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The Long Beach Public Library will reopen four locations with restricted space starting Tuesday, May 18, the city announced Tuesday.

Why it matters:

Around the country, communities returned to libraries as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to KQED.

📗: The public will be able to access neighborhood libraries for up to 30 minutes.

📕: There will be free bookshelves for browsing, as well as public computers and printing facilities.

📘: Seating areas, study and community rooms, and in-person live events and classes are not yet available.

📚: Before you go:

For the health and safety of both residents and library personnel, capacity at the four library locations will be restricted and monitored.

📖: Before entering the library, all visitors will be asked to wear face masks and complete a health self-assessment.

These four libraries will be open during the following hours:

BJK Main Library

  • Tuesdays, noon to 8 p.m.

  • Wednesdays, noon to 6 p.m.

  • Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m.

  • Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bay Shore, Mark Twain, and Michelle Obama Neighborhood Libraries

  • Tuesdays, noon to 7 p.m.

  • Wednesdays, noon to 6 p.m.

  • Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m.

  • Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Long Beach Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon in the 2000 block of Pacific Avenue in which one man was wounded.


LBPD spokesperson Richard Mejia told the Modern Times that officers were sent to the 2000 block of Pacific Avenue at 2:55 p.m. for an attack with a deadly weapon call. When officers arrived, they found a man suffering from "life-threatening injuries to the upper torso."

🚨: The Long Beach Fire Department arrived on the scene and transported the victim, who was in critical condition, to a nearby hospital.

🚨: Mejia says the victim was in an alley when a group of unknown individuals inside a white sedan approached the victim and shot him.

🚨: Police located evidence, including bullet casings and strike marks, indicating a shooting had occurred. Officers are still on the scene.

🚨: The incident is being investigated as possibly a gang-related incident.


The Long Beach Unified School District announced Monday they're making preparations for holding in-person high school graduations for the class of 2021 at L.B.C.C.'s Veterans Stadium, the L.B. Post reports.

Why it matters:

Last year the district conducted graduation and promotion ceremonies primarily virtually and even held drive-thru graduations replacing the traditional rite of passage due to COVID-19 health orders.

🎓The district is considering hosting either multiple smaller ceremonies or a larger event.

🎓: A set date hasn't been picked, but it's aiming for the week of June 11 to 16.

What they're saying: “Graduations may look a little different, with reduced capacity and other safety measures, but we’re all excited at the prospect of celebrating in person with our graduates,” LBUSD spokesperson Chris Eftychiou told the Post.