One Long Beach Librarian’s Fresh Take on Summer Programs

Though technically Francisco Vargas’ job title is “Youth Services Officer,” the young Bogotá, Columbia native is actually responsible for all of the programming for the Long Beach Public Library system. And in the summertime, that means going above and beyond the standard summer reading programs and weekly story times.

5 Places to Get Frozen Concoctions and Beat the Summer Heat

August is Long Beach’s hottest month and a frozen treat can be the sweet antidote to make high temperatures almost bearable. Like steaming hot chocolate in the cold of winter, the contrast of a chilly concoction in the heat of the summer sun is good for the soul. It was recently revealed that Long Beachers consume the largest quantity of ice cream in the nation, so it is fitting that Long Beach offers a variety of places to get these and other sweet frozen creations.