The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) recently added more than 500 books to its Khmer collection at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library.
The new books cover topics such as traditional music, traditional Cambodian cooking, graphic novels for children and teens, picture books, and modern and ancient Cambodian history.
The addition comes thanks to funding from a Library Services and Technology grant, as well as a donation from Sophea Chim, a United Cambodian Community of Long Beach staff member and LBPL contractor, who purchased books on behalf of the Library while visiting Cambodia.
“This new collection of Cambodian literature and the ability to search our library catalog in Khmer is something unique to Long Beach and reflects the diversity of our community,” Mayor Robert Garcia said.
The new books will be available for check out in mid-spring. Library patrons can search Khmer literature directly by author, title or subject through LBPL’s online catalog at longbeach.gov/library or in person inside the library.