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Newsletter April 2020

Check out NoveList


In case you missed last month’s newsletter, the library has an amazing online resource called NoveList that you can access online anytime with a library card. NoveList is full of reading recommendations, genre lists, award winners and read-a-likes for all ages. It goes far beyond the bestseller list by allowing you to search for the books you want through a variety of parameters such as writing style, tone, and pace. You can even link quickly over to your Goodreads account to easily build up your reading list. Whether you need help finding some good titles for your reluctant third grader, or you just want something for yourself, NoveList is a resource you don’t want to miss.  

The New York Times is now available online

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Online access to the New York Times is now available at the library and from home. Thanks to generous support from the California State Library, Mission Viejo Library patrons can access the New York Times online for free.

All regular newspaper content from 1851 to the present as well as all multimedia content, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese versions of the paper, and personalized access including email newsletters, customizable news feeds, and article recommendations are included.

Visit the library’s Online Resources page today to get started!

Digital books, audiobooks, and magazines


If you are stuck at home and looking for something to do, check out some digital books and audiobooks from OverDrive/Libby! This service is available online 24/7 for free with a Mission Viejo Library card. There are thousands of titles for adults, teens and kids.

  1. Visit OverDrive
  2. Click “Sign In”
  3. Select “Mission Viejo Library” and enter your library card number and PIN
  4. Start reading!

You can use this service from any device or computer with internet access. If you’re using a phone or tablet, you can download a free app from the app store called “Libby.” This will allow you to browse, checkout, read and return materials.

More than 100 digital magazines are at your fingertips through the library’s online service RBDigital. This free service is available 24/7 with a Mission Viejo Library card. 

  1. Visit RBDigital 
  2. Sign in using your library card number and PIN
  3. Start reading!

Choose from popular titles such as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Family Circle, Forbes, House Beautiful, Ladybug, Men’s Health and PCWorld more. There are titles for both adults and kids. Want to read on your phone? Download the free RBDigital app from the App Store and log in to your library account. You can even set up an automatic checkout when the next issue comes out. Sign up today!

If you need help, view this video tutorial or call the library between 10 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday during the closure.

Research with ProQuest


Students can complete research online anytime with ProQuest. This online service is available 24/7 from the library’s website. ProQuest provides resources on a wide variety of topics including historical events; famous people; science and math; language arts and literature; controversial topics; and more. Documents include everything from articles to photographs to videos. Does your child have a country report for school? He or she can find up-to-date information on the country’s culture, geography, history and more. Does your child have a biography due? He or she can find detailed information about hundreds of well-known figures throughout history. Help your students succeed with ProQuest!

Keep reading! 


While you’re at home, you can stay connected to the library through two new online programs we launched!

Adults and teens can join us on Goodreads. Accounts are free and easy to set up. Once you have an account, search for us under Mission Viejo Library. As a part of our group, you can connect with others, share the books you are reading and want to read in the future, look at our “bookshelves” for recommendations, and participate in our discussions. This is a great way to stay a part of the library community from your own home. Everyone is welcome to join. 

Kids can join our reading challenge through Beanstack. For every five books that your child reads, he or she will earn a digital badge. Kids can also earn badges for completing various fun activities at home. Every child who earns at least five badges will be entered to win a prize once the library reopens. This is a great way to motivate children and keep them reading. 

If you need help with our programs or any of our online services, email libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org


tutor dot com

If you have kids at home who need help with school work, the Mission Viejo Library offers tutor.com for kindergarten age through adults. This online service is available 24/7 and free to patrons with a Mission Viejo Library card. 

If you are preparing for the SAT, ACT or AP exams, this is a great resource to help you prepare! 

  • Complete a full-length practice test and see your score.
  • See the areas in which you need to improve.
  • Watch videos to learn important test-taking strategies.
  • Take practice drills to help raise your scores.

Tutor.com also features one-on-one tutoring sessions in math, English, science, resume and cover-letter writing, AP exam prep, and more. You can even get help in Spanish. Log in today and check it out!





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