Our flagship program, the award-winning Family Learning Centers, provides children and their families a safe environment to receive free help with homework, language, reading, computer skills, and job search assistance from specially-trained Learning Guides. The program has provided over 500,000 sessions since its inception in 1999.
The Foundation invests in the latest technology for the Studio in our Main Library and Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library. The Studio provides thousands of participants with access to MakerBot 3-D printers, tablets, and desktop computers loaded with creative, design, film, and music software, free to use under the guidance of highly talented Studio Guides. The Mobile Studio is a makerspace on wheels, bringing Studio technology and training to all twelve of our library branches with the help of our Studio Guides and a rotating Studio program. Visit the Long Beach Public Library website for a Mobile Studio schedule.
The ICPD has special services, adaptive technologies, and peer assistance for people with special needs, including TumbleBooks, a computer application that reads stories aloud.
This program addresses the “summer slide” by engaging more than 5,000 K-12 youth in a challenge to read, ensuring that Long Beach Unified School District students maintain the educational gains they made during the school year. The Library conducts outreach in parks and community events to reach those boys and girls who are not already active library users.
More than 100,000 third grade students throughout Long Beach have received a free student dictionary from the Library Foundation thanks to the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation and Library donors. Surrounding this distribution, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation hosts events at branch libraries designed to engage children in dictionary word games and inspire a love for reading.
This program provides home delivery of reading material to elderly patrons, with each book hand selected by librarians to fit the tastes of each reader.