Friends of the Long Beach Public Library
The Friends provide materials, support summer reading programs, provide cultural and literary events for the community, and fund training for library staff.
Our BJ King Main Library Book Shop is open. We have a great selection of fiction and non-fiction books in hardback and paperback -- and music CDs are 3 for $1 right now. If you read romance paperbacks (or know someone who does) bring a big bag and fill it up for FREE. We are using an Honor Box for payment, so be sure to bring along cash or a check for payment.
If you have two boxes or less of items, please drop them off at any of the open libraries. If you have more than that, email us at email@example.com and our volunteers will get to work to coordinate a time to pick up your donations.
As always, your donation is tax-deductible. Please take a moment to review our guidelines for donating your treasures.
We accept the following gently used items:
- Media including: DVDs, CDs, audio books on CD, video games
We are unable to accept:
- Moldy, wet, torn, yellowed or damaged books
- Encyclopedias, out-of-date textbooks or computer books (2016 and older)
- VHS tapes
- Books on Tape and cassettes
- Newspapers, magazines and pamphlets
- Library discards– other than Children’s, Young Adult, & Large Print
Why are we selective about free materials?
The time to go through donated materials to evaluate and process materials and the allocation of space for storage of items is considerable. Ask yourself before you donate – would you purchase that book or item at a used book store?
What happens with your donations?
Glad you asked. This last year many paperbacks went to temporary homeless shelters and local senior care facilities. Some books are shipped to a second-hand book seller for sale. And now that libraries are open, donations will again be sold at our branches.The money we receive goes to the same place -- supporting Long Beach libraries with new materials, and the Summer Reading & Annual Essay programs and prizes.
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.
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.
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.
Blanche Collins Forum
The Blanche Collins Forum was established in 1977 to celebrate the opening of the Main Library and to honor Blanche Collins, the librarian who led a successful fight against censorship. The Blanche Collins Forum regularly brings a speaker to the community. Past speakers include Dr. Sally Ride, Ed Begley, Jr., Judith Viorst, Father Gregory Boyle, Ray Bradbury, and Lisa See.
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.
Barbara Egyud Memorial Scholarships
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our scholarship program is on hold. We hope to start the program in January when the library is currently expected to open, but nothing is certain at this time. Check back here January 2021 for any updates. Typically the requirements include an application, essay and eligibility verification form.
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
200 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802-4433
Join us! We're always looking for people to join the board, work on a special committee, volunteer in the bookstore, or help at special events.
To join, please print and complete the membership application and mail or return it to:
Friends of the Long Beach Public Library
200 W Broadway
Long Beach CA 90802-4433
Due to Covid-19 all board meetings are now done via tele-conferencing. If you wish to attend as an observer, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org a week in advance of the scheduled meeting.
The Friends of the Library Board meets at 4:00 PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
- Nov 12, 2020
- Dec 10, 2020
- Jan 14, 2021
- Feb 11, 2021
- March 11, 2021
- April 8, 2021
- May 13, 2021
- June 10, 2021
We do not meet in July or August.
Elected Officers & Directors
Elected to two-year, staggered terms
Presides over Board meetings; President or Treasurer signs checks; with Board approval, appoints all Committee Chairs; is ex-officio member of all committees except Nominating; may authorize disbursement of funds with ratification by Board. (Currently: Barbara Sosa)
Vice President - Membership
Performs duties of President during President's absence; is responsible for memberships and renewals and for maintaining membership roster. (Currently: Arlene Gale)
Vice President - Programs
Is in charge of special programs and the Annual Luncheon. (Currently: Lisa Moore)
Keeps minutes of all general meetings and all Board meetings; assists in such notifications as may be necessary, as requested by the President. (Currently: Sharon Abar)
Has custody of all funds, except those of standing committees; maintains a book of accounts; prepares an annual budget to submit to the Board for approval; gives a financial report at each regular Board meeting; works with bookkeeper for accounts and taxes; Treasurer or President signs all checks, keeping a record of them. (Currently: Doris Soriano)
Sends informal correspondences as directed by the President or Treasurer. (Currently: Carol Collins)
Blanche Collins Forum
Using a special endowment fund, each year arranges to bring a speaker of renown to the community. (Currently: OPEN)
Helen Fuller Cultural Carrousel *
Distributes money from a large endowment to children’s programs throughout the library system; manages the annual Essay Contest for children. (Currently: Ashleigh Ruhl)
Arranges for staffing and operations of the Book Store at Main Library. (Currently: Beverly Stunden)
Manages Constant Contact (email program) and keeps membership lists updated. (Currently: Caroline Martin).
Maintains and collects historical record and documents concerning the Friends. (Currently: Juliet Ebner)
Arranges book purchases from special “honor” donations, and on behalf of Super Friends - membership at $100 level or higher. (Currently: Linda Bresnan)
Arranges social details for Friends special events. (Currently: Patricia Benoit)
Reports to the Board on legislative issues of concern to libraries, at the local, state and national level. (Currently: Carol Quinlan)
Arranges book purchases from special memorial donations. (Currently: Janet Jackson)
Produces and organizes the mailing of the newsletters that is mailed to all members. (Currently: Diane Riska-Taylor)
Nomination Committee *
Committee of three, including at least one past president; elects its own chair; each year meets to nominate officers to fill positions that will be vacant. (Currently: Marie Treadwell)
Arranges for local Long Beach parades Friends’ participation. (Currently: OPEN)
Develops publicity for Friends special events, coordinates updates for the website and manages our Facebook page. (Currently: Co-chairs Sharon Abar and Caroline Martin)
Three or more, appointed by the President; serve the Board in a variety of capacities, as needed. (Currently: Elizabeth Andrew, Ellen Butler, Dawn Mendelson, Jo Rae Zuckerman)
Director of Library Services: Glenda Williams, Director.
Past Presidents of the Friends of the Library: Tamara Achauer, Elizabeth Andrew, Patricia Benoit, Margaret Durnin, Kathy DeSilva, Marilyn Larson, Jerry Loeb, Bernice Van Steenbergen, Marie Treadwell, and Jo Rae Zuckerman.
If interested in joining the Friends of the Library Board, please email us at email@example.com