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Newsletter January 2019

Oso Smart & Fit in 2019

Oso Fit Runners

Start the year off right with healthy choices for your mind and body. The library has hundreds of books and DVDs that can help you eat right, exercise and keep your brain active. Join us on Monday, January 7 at 6 pm in the Saddleback Room for a free program on nutrition and healthy eating habits with registered dietician Christi Coy. Register by calling 949-830-7100, ext. 5105. 

Then mark your calendars for the Oso Fit 5K and Health Fair on Saturday, February 23 at the Norman P. Murray Center. This is a great opportunity for the entire family to participate in a fun 5K walk or run on the beautiful Oso Creek Trail. Proceeds from your registration can also benefit the Friends of the Library when you select a recipient organization from the drop-down menu. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2019!

Fun history presentation on Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo History

The library’s History Lecture Series returns in 2019. Join us on Sunday, January 27 at 3 pm in the Council Chamber for the first in the series. Former Mission Viejo Mayor Robert Breton will give a fascinating account of the past, present and future of our beautiful City. His presentation features 200 slides, amusing stories and anecdotes and a fun pop quiz at the end. Guests will have a chance to ask questions at the end.

The second presentation on Colonial America will follow on Sunday, February 24 at 3 in the Council Chamber. This program is part of a grant the library received from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Both programs are free! For more information, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.

Beau L’Amour, Scott Brick and Jason Culp will host one-of-a-kind audiobook presentation Feb. 10

Beau L'Amour

Beau L’Amour, son of the iconic Western writer Louis L’Amour, will join popular audiobook narrator Scott Brick and actor Jason Culp for a special presentation in Mission Viejo on Sunday, February 10.

Louis L’Amour’s never-before-published first novel “No Traveler Returns” is now available on audio for the first time alongside “Yondering,” a newly recorded collection of short stories featuring archival audio introductions from L’Amour himself. Beau L’Amour, who completed his father’s novel, and narrators Scott Brick (“No Traveler Returns”) and Jason Culp (“Yondering”), will give listeners a behind-the-scenes look at the publication of these two audiobooks from the people closest to the project. Beau will share how he rediscovered the novel, inspired by his father’s real-life adventures, and is bringing it to readers and listeners for the first time. Scott, a Grammy nominee, and Jason, who acted on soap operas “Days of our Lives” and “General Hospital,” will detail how audiobooks are produced, from casting to the hours spent in the recording studio. 

This fascinating and unique presentation is at 3 p.m. in the Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center Drive. To reserve your seat, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.

Best place to get your passport!

Passport Picture

When you’re planning your next vacation that requires a U.S. passport, don’t delay in heading over to the Mission Viejo Library.

The Mission Viejo Library offers convenient passport acceptance service five days a week. Here are your options...

Walk-in services are on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m.-7:45 p.m. 
(The library has the right to close the passport office doors early once maximum processing capacity has been reached.)

Or you can make an appointment for Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. To make an appointment, visit: https://cityofmissionviejo.org/library and click on “Library Services.” Only one appointment per family is necessary.
To boot, starting February 5, the library will offer Tuesday evening walk-in service from 4 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. through June 25.

Passport photography service is also available for $10.

Make sure your passport is up to date so you’re ready to travel at a moment’s notice. We look forward to serving you!

Don’t miss South OC California Genealogical Society’s Jan. 19 meeting about Mapping Our Ancestors

Genealogy research

Maps are vital for understanding the time and place our ancestors lived, the geographic and political influences on their lives and the records they left.  A treasure trove of historic maps is now available online, and Francie Kennedy will demonstrate some of the key map collections and the best search strategies for finding other historical maps. Filled with images, this talk includes intriguing examples of the many types of maps useful to genealogists, including plat maps, topographic, transportation and fire insurance maps. Francie gives tips for online exploration of major collections using Cyndi’s List, Google and links found at universities and major research libraries. She will also share a brief introduction to making your own map using Google My Maps.

Francie is always a fascinating speaker. She is passionate about microhistory and inordinately fond of maps and old county histories. Francie believes the study of the past through the fascinating lens of genealogy can bring us a new sense of our own place within the world. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, she speaks to genealogical societies on everything from Google to geography. The presentation on Saturday, January 19 begins after a short business meeting at 10 a.m. and ends at noon.

Visitors are invited to this informative program, which includes refreshments.  The society meets at 27976 Marguerite Parkway at Hillcrest Drive.  Park and enter behind the LDS church.  For more information, contact silkberry@aol.com.

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.

Creative works in the Public Domain

Robert Frost New Hampshire

For the first time in 40 years, artistic creations passed into the public domain. Works in the public domain are great – anyone can use them for any reason without obtaining permission or worrying about being sued by the owner. Sometimes wonderful things are created using other people’s creations. It takes just a moment to think of all the derivative works that have come from the plays of Shakespeare. Imagine if Romeo and Juliet or Taming of the Shrew or Hamlet were copyrighted? We might not have performances and movies like West Side Story or 10 Things I Hate About You or The Lion King. By being in the public domain, creative geniuses were able to retell Shakespeare’s works in new and innovative ways.

As of January 1, anything published on 1923 will be free to use. This includes performing, re-writing, editing, deconstructing or translating the works. One literary work, which has been strongly protected, is the poems of Robert Frost. His collection New Hampshire, which includes the famous poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," will now be available for anyone to use.

