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The Atlantic City Free Public Library

Online Programs: Adult Programs

August - Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

Click here to register. A Zoom link will be emailed to you within 2 days of the meeting. For more information call (609) 345-2269 x3075.

Date: Wednesday, August 25 at 4pm online

Free copies of the book will be given to registrants on a first come first served basis while supplies last. The eBook version is available for checkout from Hoopla and the audiobook is available on Overdrive

Author Talk: Out of the Pantry: A Disordered Eating Journey by Ronni Robinson

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Thursday, August 5 at 6 pm via Zoom

Author Ronni Robinson will discuss her first book, Out of the Pantry: A Disordered Eating Journey. Registrants will receive a signed copy of the book, while supplies last. 

About the book: Pre-teen Ronni is a seemingly normal girl growing up in the suburbs, until the day her mom hides cookies.  Soon after, Ronni has an unexplainable compulsion to eat more and more and more junk.

In secret and shame, she overeats and binges through tween years, high school, college, an abusive first marriage, and even a loving second marriage. Over thirty years, she steals food, eats food off of others' plates, and scavenges food out of the trash, until one night, once again stuffed after a binge, on TV,  she hears the words “compulsive overeater.”

She searches and she learns she has an eating disorder, a mental illness, a disease.

Armed with this knowledge she attacks her compulsion full throttle. She goes to therapy, Overeaters Anonymous meetings, read books, and namelessly blogs in an attempt to gain power over food.

A brutally honest glimpse into the trials, pervasive thoughts, and heartbreak of a compulsive overeater, discover how Ronni gains the courage and strength to live her life without being a slave to food.

About the author: Ronni is a member of the Sandwich Generation; she's the tired lunch meat layered between two college-age children and aging parents. She is 3-time Ironman finisher, and is a certified spin instructor. Her first book, Out of the Pantry: A Disordered Eating Journey, came out in 2020.

Checkout the author's website: https://www.ronnirobinson.com/

Atlantic City Digital Connections Project

Digital Library Zone - Beginning July 1
Patrons may borrow a tablet for up to 1 hour for use in the library to explore our digital collections. Patrons must have ID, a library card in good standing, and sign a Tablet Use Agreement. Reservations must be made in advance. To make a reservation, see Help Desk staff or call (609) 345-2269 x3060 

Tablets available:

  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Microsoft Surface
  • Apple iPad

Patrons who need assistance with their own tablet to access the digital library can schedule a one-on-one session with a library staff member Thursday afternoons. Must schedule in advance at the Help Desk or by calling (609) 345-2269 x3060.  


Job Skills Lab - Beginning July 7

Wednesdays 11 am - 12:30 pm in the Learning Center

The library is offering this free Job Skills Labs to library members who need help with job-related tasks. Staff members will provide refresher tips and 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. Room is limited so please make an appointment at the Help Desk or by calling 609-345-2269 ext. 3060. 


Telehealth and Video Conferencing Sessions - Beginning July 1

Patrons can use a private room to attend telehealth appointments and video conferencing sessions. 1 hour limit and only 1 person may be in the room at a time. Must make a reservation at the Help Desk.  


Digital Instruction Sessions

These free virtual sessions are presented by library staff and cover a variety of topics relating to digital access. All sessions are Tuesdays at 3pm in July and August.

July 6 - Introduction to Hoopla and ComicsPlus

July 13 - iPad Basics

July 20 - Android Tablet Basics

July 27 - Windows Tablet Basics

August 3 - Intro to Newsbank Access World News and Press of Atlantic City Collection

August 10 - iPhone Basics

August 17 - Android Basics

August 24 - Basic Windows 10

August 31 - Intro to JerseyClicks 

Click here to register

2021 Adult Summer Reading Program

June 23 - August 18

Sign-ups: Beginning June 23

Sign up in person at the Main Library's circulation desk or at the Richmond Ave. Branch

Sign up online 

Registrants will receive summer reading tote bags, filled with books and other prizes, while supplies last. The grand prize, a Kindle Fire 10, will be drawn on Aug. 19th, with prizes for 2nd and 3rd places as well. All prizes and giveaways must be picked up from the Library; they will not be shipped.

For every book you read, program you attend, or review you write, you will receive a prize entry form to enter the grand prize drawing. Participants are encouraged to return their summer reading logs to the Library by August 18th to be considered to Top Reader prizes. 

Participants must have a valid Library card.  See official rules below.


Summer Reading Book Discussion: Moby Dick

The theme of this year’s summer reading program is Tails and Tales. To celebrate we will be reading Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby Dick. We will discuss this mighty tome over the course of 2 meetings. Sign ups will begin May 11. Registrants will be given a book club starter pack, which includes a copy of the book, a notebook, and pen, while supplies last. The book is available to read for free online from Project Gutenberg. eBook and Audiobook versions are also available from Overdrive and Hoopla
Thursday, July 15, 4pm: Chapters 1 - 60
Thursday, August 19, 4pm: Chapters 61 - 135

Register here for the book discussion


End of Summer Reading Prize Drawing

Thursday, August 19th at 2 pm in the Main Library.

Make sure to submit your paper Summer Reading Log to the Main Library by August 18th or the Richmond Avenue Branch by August 17th. Virtual logs must be submitted by 4:30 pm on August 18th. Late entries will not be accepted. 

Grand prize winners will be drawn at random, with the first place winner receiving a Kindle Fire 10. Prizes for Top Readers will be based on the number of books read between June 23 and August 18, 2021. See official rules below.


Virtual Reading Log 

Virtual Summer Reading participants may submit their reading, book reviews, and program attendance via the virtual reading log.

Virtual Reading Log

If you have a passion for discussing and learning about films, we invite you to join the Atlantic City Free Public Library Film Society. Membership is free and open to Library cardholders in good standing, who are 18 years of age and older.

To join Film Society and get a schedule of events, visit the website here: http://acfpl.org/events-menu/film-society.html

Fridays from 11 am – 12 pm 

Tai Chi/Qigong Class participants will learn the ancient mind, body, spirit practices of Qigong and Tai Chi. These gentle practices help relieve stress, improve balance and flexibility and enhance the immune system. Class is open to adults at all fitness levels. No experience required. 

Click here to register. 

Beginners English class for non-native, English speakers. Classes include interactive learning activities that focus on increasing the listening, speaking, reading, grammar, and writing skills of the students.

Classes meet using Zoom.  

Class Schedule: 

Mondays 7 pm - 8:15 pm

Wednesdays 7 pm - 8:15 pm

Fridays 10 am - 11:15 am

Click here to register. 

Take the Adult Craft Club home with you. Take and Make craft kits include everything you need to create each monthly craft. Kits will be available while supplies last. Call the library at 609-345-6115 to reserve your kit or request one at the Circulation Desk.

Current Craft: Book Page Feathers

Tuesdays from 5 pm - 6 pm

Improve your speaking ability and expand your knowledge of Spanish vocabulary. 

Classes meet online

Click here to register.  

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