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News Image Alpha Kappa Alpha Celebrates 50 Years in Service to Long Beach
The Theta Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrates their 50 year milestone with a display at Main Library through October.
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News Image Spooktacular Books to Check Out at LBPL: Top 10 adult Halloween books
Check out these great books to get you in the Halloween Mood.
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News Image Spooktacular Books to Check Out at LBPL: Top 10 children's Halloween books
Check out these great books to get you in the Halloween Mood.
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News Image North Branch Library Groundbreaking
Join Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmember Rex Richardson, and the Departments of Library Services and Public Works for the new North Branch Library groundbreaking.
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News Image North Branch Library Construction Community Meeting
Please join us on Thursday evening, October 23 for the North Library Community Meeting. 
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News Image Bug Wars: It’s a bug eat bug world at Main
Blood-sucking Nymphs! Lace-Winged Cannibals! Armies of Flying Parasites! No, it's not Halloween, just the everyday world of beneficial bugs.
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News Image "Cover to Cover” Reading Program Sponsored by In-N-Out Burger
Kids age 4 through 12 can register for the “Cover to Cover” Reading Program at any of our 12 libraries and receive free food coupons from In-N-Out Burger.
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News Image Turn Dreams Into Reality @ Your Library this Fall!
This year the library has invited author & inventor Patricia Nolan-Brown for a program aimed at future entrepreneurs and inventors. 
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News Image Harte Computers Unavailable Oct. 10-11
Due to facility upgrades computers at Harte Library will be unavailable Friday, October 10th and Saturday, October 11th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

News Image Julie Rivett: Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade presented by the Friends of the Library
Julie Rivett, a Hammett Scholar, speaks about her grandfather Dashiell Hammett and his inspiration for the classic mystery The Maltese Falcon at 2:00PM on October 18 in the Main Library Auditorium.
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News Image Pardon Our Progress
Public computers will be unavailable at several library locations on Tuesday, September 30th & Wednesday, October 1st . We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience!
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News Image Storytime resumes at Los Altos
Join us for Baby and Toddler Storytime on Fridays at 9:15AM and Preschool Storytime at 10:15AM starting October 3rd.

News Image Easy A - Banned Book Week Film Screening
Join us September 20 in the Main Library Auditorium from 2:00-4:30PM as LBPL, Alpha Omicron Pi and Phi Kappa Psi Fraternities present a special banned book week screening of Easy A (PG-13).
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News Image Artist Ezra Bejar
Main Library presents an exhibit of the paintings of Ezra Bejar. He created these unique pieces as a result of his upbringing in Mexico, modern art influence and a life altering temporary loss of vision.
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News Image A Library Card is the Smart School Supply
September is not only time to go back to school, it is Library Card Sign-up Month. Long Beach Public Library wants to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card. Click here for information on how to sign up for a Long Beach Library Card or visit one of our 12 Long Beach Public Libraries.

News Image Now Hiring: Studio Guide
The Library is looking for an energetic, technology savvy individual for a part-time position in The Studio


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News Image Los Altos Library Closure - August 19th
Los Altos Library will be closed to the public on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience. All other Long Beach Public Library locations will be open regular hours and online services available 24/7. Los Altos will re-open on Wednesday, August 20th.

News Image Internet Maintenance - August 20th
On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 the library Internet connection will be undergoing routine maintenance between 12:00-6:00A.M. The library catalog, emedia and other services may be affected. Thank you for your understanding.


News Image Library Closed August 30
All Long Beach Public Library locations will be closed Saturday August 30 for the observance of Labor Day. Manage your account anytime online or through our LBPL mobile app.
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News Image Musical Theatre West: From Page to Stage
Musical Theatre West presents From Page to Stage, a fun and educational 30-minute program that demonstrates how works of literature, from historical novels to comic strips, can be turned into musicals, using the theme of reading to stir the imagination.
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News Image Shared Science Crazy Constructors
Shared Science Crazy Constructors is coming to LBPL to show us how to build and test LEGO models. Learn about magnetism, torque, pulley systems, leverage, invention and design engineering along the way.
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News Image Geebo the Clown
Join us July 31st at Bay Shore Library from 2:00-3:00PM and Main Library from 4:00-5:00PM and be amazed by Geebo the Clown's incredible magic tricks and balloon sculptures.

