Monday, November 30, 2009

Special Storytime at the Buena Park Library

On Wednesday, December 2nd from 6:30-7:45 PM, there will be a special storytime celebrating healthy eating. Principal Rene Jeffery of Pendleton Elementary will be reading stories at the Buena Park Library to encourage children to make healthy choices. This special storytime is the second of three in conjunction with the Buena Park School District promoting healthy lifestyles among children.

Please join us for a fun evening of stories, learning about good nutrition, and a craft.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving Holiday Closures

The Buena Park Library District will be closed on Thursday and Friday, (November 26 and 27) in recognition of Thanksgiving, and will be resuming normal hours on Saturday, November 28, opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Buena Park Library District Celebrates Year's End with a Display of Holiday Buttons

The Buena Park Library District hosts an exhibit of holiday-themed buttons courtesy of Buena Park resident Dennis Doran. The display is located in the Library lobby and runs now through December 29, 2009.

Mr. Doran has been wearing and collecting buttons and pins for over 20 years. He has displayed his button collection at college and public libraries throughout Orange County. His collection has grown to over 7,000 buttons. Almost all of Mr. Doran's buttons have been given to him by family, friends and colleagues. According to Mr. Doran, he would wear a different button to work everyday from November to the end of December. He has brought a small portion of his collection to share with the patrons of the Buena Park Library. Included in the display are some buttons from local businesses and amusement parks.

Catch some holiday cheer and enjoy a unique way to celebrate the festive season.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Buena Park Library District Hosts a Mysterious Evening

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Join other mystery lovers to listen to a panel of mystery authors discuss their books and how they have mastered the art of mystery writing. The panel will consist of three California authors: Teresa Burrell, Gayle Carline, and Jeff Sherratt. Please join us at the Buena Park Library District on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Board Room for a mysterious evening.

Teresa Burrell's debut novel is The Advocate, reviewed as a "wonderful twisty novel...not your normal court room story". It is a suspenseful drama that transports the reader into the heart of the juvenile court system and provides critical insight into the labyrinth of child welfare. Burrell maintained a private law practice in San Diego and focused on domestic, criminal, and civil cases. She has also enjoyed a satisfying career as a teacher.

Gayle Carline, a Placentia resident, will talk about her novel, Freezer Burn which has been reviewed as a must read for lovers of murder and mayhem. Carline writes a humor column for her local newspaper, the Placentia News-Times. She has been a software engineer, a dancer, and even a flying angel for the Crystal Cathedral's Glory of Christmas.

Jeff Sherratt will discuss this book The Brimstone Murders, which is the first of his Jimmy O'Brien Mystery series. His mystery story is said to be "filled to the brim with good fun and great action". Sherratt currently lives in Newport Beach and is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Mystery Writers of America.

After the discussion, the authors will be available to sign their books and answer questions. Attendees will also have an opportunity to win a door prize.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


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On November 19th, the Buena Park Library will “GO LIVE” with the Polaris Library System--its new online catalog. The Library will be closed November 14th thru November 18th to prepare for the new system. To assist you during the Library’s closing, the Library will be offering extended checkout prior to closing. Also, there will be no fines for any Library items returned between November 19th and November 28th.

“Dynix Classic,” our current Library computer system, was installed over 20 years ago, and although it has served the Library well for many years, our current vendor will not be supporting our system much longer. Therefore, we have been saving for the past few years knowing the day would come when we would have to move on to a new system.

The Polaris system uses current technologies and will improve the library’s entire scope of automated services, from ordering and tracking materials, to a more efficient check-in and check-out process. Best of all, it offers many new features for our customers including an enhanced library catalog with book cover images, book reviews, tables of contents and summaries, and a special children’s catalog. The Polaris System uses a standardized Web-based interface, and, as a result, customers will feel comfortable using the new system since it functions much like their computers at home or at work.

“You can do so much more with this new system, including keeping a list of books you’ve read and receiving pre-notification emails to remind you that your library materials will be due soon,” exclaimed Library Director Louise Mazerov. “We are confident the new system will improve your library experience.”

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. The Library is located at 7150 La Palma Ave. in Buena Park. For more information, please call the library at 714.826.4100 x125, or visit our virtual branch at