Other fun things now in the public domain include movies by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and music from some of the most famous composers including Honegger, Bartók and Hindemith. In addition, many great American songwriters like Oscar Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, W.C. Handy and Jelly Roll Morton and other literary works from Agatha Christie, Rudyard Kipling, D.H. Lawrence and Edgar Rice Burroughs will be free and clear.

This is extremely exciting and the chance for inventive people of today to look at old works of yesterday and create even greater art.

Mission Viejo’s Heritage House open Saturday, Jan. 12

Heritage House

Learn about our City's past on Saturday, January 12 during a free Open House at the Heritage House designed to educate the public about our rich history.

The Open House is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Melinda Park located at 28951 Melinda Road.

Formerly a Mission Viejo Company new home sales center, the Heritage House was the place prospective buyers came to find their dream home.  Today, it is a facility folks visit to learn about the people and events that made Mission Viejo “The California Promise.”

People of all ages are welcome. Reservations are not necessary and free parking is available. Groups of eight or more are welcome to schedule a private tour. For more information, call 949-470-8488.

Tickets now available for two popular author events

Writer’s Present: Alan Brennert

Alan Brennert

Alan Brennert's novel “Moloka’i” became a national bestseller. With his latest book “Daughter of Moloka’i,” Brennert returns to Mission Viejo on March 6 for a 7 p.m. Writers Present program to tell the story of Ruth, a remarkable woman who grapples with identity, belonging, family and history. Visit https://alanbrennert.brownpapertickets.com/ for tickets (includes signed personalized hardcover book).

Writers Present: Gretchen Rubin with VIP Reception option

Gretchen Rubin

Meet Gretchen Rubin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Happiness Project” as she presents “Outer Order, Inner Calm” on Monday, March 18 at the Norman Murray Community Center. You can attend her VIP Meet & Greet reception at 6 p.m. and presentation following at 7 p.m. by purchasing her book at https://rubinmissionviejo.brownpapertickets.com.

Written with humor, “Outer Order, Inner Calm” tackles the challenges of clearing clutter to help create a peaceful, pleasant, orderly and happier environment. Don’t miss this one!

Let’s Play Music – Fun piano classes for kids 

sounds beginnings

Beginning January, the Potocki Center for the Arts offers music education classes for children ages 0-7.  In the Let’s Play Music interactive classes, children learn through play using eyes, ears, hands and full-body movement to learn concepts usually taught on paper.  Classes offer jumping, skipping, singing, storytelling and laughing.  Just click on the links below to sign-up today.

Sound Beginnings! Where parents and kids learn to play and interact in a nurturing, loving way. Folk songs, finger plays, story books and circle games delight children as they have for centuries. This class is for parent/caregiver and 0-4 year olds. 

January 10 to May 2
9:45 – 10:15 a.m.
10:30 – 11 a.m.
$340 or 4 payments of $185/month
$35 lab fee / $88 materials fee

Let’s Play Music is a fun music theory course for children ages 4-6.  In the Let’s Play Music interactive classes, children learn concepts usually taught on paper by using their eyes, ears, hands and full-body movements. Solfege hand signs, folk songs, games, imagination and creativity are important components of each lesson.

January 9 to April 17
9:15 – 10 a.m.
10:15 – 11 a.m.
$220 or 4 payments of $55/month
$300 for family of 2 or more or 4 payments of $75/month
$35 lab fee / $30 materials fee

Check out additional art class offerings in January at the Potocki Center for the Arts.

Mission Viejo Library Comic Convention: 5 questions with artist Brian Kesinger

brian kesinger

If you like comic books, video games and animation, make plans for the second annual Mission Viejo Library Comic Convention! This dynamic, fun event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at the Mission Viejo Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive.  

With something for everyone, this exciting day includes comic book creators, animators, crafts, games, costuming, themed storytimes, comic book vendors and more. 

Comic Convention also features Brian Kesinger, an Annie award-winning story artist, illustrator and author. His 20-plus-year career at Disney has spanned both hand-drawn and cg animated films from “Tarzan” to “Frozen 2.”  In addition to Brian's film work, he has become a celebrated author and illustrator of several books that showcase his style, wit and ability to tell engaging stories in original ways. His artistic journey has led him to find an additional home with Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm where he blends his animation background with the comic art form to create dazzling and expressive art. 

We were lucky enough to catch up with Brian for a brief interview. 

MVL: What did you want to be when you grow up? Have you always wanted to be an artist? 
BK: Yes, I have always wanted to be an artist. I wanted to be an animator for Walt Disney Studios when I saw “Fox and the Hound” at the drive-in theater when I was very young. I’m so grateful to have had my dream job.

MVL: What has surprised you most about being a professional artist?
BK: The thing that has surprised me most is how many other amazing artists I’ve had the chance to work with during my career. They continue to inspire and encourage me to learn more to become a better artist.

MVL: How do you begin a project when you get an idea? Do you write notes on a napkin, make a meticulous outline or…?  
BK: I always keep my sketchbook by my side. Whenever I have a little free time, I doodle and sketch random images. I find that is the best way to come up with new ideas.

MVL: What about when you finish a project-- how do you celebrate? 
BK: I play a lot of video games.

MVL: Since we’re a library, we have to ask: what are you reading right now? 
BK: Right now, I am reading a lot of movie scripts. I find it very helpful to read scripts from movies that I enjoy to learn how to tell cinematic stories. Most recently, I finished reading the script to “The Goonies.”

To hear more from Brian and learn what it’s like to work in the field of animation, don’t miss his chat at the 2019 Mission Viejo Comic Convention. 

See you there! 


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