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Happy Belated Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

I hope it’s not too late but this celebrated author and illustrator deserves a birthday shout out.  For those who don’t know, Dr. Seuss’ birthday was last Sunday, March 2nd.  We all know Dr. Seuss as the man behind the famous children’s book series with well-known titles such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Lorax.  But there was a lot more to him than just children’s books.  In other words, here’s a list of interesting facts of the author we call Dr. Seuss:

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  • Dr. Seuss’ actual name was Theodore Seuss Geisel.
  • His works have spawned numerous adaptations, including television specials, feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series.
  • Geisel’s birthday, March 2nd, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.
  • Although he received numerous awards throughout his career, Geisel never won the Caldecott Medal or Newbery Medal.  
  • Geisel’s figures are often rounded and somewhat droopy. This is true, for instance, of the faces of the Grinch and of the Cat in the Hat.  Almost all the buildings and machinery that Geisel drew were devoid of straight lines, even when he was representing real objects. For example, If I Ran the Circus includes a droopy hoisting crane and a droopy steam Calliope.
  • He was a perfectionist in his work and would sometimes spend up to a year on a book. It was not uncommon for him to throw out 95% of his material until he settled on a theme for his book. For a writer he was unusual in that he preferred to be paid only after he finished his work rather than in advance.
  • Getting the first book that he both wrote and illustrated, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, published, however, required a great degree of persistence – it was rejected 27 times before being published by Vanguard Press.

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Want more Seuss?  You didn’t even have to ask!  The Buena Park Library has got you covered.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” – Dr. Seuss

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Winnie the Pooh Day!

Today is A.A. Milne’s birthday!  Though he was born long ago on this day in 1882 he will always be remembered for his children’s story books, particularly Winnie the Pooh and his friends.  You know the gang.   Christopher Robin, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Roo, and Winnie, of course,  made reading fun!

WinnieHere’s some interesting things about Winnie the Pooh that you may not have known:

  • Winnie the Pooh first appeared on the printed page in 1926.
  • All of the characters were based on toys that were owned by the author’s son.
  • Pooh Corner in Hartfield, East Sussex, is where the books were written.
  • Winnie the Pooh has been translated in numerous languages, including Latin.

Winnie the PoohAnd you didn’t even have to ask.  We have plenty Winnie the Pooh books here at the Buena Park Library. 

So celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day by reading some storybooks about Winnie and his friends.

Thanksgiving : Trivia Edition

This Thursday, November 28th is Thanksgiving Day!  Of course, we all know about getting together with loved ones feasting on turkey, stuffing, gravy, watching Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (or at least I do), and the food coma that ensues but do we know the quirky things about Thanksgiving?  Well, brace yourself!  Here’s some Thanksgiving trivia to tide you over till this upcoming holiday.

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  • The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly traced to a poorly documented 1621 celebration between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts.
  • Potatoes were not part of the first Thanksgiving.  Irish immigrants had not yet brought them to North America.
  • The use of the turkey in the USA for Thanksgiving precedes Lincoln’s nationalization of the holiday in 1863.  Alexander Hamilton proclaimed that no “Citizen of the United States should refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day,” and many of the Founding Fathers (particularly Benjamin Franklin) had high regard for the wild turkey as an American icon, but turkey was uncommon as Thanksgiving fare until after 1800.  By 1857, turkey had become part of the traditional dinner in New England.
  • After the first Thanksgiving, the observance was sporadic and almost forgotten until the early 1800s.  It was usually celebrated in late September or October.
  • Thanksgiving Day did not become an official holiday until Northerners dominated the federal government. While sectional tensions prevailed in the mid-19th century, the editor of the popular magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, Sarah Josepha Hale, campaigned for a national Thanksgiving Day to promote unity. She finally won the support of President Abraham Lincoln.  The holiday was annually proclaimed by every president thereafter, and the date chosen, with few exceptions, was the last Thursday in November.
  • In 1941, Congress made Thanksgiving a national holiday and set the date as the fourth Thursday in November.
  • In the early 1960s, “Black Friday” came to be used in Philadelphia to describe the post-Thanksgiving shopping rush.
  • Each Thanksgiving, the President “pardons” a hand-selected turkey, sparing the bird from someone’s dinner table and ensuring the rest of its days are spent living.  President George H.W. Bush was the first president to actually offer a turkey pardon in 1989.

