Atlantic City

Library plans Black History Month kids program

An appearance by Atlantic City native and award-winning illustrator/author Kadir Nelson will be among the children’s programs offered by the Atlantic City Free Public Library in February in celebration of Black History Month.

Nelson, who spent part of his childhood in Atlantic City, will be a guest speaker for the program “Making Your Dreams a Reality” at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the All Wars Memorial Building (1510 Adriatic Ave.).

The library will offer additional Black History Month children’s programs:

Creative Craft Tuesday: 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 25. Children ages 6-12 will have the opportunity to make a Black History Month-themed craft.

Teen Art Series: ‘I Have A Dream’ Cards at 5 p.m. Feb. 11. Each teen creates a small deck of playing card-sized works of art. Each card represents a dream or goal for the maker’s life. Pull a card from the deck and remind yourself what’s really most important in your life. Teen Art Series events require no previous art experience. All supplies provided.

Fun Day Sunday: Tribute to author/illustrator Faith Ringgold at 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Ringgold is best known for her large story quilts depicting the African-American experience. Quilt designs were often used to tell stories, reflect family histories and sometimes to carry messages. After hearing a reading of Ringgold’s ‘Tar Beach,’ winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration, participants will create their own quilted patterns using origami and construction paper. All ages. Call 609-345-2269, ext. 3050, to register.

Call 609-345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.

Garden plots available

Registration is being accepted for 4-by-8-foot plots in Hope Community Garden at 912 Mediterranean Ave. in Atlantic City.

The cost of a plot is $15. Gardeners will have anytime access to the garden. Group meetings and activities will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, featuring plantings, food demos and speakers.

Hope Community Garden is a partnership of the Atlantic City Housing Authority, AtlantiCare and Rutgers Cooperative Extension to provide gardeners with a nutritional foundation for a healthy lifestyle.