Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Buena Park Library Celebrates its 90th Birthday during National Library Week

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Buena Park Library District located at 7150 La Palma Ave. To help celebrate this momentous occasion, the Library is holding an Open House on Saturday, April 18th from 10 AM to 2 PM. The fun begins with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10 AM followed by storytelling, refreshments and multicultural performances. The multicultural performances will include Ballet Folkorico by students in Project SAY, Hula/Tahitian dancing by Hiya Papaya Productions, Indian Bollywood dancing, and a Korean kayakum performance by Esther Lee. Please join us as we celebrate our 90th Birthday!

Thanks to the Buena Park Women's Club petition for a public library, the Buena Park Library District was formed in 1919. What began as a simple collection of books by the Buena Park Women's Club has grown into the full service library of today, serving the diverse community of Buena Park and the surrounding communities of Southern California.

The Buena Park Library District has over 6,000 visitors per week and lends out 500,000 books, DVDs, audiobooks and music CDs per year. For more information, please call the Library at 714-826-4100 x125, or visit our virtual branch at www.buenaparklibrary.org. The Buena Park Library is open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am -- 8:00 pm and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am -- 5:00 pm.

Volunteer Guild Bookstore Holds 99 cent Sale in Honor of National Library Week

In honor of National Library Week, the Volunteer Guild Bookstore, located on the 2nd floor of the Buena Park Library at 7150 La Palma Ave., will have EVERYTHING ON SALE FOR 99 CENTS or less beginning Monday, April 13. This is a great way to support the Buena Park Library since all Guild proceeds are used to generously fund and support Library programs and collections. You can apply the discount to our large selection of books, audio books, music CDs and much more! This sale lasts until Saturday, April 18, but don't wait until the last minute to get the best bargains ever! Come early for the best selection! Cash will be the only accepted method of payment.

The Guild Bookstore is on the 2nd floor of the Library, located at 7150 La Palma Avenue in Buena Park, between Knott and Western Avenues. The Bookstore hours are Monday thru Wednesday from noon to 6 PM, Thursdays from noon to 7:30 PM, Fridays from noon to 3 PM and Saturdays from noon to 4:30 PM. For further information, please contact Luann O'Hara, Bookstore Manager and President of the Volunteer Guild, 714-826-4100 x123.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wii Bowling for Adults (for the Young at Heart)

Adults are invited to come to the Buena Park Library to participate in our weekly Wii bowling games on Monday mornings from April 6 through May 11, 2009. The downstairs community room will be turned into a bowling alley from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

The Wii interactive video game is a fun and easy way to get some light exercise and socialize with friends. Wii bowling is easy to learn and the motions are quite similar to real bowling. Players stand or sit in front of a screen and manipulate a remote control to "throw a virtual ball." Join us for a little exercise and fun! ADULTS only -- no children please.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Free Computer Classes (Clases de Computacion) for Spanish Speakers

The Buena Park Library District will be teaching a series of four (4) Spanish computer classes on Wednesdays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm during the month of April in the Library's Boardroom. The topics are:
  • Computadoras para principiantes (April 1st)
  • Introduccion a la Red (April 8th)
  • Correro Electronico (April 15th)
  • Microsoft Word Basico (April 22nd)

Participants are asked to call the Information Desk at 714-826-4100 x125 to sign up since space is limited.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

90th Anniversary Display at the Buena Park Library

The Buena Park Library celebrates 90 years of service with a display of photographs, artifacts, and newspaper clippings about the history of the library. The exhibit is on display in the library lobby now through April 28, 2009.

The early residents of Buena Park created a library in 1905 with donated books in a spare room of the old Lily Creamery. In 1919, the Buena Park Woman's Club sponsored a petition drive and election forming the Buena Park Library District. A library was built on the corner of what are now Beach Boulevard and Pinchot Court. The 18 x 22 foot building was stocked with 283 books. After several remodels, the facility proved inadequate for the growing community. Land was purchased and a new library constructed on La Palma Avenue in 1969.

The above photographs by Marcia Miyoshi will give you a flavor of the display:
  • 1960's: Photographs of the groundbreaking and construction of the library in the early 1960's. Dedication program from April 1961.
  • 1930's: Photograph of the Buena Park Library circa 1935, after the remodeling using WPA labor (Photograph courtesy of the Buena Park Historical Society)
  • 1920's: Picture of Katherine Berkey (Librarian 1924-1946) and library accession books from the 1920's. Every book acquired by the Library was recorded in the accession book, including price, title, author, publisher, etc. Catalogue cards were created and filed in the card catalogue.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Passport Day in the USA

The Buena Park Library is hosting a Passport Fair on Saturday, March 28th, 2009 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm to provide passport information and accept U.S. passport applications. The Buena Park Library is joining the Department of State in celebrating "Passport Day in the USA", a national passport acceptance and outreach event.

Plan ahead and apply for your U.S. passport now! On June 1, 2009, the second phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will go into effect. At that time, U.S. citizens must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry.

For more information and details, call the Library at 714-826-4100 or visit our website at www.buenaparklibrary.org. You may also refer to the U.S. Department of State website at travel.state.gov for application forms, information on documentation required, fees and a wealth of other passport and international travel information.

The Buena Park Library is located at 7150 La Palma Avenue (between Western and Knott) in Buena Park.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Annual St. Patrick's Day Media Madness Sale Returns

Starting Monday, March 16, 2009, the Volunteer Guild celebrates the return of its ever popular Media Madness Sale in honor of St. Patrick's Day. The sale ends Saturday, March 21, at 4:30 p.m., but don't wait until then to get the best bargains ever!

It is Buy One, Get One of Equal or Lesser Value" of all sale items such as: DVDs, videos, sheet music books, and all kinds of audio music in CDs, cassettes, and LPs -- that's long-playing albums, folks. Yes, WE HAVE A LOT of LPs, of all different kinds -- classical, easy listening, rock... you name it. In fact, come see for yourself! We will have magazines on sale, too, during the March Media Madness Sale. Come early for the best selection!

The Guild Bookstore is on the 2nd floor of the Library, located at 7150 La Palma Avenue in Buena Park, between Knott and Western Avenues. All Guild proceeds are used to generously fund and support Library programs and collections.

Bookstore Hours are: Monday-Wednesday 12 noon to 6 pm; Thursday 12 noon to 7:30 pm; Friday 12 Noon to 3 pm; and Saturday 12 noon to 4:30 pm. For further information about this and other upcoming sales, please call the Guild Bookstore at 714-826-4100 ext. 123.