News Image Blue Submarine
The Blue Submarine is bringing the ocean to Alamitos Library on July 30th at 3:30PM. Experience marine life up-close and personal and touch live native Southern California tidepool animals.
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News Image Musical Theatre West presents From Page to Stage
Join us July 25th at 3:00PM at Alamitos Library as Musical Theatre West presents From Page to Stage, a fun and educational 30-minute program that demonstrates how works of literature, from historical novels to comic strips, can be turned into musicals, using the theme of reading to stir the imagination.
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News Image B.A.R.K. at LBPL - Woof!
Visit the library and read to friendly B.A.R.K. certified therapy dogs on Saturday, July 26th. B.A.R.K dogs want to hear you read at Los Altos Library from 11:00AM-12:30PM and Harte Library from 1:00-2:30PM.
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News Image Learn how to draw Japanese Anime & Manga
Learn how to draw Japanese Anime & Manga from scratch! Carlos Nieto will take you through the steps of creating your very own character using basic shapes and simple techniques.
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News Image Annie Banannie, Balloon Storyteller
Join us for Annie Banannie, Balloon Storyteller July 24th for fun storytelling, amazing balloon twisting and lots of audience participation that will have everyone in awe and laughing with glee. Every balloon has a story.
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News Image Abbit the Average
Pirates, princesses, fairies, and superheroes join us July 24th and watch in awe and clap with amusement at the tricks of magician Abbit the Average.
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News Image Shared Science Crazy Constructors
Join us July 24th as Shared Science Crazy Constructors shows us how to build and test LEGO models.
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News Image Super Scratch Programming for Girls
Girls ages 9 and up are invited to explore the super fun possibilities of computer animations. Create your own characters to tell a story and design a computer game on Saturday, July 19 from 1:00PM – 2:30PM at the Main Library Studio.
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News Image Orange County Guitar Orchestra
Long Beach Public Library is proud to present the Orange County Guitar Orchestra.  The concert will be held at the Main Library at 2:00PM on Saturday July 19, 2014.
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News Image Now Hiring: Library Pages
The Long Beach Public Library is currently recruiting for part-time page positions. Completed applications and supplemental material should be returned to any Long Beach Public Library or to Main Library Administration by Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 4:30PM.

News Image A Very Special Storytime with Belle from Beauty and the Beast
Join us for a very special storytime with Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Belle will read selections from "Five Minute Princess Stories."
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News Image Pacific Animal Productions
Come see, touch and learn about animals that hop, slither, crawl or run.
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News Image Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Instrument Petting Zoo
Join us Thursday, July 10th from 11:00AM-12:00PM at the Bach Library as volunteers from the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra host an Instrument Petting Zoo for children of all ages.
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News Image Now Hiring
The Long Beach Public Library is currently recruiting for General Librarian positions in youth, adult and technical services.
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News Image Abbit the Average
Pirates, princesses, fairies, and superheroes join us July 3rd at Burnett Library from 3:00-4:00PM and watch in awe and clap with amusement at the tricks of magician Abbit the Average.

News Image Pacific Animal Productions Animal Encounters
Come and be surprised by the animals you will get to see, touch and learn about.
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News Image Reading by the Sea Author Festival at Main - June 21st
Come celebrate a hot summer by discovering new and exciting authors at the Reading by the Sea Author Festival at Main Library on June 21 from 11:00AM-4:30 PM in the Main Library Auditorium.
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News Image Summer Reading Club @ LBPL
This summer readers of all ages are invited to Fizz, Boom, Read @ the library and win prizes along the way. The fun starts on June 13, 2014 and ends August 2, 2014. Register online or in person at any LBPL location. Free special events are happening all month. 

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News Image Human Library at Main
A real-life encounter can be as priceless as a novel. That’s the hope for the organizers of the Human Library event to be held on Saturday, May 31st from 1:00-4:00PM at the Main Library.
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News Image Memorial Day Holiday
All Long Beach Public Libraries will be closed Saturday, May 24, 2014 for the observance of Memorial Day. Our library catalog, downloads, and databases are available 24/7.

News Image Part Time Library Assistant Openings
Are you looking for an opportunity to work in the Library assisting the Long Beach Community? LBPL is currently accepting applications for Library Assistant and Library Aide. If you think you might be interested, read more...
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News Image Long Beach presents The Studio
The Studio is now open. Join us for classes on 3D design & 3D printing on Saturdays from 2:00-3:30PM.  For a full list of events please visit our online calendar. All of our classes are on a first come first served basis. We expect the classes to fill quickly so arrive early. 
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News Image Family Learning Centers
All twelve Family Learning Centers will be closed during the Long Beach Unified School District spring break from April 18-26 and will resume services on Tuesday April, 29.

