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Newsletter September 2020

Library Services Expanding October 6!

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The Mission Viejo Library is reopening to the public by appointment on Tuesday, October 6. Patrons can make a reservation here one week in advance beginning September 28. Reservations are good for an hour, and a single reservation can include a family unit.

Patrons with appointments can obtain library cards, pick-up holds, browse the collection, check out new materials, get reference help and retrieve remote printing. Other services – including use of the study room, public computers as well as seating – will be phased in later in accordance with State COVID-19 guidelines.

Service days and hours will also expand on October 6 to the following:

Tuesday    Noon- 8 pm open by appointment only 
Wednesday    Noon- 5 pm curbside service only
Thursday    Noon- 8 pm open by appointment only
Friday        Noon- 5 pm curbside service only
Saturday    Noon- 5 pm open by appointment only 

With the reopening plans, please note that curbside service will ONLY be offered on Wednesday and Friday. 

Masks and social distancing will be required while in the library. If you need an accommodation, contact 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 before your appointment time, so we can better serve you. We are excited to safely bring back our patrons to the library! For more information, email libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org.  

Friends’ Fabulous Fall Fundraiser

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The COVID-19 pandemic – forcing the closure of the Friends’ bookstore and suspending other fundraising activities since March – has resulted in an estimated $70,000 revenue loss to date. That loss, combined with a 30% cut in the library’s main budget, has greatly impacted the purchase of new books and resources for the library’s collection.

To help the Library replenish and update its collection, we are sponsoring a special fundraiser this fall.  For every $25 donation you make, you will receive two chances to win a basket filled with goodies valued at $200 or more.  Donate more to support the library and increase your chances of winning!  There will be six separate drawings from November 1 to December 18 featuring one of the following fabulous baskets:

Gift Card Tree I * Literary Life * Wine & Dine * Thanksgiving Table * Gift Card Tree II * Christmas Delights

To make a donation by credit/debit card (via PayPal) or for more information about this fundraiser, click on this link:  https://cityofmissionviejo.org/donate-friends-mission-viejo-library.  If you want to donate by mail, please print out and complete the attached form and mail it with a check to:  Kathleen Cunningham, FOMVL, 100 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.  Basket winners will be notified by email within 48 hours of each drawing. 

Thank you in advance for your generous support!


Free Virtual Recipe Demo/Talk with Laura Lea

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On Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 pm, the Mission Viejo Library and Warwick’s Bookstore will host Laura Lee for a live virtual recipe demonstration and discussion of her new cookbook, Simply Laura Lea: Balanced Recipes for Everyday Living. This is a virtual free event on Facebook Live that starts promptly at 6:30 pm.  

Laura Lea is a certified holistic chef, consultant and the founder/writer/photographer of the popular food website LLBalanced. After graduating from the University of Virginia, she discovered her passion for healthful cooking and nutrition while living a fast-paced corporate life in New York. She handed it all over to enroll at the Natural Gourmet Institute and headed back to her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee to launch LLBalanced where she provides readers with affordable, comforting, and make-ahead family friendly meals that are packed with nutrients and flavor. Her dishes are often healthier versions of Southern-influenced comfort foods. She currently teaches cooking classes and consults with individuals, corporations, and restaurants on all aspects of healthy eating and nutrition while contributing articles and recipes for Mind Body Green, Nashville Lifestyles, Southern Living, Shape, and Greatist.com.

Laura Lea's new book Simply Laura Lea offers delicious home-cooked food without sacrificing healthy eating. Lea offers a collection of more than 130 delicious, balanced, and healthy recipes based on the food she eats every day. Unlike diets that prescribe food restrictions that are neither attainable nor desirable on a long-terms basis, she promotes an attainable approach to cooking and eating healthy for life. 

In Simply Laura Lea, you'll find familiar dishes that can be cooked in 30 minutes or less. With ingredient lists comprised of a limited number of easy-to-find items, recipes are approachable and easy to follow for new or seasoned home cooks. As Laura says, "No diet, no dogma, just great healthy food."

Vote for the Friends of the Library Scarecrow


The City of Mission Viejo’s 4th annual Scarecrow Contest is inviting nonprofits and businesses to create scarecrows and compete for cash prizes.

You can support our library by voting for the Friends of the Library scarecrow entry under the categories of “Most Traditional” or “People’s Choice.” The library could win $300 or $500 cash prize, respectively, which will be used to keep our resources up to date with new materials. Check out the scarecrow entries at the Norman Murray Community Center between October 12-30. Online voting will also take place during that timeframe.  Each device you own can vote for each of the categories once.  Have fun checking out the scarecrows and cast your vote!

Beginning Genealogy Class

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Who are you and where are you from?  Do you really know or are you relying on family folklore?  Join South Orange County California Genealogical Society docents to learn the basics.  This class will equip you with organizational skills, resources and a roadmap to get your journey underway.  No specific skills are needed other than an insatiable interest in your family’s history.  Every family has its own special story to tell – learn about yours!  This free online class is from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, October 15 and includes an overview of resources available online from home and in our Genealogy Research Center in the Mission Viejo Library. 

Learn more and register online at https://soccgs.org/evening-classes/.

COVID-19 Image Archive

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The Mission Viejo Library and Cultural Arts department is documenting the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our community for our local history archive. If you have photographs, images, artwork or other visual records that capture the impact of the pandemic in Mission Viejo, please submit them for inclusion in our COVID-19 archive

All images must be submitted digitally. They may include photographs, artwork or other similar mediums. Images will be curated and made available for public use without restrictions on the library’s local history website

  • Places that have been affected such as closed shopping centers, restaurants, schools, etc.
  • Ways in which daily life changed such as school/work from home, wearing masks, social distancing in public places, etc.
  • Signs and informational postings
  • Programs and/or events that are specific to the pandemic

As we live through this historic time, your contributions to the archive will help future researchers more fully understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community. For more information, email localhistory@cityofmissionviejo.org. Future generations will thank you!  


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