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Library Newsletter May 2018

Don’t Miss the Purse Palooza on May 5th

Just in time for Mother’s Day gift-giving is the Friends’ of the Library Purse Palooza in the City Hall Saddleback Room at 200 Civic Center on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be over 350 purses of all shapes and sizes, including designer purses by Coach, Prada, Michael Kors, KC Malhan, and more. You will find it all – good ol’ reliable “Mom” purses, evening clutches, Italian leather shoulder bags, and brand new designer handbags – some with the tags still on them.  Many purses will be priced as low as $2.00.  Bring your friends, mothers, sisters, cousins and feel great about shopping and supporting our great library programs! Sparkling mimosas and coffee will be served until noon.

Big Band Jazz Concert May 5 Celebrates Music Director’s 25th Anniversary

A special concert featuring virtuoso trombonist Francisco Torres, and celebrating Dan Robbins’ 25th anniversary as Director of the La Paz Jazz Intermediate School Music program will take place Saturday, May 5 at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.  

The La Paz Jazz Ensemble Big Band Jazz Concert begins at 6 p.m. with a light dinner service, included in the ticket price, served at 5 p.m. All proceeds from the concert will fund much-needed instrument repairs.

La Paz Intermediate School has one of the best intermediate school music programs in Orange County and their students are consistently awarded top honors at festivals throughout the school year. The Music Boosters attribute this ongoing success to their dedicated Music Director Dan Robbins, and his continued enthusiasm for developing the students’ talents.  He believes in helping students to find an instrument which excites them – the chance to play more than one instrument, or an unusual instrument that may not be readily available for rent at local music stores – all to further their love of music.  

Francisco Torres was a soloist, director, and arranger of the popular Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, with whom he won a Grammy, was nominated for two Latin Grammys, and won three Billboard awards. His recording and performance credits in the international scene include Cachao, Los Lobos, Emmanuel, Ricky Martin, and Aretha Franklin.

Concert tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors and students.  Guests will have the chance to win one of several fantastic gift baskets by purchasing opportunity drawing tickets.  Concert tickets are available by emailing  Tickets may also be purchased at the door based on availability, beginning at 5 p.m.

New Veterans’ Resources at the Library and Free Course

The Mission Viejo Library will host a Retirement Financial Literacy course for veterans, combining life and retirement planning concepts, on Sunday, May 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way. The program is free for all veterans and their partners. The course will include strategies for retirement planning, investing, and estate planning, and is made possible by a grant from the California State Library called “Veterans Connect @ the Library.”  Please contact the Library to register for the Retirement Financial Literacy course by calling 949-830-7100 ext. 5105.

The Library also has many new resources of interest to veterans on a variety of subjects, such as job searching, transitioning to civilian life, and applying for military benefits – all available because of the same grant.  Visit the Mission Viejo Library at 100 Civic Center to browse these materials and more.

Proper Use of Social Media Tools for Genealogy Search

Are you using social media for your genealogy? If not, then make plans to attend the South Orange County California Genealogical Society meeting on Saturday, May 19 to learn more about social media websites, how to protect your privacy, and how to use social media for your genealogy.  Whether it’s FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any number of sites, social media can help you network, create content, and enhance your research. The presentation will begin after a short business meeting at 10 a.m. and will conclude at noon at 27976 Marguerite Parkway at Hillcrest Drive.

Presenter Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women's history. Her published works include two books, numerous articles published in magazines and online, two volumes of Tracing Female Ancestors (Moorshead Publishing), and a QuickGuide from Legacy Family Tree, as well as being the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s magazine, “Crossroads.”

The program is free and refreshments will be served.  Parking is available behind the LDS church.  For more information, contact

Save these Dates for Upcoming Author Programs

Book Chat with Michelle Gable - "The Summer I Met Jack"
On Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library will host Michelle Gable at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center at 24932 Veterans Way to discuss and sign her most ambitious novel to date.

Based on a true story, “The Summer I Met Jack” recounts the story of Alicia Corning Clark, a beautiful, young Polish refugee who arrives in Hyannisport, Massachusetts, and begins work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America – the Kennedys.  Alicia is immediately charmed by the large and charismatic family, Jack, in particular, and readers will be as well. 

“The Summer I Met Jack” is a captivating read on the heels of Michelle’s “New York Times” bestsellers “A Paris Apartment,” “I’ll See You in Paris,” and “The Book of Summer.”

Books purchased on site will receive priority book signing and the Friends will be hosting a wine bar.  Email with your name and the number in your party or call 949-830-7100 ext. 5105 to make your reservation for this free program.

Writers Present:  Andy Weir, Author of “The Martian”
Meet “New York Times” best-selling author Andy Weir to hear of his latest escapade “Artemis,” on Wednesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Norman Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

Brimming with Andy’s trademark charm and taking place on the moon, “Artemis” is an irresistible science-fiction thrill ride of a novel sure to find a home alongside “The Martian” as a new classic in the genre.

One ticket (which includes a hard copy or trade paperback) will permit admittance for two patrons to the book talk, followed by Q & A, book signing and photo op. Tickets can be purchased online at Books will be signed in the order of website purchase.