Long Beach Public Library Foundation


23rd of December 2016

Looking ahead to 2017

This has been, and continues to be, a remarkable year of growth and change for the Foundation as we’ve celebrated 20 years of supporting the Long Beach Public Library. One of the things we do every year is to take stock of where we’ve been over the previous twelve months and look towards what’s to […]

10th of December 2016

The New Main is on its way!

If you’ve visited the Main Library in the last few weeks, you’ll have noticed the sweeping lengths of blue fencing all around Lincoln Park, City Hall, and the library. Work has begun on the new Civic Center, and we’re keeping a close eye on the progress. The new Main Library will be built on the […]

15th of November 2016

The Grand Literary Society

Friday, November 11, marked the inaugural event of the Foundation’s new Grand Literary Society. The Grand Literary Society is our way of saying “Thank you,” to those donors who have given $1,000 or more during the year towards annual support and/or programs. Members get an inside look at what the Foundation does with their contributions, […]

10th of November 2016

A Million Dollars for the New Library!

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation raised over a million dollars for the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library! At Vice Mayor Rex Richardson’s State of the Ninth District on November 3, Kate Azar, our Executive Director, announced that the Foundation has raised over a million dollars for the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library! These funds go toward’s the […]

30th of October 2016

Welcome to our newest Board Member

Earlier this year the Foundation welcomed former LA Times Food Critic and Columnist Russ Parsons to our Board of Directors. Russ joins the Foundation’s Board after 35 years with the LA Times, authoring cookbooks like How to Read a French Fry and How to Pick a Peach (available to check out at Main Library). He […]

23rd of October 2016

What’s Carnegie49?

Carnegie49 is a group of donors who’ve committed to recognizing the Foundation in a legacy gift. The Society is named after Andrew Carnegie because of his generous work spreading literacy across the country with numerous libraries, from New York to California. In fact, the first library in Long Beach was a Carnegie library—the 49th Carnegie […]

23rd of September 2016

What are you reading, Mayor Garcia?

On September 15, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation hosted the inaugural Mayor’s Book Club at the Beverly O’Neill Theater. With over 200 readers in the audience, Robert Garcia sat with Press Telegram columnist Tim Grobaty to discuss his new book, I’m Dyin’ Here, a memoir of journalism and life in Long Beach. It was […]

23rd of June 2016

Welcome Erica Bradley!

Kate Azar’s first step as the new Executive Director earlier this year was to hire a new Director of Development, Erica Bradley. Erica, a graduate of UC San Diego, has been a development professional for 13 years, most notably serving eight years on behalf of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Her career reflects a commitment to […]

30th of May 2016

A New Director for the 20th Year

The Board of Directors of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce that Kate Azar, a talented and highly experienced specialist in the nonprofit sector, has been selected as Executive Director. While serving as the Foundation’s Interim Executive Director, Kate provided tremendous value and demonstrated her passion for supporting the Long Beach […]

20th of May 2014


The Long Beach Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library have jointly created an updated, second edition of our 2014 Voter Guide. This tool will help prepare library supporters to make an informed decision regarding the Long Beach run‐off elections, which will be held on June 3, 2014. This is […]