor will teach the best self-defense and safety techniques. In collaboration with Oceanside Family Success Center.

Crafty Teens
Saturdays, July 28 and Aug. 25 from 2-4 p.m.
Programs for TAG members. Activities follow TAG meetings at 2 p.m.

Silent Library Challenge
Saturday, Aug 11, from 2-4 p.m.
Ever seen MTV’s show “Silent Library”? It challenges teams to perform ridiculous tasks, all while staying absolutely silent.

End-of-Summer Reading Program
Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m.
Celebrate your reading accomplishments with a free afternoon at the Steel Pier. Open to any child or teen who registered for the Summer Reading Program and read at least three books or attended three programs June 26-Aug. 13. Participants must register at the Youth Services Department to attend.

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(Conducted by Carol Waties, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Stockton University.)

Business Plan 101
Tuesday, July 10 from 2-3 p.m.
Are you interested in starting a business? Learn about entrepreneurship and how to write a business plan, and creating your marketing and financial plans. A business plan is essential for success. This

Business Plan Review
Tuesday, July 17 from 2-3 p.m.
Part II: Waties will review your business plan following the Business Plan 101 Seminar.

Crafting a Winning Elevator Pitch
Tuesday, July 24 from 2-3 p.m.
An elevator pitch is an ideal method to create a positive impression, generate conversations and contribute to your brand.

Presenting Your Elevator Pitch
Tuesday, July 31 from 2-3 p.m.
Have you perfected your two-minute elevator pitch? Are you ready to discuss what problem your business solves, your target market, projected sales revenue and profits, and all other information necessary to communicate what you do and why?

Receive one-on-one assistance at weekly Walk-in Job Skills Lab

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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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the first-floor Learning Center (next to the Help Desk).

Library members can receive personal assistance from a librarian. Staff members can guide you through the process of searching for jobs on the web, creating an email address, updating your resume, or completing an online employment application, though they won’t enter your information This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also, an online guide that highlights many of the library’s job-related resources is available. To view the guide, visit library’s website — www.acfpl.org — highlight the Learn tab and click on Jobs.

For more information about the library’s Walk-in Job Skills Lab or job-related resources, please visit the Main Library Help Desk or call (609) 345-2269.

Summer Reading Program to start with June 25 party

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The Atlantic City Free Public Library will officially kick off its Summer Reading Program for children and teenagers with a party Tuesday, June 25, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s second-floor meeting room.
The launch party, which is for kids ages 17 and younger, will include great stories, games, refreshments and special guests.

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Summer Reading Program to begin June 23 with party

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The Atlantic City Free Public Library's popular Summer Reading Program for children and teens runs through August. The program includes reading incentives, fun and educational programs, and more. The program theme this year is “Every Hero Has a Story.”

Some of the library's special programs and reading incentives are sponsored by: Comcast (gold sponsor), and the Atlantic City Aquarium, Baker & Taylor, Ripley's Believe It or Not in Atlantic City, Starbucks Coffee at Tanger Outlets, The Walk and Steel Pier.

Call the Youth Services Department at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information or to reserve your spot in the programs that interest you.

KIDS PROGRAMS: JUNE AND JULY
SUMMER READING KICKOFF PARTY
Tuesday, June 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for our Summer Reading Program launch party to sign up for Summer Reading, get a FREE book to take home, and enjoy games, refreshments, magic, crafts and special guests. For ages up to 18.

SUPERHERO STORYTIME
Thursdays, June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Features stories, songs, finger plays, and simple crafts about and for superheroes. Storytimes are a great way to develop pre-reading skills. Ages 2 to 5.

BABY BOUNCE AND PLAY
Thursdays, June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 11:30 a.m.
Introduce your baby to the world of sounds and stories, and help build important pre-reading skills. Ages birth to 2.

COMIC DRAWING
Thursdays, June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 3:30 p.m.
Learn to draw your favorite superheroes. Marvel/DC Comics illustrator Joe Del Beato leads the instruction. All materials supplied. Ages 9 to 17.

