The Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library opens, repurposing the spiral of the demolished Atlantic Theater. The library brings life to the Atlantic Corridor and features community meeting spaces, a community garden, technological resources, and books for the public.
Over the past decade, a substantial effort has been made to enhance the sense of community in North Long Beach and increase services offered to this neighborhood. As one of just three new libraries built in the city in the last 30 years, the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library conveys a great presence and demonstrates the positive impact that a community space can have.
Since its opening, new community programs have continued to develop in North Long Beach. Paying homage to North Long Beach’s agricultural roots, this past February, a new farmers market opened at Houghton Park. Every Monday from 2:00pm to 6:00pm guests can enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables, music and fun, breathing life into beautiful North Long Beach.
Sources we used and further reading on this era of Long Beach:
Medina Kabir, "New Farmer’s Market Launches at Houghton Park, Bringing Fresh Produce to North Long Beach," Long Beach Post, last modified February 28, 2018.
Keeley Smith, “IN PICTURES: Michelle Obama Library Debuts to Huge Crowd in North Long Beach,” Long Beach Post, September 13, 2016.
Students and community members explore the community garden at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, photo courtesy of We Are the Next.
The Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library exterior, photo by the Long Beach Public Library.
The interior of the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, photo by the Long Beach Public Library.