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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 www.buenaparklibrary.org 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.

Because It’s Wednesday

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the artistry of children’s book titles…

Remembering Donald J. Sobol or The Case of the Sherlock Holmes in Sneakers.

The literary world has had another great author taken from it this year. Donald J. Sobol, better known to us children who were just a little bit nerdy, the author who brought us Encyclopedia Brown passed away on July 16th at the age of 87. He did not get as much attention as the others who have passed on this year, but in my heart, he is worth mentioning. When I was a little girl I always wanted to read those sleuth novels my grandparents were reading. My grandmother would tell me “They are not really for little girls!” One day she took me to this very library and I discovered “Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective.” I was instantly hooked the moment I opened those pages and dove right in. When we went back to the library I checked out about 7 more Encyclopedia Brown books, each of which I torn in to as fast as I could! I grew to really love Encyclopedia Brown and his sometimes partner/ sometimes bodyguard, Sally Kimball. They were my childhood Nick and Nora Charles. Through Sobol’s characters I grew up wanting to be a sleuth myself. It was the spring board to my love of Dashiell Hammett, Agatha Christie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I owe a great big part of my childhood to Mr. Sobol as I think many of us do. He will be greatly missed and will live on through the novels he gave us.

What Is It?

What is it?

If you answered, “Why, clearly, that is a picture of a hat,” I am sorry to say that you are mistaken.

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Book vs. Movie Review: Howl’s Moving Castle

The Book: 1986

This children’s book by Diana Wynne Jones was published in the 1980s when I would have been part of its target audience, but I didn’t discover it until the 2000s.  Nonetheless it quickly became one of my all time favorites.  I don’t think there is an age limit for appreciating Howl’s Moving Castle – it’s one of those books that I turn to when I want something comforting, satisfying, and entertaining, and I always enjoy it no matter how many times I’ve read it before.

Sophie, our heroine, is a timid and rather bored young woman who bemoans her fate as an eldest sister, because in a land where fairy-tales are everyday realities, everyone knows that only younger sisters lead lives of adventure and romance.  But Sophie’s life takes an unexpected turn when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste and finds herself magically transformed into an old woman.  Not wanting to face the shock and sympathy of her family, she runs (or rather hobbles) away, determined to seek her fortune and break the curse.  In doing so, she finds herself teeming up with the infamous Wizard Howl whose magical moving castle has been terrifying the inhabitants of her village.

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