STEAM FRIDAYS
Fridays, July 10, 24, 31 at 10:30 a.m.
Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, children will enjoy experimenting, designing, building, computing and crafting. Ages 8 to 12.

FAMILY FRIDAY
Fridays, June 26; July 10, 17, 24, 31 at 2 p.m.
Enjoy Family time at the library. Spend a relaxing hour playing games or making seasonal crafts together to take home. All materials supplied. All ages.

CHOO CHOO CHARLIE
Tuesday, July 14 at 10:30 a.m.
Choo Choo Charlie will take you on a magical adventure with a unique blend of train effects, magic and comedy. Ages 5 to 9.

SCIENCETELLERS
Thursday, July 16 at 10:30 a.m. (All Wars Building)
Throw on your lab coat and get ready to experience the fusion of science and storytelling. Participate in several exciting, hands-on experiments that will have you laughing, learning and having fun! We will launch things through the air, send them plummeting toward the ground, and even make things transform and disappear right before your eyes! Enjoy this spectacular adventure and be swept away to a place where 'super' heroes really do exist! Ages 5 to 12

VIKING HEROES AND NORSE SAGAS
Thursday, July 16 at 1 p.m.
Children and their families are able to go beyond the movie image of Thor as they are introduced to the facts and myths about Norse culture and Viking tradition. Get a hands-on opportunity to explore objects from everyday Viking life and discover what made the Vikings heroic explorers. Participate in the creation of a saga and make your own version of the earliest form of Swedish literature, rune stones! Ages 8 to 12.

TWEEN DAYS IN THE TEEN LOUNGE
Saturday, July 18 at 9:30 a.m.
Not quite a teen? You are invited to rock out in the Teen Space. This is your chance to enjoy gaming with friends: Xbox360 and 1, PS3 and 4, Nintendo Wii. Participants need a library card in good standing to participate.  Ages 9 to 12.

DISCOVERY STORYTIME AND CRAFT
Saturday, July 18 at 11 a.m.
Thematic STEM-centered stories, rhymes, songs and crafts. Ages 4 to 8.

LEGO CLUB
Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m.
Use your imagination and our Legos to create something awesome. Ages 6 to 12.

KIDS BOOK CLUB- ANIMAL HEROES
Saturday, July 18 at 3 p.m.
Would you believe that some people's lives have been saved by animals? Read stories about real animal heroes that have risked their lives to help humans, enjoy refreshments and crafts. First 10 books are FREE. Ages 8 to 12.

AC HEROES SCAVENGER HUNT (Atlantic City History Museum)
Tuesday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m.
Learn about Atlantic City’s heroes and then go on a scavenger hunt in the museum to earn summer reading points!

OUR MARINE MAMMALS AND SEA TURTLES
Tuesday, July 21 at 1 p.m. (Atlantic City History Museum)
Discover what makes a marine mammal different from a fish, which types of marine mammals and sea turtles come to New Jersey, and the dangers they face while they are here.  Learn about how the Marine Mammal Stranding Center helps our marine friends. All ages.

WETLANDS INSTITUTE
Tuesday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m.
Children will be challenged to discover the special adaptations of sea animals by observing, touching and handling sea animals such as sea stars, urchins, hermit crabs, clams, sea snails and oyster toadfish. Predator prey relationships, food webs, life cycles, anatomy and classification will be discussed. Ages 6 to 12.

TEEN PROGRAMS: JUNE
(Programs for ages 13-18 unless otherwise noted)

BOOK CLUB CHALLENGE: LGBTQ+ AUTHORS AND CHARACTERS
All Month
Read a book, graphic novel, or manga. You can read whatever you want, or pick something that goes with our monthly theme. When you’re done, fill out one of our book review sheets and tell us whether you loved it or hated it and whether we should all read it or not. Bring your sheet up to the youth services desk, we’ll post it up on the board, and you get a prize. June's theme is LGBTQ+ authors and characters, in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. Suggestions are available on the Book Club Board in the teen space.

