Long Beach Public Library Celebrates 15 Years of Free Dictionary Program

Every year since 2003, Long Beach Unified School District third graders have received a brand new dictionary thanks to the Long Beach Public Library and Earl B. And Loraine H. Miller foundations.

After the new dictionaries are distributed, the Long Beach Public Library’s Dictionary Day events support students by teaching them how to properly use a dictionary through engaging activities that help to improve reading comprehension during a crucial time in their reading development.

When children enter the fourth grade their lessons shift from learning to read to reading to learn, however studies show that students who are not at a proficient reading level by third grade are four times more likely to not graduate from high school, according to Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

“After fifteen years, we’re thrilled to celebrate that over 115,000 students have benefited from this program. We often hear from high school students who visit the library that they still have their Dictionary Days dictionary,” Margaret Farwell Smith said in a statement, an executive member of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation Board of Directors and the Miller Foundation Board of Trustees.

The upcoming Dictionary Days are free of charge and open to all students:

  • Potions with Professor Snape – February 20 at 4:00PM – 6:00PM
    Dana Neighborhood Library, 3680 Atlantic Avenue
  • Harry Potter’s Magical Dictionary – February 22 at 4:00PM – 5:00PM
    Bret Harte Neighborhood Library, 1595 W. Willow Street
  • Enchanted Garden – February 24 at 12:00PM – 2:00PM
    Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Avenue

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.