From Our President
Dear Library Supporters:
I am honored to serve as President of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation for 2020. In my three years as a member of the Library Foundation Board of Directors, I have greatly enjoyed witnessing the learning opportunities we create at the Library thanks to the generosity of so many who love Long Beach.
In the past year, we celebrated two major milestones of programs we support. 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of our flagship program, Family Learning Centers, which provides thousands of one-on-one homework help and job search support sessions every year. We also celebrated the first anniversary and first “graduation ceremony” of the Dive into Reading early literacy program which assists parents and guardians as they read 1,000+ books to their children before kindergarten. We look forward to celebrating many more milestones for both of these programs.
The Library is always evolving to meet the changing needs of the community and last summer the LB Reads program launched with Library Foundation support. This new adult literacy program offers individual tutoring sessions for the approximately 1 in 3 Los Angeles County adults who struggle with basic literacy skills.
We continue to address the digital divide in Long Beach by providing funds for new technological resources at the Library, including computers, laptops, tablets, and adaptive technology for those with disabilities. The Library’s makerspace Studios and Mobile Studio continue to provide tools and instruction in 3D printing, robotics, coding, graphic design, and more with our support.
On September 21, 2019, many of you joined us for the grand opening celebration of the Billie Jean King Main Library with more than 8,000 visitors on the Library’s first day. During the opening ceremony, we were honored to present a check for more than $2 million for programs, technology, and resources at the new library thanks to our New Main Campaign donors who made donations of all sizes, from $25 to $575,000.
Your generosity makes this all possible. No matter the size of your donation, you helped make a difference in the lives of children, families, students, job seekers, older people, veterans, and everyone else who depends on the Library.
Thank you. We look forward to all we will celebrate with the Library this year!
Sharon L. Weissman,
2020 President, Long Beach Public Library Foundation