MAKE IT! TO GO: GRADUATION HAT GIFT BOX
All Month
Make an easy gift box with a graduation hat topper! Don’t know anyone who’s graduating? Decorate it however you want—it’ll still work! Take home a kit while supplies last. Kits are located in the teen area on the second floor. For ages 10-18. One per person. Available while supplies last.

MARCH MAKER CHALLENGE: T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST
All Month
Follow the instructions and use our makerspace graphic design software to create your own t-shirt design. Designs will be voted on by staff, and the winner gets to use our makerspace equipment and supplies to make their shirt. T-shirt not provided. All participants gets to pick from the prize box and can choose to share their work on the library website.

TEEN ANIME & MANGA CLUB
Mondays, June 8 and 29, from 4–5:30 p.m.
Love anime and manga? Join us to meet others who share your interests, learn about Japanese culture, participate in anime/manga activities, and watch anime! Once our summer programming starts, the club will meet once per week.

TEEN ADVISORY GROUP
Saturdays, June 13 and 27, from 2–3 p.m. (Teen Lounge)
TAG is our teen volunteering group, where teens ages 13-18 can help plan teen events, tell the library what materials to buy, and get volunteer hours for decorating the library, helping with kid events, and more. Free pizza is included with every meeting!

TEEN SUMMER KICKOFF AFTERPARTY
Tuesday, June 23, from 4:30–7:30 p.m.
The Summer Reading Program has officially begun. The little kids had their party, the crowds have gone home...now it’s time for teens. Ages 13-18 are invited to stay after the official summer kickoff for an afterparty with dancing, snacks, movies, and more. Hear about what’s happening over the summer for teens and get signed up.

GREEN SCREEN PHOTO BOOTH: SUPER POWERS EDITION
Thursday, June 25, from 1–4 p.m. (2nd Floor Children’s Area)
Get your photo taken in front of our green screen and we’ll photoshop you with the super powers of your choice! Shoot lasers from your hands and eyes, levitate, fly, or bend your favorite element. Open to ages 9-18, or younger with parental supervision. We’ll send you the digital photo and print one copy for you.

SUPERHERO COSTUME DESIGN CONTEST
Saturday, June 27, from 3–4:30 p.m. (Teen Lounge)
You have 45 minutes. Using only the everyday craft supplies provided, create a superhero costume for yourself. Don’t forget to come up with your superhero origin story and superpowers! We’ll have a costume show at the end and vote on the best entry. Winner gets a prize!

TEEN SUMMER PLAY CREW & CASTING CALL
Tuesday, June 30, from 4–6 p.m.
Every summer our talented teen volunteers put on a play for the kids of Atlantic City. This year's theme is superheroes. The play is written, directed, acted, and produced by teens including all sets and costumes. Everyone interested in helping with the play should plan to attend this meeting, or e-mail Ms. Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can't make it. We need: actors, techs, costume & makeup, and set builders. The play will be on Aug. 6.

TEEN PROGRAMS: JULY
(Programs for ages 13-18 unless otherwise noted)

BOOK CLUB CHALLENGE: HEROES
All Month
Read a book, graphic novel, or manga. You can read whatever you want, or pick something that goes with our monthly theme. When you’re done, fill out one of our book review sheets and tell us whether you loved it or hated it and whether we should all read it or not. Bring your sheet up to the youth services desk, we’ll post it up on the board, and you get a prize. July's theme is heroes of all kinds, in honor of our summer reading program. Suggestions are available on the Book Club Board in the teen space.

MAKE IT! TO GO: SUPERHERO-THEMED CRAFTS
All Month
Take home a kit to make a superhero-themed craft! There will be lanyard bracelets in popular superhero color schemes, old comic book pages for collaging, and more. For ages 10-18. One per person. Available while supplies last.

