Read to Me A-Z

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Parents, have you heard of Read to Me A-Z? Read to Me A-Z is a reading program for children ages zero to six. Read a picture book to your child for every letter of the alphabet according to the first letter of the author’s last name (you can read any book for letters Q and X). When you have finished reading through the alphabet, your child will get a small prize, and you will be entered into a drawing for four Knott’s Berry Farm tickets.

Read to Me A-Z reading logs are available for pick up in the children’s room. The program will end on February 29, so pick up your log soon!

Adult Coloring Club Coming in 2016

We’re excited to announce a new club for adults: the first meeting of our adult coloring club will be on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

Join us on the first Thursday of each month for a time of relaxation, conversation, and creativity. All supplies will be provided. Just bring yourself, and enjoy the afternoon creating works of art.

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Download Your Favorite Magazines

Did you know that you can download and keep issues of your favorite magazines for free with your library card? It sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t! Your Buena Park Library card gives you access to more than 130 popular magazines, including Glamour, Car and Driver, Food Network Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, ESPN, Newsweek, Forbes, Men’s HealthPopular Photography, Yoga Journal, O: The Oprah Magazine, and more.

The magazines are available through the library’s subscription to Zinio. Anyone with a Buena Park Library card can sign up for Zinio and start reading immediately on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Readers who will be reading on a smartphone or tablet will need to download the free Zinio for Libraries app on their device.

Click here for full and easy to follow instructions on how to sign up and begin reading.

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A few of the more than 130 magazines available through Zinio

Are You Prepared for an Earthquake?

California is considered to be at high risk for a large earthquake. How we prepare or fail to prepare now will determine our quality of life after our next large earthquake.

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The library will participate in the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 15, at 10:15 a.m. The Great California ShakeOut is an annual drill with millions of participants across the state. During the drill, everyone inside the library building will be asked to drop, cover, and hold on. We will then evacuate the building, and library service will be interrupted but will resume shortly thereafter.

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You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation. Please take steps to prepare yourself and your family for an earthquake wherever you may be. For more information about earthquake preparedness, visit earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps/.

In-N-Out Reading Program

In-N-Out is once again up to their wonderful shenanigans: they’re rewarding teens and kids for reading. Read on for program details.

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Teens
October 1-November 14
Beginning October 1, pick up a Teen Top Ten Nominations list and rating sheet in the teen area. Read one book on the list, and rate it. Turn in your rating sheet to the reference desk to receive your In-N-Out certificate, good for a free hamburger or cheeseburger from the makers of the best burgers in the universe. Each teen can receive only one In-N-Out certificate. Each teen will also be entered in a drawing to win two tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm.

Children (Ages 4-12)
October 3-November 14

Beginning October 3, pick up a reading log in the children’s room. For every five books read, receive an In-N-Out certificate, good for a free hamburger or cheeseburger from the makers of the best burgers in the universe. Each child can receive up to three certificates. Children who are unable to read by themselves may have a parent read to them.

Back to School Help

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Going back to school? We’ve got plenty of helpful resources for you! The only thing you need to use all of these resources for free is a Buena Park Library card.

To get started, simply visit our website at buenaparklibrary.org, and click on the e-resource you would like to access. If you have questions, then please stop by or call the reference desk at 714-826-4100 ext. 125. We are here to help!

helpnowWith HelpNow!, you can get homework help from a certified live tutor in real time; get feedback on your writing; prepare for SAT, ACT, and AP tests; and more. Live help is available for little ones just learning to read as well as students studying calculus, chemistry, physics, history, and other subjects.

exploraGoogle is great, but it isn’t the answer to everything. If you’re looking for authoritative information, magazine articles, or even peer reviewed journal articles, then try Explora.

points_of_viewHave a report on a current issue such as global warming, pro sports concussions, airport security, trans fat, the Arab-Israeli conflict, drugs, funding for the arts, bullying, or ISIS? With Points of View Reference Center, students can access essays, articles, reference books, primary source documents, and more that present multiple sides of more than 370 issues.

toucanElementary students learning about Native American Indians, explorers, and California missions will find trustworthy information in our Social Studies Fact Cards resource.

tfsTuition Funding Sources offers information about scholarships, grants, and other types of financial aid and is a great resource for high school seniors preparing to attend college next fall.

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If you’re taking a foreign language class, Mango Languages might be helpful to you. Although Mango Languages won’t follow your course’s curriculum, it is a resource that could supplement your school learning. One aspect of the resource is a listen/record/playback feature that allows you to hear native speakers, record yourself, and playback to hear how your pronunciation and inflections compare to those of the native speakers.

