City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach Public Library will launch LB Reads on Saturday, June 15, at the annual Summer Reading Program kickoff at Bach Neighborhood Library (4055 N. Bellflower Blvd.). LB Reads is a free, one-on-one literacy tutoring program designed to help English speaking adults improve their reading and writing skills so they can reach their potential as workers, parents, community members and life-long learners.
"Access to education for all ages is vital to the success and growth of our city and its residents,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Literacy is at the very core."
The National Center for Education Statistics recently reported that 33.5 percent of the population 16 years and older in Los Angeles County lacked basic prose literacy skills, an increase from 20.4 percent in 1992. The annual America's Most Literate Cities study from Central Connecticut State University has ranked 88 U.S. cities for literacy since 2003. Their 2014 ranking placed Long Beach overall in 67th place. LB Reads seeks to improve these numbers by pairing adults with tutors in a trusted learning environment.
"LB Reads is unique in that all learners identify a goal they want to accomplish—and that goal can be anything, such as being able to complete a job application or read books to their children,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services. “LB Reads will provide a welcoming and safe place for adults to develop their literacy skills."
Tutors and their learners will be able to meet at five neighborhood libraries: Mark Twain (1401 E. Anaheim St.), Michelle Obama (5870 Atlantic Ave.), Burnett (560 E. Hill St.), Harte (1595 W. Willow St.), and Ruth Bach. The program also will be available at Main Library when it reopens in September. Patrons interested in joining the program, either as a tutor or a learner, can contact the Long Beach Public Library at email@example.com or by calling (562) 570-6579. This program is made possible by the California State Library through the California Library Literacy Services grant.
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.
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