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. 

ACLS Welcomes Absecon Library

On October 1, 2021, the Absecon Library joined the Atlantic County Library System (ACLS) as its tenth branch.

The Absecon Library, located at 305 New Jersey Avenue, will provide improved technology and resources with the addition of new computers, scanners, public copiers, printers and a fax machine.

Absecon Library card holders may visit any ACLS branch to obtain a new ACLS card and access to all ACLS services, including the complete collection of physical materials, eBooks and eAudiobooks, as well as online databases and digital media.

The Absecon Library card number will continue to provide access to Overdrive, South Jersey Audiobook and eBook Download Center through the end of 2021, but the sooner patrons upgrade to an ACLS card, the sooner they will enjoy access to a larger selection of titles and eMagazines.

The Absecon Branch hours will be 9:30 AM to 5 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 12 noon to 8 PM on Tuesday and Thursday.

The county library system card is an all-access pass to any of its 10 branch locations.

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. 

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