Dictionary Days 2019

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According to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, when children enter the fourth grade their lessons shift. Instead of learning to read, they read to learn. LBPL Dictionary Day events help students navigate this crucial time by teaching dictionary use through fun and creative activities designed to help improve reading comprehension.

This year’s annual Dictionary Day Program events will commence on March 12 and include four community celebrations of words and reading at Long Beach Public Library branches throughout the city. The events follow the gift of a dictionary/thesaurus to every Long Beach Unified School District third grade student at the start of the school year.


Dictionary Day events are free and open to all elementary school students and their families!

Check out this year's events:

A Lemony Snicket Dictionary Adventure
@ Dana Neighborhood Library
Tuesday, March 12
4-5:30 PM
3680 Atlantic Ave.
(562) 570-1042

A Series of Unfortunate Letters! Outsmart Count Olaf just like the Baudelaire children using your newfound vocabulary skills. Make a disguise, uncover clues, and solve a mystery using a dictionary as your guide.


Vocab Pirate Voyage
@ Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library

Saturday, March 16
1-3 PM
5870 Atlantic Ave.
(562) 570-1047

Shiver me letters! A crew of swashbuckling pirates is plundering dictionaries from the library and they won’t stop until they’ve captured every word. So hoist yer anchors and set sail on a Vocab Voyage, or Davy Jones will make ye walk the plank. Argh! 

Performance by Bob Baker Marionette Theater at 1:30 pm


Dr. Seuss’s Wacky World of Words
@ Burnett Neighborhood Library

Thursday, March 21 
3-5 PM
560 E. Hill St. 
(562) 570-1041

We will have wacky word games, Seuss-tacular storytelling by Buster Balloon, groovy games and more!


Polynesian Travel with Words
@ Bach Neighborhood Library 

Saturday, March 30
2-4 PM
4055 Bellflower Blvd.
(562) 570-1038

Aloha! Join us on a word journey to Polynesia where we’ll play games, make buttons, and enjoy a Polynesian cultural dance performance.


2019 Program Flier in English.

The Dictionary Day program is made possible by the Long Beach Public Library Foundation through a grant from the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation.