Ignite Your Mind

With CARES Act funding, the New Jersey State Library has acquired a subscription to Brainfuse HelpNow for all New Jersey public libraries.  Access to this unique tutoring and study suite for all ages is available with your ACLS card.

Whether you need help tackling a homework problem, mastering a particular topic, or writing a paper, you can get live, on-demand help by expert tutors; Monday through Sunday from 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Additionally, the full service test center offers practice tests for all levels in math, reading, and writing as well as college preparatory tests, including the SAT, anytime. For more information, read this User Guide and/or watch this demo YouTube video.

Use this link and your library card to get homehelp now!

Welcome. Bienvenido. Witaj. Huānyíng. Swagat hai.

April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.

During these challenging times, libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their patrons. Libraries across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources like online homework help and supporting the community with virtual services.

This week, the Atlantic County Library System encourages all community members to explore our website and access our virtual services and programs. ACLS offers a wide array of online resources that are available from the comfort of home, including downloadable books, audiobooks, magazines, music, & videos, online databases, and YouTube storytime, crafts and STEM videos.

Show your appreciation and support for libraries by visiting the ACLS, American Library Association, and I Love Libraries websites and social media pages. Follow along and post on social media using the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek #LibrariesTransform #ACLSWelcome. 

Featured Database: Black Freedom Struggle

With the belief that knowledge and trusted information can help guide progress and change, ProQuest Technology Company is providing free access to explore the new Black Freedom Struggle website. Visitors of all ages can find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom:

  • Resistance to Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
  • The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
  • Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
  • The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
  • The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
  • The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)

By centering on the experiences and perspectives of African Americans, ProQuest hopes the Black Freedom Struggle website imbues the study of Black history with a deeper understanding of the humanity of people who have pursued the fight for civil rights, and the significance of movements like Black Lives Matter. This resource is appropriate for educators, students, and independent researchers of all ages to learn or help teach the role of the past in the present, and to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. 

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ACLS E-Newsletter

What's Happening

When: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 10:00 AM
Ends on: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 11:00 AM
Where: Ventnor Branch at Ventnor Storytime Space

Open to ages 12-36 months. 
Registration required.
Our story time is back with a new name and a new weekday.
Each week will feature a different toddler-friendly theme.Guardians must remain present.Face masks are required regardless of vaccination status (for those 2 and older) for all indoor programs.

When: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 10:30 AM
Ends on: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 11:15 AM
Where: Brigantine Branch at Brigantine Meeting Room

Open to children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Indoor story time- look for Miss Beth in the downstairs meeting room- bring a towel, yoga mat or blanket. Enjoy an interactive program that promotes early learning and a happy heart and mind!

. Weekly surprise themes

. Stories to inspire curiosity and joy

. Songs, sign language and fingerplay

. Balance & movement games

. Mindful sensory learning (exploring our five senses)

. Take-and-Make crafts kits

. Guardians must remain present.

. Face masks are required regardless of vaccination status (for those 2 and older) for all indoor programs. 

. Sponsored by the Atlantic County Library Foundation


When: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 10:30 AM
Ends on: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 11:15 AM
Where: Hammonton Branch

 Open to ages 2 1/2-5. Registration required for each session. Space is limited to 10.  The latest books & some old favorites will help introduce new vocabulary & reinforce learning.  Children and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, games & movement while building language & literacy skills.  Materials are provided.  Face masks are required regardless of vaccination status (for those 2 and older) for all indoor programs. 

BookPage: November 2021

Look for these titles now or add to your TBR ("To be read" list).

Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 Hotlines:

NJ Vaccine Call Center: 855-568-0545 (9am-9pm)
General COVID-19 Questions: 2-1-1 (7am-11pm)
Clinical Questions: 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts

• NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Info & Registration
• Atlantic County Division of Public Health
• Vaccines & Us