MARCH MAKER CHALLENGE: 30-SECOND SONG CHALLENGE
All Month
Follow the instructions and use our makerspace microphones, software, and other equipment to record a 30-second song in any style. Songs will be shared on the library website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page (with your permission). All participants gets to pick from the prize box.

SILENT LIBRARY CHALLENGE
Thursday, July 2, from 2–4 p.m.
Ever seen MTV’s show Silent Library? It challenges teams to perform ridiculous tasks, all while staying absolutely silent in the library. ACFPL may not be a silent library normally, but this is too funny to pass up. Are you up to the challenge? Ages 13-18.

ALL-DAY ANIME MARATHON & COSPLAY CONTEST
Monday, July 6, from 12–7:30 p.m.
A special edition of our Teen Anime & Manga Club! We'll marathon 7 hours of anime, with a break at 4 PM for a cosplay contest and show. Costumes are optional and do not have to be anime-related. Represent your favorite fandom, whatever it may be!

ANIME CLUB
Mondays, July 13, 20, 27, from 2–4 p.m.
Love anime and manga? Join us to meet others who share your interests, learn about Japanese culture, participate in anime/manga activities, and watch anime! All anime is PG-13 or less.

SUPERHERO MOVIE NIGHTS
Wednesday, July 8 and 15, from 5–7 p.m.
Kick back, relax, and watch some super heroes save the world. Check out online calendar at www.acfpl.org for movie selections. Movies rated PG are open to ages 9 and up. Movies rated PG-13 are open to ages 13 and up. Younger children may be admitted if accompanied by a caregiver.

3D PRINTING WORKSHOP
Thursday, July 9, from 1–3:30 p.m.
Learn how to download pre-made models or make your own 3D designs and print them out in plastic, including jewelry, models and figures, household items, and way more. Each participant will walk away having printed their own tiny 3D Printed trophy on our printer.

TEEN ADVISORY GROUP
Saturdays, July 11 and 25, from 2–3 p.m. (Teen Lounge)
TAG is our teen volunteering group, where teens ages 13-18 can help plan teen events, tell the library what materials to buy, and get volunteer hours for decorating the library, helping with kid events, and more. Free pizza is included with every meeting!

JEWELRY MAKING WORKSHOP
Saturday, July 11, from 3–4:30 p.m.
Learn techniques for making your own bracelets, necklaces, and earrings with wire, cord, and beads. Designs for every style and gender are available!

HARRY POTTER PARTY
Monday, July 20, from 4–5:30 p.m.
The books and movies may all be over, but Harry Potter lives on! Join us for a Harry Potter-themed party where you can make your own wand, get sorted into your Hogwarts house, try some wizarding snacks, and more. Costumes are welcome!

MUSIC RECORDING & PRODUCTION
Thursday, July 23, from 1–3:30 p.m.
Did you know that your library has professional music software, microphones, and everything else you need to record, produce, and perform your own music? Learn to record vocals and instruments, apply effects, choose the best mic for the job, and more in this hands-on class.

TAG AGE OUT PARTY & ELECTIONS
Saturday, July 25, from 3–5 p.m.
Join us for a party honoring our Teen Advisory Group members who have graduated high school and turned 18 as they age out of the youth services area. We will also elect our 2015-2016 TAG officers at the party and formally pass over leadership to them. TAG alumni welcome.

ANIMATION AND GAME DESIGN WITH SCRATCH
Friday, July 31, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Join us for an all-day workshop introducing the Scratch programming environment, plus techniques for game design and animation. All you need to bring is a bag lunch. Registration is required and space is very limited – call or e-mail to reserve your spot.

KIDS PROGRAMS: AUGUST
SUPERHERO STORYTIME
Thursdays, Aug. 6, 13, 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Features stories, songs, finger plays, and simple crafts about and for superheroes. Storytimes are a great way to develop pre-reading skills. Ages 2 to 5.

BABY BOUNCE AND PLAY
Thursdays, Aug. 6, 13, 20 at 11:30 a.m.
Introduce your baby to the world of sounds and stories, and help build important pre-reading skills. Ages birth to 2.

