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26th of February 2020

Exciting Changes for the African American Resource Center

On October 10, 1998, the African American Resource Center was officially dedicated at the Burnett Neighborhood Library in central Long Beach thanks to the support of the African American Heritage Society of Long Beach. Today, the Heritage Society continues to curate and revitalize the collection of over 1,200 items which was recently moved to its own […]


Gallup Poll: Library Visits Outpaced Trips to Movies in 2019

According to a recent Gallup Poll, “U.S. adults took an average of 10.5 trips to the library in 2019 – more than any other leisure activity, including going to the movies.” The poll also showed that young adults aged 18 to 29 visit the library more than any other age group. Public libraries are often […]


24th of February 2020

Gazette: Long Beach Candidates Respond To Library Foundation Questionnaire

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14th of February 2020

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Long Beach Public Library Release Voter Guide Focused on Libraries Ahead of March 3 Election.

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library, two nonprofit organizations that raise funds and advocate for the city’s 12 public libraries, have jointly created a Voter Guide for the March 3, 2020 Primary Nominating Election. The guide allows voters who recognize the critical role libraries play in […]


23rd of January 2020

Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions at the Long Beach Public Library

MAKE HEALTHIER CHOICES The Library has an extensive collection of cook books available to help you make healthier meal choices. Community gardens at the Michelle Obama, Mark Twain, and Burnett Neighborhood Libraries provide fresh and free vegetables for patrons. The Library also offers fitness classes throughout the year. The Mark Twain Library is currently hosting […]


31st of December 2019

Library Foundation Support in 2019

The Family Learning Center program celebrated its 20th anniversary. The first Family Learning Center opened on May 15, 1999 at Burnett Library. Today, the program includes dedicated spaces at the libraries as well as online components. In 2019, the FLC program held 16,495 one-on-one support sessions made possible by donations to the Library Foundation. The […]


20th of December 2019

Gazette: Library Foundation Earns High Marks From Rating Agencies

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18th of December 2019

Library Foundation Earns Highest Rankings from Charity Navigator and GuideStar

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. According to Charity Navigator, only a quarter of charities rated receive the distinction of a 4-star rating. The Library Foundation has also received the Platinum Seal […]


Library Pilots Social Work Internship Program to Better Serve the Homeless

On December 2, 2019, the Long Beach Public Library announced that it is piloting a social work internship program to better serve the needs of patrons who may be experiencing homelessness, mental illness or have substance use challenges. The program is a partnership between the Library and the Department of Health and Human Services and […]


17th of December 2019

Champion of Literacy, Nancy Merrill

For nearly a decade, Nancy Merrill has supported the Long Beach Public Library Foundation’s mission at all 12 of the city’s public libraries as a Board member. Nancy has served on the Board during a time of great evolution for the Library. On October 25, 2014, Nancy attended and helped break ground on a much […]