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 valued observing first-hand the impact of the programs the Library offers thanks to your generosity.
2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the Library’s Family Learning Center program, which provides thousands of one-on-one homework help and job search support sessions every year. We celebrated the first anniversary and first “graduation ceremony” of the Dive into Reading program which guides parents and guardians as they read 1,000 or more books with their children before kindergarten. The Library launched the LB Reads program, offering individual tutoring sessions for the approximately 1 in 3 Los Angeles County adults who struggle to read. We have continued to address the digital divide in Long Beach by providing funds for new technology at the Library, including computers, laptops, tablets, and adaptive technology for those with disabilities. The Library’s makerspace Studios and Mobile Studio have offered a full calendar of engaging workshops in 3D printing, robotics, coding, graphic design, and more.
Your generosity makes all of this possible. No matter the size of your donation, you made a difference in the lives of children, families, students, job seekers, older people, veterans, and everyone else who depends on the Library.
Our libraries serve on the frontlines of community needs during times of normalcy, giving parents access to early learning tools and activities, providing homework tutoring, assisting people with résumé development and job applications, guiding older visitors and veterans as they connect and find services, and even distributing lunches in the summer when school meals disappear. During times of crisis and even when the libraries are forced to temporarily close their doors, there is a truly impressive array of online services including thousands of eBooks and audiobooks, film and music streaming, one-on-one tutoring, and job search support. One thing we are sure of is when people fall on hard times, they turn to the Library to help get them through. We need your help now more than ever so we may support the resources so many in Long Beach depend on to learn, connect, and succeed.
Sharon L. Weissman,
2020 President, Long Beach Public Library Foundation