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Teens, is Fear a Factor For You?

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Celebrate Halloween by testing your courage (and appetite!) at our Teen Halloween Fear Factor event on Saturday, October 26th from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Teams of 2 will compete in terrifying games that will require skill, brains, and a strong stomach!

A prize will be awarded to the team that demonstrates that fear is not a factor for them. Teens have the option of wearing their Halloween costumes to the event, though it is not mandatory.

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Doctor Sleep: a Novel
by Stephen King

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“Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.”  –Publisher

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2013 Amazing Race for Teens!

Its the biggest teen event of the year!

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The Buena Park Library‘s 7th Annual
After-Hours Amazing Race

Saturday, August 3rd 5:30-8:30 pm

Teens will compete in teams of two or three as they complete a competitive relay race performing tasks in order to receive clues that will ultimately lead them to the finish line!

Space is limited, so PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Visit the Information Desk in the Library or call 714-826-4100 ext.125 to reserve your spot.

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!

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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!

R.I.P. Richard Matheson – Legendary Writer

Legendary science fiction and horror author, Richard Matheson, died last Sunday at the age of 87.  Best known for his novel, I am Legend, which was adapted for the screen three times, Matheson was much more than a one-trick pony.  Not only were five more of his novels adapted for the big screen but he also wrote many episodes of the acclaimed television series, The Twilight Zone, among others TV series,  and wrote numerous short stories, including Duel.  You might remember Duel as being the first film that a young Steven Spielberg directed.  And the screenplay was written by none other than, you guessed it, Richard Matheson.  He also wrote many other critically acclaimed feature film screenplays such as The Raven, which starred a young Jack Nicholson.

Richard Matheson, the science fiction and horror author, has died aged 87

Matheson was a huge influence on contemporary writers such as Stephen King and Anne Rice, and film directors such as Steven Spielberg and Edgar Wright.  You can find many of Matheson’s works here at the Buena Park Library District, including some of his film adaptations.

Richard Matheson, you will be greatly missed.