Category Archives: Library Resources and Services

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

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, 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.

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.

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.

AARRR! Ahoy!

Ye, mateys! September 19 be Talk Like a Pirate Day.


Avast! Ye be a landlubber? AARRR! If ye have want to speak like a swashbucklAARRR, try Mango Languages, availAARRRble at the Buena PAARRRk LibrAARRRy. All ye need is ye librAARRRy cAARRRd.

If you had trouble understanding what you just read, here is a rough translation. September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day. If you are not a pirate but want to learn to talk like a pirate, then try Mango Languages, available through the library’s website. All you need to log in is your library card. If you have any questions, call us at 714-826-4100 ext. 125, or stop by the reference desk.

And to close, here is a pirate joke for your amusement!

What is a pirate’s favorite Christmas carol?

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Drum roll please…

We Three Kings of Orient AARRR!

New E-books

Check out the newest additions to the library’s e-audiobook collection!  If you need more information about setting up your device, start at our digital library at: or contact the Reference Desk at: 714-826-4100 ext. 125

Sergeant Stubby  Unbreak my heart Michael Jordan  most dangerous animal of all  Lets just say  hiltons  Carsick  Aviators  10 percent happierThink like a freak

Find AR Books Quicker and Easier!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!  Calling all Accelerated Readers!
The Task of Searching for Books Just Got Easier…

The Buena Park Library is pleased to announce that you can now search for your Accelerated Reader (AR) books in our online catalog!

You can search using the catalog computers in the library or search from home on the internet by going to and clicking on Search the Library Catalog.  Simply type “Accelerated Reader” and your book level (2.3, 3.5, 4.7, etc.) into the keyword field and a list of children’s books in your level will appear.  You can even sort the results by call number to make finding the books easier.

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Come by the Children’s Room and see all the hot pink AR labels on our fiction books and picture books.  Check back again soon to see the progress being made on labeling the Biographies and the non-fiction collections.

One on One Computer Help at the BPLD

Need Help Building Your Computer Skills?


During the month of February the Buena Park Library will offer one-on-one computer assistance on Saturdays from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity for individuals to get assistance and instruction on how to use any of the Library’s databases, download ebooks, learn the basics of Microsoft Word or Excel or set up an email account.
No appointment is necessary.  Just come to the Reference Desk any time between 2:00-3:30 p.m. during the month of February for computer assistance from one of our knowledgeable staff.

For more information, please call the library at 714.826.4100 x125, or visit our virtual branch at


Beat the Back to School Homework Blues!


Back to school means homework
and the Library has a resource to help with the homework blues!

By accessing the Library’s HelpNow! online resource from your home computer, students can receive help from a live tutor 7 days a week from 1pm to 10pm. Students just need to enter their grade level and the subject they need help in, and within minutes they will be connected to an expert tutor. All you need is a Buena Park Library card to use this valuable service. You can access HelpNow! from the Library’s website at Continue reading

September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

A Free Library Card is Your Ticket to Back-to-School Savings

This September, the Buena Park Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that our students have the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to use the library as a source for lifelong learning. Continue reading