Long Beach Reads One Book at LBCC Postponed

Press Release

In order to limit the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Long Beach City College Foundation and Long Beach City College announced that the Long Beach Reads One Book event that was originally scheduled for March 19, 2020 with actor and author George Takei, will be postponed until Fall 2020.

It is anticipated that the new date will be announced in the next few weeks. Long Beach Reads One Book will work with Takei to reschedule the event.

Here is information for those who have already RSVP’d for the event:

  • For registrants who have made a contribution: Long Beach Reads One Book will inform those who have already RSVP’d of the new event date. Event organizers will hold registrants’ seat if they are able to attend the rescheduled event – no additional RSVP is required. If registrants can’t make the rescheduled date, they can choose to let their ticket be a tax-deductible contribution to the Long Beach City College Foundation’s Library & Learning Resource Associates, which provides learning materials and resources for students in the libraries at both LBCC campuses. If registrants would like a refund, please send an email with “LB Reads One Book Refund” in the subject line and the name on your credit card in the body of the email to events@LBCC.edu. Please be patient, as refunds requests will be processed in the order the organizers receive them. It may take up to 2-3 business days to reflect in your account following the refund.
  • For registrants who registered for free: If you can attend the rescheduled event, organizers will hold your seat – no additional RSVP is required. If you can’t make the rescheduled date, please send an email with “LB Reads One Book RSVP Change” in the subject line and your name(s) in the body of the email to events@LBCC.edu so event organizers can adjust the seating capacity for the rescheduled event.

Updates on the Long Beach Reads One Book event can be found at www.LBCC.edu/LBReadsOneBook.

The popular Long Beach Reads One Book program was revitalized by the Long Beach City College Foundation and LBCC. The New York Times Bestselling graphic novel “They Called Us Enemy by actor, author and social justice activist George Takei was selected to kick-off the reactivation of Long Beach Reads One Book.

“They Called Us Enemy,” is a graphic memoir recounting Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II and his firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys of childhood and the terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future, which included playing popular character “Sulu” on the original Star Trek television series.

Takei’s book is available for purchase at Gatsby Books in Long Beach, major retail and online bookstores, and at both LBCC Viking Bookstores at the Liberal Arts Campus and Pacific Coast Campus. LBCC students can also borrow the book from the LBCC Libraries at both campuses where a limited number of books are also available.


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Long Beach City College consists of two campuses with an enrollment of more than 25,000 students each semester. The education program’s primary purpose is to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions, entry into work or career development, and to support businesses in economic development. Long Beach City College serves the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and Avalon. Long Beach City College promotes equitable student learning and achievement, academic excellence, and workforce development by delivering high-quality educational programs and support services to our diverse communities.