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Newsletter May 2019

Bestselling author and illustrator team up for a delightful new picture book on May 18

author and illustrator

“Fancy Nancy” illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser and author Ann Patchett will make a special appearance in Mission Viejo on Saturday, May 18 to discuss their new picture book “Lambslide.”

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library, the presentation is at 11:30 am in the City Hall Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center.

Ann Patchett has penned eight novels and three works of nonfiction. She won the PEN/Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize and the Book Sense Book of the Year – and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Robin Preiss Glasser has illustrated many children’s books including the bestselling “Fancy Nancy”; “Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy”; “Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly”; and “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” by Jane O’Connor. She is also the illustrator of “America: A Patriotic Primer” by Lynne Cheney.

The story follows Nicolette Farmer, a student running for class president, who’s ensured by her family that she’ll win by a landslide. A pack of overconfident lambs mistakenly hear “lambslide” and can’t believe there’s a slide made just for them. But when they can’t find one on the farm, there’s only one thing left to do: take a vote! Will the lambs ever get their special slide?

To RSVP for this free program, email libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org or call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105. Books will be available onsite for purchase from A Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe and will be signed by the presenters. (Please note “Lambslide” is not part of the “Fancy Nancy” book series.) Save the date to join the fun!

Film to commemorate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

On Gold Mountain movie image

In celebration of May’s designation as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the library will host a screening at 7 pm on May 23 of the documentary “To Climb a Gold Mountain.”  This cultural and educational film is about the Asian community in Southern California and tells the stories of four women of Asian descent from the 1850s to the present day.

Each woman’s story represents a distinctive theme of struggle and triumph leading up to present time. Through these stories, the viewer tracks the progression, evolution and legacy of the immigrants as they integrate into the fabric of America.

The film has won numerous awards, and a television version will soon air on PBS.

The film’s director Alexi M. Azmi will be on hand to answer questions after the film.

Huge book sale on May 20

friends book sale

The Friends of the Library is hosting a book sale on Monday, May 20 from 10 am to 7 pm in the Heritage Room.  Thousands of adult and children’s books will be on sale at discounted prices along with signed books, art, coffee table-style books and gardening books.  Sheet music, vinyl records, CDs and DVDs will also be available for purchase.  Most of the materials range from $.25 to $2, with credit cards accepted for transactions over $5 or you can pay with cash.  Stop by that day to stock up on your summer reading and support the Mission Viejo Library!

Big band jazz concert features world-renown trumpeter

Wayne Bergeron

A special concert featuring world-renown trumpeter Wayne Bergeron and the La Paz Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dan Robbins will take place at 6 pm Saturday, May 11 at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

Wayne Bergeron landed the lead trumpet chair with Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1986. As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of recording credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day as well as Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, Natalie Cole, Celine Diol, Diana Krall, Christina Aguilera, Kenny G and David Benoit. This sought-after trumpeter has worked on more than 400 television and motion picture soundtracks. His featured trumpet solos can be heard on many motion pictures including La La Land, Ted 2, Minions, Jersey Boys, The Incredibles, Rocky Balboa, The Green Hornet, The Interview, Smurfs 2, and Despicable Me 2.

La Paz Intermediate School has one of the best intermediate school music programs in Orange County, and their music students are consistently awarded top honors at festivals throughout the school year. The students recently performed at the Monterey Jazz Next Generation Festival.

Concert tickets, which include dessert at intermission, are $20 general admission; and $15 for students and seniors 62 and older. Concert tickets are available by emailing lapazmbcommunications50@gmail.com.  Tickets may be purchased at the door (based on availability) beginning at 5 p.m. All proceeds from the concert will fund much-needed instrument repairs. Donations are gladly accepted.

Words of love with Mission Hospital


You can brighten up someone’s day by taking part in Mission Hospital’s “Words of Love” program. Bring smiles to the faces of hospital patients by creating handmade cards with well wishes, words of encouragement and birthday greetings.  We’ll provide the craft materials; you bring your creativity and love!  All ages are welcome. The program is from 3-4 pm on Saturday, May 18 in the Friends Storytime Room.

New books from popular authors

Some of our favorite authors have added new titles.

April 14 Jeffrey Deaver’s The Never Game is published. "As always, Deaver gets you in his stealthy grip on page one, and then takes you on a wild and inventive ride ... this time with new star character Colter Shaw. No one in the world does this kind of thing better than Deaver."-- Lee Child

Book cover for the Big Kahuna

May 7 Janet Evanovich’s The Big Kahuna hits shelves. This story is about a stoner, an Instagram model, Czech oligarch and a missing unicorn. Nick Fox and Kate O'Hare have their work cut out for them in their weirdest, wildest adventure yet in this latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series by Janet and Peter Evanovich. Janet Evanovich’s son Peter steps in for Lee Goldberg, former coauthor on this New York Times bestselling series. (Publisher marketing)

May 7 Linda Lael Miller publishes The Yankee Widow. The bloody reality and heartbreaking despair of the bitter war that ripped friends and families apart and the courage it took on all sides to try to put things back together come alive in this exquisitely told story. Starred review by Library Journal.

