Those who’ve been around the Foundation for a while have probably heard the term “Carnegie49”. But not everyone knows what it means. Carnegie49 is a group of donors who’ve committed to recognizing the Foundation in a legacy gift. It’s named after Andrew Carnegie because of his generous work spreading literacy across the country with numerous libraries, from New York to California. In fact, the first library in Long Beach was a Carnegie library—the 49th Carnegie library in the state. Andrew Carnegie’s gift to our country was more than a series of buildings. He championed the value of literacy and equal access to educational resources for everyone. He used his resources to advocate in tangible ways for this to be a country where reading is not a privilege but a right. The Long Beach Public Library Foundation reflects those values in our own mission, to encourage literacy and education for all members of the community. The members of Carnegie49 are committed to carrying those values on for generations to come. We’re grateful for their gifts.