News Image Author Luis Carlos Montalván at Main
The Long Beach Public Library Foundation presents a Coming Home Long Beach event from 6:00PM-8:00PM on Thursday, April 17 in the Main Library Auditorium.
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News Image Dictionary Day for Everyone at Mark Twain
The Long Beach Public Library Foundation presents Dictionary Day for Everyone at 2:00PM on Saturday, April 12 in Mark Twain's community room.
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News Image Join Us for Science Fun!
On Saturday, April 5 from 11:00AM-12:00PM we’ll be cooking up exciting science experiments at North Neighborhood Library. Join us for an hour of fun for all ages and explore Kitchen Science. It will get messy! Come early at 10:00AM for storytime.

News Image Reading for Life
Please join local Southern California authors J. M. Zuniga, T. M. Scott, Samantha Combs and Christine Fonseca in the Main Library auditorium on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2:00PM. Listen as they discuss how writing and readers changed their lives.
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News Image Part-Time Position Vacancy Extended
Are you looking for an opportunity to hone your reference and readers' advisory skills serving the diverse and dynamic Long Beach community?
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News Image Blanche Collins Forum: Sonia Nazario
Please join author and columnist Sonia Nazario in the Main Library auditorium on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 2:00PM as she discusses her best-selling book 'Enrique’s Journey.'
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News Image New Books for Long Beach Children
Join Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women at the Main Library, Saturday, March 1 from 10:00AM-4:30PM as they donate new books to Long Beach children during a one-day book distribution.
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News Image New eBook Platform for Children's & Middle School Titles
Long Beach Public Library expands eBook services with the addition of Axis 360. The Axis 360 collection will focus on both children's and middle school titles.
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News Image Atlantic Theatre Demolition Ceremony & Uptown Renaissance Festival
Join us Saturday, January 25th at 10AM at Atlantic Theatre as we make way for the new North Neighborhood Library. There will be Live Entertainment, Informational Exhibits, Food, Folks & Fun.
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News Image Author Event @ Main Library
Long Beach Public Library presents authors Julie Lee and Keith Vickers on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2PM in the Main Library Auditorium.
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News Image Games Day @ Dana Library
Games Day is back on Saturday, January 25, from 1-4PM at Dana Library! We are playing MarioKart Wii, Scrabble, Smath, Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots, Pictionary Jr. and others.
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News Image Not My Life Film Event
As part of National Human Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month, Long Beach Public Library will be screening the film Not My Life on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2PM in the Main Library Auditorium.
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News Image Libraries Closed Saturday, January 18
All Long Beach Public Library locations will be closed Saturday, January 18, 2014 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Learn more about his life with our public library books, eBooks, DVDs and CDs.

News Image eBook class
Did the new year bring you a new eReader, Tablet or Smartphone? Join us Saturday, January 11th, 2-3PM at the Main Library to learn how to download free eBooks, Audiobooks, music, magazines & more! All you need is your device and a library card.

News Image Now there's more Freegal
Freegal users can now download 5 songs per week. These DRM-free MP3 audio and MP4 video files are free, legal, and yours to keep. Happy listening!

News Image LA Opera presents
Join us at El Dorado Public Library Saturday, January 11th at 2:00PM for a powerful tale of innocence and betrayal on the high seas.
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News Image Holiday Joy
All Long Beach Public Libraries will close at 5:00PM on Tuesday, December 24th and December 31st and will be closed all day on Wednesday, December 25th and January 1st for the observance of the Christmas and New Year Holiday.

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News Image Now Hiring: Page and Studio Guide
The Library is recruiting for part-time openings: Page and Studio Guide.
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News Image LBPD Toy Patrol Donations at LBPL
Share in the joy of the season by donating to the Long Beach Police Department's annual Toy Patrol. The Long Beach Police Department along with the Long Beach Fire Department will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys from businesses and individuals.
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News Image Patient Protection and ACA Forum
Join us Tuesday, December 10 from 5:30PM to 7:00PM in the Main Library auditorium for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Forum.
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Thanksgiving Conucopia Image Thanksgiving Holiday
All Long Beach Public Library locations are closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. Our digital library is open 24/7 for last minute downloads. We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

News Image Community Food Drive
The 6th Annual Long Beach Community Food Drive hosted by Mayor Bob Foster and Food Finders of Long Beach returns to the Library.
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News Image Origami Fun @ Bach
Join us at the Bach Neighborhood Library on Saturday, November 23, from 1:00PM-3:00PM and create origami gifts and decorations. A super fun event designed for children ages 8 and up!

