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Library Newsletter August 2017

Seats Still Available for Writers Present: Meg Cabot!

Don’t miss your chance to see New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot at our next Writers Present at 6:30 p.m. August 7 at the Norman P. Murray Center. Meg has published nearly 80 books for kids, teens and adults. She is renowned for “The Princess Diaries,” which became a wildly successful movie series as well. Her latest book “Royal Crush” is a perfect summer read. Join us for this free event by calling 949-830-7100, ext. 5107. Books will be sold on site by A Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe. Guests who purchase a book on site will receive priority book signing in the order of purchase. We will have treats, activities and tons of fun for the entire family!

Attention High School Students! Free College Workshop at Library!

Register today for the Mission Viejo Library’s free college workshop on Sunday, August 27 from 2-4 p.m.  The workshop takes place across from the library in the City Hall Saddleback Room, 200 Civic Center.

The workshop will focus on personality and choice of majors along with other college considerations you may not have considered.  Participants will receive access to online assessments two weeks before the session.  After students complete the testing, the results will be analyzed and a certified test administrator will explain how knowing your personality type can help you choose a major or career.

Here’s the topics: 

  • What does the MBTI 4-letter type say about my personality?
  • How do my personality strengths relate to my choice of a major or career?
  • What are any additional considerations when planning for college?

This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Register at the Library’s “Ask Here” desk or call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.  Space is limited so register today!

Friends’ Board of Directors

The following individuals were elected this month to the Friends’ Board of Directors for FY 2017-18:

President: Donna Haskill
Vice-President.: Jodean Werner
Secretary: Kathleen Cunningham
Treasurer: Nancy Livingston
Asst. Treasurer: Hugh Armstrong

The Board meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month (except for August and December) in the Saddleback Room at City Hall.  The Board currently has a few open seats and welcomes prospective new members, especially those with financial and/or fund-development experience. Contact Vickie Sullivan at or 949-830-7100, ext. 5128 for more information about volunteering.

Also, don’t forget to like our new Friends of the Mission Viejo Library Facebook page!

Library’s 20th Anniversary Celebration October 14

It was October 1997 when the newly built Mission Viejo Library opened its doors. Over the past two decades, the building and library’s collection, programs and services have expanded. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to providing the best services possible to this community.

On Saturday, October 14, we’ll celebrate 20 years in the heart of Mission Viejo, reminisce over the memories and milestones and look ahead to what the next 20 years will bring.

The community celebration is from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. featuring free programs for kids and adults and giveaways.  Food trucks will be available throughout the day and a live band performance by 80'z All-Stars will culminate the festivities.  Beer and wine will be available during the concert.  Bring low-back chairs or blankets for concert seating.

  • Food trucks
  • Live band performing 80s music in the late afternoon
  • FREE programs throughout the day for children and adults
  • Giveaways
  • Tours 

South Orange County California Genealogical Society presents Judith Brooks August 19

article-soccgsJudith Brooks presents a history of the Scots’ migratory habits:  why a Scot would come to America from any country and how and when Scots may have arrived from Scotland. This type of interesting information can aid folks with finding potential Scottish records. Judith believes there’s so much more to our ancestry than just historical dates and places. Finding the history of the time and place brings richer meaning to our heritage.

Judith has been researching her and her husband’s ancestry since 1995, when he became chaplain for the North County Scots and was searching for his own tartan.  She is a professional genealogist, member of numerous genealogical societies and active in the Daughters of the American Revolution organization.

Join us for this informative program and free refreshments from 10 a.m. to noon behind the LDS Church at 27976 Marguerite Parkway.

For more information, contact or visit

Save the date to see J.A. Jance September 12

Save the date for Tuesday, September 12 when popular author J.A. Jance appears in our Writers Present series at 7 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way. Jance is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning mystery author with more than 20 million books in print. Her writing career spans three decades and includes more than 50 books in four different series—Ali Reynolds, J.P. Beaumont, Joanna Brady and the Walker Family, along with a volume of poetry.

Jance will discuss her latest book “The Proof of Life.” This riveting mystery follows J. P. Beaumont’s latest investigation, which strikes too close to home.

Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont looked forward to having his days all to himself. But too much free time doesn’t suit a man used to brushing close to danger. When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in what’s officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process, Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn’t mean it’s over.

Caught up in a situation where old actions and grudges can hold dangerous consequences in the present, Beau is forced to operate outside the familiar world of law enforcement. While seeking justice for his frenemy and healing for a long fractured family, he comes face to face with an implacable enemy who has spent decades hiding in plain sight.

This is a free program based on seat availability on the night of the event.  For guaranteed reserved seating and priority book signing, purchase a $32 ticket at which includes one hardcover copy of “The Proof of Life.”  One ticket allows up to two people for reserved seating as well as priority book signing in the order of online purchase.  Books will be available for pick-up beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 12 at the Norman P. Murray Community Center.  Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore will also sell books on site. The Friends of the Mission Viejo Library will host a wine bar starting at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or

Writers Present Paula Poundstone Sept. 27

Beloved stand-up comedian, author and actor Paula Poundstone will discuss her new book “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27.

What is the secret to happiness? How do we mere mortals achieve it? Is it even possible to find happiness amid the daily demands of our crazy lives?  Poundstone, the Emmy Award-winning comic and professional Doubting Thomas, was determined to find out.  She immersed herself in a series of experiments she hoped would reveal the path to happiness and presents her findings in this wildly funny and strikingly wise book “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.”

This is a free adult program based on seat availability on the evening of the event.  For guaranteed reserved seating and priority book signing, purchase a $30 ticket now at  which includes one hardcover copy of “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.”  One ticket grants up to two admittances for reserved seating as well as priority book signing in the order of online purchase.  Books will be available for pick-up at the Norman Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way beginning at 6 p.m. that day.  Books will also be sold on site. The Friends of the Mission Viejo Library will host a wine bar before the presentation begins.

Contact 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or for more information.

Educational Resources @ the Library

With summer well under way, you’re probably not thinking about a new school year.  But when summer does end, look to the library to fulfill your research and educational material needs.

The library provides several resources to support student learning including databases, encyclopedias, eBooks, SAT test prep books and more.  We have materials for science projects, California Mission assignments and even free tutoring for kids and teens.

With your library card, our eResources can be accessed from any computer connected to the internet.  Without a card, our extensive collection of physical encyclopedias can be browsed and used in the library. Some encyclopedias include The UFO Encyclopedia, World Book Encyclopedia (both print and online), and New Encyclopedia Britannica.

No matter what your assignment, the library has the perfect resource for you!  For more information, call 949-830-7100 or visit

Did you miss it?

The library hosted several great programs in July so here’s a quick recap in case you missed them:

Spelling Bee Winners 2017The 2nd Annual Spelling Bee on July 14 was an evening of intense competition that lasted 14 rounds. Twenty-five competitors took part to show off their skills and compete for forever bragging rights. For the second straight year, Debi Blohm took first place by correctly spelling “denouement.”  Will a new champion emerge next July? Stay tuned … 

Hufflepuff and Gryffindor take the Cup! The library hosted three fun-filled Harry Potter Trivia Nights. Witches and Wizards of all ages turned out to compete for glory. Congratulations to Hufflepuff House for winning the first two nights and Gryffindor House for claiming victory on the final night. Many Ravenclaws and Slytherins are demanding a rematch!

Check out our website calendar for upcoming events and get ready to compete!