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Library Newsletter October 2017

Don’t miss Mission Viejo Library’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, Oct. 14

The countdown is underway for the Mission Viejo Library’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 14.

This community celebration is from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will feature a cornucopia of free programs for kids and adults along with giveaways.  Famed “Fancy Nancy” children’s book illustrator Robin Priess Glasser will be on hand for the fun as well as “Drabble” comic strip creator Kevin Fagan. 

Food trucks will sell tasty fare throughout the day, and a live outdoor 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.

Here’s a schedule of activities:

•    11 a.m. – Join Jacque Nunez of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians for Native American storytelling about native people and culture of this area.

•    11:30 a.m. – Meet Roxy, the library’s resident PAW read-a-thon therapy dog, and enjoy a group reading in the Storytime Room.

•    12-3 p.m.  – Free train rides in the Civic Center parking lot.

•    1 p.m. – “Fancy Nancy” illustrator Robin Priess Glasser will delight young guests in the Saddleback Room while revealing how she created Fancy Nancy’s unique style as well as Nancy Clancy’s detective look.  Guests can purchase books and have them signed.

•    3 p.m. – Cartoonist Kevin Fagan will give a dynamic presentation in the Council Chamber. “Drabble” is an internationally syndicated comic strip that appears in about 200 newspapers.  Kevin created the strip in 1979.

•    5-6:30 p.m. - 80z All-Stars rock band performs your favorite 80s tunes on stage. Bring chairs or blankets for grass seating.

•    Daylong activities – Local community groups and booths with crafts and activities including a fossil dig, Maker Space, chess and more. 

Free shuttle service will be available from the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center at 24932 Veterans Way to the Mission Viejo Library, 100 Civic Center. For more information, visit

“Genealogy Treasures in Our Nation’s Archives” seminar Oct. 21

The South Orange County California Genealogical Society will host its annual seminar from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 21 featuring nationally prominent genealogist John Philip Colletta.  

Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, John Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers.  For 20 years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.  Today, Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program.  He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (University of Georgia, Athens) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.  Dr. Colletta has published numerous articles and genealogy manuals and appears frequently on podcasts and local and national radio and television.  He has received many professional honors and distinguished service awards from the Dallas Genealogical Society and the National Society, Daughters of Colonial Founders and Patriots.

He will discuss four of his most popular topics:  The Library of Congress, An Introduction and Overview; Immigration to America, Colonial Times to Post-World War II; Finding the Town of Origin, U.S. Sources for Discovering an Ancestor’s Native Town Overseas; and Using 19th Century Newspapers for Family History.  

Cost for the seminar is $35; pre-registration must be received by October 18 if you want to purchase a boxed lunch.  Register at

The seminar takes place in the Mission Viejo City Hall Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center.  Doors open at 8 a.m., with the seminar beginning at 9 a.m.  Visit for more information or call 949-492-9408.

Bookstore volunteers sought for Sundays

If you are interested in giving back, consider volunteering as a Bookstore Associate on Sunday afternoons.  Bookstore Associates restock and tidy shelves, help customers find books and handle cash and credit card transactions.  Two associates are typically assigned together to work two-hour shifts.  
On Sundays, the shift schedules are from 12-2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.  Training is provided for all new volunteers.

If you are interested in this great volunteer opportunity, contact or 949-470-8100, ext. 5128.

Russian books available for purchase at the Friends of the Library bookstore

The Friends bookstore recently received a donation of Russian books – including literary fiction, science fiction, classics and more. Most of the books, which are in excellent condition, are in paperback format. These books would make wonderful gifts for a speaker or student of the Russian language. Stop by the Friends of the Library bookstore to check out this special selection before they’re gone! 

New books for fall

Visit the library for new book releases this fall! Here are some upcoming titles readers are bound to enjoy:

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King 9/26/17
Text from Amazon: In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men? In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep, they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.
Origin: A Novel by Dan Brown 10/03/17
Text from Amazon: Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a 40-year-old billionaire and futurist. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman 10/10/17
Text from Amazon: From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic. For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620 when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later in New York City at the cusp of the ‘60s, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.
The Rooster Bar by John Grisham 10/24/17
Text from Amazon: Mark, Todd and Zola came to law school to change the world and make it a better place. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in “The Great Law School Scam.”
Artemis by Andy Weir 11/14/17
Text from Amazon: The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon. Jazz Bashara is a criminal – well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Chef Gino will demo winning kids’ recipe in Mission Viejo Nov. 3

Join world-renowned Chef Gino for this free Friday family evening hosted by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library at 6:30 p.m. on November 3 in the City Hall Saddleback Room at 200 Civic Center.  Chef Gino will demo a simple recipe that kids will love to try at home and also will explore the wonderful world of food with fun facts. We bet you’ll even learn some Italian! Mamma Mia! Reserve your seats now by emailing your name and the number in your party to Chef Gino’s new book “Taste Test Challenge” will be sold on site by A Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe.  Ciao!