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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 061515
Long Beach Public Library Launches Annual Summer Reading Program
‘Every Hero Has a Story’
Juliene Malecot
Youth Services Department Librarian

The Long Beach Public Library launches its annual citywide Summer Reading Program with a kick-off celebration at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library, located at 1401 E. Anaheim St., on Friday, June 19, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Readers of all ages are invited to unmask their inner super hero and join in super fun activities! Come meet a trio of super heroes, decorate a cape and mask, pose for photos, listen to super stories and register for our Summer Reading Program.

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

Free registration for the Summer Reading Program is easy and can be done online or at any of our 12 library locations from June 20 through August 8, 2015. Fun, educational activities are planned at all libraries during the Summer Reading Program. A variety of programs are scheduled including Flights of Fantasy, a program of interactive folktales and fables, Cory the Percussive Storyteller, Wonders of Wildlife, Annie Banannie and Buster Balloon, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Petting Zoo, Musical Theatre West performing “We Tell Their Story” and many, many more.

“Our goal is to keep children, teens and adults engaged with libraries throughout the summer by offering incentives and opportunities related to reading,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services. “Our Summer Reading Program improves access to library materials and literacy related activities such as story times, creative arts, performances and other special events that encourage youth to become lifelong library users and readers.”

For more information or to register for the program, visit your neighborhood Long Beach Public Library or the library’s website,

Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, includes the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library, along with the additional 10 unique Neighborhood Libraries, Main Library 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, and Family Learning Centers. The Library also provides storytimes, cultural and literacy events.