Library Foundation Earns Literacy Honor

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation recently received the prestigious “Champions For Our Children” Award from First 5 LA. The award recognized the Foundation’s outstanding efforts to promote early literacy through its Raising A Reader Long Beach program. Raising A Reader has graduated more than 6,900 parents and pre-schoolers from its reading readiness course. Parents attend an orientation and receive a how-to DVD and early learning tools, including Kindergarten and School Readiness Guidelines developed by the school district, to use at home with their children during the 12-week course. First 5 LA is a child-advocacy organization created by California voters.