Early in June, librarians from all over New Jersey converge for the New Jersey Library Association conference.  Through a series of workshops, we learn new ways to connect to our communities, search the web, create programming – everything that libraries and librarians are involved with on a day-to-day basis…

I know you are getting worried this might be a post about the library conference – instead it is about where the conference was held – Atlantic City!  If you have not visited, or just have not been in awhile, it is time to go back.  The beach looks wonderful.  Little of the tourist area was directly affected by Hurricane Sandy and the city is more than ready to entertain.  Plus, if you have watched HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, it is the perfect time to see modern-day Atlantic City.

For finding official tourism information, Atlantic City’s own site is an easy way to start.  There is even an online visitor’s guide.  You will see it is not just for grown-ups.  Atlantic City is beginning to market to families in addition to the casino crowd.  This site is a good way to see what is happening in A.C. and the surrounding area as well as find out about lodging and dining.

The Library System has many, many New Jersey travel guides that include Atlantic City.  Visit your local Branch or search the Library Catalog using the keywords “New Jersey travel” (without quotes).  For restaurant reviews, try ZagatSurvey New Jersey Restaurants and ZagatSurvey New Jersey Shore Restaurants.  Zagat also has an online service.  Search for Atlantic City to find reviews.  You may register for free to see Zagat’s review or just look without registering to see general restaurant information and patron reviews.

For some historical background before you visit, take a look at these titles:
The Northside: African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson
Steel Pier, Atlantic City: Showplace of the Nation by Steve Leibowitz
Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson
Atlantic City, 125 Years of Ocean Madness by Vicki Gold Levi

-Andrea at the Hopewell Branch

Photo courtesy of Jason Mrachina