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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 040116
Celebrate National Library Month in April with Community Events and Amnesty for Overdue Items
Josephine Caron
Department Librarian

Throughout the month of April, the Long Beach Public Library will be joining libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Month and the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries.

“Libraries in today’s community are more than just a place of quiet study,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “They are also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, access education and career support, read the latest from a favorite author, or just relax.”

Throughout the month of April, the Long Beach Public Library will be hosting creative, informative and community-driven events at all 12 locations. Activities include engaging crafting sessions, book discussions, science and naturalist programs, pop-up libraries and much more.

“The library has always been a place of transformation,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services. “Whatever your interest or need, the library and our library staff are here to provide you the resources required to accomplish your goals and achieve your dreams.”

First sponsored in 1958, this April celebration is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians, and to promote library use and support.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said American Library Association’s Honorary Chair, Gene Luen Yang. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”

As part of Long Beach Public Library’s celebration this year, the library will host an amnesty program to forgive fines for overdue materials. During the month of April, patrons may return overdue books to any Long Beach Public Library location and the overdue fines on those materials will be forgiven. If patrons have unpaid overdue fines from previously returned materials, they may donate any new book to the library and those overdue fines will be forgiven as well. For complete details on April’s National Library Month Amnesty Program visit

About Long Beach Public Library
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 Main Library, eleven 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.