Long Beach Public Library Events to Highlight National Library Month

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The Long Beach Public Library is providing some exceptional events this April in celebration of National Library Month, a time to highlight the value of libraries and library staff and recognize the library’s historical role as the “people’s university.”

“Our libraries are the heart of the Long Beach community, with a deep commitment to our patrons’ lives, work and education,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “The strength of libraries has always been the commitment to provide information to all people with diverse collections and services. While this has never changed, libraries continue to evolve to provide the best service to everyone in Long Beach.”

Everyone is invited join the Long Beach Public Library on April 12 at noon to “Stop, Drop Everything and Read.” This special event will take place in the Civic Center Plaza and at all 12 Long Beach Public Libraries, but you can participate wherever you are. Just drop what you’re doing (chores, errands, paperwork) and read a newspaper, a website, the latest bestseller or a book for school for a few minutes. Take a picture of yourself reading at 12 noon on April 12 and email it to lbpl.mobile@gmail.com. Photos will be shared with the public afterward on social media.

“Today’s libraries provide a wide range of opportunities for people with various needs and interests,” says Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services. “That means providing their communities with tailor made collections and services for people of diverse backgrounds, language abilities and technological skills.”

Other special events include:

Dee Navari Storytelling Festival
Saturday, April 13
2 – 4 pm
Mark Twain Library, 1401 E Anaheim St
In honor of the late Children’s Librarian Dee Navari, this 3rd annual event will feature several storytellers. Light refreshments will be served.

Breakfast with Books
Saturday, April 27
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave.
The Junior League of Long Beach hosts this event with free breakfast, crafts, learning stations and a book give-away that emphasizes the love of books and reading.

In addition, talks by local authors, story times, exhibits and reading clubs will be available for residents of all ages throughout the 12 library sites. For more information on National Library Month or other Long Beach Public Library services, visit your local library, call 562.570.7500 or log on to www.lbpl.org.

Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of close to half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes a Main Library, 11 unique Neighborhood Libraries, and a vibrant online presence. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for lifelong-learning, the Library offers books, media, downloads, databases, internet access, Family Learning Centers, and a variety of programs ranging from story times to cultural programs.

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