These projects are possible because of your donations. Anyone may donate – you do not have to be a member of the Friends. You may designate your donation to be split among projects. Friends are not required to donate; only to pay yearly membership dues.
Donating Memorial & Honor Books
Memorial Books: Create a lasting memorial to a family member or friend. Memorial Books have special book plates bearing the name of the person memorialized and are listed in the Friends newsletter. For memorial books or materials, send a donation and include the name of the person memorialized, along with contact information for the family. We will inform them that you have made a donation and then consult with them about materials to purchase and to which library they’d like the materials sent.
Honor Books: Give a book to the library as a way of honoring someone, to mark a special occasion, or in appreciation of a particular kindness. Honor Books are selected by librarians, given special book plates with the name of the person honored, and then made available in libraries where they are most needed. Honor Books are also listed in the Friends newsletter. Honor Books may also be purchased on behalf of each "Super Friend", someone who contributes $100 or more in his/her membership.
For Honor Books, send a donation and include the name and contact information for the person honored. We will inform the honoree of your donation to the library.
African American Heritage Society
The African American Heritage Society of Long Beach was organized in 1997 as a financial support group for the African American Resource Area at the Burnett Neighborhood Library. The African American Resource Area, established in 1998, includes over 3,000 items that focus on African American history, biography, and achievement. Collections include the Tucker-Hale Collection of Black Women’s History and Biography, Men of Courage, and Gifts of Heritage for Children. The African American Heritage Society raises money to purchase materials and promote this special collection.
Blanche Collins Forum
The Blanche Collins Forum was established in 1977 to celebrate the opening of the new Main Library and to honor Blanche Collins, the librarian who led a successful fight against censorship. Each year, the Blanche Collins Forum brings a speaker to the Main Library Auditorium.
Helen Fuller Cultural Carrousel
The Helen Fuller Cultural Carrousel is a committee of the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library. Named in honor of Helen Fuller, Supervisor of Long Beach Public Library Children's Services for 40 years, the Carrousel provides book-related programs for children. The Dee Navari Storytelling Fund, administered by the Helen Fuller Cultural Carrousel, was established to honor the memory of Despoina 'Dee' Navari, one of Long Beach's most influential Children's Librarians.
Ken Slaybaugh Scholarship Fund
The Ken Slaybaugh Scholarship Fund was created in 2007 with a generous donation from Kenneth F. Slaybaugh, who loved libraries and wanted to encourage young people to enjoy the library. This fund provides scholarships to deserving senior high school students who volunteer at the library.
Donations are tax-deductible. The acknowledgment we send serves as a receipt for tax purposes. Thank you for your donation.
The Friends of the Long Beach Public Library
101 Pacific Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90822-1097