May 14 Dean Koontz’s 5th and final book, The Night Window in the Jane Hawk series is published. "The spectacular finale to Jane's story . . . will hit series fans with the impact of a carefully calibrated hammer blow." --Booklist (starred review)

By the way, Robert Crais’ new book A Dangerous Man is set to be published August 6.

What I am reading now, Outside Looking In by T.C. Boyle. "Spellbinding ... Boyle's latest work of countercultural, biographical fiction will lure his devotees and the newly curious alike."--Booklist

Coming next month: new books by Ace Atkins, Brad Thor and Stuart Woods. 

Finding the nitty-gritty of history

Archives Unbound online resource

When a typical person loves history, he or she enjoys reading books written by historians. When Doris Kearns Goodwin writes a book about Abraham Lincoln or David McCullough releases a new book about American pioneers at the turn of the 19th Century, history buffs read these books with abandon. We love these books because the historian takes the raw information and then analyzes, synthesizes, distills and evaluates and creates a work attempting to describe different aspects of the period. But where does Doris or David get all their primary data? Mostly from libraries and archives.

Our library now has access to an online resource called Archives Unbound. Geared more for the serious student and researcher of history, Archives Unbound has access to more than 200 academic and government digital archives. The subject matter and time periods covered range from the Middle Ages to the present day. 
Here are just a few examples of the available resources:

FBI File: Hollywood and J. Edgar Hoover: Communists in the Motion Picture Industry” from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Library
American Fur Company: America’s First Business Monopoly” from the New-York Historical Society
Russian Civil War and American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia, 1918-20” from the National Archives

To access Archives Unbound, visit cmvl.org and select “Research & Reading Resources” and then click on “Online Resources (Articles and More).”

Have you ever visited the Mission Viejo Heritage House?

Heritage House

The little house in Melinda Park at the corner of Melinda Road and Santa Margarita Parkway was built in the early 1980s and was used by the Mission Viejo Company as a “New Home Finding Center.”  The Cape Cod architectural style of the house is similar to the homes nearby.

The house was shown in the Mission Viejo Company’s advertising campaign, “The California Promise.  Live it in Mission Viejo.”  The Mission Viejo Heritage House helped many people realize their dreams as homeowners and fulfill the California Promise.

The City of Mission Viejo approved the establishment of a Heritage House in 2003, and it’s been known to many as “the little house in Melinda Park.”

The Heritage House displays local history materials and is open to the public on the second Saturday of the month (May 11) from 9-11 am and by appointment for groups of eight or more. There is no charge.

Contact the Heritage Committee at 949-830-7100, ext. 4013 or 949-470-8488 to make an appointment or for more information about joining the Heritage Committee.  The Committee normally meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 6 pm in the Heritage Room at the Mission Viejo Library.  Please join us!

Don’t miss Purse Palooza on May 4

purse palooza

Just in time for Mother’s Day is the Friends of the Library’s Purse Palooza in the City Hall Saddleback Room on Saturday, May 4 from 10 am to 4 pm.  With more than 350 purses of all shapes and sizes including designer bags, the event features something for everyone.  Many purses will be priced as low as $3-5.  Bring your friends, mothers, sisters, cousins and feel great about shopping and supporting our library programs! Sparkling mimosas will be served until noon. 

“Let No (Wo)man Put Asunder – Researching Ancestors Who Divorce”

Jane Neff Rollins

In the ideal world, marriages last until death, but in the real world, divorce is a common term even in centuries past.  How can you determine if an ancestor’s marriage was dissolved?  Explore documents providing evidence that a divorce took place such as vital records, censuses, resources at commercial and free websites, court documents, newspaper stories, etc.

Jane Neff Rollins, a professional genealogist at Sherlock Combs Genealogy, will tackle this topic on Saturday, May 18. Along with having 25+ years of personal research experience, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, National Genealogical Society, and several state and local genealogy societies.  The presentation begins after a short business meeting at 10 am and ends at noon.

The society meets at 27976 Marguerite Parkway at Hillcrest Drive.  Park and enter behind the LDS church.  For more information, contact vicepresident@soccgs.org.

The SOCCGS Genealogy Research Center located at the Mission Viejo Library is open seven days a week with docents available to help you.  Visit www.soccgs.org for hours.

Textbook Donations

a stack of text books

The Friends’ Bookstore gladly accepts donations of gently used books, DVDs and CDs to restock shelves.  Textbook donations are sought for the bookstore’s Amazon unit. Drop them off in bags or boxes (the store can keep) and receive a tax-deduction receipt for your donation.   


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