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Topping Off the New Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library

Release Date: 2016-03-14

This past weekend we topped off the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library alongside our Mayor, Robert Garcia, and ecstatic community leaders and friends. Check out more photos here.

"Topping-off" refers to the point in time during the construction of a new building when the highest structure or beam is added. For the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, the original spire from the former Atlantic Theatre was used to “top” our new building. 

The library incorporates a reproduction of the former Atlantic Theatre's iconic tower into a glass roof accenting the children's section. The original spire, which has been refurbished, was placed atop the tower this past Saturday, March 12th, 2016.

“The Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library will feature cutting-edge technology such as a makerspace, Wi-Fi, computers, self-checkout kiosks, an automated book return and sorting system, and 3D printing, along with enhanced technology services for disabled residents,”

“This building will not only be flexible but beautiful, functional and sustainable as well.”

-  Councilmember Rex Richardson

If you don't already have one, sign up for a library card in order in order to gain access when the library opens this summer!

Celebrate the planned summer opening of the NEW Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library by pledging to check out and read books within the first 100 days of the library's opening!

It's easy to take the challenge.

Just visit the page here to be directed to the sign-up form.

Also, Don't Forget to Get a Long Beach Public Library Card!

  • Pledge to check out and read no less than 3 books or other educational media items at the new Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library when it opens this summer.
  • Share on social media and ask your friends, family, and neighbors to take the pledge! Add a photo and use the hashtag #ReadwithRex
  • Together, we can demonstrate our excitement for literacy and the opening of our new library, while inspiring a new generation of readers and scholars in our community. Join me in taking the challenge!