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Newsletter June 2018

Book Chat with Michelle Gable about "The Summer I Met Jack"

Michelle Gable

On Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library will host Michelle Gable at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, to discuss and sign her new novel based on a real story about “The Summer I Met Jack.” 

A graduate of The College of William & Mary, Gable is the New York Times bestselling author of “A Paris Apartment,” “I’ll See You in Paris,” and “The Book of Summer.” 

This event is free and open to the public.  Books purchased on site will receive priority book signing and the Friends will host a wine bar beginning at 6:15 p.m.  Email libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org with your name and the number in your party or call 830-7100, ext. 5105 to rsvp.

Based on a real story, “The Summer I Met Jack” recounts how Alicia, a beautiful young Polish refugee, arrives in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts to work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America and is immediately charmed by the large and charismatic Kennedy family, and especially, Jack.

Alicia and Jack are soon engaged, but his domineering father forbids the marriage, so, Alicia trades Hyannis Port for Hollywood and eventually Rome. She dates famous actors, athletes, and royalty including Gary Cooper, Kirk Douglas, and Katharine Hepburn, all the while remaining close with Jack. A decade after they meet, on the eve of Jack’s inauguration as the 35th President of the United States, the two finally confront what they mean to each other.

What a life Gable imagines for Alicia Corning Clark in this meticulously researched, immersive, and romantic new novel. It will be THE book to read this summer!  Books will be sold on site by Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.

Mission Viejo’s Heritage House open Saturday June 9

The public is invited to visit Mission Viejo’s Heritage House at Melinda Park, 28951 Melinda Road on Saturday, June 9 from 1-3 p.m. to learn about our City’s past.

The City of Mission Viejo Heritage House was established in 2003 to educate the public about Mission Viejo history.  Formerly a Mission Viejo Company new home sales center, it was the place prospective buyers came to find their dream home.  Today, it is where visitors come to learn about the people and events that made Mission Viejo “The California Promise.”

“The City is celebrating its 30th anniversary of cityhood this year, so this gives residents an opportunity to stop by and learn some more about their beloved City’s past,” says Heritage Committee Co-chairman Art Villalovos.

An interactive display donated by the Mission Viejo Daughters of the American Revolution and the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library allows patrons touring the Heritage House the chance to learn about Mission Viejo’s-history, Rancho Days, early community, cityhood, activities, arts, and sports. Folks will also learn about Mission Viejo Rose Parade floats.

Members of the City’s Heritage Committee will be available to answer your questions. Mission Viejo history books, “Beautiful Mission Viejo” retro license plate frames and historical playing cards as well as period coffee mugs will be available for purchase – a great gift for Father’s Day. People of all ages are welcome. Reservations are not necessary and free parking is available. The Heritage House is located on the corner of Melinda Road and Santa Margarita Parkway. Groups of eight or more can schedule a private tour throughout the year by calling 949-470-8488.

Toddlers, Kids, and Teens invited to join Mission Viejo Library’s Summer Reading Program June 15 – July 31

Summer Reading Program

Encourage reading to develop and keep literacy skills sharp this summer! Readers can win prizes and attend special programs as part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program.

Babies and Toddlers
Parents can register their youngest readers and keep track of activities they do together that support the five early literacy practices – talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Those who complete all 25 activities will receive a new board book. Sign up in the children’s area of the library starting June 15 and start logging brain-building activities! 

Children 3 – 12
Kids keep track of their reading with the goal of completing 12 hours. Whether they’re reading independently or enjoying a book read aloud, it all counts and they can collect incentives along the way. Those who complete the program can enter the grand prize raffle for $50 gift cards to their choice of the Disney Store or LEGO Store -- or they can enter to win their very own Kindle Paperwhite. They will also receive a special invitation to the Summer Reading Stars Celebration where they will enjoy a high-energy music concert and ice cream treats. 
Sign up in the children’s area of the library starting June 15 and join us on select Saturdays (July 7, 14, 21, 28) for fun events the whole family can enjoy, including a hilarious magic show and an interactive bubble program. The library will also host a book club for elementary school-aged children and present storytimes for babies through preschoolers during the month of July. Pick up a schedule of events at the children’s information desk or check the Library’s website for all the details! 

Teens 13 – 17
Teens may visit the children’s area of the library to register and collect a game card.  Fill in the beach balls on the card for every 20 minutes spent reading. Free books are awarded to those who read six hours! Complete an additional six hours (for a total of 12) and earn another free book. Graphic novels, manga and even audio books count towards the goal.

Teens also earn a grand-prize raffle ticket for three hours of reading.  Increase the chances of winning by submitting reviews for each book read (1 review = 1 raffle ticket).  These tickets will be entered into a drawing to win one of the grand prizes, including $25 gift cards and a TI-84 graphing calculator.

Summertime and . . .

Adult Summer Reading returns to the Library

Join us for the Adult Summer Reading Program from June 15-July 31.   The program is open to adults 18 and older. This summer many events for adults are running in conjunction with the reading program.  

It’s easy to sign up: Simply head to the Adult Reference Desk (aka “Ask Here” desk) or register by email at AdultSummerReading@cityofmissionviejo.org.  When using the email option, include name, phone number, email address and library card number.  
Prizes galore include Regal Theater movie tickets, $100 Amazon gift card as the grand prize and four second-place prizes of $25 Amazon gift cards.  You’ll have 12 chances to win in all.

Participants can turn in their weekly book entry at the Adult Reference Desk or by email to AdultSummerReading@cityofmissionviejo.org.  You can enter one book per week.  Entries are due by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31.  Drawings for the weekly prize are on Tuesdays.  After the weekly winner is selected, all chits will be saved for the final prizes.

