Beginning Monday, August 28, 2023, the Alamitos, Harte, and Michelle Obama Neighborhood Libraries will offer an additional day of service on Mondays.

As of Monday, August 14, the Bay Shore Neighborhood Library will temporarily close for a scheduled renovation. All services at Bay Shore, including book drops, will be unavailable.

Liwanag Lit Fest 2022

WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2022, 10AM - 4PM
WHERE: Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library

LIWANAG LIT FEST — Highlighting/Illuminating Filipinx Stories and Literature in honor of Filipino American History Month

Join us at the first ever Liwanag Lit Fest, a free literary festival shining a light on the vibrant diversity of Filipinx storytelling, organized by the Long Beach Public Library, Bel Canto Books, and our amazing volunteer team of book lovers! This event is free to attend, but RSVP is encouraged. Free parking is available behind the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library.


Children’s Book Authors:

  • Rachell Abalos, Our Nipa Hut (picture book, forthcoming 2023)
  • Marie Miranda Cruz, Everlasting Nora (middle grade)
  • Jennifer Estacio, Buko (board book)
  • Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young, Cora Cooks Pancit (picture book)
  • Sophia N. Lee, Holding On (picture book)
  • Mae Respicio, How to Win a Slime War (middle grade)
  • Michelle Sterling, When Lola Visits (picture book)

Young Adult Authors:

  • Alex Brown, The Gathering Dark: An Anthology of Folk Horror (horror)
  • Laurel Flores Fantauzzo, My Heart Underwater (YA fiction)
  • Maura Milan, Ignite the Stars (YA science fiction)
  • Mark A.J. Nazal, Carmina: A Filipino-American Urban Mythology™(fantasy/graphic novel)
  • Shannon Price, The Endless Skies (YA fantasy)
  • Randy Ribay, Patron Saints of Nothing (YA fiction)

Adult Authors:

  • Olivie Blake, The Atlas Six (fantasy)
  • AJ Dungo, In Waves (memoir/graphic novel)
  • Florante Peter Ibanez and Roselyn Estepa Ibanez, Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay (history)
  • Irene Soriano, Primates from an Archipelago (poetry)
  • Grace Talusan, The Body Papers (memoir)
  • Mary Talusan, Instruments of Empire: Filipino Musicians, Black Soldiers, and Military Band Music during US Colonization of the Philippines (history)


  • Diwata Komiks Graphic Novel Workshop
  • D&D Character Design Workshop for Teens (separate registration required)
  • Publishing Round Table Discussion


  • Bel Canto Books
  • Gemmae Bake Shop
  • Out of Office Coffee Roasters
  • Native Sol
  • Romeo Chocolates
  • We Are Sun-Raised


  • Pamana Kali
  • Rocksteady Rondolla

Plus book signings, author panels, kids crafts, and more! For more info and questions, visit the festival website.