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2nd of August 2018

Long Beach Post: Online Services are no match for Long Beach’s Libraries

On July 26, 2018, The Grunion shared the following op-ed by Mayor Robert Garcia and our Executive Director, Kate Azar. You can read the article below or click through to the Long Beach Post. Despite these changing times when information is readily available to many people, libraries remain a critical resource in Long Beach today and […]


12th of July 2018

Honoring Jack and Barbara Irvin

We were proud to honor Jack and Barbara Irvin with the Durnin Family Award at our 2018 Grape Expectations gala for their dedication to libraries and literacy. Libraries have played a significant role in the Irvins’ lives as they raised their family in Long Beach. Barbara would often take their sons, Michael and Brian, to […]


10th of July 2018

Summer Travels of the Mobile Studio Powered by Andeavor

Officially launched in the spring of 2017, the Long Beach Public Library Mobile Studio is a makerspace on wheels bringing exciting STEM learning opportunities to libraries, parks, schools, and community events throughout the city. The Mobile Studio is equipped with resources for instruction in 3D printing, robotics, programming, graphic design, music production, and more. Thanks […]


6th of July 2018

Maker Camp Provides STEAM Learning Opportunities

The Long Beach Public Library is giving children the opportunity to fuel their brains this summer with challenging and fun STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) learning opportunities at the 2018 Maker Camp. From engineering robotic cars to designing 3D prints, campers will explore different advancing technological fields and might even be inspired to […]


28th of June 2018

Launch of the Library’s Veterans Resource Center: Guest Blog by LBPLF Board Director Mary Hinds

A service member’s connection to the military does not end with his or her last day of active duty. After separation from service, the veteran and his or her family are connected for life to a substantial system of benefits and support. But navigating these can be a challenge. The Long Beach Public Library is […]


Summer Reading Takes Children to New Heights

Once the school year ends, children face the summer slide where they miss out on learning opportunities and often fall behind academically. A study funded by the U.S. Department of Education showed that summer reading loss can add up to the equivalent of three years of reading loss by the end of 5th grade. If left […]


14th of June 2018

15th anniversary of Grape Expectations

Look out for details about the next Grape Expectations on June 9, 2019. Click to Donate to Grape Expectations On June 10, 2018 we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Grape Expectations! Nearly 300 guests helped us raise more than $180,000 to support our foundation and the enhancements and programs that we make possible at the Main […]


7th of May 2018

Take Action for Libraries!

Take Action for Libraries! Today, the American Library Association has gathered hundreds of librarians and library advocates from across the country to meet with their Representatives and Senators in Washington D.C. about the importance of supporting libraries on the national level. You can join them by calling your representatives today and tomorrow to express your […]


24th of April 2018

A Nurturing Place to Succeed – Nariah’s Story

Nariah has been visiting the Family Learning Center since her sophomore year of high school. High school can be a stressful time with difficult classes and all the preparation it takes to graduate and move on to the next step. When Nariah first discovered the Library, she would usually go to Dana Neighborhood Library or […]


Connecting and Making a Difference – Steve’s Story

Steve Leary first visited the Long Beach Public Library in 2008. At that time, he was apprehensive about using one of the library’s computers. Due to the high cost of internet, he didn’t have a computer at home. With encouragement from his younger sister, who lives in Ireland and wanted to be able to communicate […]