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Fifth District Businesses Answer Call to Help Long Beach Libraries

Fifth District Businesses Answer Call to Help Long Beach Libraries

Residents 'Round-Up' their spare change for city's most treasured resource centers

(LONG BEACH, CA; March 28 2012) – With National Library Week set for early April, Fifth Council District businesses have joined efforts to invite their customers to donate spare change in “Library Round-Up Boxes”, located at the front of each of their establishments.

Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, an advocate and tremendous supporter of public libraries, spearheaded the campaign back in 2007 to supplement the dwindling budget for books and materials for the El Dorado and Ruth Bach branches.

This year’s commitments include 12 businesses:

Bodell’s Shoes
Cirivello's Sports Bar
Farmer’s Insurance
Fast Frame
Go Dogs Go
Kidz Head 2 Toe Resale Boutique
Once Read Books
El Dorado Restaurant
Poochie’s Bath House
Postal Annex
Apostrophe Books

Additionally, residents can drop their spare change in Library Round-Up boxes at the two library branches in the 5th Council District: El Dorado and Ruth Bach. More businesses are expected to join the efforts during the week.

“It’s wonderful to see the community come together to raise money for our libraries,” commented Councilwoman Schipske. “With budget shortfalls looming, local businesses are helping to make sure that our branch libraries receive support. Today’s libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people. Libraries provide cultural heritage and genealogical collections, materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources, and many other creative and resourceful programs,” reminds Schipske.

Funds collected are given to the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library, a non-profit organization designed to replenish vital reading materials, and support for summer reading programs for both children and adults. Established in 1962, the organization is responsible for giving the collected monetary donations to the librarians at both the El Dorado and Ruth Bach libraries. Prior funds collected have enabled the branches to replenish a paperback collection.

National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association that hosts programs and events to showcase the variety of resources libraries offer to people of all ages.

If your business would like to participate by having their own “Library Round Up” box, please contact the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at (562) 570-6932.