City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 061620-2
Public Library Launches Teen Summer Program
‘Make.Create.Design’ Teaches Teens to Design and Create their own Video Game
Susan Jones
Manager of Main Library Services
Long Beach Public Library

Long Beach, CA - Starting June 30, rising 7th through 12 graders can learn to design and create their own video game through the Long Beach Public Library’s (LBPL) annual teen summer program, “Make.Create.Design.” The six-week virtual course features activities that will introduce participants to valuable career skills in the video game industry, one of the fastest-growing industries in Southern California.

“Teenagers will have a virtual space to express their creativity through our public library programs this summer,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This year’s program, Make.Create.Design teaches everything from video game programming to sound, and art - and is available for free.”

“Make.Create.Design” will run from June 30 to August 6, with virtual workshops held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Led by Studio Guides from LBPL’s makerspace, students will be able to build their own games from scratch via workshops on narrative, programming, visual art, and sound design. Workshops are designed for students in 7th through 12th grades and all participants must have a library card.

“The Long Beach Public Library is committed to continuing the production of creative and practical resources for our patrons, particularly through our Studio makerspaces,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services. “Make.Create.Design is a fun and educational summer tradition for our teens, and our staff have been working hard to develop a virtual program that is both accessible and exciting.”

To register for the free workshops, visit the Learning tab on the LBPL website. Individuals that do not already have a library card can apply for a free card on the library’s website.

For additional information about the program, please contact the Long Beach Public Library at 562.570.7500 between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. This annual summer program is generously supported by the Long Beach Public Library Foundation.

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 cultural programs.

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