FIRST LOOK: Inside Long Beach’s new library being constructed in Downtown

From Long Beachize

“While focus has homed in on the new Civic Center’s largest buildings—the new City Hall and the new Port of Long Beach headquarters that sit at the northeast corner of Ocean and Magnolia—the most expensive building per square foot is the new Main Library at the southwest corner of Broadway and Pacific.It is also one of the most important investments in the public in recent years as libraries across the nation have shifted from simply being places where one can find books to spaces that harbor technologies (our libraries have spaces that include free 3D printing), disperse accredited diplomas (since 2016, 37 adults have scored their high school diploma through the library), and assist with academic and social success (the library has a program that has children fully literate before kindergarten).The massive, 92,500-square-foot-structure will expound on these services and amenities—much needed, given that despite the development and economic boom centered in Downtown, 43 percent of children living in the area (zip codes 90802 and 90813) live below the poverty level.”


Long Beach Library Adds Resource For Veterans

From The Grunion

“There are a lot of benefits available to veterans and their families, but many of them are underused,” Alana LaBeaf, senior librarian at the Main Long Beach Library, said.With the launch of the new Veteran Resource Center at the Main Library, LaBeaf said she hopes that will change.“As librarians, we always strive to connect community members with information, but there is a special challenge involved when people aren’t aware that they have an information need,” LaBeaf said.”

Long Beach Public Library Encourages Adults To Go Back To School

From The Grunion

“Long Beachers 19 and older can go back to high school and earn an accredited high school diploma.It’s possible through Long Beach Public Library’s Career Online High School (COHS) program, an online high school course that differs from a GED.”It offers a great, flexible schedule, and students who complete the course are receiving a high school diploma,” Gina Robinson, Long Beach Public Library librarian and coordinator at COHS, said. “If you have kids and the only time you have to do schoolwork is after they’re in bed, then you can do your high school coursework in bed while in your pajamas.” The program has 75 students enrolled, and celebrated its second graduation earlier this month. Twelve students graduated with their high school diplomas.”

Long Beach Public Library Celebrates 15 Years of Free Dictionary Program

From Long Beach Post

“Every year since 2003, Long Beach Unified School District third graders have received a brand new dictionary thanks to the Long Beach Public Library and Earl B. And Loraine H. Miller foundations.After the new dictionaries are distributed, the Long Beach Public Library’s Dictionary Day events support students by teaching them how to properly use a dictionary through engaging activities that help to improve reading comprehension during a crucial time in their reading development.When children enter the fourth grade their lessons shift from learning to read to reading to learn, however studies show that students who are not at a proficient reading level by third grade are four times more likely to not graduate from high school, according to Campaign for Grade Level Reading.”

Long Beach: Libraries At Work

From The Grunion

” The holiday season reminds us to be grateful for all that we have motivating us to strive to be better. All year long, we work to make what is great about Long Beach even better, and there is no better example of our community working to improve themselves and our city than what you will see in our 12 city libraries.We are fortunate to have one of the best library systems in the country. This year, the Long Beach Public Library won the National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor given to libraries. Every day you see our libraries in action with programs like teaching reading skills to children during story time, students receiving homework help, adults working on resumes, as well as disabled veterans using the library’s free assistive technology and community advocates supporting families. All that while neighborhood associations meet in community rooms.”

Long Beach library hosts Drag Queen Story Hour, controversy ensues

From Press Telegram

” A photograph showing a horned drag queen reading a picture book to children at a Long Beach public library event is one of the latest images to generate controversy.The person shown in the image is Xochi Mochi, who posted the photo on her Instagram account on Saturday afternoon, the same day Long Beach Public Library’s online calendar shows an event called Drag Queen Story Hour was scheduled to have taken place at Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library in North Long Beach.Commentators in conservative news and social media have since attacked Xochi Mochi’s appearance. World Net Daily on Monday published an article headlined “drag-queen demon reads to kids at Michelle Obama library.” The American Conservative ran a post Tuesday under the words “Children’s story time in Weimer America,” a likely reference to the anything-goes culture prevailing in interwar Germany before the rise of the Nazi Party.Locally, CBS 2 news covered the reaction to the event in the context of a Southern California political race after GOP congressional candidate Omar Navarro tweeted a picture of Xochi Mochi below the words, “Demonic teachings alive in Long Beach. I’m outraged they would allow this.”

Check out all the free stuff at the library: 3-D printers, VR headsets and more

From Los Angeles Daily News

” If you haven’t visited your library for a while, you may be surprised. Sure, the books, music and movies are still there, but libraries across Southern California are also offering computers, virtual reality game consoles and other items, along with a wealth of free classes and community events.The Altadena Library opened the Fab Lab, a fabrication lab that has Mac computers, 3-D printers and other tools, in May. The space is used for classes in photo and video editing and more.“Maker spaces are a big deal in libraries these days,” Altadena Library public services director Ryan Roy said. “It’s kind of a trend in libraries, and many libraries are creating spaces for the public to come in and create things.”When a teen comes into the library to borrow a video game, he will be told about the free video game programming and building sessions offered at the Fab Lab.“We get them in the door with the movies and the games, but we keep them with the programs,” Altadena Library Director Mindy Kittay said.Tradition and technology are combining at the Long Beach Public Library.“Our most popular service that we provide is our children’s collection,” Long Beach Public Library community information specialist Shiela Sorenson said. “We provide games online that help with their sensory learning and their literacy. And also our collection of children’s books is in high demand.”The library has an extensive collection of children’s books for checkout, as well as audio and e-books especially for kids.”