Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Make.Create.Design

Teens ages 12 to 19 are invited to join the Mobile Studio to explore technology from the past, present, and future in our hands-on workshops.

July 30, 31, and August 1 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Mark Twain Library.
August 6, 7, and 8 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Los Altos Library.
August 13, 14, and 15 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Michelle Obama Library.
August 20, 21, and 22 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Dana Library.

Spaces are limited. Visit the Library’s Studio page for updates about these events. Click HERE.

The Mobile Studio is made possible thanks to Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Dive into Reading – Live Performer

Come out for a live performance that will entertain families with children ages 0-5 and learn about the Dive into Reading program.

This program is supported by donations to the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and helps parents and guardians read 1,000+ books to their children before kindergarten. Reading regularly to children fuels their imagination and creativity and helps develop lifelong readers.

Learn more on the Library’s website. Click HERE.

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 denied jobs and might not be able to read to their own children or help them with their homework which can create a cycle of illiteracy.

LB Reads is the new Long Beach Public Library Foundation supported tutoring program at the Library that provides one-on-one tutoring for English-speaking adults as they become proficient readers. This program can help participants improve their career prospects and enable them to guide their own children in learning to read.

The Library is currently seeking volunteers for this program. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program and how to become a tutor.

You can also support much-needed educational opportunities like this program with a donation to Library Foundation funded programs. CLICK HERE to support.

Mobile Studio – Traveling Throughout Long Beach

The Library Foundation is proud to fund the Long Beach Public Library Mobile Studio powered by Marathon Petroleum Corporation with additional support from the LGA Family Foundation, and the California Resources Corporation.

Catch the Mobile Studio at your local library branch, park, school, or community event. The traveling Studio Guides bring resources for activities and workshops in 3D printing, coding, robotics, graphic design, and more STEM learning opportunities!

Click for the Mobile Studio Calendar

 

Summer Reading 2019

School’s out for summer and the Long Beach Public Library’s Summer Reading program has begun. Discover award-worthy books, collect stellar prizes, and enjoy show-stopping performances at all Long Beach Public Library branches! Summer Reading is free and for all.

Thanks to a generous contribution from Niagara Cares and donations from our supporters, the Library Foundation is able to support this program for readers of all ages.

Learn about upcoming program events. Click HERE.

Congratulations Dive into Reading Graduates!

On April 19, the Long Beach Public Library held the first graduation celebration for children in the Dive into Reading program. Dozens of children and their families packed the community room of Mark Twain Neighborhood Library for ocean themed stories, games, and crafts. All graduates wore purple graduation caps and were awarded a certificate of completion from the Library.

This program supports parents and guardians as they read 1,000 or more books with their children before kindergarten.

The Library Foundation is proud to fund this program. Thank you to our donors for helping to raise life-long readers!

Lean more about Dive into Reading on the Library’s website. Click HERE.

2018 Impact Report

Our 2018 Impact Report details our accomplishments in the previous year. Thank you to the generous donors who helped fund programs, technology, and enhancements at the 12 Long Beach Public Libraries.

 

Celebrate Dictionary Days at the Libraries

This year’s annual Dictionary Day Program events will commence on March 12 and include four community celebrations of words and reading at Long Beach Public Library branches throughout the city. The events follow the gift of a dictionary/thesaurus to every Long Beach Unified School District third grade student at the start of the school year.

Every year since 2003, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation join forces to promote literacy for local students. Over 120,000 dictionary/thesauruses have been given to Long Beach third grade students since the program’s inception thanks to the generosity of the Miller Foundation.

According the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, when children enter the fourth grade their lessons shift. Instead of learning to read, they read to learn. Dictionary Day events help students navigate this crucial time by teaching dictionary use through fun and creative activities designed to help improve reading comprehension.

“For many of the children our program serves, the dictionary/thesaurus we provide is the first book they own. Learning how to look up words and research proper language can help students become resourceful learners, active readers, good writers, and creative thinkers.” said Walter M. Florie, president of the Miller Foundation Board of Trustees.

Dictionary Day events are free and open to all elementary school students and their families:

Check out the LBTV segment below of last year’s Dictionary Days program.

Mobile Studio STEAM Activities – February

Look out for the Mobile Studio powered by Marathon Petroleum Corporation bringing STEAM activities to neighborhood libraries across Long Beach. The Mobile Studio is a makerspace on wheels equipped with a 3D printer, robotics and other technological resources. This program is made possible thanks to donations to the Library Foundation.

Robocoders: Tues, Feb 5th, 3:30-5pm at Los Altos Library
Cardboard Robo Arms: Wed, Feb 6th, 4-5pm at Bach Library
Cardboard Pantograph: Wed, Feb 13th, 4-5pm at Bach Library
Cardboard Robo Arms: Tues, Feb 19th, 4-5:30pm at Harte Library
Cardboard Linkages: Wed, Feb 20th, 4-5pm at Bach Library
Cardboard Robo Arms: Sat, Feb 23rd, 2-3:30pm at Brewitt Library
Cardboard Automata: Wed, Feb 27th, 4-5pm at Bach Library

The Gift of Literacy for All LBUSD 3rd Grade Students

All Long Beach Unified School District 3rd grade students are in for a treat! In the next few weeks, they will each receive a brand new dictionary/thesaurus to promote literacy and help them succeed in school.

This gift is made possible thanks to the Dictionary Days program, a partnership between the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation. Earlier this year we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Dictionary Days at the Los Altos Neighborhood Library. Check out the clip above featuring the festivities.

“The Miller Foundation is thrilled to celebrate fifteen years of Dictionary Days. By the end of 2018, this partnership between the Library Foundation and the Miller Foundation will have provided a dictionary to over 120,000 Long Beach Unified 3rd grade students. We especially enjoy giving this important gift during the holiday season, a gift that provides children with an educational tool which they can use throughout their schooling and beyond. In fact, we often hear from high school students who visit the library that they still have their Dictionary Days dictionary!” said Margaret Farwell Smith, an executive member of both the Long Beach Public Library Foundation Board of Directors and the Earl B. & Loraine H. Miller Foundation Board of Trustees.

According the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, when children enter the 4th grade, their lessons shift. Instead of learning to read, they read to learn. Reading proficiency is crucial during this age and a dictionary/thesaurus is a valuable tool to prepare students for more challenging school work.