Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Reading for the Youngest Sets now until December 1st

The Buena Park Library District, located at 7150 La Palma Ave., between Knott and Western Avenues, presents two special reading programs for our youngest readers, "Read to Your Baby" and "Read to Me, A to Z." Both started October 20th, and will continue through December 1st for newborns through 3 years old and those as-yet-to-read “non-readers” ages 3 to 6 years old. Parents and caregivers play a vital role in both programs! All you have to do is come into the Children’s Area, pick up a reading log for the program you and your child would like to participate in, and off you go! The “Read to Your Baby” program suggests reading 20 titles from the library. The “Read to Me, A to Z” is set up for parent and child to read 26 picture books from the library corresponding to the author’s last name. Incentives for both reading programs are available in a decorative treasure chest for program finishers that are age appropriate.

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. Please call the Children’s Area for more details at 714.826.4100 x126 or visit our web page for a calendar of more children’s events at

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Huge Thanks to our Community and its Supporting Businesses !

The Buena Park Library District would like to thank its generous Summer Read Program sponsors and its wonderfully supportive community for another successful year of summer fun for readers of all ages.

Our sponsors included: The Volunteer Guild of the Buena Park Library, Build a Bear, Children’s Museum of La Habra, Claim Jumper, Cold Stone Creamery, Costco, The Dennis Salts Family, Hof’s Hut, In-N-Out Burgers, Katella Deli Restaurant, Knott’s Berry Farm, Krikorian Premiere Theatres, LA Zoo, Legoland, PoFolks Restaurant, Nick’s Subway, Regal Entertainment Group, See’s Candies, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Universal Studios Hollywood.

We had a total of 1596 children, 224 teens and 146 adults participate in our 7 week reading programs, and all these totals are up from last year. We had over 25 special events throughout that busy time. An Irish band, some radical science, animal magic, juggling, a Dance Dance Revolution tournament, lots of game tournaments, a visit from the local Buena Park Police Department’s own “CSI” unit all helped compliment the summer’s “Get a Clue” and “You Never Know” youth themes for the Summer Reading Program. The adults were encouraged to “Find It at the Library,” and were inspired to read over by novelty baskets full of chocolates, tools, art supplies, gardening stuff and spa items.

And a special thank you to all our teen volunteers who did a great job! We really could NOT have done it without them as they put in a large commitment of energy and time into keeping the program and events running smoothly! Shortly after the wrap up of the programs, we saluted the teens at a special teen recognition program where we shared our sincere praise of their help and efforts. Both the teens and their proud parents attended the evening. Thank you again, Buena Park! Good for you, and good for us!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Special Treats at the Buena Park Library for Halloween!

The Buena Park Library District, located at 7150 La Palma Ave., between Knott and Western Avenues, will be having a special visit by award-winning author, Ms. Merrily Kutner, author of Zombie Nite Café, Z is for Zombie and Down on the Farm for our 2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza, on Wednesday, October 31st, starting at 6:00 p.m. in our basement auditorium. Merrily will read her newest book, Zombie Nite Café, and if everyone won’t get too scared, she will also read Z is for Zombie! Merrily will be selling and signing Zombie Nite Café for $16.95 cash only. Interested parents, caregivers and grandparents might want to be ready to buy this delightful tale to read over and over again to your eager audience!

This is usually our family storytime event, too, so we are encouraging all the young participants to come in costume. As part of our festivities planned after Merrily’s presentation, we will have some fun games, and we will also have a costume parade around the Library. Merrily will also be in costume for our event. Parents, caregivers, and grandparents can dress up if they want. Watch out … some of the Library’s staff may be in costume as well!

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. Please call the Children’s Area for more details at 714.826.4100 x126, or visit our web page for a calendar of more children’s events at

Library Closure -- Veterans' Day

The Buena Park Library District will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2007, in recognition of the Veterans' Day holiday, and will be resuming normal hours on Tuesday, November 13, 2007, opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m.

Model cars "parked" at the Buena Park Library through the end of October

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Zeta (Jimmy) Dhanapanth's 1:18th scale model car collection would rival those full-size cars found in Jay Leno's garage. You can see part of Dhanapanth's collection on display at the Buena Park Library District, located at 7150 La Palma Avenue in Buena Park, between Knott and Western Avenues. The exhibit is located in the Library lobby and runs now through the end of October 2007.

Dhanapanth began collecting model cars and motorcycles six to seven years ago with a model car from the TV show "The Munsters." Many companies manufacture die cast cars, but most of his collection is from Maisto, Hotwheel, and Yat-Ming. He now “has more models than space to store them!” On display in the Library are early Model T Ford's, 1950's classics like the Thunderbird, muscle cars from the seventies, choppers and Vespas, and even the Batmobile. The models are very detailed, with doors and hoods opening to reveal the engines and interiors that have been meticulously crafted.

Dhanapanth runs a non-profit tutoring service in Stanton whose aim is to provide affordable tutoring, especially to low income students. Stop by the Buena Park Library, take a cruise down memory lane with the variety of vehicles on display - you may see a car you fell in love with “back in the day.”

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. For information, please call the Reference Desk at 714-826-4100, ext. 125.

Southern California Science Book Author to Give an Author Talk Program at Buena Park Library District

The Buena Park Library District will present Southern California science book author Cy Timony in an author talk program on Tuesday evening, October 16, 2007 from 6:00 – 7:45 p.m. The program will take place in the Buena Park Library's lower level auditorium, located at 7150 La Palma Avenue, Buena Park, California.

Cy Timony is the author of several ingenious science books, including: Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things, and Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things. He has been creating useful high-and-low-tech inventions all his life. By reading comic books as a kid and studying scientific techniques, he bridged science and fiction to amaze his friends. His latest book, Sneakiest Uses for Everyday Things, will be published in October. Those attending the event will learn about energy fundamentals, conservation tips, and sneaky reuses of everyday things. Demonstrations will also be given on how ordinary objects can be used in extraordinary ways. Books will be available for purchase and autographing at $10.00 cash each during the program.

This program is free of charge and the public is invited to attend. No reservations are necessary. For more information, please call the Buena Park Library District Reference Desk at 714-826-4100, extension 125.

Dave Boatman’s Cartooning Class -- Saturday, October 13th

The Buena Park Library District, located at 7150 La Palma Ave., between Knott and Western Avenues, will be having a cartooning class for 5th through 12th graders on October 13th, 2007 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Dave will teach participants about cartooning and will present a step-by-step follow the instructor drawing period. All the supplies needed for the workshop will be available at the Library. All participants need to bring is their imagination. For more information, call the Library at 714-826-4100 ext. 125.