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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, […]


5th of June 2017

Congratulations to the Library!

Last month, the Long Beach Public Library won the National Medal Award from the Institute of Museum and Library Service. It’s the most significant national award a library can win, and we couldn’t be more proud. Of course, we’re not entirely surprised. Our librarians don’t rest when it comes to offering dynamic programs at every […]


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 […]