Thursday, August 31, 2006

Find Your Treasure @ the Library -- September is Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month - a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

During the month of September the Buena Park Library District, located at 7150 La Palma Avenue between Knott and Western Avenues, will be giving all 1st time new borrowers a treasure bag. Inside they will find a pencil, a bookmark and a special pirate coloring page. In addition, all new borrowers will be able to enter an opportunity drawing for a family pack of 4 Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park tickets generously donated by Knott’s Berry Farm.

To get your free library card, present verification of your current California street address (e.g. CA Driver’s License or ID card) to the Check-Out desk. Children 17 and under must have parent or guardian present.

The Buena Park Library has books, magazines, DVD’s, Videos, music CD’s, audiobooks, Internet connections and a variety of databases than can be accessed from our website. The Library also offers several programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning. Preschool story hours expose young children to the joy of reading, and our librarians are on hand to help recommend materials suitable for various ages and interests. You can also contact the Library at 714-826-4100 at extension125 or visit us at our website to find out more about what we have to offer.

Be a “Book-A-Neer” and find your treasure @ the Library!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Congratulations and Thank You, Buena Park -- The Library's Blood Drive was a Resounding Success!

The Buena Park Library District and the American Red Cross were terrific partners on Thursday, August 17, 2006, for the Library’s first hosting of an American Red Cross Blood Drive. Not only did the Library meet its goal of 24 donors, we beat it! The Blood Drive brought in a total of 41 units which, according to the Red Cross, will save 123 lives. So, on behalf of the Buena Park Library District, a special “shout out” of tremendous thanks goes to all the donors, both in Buena Park and from other communities, who came in to our facility on that day to donate blood. Excellent job, one and all!

“Many of the participants said that holding the Blood Drive here was very convenient for them, so we are hoping to have another one in April during National Library Week, April 15-21, 2007,” said Kathleen Wade, Public Services Manager. “We hope that our next one will be as successful as this one was.”

The Library is located at 7150 La Palma Ave., between Knott and Western Avenues. The Library’s hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We have a used bookstore on the 2nd floor run by our library support group, the Volunteer Guild of the Buena Park Library. Call the Library at 714.826.4100 for information about programs, bookstore hours or anything else you are interested in, and we’ll help you find what you need.

Buena Park Library District - check it out. We connect you to the world of knowledge.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Vendor Recall Issued on Toys Given by Library's Summer Reading Program

A vendor recall from Highsmith due to lead content has been issued on bendable toys that many public libraries across the country, including those in Buena Park, used as prizes during Summer Reading Programs for children.

The toys, a bendable dog and cat (image right), were found to have 0.4 and 0.24 percent of lead. The maximum safety limit is currently 0.06 percent. The toys are roughly 3.75 inches long and are similar in shape to a lollipop.

“We’d like all children and parents to return these toys ASAP to the Buena Park Library District for safe disposal,” said library director Louise Mazerov. “We’ve got other reading prizes available in exchange for these bendable toys. We’ll be happy to replace them.”

According to The Star Press newspaper website, the Indiana State Department of Health has sent a letter to the Indiana-based distributor of the bendable toys to urge a voluntary recall. Stamped “Made in China,” no other identifying information is available. The matter has been referred to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for further investigation and follow-up.

For more information, please contact the Children’s department at 714-826-4100 x126.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Check out the Buena Park Library's Blood Drive!

Red Cross Logo The Buena Park Library District is having an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2006 in the downstairs auditorium. Appointments are appreciated, and potential donors are requested to call 714.826.4100 x125 or go to and put in our sponsor code: BPL to make your appointments. Either way is really simple. The Library is located at 7150 La Palma Ave., between Knott and Western Avenues.

The American Red Cross has provided a couple of incentives to help donors get here: all participants will receive a coupon for a free “Skillet Queso” appetizer at Chili’s and everyone has an opportunity to enter a raffle to win a $1,000 gas gift card.

Please call or log on to make appointments now. There is no time like the present to donate, and the need is urgent as there is “a severe blood shortage” according to the American Red Cross.

For more information about the Blood Drive and to make an appointment, call the Library at 714-826-4100 ext. 125. You can also visit our web site at to link to the web site for the American Red Cross Blood Drive ( to sign up online.

“Buena Park Library District - check it out. We connect you to the world of knowledge.”

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Nautical Memorabilia on Display in July and August

Semaphore Flags
Originally uploaded by bpld.

Nautical memorabilia are now on display at the Buena Park Library District, located at 7150 La Palma Avenue in Buena Park, between Knott and Western Avenues. Mr. James Paterson, a longtime Buena Park resident, has been collecting maritime artifacts since the early 1960’s. A small portion of his large collection is on exhibit in the Library lobby now through the end of August 2006.

Mr. Paterson served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 - 1979. Mr. Paterson’s collection includes U.S. Navy magazines, crew books, postcards, signal flags, photographs, plaques, and pennants. Some of his most interesting relics are from the USS Dixie (AD-14), a “destroyer tender” which is a ship that provided repair and technical services to destroyers and other warships. A piece of the deck, a rivet from the hull and even a porthole from the USS Dixie are on view. One of the longest serving vessels in the Navy, the USS Dixie was decommissioned in 1983 and scrapped in 1993.

Also displayed are some memorabilia from the Cunard Line ships RMS Queen Mary and MV Britannic. Menus from 1937 evoke a time when transatlantic travel was mainly by ship.

The Buena Park Library is open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., but closed on Federal holidays. For information, please call the Reference Desk at 714-826-4100, ext. 125.