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The Buena Park Library also has books on all things Thanksgiving.  Check them out here!  And who can forget about those delicious Thanksgiving cook books?

Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving everyone!

National Dog Day!

Dog lovers rejoice!  Dogs, you can rejoice as well!  Today, August  26th is National Dog Day.  Dogs are our faithful companions and we should acknowledge the love, joy, and yes, even the chewed up shoes that dogs bring to our daily lives.

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Ranging from emergency services to supporting those who are blind and deaf, dogs serve an important purpose in many of our lives.  Today is a great opportunity to show our love for dogs in our life and supporting dogs in need.  You can save a dog’s life from homelessness and abuse by adopting one at a local rescue home, getting a special treat for your dog, or even getting matching t-shirts.  National Dog Day was created by the National Dog Day Foundation.  Their motto is “saving 10,000 dogs – one day at a time.”   Some famous advocates of National Dog Day include former president George W. Bush and actress Susan Sarandon.

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And of course, you didn’t even have to ask.  We carry plenty of materials on all things dog right here at the Buena Park Library.

And who said dogs don’t like reading too?!

Dog Reading

If You’re a Lefty, then Left Handers Day is Just for You!

You know, many times lefties get the short end of the stick.  Here’s just a short list of examples:

  • Left-handed desks still do not exist.
  • Novelty coffee mugs are usually made with the picture or text for a right-handed pickup.
  • Left-handed items usually cost more.
  • Scissors are for right handers.
  • Even your computer mouse is designed for right handers.
  • Apart from the “Leftorium” on the sitcom, The Simpsons, it is extremely rare to find a store devoted to lefties.

Ned_FlandersI can go on and on but I think you get the picture.  So if you’re a lefty, celebrate because today is just for you!  Tuesday, August 13th is Left Handers Day!  In celebrating Left Handers Day, here are some fun and interesting facts about lefties:

  • A variety of studies suggest that approximately 10% of the world population is left-handed.
  • Right-handed people operate on the left side of the brain. Left handed people use the right side.
  • Lefties are also called “southpaws.”  The term was coined in baseball to describe a left-handed pitcher.
  • While many people are left-handed, very few are 100% left-handed. For example, many left handers golf and bat right-handed. On the other hand, there is a high percentage of righties who are 100% right-handed.
  • During the 1600’s people thought left handers were witches and warlocks.
  • Handedness displays a complex inheritance pattern. For example, if both parents of a child are left-handed, there is a 26% chance of that child also being left-handed.  This leaves about three-quarters of the effect to be explained by environmental factors.
  • In his book Right-Hand, Left-Hand, Chris McManus of the University College London argues that the proportion of left handers is increasing and left-handed people as a group have historically produced an above-average quota of high achievers.
  • In a 2006 U.S. study, researchers from Lafayette College and Johns Hopkins University concluded that there was no scientifically significant correlation between handedness and earnings for the general population, but among college-educated people, left handers earned 10 to 15% more than their right-handed counterparts.

Here’s some additional fun tidbits about being left-handed such as the benefits of being a lefty and a left-handed test.

Left PowerAnd of course, the Buena Park Library District has some materials on left handers that’s sure to interest righties and lefties alike.

The Left Stuff

So if you’re a left hander, embrace and seize the day because today was made just for you!

Book Lovers Day!

Yes!  Today Friday, August 9th is Book Lovers Day!  As you can well expect, we love to read and Book Lovers Day encourages you to kick back, relax, and read a good book.  From reading under shaded trees or on your comfortable couch or in your local library (we hope the Buena Park Library!), the possibilities of what and where to read are endless!  What will you read today?

And of course, the Buena Park Library District has a bunch of great  books to curl up to.

July 30th is Paperback Book Day!

