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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.

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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.


Details:

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.


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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.


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