COMIC DRAWING
Thursdays, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 at 3:30 p.m.
Learn to draw your favorite superheroes. Marvel/DC Comics illustrator Joe Del Beato leads the instruction. All materials supplied. Ages 9 to 17.

STEAM FRIDAYS
Friday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m.
Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, children will enjoy experimenting, designing, building, computing and crafting. Ages 8 to 12.

FAMILY FRIDAY
Fridays, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 at 2 p.m.
Enjoy Family time at the library. Spend a relaxing hour playing games or making seasonal crafts together to take home. All materials supplied. All ages.

TWEEN DAYS IN THE TEEN LOUNGE
Saturdays, Aug. 8, 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Not quite a teen? You are invited to rock out in the Teen Space. This is your chance to enjoy gaming with friends: Xbox360 and 1, PS3 and 4, Nintendo Wii. Participants need a library card in good standing to participate.  Ages 9 to 12.

DISCOVERY STORYTIME AND CRAFT
Saturdays, Aug. 8, 15 at 11 a.m.
Thematic STEM-centered stories, rhymes, songs and crafts. Ages 4 to 8.

LEGO CLUB
Saturdays, Aug. 8, 15 at 2 p.m.
Use your imagination and our Legos to create something awesome. Ages 6 to 12.

KIDS BOOK CLUB: ANIMAL HEROES
Saturdays, Aug. 8, 15 at 3 p.m.
Would you believe that some people's lives have been saved by animals? Read stories about real animal heroes that have risked their lives to help humans, enjoy refreshments and crafts. First 10 books free. Ages 8 to 12.

SNAKES N’ SCALES
Thursday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m.
This interactive presentation features live reptiles and amphibians! Children will have the opportunity to see, touch and learn about the lives of these amazing animals! All ages.

END OF SUMMER READING COSTUME PARTY
Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m.
Celebrate your summer reading accomplishments with music, dancing, and make your own sundaes. Come dressed as your favorite superhero! Ages up to 18.

TEEN PROGRAMS: AUGUST
(Programs for ages 13-18 unless otherwise noted)

BOOK CLUB CHALLENGE: SCHOOL REQUIRED READING
All Month
Read a book, graphic novel, or manga. You can read whatever you want, or pick something that goes with our monthly theme. When you’re done, fill out one of our book review sheets and tell us whether you loved it or hated it and whether we should all read it or not. Bring your sheet up to the youth services desk, we’ll post it up on the board, and you get a prize. For August, we know you already have books you need to read for school, so do your required reading and come to us for a prize!

MAKE IT! TO GO: NATURAL CORD NECKLACES AND BRACELETS
All Month
Take home a kit to make a necklace or bracelet from natural cord and beads! Design ideas for all genders are available. For ages 10-18. One per person. Available while supplies last.

MARCH MAKER CHALLENGE: 30-SECOND VIDEO CHALLENGE
All Month
Follow the instructions and use our makerspace video camera, software, and other equipment to film a 30-second video. Videos will be shared on the library website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page (with your permission). All participants gets to pick from the prize box.

ANIME CLUB
Mondays, Aug. 3, 10, 17, from 2–4 p.m.
Love anime and manga? Join us to meet others who share your interests, learn about Japanese culture, participate in anime/manga activities, and watch anime! All anime is PG-13 or less.

TEEN SUPERHERO PLAY
Thursday, Aug. 6, from 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Join us for a fun and interactive super hero play, completely written, designed, produced, and acted by Atlantic City teen volunteers.

TEEN ADVISORY GROUP
Saturday, Aug. 1, from 2–3 p.m. (Teen Lounge)
TAG is our teen volunteering group, where teens ages 13-18 can help plan teen events, tell the library what materials to buy, and get volunteer hours for decorating the library, helping with kid events, and more. Free pizza is included with every meeting!

