Long Beach Public Library Foundation


Our Library Foundation supports the following free programs and enhancements available to the over 1 million annual visitors of the Long Beach Public Library.

Family Learning Centers

  • Homework and job search guidance
  • Available at Main Library and neighborhood branches
  • One-on-one assistance from trained Learning Guides
  • Computer skills training
  • English as a second language resources
  • SpecialConnect serving families with special needs children

Makerspace Studios

  • Technology labs at the Main Library and the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, and the Mobile Studio visiting sites and events across the city
  • Resources and instruction in 3D printing, robotics, graphic design, and video game design for school projects, art installations, and business concepts
  • Free workshops, classes, and lectures on design and developing new ideas shaped by the STEAM educational initiative
  • Highly talented Studio Guides providing one-on-one assistance for patrons of all ages and skill levels

Promoting Literacy

  • Hundreds of new books purchased every year to add to and update the Library’s catalog
  • Community literacy events including the Mayor’s Book Club, highlighting acclaimed authors
  • Encouraging families to read 1,000 books before kindergarten through the Dive into Reading program
  • A new dictionary for every third grade student in the Long Beach Unified School District and activities to teach dictionary use during the annual Dictionary Days
  • Addressing the “summer slide” by engaging K-12 youth and adults in the Summer Reading Program
  • Homebound Reader delivery service for ill or injured patrons who cannot visit the Library

Tools for Success

  • Scholarships for adults to get a second chance to earn their accredited high school diploma through the Library’s Career Online High School program
  • Specialized resources, adaptive technologies, and peer assistance for adults with special needs in the Information Center for People with Disabilities
  • Enhancements and 21st century tools in all public libraries



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