Long Beach Public Library Foundation


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 […]

4th of June 2021


As the Library Foundation emerges strong from the pandemic, the search begins for a new ED/CEO to continue the Foundation’s 25 years of community impact. Long Beach, CA (June 4, 2021) – Later this month, Long Beach Public Library Foundation Executive Director/CEO Kate Azar will step down after more than five years of service. In […]

30th of May 2021

Enjoy a Storytime to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

Enjoy a special storytime by Carmen D. Snuggs of the Library Foundation Board of Directors to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Carmen reads Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same by Grace Lin. Find this book and more to celebrate AAPI heritage in the Long Beach Public Library’s catalog at http://encore.lbpl.org. […]

20th of April 2021

Library Launches Chromebook and Mobile Hotspot Lending Program Thanks to a Partnership with Verizon and the Library Foundation

On April 15, 2021, the Library launched its new Tech To-Go lending program to help local families bridge the digital divide. 1 in 4 Long Beach households lacks a reliable internet connection and a 2019 report by the City’s Technology and Innovation Commission showed that 45% of those residents rely on the Library to connect to […]

19th of April 2021

Welcome to Our Newest Board Member, Desiree Rew

Desiree Rew, MSW, LCSW, MBA, describes herself as the “return on investment to anyone who has ever given their time, talent, or treasures to support a public library.” Growing up in Baltimore, MD Desiree attributes the many hours spent in the Enoch Pratt Free Library as her launchpad for the adventure, academic endeavors, and adaptability […]

13th of April 2021

Raise a Glass to the Library Foundation’s 25th Anniversary with a Limited Edition Red Blend

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation has partnered with Long Beach’s own award-winning Willmore wine bar to offer a limited edition “Happy Reading” red blend from the Sierra Foothills. You can say “Cheers!” with your specially labeled bottle to celebrate the Library Foundation’s 25th year of service. Half of the profit from every bottle will […]

10th of April 2021

Champion of Literacy, John Arcos

John Arcos joined the Library Foundation Board of Directors in 2017 to support our work to provide crucial educational and literacy resources to those who depend on the City’s 12 public libraries. During his time on the Board, John led important initiatives as Vice President of Programs and Vice President of Fund Development. His support […]