FEED YOURSELF!
Saturday, Aug. 1, from 3–5 p.m.
Most college dorm rooms don’t allow you to have any cooking appliances other than a microwave and electric kettle. How are you supposed to feed yourself without eating ramen 24/7? No worries – we’ll teach you recipes and techniques for preparing your own food with minimal equipment. Not just for the college-bound – great for any teen!

SUPERHERO MOVIE NIGHT
Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 5–7 p.m.
Kick back, relax, and watch some super heroes save the world. Check out online calendar at www.acfpl.org for movie selections. Movies rated PG are open to ages 9 and up. Movies rated PG-13 are open to ages 13 and up. Younger children may be admitted if accompanied by a caregiver.

SELF-DEFENSE WITH MASTER BRIAN
Friday, Aug. 14, from 2–3 p.m.
Join mixed martial arts master Brian for a self-defense class just for teens. No experience required.

END OF SUMMER DANCE PARTY
Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 2–4 p.m. (All Wars Building)
Celebrate your summer accomplishments and the end of our summer program with ice cream sundaes, plus music and dancing from DJ Dave. Open to ages 0 to 18.

PROGRAMS AT RICHMOND AVENUE BRANCH
(Space is limited for Richmond Branch programs; call 340-0215 to reserve a spot)
LEGO FRIDAYS
Fridays, June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24, 21; Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Use your imagination and our LEGOs to create something awesome. Ages 6-12.

CRAFTY SATURDAYS
Saturdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 12-1 p.m.
Kids use their imagination to make crafts with seasonal themes. All materials are supplied. Ages 6-14.

STORY TIME FRIDAYS
Fridays, June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24, 31; Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Stories, rhymes and activities for children 9 and younger.

NOTE: All programs are subject to change. Children younger than 9 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver age 14 or older at all times.

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Summer Reading Programs for all ages; registration now open

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Registration is open for the Atlantic City Free Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program, which will run be held online from June 29-Aug. 15. There are programs for children (12 and younger), teens (13-18) and adults (18+).

The theme is “Imagine Your Story.” Children and teens will be able to track their reading, complete online challenges and upload book reviews to unlock digital badges and prizes.

There will be prize drawings for those adults who meet certain participation levels. Participants can earn points by reading books, writing book reviews, participating in the library’s Online Book Club or completing various missions in READsquared. The first 25 adults to register will receive an Imagine Your Story tote bag full of giveaways.

Visit acfpl.readsquared.com to register. The library has planned online programs (see page 3); all require registration. Those who register for programs will be provided with instructions and Zoom meeting details. Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
Online Story Time
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4, 11
Join us for an online version of our Preschool Story Time, where our librarian will share stories, songs, finger plays and movement activities. Story times are a fun way to help children develop skills they will need to be ready to read. Story Time is geared for ages 3-5, but the whole family is welcome to join from home.

Online Imagination Club
Thursdays at 2 p.m.
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Aug. 6, 13
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to join us as we share stories and projects using the theme “Imagine Your Story.” A limited number of weekly project bags with supplies for each project will be available for pickup

Online Program: What’s Next for Space for Human Spaceflight?
Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m.
This program is for ages 10 through adults. Learn about the human space programs planned by the United States, China, Russia and four U.S. commercial companies. Paul Cirillo will discuss space stations and gateways, moon bases, a journey to Mars and even space tourism. This is an adult program but suitable for children 10 years of age and older. It is presented on behalf of the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors Program. Cirillo has been a volunteer with the Ambassadors Program for 19 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and is a New Jersey Astronomical Association member.

Online Book Discussion: Unstoppable
Tuesday, July 21, at 3 p.m.
Children ages 6-8 are invited to read and discuss the book “Unstoppable” by Adam Rex. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Well, what if the answer was: ALL OF THEM? When a bird narrowly escapes the clutches of a hungry cat, a nearby crab admires the bird’s ability to fly, while the bird admits a longtime yearning for claws. And, just like that, they team up. Pretty soon, the team includes every animal in the forest who has ever wanted someone else’s special trait. Children interested in participating are encouraged to read the story before the discussion, but it’s not required. The library has eBook copies of this title, which can be checked out using your library card at hoopladigital.com.

