With the start of a new school year and the need to access online materials greater than ever. September is Library Card Signup Month at area libraries.
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson reminds students and teachers that the Atlantic County Library System is available with programs and resources that go far beyond books.
“September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a perfect time to explore all that the Atlantic County Library System has to offer,” Levinson said.
A library card provides students of all ages the tools to succeed with access to technology, research and databases, early literacy programs, virtual homework assistance and more.
“Many may find a library card to be one of their most important school supplies,” he added, “and it doesn’t cost a penny.”
Atlantic County library branches, including the Ventnor branch at 6500 Atlantic Ave., also offer free WiFi, mobile printing capability, copiers, scanners and fax machines, as well as the use of computers in 30-minute intervals.
The library is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with curbside pickup also available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Patrons are asked to wear facemasks and observe social distancing and recommended health protocols.
Residents may sign up for a library card in-person or register to receive a temporary card for digital access only at: atlanticlibrary.org/librarycard.
Learn more at atlanticlibrary.org.
Longport Public Library
The Longport Public Library has updated its hours of operation. The library, located in Borough Hall, 2305 Atlantic Ave., will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday. The library is open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and is closed on Sunday until spring. It offers curbside pickup of materials in fall on a limited basis. Patrons are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing.
Prof. Jack Devine of Stockton University will present a free lecture on Colombian artist Fernando Botero, one of the most famous living painters and sculptors in Latin America, 6:39 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21. Registration is required.
Todd Pover, a senior wildlife biologist for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation will present a virtual lecture, Beach Nesting Birds: The Birds of Summer, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Learn about the piping plover, least tern, black skimmers and American oystercatchers.
Local artist Carole Couzens will present her artwork in the Longport Library’s Art Gallery throughout the months of September and October.
Learn more at longportpubliclibrary.org, or call 609-487-7403 to register for events.
Margate Public Library
The Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave. recently opened its Children’s Room to the public with a six person limit.
The library is offering a new app called MyLibro, which allows patrons to place reserves on books and materials and check the status of your account. It has voice recognition to make it even easier to use. Download the app in the Apple Store or Play Store.
Patrons can also download The New York Times using a computer, phone or tablet. Usage is free for library card holders.
The library is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Masks and social distancing is required. Computers are available with a one-hour limit per person per day. The library also offers printing, faxing and copying services.
To access these services and more, see margatelibrary.org or call 609-822-4700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.