Today is Paperback Book Day!  Even though electronic readers and e-books are becoming increasingly popular, we shouldn’t forget the warmness and specialty of a good paperback.

A selection of secondhand paperback books for sale

So curl up and celebrate the look, texture, and experience of a classic paperback book!  The Buena Park Library District has plenty of paperback books to choose from as does the Guild Bookstore located on the second floor.

July is Park and Recreation Month!

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the official Park and Recreation Month!  July is a great time to highlight the positive role that parks and recreation have had and continue to have in our lives – from health and wellness to nature.

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Through the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), there are many ways that you can demonstrate your love for parks and recreation. 

You can also discover more about parks and recreation here at the Buena Park Library District such as our national parks and reserves in the United States and the different forms of recreational activities.

Don’t Step on a Bee Day!

You may not know it until reading this post but today (July 10th) is “Don’t Step on a Bee Day!”  Sure, most of us have been stung by them when we were little or not so little but  today is a reminder that we should treat bees with some respect since they contribute so greatly to our way of life.  In many countries (including the U.S.), bee population is on the downfall.  A life with no bees would mean a lack of pollination, honey production, beeswax, and their significance towards healthy flowers and plants would be put in jeopardy.  It would be an ugly world indeed without bees.

So think twice before you step on a bee and give them some respect!  It’s a win-win!

Bee with reading glasses

And if you can’t get enough of them and want to learn more, we’ve got plenty of books on bees here at the Buena Park Library District. 

Fireworks – Fun Random Facts

When you think of the 4th of July, you usually think of two things: America’s freedom and…fireworks!  But where do you even start with fireworks?  Some cities allow them, some cities do not.  They come in all shapes and sizes.  My pets hate them.  Piccolo Pete’s are so loud that they may be louder than Fred Flintstone himself.  In other words, since there’s so many different things to mention about fireworks, a list of 10 fun, random facts seem fitting:

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  1. The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China, where they were invented.
  2. Currently, the largest annual pyrotechnic display in North America is Thunder Over Louisville which kicks off the Kentucky Derby Festival.
  3. The Walt Disney Company is the largest consumer of fireworks in the United States.
  4. During the summer in Japan, fireworks festivals are held nearly every day someplace in the country, in total numbering more than 200 during August. The festivals consist of large fireworks shows, the largest of which use between 100,000 and 120,000 rounds, and can attract more than 800,000 spectators.
  5. Both fireworks and firecrackers are a popular tradition during Halloween in Nova Scotia and Vancouver, although apparently this is not the custom elsewhere in Canada.
  6. Enthusiasts in the United States have formed clubs which unite hobbyists and professionals. The groups provide safety instruction and organize meetings and private “shoots” at remote premises where members shoot commercial fireworks as well as fire pieces of their own manufacture. Clubs secure permission to fire items otherwise banned by state or local ordinances. Competitions are held among members and between clubs, demonstrating everything from single shells to elaborate displays choreographed to music.
  7. The most firework rockets launched in 30 seconds is 125,801, organized by Pyroworks International Inc. (Philippines), in Cebu, Philippines, on May 8, 2010.
  8. 77,282 firework projectiles were launched in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Kuwait’s constitution, becoming the largest in history. The display was part of celebrations on November 10, 2012 on the coastal Gulf Road.
  9. Copper produces blue-green colors in fireworks and halides of copper are used to make shades of blue.
  10. A cake is a cluster of individual tubes linked by fuse that fires a series of aerial effects. Tube diameters can range in size from 14 to 4 inches, and a single cake can have over 1,000 shots. The variety of effects within individual cakes is often such that they defy descriptive titles and are instead given cryptic names such as “Bermuda Triangle”, “Pyro Glyphics”, “Summer Storm”, “Waco Wakeup”, and “Poisonous Spider”, to name a few.

And if that wasn’t enough for you, you can find all sorts of interesting, useful, and random things about fireworks here at the Buena Park Library District.

So have fun, be safe, and don’t be afraid to explain fun, random (yet interesting and informative!) facts about fireworks to your friends and family on this 4th of July!