Kids @ LBPL
The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) values children and strives to provide abundant opportunities for kids of all ages and abilities to learn and explore through a variety of events and resources. We offer age-specific programs designed to develop multiple literacies and skills, and to foster imagination and creativity!
Children of all ages can cultivate a love of reading, close the word gap, avoid summer slide, explore STEM activities and other technologies, celebrate diversity, and get homework assistance by visiting one of our 12 locations.
Our Digital Library provides access to eBooks and eAudio, educational databases, live homework assistance, and other avenues of enrichment even when our doors are closed!
Need a little help finding books to read with your child? Check out a Book Bundle! Book Bundles include titles hand-picked by a children’s librarian because they contain rich language, great stories and characters, and social and emotional learning components.
With Book Bundles you and your child can uncover hidden gems, rediscover familiar stories, or find new favorites!
Find Book Bundles on display in the KidSpace at the Billie Jean King Main Library. Each Book Bundle is unique, and availability may vary. For more details please call (562) 570-7500.
¿Necesita un poco de ayuda escogiendo libros para leer con su niño o niña? ¡Llévense un Book Bundle (paquete de libros) a casa!
Cada Book Bundle incluye títulos seleccionados por un bibliotecario infantil ya que proporcionan una lengua rica, tramas y personajes interesantes, así como aspectos de aprendizaje social y emocional.
Con Book Bundles usted y su niño o niña pueden descubrir joyas ocultas, cuentos conocidos, y títulos nuevos.
Encuentre los Book Bundles en el área infantil de la Biblioteca Billie Jean King. Cada Book Bundle es único y la disponibilidad puede variar. Para más detalles por favor llame a (562) 570-7500.
All of our Family Learnings Centers offer a Supply-brary! The Supply-brary provides supplies and resources for students to successfully create school projects and presentations. Available supplies include kits students can use in the FLC, as well as consumable supplies like construction paper, popsicle sticks, presentation boards, glue, markers, and other craft items to help students demonstrate their learning and earn their best grade.
The Supply-brary Project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
Books by Black Authors (PDF)
Check out these books by Black authors!
Books by Latinx Authors (PDF)
Make way for Latinx voices with these titles.
LGBTQ Books (PDF)
Read the rainbow with books that feature LGBTQ stories and characters.
Books about Social Justice (PDF)
Check out these hand-picked titles about that teach diversity and social justice.
Dive Into Reading
A year-round early literacy program for our youngest readers. We challenge you to read 1,000 books to your little one before starting kindergarten. It's easier than you think! And for every hundred books read, a prize is earned!
Preschool Without Walls
A preschool that promotes the use of public space as natural learning environments! Administered by SBCC Thrive LA, some LBPL locations serve as regular classroom sites. To learn more about participating, contact SBCC Thrive LA directly.
Make new friends and set the foundation for lifelong learning and literacy at one of our storytimes. Enjoy books, rhymes, songs, and games together!
Events and Programs
Check out our Event Calendar for other events and programs especially for early childhood and families! There's something fun happening every day at LBPL.
Find the resources and support you need for academic success at LBPL! Connect with an online tutor for one-on-one homework help through Brainfuse Help Now. Use the research databases in our Digital Library to complete your school assignments. Reach out to a librarian for help locating the best materials for your work. Access resources and learn more on our Homework Help page.
Family Learning Centers
There is a Family Learning Center at each library location where students can get one-on-one homework help on a drop-in basis. Family Learning Center staff can help students use databases and other online resources. The Center is not just for kids! It's also a great place for parents to interact with each other, with library staff, get assistance using library materials, and learn how the Library can help you, your children, and the whole family!
Events and Programs
LBPL offers lots of entertaining and educational events just for kids at all of our library locations! After-school clubs, studio workshops, family movies, and more. Check out our Event Calendar to see what's happening at your local Neighborhood Library.
LBPL has teamed up with the Long Beach Unified School District to create reading lists for students in grades K–8.
The ReadyRosie program provides a self-directed, digital platform for parents and families to access activities, best practices, and curated content to help engage children in developmentally-appropriate learning. To access ReadyRosie use the invitation code "lbpl".
Personal and Professional Development
Our Digital Library provides resources for lifelong learning. Take a course at your own pace, or join an instructor-led program. Choose from a variety of topics and professions. Looking to earn your high school diploma? We've got you covered with our Career Online High School program.
At all Long Beach Public Library locations, parents and caregivers will find both fiction and nonfiction books on our Parenting Shelf that address the challenges of being a kid in today's world. These age-appropriate materials—many in picture book format—can help facilitate communication between adults and children who are dealing with difficult or complex topics, such as new siblings, death, divorce, discipline, potty training, being new to school, friends, bullying, and much more.