Zinio logo Zinio is here!
Browse from a collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.
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News Image Spooky Sun Prints at Main Library
Guest artist Roz Walker will be in the Youth Services Department at the Main Library on Saturday, October 26 from 11:30AM to 1:00PM to help you create a creepy t-shirt or handkerchief. Space is limited. Please sign up ahead of time by calling 562-570-7500.
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10th Anniversary Image ICPD Celebrates 10th Anniversary
As part of its proud history and commitment to providing equal access to information for all people, the library invites you to visit the Information Center for People with Disabilities.
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News Image Author Talk @ Dana Library
Nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author Gustavo Arellano will be at Dana Library, Thursday, October 17 from 6:30-7:30PM.
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News Image In-N-Out Cover to Cover Club for Kids
Stop by your local library to sign up for the In-N-Out Cover to Cover Reading Club. Read five books and get a coupon for a free hamburger, cheeseburger, or grilled cheese. All kids ages 4-12 are eligible to participate.
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News Image Film Event Finding Kind
The Long Beach Public Library and the Junior League of Long Beach have partnered to bring the film event Finding Kind to the Main Library on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10:00AM – 1:00PM. Join us for a free documentary film screening and group discussion about girl on girl bullying and how YOU can make a difference!
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News Image Discover What You're Missing
Join us for a controversial film starring Bette Davis as a brave librarian battling censorship during the McCarthy era. As part of Banned Book Week the Library is hosting this screening in partnership with Long Beach Cinematheque.
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News Image Los Altos Library Closed 9/26
Los Altos Neighborhood Library will be closed to the public Thursday, September 26, 2013. We apologize for any inconvenience. All other Long Beach Public Library locations will be open regular hours and online services available 24/7.

News Image Celebrate with Brewitt Neighborhood Library
On August 30, 1948, the East Long Beach Branch Library opened its doors. Now it's the Brewitt Neighborhood Library and it has been serving its community for 65 years. Please join us this Saturday, August 24 at 10AM to celebrate! 
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News Image Special Guest at Main Library Preschool Story Time
Amy Garrett, LBPD Detective with Juvenile Investigations, will be visiting story time at Main Library on Thursday August 22 at 11:30AM to share a story with the preschoolers and then speak with them and their parents about Stranger Danger.

News Image “Book to Action” with author Carissa Phelps
Join us at the Main Library on Saturday, August 10, 2013 for Book to Action-Homeless to Hope with author Carissa Phelps, "Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time." 
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News Image Hidden History at Main Library
Join us at the Main Library to experience our “Hidden Library”.  Since 1896 the Long Beach Public Library has acquired many fascinating and remarkable items.
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News Image 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service
The Long Beach Public Library expands eBook services with the addition of the 3M Cloud Library. Titles from the 3M Cloud Library can be found by searching the library’s catalog or by browsing the 3M shelves.
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News Image What's New
See our Book News and Featured Lists to discover the latest at Long Beach Public Library. Check out reviews, award winners, new authors, and sign up for newsletters and online book clubs.

News Image Family Science Workshop
Geek out with fabulous local engineers from Boeing during the Family Science Workshop at Mark Twain Library Saturday, July 27th from 1-3PM.
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News Image Book to Action Film Festival
Join us for the Main Library Book to Action Film Festival with the screening of the documentary "Half the Sky." Part 1 will screen on Sept. 14 at 2PM and part 2 will screen Sept. 21 at 2PM. See the special events calendar for additional information on these films.
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News Image Local Author Talks @ Dana Library
Please join author Marcia Lee Harris at the Dana Library on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:30AM to discuss her book “Fanny Bixby Spencer: Long Beach’s Inspirational Firebrand” and talk about Fanny Bixby Spencer (1879-1930), a fascinating woman who chose to break away from societal norms and change California forever. Harris will come dressed as Fanny Bixby to share stories, as well as answer in-depth questions about Bixby’s life. 
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Dig Into Reading Image Can You Dig It?
Dig Into Reading @ LBPL - July 2-31
This summer readers of all ages can dig into great books and win prizes along the way by joining our Summer Reading Club. Register online or in person at any LBPL location. Free special events are happening all month.

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News Image Fourth of July
All Long Beach Public Library locations will be closed Friday for the Fourth of July. Download materials and manage your account online or in the LBPL Mobile app, even when we're closed. Have a safe and happy holiday.  

News Image Friendly Dogs Need Readers @ Bay Shore
Reading aloud to dogs builds reading skills and confidence in kids. Come meet the B.A.R.K. certified therapy dogs at the Bay Shore Neighborhood Library on Saturday, June 1 from 11:00AM-12:30PM. Check out this dog-approved reading list for books to enjoy together.
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Autism Ribbon Image Film Event for Families with Autism
Families are invited to a showing of our first sensory movie at the Main Library in Youth Services on Saturday May 11, at 11:00a.m. Join us as Ralph tries to find a place in the gaming world where he is no longer the bad guy. The lights will be left on and attendees may come and go. Outside snacks for dietary needs are allowed. 
 
