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20th of September 2018

Enter to learn. Go forth to serve.

“Enter to learn. Go forth to serve.” These are the words carved into the arch that Mary Hancock Hinds walked through every time she entered Long Beach Polytechnic High School as a student. Mary heard the message loud and clear and went on to become a true champion of education and community involvement in Long […]


19th of September 2018

To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library – New York Times Op-ed

“The founding principle of the public library — that all people deserve free, open access to our shared culture and heritage…” writes NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge Director Eric Klinenberg in his September 8, 2018 op-ed for the New York Times. In his article, “To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library,” Klinenberg challenges the notion that […]


Expanding Horizons – A Library Story

You can support much-needed free Library programs for your Long Beach neighbors, like Saram, with a tax-deductible gift. Click to Expand Horizons At 27 years-old, Saram Routh knew it wasn’t too late to achieve her dream of earning her high school diploma, but she wasn’t quite sure how to get started on this goal. When […]


6th of September 2018

Celebrating Our Librarians

Last month, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation partnered with the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library to celebrate the city’s librarians at the home of Library Foundation Board President Susan Redfield. Councilman Roberto Uranga and his wife Tonia Reyes Uranga also joined us to honor the librarians. The Long Beach Public Library would not […]


Books to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

We wish all celebrating Rosh Hashanah a healthy, happy, and sweet new year. The Long Beach Public Library contains many books and resources to learn more about this world-wide holiday. Find the books below and more in the library’s catalog at encore.lbpl.org.   Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Lynn Peppas  Millions of Jewish people all over the […]


20th of August 2018

Summer 2018 Newsletter

Check out the Long Beach Public Library Foundation newsletter for Summer 2018 featuring news about our latest literacy programs, the Mobile Studio powered by Andeavor, Grape Expectations, and the new Main Library. Thank you to our donors for making this possible!


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 […]