National Library Appreciation Month Kicks Off in Fifth District With Annual Library Roundup

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The annual Library Roundup spare coin drive in support of Long Beach Public Libraries, will kick off at Ruth Bach and El Dorado Neighborhood libraries on Saturday, April 5th from 10 am – 2pm with a special outdoor reception at both branches. Visitors will be invited to sign a Declaration for the Right to Libraries from the American Library Association and drop off spare change that will be used to purchase books and materials for special programs.

The annual fundraising effort, which began in 2007 as a partnership between Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, Friends of the Long Beach Public Library (FLBPL), and fifth district businesses have raised more than $3000 for books and materials for local libraries.

“Our public libraries are one of the most important institutions a government provides because it is for everyone regardless of age, income, or ability. It is the one place where anyone can go to access information, to learn, to explore, and to become better connected with their community,” commented Schipske, “I have always supported the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library to raise money for books and materials to ensure our branch libraries can continue to serve everyone and provide for a better informed and educated public.”

Participants who haven’t been to the two branches in a while can check out recent improvements and repairs to both of the libraries which was made possible by a one time expenditure from the Fifth District’s budget by Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske.

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske allocated funds for much-needed repairs and improvements at the two district libraries that would not have otherwise been possible due to years of Library budget cuts. Repairs at El Dorado and Ruth Bach libraries included:

El Dorado Library – Approximately $217K spent to date

  • Roofing replacement complete
  • Exterior sidewalk replacement and power wash complete
  • Exterior lighting replacement in progress
  • Entry roof canopy repairs complete
  • Exterior sign improvement in progress. Anticipated completion by mid-April
  • Bathroom improvements complete except for installation of exhaust fans. Anticipated completion by next week
  • Windows replaced

Ruth Bach Library – Approximately $ 150K spent to date

  • Parking lot reconstruction complete
  • Exterior sidewalk replacement and power wash completed
  • Entry roof repairs complete
  • Entry door replacement complete
  • Interior painting of main wall of lobby complete
  • Bathroom improvements – anticipated completion by next week.
  • Exterior turf replacement pending irrigation repairs. Anticipated completion in 2 weeks.
  • Window replacement

Since the Library Roundup’s inception, area businesses and individuals supporting the El Dorado and Ruth Bach Public Libraries have helped raise money to help the two Fifth District libraries continue to provide books and materials for special programs. The annual Library Roundup program has become a Fifth District tradition every spring as a way for residents to show how much they care about the vital institution.

Residents can donate the spare change at the two Fifth District Public Libraries. Look for the “I Love My Public Library” donation box at the following locations:

Ruth Bach – Neighborhood Library
4055 Bellflower Blvd., 90808
(562) 570-1038

El Dorado – Neighborhood Library
2900 Studebaker Rd., 90815
(562) 570-3136

FLBPL hopes that the success of the program in one part of town will become a citywide success this year. Each branch library will have a donation box at their check out desk starting April 5th. For more information call the office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562-570-6932.

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