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elmo street group Elmo at Los Altos and Main Libraries
Join us for a special storytime featuring Sesame Street's Elmo at Los Altos & Main Library on Friday, May 3 at 10:30AM and 1:00PM respectively. All 12 libraries will be raffling a family pass for 4 to the production Sesame Street Live "Can't Stop Singing".
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News Image All Long Beach Libraries Now Offering Wi-Fi
Now, at a library near you, enjoy reading emails, surfing the web, sharing on social media sites, downloading free ebooks and audiobooks, downloading free music, and more, all without a time limit. 
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communities matters at your library Communities Matter @ Your Library
Celebrate National Library Month this April at your neighborhood library. This year's theme is Communities Matter, and we are offering a host of programs to highlight this.

Libraries are the heart of their communities, trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. Stop by a Long Beach Public Library this April to join our celebration!
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News Image Go, Dog. Go! Featuring Clifford!
As Long Beach Reads One Book in March, join the Library for special storytimes featuring the classic Go, Dog. Go! and a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog. Storytimes will be held Thursday, March 14 at 3:00 PM at Burnett Library with special guest reader Mayor Bob Foster, Friday, March 15 at 3:00 PM at Mark Twain Library, and Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 AM at Main Library with special guest reader Councilmember Suja Lowenthal.
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News Image Author/Musician Jack Grisham @ Main Library
Long Beach native and local music legend, Jack Grisham, will speak in the Main Library auditorium about his memoir, "An American Demon" as well as his upcoming book, "Untamed," on Saturday, March 9 at 2PM.
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News Image Journalist David C. Henley at Main Library
Author David C. Henley will speak in the Main Library auditorium about his fascinating book, "From Moscow to Beirut: the Adventures of a Foreign Correspondent," on Saturday February 23 at 2:00PM. This memoir chronicles the progression of Mr. Henley's career as a journalist and foreign correspondent.
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News Image Long Beach Reads One Book
Join us for an evening with Garth Stein, author of "The Art of Racing in the Rain," on Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00PM at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Reserve your tickets by calling (562) 985-7000 or click here. In addition, check out the special events happening March 9 - 23 at Long Beach Public Libraries and other venues throughout the city!
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News Image Tax Information
Visit the IRS or California Franchise Tax Board for Federal & State tax forms, filing information, and tax help.  Also, check with your local Long Beach Library to see what forms are available. Libraries carry only commonly used forms and publications including 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ federal forms and 540EZ, 540/540A state forms.
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Photo courtesy of Pedro Infante web site Celebrate African American Heritage Month
Long Beach Public Library and MusicUNTOLD  present a screening of the 1948 classic Mexican film "Angelitos Negros" on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:00PM in the Main Library auditorium, starring popular Mexican actor Pedro Infante. A conversation about the film and a live performance by soprano Hope Foye immediately follow.
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News Image Presidents' Day Holiday
We will be closed Saturday, February 16th for the Presidents' Day holiday. Manage your account anytime online or through our LBPL mobile app. Plus, you can download eBooks, audiobooks, and music to your computer or smartphone, even when we're closed!

shrimpee the shrimp book cover Children’s author Feb. 13 at Main Library
Discover your unique talent with the help of Shrimpee the Shrimp and author of his story, Marika C. Boehler on Wednesday, February 13 at 4:00PM in the Story Theater at Main Library.
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martin luther king Libraries Closed Saturday, January 19
All Long Beach Public Library locations will be closed Saturday, January 19, 2013 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Learn more about his life with our public library books, eBooks, DVDs and CDs.

News Image Holiday Hours
All Long Beach Public Library locations will be closed Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Download materials and manage your account, online or in the LBPL Mobile app, even when we're closed.

News Image Internet Transition Almost Complete
Our system upgrade is almost complete. Some online services remain unavailable, including access to your online library account via our LBPL Mobile App. You can access your library account online here. Thank you for your patience as we complete our upgrade.
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cornucopia Thanksgiving Holiday
All Long Beach Public Library locations are closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. Our digital library is open 24/7 for last minute downloads. We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

