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Newsletter July 2020

We’re at your service - curbside

Curbside Book Delivery

To provide a valuable service to the community during the pandemic, the Mission Viejo Library is offering curbside service from noon to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Patrons can place a hold on items in the library’s online catalog and will receive an automated notice when these items are ready for pickup. Holds will expire two weeks after notification. Park in a designated space and follow the instructions on the sign.

If you have books to return, the book drop in the parking lot is open 24/7. Please note all returned items will be quarantined for three days and checked in after the quarantine period. In addition, library materials will not incur overdue fines until one week after the library reopens. For more information, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5101.

The Mission Viejo Library is located at 100 Civic Center.

What Should I Read Next? (virtual)

what should I read next?

Mission Viejo Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program virtually presents the fun and engaging event "What Should I Read Next?"

Penguin Random House reps Wade Lucas, Steve Atinsky and Liz Camfiord in partnership with Warwick’s Bookstore will give a brief synopsis of 15 new book releases for avid readers and book club groups at 6:30 pm on Thursday, July 9. Folks will have the chance to ask questions after the presentation.

RSVP by emailing libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org with your name and preferred email contact. You’ll receive a reminder email with the list of books that will be discussed by 1 pm on July 9. Then visit https://www.facebook.com/warwicksbooks/ at 6:30 pm to find your next summer read!

Sweet Conversation with food author Rachel Conners

Bookcover of Bakerita

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, join us for a conversation on Tuesday, July 14 with Rachel Conners, author of “Bakerita: 100+ No-Fuss Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Refined Sugar-Free Recipes for the Modern Baker.”  

In partnership with Warwick’s Books, this virtual event takes place at 6:30 pm via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/warwicksbooks/

Rachel Conners started blogging about baking when she was teenager and watched her audience grow when she focused on gluten-free, paleo and vegan recipes to make things she could share with her sister, who was following a strict diet due to health concerns. “Bakerita” is Rachel’s debut cookbook that offers simple, healthy recipes for everything from breakfast treats like lavender-lemon raspberry scones, pies and tarts to cakes such as mocha chip cheesecake and updated all-time favorites including chocolate chip cookies.

In our live virtual event, Rachel will demonstrate one of her delicious recipes, share expert baking tips and talk about her strategies for adapting ingredients to create treats anyone can enjoy. 

Contact libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org for more information.

Support our library while shopping on Amazon


Amazon Smile

During this difficult time while our library and Friends of the Library Bookstore are closed, you can still help the Friends raise funds to support our library’s collection.  Amazon has a separate AmazonSmile Foundation that will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.  The Friends of the Mission Viejo Library is a registered charity with this foundation.  To participate in this program to benefit the Friends, simply log on to https://smile.amazon.com/, choose the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library as the recipient organization and then view and select products for purchase the same way you would on Amazon.com.  Thank you for your support!

View ‘Visions of Warriors’ free documentary screening

Movie Poster for Visions of Warriors

“Visions of Warriors,” an award-winning documentary about veterans, will stream on the Mission Viejo Library’s website from July 6-27.  Folks can watch this free screening via the website by locating the password for the film.  Simply click on the “play” link where indicated and input the password provided to view.

Viewers are encouraged to join an hour-long Q & A Zoom session with film director Ming Lai at 11 am on Thursday, July 30.  Ben Gales, the local CalVet representative, and Jeff Andrade, A VA mental health counselor, will also provide the latest information about mental health resources from CalVet and the VA.  The Q & A will be recorded and available for viewing after the session.  Zoom access information for this event will be available on the library’s website in the near future.

This special event is a part of the California Center for the Book’s “Community Conversations with Veterans” initiative, which is a partnership between the California Center for the Book and Veterans Connect at the Library.  The program offers California libraries the opportunity to connect with veterans and their families while also helping veterans connect to the community and resources.  California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported 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.

Join Our Virtual Book Clubs


book clubs

We miss hosting our adult book clubs at the library and sharing conversations about books we love. Therefore, we are taking them virtual! Both clubs are open to new participants and will be hosted via Zoom. Folks must make a reservation by clicking on the links below and emailing the host to get the Zoom link and information about picking up a copy of the book. We hope to see you there!

Brown Bag Book Club encourages readers to pick up something they never would have tried before both in fiction and nonfiction. Meetings take place at noon on the second Friday of the month.

Monday Night Mysteries is all about mysteries, classic and contemporary books. Meetings take place the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 pm.


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