Category Archives: Children and their Grownups

Children’s Summer Reading Kickoff

Mark your calendars! The children’s summer reading program kickoff will be on Saturday, June 4, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Come join us for games, crafts, a petting zoo, and fun. And, of course, this will be the first chance for your little readers to pick up their reading logs and start reading.

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We will have a petting zoo at this year’s kickoff. Yay!

Also during the summer we will have children’s afternoon clubs and special performances featuring magicians, musicians, balloon twisting, animals, and more for the whole family. Stop by to pick up a monthly calendar to stay updated on all that’s happening this summer at the library.

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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!

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.

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.

In-N-Out + The Fault in Our Stars

In_n_out_logoTeens and kids, if you love to read and if you love In-N-Out, then do your happy dance! From now until November 15, you can get free In-N-Out burgers for reading. AWESOME! Read on for the details.

Teens
Read a book, and then stop by the reference desk to pick up an index card. On the card, write the name of the book, its author, and why you recommend the book to others. When you turn the card in, you’ll receive an In-N-Out coupon AND a chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of The Fault in Our Stars. You’ll receive an In-N-Out coupon for only your first book recommendation, but you can submit as many recommendations as you’d like for multiple chances to win the autographed copy of The Fault in our Stars.

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Kids Ages 4-12
Stop by the children’s room to sign up. For every five books you read, you will receive an In-N-Out coupon. You can receive up to three In-N-Out coupons.

Get reading, and get eating! YUMMY!

Chase the Dog Returns!

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Our beloved Chase the Dog is returning for the Read to a Dog Program!
Every Tuesday between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
beginning May 6 until August 26
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your child can come read to Chase and then choose a toy from the treasure chest. No sign up is necessary; just come on Tuesday evenings!

Please call the library at 714-826-4100 an hour before you come just in case the program needed to be canceled for the evening.

Day of the Child/Day of the Book

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At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16th, the Buena Park Library will celebrate the Day of the Child/Day of the Book, El Día de los Niños/El Diá de los Libros with a special presentation by Birdie Mendoza of Birdie’s Playhouse. Join Birdie as she uses puppets, ribbon streamers, and music with a tropical Latin twist to entertain and educate children about wildlife and the importance of reading. There will be a special drawing for four Knott’s Berry Farm tickets at the close of the show.

Responsible Pet Ownership for Kids at the BPLD!

petsSaturday, April 12th, 2 pm
Kids ages 3-12 and their parents can learn about animal behavior and responsible pet ownership with games and activities
provided by OC Animal Care!

OC Animal Care promotes responsible pet ownership; health and safety for people and animals and spay/neuter programs. They provide shelter and medical care for lost or stray animals and opportunities for adoption.

This event is part of our fourth annual “Buena Park Reads Together” program.  During the month of April, we will be offering interactive programs, book discussions and family fun inspired by this year’s chosen book, Weekends with Daisy by Sharon Kahn Luttrell.

In Weekends with Daisy, a volunteer service dog trainer tells the story of her relationships with an endearing yellow Labrador puppy and its felon partner in the Prison PUP program.  Join us this April for a month-long celebration of service animals and their caretakers, and the joy that animals bring to our lives!

For more information, please call the library at 714.826.4100 x125, or visit our virtual branch at http://www.buenaparklibrary.org.