Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Preview of the new Main Library – Long Beach Post feature

It has been almost 14 months since the celebration of the first steel beam erected at the construction site of the new Main Library. Since then, the Library has truly taken shape and is well on its way to becoming a premier public center of learning when it opens in the summer of 2019.

On October 31, the Long Beach Post joined the Library Foundation for a tour of the new Main Library construction site. Click the link below to see the feature with beautiful new photos and read why the Library is being called, “one of the most important investments in the public in recent years.”

Long Beach Post article and pictures

New Main Library Starts Steel and Celebrates Centennial Year Donation from the Rotary Club of Long Beach

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia at the New Main Library Start of Steel Celebration.

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation receives a donation from the Rotary Club of Long Beach in support of the New Main Library.

“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 what will soon become the New Main Library. The Rotary Club of Long Beach marked the occasion with a Centennial Year gift of $250,000 to the Library Foundation in support of early literacy at the new library.

The new 92,500 square-foot facility is expected to open in the summer of 2019 and will truly be a library of the 21st century with updated and enhanced resources for patrons of all ages and backgrounds.

Long Beach Public Library Foundation Board President, J.P. Shotwell thanked Rotary for their generous gift. “We ask that you, the community, support our efforts in any way that you can,” encouraging those who would like to make a gift, big or small, to support the Foundation as we prepare for our New Main Campaign.

Check out the news coverage:
Video of full ceremony: Click Here
Long Beach Business Journal (pg.2): Click Here
The Grunion: Click Here
Beachcomber: Click Here
Long Beach Post: Click Here
Press Telegram: Click Here

City Councilman Roberto Uranga, Mayor Robert Garcia, State Senator Janet Nguyen, and City Prosecutor Doug Haubert sign the first Long Beach New Main Library steel beam.

Long Beach Public Library Foundation Board President J.P. Shotwell, Rotary Scholarship Chair Jane Netherton, Rotary President Steve Keesal, Director of Library Services Glenda Williams and Library Foundation Executive Director Kate Azar signing the first steel beam of Long Beach New Main Library.