For more information about the reading program and summer events, visit https://cmvl.org.

Jump the Pond Without a Ticket: Researching in Other Countries from Your Home

Genealogical Society

Before we buy a plane ticket to the ancestral country far away, we should use all available research resources from home.   Did you know there are Google search engines that reside in each country and pull up local information, giving different results than we would get in the U.S. for the same search?  Francie Kennedy will demonstrate the tools to translate web pages and text, plus use social networking, image searching, digitized old maps, and more to thoroughly explore what is available for research in other countries. She will also share the latest information about how to find and use digitized books and digital microfilm, plus the Wiki at FamilySearch. You will leave this talk with a general research checklist for other countries that can be applied just about anywhere. When and if you do buy your plane ticket, you will have a specific research plan for the country of your ancestors which will enrich your visit.

About the speaker:  Francie Kennedy 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 topics ranging from Google to geography. Francie attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA. The presentation will begin after a short business meeting at 10 a.m. and ends at noon.

Visitors are invited to this informative program on Saturday, June 16, 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.

Register today for fun-filled hands-on summer art camps

Art Class

If your kids have a passion for art and penchant for fun, then register them today for the following innovative and creative summer art camps at the Potocki Center for the Arts, 27301 La Paz Road.

Creative Building Camps
Jedi Engineering Using LEGO

The Force is strong in this camp while participants build complex machines and structures based on designs from a galaxy far away. Projects include LEGO X-Wings, AT-AT Walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, settlements and fortresses.  PlayWell instructors reinforce key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics, eccentric motion and more.  This camp takes place June 18-22 from 9 a.m. to noon for kids 5-7 and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for youth 7-12.  Cost is $180 per week. (Course #13680 or #13631)

STEAM + Minecraft Adventure Game Using LEGO

Prepare for a full-day with PlayWell Teknologies LEGO camp of hands-on and minds-on STEAM fun.  Resourcefulness, creativity and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game. Participants roll the dice to mine for resources, craft tools and watch out for creepers. They will learn this original game created by PlayWell instructors and inspired by the popular Minecraft video game.  This camp takes place July 9-13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for kids 5-7 and August 6-10 for youth 7-12.  Cost is $300 per week. (Course #13636 or #13637)

IncrediFlix Film Camps 
Live Action Flix

Do you want to have a blast making a movie?  In this fantastic camp, you will go from “Action” to “That’s a wrap!”  Camp leaders will guide you through the Hollywood process as you brainstorm, location scout, bring in props and costumes as well as act and direct in a collaborative movie that is fun for the entire audience. Cost is $210 per week for ages 7-12.  The camp takes place from 9 a.m. to noon June 25-29.  (Course #17489)

LEGO Flix Stop-Motion Flix

If you enjoy creating LEGO worlds, you’ll love bringing those worlds to life in LEGO stop-motion animated flix. This fun camp is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 25-29. Campers ages 7-12 will create a LEGO set with characters for a movie they storyboard, write, shoot and voice-over in age-appropriate groups. Cost is $210 per week. (Course #17490)

A combo class with Live Action Flix is also being offered for $390. (Course # 17571)

Animation Flix

Create up to five stop-motion animated flix!  Each day learn a new style as you create, direct, and film your movies in this ultimate arts and crafts camp!  Cost is $210 per week for ages 7-12.  The camp takes place from 9 a.m. to noon August 13-17.  (Course #17491)  

Minecraft Movie Flix

Bring Steve, the creepers, and more to life as we turn the video game into an exciting Minecraft stop-motion movie!  Write, storyboard, film and add voiceovers.  Cost is $210 per week for Ages 7-12 and takes place  August 13-17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  (Course #17492)
A combo class with Animation Flix is also being offered for $390. (Course #17572)

Fine Art Camps
Kids Fine Art Camp with Mrs. Keady

Join us for a summer passport to fun as we explore art activities from around the world!  Tempera, watercolor, chalk, oil pastels, markers and pencils are all used.  Bring a snack and your imagination!

Cost is $200 plus a $20 lab fee payable to instructor for ages 6-12. The camp is from 9 a.m. to noon June 11-15, Course #17599; July 9-13, Course #17600; and July 23-27, Course #17601.

Teen Visual Art Summer Camp

In this fine art day camp, teens will enjoy various art media.  Graphite drawing, painting, Japanese calligraphy, and cartooning will be explored.  Cost is $145 plus a $25 lab fee payable to instructor. The camp is for ages 11-18 and takes place from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  July 9-13, Course #17603; July 23-27, Course #17604; and July 30-August 3, Course #17605.

Writers Present:  Andy Weir, Famed Author of “The Martian”
Purchase ticket now which includes book plus two admissions


Meet New York Times best-selling author Andy Weir to hear of his latest escapade on the moon “Artemis” on Wednesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Norman Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way.  This is a ticketed program which includes the book plus two admissions.

Brimming with Andy’s trademark charm and taking place on the moon, “Artemis” is a science-fiction thrill ride of a novel that takes place in Artemis, the first inhabited city on the moon in the 2080s. The book is sure to find a home alongside “The Martian” as a new classic in the genre.

Californian Andy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, “The Martian,” allowed him to live out his dream of writing full time. He is a lifelong space nerd and devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. 

One ticket (which includes a hard copy or trade paperback) will admit two patrons to the book discussion, followed by a Q & A, book signing and photo opportunities. Tickets can be purchased online at https://artemisandyweir.brownpapertickets.com. Books will be signed in the order of the website purchase.  For more information, call 949-470-8488.

The Friends of the Library will host a wine bar beginning at 6:15 p.m. and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore will sell books on site.


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