News Image The Polar Express Pulls Into the Library
All aboard for a holiday adventure! Kids, join us Saturday, December 8 at the El Dorado Library. Wear your pajamas and enjoy an afternoon with Santa and the conductor of the
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food finders image Community Food Drive
The 5th Annual Long Beach Community Food Drive hosted by Mayor Bob Foster, Food Finders, Friends of Long Beach Animals and We Love Long Beach returns to the Library. Drop your donations of canned and packaged food for people and pets in the blue bins at
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indira hale tucker 15th Anniversary Celebration
Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of the African American Heritage Society of Long Beach. The event will include a special memorial tribute to Indira Hale Tucker and Emma Henderson. Join us Saturday, October 27, 1:00PM at the Burnett Neighborhood Library. Refreshments will be served.
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kid in library Now Hiring Part-Time Library Assistants
We're looking for Part-Time Library Assistants for our Neighborhood Libraries. If you enjoy interacting with people of all ages, possess strong computer skills, and have a passion for libraries, we invite you to apply. Read the full job description, download
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finding kind image Finding Kind Movie Event
The Junior League of Long Beach and the Library present Finding Kind, a movie about growing up as a girl, bullying, and finding respect. Join us Saturday, October 20 at 10:00AM in the Main Library Auditorium. The event is FREE. Girls ages 12-16 may attend. One parent or guardian may join each girl. RSVP by October 19 to: community@jllb.org.
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teen read week sample Star in Your Own Poster
Teens, do you love to read? Do you have a favorite book? Celebrate Teen Read Week by visiting one of the six libraries listed below to pose for a personalized Read poster. We'll email a digital copy for you to keep. Tag your photo on Twitter or Instagram with #TRW12. You can be a star Saturday, October 20 at Main, Burnett, El Dorado, Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and North Libraries. 
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News Image Madame Butterfly Presentation
The El Dorado Neighborhood Library hosts LA Opera Community Educator, Edward Lieb, for an illustrated talk on Puccini's tragic opera, Madame Butterfly, a tale of a young Japanese geisha awaiting the return of her American naval officer husband, not suspecting that he married again in his own country. Join us Saturday, October 13 at 2:00PM for this free
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cover to cover image Join the In-N-Out Cover to Cover Club
Kids ages 4-12, you're invited to join the In-N-Out Cover to Cover Club. Read 5 books and get a coupon for a free hamburger, cheeseburger, or grilled cheese. The club runs Saturday, October 6 to Saturday
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Main Library Hours to Change
Main Library hours will change, effective Tuesday, October 23. Main Library will open at 12:00PM instead of 10:00AM Tuesday through Thursday. Main Library will also remain open until 7:00PM on Thursday evenings. The new hours for Main Library
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Manzanar Fishing Club Movie Poster Manzanar Fishing Club Film Event
As part of the Searching for Democracy Film Festival, the Library presents The Manzanar Fishing Club, a feature-length documentary that chronicles the Japanese-American internment during World War II from a different perspective. Join us Saturday, October 13 at 2:00PM in the Main Library
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Understanding CIPA
Everyone is invited to attend Understanding CIPA, a discussion of Internet Safety at the Library and the Children's Internet Protection Act. A short presentation will be given followed by a question and answer period. This free event is Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 6:00pm at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library.
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forgetting tree cover shot Bestselling Author to Speak at Main
The Friends of the Long Beach Public Library present author Tatjana Soli on Saturday, October 6, at 1:00PM in the Main Library Auditorium. Soli's bestselling debut novel, The Lotus Eaters, was a winner of the James Tait Black Prize, a NY Times Notable Book, and finalist for the LA Times Book Award. She will discuss and sign her latest novel, The Forgetting Tree.
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News Image Discover Opera at El Dorado Library
No woman is safe from his advances! No man is safe from his dastardly schemes! Don Giovanni, considered by many to be the greatest opera ever written, is at the LA Opera September 22 - October 14. Can't make it to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion? Join LA Opera Community Educator, Bob Bernard, Saturday, September 29, at 2:00PM at El Dorado Library for a lively discussion and
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March by Brooks cover image Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War
Join us for a reading and discussion program on Saturday, September 22 at 11AM in the Main Library Auditorium. The library is hosting this program, sponsored by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, to encourage participants to consider the legacy of the Civil War and emancipation.
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News Image Do you Brake for Book Sales?
We're hosting a special 4-day book sale at El Dorado Neighborhood Library. Discover great deals on books and media and support the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library. Dates and times below.  
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News Image Hispanic Heritage Short Film Event
Join us to watch and discuss two award-winning short films. The first film, The Purepécha: Poorest of the Poor, documents Long Beach fifth-grader Stephanie Maldonado's summer spent exploring the culture and living conditions of the Purépecha Indians in the Coachella Valley. 

