City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 062916
‘On Your Mark, Get Set … READ!’ Long Beach Public Library Launching Annual Summer Reading Program
Glenda Williams
Director of Library Services

On your mark, get set … READ! The Long Beach Public Library will launch its annual citywide Summer Reading Program with fun and games at the Ruth Bach Neighborhood Library, 4055 Bellflower Boulevard, on Saturday, June 25, at 11:00 am. Readers of all ages are invited to register and participate in the Summer Reading Program.

“The Summer Reading Program integrates reading, play and technology to promote literacy and help children make reading a lifelong habit,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “It’s also a great way to prevent a loss of learning during the summer and to engage with the community.”

Registering for the Summer Reading Program is easy and free. Registration can be done at the library’s website,, or the Summer Reading Program’s website,, or by visiting any of the 12 library locations from June 25 to August 20, 2016.

This summer the Long Beach Public Library will also be hosting special programs at all library locations, ranging from musical acts such as the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and Musical Theatre West, to magic acts like Animal Magic and David Skale, dance artists, wild animals and much more.

“Our goal is to keep children, teens and adults engaged with the library throughout the summer by offering incentives and opportunities related to reading and tailored to each age group,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services. “Our Summer Reading Program improves access to library materials and literacy related activities such as classes for story times, creative arts and other special events that encourage youth to continue learning for a lifetime.”

About Long Beach Public Library
Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of nearly half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes the Main Library, 11 other 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 events ranging from story times to cultural programs. Stay up to date with what’s happening around the library by following @LongBeachPublicLibrary on Facebook and @LBPL_Librarian on Twitter and Instagram.