Online Book Discussion: The New Kid
Tuesday, July 28, at 3 p.m.
Kids ages 9-12 are invited to read and discuss the graphic novel “The New Kid.” New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real. Those interested in participating are encouraged to read the story before the discussion, but it’s not required. The library has eBook copies of this title, which can be checked out using your library card at hoopladigital.com.

TEEN PROGRAMS
Online Game Program – Skribbl.io
Wednesday, July 1, at 4 p.m.
Teenagers are invited to play Skribbl.io, a fun online drawing and guessing game.

Online Teen “Happy Little Paint Night” Program
Wednesday, July 8, at 4 p.m.
Join us on Zoom as we watch a relaxing paint tutorial by a famous artist while creating our own “happy little paintings.” Don’t have paints? Don’t worry! Use crayons, colored pencils or markers. The goals are to relax and have fun.

Online Teen Game Program: Bring Your Own Book
Wednesday, July 15, at 4 p.m.
Join us on Zoom to play Bring Your Own Book. Using their own books, players will race to find matches for weird and funny prompts. This game is similar to Apples to Apples, but it uses lines from books instead of cards. Players will need to have a book or magazine to play.

Online Teen Game Program: Jackbox
Wednesday, July 22, at 4 p.m.
Teens are invited to join us for fun online games. We’ll meet up on Zoom and then play games from Jackbox

Online Teen “Deepak Art” Program
Wednesday, July 29 at 4 p.m.
Join us on Zoom as we create an oil pastel masterpiece together. We’ll watch a video from Deepak’s Arts & Crafts and try to recreate it. The library has a limited number of oil pastels available for pickup.

Online Teen Book Discussion: They Both Die at the End
Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 4 p.m.
Teens are invited to read and discuss the book “They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera. In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torres and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day. Teens interested in participating are encouraged to read the story before the discussion. The library has eBook copies of this title, which can be checked out using your library card at hoopladigital.com

Virtual Teen Coffeehouse
Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m.
Teens are invited to perform at our Virtual Coffeehouse. Video record yourself reading a poem, singing a song, playing an instrument, or showing off any talent you have! Email your video to the library. Library staff will edit the videos together and then we’ll watch it together live on Zoom. Videos must be received by Aug. 5.

ADULT PROGRAMS
A.C. Reads Online Book Club Meeting
Thursday, July 16, at 4 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 6, at 4 p.m.
The theme of the 2020 Adult Summer Reading Program, “Imagine Your Story,” focuses on the genres of fantasy, fairytales, folklore and mythology. There are no assigned books to read; participants can talk about any book they want!

Summer Reading Programs for all ages; registration now open

  • News
Registration is open for the Atlantic City Free Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program, which will run be held online from June 29-Aug. 15. There are programs for children (12 and younger), teens (13-18) and adults (18+).

This year the theme is “Imagine Your Story.” Children and teens will be able to track their reading, complete online challenges and upload book reviews to unlock digital badges and prizes.

There will be weekly prize drawings and an end-of-summer drawing for those adults who meet certain participation levels. Participants can earn points by reading or listening to books, writing book reviews, participating in the library’s Online Book Club or completing various missions in READsquared. The first 25 adults to register will receive an Imagine Your Story tote bag full of giveaways.

Please visit acfpl.readsquared.com to register.The library has planned online programs; all require registration. Those who register for programs will be provided with instructions and Zoom meeting details. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.

CHILDREN

Online Story Time
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
June 30-Aug. 11
Join us for an online version of our Preschool Story Time, where our librarian will share stories, songs, finger plays and movement activities. Story times are a fun way to help children develop skills they will need to be ready to read. Story Time is geared for ages 3-5, but the whole family is welcome to join from home.

