Long Beach Public Library Foundation

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 Long Beach Public Library launched LB Reads with Library Foundation support. This new adult literacy program offers individual tutoring sessions for the approximately 1 in 3 Los Angeles County adults who struggles with basic literacy skills.

The Library Foundation was awarded the 2019 California Association of Teachers of English (CATE) Award for the annual Dictionary Days program. Over 125,000 dictionary/thesauruses have been given to Long Beach 3rd grade students since the program’s inception thanks to the generosity of the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation.

The Dive into Reading program held a graduation ceremony for the first boys and girls to complete the program. Dive into Reading was launched in 2018 with Library Foundation support and assists parents and guardians as they read 1,000+ books to their children before kindergarten. 664 families have registered for the program as of October 2019.

Adults continue to receive a second chance to earn an accredited high school diploma through the Library’s Career Online High School program. The Library Foundation funds scholarships to make this program free for students. 47 students have graduated since 2016.

Last, but certainly not least: the Billie Jean King Main Library opened to the public!

During the opening ceremony for the central hub of the Long Beach Public Library system, the Library Foundation presented a check for over $2 million to support programs, technology, and resources at the new library. The new Main Library comes fully equipped with a beautifully decorated KidSpace, dedicated TeenSpace, dozens of computers, plenty of areas to read and study, and a state-of-the-art makerspace Studio with advanced technology for educational workshops. Over 8,000 residents visited the Library on its first day!

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 will explore models of integrating social work into current library services.

Two Master’s in Social Work students from California State University Long Beach and the University of Southern California are working as interns at Mark Twain Neighborhood Library and Billie Jean King Main Library. The interns work to connect library patrons with social services including mental health care, legal support, food security benefits and housing resources.

The pilot project is anticipated to end in May 2020. Project outcomes will be evaluated to determine the viability of a more comprehensive social work program at Long Beach Public Libraries.

Learn more at the Link.


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 thanks to the following donors: The Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation, International Paper Foundation, Vic and Patty McCarty, Margaret Kott, the Edith H. Holland Literacy Fund, Long Beach Rotary’s Reading By 9, John Arcos and Janet Leonards, The Johnson Family, and George and Janet Watts. Your support is 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.