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Newsletter May 2021

Mission Viejo Library reopens for General Admission April 30

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The Mission Viejo Library opens to the public without appointments on Friday, April 30.

The reopening includes the library’s south wing where patrons can browse non-fiction print and audiobooks, biographies and local history. Public computers will be available as well as study seating for students and others seeking a quiet spot to relax or do homework and other projects.

The library will be open from noon to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday with the convenient curbside pickup service continuing during operating hours. To ensure the library is able to remain open and keep patrons and staff safe, masks are required at all times for everyone age 2 and older.

“We are thrilled to welcome patrons back to the library without appointments,” said Library and Cultural Services Director Genesis Hansen. “Since the onset of the pandemic, we have worked diligently and creatively to provide ongoing services and are thrilled to expand those services safely to patrons.”

Furniture has been reconfigured to support physical distancing, and patrons are asked to maintain 6 feet of distance with everyone outside of their household.

The Mission Viejo Library is located at 100 Civic Center. For more information, call 949-830-7100 and select option 5.

Friends' Donation Days & Blowout Sale

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The Friends’ Bookstore will accept donations of gently used books, DVDs and CDs on May 10 and 17.  For those two Mondays only, the bookstore’s backdoor will be open from 11 am to 5 pm to accept delivery of used materials.  Parking spaces near the backdoor will be clearly marked to indicate the donation delivery zone, and volunteers and patrons are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing. 
As per COVID-19 protocols, only a few volunteers can work at a time in the confined back area of the bookstore. With the volume of community generosity expected on those two days, donors are asked to bring their donations in nonreturnable boxes and bags volunteers can easily lift.   
Tax-deductible receipts will be given for any donation. We hope to return to a more regular donation schedule once the bookstore reopens, which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22.   
In other library news, mark your calendar for the Blowout Book Sale on Saturday, June 12 from 11 am to 4 pm in the Kershaw Garden next to the library. Thousands of adult and children’s books, CDs, and DVDs will be available at deeply discounted prices. Most of the materials will range from $.25 to $2, and cash and credit cards will be accepted for payment. The sale area will be set up to comply with current COVID-19 restrictions. Volunteers and patrons will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing. 
Mark your calendar for these important dates to support the Mission Viejo Library! 

Save the Date for ‘Here Comes the Sun’ Virtual Presentation May 8

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As part of the Library’s “Give Me Space!” grant, folks of all ages are invited to join library staff and Science Heads on Saturday, May 8 for a fun-filled morning exploring the stars and live solar viewing. 

The fun starts at 10 am and includes a variety of virtual activities:

10-10:20 am - FB Live storytime with Mission Viejo Library staff
10:30-11:30 am – Zoom presentation with Science Heads on The Life of Stars
11:40 am - noon – FB Live craft presentation with Mission Viejo Library staff
12:15-1:15 pm – Zoom presentation of Live Solar Viewing with Science Heads
To register for this program, email libraryprograms@cityofmissionviejo.org

This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. 

Author of ‘Devil Wears Prada’ discusses new book


The Mission Viejo Library and Warwick's will host author Lauren Weisberger discussing her new book “Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty” at 4 pm on Wednesday, May 19. 

Weisberger is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Devil Wears Prada,” which was published in 40 languages and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Currently, Elton John and producer Kevin McCollum are adapting “The Devil Wears Prada” for the stage.  Weisberger's six other novels were all bestsellers, and her books have sold more than 13 million copies worldwide. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

You can join this fun event online event when you register through Eventbrite to purchase a signed hardcover copy of “Where the Grass is Green and the Girls are Pretty.” Your autographed copy can be shipped to your home after the event.  For the latest event information, visit https://www.warwicks.com/event/weisberger-2021.

The story follows Peyton, who has a seat at the anchor desk of the most-watched morning show. Recognized by millions across the country, thanks in part to her flawless blond highlights and skin, Peyton has an adoring husband and Princeton-bound daughter. Peyton is that woman who has it all – until her sister, daughter and one little lie cause illusions to crack and resentments to surface. Suddenly, the grass doesn't look so green, and they are all left wondering if they have what it takes to survive the truth.


Mission Viejo Visual Timeline Captures Essence of City’s Evolution 

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Sixty years ago, Mission Viejo was just a vast grassland of rolling hills. Over the years, it has grown and developed into a vibrant community. The library’s local history division has collected and digitized countless images, recordings and newspapers that span the City’s evolution. You can access these amazing resources for free on our local history webpage.

A visual timeline of historic photos dating from 1965 to today is a special new feature on the webpage. New images are being added weekly, so check back for exciting updates and additions. For more information, email localhistory@cityofmissionviejo.org.

Beginning Genealogy Class

Genealogy research

Who are you and where are you from?  Learn how to discover more about your ancestors' stories from the South Orange County California Genealogical Society during a free online class from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, May 20. The class will equip you with resources and a road map to get your journey underway.  No specific skills are needed other than an insatiable interest in your family’s history. The class includes an overview of resources available online for your genealogy research.

Learn more and register at https://soccgs.org/evening-classes/.

Author of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ presents virtually on June 1

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Bestselling author Kevin Kwan will discuss the new paperback edition of his latest book “Sex and Vanity” on Tuesday, June 1.

Kwan is the author of international bestsellers “Crazy Rich Asians”; “China Rich Girlfriend”; and “Rich People Problems.”

“Crazy Rich Asians” was a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture and has been translated into more than 30 languages. In 2018, Kwan was named among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Registration is free for this virtual event at https://www.warwicks.com/event/kwan-2021 through Eventbrite, but books purchased from Warwick’s Bookstore will include an autographed bookplate and can be shipped to your home.

“Sex and Vanity” takes you from Capri to NYC, where Lucie Tang Churchill finds herself torn between two men. The book is a modern love story; daring homage to ”A Room with a View”; and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures.

Summer Reading Program Presents Maggie Shipstead’s ‘Great Circle’

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Bestselling author Maggie Shipstead will chat with author Chloe Benjamin about her latest highly acclaimed novel “Great Circle” on June 23 via Zoom.  This 6 pm PDT program is a partnership with Warwick’s Bookstore.

Marian Graves is a daredevil aviator determined to chart her course in life – at any cost – to be the first to fly around the world north-south over the poles.  In 1950, near the end of her historic attempt, she vanished in Antarctica.

Hadley Baxter is a scandal-plagued movie star who sees her career lifeline in a new role: the lost pilot Marian Graves.
“Great Circle” spans prohibition-era Montana, the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand, wartime London, and modern-day Los Angeles as the fates of two women collide over geographies and centuries.

Shipstead is the New York Times bestselling author of “Astonish Me” and “Seating Arrangements,” which won the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She is a graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Shipstead will be in conversation with New York Times bestseller Chloe Benjamin, author of “The Immortalists,” which was named a best book of 2018 by NPR, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly and others.

Registration is required for this free program. Email libraryprograms@cityofmissionviejo.org for the Zoom link and book discount code. For more information, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.


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