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Library Email Newsletter November 2012

You Asked for it! -New features to make using our library easier
by Stephanie Tanton, Director of Library and Cultural Services

Coming Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mark your calendars. The library will be closed December 3 -5 to make some exciting changes that will simplify your use of the Mission Viejo Library resources.

Article - New Library CatalogImportant dates for the migration to this new software:

bullet orangePlace your last holds before Monday, November 19.
bullet orangeLibrary reopens Thursday, December 6.

By popular demand - things you asked for in our new catalog:

bullet orangeSimple to search for just what you want – DVDs, large print, audiobooks.
bullet orangePlace holds from home on specific volumes in a DVD set like the “Game of Thrones” series.
bullet orangeFind ebooks and magazine articles in one place from our catalog.
bullet orangeOpt-in to keep a record of what you have read.

Coming later:

bullet orangeOpt-in to have your hold and overdue notices sent by text.
bullet orangeMobile app – access your account and our catalog from your phone.
bullet orangeAccess our catalog from your Facebook account and "like" your favorites

Stay tuned to our webpage and the Mission Viejo Life blog ( for the latest news on our efforts to improve library services for you.

The Community Room Before and After - Friends Storytime Room Remodel
by Mary Anne Ramsey, Children’s Librarian


It took a lot more than the wave of a magic wand to convert the once plain community room into an enchanted storytime room for our youngest patrons. After years of saving and planning, construction on our new storytime area began in early June. Just a few minor details need to be completed and the room will soon be ready for use. Along with the storyroom, the children’s workroom, former community room kitchen and the children’s bulletin board received a makeover. Additional storage behind the doors of the “Rancho Viejo Packing House” and in the children’s workroom will give staff easier access to books, puppets and all the other items it takes to create the quality programs that the Mission Viejo Library is famous for. Children’s staffer Mary Locke has even created a song to introduce the children to some of the features in the room like the beautiful tree, bee hive, waterfall, packing house, clouds, orange tree, and the multitude of sparkling stars in the ceiling. We can hardly wait to conduct our first storytimes in the room.


New & Improved Business Resources Available Online
by Sandy Brimer, Reference Librarian

NEW - Morningstar Investment Research Center

A variety of investment tools are now available online in the Morningstar Investment Research Center. Get comprehensive financial information on the New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, and NASDAQ stocks. Find comprehensive financial information on thousands of mutual funds, including the Morningstar star rating. See financial information on hundreds of exchange-traded funds with up-to-date information on returns, reports and Morningstar ratings. Get return information on various investment indexes, types, sectors, and styles. Test drive the robust yet easy-to-use portfolio tools and calculators to determine what your asset mix should be, how your investments are working together, and more.

The Morningstar Investment Research Center can be found under the Business Information category of the library’s Electronic Resources page located at Login with your library card and PIN to get started! NOTE: Library subscription allows for only one user at a time. Please try again later if your access is denied.

IMPROVED - Business Insights: Essentials

The popular business database Business & Company Resource Center is now Business Insights: Essentials.

"Business Insights: Essentials" combines all of the content formerly found in Business & Company Resource Center with a new interface to help you easily find information on companies, industries and more in the context of timely news, statistical data, and in-depth reports.

With Business Insights: Essentials, you can research and analyze companies and industries around the world. Data includes industry rankings, profiles, market share, company histories and more. With this data, you can analyze key metrics and compare companies and industries using company profiles, proprietary private company database, and fundamentals comparison tool. You can also develop lists of key competitors by industry or location, and sort them according to revenue and other metrics using the company finder. These lists can be quickly modify, filter, or exported.

Gale Business Insights: Essentials features rich content, a user-friendly interface, robust analytical tools and a vastly improved research experience. Login with your library card and PIN to get started. Business Insights: Essentials can be found under the Business Information category on the Library’s Electronic Resources webpage located at

Graphic Novels in the Library
by Mary Locke, Children’s Library Assistant

When I was growing up, my father encouraged me and my brothers and sisters to read. He wasn’t particular to what we read. He just wanted us to read. He knew the more we read, the better readers we would become, and eventually we would search out higher quality things to read. I loved to read biographies in the Childhood of Famous Americans series and the Nancy Drew mystery stories but I also loved reading comic books. Among my favorites were Richie Rich, the Poor Little Rich Boy, and Little Lulu. My father didn’t discourage me but was just happy to see me reading.

These days in the library we are checking out a lot of comic books including Calvin & Hobbes and Garfield. For those comic-loving readers, the library also offers a genre of books called Graphic Novels. These books offer a full-length story told in graphics, in the style of a comic book. They appeal to children of all ages and are especially good for struggling or reluctant readers. Take a look the next time you’re in the library.

Here are just a few titles from the core collection list of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) that you'll find in the Mission Viejo Library’s juvenile graphic novel collection:

Grades K - 2

Book Cover - Binky

Binky to the Rescue by Ashley Spires

The antics of Binky the official certified space cat will be sure to make you laugh as he falls out the window into “outer space.” One of the A Binky Adventure series.

Book Cover - Hamster and Cheese Hamster and Cheese by Colleen Venable

Sasspants the guinea pig and his sidekick, Hamisher the hamster, get to the bottom of the case of the missing sandwiches. First of the Pet Shop Private Eye series.

Book Cover - Patrick in a Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Patrick in a Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Other Stories by Geoffrey Hayes

In these cozy stories for young readers, Patrick goes on a picnic with his mother, faces down a bully, and resists taking a nap.

Grades 3 – 5

Book Cover - Babymouse Babymouse: Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Meet Babymouse, a sassy young mouse who dreams of glamour, excitement, adventure, straight whiskers, being queen of the world, and of course, being invited to Felicia Furrypaws’s oh-so-exclusive party. First of the Babymouse series.
Book Cover - Bone Bone: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith

The adventure starts when cousins Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are run out of Boneville and later get separated and lost in the wilderness, meeting monsters and making friends as they attempt to return home. First of the Bone series.
Book Cover - Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Lunch Lady and Betty, her assistant in both the cafeteria and her role of wrong-righting super sleuth, investigate the strange case of an absent teacher, his creepy substitute, and a plan to grab the Teacher of the Year Award by truly foul means. First of the Lunch Lady series.

*To see the entire list go to:

Off the Shelf – November 2012
by Sandy Brimer, Reference Librarian

On November 1, 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded by Franciscan missionary Father Junípero Serra. It is the seventh of 21 California missions and was named in honor of St. John of Capistran (Italy), a 15th century religious scholar. To find out more about Mission San Juan Capistrano, or any of the other California missions, login to the Social Studies Fact Cards Online resource center. Fact Cards are a series of research resources designed for quick reference for students studying social studies in grades 4 through 8.

Online Resources - Social Science Fact Cards
Online Resources - Ancient Civilizations Reference Library

Ninety years ago, on November 4, 1922, King Tut’s Tomb was discovered by English archaeologist Howard Carter. Tutankhamen became pharaoh at the age of nine and died when he was 18 or 19. His tomb was discovered more than 3,000 years after his death and the priceless relics found were placed in Egypt’s National Museum at Cairo. To learn more about King Tut, Ancient Egypt, and other ancient civilizations login to the Ancient Civilizations Reference Library. This eBook covers the ancient civilizations of Iraq, Egypt, India, China, Central American and other regions and discusses each culture’s unique history and customs.