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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 040214
Lives Change @ Your Library – Long Beach Celebrates National Library Month
Darla Wegener, Manager, Main Library Services

This month, the Long Beach Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Month, a time to highlight our libraries. "Lives Change @ Your Library" is a fitting theme for this year's National Library Month celebration as our library is committed to the ever-changing needs of the Long Beach community.

"Libraries serve as a great resource to help people improve their lives, education, careers and businesses," Mayor Bob Foster said. “As a catalyst in the community, our libraries offer opportunities for everyone to learn, grow and achieve their goals.”

In addition to providing access to books, e-books, computers and other resources, libraries offer expert teaching and guidance to aid people in their quest to open new worlds. 

The Long Beach Public Library celebrates National Library Month by continuing to provide a wealth of services and a few special events. Everyone can join us on Friday, April 12, at 12 noon to "Stop, Drop Everything and Read," and for special author events throughout the month.  In addition, the Library has programs for all ages including story times, films, exhibits, e-book assistance and reading clubs. Our libraries provide historical and cultural heritage collections, digital collections, materials in print and electronic formats, career and business resources, homework help, computer instruction and many other creative resources.

“As our world changes, our libraries are at the forefront with the resources and technology to best help our residents,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services.

For more information on National Library Month or other Long Beach Public Library services, visit your local library, call 562.570.7500 or go to

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, eleven 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 literacy and cultural programs.