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Library Newsletter February 2018

Passport Acceptance Service at the Mission Viejo Library

passportsSo many decisions! Where should we go, what’s there to do and how long should we stay?

Before you decide all those important details, make sure your passport is up to date. Nothing spoils that long-awaited vacation quicker than an expired passport.

The Mission Viejo Library has walk-in service on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and appointments on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The service is also available every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plus, from February 6 through July 17, the library will host walk-in service from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday.

If you need a passport photo, we provide that service, too, for $10.

To make an appointment, visit our website at

Free workshop Feb. 11 will help high school students chart their college careers

High school students listen up: Registration is now available for our free College Workshop on Sunday, February 11.

The College Workshop is from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Saddleback Room (across from the Mission Viejo Library) at 200 Civic Center.

Designed to match your personality with a career or major, the free workshop is essential to helping you chart your college career.  In fact, studies say more than 80% of college students change their major three to four times during their educational years. These changes cost students and their families time, money, energy and stress. 

This workshop will help you understand your personality type, identify your interests and focus on college majors and careers that complement these traits and interests. You’ll also learn other considerations not commonly discussed when planning for college.

Registration is available at the “Ask Here” desk in the Mission Viejo Library or by calling 949-830-7100, ext. 5105. Space is limited so don’t delay in registering today.

Volunteer at the Friends Bookstore

If you love books and like working in sales, then consider volunteering as a bookstore associate in the Friends Bookstore.  Volunteers restock and organize shelves, help customers find books and handle cash and credit-card transactions.  Volunteers are sought to work these shifts – Sunday and Monday afternoons from noon to 2 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Two associates are assigned to each two-hour shift, and training is provided to all new volunteers.

If you are interested in one of these opportunities, contact Vickie Sullivan at or 949-830-7100, ext. 5128 for more information.

Register the Friends as your charity of choice

The City is sponsoring a Community Health Fair and 5K Fun Run on Saturday, March 3 along the Village Green at Oso Viejo Park next to the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center.   The Health Fair is from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. with the 5K race kicking off at 8:30 a.m. 

When you register for the event, you can donate your entire registration fee to one of several local nonprofits including the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library.   For more information or to register with the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library as your charity of choice, visit

Have you read ALL the Best Books of 2017?

Need something to read this year?   Check out this list of the Best Books from last year.  All titles are available in the Mission Viejo Library at 100 Civic Center.  The list was compiled from an array of sources such as the New York Times, Library Journal, American Library Association Carnegie Awards, Man Booker Awards as well as Goodreads, Oprah’s Book Club, BuzzFeed and Amazon.

Check out the list to see what you may have missed! Here’s the link to the list.

Exit West
Hamid, Mohsin FIC HAMID, M.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Gay, Roxane 616.8526 GAY
Manhattan Beach
Egan, Jennifer FIC EGAN, J.
Lee, Min Jin FIC LEE, M.
Sing, Unburied, Sing
Ward, Jesmyn FIC WARD, J.
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me : A Memoir
Sherman, Alexie 818.5409 ALE

Graphic Novels in the Library – Part I – Gearing up for Mission Viejo Library Comic-con

Every time we order new books for our collection, a graphic novel or two is included. Therefore, the Mission Viejo Library’s collection of graphic items is substantial. More than just a genre, the graphic novel is a medium. The stories told have many styles and are not just about superheroes. In the next few library e-newsletters, we’ll highlight some of the best graphic novels in our collection in anticipation of an upcoming special library event on April 14. That’s when we’ll host a Comic-Con featuring comic book writers, artists and other attractions.

Until then, check out the following list of superheroes.  From the two major comic book publishers, Marvel and DC, is a list of some of the most heroic stories that the library owns. Future columns will feature science fiction, non-fiction, fantasy and other graphic novels.

Wonder Woman: The True Amazon
by writer and artist Jill Thompson

The Amazing Spider-Man: The Spider-Man Secret!
written by Steve Behling with art by Dan Panosian
Green Arrow
written by Benjamin Percy with art by Otto Schmidt and Juan Ferreyra
Deadpool: World's Greatest
written by Gerry Duggan and illustrated by Mike Hawthorne
Captain Marvel
written by Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas with art by Kris Anka, Tara Guggenheim and Felipe Smith
The Flash
written by Mark Waid and art by Greg LaRocque
written by Marv Wolfman with art by Alisson Borges and Diogenes Neves
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe!
written by Ryan North and drawn and colored by Erica Henderson
Extraordinary X-Men
written by Jeff Lemire with illustrations by Humberto Ramos
Suicide Squad
written by Adam Glass with art by Frederico Dallocchio, Clayton Henry, Ransom Getty, Andrei Bressan, Cliff Richards, Ig Guara and Scott Hanna
Black Panther
written by Reginald Hudlin with art by Scot Eaton, Manuel García, Koi Turnbell and Marcus To

‘Local Hero’ is February’s Film of Character

Local HeroJoin the Community of Character Youth Committee on February 18 for a screening of Bill Forsyth’s “Local Hero” starring Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert. In this film, an American oil company sends a negotiator to a remote Scottish village to purchase land to build an oil refinery. Though the village is eager to sell the land, old beach hermit Ben Knox throws a wrench into the entire operation when he refuses to sell his land, forcing all negotiations needing to revolve around Ben.

The movie event takes place at 2 p.m. in the Mission Viejo Council Chambers at 200 Civic Center. Admission is free.  A discussion follows the movie regarding February’s character trait of “unity” and how it relates to the film and everyday life.

Learn how to get more from genealogy research

Professional researcher KC Reid will talk about “Getting More from Genealogy Research” on Saturday, February 17.  The program is from 10 a.m. to noon at 27976 Marguerite Parkway and Hillcrest behind the LDS Church.

Genealogy is research into the unknown. Make the journey easier and your search more thorough by adding this often-neglected approach to your research repertoire. Overcome those brick walls by changing your approach – as you search for the who, what, when, where and why. Through examples and discussion, you will learn how to apply this discovery pathway. This will help you identify key events or documents that may be available for your ancestors and guide you in delving deeper into the times they lived in and the personal networks they developed.

An analyst, writer and presenter since 1999, KC Reid is a professional genealogist tracking American ancestral lines to immigrant ancestors. She focuses on building the stories of ancestors to help their descendants understand them as more than names on a page, including recommending travel and experiences so people can literally walk in their ancestors’ footsteps anywhere in the world.

The South Orange County California Genealogical Society welcomes visitors to this informative program.  Enjoy free refreshments with society members. For more information, contact