City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 061721
Long Beach Public Library Invites Author Mark Oshiro to Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Free virtual event for teens June 23; registration available up to the day of the event
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center

Long Beach, CA - Award-winning young adult author Mark Oshiro will join the Long Beach Public Library in celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month at a virtual event created specifically for teens on Wednesday, June 23, at 4 p.m. 

“It’s important that young people see themselves reflected in the books they read,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Inviting Mark Oshiro to our library is one way to show our youth that their voices, feelings and experiences matter.” 

Mark Oshiro will discuss their experience as a queer writer and the importance of representation in media; talk about their most recent book “Each of Us a Desert;” and take questions from the audience. 

The free event will take place via Zoom. Teens in 7th to 12th grades are welcome to register online up to the day of the event through Eventbrite at Participants will be entered into an opportunity drawing to win LGBTQ-themed books.

“We have a unique opportunity to promote literacy to teens by introducing them to a notable and relevant author,” said Long Beach Public Library Director Glenda Williams. “Mark’s talent for getting young people excited about reading and writing is something we are happy to bring to the community.” 

Published in 2020, “Each of Us a Desert” is a powerful coming-of-age fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life. 

In celebration of Pride Month, the Long Beach Public Library also held a children’s story time event and a teen yarn craft event.

 To learn more about all the Long Beach Public Library has to offer, visit or call 562.570.7500. 

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Public Library
Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of close to half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes Billie Jean King Main Library and eleven neighborhood libraries and a vibrant online presence. In summer of 2017, the Long Beach Public Library was awarded the National Medal for Library and Museum Services in recognition of successful community-collaborations, innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and literacy-focused programs to the residents of Long Beach. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for learning for a lifetime, the Library offers books, media, databases, Internet access, Family Learning Centers, makerspaces, and a variety of events ranging from story times to educational and cultural programs.

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