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24th of July 2019

New Name for the Main Library

On July 23, the Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to rename the new downtown library the Billie Jean King Main Library. We appreciate the hundreds of community members who voiced their opinion about the name of the Library’s central hub. Billie Jean King was born and raised in Long Beach, attended Polytechnic High School, […]


16th of July 2019

Library Launches Adult Literacy Program with Library Foundation Support

In Los Angeles County, approximately 1 in 3 adults struggles with basic literacy skills according to the National Center for Education Statistics. This means that they may not be able to read news articles, job applications, medical prescriptions, voting forms, and many other sources of important information. Adults who struggle with reading may have been […]


26th of June 2019

Welcome to our newest Board member, Jeff Carrick

Jeff Carrick is a Senior Manager in the audit and assurance department at Windes, Inc., where he is a CPA with over 10 years of experience. He focuses on serving middle market companies and organizations in a variety of industries, including transportation and trade, maritime, third party logistics, manufacturing and distribution, construction, nonprofit, and other […]


Welcome To Our Newest Board Member, Carmen D. Snuggs

Carmen D. Snuggs received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine in social ecology with an emphasis in legal studies.  She received her juris doctorate degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2002.  After passing the Bar examination, Carmen practiced insurance defense as an associate attorney with Abeltin & Migoya in Santa […]


22nd of June 2019

Long Beach Post: Sooooo many books: Library staff gears up for next month’s move to new facility

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13th of June 2019

16th Annual Grape Expectations

Donate to Grape Expectations On June 9, 2019 we celebrated the 16th annual Grape Expectations gala in support of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation. Over 300 guests enjoyed premier silent and live auctions featuring fine wines and exciting experiences, dined on gourmet foods with expertly chosen wine pairings by Randy Kemner of The Wine […]


Learning and Teaching at the Library – Sanghak Kan’s Story

Many of our Library Foundation donors and the Library’s volunteers provide support because a public library made a difference in their lives and they want to help others who depend on library programs. Sanghak Kan and his family are prime examples of those who have had their lives transformed by the Library and then support […]


Dictionary Days Receives Statewide Recognition

On June 9, at the 2019 Grape Expectations gala, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation was awarded the California Association of Teachers of English 2019 Award of Merit for the annual Dictionary Days program. In accepting the award, Kate Azar, Library Foundation Executive Director, announced that the Library Foundation shares this honor with the Earl […]


12th of June 2019

Honoring Marathon Petroleum Corporation

On June 9, at the 16th annual Grape Expectations gala, we were proud to honor Marathon Petroleum Corporation with the 2019 Library Leadership Award for their support of innovative library programs. Every week, the Long Beach Public Library’s Mobile Studio hosts workshops at locations throughout the city, including branch libraries, parks, schools, and community events. […]


Honoring Victor and Patricia McCarty

On June 9, at the 16th annual Grape Expectations gala, we were proud to honor Victor and Patricia McCarty with the 2019 Durnin Family Award for their dedication to libraries and literacy. Vic is one of the earliest members of the Library Foundation Board of Directors, joining in 1999 and serving in several positions where […]