Online Imagination Club
Thursdays at 2 p.m.
July 2-Aug. 13
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to join us as we share stories and projects using the theme “Imagine Your Story.” A limited number of weekly project bags with supplies for each project will be available for pickup

Online Program: What’s Next for Space for Human Spaceflight?
Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m.
This program is for ages 10 through adults. Learn about the human space programs planned by the United States, China, Russia and four U.S. commercial companies. Paul Cirillo will discuss space stations and gateways, moon bases, a journey to Mars and even space tourism. This is an adult program but suitable for children 10 years of age and older. It is presented on behalf of the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors Program. Cirillo has been a volunteer with the Ambassadors Program for 19 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and is a member of the New Jersey Astronomical Association – the largest public observatory in New Jersey.

Online Book Discussion: Unstoppable
Tuesday, July 21, at 3 p.m.
Children ages 6-8 are invited to read and discuss the book “Unstoppable” by Adam Rex. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Well, what if the answer was: ALL OF THEM? When a bird narrowly escapes the clutches of a hungry cat, a nearby crab admires the bird’s ability to fly, while the bird admits a longtime yearning for claws. And, just like that, they team up. Pretty soon, the team includes every animal in the forest who has ever wanted someone else’s special trait. Children interested in participating are encouraged to read the story before the discussion, but it’s not required. The library has eBook copies of this title, which can be checked out using your library card at hoopladigital.com.

Online Book Discussion: The New Kid
Tuesday, July 28, at 3 p.m.
Kids ages 9-12 are invited to read and discuss the graphic novel “The New Kid” by award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft.  Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real. Those interested in participating are encouraged to read the story before the discussion, but it’s not required. The library has eBook copies of this title, which can be checked out using your library card at hoopladigital.com.

TEEN PROGRAMS
Online Teen Game Program – Skribbl.io
Wednesday, July 1, at 4 p.m.
Teenagers are invited to play Skribbl.io, a fun online drawing and guessing game.

Online Teen “Happy Little Paint Night” Program
Wednesday, July 8, at 4 p.m.
Join us on Zoom as we watch a relaxing paint tutorial by a famous artist while creating our own “happy little paintings.” Don’t have paints? Don’t worry! Use crayons, colored pencils or markers. The goals are to relax and have fun.

Online Teen Game Program: Bring Your Own Book
Wednesday, July 15, at 4 p.m.
Join us on Zoom to play Bring Your Own Book. Using their own books, players will race to find matches for weird and funny prompts. This game is similar to Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, but it uses lines from books instead of cards. Players will need to have a book or magazine to play.

Online Teen Game Program: Jackbox
Wednesday, July 22, at 4 p.m.
Teens are invited to join us for fun online games. We’ll meet up on Zoom and then play games from Jackbox

Online Teen “Deepak Art” Program
Wednesday, July 29 at 4 p.m.
Join us on Zoom as we create an oil pastel masterpiece together. We’ll watch a video from Deepak’s Arts & Crafts and try to recreate it. The library has a limited number of oil pastels available for pickup.

Online Teen Book Discussion: They Both Die at the End
Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 4 p.m.
Teens are invited to read and discuss the book “They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera. In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torres and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day. Teens interested in participating are encouraged to read the story before the discussion. The library has eBook copies of this title, which can be checked out using your library card at hoopladigital.com

Virtual Teen Coffeehouse
Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m.
Teens are invited to perform at our Virtual Coffeehouse. Video record yourself reading a poem, singing a song, playing an instrument, or showing off any talent you have! Then, email your video to the library. Library staff will edit all the videos together and then we’ll watch it together live on Zoom. Videos must be received by Aug. 5.

ADULTS
A.C. Reads Online Book Club Meeting
Thursday, July 16, at 4 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 6, at 4 p.m.
The theme of the 2020 Adult Summer Reading Program, “Imagine Your Story,” focuses on the genres of fantasy, fairytales, folklore and mythology. There are no assigned books to read; participants can talk about any book they want!