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Newsletter November 2021

Find out what you should read next from Penguin Random House Representatives 

what should I read next

Back by popular demand are fun and engaging Penguin Random House representatives Wade Lucas and Steve Atinsky discussing their newest book releases for avid readers, book club groups and holiday gift-giving on Thursday, December 2 at 6 pm in the City Hall Council Chamber.  

To register, visit this link and receive the booklist the day of the program. Masks are required inside for unvaccinated guests. 


Holiday Book Sale November 19-20

friends book sale

The Friends of the Library’s two-day Holiday Book Sale takes place November 19-20 near the front entrance of the library.  

A variety of nearly new materials for all ages will be on sale including children’s books, holiday-themed and coffee-table books and cookbooks as well as records, CDs and sheet music. Prices mostly range from $.50 to $2, and cash and credit cards will be accepted for payment. Stop by between 1-4:30 pm on November 19 and 10 am–4 pm on November 20 to stock up on holiday gifts and support the Mission Viejo Library.


Magical Yule Ball December 4

magical yule ball

Calling all witches, wizards, and muggles: It’s time to celebrate! Yule Ball is returning to the Potocki Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 4. 

From 6-8 pm, join us for crafts, refreshments, and fun under the stars with holiday music presented by OCSA's Montage! String Quintet. Make your own wand, fight for house points, and dance the evening away with your family as we prepare for the holiday season.
This program is free and open to all ages. 

The Potocki Center for the Arts is at 27301 La Paz Road. Masks are required for unvaccinated guests.

To register, email libraryprograms@cityofmissionviejo.org.


Film screening and discussion on the Japanese-American experience during World War II

ito sisters movie poster

Award-winning filmmaker Antonia Glenn and Professor Evelyn Nakano Glenn on November 14 will host a screening of “The Ito Sisters, An American Story,” a documentary covering the experiences of three sisters whose immigrant family struggled to make a life in America at the turn of the century. The screening, which begins at 2 pm, will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.

This program is free and takes place in the Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center. Masks are required for unvaccinated attendees. No registration is required. 

For more information, call 949-830-7100 ext., 5105.

This program is funded by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.

Constellation Corner November 13

constellations in the sky

The Teen Advisory Board is inviting the community to enjoy an evening under the stars on November 13 at the Potocki Center for the Arts. Held from 6-8 pm, this fun and interactive program is designed to teach people more about the night sky. Participants will learn about constellations and their history and engage in fun themed activities and games (weather permitting). 

This program is free and open to all ages. The Potocki Center for the Arts is at 27301 La Paz Road. Masks are required for unvaccinated attendees.

To register, email libraryprograms@cityofmissionviejo.org.


Tech Bar for magazines on Libby

libby app for magazines

Did you know you can access magazines through your Libby app?  More than 3,000 titles in many different languages are available to read on your mobile devices anywhere. Each magazine checks out for three weeks and is returned automatically – just like Libby’s eBooks and eaudiobooks.  There is no limit to how many you can have simultaneously.

Our librarians will show you how to get started. No need to sign up – just bring your mobile device to the periodicals area between 10:30 and noon on the following dates:

Tuesday, November 16
Tuesday, December 14
Tuesday, January 11
Tuesday, February 8 

So, drop by and learn about this new feature of Libby. 

Talking books from Braille Institute now available at the library

collection of talking books

The Mission Viejo Library has partnered with the Braille Institute in Los Angeles to provide talking books to visually impaired patrons.  We are proud to bring this service to the region as the only lending partner in the South Orange County. 

Talking books are audio-recorded books provided on a special USB cartridge that works with a talking books machine. The cartridges and machines are specially designed to be easier for blind and low-vision patrons to use.

Patrons can obtain their own personal machine at no cost by signing up in the library.  Talking books can be found near the new large print books in the library. Specific titles can also be requested from the Braille Institute through the library.  

For complete information, visit the library or call 949-830-7100, ext. 5149.

Learn how to access ‘Church of England Records’ November 20

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Did you know the Church of England, or Anglican Church, was the predominant and state religion in England and Wales from 1536? In fact, the church began keeping records in 1538, which are among the most important record sets for finding our English ancestors before Civil Registration and censuses. 

On Saturday, November 20, British specialist Raymon Naisbitt from FamilySearch will talk about the various church records created by the Church of England, what information is available for your ancestors, and how to access those records. Various case studies will be demonstrated illustrating how to find an ancestor’s church record online. Accredited in England research, Raymon has been with FamilySearch for more than 20 years and currently manages the British, Nordic, and Asia research specialists in the Family History Library. 

This free presentation hosted by the South Orange County California Genealogical Society (SOCCGS) begins at 10 am. Register for the public event at this link

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

‘The Outsiders’ virtual performance and panel discussion with the Laguna Playhouse

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Laguna Playhouse will present a virtual performance of S.E. Hinton’s “The Outsiders” at 3 pm on Saturday, November 6. In partnership with VSA Orange County, the Laguna Playhouse Education and Outreach’s performance is directed by Tamiko Washington. 

The performance will be followed by a panel discussion about the themes of “The Outsiders” and the impact on transitional-age youth and mental health. 

This program is free and takes place in the Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center. Masks are required for unvaccinated attendees. 
For more information and to register, email bholt@lagunaplayhouse.com.

This program is funded by the OC Health Care Agency Behavioral Health Services, Prevention, and Intervention Mental Health Services Act.

Candy Holiday Houses

candy holiday houses

The Teen Advisory Board is ringing in the holiday season with its annual Candy Holiday House event from 6-8 pm December 18 at the Potocki Center for the Arts. 

This popular free program invites children and families to build their own cozy cottages of confectionery. All ages will enjoy a fun evening of house building and ornament making. 

The Potocki Center for the Arts is located at 27301 La Paz Road. Masks are required for unvaccinated guests.
To register, email libraryprograms@cityofmissionviejo.org.


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