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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 […]


10th of December 2016

The New Main is on its way!

If you’ve visited the Main Library in the last few weeks, you’ll have noticed the sweeping lengths of blue fencing all around Lincoln Park, City Hall, and the library. Work has begun on the new Civic Center, and we’re keeping a close eye on the progress. The new Main Library will be built on the […]


15th of November 2016

The Grand Literary Society

Friday, November 11, marked the inaugural event of the Foundation’s new Grand Literary Society. The Grand Literary Society is our way of saying “Thank you,” to those donors who have given $1,000 or more during the year towards annual support and/or programs. Members get an inside look at what the Foundation does with their contributions, […]


10th of November 2016

A Million Dollars for the New Library!

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation raised over a million dollars for the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library! At Vice Mayor Rex Richardson’s State of the Ninth District on November 3, Kate Azar, our Executive Director, announced that the Foundation has raised over a million dollars for the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library! These funds go toward’s the […]


30th of October 2016

Welcome to our newest Board Member

Earlier this year the Foundation welcomed former LA Times Food Critic and Columnist Russ Parsons to our Board of Directors. Russ joins the Foundation’s Board after 35 years with the LA Times, authoring cookbooks like How to Read a French Fry and How to Pick a Peach (available to check out at Main Library). He […]


23rd of October 2016

What’s Carnegie49?

Carnegie49 is a group of donors who’ve committed to recognizing the Foundation in a legacy gift. The Society is named after Andrew Carnegie because of his generous work spreading literacy across the country with numerous libraries, from New York to California. In fact, the first library in Long Beach was a Carnegie library—the 49th Carnegie […]


23rd of September 2016

What are you reading, Mayor Garcia?

On September 15, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation hosted the inaugural Mayor’s Book Club at the Beverly O’Neill Theater. With over 200 readers in the audience, Robert Garcia sat with Press Telegram columnist Tim Grobaty to discuss his new book, I’m Dyin’ Here, a memoir of journalism and life in Long Beach. It was […]