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1st of May 2017

Write an Email, Make a Difference

Today is National Library Legislative Day, an annual effort of individuals and organizations to work together for library advocacy at the national level. As you likely heard, the Trump Administration recently released its proposed federal budget for FY2018. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the independent agency that administers the bulk of federal […]


Press Telegram: Truth is, America must support libraries more than ever

This weekend the Press Telegram and associated news outlets from the San Gabriel Valley to Pasadena shared our Executive Director, Kate Azar’s column on the importance of libraries in today’s America. You can read the article below, or click through to the Press Telegram. The Long Beach City Council recently recognized April as National Library […]


12th of April 2017

Introducing the Mobile Studio

On April 1, the Long Beach Public Library launched the Mobile Studio, a makerspace on wheels, bringing digital technology, 3D printing, and classes on engineering, innovation, and design to all twelve of the library branches across the city. The Foundation has been thrilled to be a part of the development of the Studio from the […]


1st of March 2017

Women Making History: Erica Lansdown

Last week we visited Burnett Neighborhood Library to meet one of the Long Beach Public Library’s finest librarians, Erica Lansdown. This April marks Erica’s ten year anniversary with the Long Beach Public Library, and she was gracious enough to give us a glimpse of her work, regaling us with stories from her decade of work at the branch. Over […]


10th of February 2017

To Libraries, with Love

Most of us at the Long Beach Public Library Foundation have early memories of exploring the library—getting our first library card, joining storytime in the children’s area, participating in the free programs. I remember folding a lot of origami with my sisters at a small table by the periodicals with a kind older man who […]


26th of January 2017

State of the City

On January 10, the Foundation was excited to participate as a sponsor in the Mayor’s State of the City event. The evening was devoted to exploring where Long Beach has been over the past year and where we’re headed in the year to come. Representing our city’s libraries is always an honor, but especially so right […]


23rd of January 2017

Check Out our Newsletter

Many of you have already had the opportunity to read our Winter 2016 newsletter. If you received it by post, you also received the annual report, an informative fact sheet outlining the many projects the Foundation funded over the past year, and what we’re looking forward to investing in throughout the year to come. We encourage […]


5th of January 2017

Resolutions for 2017

It’s a new year! Time for a new start. Every January we take stock of where we’ve been, how we got here, and what we might do differently in the months ahead. For the Foundation, this means taking a look at how our programs are doing, where your giving is having the most impact, and […]


30th of December 2016

The Holidays at our Family Learning Centers

We’re celebrating the holidays in the best way we know how—by giving away books! Last week we sent off boxes of books that had been graciously donated by Dame Julie Andrews to each of our Family Learning Centers. There, our incredible Learning Guides will be hand selecting titles for our Family Learning Center patrons. Picture […]


23rd of December 2016

Looking ahead to 2017

This has been, and continues to be, a remarkable year of growth and change for the Foundation as we’ve celebrated 20 years of supporting the Long Beach Public Library. One of the things we do every year is to take stock of where we’ve been over the previous twelve months and look towards what’s to […]