Long Beach Public Library Foundation


Our Library Foundation supports the following free programs and enhancements available to the hundreds of thousands who visit the Long Beach Public Library every year.

Family Learning Centers

  • Homework and job search guidance
  • Available at Main Library and neighborhood branches
  • One-on-one assistance from trained Learning Guides
  • Computer skills training
  • English as a second language resources
  • SpecialConnect serving families with special needs children

Makerspace Studios

  • Technology labs at the Main Library and the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, and the Mobile Studio visiting sites and events across the city
  • Resources and instruction in 3D printing, robotics, graphic design, and video game design for school projects, art installations, and business concepts
  • Free workshops, classes, and lectures on design and developing new ideas shaped by the STEAM educational initiative
  • Highly talented Studio Guides providing one-on-one assistance for patrons of all ages and skill levels

Promoting Literacy

  • Hundreds of new books purchased every year to add to and update the Library’s catalog
  • Community literacy events including the Mayor’s Book Club, highlighting acclaimed authors
  • Encouraging families to read 1,000 books before kindergarten through the Dive into Reading program
  • A new dictionary for every third grade student in the Long Beach Unified School District and activities to teach dictionary use during the annual Dictionary Days
  • Addressing the “summer slide” by engaging K-12 youth and adults in the Summer Reading Program
  • Homebound Reader delivery service for ill or injured patrons who cannot visit the Library

Tools for Success

  • Scholarships for adults to get a second chance to earn their accredited high school diploma through the Library’s Career Online High School program
  • Specialized resources, adaptive technologies, and peer assistance for adults with special needs in the Information Center for People with Disabilities
  • Enhancements and 21st century tools in all public libraries



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