A Fun, Safe Place for Teens

Do you know about Teen Tuesday Nights? We hold Teen Tuesday Nights every–you guessed it–Tuesday night from 6:30 to 7:45. At Teen Tuesday Nights, teens can play games, snack, make something creative, hang out with friends, or study in a fun and safe environment.

We hold Teen Tuesday Nights all year long but have special Teen Tuesday Nights during the summer. Join us for our final two special Teen Tuesday Nights this summer before our regular Teen Tuesday Nights resume.

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Will you be this year’s Guitar Hero champ? Find out on August 4. The guitar shredding will begin at 6:30 p.m.

We're ending our summer with Make Your Own Sundae + Game Night on August 11. Yummy!

We’re ending summer with Make Your Own Sundaes + Game Night on August 11. The ice cream yumminess will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Race Is Coming…

Teen Amazing Race
Saturday, July 25
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Teens, you will be sad to miss the Amazing Race.

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This baby is sad that he cannot join the Amazing Race. (He is too young.)

In a team of three, you will be given tasks to complete. Each time you complete a task, you will receive a clue for your next task. The first team to complete all twenty tasks will be crowned this year’s winners.

Space is limited, so you must preregister at the questions desk or by calling 714-826-4100 ext. 125.

We will have pizza available, so come hungry.

Busy July!

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Happy July, everyone! It will be a busy month here at the library. Our summer reading program for adults, teens, and children is in full swing. If you haven’t signed up already, then you can still do so right outside the children’s room.

We’re also holding several special programs this month that are not only tons of fun but also free. Read on for more information!

July Programs for Teens

July 7, 6:30 p.m.: Superhero Jeopardy
Show off your knowledge about superheroes in a fierce Jeopardy battle.

July 14, 6:30 p.m.: Minute-to-Win-It
Tackle these crazy 60 second challenges!

July 21, 6:30 p.m.: No Bake Iron Chef
Whose cuisine will reign supreme? Dishes will be judged on creativity, presentation, and use of the secret ingredient.

July 25, 5:30 p.m.: Amazing Race
The first team to complete all its tasks and cross the finish line will be the champs. Space is limited, so please register at the questions desk.

July 28, 6:30 p.m.: Superhero Olympics
You’ll be endowed with special superhero powers to use to compete against other teen superheroes.

July Programs for Children

July 2, 6:30 p.m.: Buster Balloon
Be entertained by Buster Balloon’s mix of comedy, magic, and balloon twisting. Seating is limited, so come early.

July 9, 6:30 p.m.: John Abrams’ Animal Magic
A magic show involving exotic pets! This one’s not to be missed. Seating is limited, so come early.

July 16, 6:30 p.m.: Clint Perry and the Boo Hoo Crew
Clint and his crew will have your whole family singing, dancing, and laughing. Seating is limited, so come early.

July 23, 6:30 p.m.: Abbit the Average
Abbit will wow you with his zany magic and juggling. Seating is limited, so come early.

July 30, 6:30 p.m.: Animals of Wild Wonders
You’ll be face to face with exotic animals. Seating is limited, so come early.

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Summer reading for all ages

We will soon begin our summer reading program for all ages. Our theme this year is “Every hero has a story.” Check out the details below.everyherostory

Adults
The adult program will run from June 22 until August 15. You’ll win prizes along the way and might even win a Kindle Fire HD! Sign up, read, and win prizes. Life is good.

Teens
Teens, don’t miss the kickoff on Tuesday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. We’ll have pizza, games, crafts, and more. The teen program will run from June 16 until August 15, and the more you read, the better your chances will get of winning one of the major prizes, including a Kindle Fire HD. But, of course, the best prize will be the reward of reading itself.

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Children
We will hold our annual kickoff on Saturday, June 20, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The whole family is invited to join us for activities, snacks, live music, and tons o’ fun. We’ll be hosting special guests, including cool pirates, real life princesses, and the Strike Force Girls from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball organization.

By participating in the summer reading program, your child will not only win prizes for reading but also progress during the summer rather than experience the dreaded “summer slide” (losing the gains he made during the previous school year). The child program will run from June 20 until August 15.

Can’t make it to the kickoff?
Any teen or child who wants to participate in the summer reading program but can’t make the kickoff can still sign up after the kickoff dates during the library’s regular hours.