The second film, Tanto Tiempo: So Much

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smartest card Do you have the Smartest Card?
Kids, add a library card to your list of back-to-school supplies. Visit the library and read at home to boost your confidence and skills. Adults, has it been a while since you've been in? Explore our free eBooks, audiobooks, music, and more. Get a card @ your library.
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breathmobile Asthma Clinic on Wheels
The UCLA Breathmobile, an asthma clinic on wheels, is coming to a library near you. Parents and kids, join us to learn about living with asthma, allergies, and more.
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On Saturday August 11, The California Writers Club of Long Beach will welcome author Manny Pacheco to their monthly meeting at the Los Altos Neighborhood Library. Mr. Pacheco is the author of Forgotten Hollywood
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checkbox Summer Reading Club Survey
Did you participate in our Summer Reading Club this year? Your feedback is important to us. Take this short online survey and help us improve our Summer Reading Club for all ages.
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Join our free Khmer/Cambodian language class, taught by Long Beach Neighborhood Services. Held every Saturday, 10:00 - 11:30AM in the Mark Twain Library
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Long Beach Public Library, MusicUntold and Cal Humanities present author Stephanie McCurry on Saturday, August 4 at 12:00PM in the Main Library Auditorium. Confederate Reckoning explores the political battle in which women and slaves helped to decide the fate of the Confederacy, and ultimately, the outcome of the Civil War.
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The Long Beach Public Library and Cal Humanities present author Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston on Saturday, July 7 at 1:00PM in the Main Library Auditorium. Houston was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their Long Beach home and fishing business and relocated to the Manzanar Internment Camp.
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Summer Reading Club

Our Summer Reading Club runs June 16 - August 11. You'll find something for everyone, from babies to seniors, online and in the library. Dream Big, Read! Watch our YouTube video to see how. 
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Have you ever wished that the library carried the latest technical books? Now, we do! Books24x7 is an on-demand, unlimited use, searchable, web-based collection. Databases, programming, software, and much more are covered in the IT & Technical Collection.
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We're teaming up with Love in the Mirror to collect personal hygiene items for local homeless youth.  The kick-off event is Saturday, June 2 at 2:00PM at the Dana Library. Please bring a toiletry item and stay for stories, games, and refreshments.
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Our Digital Archive upgrade is complete. You'll find a cleaner look and new features, like slideshows. Have fun browsing or searching our digital images, yearbooks, and city directories. Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, or RSS for the latest from the Digital Archive.
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Are you dumbfounded by our databases or confused by our catalog? Now you can get your quick questions answered by CHAT! Click the green Ask Us button on the right. Don't have a question but want to share a comment for the library? We'd love that, too. A Librarian is available Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM by instant message (IM) or text.
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Want to stay up to date on all the latest happenings, upcoming events and exciting new services at the library? Subscribe to What's New @ Long Beach Public Library, our new email newsletter, and you won't miss
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All Long Beach Public Libraries will be closed Saturday, May 26 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. See this image and many more of local servicemen and women in our Digital Archive. Our library catalog, downloads, and databases are always available. Libraries open again Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
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We're hard at work upgrading our Digital Archive. Please excuse any digital dust or temporary service interruptions between now and Wednesday, May 16. We'll let you know when the new and improved service is live. We think you'll enjoy the new features!
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The Friends of the Long Beach Public Library invite you to their Annual Meeting & Literary Luncheon on Saturday, May 19 at 11:30AM. Long Beach Historian, Claudine Burnett, will share stories from her latest book, Soaring Skyward. Enjoy lunch at the Reef on the Water and learn how you can become an active member of the Friends.
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For the first 72 hours after a major disaster, are you prepared to be on your own? A free 3-hour class will introduce you to Emergency Preparedness in an informative and fun forum. Saturday, May 12, 10:00AM - 1:00PM, Main Library Auditorium. 
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We're pleased to showcase local artist David McKeag's work through the end of June. Come see McKeag's amazing range of media and styles, from realistic to surreal. View the art
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Join us for a Bike Safety Rodeo on Saturday, May 12, 12:00 - 3:00PM, at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library. Learn how to ride safely, keep an eye on traffic, and do quick stops and turns. Bike Rodeo staff will
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Stop by the Dana Neighborhood Library April 17 - 26 to pick up a poem for your pocket. Carry it with you and share with co-workers, family, and friends on Poem in Your Pocket Day, Thursday, April 26. Can't make it to the library? Download the Poem Flow app from
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Learn a new language with Mango Languages. Your LBPL card gives you free access to more than 35 language courses, plus ESL. Learn online or on the go with the Mango Languages app, now for Android and iOS.
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Check in at any Long Beach Public Library on Foursquare or Yelp to show how You Belong @ Your Library. Lucky random winners will receive a goodie bag. Check in as many times as you'd like during April. Winners announced May 1.
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Whether you are seeking information on a new career, starting a business or looking for activities for children, You Belong @ Your Long Beach Public Library. During the month of April, you are invited to join us in celebrating National Library Month.
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Now you can download directly to your mobile device! Freegal provides free and legal music downloads for Long Beach Public Library card holders. Visit our Downloads page to get started on your computer or download the free app for iOS or Android.
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The Long Beach Public Library Foundation and the Long Beach Public Library are honored to present award-winning author, Isabel Allende. Ms. Allende will appear at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 22 at 7:00PM. Her novel, Zorro, was chosen for 2012 Long Beach Reads One Book.
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Visit the IRS for federal forms, filing, free tax tools, and help. Visit the CA Franchise Tax Board for state forms, filing, and free chat help. Libraries carry only commonly used forms and
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Lisa See, internationally acclaimed best-selling author of Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy, is the featured speaker for the 2012 Blanche Collins Forum on Saturday, February 11 at 1:30 PM at the Main Library Auditorium.

