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13th of December 2017

Press Telegram: Without public action, the FCC will expand our digital divide

Today, the Long Beach Press Telegram shared our Executive Director, Kate Azar’s column on the importance of Net Neutrality protections in advance of the FCC’s scheduled December 14, 2017 vote to remove these protections. You can help delay tomorrow’s FCC vote by calling FCC Chairman Pai at (202) 418-1000 and expressing your support for Net […]


Mayor’s Book Club Welcomed Best-selling Children’s Author Jan Brett to Long Beach

Hundreds gathered as Mayor Robert Garcia welcomed New York Times best-selling children’s author, Jan Brett at a free community event on December 9, 2017 at the Aquarium of the Pacific. This second annual Mayor’s Book Club event featured Brett’s latest book, The Mermaid, and was sponsored by the Long Beach Public Library Foundation, the Mayor’s […]


7th of December 2017

Storytime at the Aquarium with Jan Brett Live Streaming on Saturday, Dec. 9

Tune in below at 10:00 am PST on December 9, 2017 for a live feed of the Mayor’s Book Club Storytime at the Aquarium with New York Times best-selling children’s author, Jan Brett. Watch Mayor Robert Garcia and Jan Brett as she shares her latest book, The Mermaid at this community event already at capacity. This […]


22nd of November 2017

A Story from the Library – Aarron and Erica

A second grader named Aarron Coleman once walked across the street from his school to the Burnett Neighborhood Library for the first time. After school, the library buzzes with young students looking for a safe place to go in a neighborhood where the poverty rate is nearly double the city average. Aarron was looking to […]


16th of November 2017

Sherriff McDonnell: Libraries are essential to our community

“Did you know that 70% of the people in our prisons never finished high school? In my nearly 4 decades in law enforcement, I see first-hand the impact that a lack of education has on the crime in our county. That’s why I support the Long Beach Public Library Foundation as a member of its […]


Library Studio Innovation Showcased at Long Beach Civic Innovation Awards

This week’s Long Beach Civic Innovation Awards featured a winning design by the Library’s Studio makerspace. Awards presented to the event’s honorees were designed by Studio Guides at the Library using the technology and software available for free to library patrons. The Studio Guide team utilized Adobe Creative suite, 3D design software, and 3D printers to make […]


9th of November 2017

The Role of Libraries in the Defense of Our Nation

“I got orders today!” This announcement – usually made at the end of the day when your spouse walks in from work – is one that is anticipated with both dread and excitement. Everything in the household stops … the TV is turned off, the stove put on simmer … as the family gathers to find […]


1st of November 2017

Bridging Long Beach’s Digital Divide

Like many, we were dismayed to learn that 1 in 4 Long Beach households still lacks an adequate portal to the Internet. According to the Long Beach Media Collaborative‘s recent report, 1 in 6 Long Beach residents are not connected to the Internet at all. “And proportionately fewer households are connected in Long Beach than […]


3rd of October 2017

Students Get a Second Chance and Earn their High School Diploma at the Library

At the podium in his cap and gown, Samrith recalled his teen years acknowledging, “I did not get my high school diploma back then, but I didn’t quit. I never gave up on my education.” Now, 18 years after he left high school, Samrith earned his high school diploma at the Long Beach Public Library […]


New Main Library Starts Steel and Celebrates Centennial Year Donation from the Rotary Club of Long Beach

“There is nothing more exciting than celebrating a center for learning,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia as he addressed the crowd at the New Main Library Start of Steel Celebration. On September 19, Long Beach librarians, library supporters, and our city leaders gathered to celebrate and sign the first steel beam bolted in place at […]