City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) will kick off its 2021 Summer Reading Program on Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m., via the LBPL Facebook page. The special kick-off event will feature virtual performances by Christopher T. Magician and Pacific Animal Productions.
“I encourage all Long Beach families to take advantage of this great Long Beach Public Library program this summer and start reading as soon as it opens up,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
This year’s eight-week program, “Reading Colors Your World,” encourages readers of all ages to explore the colorful world around them through books and creative activities. Readers are encouraged to pick up a book, read five days each week and complete two activities to earn virtual badges and be entered into weekly drawings. Participation serves as a great way to keep young minds active during the summer months and prevent a “summer slide” in their academic performance.
Patrons can register online beginning Wednesday, June 2, 2021, by using the LBPL’s virtual reading platform, Beanstack, a web and mobile-friendly application that allows users to log their reading and activities, unlock achievements and discover new books. Starting June 2, individuals can also register in person at open library locations.
“Our annual Summer Reading Program is a wonderful way for families to spend meaningful time together,” said Long Beach Public Library Director Glenda Williams. “This year, we are offering a hybrid program for readers of all ages to read, learn and discover throughout the summer.”
“Reading Colors Your World” runs June 19 to August 14 and offers free virtual programs for children, teens and adults to encourage and support a love of learning. Summer activities include weekly virtual storytimes for younger children and take-and-make crafts for children ages four to 10 years old. Teens can enjoy an afternoon with Mark Oshiro, author of Each of Us a Desert, and Make Create Design, a 5-part video game design series. Programs for adults feature a book club, author and artist talks and an opportunity to attend “Paint Night” with special guest Paco the Sloth where participants will learn to paint while learning interesting facts about sloths.
The Summer Reading Program is made possible through support from the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Long Beach Public Library. Their generosity enables the LBPL to offer books and other incentives to participants, as well as provide special performances by professional family entertainers and educators.
To learn more about the Summer Reading Program and upcoming library events, visit lbpl.org or call 562.570.7500.