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Library Newsletter December 2017

Back by popular demand is ‘What Should I Read Next?’

Fun and engaging Penguin Random House representatives Wade Lucas and Steve Atinsky will discuss the newest book releases for avid readers, book-club groups and holiday gifts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5 in the City Hall Council Chamber. The event includes pre-publication book giveaways and light refreshments. Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore will be on hand offering free gift-wrapping for new book purchases. RSVP to libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org with your name and the number in your party.  Join the fun!

Holiday shopping ideas from the Friends

Looking for unique gift ideas?  Consider giving friends and family gift certificates to the Friends’ Bookstore.  With $10 in certificates, a lucky individual can buy up to 20 children’s books; 10 hardback books or CDs; or 5 DVDs.  You can choose from a wide array of titles – all in great condition.  Certificates can be purchased in $5 denominations at the bookstore.

Another idea is to make a tax-deductible donation to the Friends in the name of a friend or family member who would rather support a charity than receive a gift.   It’s easy to donate online at http://cityofmissionviejo.org/donate-friends-mission-viejo-library.  Donations can be made via credit card or by mailing checks to the Friends of the Library at 100 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

If you're holiday shopping online with Amazon, consider first logging on to Smile.Amazon.com and selecting the Friends of the MV Library as the charity of your choice.  Through this program, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to a charity of your choice.   The Smile.Amazon site is virtually the same as the regular Amazon site, with most products eligible for donations.

Jewish Book Month

Jewish Book Month is an annual celebration of Jewish books and culture sponsored by the Jewish Book Council, which is located in New York.  This year Jewish Book Month is celebrated November 13-December 12 to coincide with Hanukkah. To enhance your holiday celebration, read a new notable Jewish book.

Each year, the Jewish Book Council presents the National Jewish Book awards to honor notable works of fiction and non-fiction. Award-winning authors include Chaim Potok, Michael Chabon and Elie Wiesel.

The following list of books won a 2016 prize or were 2017 finalists. Find these books in the library.

And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer  
The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sanit Yishai-Levi  
In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi  
The Inquisitors Tale by Adam Gidwitz  
Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn  by Daniel Gordis  
Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food  by Roger Horowitz  

Gift of family history

article-soccgsLooking for a meaningful gift for the holiday season?  Give the gift of family history!  Docents from the South Orange County California Genealogical Society staff the Genealogy Research Center in the south wing of the Mission Viejo Library seven days a week. Stop by and get started building your family tree using the library’s subscription to Ancestry or the other dozen available genealogical databases.  Our services and databases are free, and a beginning genealogy class is offered each month.

The Genealogy Research desk is staffed from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Sunday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For current hours and more information, visit www.soccgs.org.

Writers Present bestselling author Melanie Benjamin

Melanie BenjaminOn Wednesday, January 31 at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library will host New York Times bestselling author Melanie Benjamin presenting her latest release, "The Girls in the Picture", a fascinating novel about the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood's earliest female legends—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford. The event takes place in the City Hall Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center.

Melanie Benjamin is noted for her previous novels "The Swans of Fifth Avenue"; "The Aviator’s Wife"; "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb"; and "Alice I Have Been." Melanie lives in Chicago, where she is working on her next historical novel.

For information on how you can attend the VIP "Meet & Greet" Wine Reception with Melanie at 6 p.m. or reserve general admission seating, visit melaniebenjamin.brownpapertickets.com.  For more information, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.