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Long Beach Public Library Launches ‘Dive Into Reading’ for National Library Month
Cynthia Bautista
Youth and Family Services Senior Librarian
Department of Library Services

April is National Library Month; and this year’s theme chosen by the American Library Association is “Libraries Lead.” Long Beach Public Library is celebrating all the ways libraries lead in the community by launching its newest early literacy initiative, “Dive into Reading,” specifically for families with children ages five and under. The goal of the initiative is simple: parents and guardians strive to read 1,000 books with their child before the start of kindergarten.

“Our goal is to equip young readers and their families to develop a lifelong love of reading and reinforce parents and caregivers as the first teachers in their child’s life,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “As ‘Dive into Reading’ challenges parents and caregivers to regularly read with their children, the Library will be a source of early literacy development with free workshops, educational resources, and expert knowledge.”

Reading together helps children develop crucial early literacy skills, such as increasing letter knowledge, vocabulary, and narrative skills. “Dive into Reading” helps build these skills through five essential practices: reading, talking, singing, playing, and writing. Families who register for the program will checkout themed story kits, attend special library events, and receive prizes for every 100 books read.

“Dive into Reading” will launch at noon on April 18, 2018, at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Avenue, during the Week of the Young Child. The event will include stories, singing, crafts, registration information, and a special story event hosted by Vice Mayor Rex Richardson.

“We are excited to engage families with expert resources to get our youngest Long Beach residents ready to enter kindergarten,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services.  “It is important that our little ones have a good start on the road to reading readiness, and it is a pleasure to be a part of their journey.”

Throughout the month of April, the Long Beach Public Library will be hosting creative, informative and community-driven events at all 12 locations. Activities include: engaging author talks, crafting workshops, naturalist programs, and more.

For more information about “Dive into Reading” or other National Library Month events happening in Long Beach, visit the library’s website,

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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