Is there any place during the pandemic that is safe, fun, recharging, cool, and cost you nothing in Irvine? The answer is naturally the library! Why? Because it costs a lot to buy books in the United States. However, at your local library, you can not only check out a variety of books, games, audios, and videos for free, but also enjoy a quiet mental break at a safe and quiet environment, unplugged from electronic and screens, more important of all, you can enjoy more of the services that you may not be aware. Now follow us to explore the cool features of the Irvine Heritage Park Library (IHPL)!
In fact, the most powerful free public resource in the United States is the library system. If you don’t know how to make the best use of it, you will miss a lot. The IHPL is the regional center of the Orange County Public Libraries (OCPL). If you could check out the service and cool features during your free time, chances are you will find great books, games, and resources to savor at home for free. For people with children, young or teens, it is a great place to keep them entertained. Let’s go!
1. Where to Find the Best Sellers?
The book collection of the IHPL is unbeatable! With the help of the friendly librarians, you can find almost all the Amazon best sellers here, whether it is for adults, children, or teenagers, Chinese, English or other world languages.
New books for adults are displayed at the book shelfs left to the entrance. Each new book is labeled in yellow sticker marked with “New” to make it easier for you to recognize. If you like to explore and try new things, then you will find many new books, fiction, non-fiction, here at your choice.
What if you would like to try some new books, yet don’t know what the best sellers are, or you do know what the newest best sellers you want but dislike the long waiting list? Then “Lucky Day” is your friend. You can find these best sellers marked as “Lucky Day” next to the shelfs of new adult books. IHPL offers this special service to grant readers immediate access to some popular bestsellers for up to three weeks and three books per person. Although Lucky Day cannot be renewed, you may finish reading a book in one go because of the time pressure. Who knows, before you realize it, you might have met or exceeded your annual reading goal!
Irvine is a culturally diverse international city, and its richness in global influence can be found in the IHPL’s children’s book collection. As you can see in the center of the library, children from Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Arabian, Russian, or other culture around the world can easily find new books in their native language here.
You may wonder—given so many world languages, will there be enough Chinese children’s books available? Don’t worry. Look at this row of shelf behind the children’s world language display—it is full of Chinese children’s books.
If you feel these books will not be sufficient to meet your needs, you can borrow books from other library in the Orange County Public Library system (www.ocpl.org). Simply go to your account, put a hold online, and choose your preferred pickup location. These books will be delivered to your designated library, and you will get an email to notify you once the book is available for pickup. Isn’t this service user-friendly?
IHPL is a fairytale world for young children. You will not miss the sign to find the wonder and magic once they are inside the library because the wisdom tree is beckoning at you. Here you will find a eye-cathing array of English picture books. If you don’t know where to start, or how to find the age-appropriate books, click on the link below. You will find a book list carefully prepared by librarians according to the children’s age and grade level.
IHPL is not only a good place to find good books, but also a paradise for parents to cultivate a child’s concentration and early developmental skills. In this quiet corner of the children’s section, librarians have thoughtfully prepared a play zone, where you can teach your little one how to draw, build blocks, piece puzzles, make crafts, and of course, enjoy stories. It is a wonderful bonding place for fun, play, learning, and fine motor development.
3. What Options Are Here for Teens？
If you have a teen who are independent thinkers, or particular about their choices, don't worry. IHPL’s collection of juvenile literature is no fewer than that of the children. As you can see on the display shelfs in the middle of the hall, there are loads of new and popular books ranging from younger teens to older teens. Your teens will be sure to find some books that tailor to his/her interest.
For Gen-Z, how can a collection complete without the Japanese Amine and Marvel? IHPL’s graphic novel collection will make you dizzy, and the animation magazine will keep you at the forefront of animation dynamics.