“The Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library will be a beacon of learning, imagination and growth for the entire community,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “With enhanced technology and study rooms available for the public, the new library will be a great place for the community to gather and work collaboratively.”
The free event will feature several family-friendly activities, including performers in the large meeting room and stations throughout the adult, teen and children’s areas of the library. A special book reading for children will be presented in the storytime theater, as well as a drop-in project station for teens in the teen study area. Refreshments will be served in the courtyard.
“The opening of the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library is a defining moment in Long Beach history, and will serve as an inspiration for generations to come,” said Vice Mayor Rex Richardson. “The added technology and community space will be a vital resource for the residents and youth of North Long Beach.”
The new 24,655-square-foot facility has three community meeting rooms, an expanded children’s library and separate library areas for teens and adults. The building features and incorporates a reproduction of the former Atlantic Theatre’s iconic tower which accents the children’s library. The original spire, which has been refurbished, has been placed atop the tower.
“The new library is a great treasure for the entire community,” said Councilmember Al Austin. “While we are fortunate to be the ones in office as the ribbon is cut, none of this would have been possible without the work of our predecessors on the City Council, as well as many City staff and community members.”
The Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library features cutting-edge technology, such as a makerspace, 3D printing, Wi-Fi, self-checkout kiosks and an automated book return and sorting system. The library also includes an expanded Family Learning Center (FLC), computers with assistive and adaptive technology for people with special needs, a dedicated space for early literacy classes for preschoolers, and cozy nooks for caregivers and children to read and explore.
“The new library will provide services that are most important for the community. We will also offer more of what libraries are providing in the 21st Century to meet the educational and personal goals of our Long Beach residents,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services. “This is a comfortable and welcoming space and for all.”
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 Main Library, eleven other unique Neighborhood Libraries and a vibrant online presence. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for lifelong learning, the Library offers books, media, downloads, databases, Internet access, Family Learning Centers and a variety of events ranging from story times to cultural programs.