Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Buena Park Library Goes "Batty"

Pictured above: Blue Bat and Library Director, Louise Mazerov

The Buena Park Library goes “batty” with special bat-themed storytimes the week of January 26, 2009, through January 29, 2009, in honor of its guest, “Blue Bat.” The Buena Park Library is one of only 25 libraries nationwide chosen to be on Blue Bat’s tour. The Library is located at 7150 La Palma Avenue in Buena Park, between Knott and Western Avenues. Storytimes are Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. and Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Blue Bat is one of three handmade, stuffed “book bats” created by Brian Lies, the author and illustrator of “Bats at the Library.” Blue Bat is traveling in his special “steamer trunk” with his own passport and a copy of the book. According to Lies, “Bats at the Library” and the “Bat to Basics” Tour is meant to remind people that “they can go ‘bat’ to the basics – simple, inexpensive entertainment, such as the joy of getting lost within the pages of a book.” The author has loved libraries and books since he was little, and when he travels, he rarely misses an opportunity to explore the local library. The author states, “Things are tough right now. The economy is in rough shape, and people are looking for cost-effective things to do with the family. What’s better than free? … Books, DVDs, magazines, newspapers. All free. The only thing you have to do is promise to bring stuff back.”

When he is not visiting storytimes, Blue Bat will be in his “Bat Cave” in the Childrens’ Room. Stop by and visit him. 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 Childrens’ Room at 714-826-4100, ext. 126.

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