Long Beach Public Library Foundation

State of the City

On January 10, the Foundation was excited to participate as a sponsor in the Mayor’s State of the City event. The evening was devoted to exploring where Long Beach has been over the past year and where we’re headed in the year to come. Representing our city’s libraries is always an honor, but especially so right now as we celebrate the opening of the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library last September and prepare for the construction of a new Main Library in downtown Long Beach over the next few years.

We’ve worked closely with city leaders to ensure that our library system is a significant part of Long Beach’s growth and development, whether by offering quality literacy, language, and educational tutoring, or by making technological resources equally available to all. Plenty of our neighbors had questions about Library programs and events before and after the State of the City, and we were able to dialogue with them about what libraries mean to them and their communities. It was an opportunity to hear stories from people right here in Long Beach who use our libraries regularly and who are excited about the future of library services, programs, and resources.

We know our libraries have been an important part of your lives as well. And we’d love to hear and share your stories! If the Long Beach Public Library has been a place of growth, discovery, and learning for you, tell us about it right here.