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3rd of January 2019

Main Library Turns the Page

In 1977, the current Main Library opened to the public in the Long Beach Civic Center. As the central hub of the Long Beach Public Library system, the Main Library houses much of the Library’s collection of over 800,000 items, supports the needs of all of the branch libraries in Long Beach, serves as the […]


26th of December 2018

Advocating for Literacy and Libraries

Margaret Farwell Smith inherited her love of reading from her mother. As a physician, her mother led a busy life, but she enjoyed reading under the shade of a tree in her spare time. Growing up, Margaret loved books in school and college, but it wasn’t until she retired from her career in healthcare that […]


Supporting Education to Transform a Community

Over 5,000 people attended the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library grand opening ceremony on September 10, 2016. It was an exciting day for the community of North Long Beach which went from having a small neighborhood library to having the largest library branch in the city with more resources and newer technology than any other Long […]


14th of December 2018

From Visiting the Library to Supporting Family Learning Centers

Lance Adams was born and raised in Long Beach. Los Altos Neighborhood Library and El Dorado Neighborhood Library were his closest libraries where he would seek out books about sports history and Family Circus comics as a child. Today, Lance helps create educational opportunities for children attending the Long Beach Public Library. When Lance joined […]


12th of December 2018

A Family Developing Their Future at the FLC

Sagrario works hard to help her children to succeed. She is a mother to three daughters and one son, all high school students, who need assistance with challenging homework and are preparing for college. Although she does not speak English, Sagrario found a great resource at the Long Beach Public Library to give her children […]


A Library and a Family

For many, a library is a home away from home where they can find a quiet and friendly place to study, research and read. For Lorrie Hutton, this goes one step further. When talking about how she joined the Long Beach Public Library Foundation Board of Directors, she talks about how much it was like […]


7th of December 2018

A Love of Literacy from Coast to Coast

When Susan Redfield was in high school she would use money she saved from baby-sitting to take the train to New York City. She would usually go to the theatre when she arrived, but would also visit the New York Public Library. It was there that she began discovering the treasures that could be found […]


5th of December 2018

A Director, Friend and Educator

For several years Dee Abrahamse has helped facilitate a strong, collaborative relationship between the Long Beach Public Library’s two major supportive organizations. In addition to serving on our Library Foundation Board of Directors, she is also a member of the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library and is currently the Library Foundation liaison to […]


4th of December 2018

A Champion of Literacy’s Inspiration

Librarians are known for inspiring children to explore new worlds in books and helping to answer questions for homework, but they often go above and beyond in important and inspiring ways. Kim Neipling was always involved in supporting libraries. As a high school student she could be often found in her library in El Centro, […]


3rd of December 2018

Holiday Reading Recommendations from Long Beach Librarians

Picks for Families The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein  A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return. “I like this book because it reminds adults and children that the holidays are not just about the stores, getting gifts […]