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Digital Bookmobile Rolls into Long Beach February 11


The Digital Bookmobile is coming to Long Beach! Find us at the 2nd Saturday Art Walk on Saturday, February 11 from 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Readers of all ages will learn how to download free eBooks and audiobooks from the library.
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Use your library card to get healthy in 2012! From professional health journals to consumer health videos, our Health & Wellness online resources can help you access reliable, user-friendly research that puts you on the right track for the new year.
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Looking for fun, educational, interactive books and games just for kids? Check out BookFlix and TumbleBooks! Your library card gives you free access to these kid-friendly resources online. Learn more about these services, including new TumbleBooks for iPad.
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Father Gregory Boyle, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, will present Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion as part of the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library Blanche Collins Forum on Saturday, December 10th, at 2:00 p.m. The doors of the Main Library Auditorium will open at 1:30 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public.
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Our mobile app makes it easy to search the library's collections, manage your account, and discover new materials. The LBPL Mobile app is free and compatible with most smartphones. Download it now for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and more.
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Join us for the new Nintendo Wii Wednesdays! Bring your friends to enjoy a variety of Wii games and a little competition. Find Wii Wednesdays every week, from 3pm-5pm, behind the purple wall in the Teen Space at the Main Library.
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We've just added access to a new online resource. AtoZdatabases can help you quickly generate sales leads and mailing lists, research business profiles, prepare for a job interview, and much more. All online resources are free to LBPL cardholders and accessible 24/7.
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Stop by your local library to sign up for the In-N-Out Cover to Cover Reading Club. Read five books and get a coupon for a free hamburger, cheeseburger, or grilled cheese. All kids ages 4-12 are eligible to participate. Program runs
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The long awaited partnership of the library's OverDrive free eBook service and Amazon's Kindle eReader is here!  You can now check out and download eBooks to your Kindle or Kindle app, using your Long Beach Public Library library card and Amazon account.
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News Image Celebrate Your Freedom to Read
Each year, Banned Books Week (September 24 through October 1, 2011) is celebrated by the American Library Association and libraries around the country.  It is their mission to raise awareness of the ongoing attempts by individuals or groups to ban or challenge books in our schools and public libraries.
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Long Beach Public Library announces its “We Can Soar” aviation reading list for youth and adults as part of our city’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first transcontinental flight. To commemorate this history making flight, events will be hosted across the city.  View our “We Can Soar” reading list for great book recommendations and check out the event calendar to find a celebration near you!
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Are you ready to explore new destinations, faraway places, and stories from around the world?  Readers of all ages are invited to join the Summer Reading Program at their Long Beach neighborhood library!    Read a new book about strange worlds and exotic places, or reread a favorite novel. Search our catalog or download an eBook or eAudiobook to begin your journey.
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Long Beach Public Library is preparing for their annual selection of exhibits and displays for the Main Library. To be eligible you must either: live in Long Beach, work in Long Beach, or belong to a Long Beach artists' association.
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Join us in the city's annual celebration of Long Beach Reads One Book, March 24, 2011 to April 10, 2011.  This year’s selection is Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project, edited by Dave Isay.  Request a library copy of the book, book on CD, or downloadable audio today.
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Create Your Own Story at the Long Beach Public Library
Libraries are places for new beginnings.  Whether you are getting your first library card, learning new computer skills or planning a trip, the library is the place where your story begins. During the month of April, you are invited to join our nation's libraries and librarians in celebrating National Library Month. 
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Watch the Long Beach History Collection go digital. Search by keyword or browse our collections online in the LBPL Digital Archive or right inside our power search tool, Encore. Discover photos, Long Beach city directories and Long Beach high school yearbooks. And we're just getting started.
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