City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
The Long Beach Public Library will launch its annual citywide Summer Reading Program with a kickoff event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Ruth Bach Neighborhood Library (4055 Bellflower Blvd.). This year’s theme is “It’s Showtime at Your Library,” which celebrates the whimsy, magic and excitement to be discovered by reading a book. The kickoff event will include games, prizes, special performances and an opportunity to register for the Summer Reading Program.
“The benefits of summer reading are clear. Young people experience learning losses when they don’t engage in educational activities during the summer. Our libraries are part of the solution,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Students who participate in summer reading programs read more confidently and score higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who don’t participate.”
The Summer Reading Program is for readers of all ages, and takes place from June 15 to August 10, 2019. There are programs for readers of every age. Children are asked to read (or be read to) five days per week and complete two activities from their Summer Reading folder to earn a prize and the chance for a Grand Prize at the end of summer. Teens receive a list of performing arts-themed books along with materials to use to keep track of their reading. Reading three books earns them a prize and entry into a Grand Prize at the end of summer. Adults receive a “Summer Reading Program” with challenges on every page to read books about a specific performing art, along with a reading list. Reading three books earns them a prize and a chance to win a Grand Prize at the end of summer.
“To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services. “Long Beach Public Library's Summer Reading Program reminds everyone that reading is for fun, as well as for learning.”
Residents can visit any neighborhood Long Beach Public Library to register. Each library location hosts a series of special events. This year’s events include performances by Pacific Animal Productions, an interactive and educational animal show, and Nathalia, a family-friendly bilingual musical performer.
The annual Summer Reading Program is supported by the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library Helen Fuller Cultural Carrousel. More information can be found at all neighborhood Long Beach Public Library locations, as well as the library’s website, www.lbpl.org.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.
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 and eleven neighborhood libraries and a vibrant online presence. In summer of 2017, the Long Beach Public Library was awarded the National Medal for Library and Museum Services in recognition of successful community-collaborations, innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and literacy-focused programs to the residents of Long Beach. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for learning for a lifetime, the Library offers books, media, databases, Internet access, Family Learning Centers, makerspaces, and a variety of events ranging from story times to cultural programs.