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Newsletter August 2021

Jump to Jupiter on the Oso Creek Trail

jump to jupiter

Ready for an out-of-this-world experience? Head to the Potocki Center trailhead and follow the path for the next quarter mile to learn about our solar system and explore the distance between objects using a scale model where the sun is the size of a grapefruit. Once you’ve explored the universe, post your Pluto selfie to Instagram or Facebook and tag #PlutoIsRad #MissionViejoLibrary #MissionViejoLife for a chance to win a far-out prize!

This project is supported in whole or part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Reproductions of images documenting Japanese-American internment on display at Mission Viejo Library beginning Aug. 1

japanese internment photos

The Mission Viejo Library will begin exhibiting artwork and photographs on August 1 documenting the history of Japanese-American internment during World War II. 

Many of the images are reproductions of photographs commissioned by the War Relocation Authority. Most notable among the photographers were Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange. Several of the reproductions are sketches and paintings created by the inmates. Since most of the inmates had no access to cameras, first-hand documentation of their experiences in the camps was often recorded through journals and artwork. 

With support from the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, the Mission Viejo Library was granted permission to show these images as part of “The Reach of Civil Liberties Gallery Exhibit.”  Folks can learn more about the camps and the history of Japanese-American internment through books available at the library. 

This project was funded by a grant from the California State Library to create educational experiences and resources that help people learn about civil liberties. 

Patrons can view the gallery in the south wing of the library, 100 Civic Center, during operating hours through the end of September.
For more information, call 949-830-7100. 


Adult Summer Reading Program offers free books while supplies last

adult summer reading

Whether or not you signed up for the Adult Summer Reading Program, you can obtain free books from the library. Throughout the year, the library receives Advanced Readers Copies (ARCs) – with familiar and new titles and authors – and saves them to hand out during the summer.

Stop by the library to see if anything piques your interest. The books are at the Adult Reference Desk and are yours for the taking while supplies last.


Libby now has magazines 


With Libby/Overdrive’s recent purchase of RBDigital, the library’s e-magazine provider, all publications that were on RBDigital are now accessible through Libby/Overdrive.  More than 543 magazines are available through Libby, the same service that brings you eBooks and e-audiobooks.  The best part is you don’t have to wait for any issue.

Many library patrons are already familiar with Libby/Overdrive so accessing the new magazine feature should be easy.  

To find them, simply head to PREFERENCES and under FORMAT choose MAGAZINES.  Click on APPLY PREFERENCES and search for a specific title or browse.  Favorite publications are available including The New Yorker, Newsweek, HGTV Magazine, Cook’s Illustrated, Prevention and National Geographic to name a few.  
If you have questions about this new service, visit the Adult Reference Desk (Ask Me Desk) at the library or call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.  A librarian will be happy to help you. 


‘Fire Insurance Maps: The Google Maps of their Day’

august genealogy presentation

In the mid-1800s and early 1900s, some of the most informative maps were fire insurance maps.  At the time, fire insurance maps were developed to assist insurance companies quantify their risk. Today, those maps provide that "street view" of our ancestor's environment at the turn of the last century. Join us on August 21 as Jill Morelli explores the genesis of the maps, how they evolved over time and how to find and read them. Your ancestors’ names may not be on these maps, but you will gain a greater understanding of their lives by exploring these fascinating documents.

This online presentation with Jill Morelli, a writer, lecturer, and researcher, begins at 10 am. To register for this free Zoom presentation, visit this website. 

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


Volunteers sought for Friends’ Bookstore 

friends of the library bookstore

If you love books and enjoy researching their history and values, consider volunteering as a bookstore sorter in the Friends’ bookstore. Duties include evaluating donated books for condition, publication date, and current value; pricing books; weeding and re-stocking shelves; and preparing books for special sale or storage.  Having a strong interest in literature or library experience is a plus.  Sorters must have basic computer skills to research the Internet, be able to follow policies and procedures, and to organize work quickly and efficiently.

Openings are available for some 3-hour shifts during the weekdays or Saturday. Training over a two-month period is mandatory for all new sorter volunteers.

If you are interested, contact Sandy Brimer at or 949-830-7100, ext. 5144 for more information.


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