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.

ebscoGoogle 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 EbscoHost.

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.

Reading, Quilting, Storytelling

In conjunction with the fifth annual Buena Park Reads Together, the library is holding a community quilt workshop every Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. during the month of April. During the workshop, participants create a quilt square that represents themselves, their family, and/or community.

The center square, beautifully embroidered by one of our very own librarians, of our community quilt

The center square, beautifully embroidered by one of our very own librarians, of our community quilt

Buena Park Reads Together is a program designed to get the entire community reading and discussing the same book.  This year’s selection is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  The book was inspired by the true story of early nineteenth century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimké.  Check out a copy of this unforgettable story, and join us as we create Buena Park’s story in a quilt.

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St. Patrick: Who Was He?

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Every March in honor of St. Patrick, we wear green and celebrate all things Irish, but do we know the real story behind St. Patrick’s Day? Here are ten facts about the real Patrick and his honorary day for all of our curious readers.

1. The man wasn’t even Irish. (Gasp.) He was British.

2. At sixteen years of age, he was kidnapped and sent to Ireland; there, he was enslaved and forced to tend sheep. Baa.

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3. As a slave in Ireland, Patrick became a Christian.

4. After six or seven years of enslavement, Patrick escaped aboard a pirate ship, but he eventually returned to Ireland after being ordained a priest.

5. In Ireland, he spent his life trying to spread Christianity, all the while being beaten up by thugs and harassed by the Irish upper class.

6. Patrick died on March 17 in the year 461. After his death, he was pretty much forgotten; however, as centuries passed, mythology around Patrick grew, and he became the patron saint of Ireland.

7. Until the 1970s, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was a minor religious holiday. The festivities were simple: the day’s celebration consisted of a big meal, and that was about it.

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8. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in America have their roots in the Revolutionary War. During the war, many Irish soldiers held parades by marching together to celebrate their ethnic solidarity.

9. Some time in the nineteenth century, wearing green became a symbol of loyalty to Ireland.

10. For modern day St. Patrick’s Day, many Americans continue the tradition of parades, eat corned beef and cabbage–foods popularized by Irish Americans in the nineteenth century mainly because they were affordable–and drink a lot of Irish stout; on St. Patrick’s Day, Americans drink about 3,000,000 pints of Guinness.

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Have a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day!

African American History Month: Books to Read

February is African American History Month. Here are a few titles that would be great reads to honor the heritage, spirit, and contributions of African Americans–not only this month but all year long.

For Adults and Young Adults

immortal  march  frederick  elizabetheyes  men  monster  purplequestlove  souls  native  warmthwhere  x  chains  caucasia


For Children

watsons  through  negro  martins  henrys  heartnothing  other  rosajazz  nightjohn  seeds

Honoring Dr. King

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As Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday nears, why not pick up something from our collection to remember Dr. King and honor his legacy?

We have come a distance from Dr. King’s time, but we still have much work to do in the struggle against oppression, discrimination, and bigotry. As Dr. King wrote in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” we all are humans connected by our humanity:

“I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”

We hope that the materials in our collection will help our community not only to remember a man who had a dream but also to be mobilized in the urgent work of making his dream the reality in which all peoples one day live.

Holiday Shopping Advice

Are you stressed out about your holiday shopping? Take heart. Helpful advice from Dave Barry to the rescue:

Here is a very efficient shopping method: divide the amount of money you have by the number of people on your gift list to get an average dollar amount per person. So if you have $160 and you want to buy gifts for 10 people, your average is $16 per person. Now find something that costs $16, and buy 10 of whatever it is. You’ll find many useful gifts in this price range; for example, you could get 10 family-sized bottles of vitamin B. Everyone, young and old alike, can use vitamin B, and your children are sure to shriek with delight when they find it under the tree.

And whatever you do, don’t get a man a new tie.

If you give [a man] a new tie, he will pretend to like it, but deep inside he will hate you. If you want to give a man something practical, consider tires. More than once, I would have gladly traded all the gifts I got for a new set of tires.

There you have it. All your holiday shopping woes solved. Vitamin B for all.

Dave Barry’s excellent advice above was taken from this hilarious book we have here at the library:

The Dreaded Feast: Writers on Enduring the Holidays

Check it out for more thoughts on the holiday season from writers including John Waters, Mark Twain, George Plimpton, Augusten Burroughs, and David Sedaris.