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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:061317
Community Invited to Annual Citywide Long Beach Public Library Summer Reading Program Kick-off Event
Cynthia Bautista
Youth & Family Services Senior Librarian
Department of Library Services

The community is invited to the annual citywide Long Beach Public Library (Library) Summer Reading Program (Program) kick-off event on Saturday, June 17, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Ave.

“The Summer Reading Program’s integration of reading, creative play and technology provide our youngest residents with digital literacy and teamwork skills that inspire kids to think and create differently,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I am proud of the Long Beach Public Library’s commitment to ensure that fun and learning continue outside the classroom.”

The Program kick-off event is a family-oriented “How-To” festival, featuring multiple activities designed for youth, teens, and adults. Highlights include Vegetable Gardening 101, Ceramic Painting, Interactive Game Design, Screen Print a Canvas Bag, Coffee Brewing 101, Origami Game Controllers, and a Lego Party.

“The Summer Reading Program offers youth, teens and adults a variety of exciting ways to engage with the library, from personalized reading recommendations and book clubs to technology workshops, music, art and wildlife educational events,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services. “Our Summer Reading Program is designed to engage the entire family and provide Long Beach residents with quality educational and entertaining events all summer long.”

This year’s theme is “Reading by Design,” inspired by the creativity of authors, illustrators, builders, inventors, artists, architects, and everyone who makes the world a more interesting, livable, accessible, and beautiful place. The Library hopes to inspire readers to explore their own creativity and venture into new worlds through reading.

The Program runs from June 17 to August 12, and is free for all ages. Visit any Long Beach Public Library location to register, read, and earn incentives along the way.

To complement reading activities, each library location also hosts a series of special events. This year’s featured performers include Wild Wonders, a wildlife educational program with cuddly and creepy critters; comedy-magician Arty Loon; Noteworthy Puppets; Flights of Fantasy storytellers and more. A complete calendar listing can be found on the library’s website,

About the 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.

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