Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Programs & Resources

The Library Foundation supports the following free programs, resources, and enhancements available at the 12 Long Beach public libraries.

Family Learning Center Program

  • Available at the Billie Jean King Main Library and neighborhood branches
  • One-on-one homework help and job search assistance for patrons of all ages
  • Online homework help available through Brainfuse HelpNow
  • Computer skills training
  • English as a second language resources

Makerspace Studios

  • Technology labs at Billie Jean King Main Library and Michelle Obama Library
  • The Mobile Studio bringing makerspace Studio resources to all neighborhood branch libraries as well as parks, schools, and community events
  • Instruction in 3D printing, robotics, coding, graphic design, audio and visual recording, video game design, and a variety of mediums for school projects, art installations, and business concepts
  • Highly talented Studio Guides providing workshops and one-on-one assistance for patrons of all ages and skill levels

Literacy Support

  • Hundreds of new books purchased every year to update the Library’s catalog
  • Ebook and audiobook databases with popular titles that can be accessed at home
  • English and Spanish early literacy programs to help families raise lifelong readers including Dive into Reading/Sumérgete A Leer, Circle of Stories/Círculo de Cuentos, Cuentos y Cantos, and more
  • Books that promote the voices, narratives, and histories of Black authors and authors of color as well as educate the public on institutional racism and human rights issues that plague our society
  • One-on-one tutoring through the LB Reads adult literacy program
  • Engaging K-12 youth and their families through the Summer Reading Program
  • Homebound Reader delivery service for ill or injured patrons

Helping Students Succeed

  • A new dictionary/thesaurus for every Long Beach Unified School District 3rd grade student through the Dictionary Days program
  • Dive into School!/¡Sumérgete en la Escuela! educational workshops in English and Spanish for families with children ages four and five to teach age-appropriate language, literacy, math, and social-emotional skills that children should acquire before entering kindergarten
  • Scholarships for adults to earn their accredited high school diploma through the Library’s Career Online High School
  • Online educational databases and lessons for students of all ages, whether they would like to learn a new language or research their own genealogy

Bridging the Digital Divide

  • New computers, laptops and other technological resources accessible to all Library card holders
  • The Tech To Go Chromebook and prepaid wireless internet device lending program which allows Library cardholders to check out these devices at all 12 libraries
  • Specialized resources, adaptive technologies, and peer assistance for adults with special needs at the Billie Jean King Main Library and neighborhood branches