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11th of October 2021

Grape Expectations Met with More than $215,000 Raised for the Library Foundation

Check back for news about the 19th annual Grape Expectations gala taking place in 2022! On September 19, 2021, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation celebrated significant milestones and champions of literacy at the 18th annual Grape Expectation gala. The gala brought together more than 320 library supporters at the Museum of Latin American Art […]


29th of September 2021

Champion of Literacy, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson

For his dedication to libraries and literacy, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation was delighted to present Vice Mayor Rex Richardson with the 2021 Library Leadership Award at the 18th annual Grape Expectations gala on September 19. In the early 2010s, North Long Beach’s stunning Michele Obama Neighborhood Library was just a dream. Community members […]


Champion of Literacy, Joseph F. Prevratil, JD

On September 19 at the Long Beach Public Library Foundation’s Grape Expectations gala, we were proud to honor Joseph F. Prevratil, JD, with the 2021 Durnin Family Award for his dedication to libraries and literacy. His leadership and guidance has been key to the Library Foundation accomplishing many goals and developing a sustainable future. From […]


17th of September 2021

Celebrate Latino Heritage Month with Vida Latina

The Long Beach Public Library will host its third annual Vida Latina event series in celebration of Latino Heritage Month! This year’s Vida Latina will include free in-person and virtual family programs from Saturday, September 18, through Saturday, October 30. Vida Latina will feature a variety of programs for all ages, including bilingual storytimes for […]


31st of August 2021

Free Back-to-School Resources from the Library

As LBUSD students return to class for the 2021/2022 school year, the Library’s many free resources will help them stay on track and succeed. 10 Long Beach Public Libraries are open, providing the opportunity to browse the collection of more than 800,000 books and materials, receive guidance from librarians, and access computers and free WiFi. Online […]


17th of August 2021

Welcome To Our Newest Board Member, Barbara Long

Barbara Long seeks out libraries, the key to developing creative and curious communities, every place she goes. She considers serving on the Long Beach Public Library Foundation Board of Directors to be a true honor. Barbara moved to Long Beach in 1986 but came to know her community better as a member of the Aquarium of the […]


23rd of July 2021

Books that Have Won Awards from Librarians for Your Summer Reading List

Every year, the American Library Association invites committees of librarians, educators, writers, and booksellers to honor outstanding new books with a variety of literary awards. Almost all of these books are available in the Long Beach Public Library’s collection at encore.lbpl.org. Check them out and enjoy a summer of reading. Award-winning Books for Adults The […]


25th of June 2021

The Library Foundation Welcomes Interim Executive Director Kathy McCarrell

The Library Foundation Board of Directors would like to introduce Kathy McCarrell who has been hired to serve as the Interim Executive Director of the Foundation in order to ensure a seamless and thoughtful transition to permanent leadership. Kathy, a Senior Consultant with the Third Sector Company, comes to the Foundation with over 25 years […]


22nd of June 2021

Long Beach Public Library Kicks Off Summer Programs with Library Foundation Support

The Library Foundation is proud to help Long Beach students combat the “summer slide” by funding fun and educational programs all summer long! Thank you to our supporters for their donations of all sizes that make these learning opportunities possible. The Long Beach Public Library kicked off its 2021 Summer Reading Program virtually on June […]


Long Beach Public Library Foundation and Long Beach Public Library Partner with Léeme un Libro to Provide Reading Programs to Migrant Children

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation and the Long Beach Public Library have partnered with Léeme un Libro (Read Me a Book), an online, volunteer-led, Spanish/English storybook read-along initiative aimed at overcoming language and literacy barriers that exist for the migrant children being sheltered at the Long Beach HHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human […]