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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 […]


11th of September 2017

The Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library One Year Later

On September 10, 2016, nearly 5,000 patrons showed up for the grand-opening of the new branch library in north Long Beach. Excitement and interest in the library has continued as thousands of patrons visited the Library during its first year. By the end of September, the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library will have received an estimated […]


7th of July 2017

It’s summertime! Let’s talk about school…

Our librarians are always advocates for education at every stage of life. But did you know that the Long Beach Public Library actually offers the opportunity to get a high school diploma? The Career Online High School is a free, accredited program for adult learners looking to expand their opportunities by furthering their education. Students […]


26th of June 2017

Stories of the Library: Guest blog by LBPLF Board Director John Arcos

My stint as a volunteer computer guru at the Main Library has turned out to be both an opportunity to help folks navigate the Internet, as well as a quick refresher in Personal Interactions 101. The EIC, or Electronic Information Center, sits next to the Information Center for People with Disabilities (ICPD). Together they include […]


22nd of June 2017

Remembering Barbara Egyud

Over the years, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation has been privileged to work with a number of dedicated literacy advocates. But few have demonstrated the level of compassion, commitment, and sincerity as Barbara Egyud. Barbara’s efforts to bring literacy to young readers throughout our city have been an inspiration to each person who has […]


20th of June 2017

Honoring Larry Dyer

On Sunday, June 11, at our 14th annual Grape Expectations fundraising gala, we had the honor of presenting the Library Leadership Award to the Lloyd and Lauretta Dyer Family Foundation. There to accept the award was Larry Dyer, son of Lloyd and Lauretta, and president of their Foundation. Larry and his family have advocated for […]


7th of June 2017

Your name, in print.

Our upcoming Grape Expectations fundraiser is full of exciting entertainment and extravagant auction items, from a weeklong cooking course in Tuscany to a pie subscription. (Yeah, you read that right.) One of our favorite auction items is a thoroughly unique opportunity to be immortalized in fiction. The highest bidder’s name will be featured in Tyler Dilts‘s, […]