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Newsletter May 2022

Writer’s Present Chris Bohjalian and Janelle Brown

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Bestselling authors Chris Bohjalian and Janelle Brown will discuss their most recent novels at 6 pm on Monday, May 16 in the City Hall Council Chamber (across from the library).

“Bohjalian’s 23rd novel “The Lioness” is a riveting historical thriller where a luxurious African safari turns deadly for a Hollywood starlet and her entourage. A-list actress Katie Barstow has taken her new husband and glittering entourage of co-stars, managers, and publicists for a safari adventure. Lulled by visions of candlelit dinners and capturing wildlife on film, Katie’s dream honeymoon suddenly turns into a nightmare when a team of Russian mercenaries descend upon the party. As the botched kidnapping sees the plains run red with blood and violent uncertainty spirals into the night, Katie and her entourage must confront which they fear more: nature or man. 

Brown’s latest novel “I’ll Be You” centers around two identical twin sisters and former child actors, Sam and Elli, who have grown apart. When their father calls out of the blue, Sam is shocked to learn that her sister’s life has been in turmoil.  Eli has stopped answering her phone and has checked into a mysterious spa in Ojai. Is her sister just decompressing or is she in trouble? Could she have possibly joined a cult? As Sam works to connect the dots left by Elli’s baffling disappearance, she realizes that the bond between them is more complicated than she ever knew. 

To attend this event, register online. Registration options include free admission and pre-purchase books. Books will be sold on site after the program by our partner bookseller Creating Conversations. For more information, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.


The Mission Viejo Library is part of the NASA family

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The Mission Viejo Library, in partnership with local nonprofit Science Heads, was accepted by NASA as an official Webb Space Telescope Community Event host. The library is one of four in California accepted as an official event host.  

The James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) is the largest, most powerful, and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space. The Mission Viejo Library and Science Heads are excited to share the experience of Webb’s first images with the community this summer.  Stay tuned for details. 


California Career Online High School Degree Program – Scholarships Available through the Library 


Did you know that you can get your high school diploma  online through your public library?  Do you know someone who needs to complete a few courses to get a degree? It can now be done through the library.

Classes are online 24/7. Personal support is available from certified instructors and an academic coach.  When finished, you will be ready for a new career with a career portfolio including a resume, cover letter, and job preparation support.

For more information, visit https://cityofmissionviejo.org/online-resources.  Click on Career Online High School and learn about this opportunity.


Free Adult Introductory Email Computer Class May 20

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In this Introductory Email class, participants will learn how to set up an email account and send and receive emails. Basic knowledge of computers and the internet or attendance at previous sessions is highly recommended.  This class welcomes adults 18 and older.

Class is from 10-11:30 am on Friday, May 20 at the Mission Viejo Library.  No advanced registration is required. The class will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 15 people to arrive and sign-in for class will be admitted. Doors will open five minutes early.

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


‘Online Tools to Organize and Collaborate with Your Cousins’ with Kelli Bergheimer presented by South Orange County California Genealogical Society

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Are you looking for a way to share your ancestor stories with others in your family? Have you met online cousins who are researching the same ancestor lines as you? It can be tricky to find effective ways to collaborate online, organize what we discover and share our trees and ancestors’ lives. 

On Saturday, May 21, writer, teacher, editor, and national genealogical speaker Kelli Bergheimer will demonstrate tips and techniques of online wikis, blogs, and collaborating tools to share your family history with your friends and family.

Kelli is a math and science editorial director for Blue Kayak, a K-12 textbook company. She also works as an editor for Legacy Tree Genealogists and runs two small businesses—Geo-Centric Learning and Mess on the Desk, a genealogical organization company. Kelli is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, International Society of Genetic Genealogists, and the Genealogical Speaker's Guild.

This free online presentation starts at 10am and is open to all. Register 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.


Mission Viejo’s Heritage House Open on May 21

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The public is invited to visit Mission Viejo’s Heritage House from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, May 21 to learn about our City’s rich past.

Nestled in Melinda Park, the City’s 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, the Heritage House is where visitors come to learn about the people and events that made Mission Viejo “The California Promise.”

History lovers of all ages are welcome. The Heritage House is located at 28951 Melinda Road on the corner of Melinda Road and Santa Margarita Parkway. No reservations are necessary and free parking is available.