Long Beach Public Library Foundation

The Gift of Literacy for All LBUSD 3rd Grade Students

All Long Beach Unified School District 3rd grade students are in for a treat! In the next few weeks, they will each receive a brand new dictionary/thesaurus to promote literacy and help them succeed in school.

This gift is made possible thanks to the Dictionary Days program, a partnership between the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation. Earlier this year we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Dictionary Days at the Los Altos Neighborhood Library. Check out the clip above featuring the festivities.

“The Miller Foundation is thrilled to celebrate fifteen years of Dictionary Days. By the end of 2018, this partnership between the Library Foundation and the Miller Foundation will have provided a dictionary to over 120,000 Long Beach Unified 3rd grade students. We especially enjoy giving this important gift during the holiday season, a gift that provides children with an educational tool which they can use throughout their schooling and beyond. In fact, we often hear from high school students who visit the library that they still have their Dictionary Days dictionary!” said Margaret Farwell Smith, an executive member of both the Long Beach Public Library Foundation Board of Directors and the Earl B. & Loraine H. Miller Foundation Board of Trustees.

According the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, when children enter the 4th grade, their lessons shift. Instead of learning to read, they read to learn. Reading proficiency is crucial during this age and a dictionary/thesaurus is a valuable tool to prepare students for more challenging school work.

Celebrating 15 Years of Dictionary Days

Dictionary Days 2018

Celebrate Dictionary Days, February 15th – February 24th, by joining Burnett, Dana, Bret Harte and Michelle Obama Libraries for magic, games, treats and more! 📚For more information, visit https://buff.ly/2BK2huL.

Posted by Long Beach Public Library on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

In 2003, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation joined forces to promote literacy for local students. Since that year, every Long Beach Unified School District third grade student has received a brand new dictionary – over 115,000 dictionaries gifted – thanks to the generosity of the Miller Foundation.

According the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, when children enter the fourth grade, their lessons shift. Instead of learning to read, they read to learn. Unfortunately, studies show that students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to leave high school without a diploma.

The Long Beach Public Library supports students during this crucial period with Dictionary Day events designed to instill a lifelong love of reading. Librarians teach students how to properly use their new dictionaries through fun and creative activities that help improve reading comprehension.

This year’s Dictionary Days are free of charge and open to all students:

Winter Word Olympics – February 15 at 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Burnett Neighborhood Library, 560 E. Hill St., Long Beach, CA 90806

Potions with Professor Snape – February 20 at 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Dana Neighborhood Library, 3680 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807

Harry Potter’s Magical Dictionary – February 22 at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Bret Harte Neighborhood Library, 1595 W. Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90810

Enchanted Garden – February 24 at 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805