PRESS RELEASE

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

8/30/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 083021-3
Subject:
Long Beach Public Library Launches Kindergarten Readiness Program: Dive Into School
Registration opens September 1
Contact:
Cynthia Bautista
Senior Librarian
Long Beach Public Library
562.570.6645
Cynthia.Bautista@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA -  The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is launching Dive Into School, a kindergarten readiness program offered in-person and online. Registration opens Wednesday, September 1, 2021, for children who will enroll in kindergarten in 2022.

“A child’s academic success in their later years depends heavily on their readiness for kindergarten,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The Long Beach Public Library’s literacy programs help our youngest students build a solid foundation to adapt to school systems and learn successfully. These programs play a crucial role in our efforts to strengthen and grow early education opportunities for all Long Beach residents.”

An online version of Dive Into School will be available at no cost starting September 1 on the library’s Beanstack app, which allows participants to complete kindergarten readiness activities, track their progress and earn prizes along the way. 

In-person Dive Into School workshops are free of charge and take place on the second Saturday of the month at the Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway) starting September 11 and ending December 11. The 45-minute workshops are offered in English at 10:30 a.m. and Spanish at 11:30 a.m. Advanced registration is required, and the number of participants will be limited. 

The workshops and online program are designed to teach age-appropriate language, literacy, math and social-emotional skills that children should acquire before entering kindergarten. Participants in the Dive Into School program will learn and practice those basic skills and earn badges and prizes as they progress. Families can register, complete and track their program activities online or stop by any LBPL location to pick up a physical program tracker. 

“Arriving at school ready to learn is invaluable for all young children because we know delays in the early years of education can be extremely difficult to overcome,” said Director of Library Services Glenda Williams. “The library's new Dive Into School kindergarten readiness program was developed to provide the tools needed to empower families to support their children's educational development at home.”

The Dive Into School program is supported in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library, as well as the Long Beach Public Library Foundation. 

For workshops held in-person at City libraries, facial coverings are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, per California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance and the City's Health Order.

For more information about registration for Dive Into School or any Long Beach Public Library program or service, visit lbpl.org or call 562.570-7500. 

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 and Human Services; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Development Services; Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

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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 Billie Jean King 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 educational and cultural programs. 

For more information, visit http://www.longbeach.gov/library, “Like” the Long Beach Public Library on Facebook and follow along on Twitter and Instagram

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