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Newsletter October 2022

Special 25th Anniversary Programs

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Mission Viejo Library, mark your calendar for the following events. 

First up on October 7 is the Mission Viejo Library 25th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser from 6-9 pm for adults 18 and older. Purchase your tickets at Eventbrite.

Then on Saturday, October 15 families and patrons are invited to the '90s Pop Party from 3-5 pm at the library. No registration is required for this free program. 

Following on Sunday, October 23 is a special Writers Present with Rex Ogle, Tracy Badua, and Alexandra Overy. The program starts at 2 pm at the Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way. Families with elementary and middle school readers are encouraged to attend. Register for this free program at this link

Rounding out the fun is a Local History Lecture being filmed for MVTV at 6 pm on Thursday, October 27 at City Hall. The program is open to all ages and no registration is necessary.


Forever Fine Free

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As the Mission Viejo Library celebrates 25 years since its grand opening, we are entering a new era of library service. Beginning October 1, all library late fines will be permanently eliminated. What does this mean for our patrons?

  • No new overdue fines will be charged to library patrons
  • Existing overdue fines have been waived
  • The library will still charge for lost or damaged items
  • Items will be considered lost when they are 30 days overdue

We invite all of our patrons to return to the library with any outstanding overdue loans free of charge. 

Why eliminate fines?

In 2016, the Mission Viejo Library implemented more user-friendly policies to remove barriers to library service. Our goal was to increase usage of the library collection and services and maximize the number of people in our community who could benefit from our offerings. These policies included automatic renewal of items with no holds and increasing the number of renewals allowed. Those practices were successful. Far fewer patrons accrued fines, and library usage skyrocketed. Annual circulation went from 780,000 to 1.2 million in just a couple of years. 

Elimination of overdue fines is a natural continuation of these user-friendly policies. Libraries that have implemented fine-free policies typically see a 200 percent increase or greater in lost materials returned to the library.


If you have questions about the fine-free policy, see the FAQ section on the library website or contact staff via phone or at the checkout desk. Happy reading!


Beginning Genealogy Class

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With the fall holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to learn more about your ancestors so you can delight and amaze your relatives with family stories this year. If you’ve been wondering how to get started with family research, register to attend our introductory Beginning Genealogy class presented by the South Orange County California Genealogical Society. With the 1950 U.S. Census now available, it’s easier than ever to trace your family back through generations. For this one-session class via Zoom, we'll discuss the basics you need to build a family tree and find those fascinating records that document your ancestors. No prior experience is required. Register today before spaces fill up. This free online class is from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 6.

Learn more and register at this link


Teen Crochet Classes

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The library is excited to offer a new program created by a Teen Advisory Board member! Join us for Teen Crochet 101 led by Aspen. Classes are for beginners and will cover materials, basic stitches, patterns, and more. A beginner project will be introduced in the third session. Classes begin on Saturday October 8 at 2:30 pm in the Friends Storytime Room at the library for ages 15-19. Register at LibraryPrograms@cityofmissionviejo.org.


Let’s Go Digital in Autumn

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The one-on-one digital resources sessions at the Mission Viejo Library will continue on the second Tuesday of the month. The October session is from 10:30 am to noon on October 11 in the periodicals section.  No registration necessary. Just bring your mobile devices, AppStore or Amazon (Kindle) passwords and be ready to learn about all the online resources the library offers.


‘The 1950 Census Has Arrived: What to Know’ with Joel Weintraub presented by South Orange County California Genealogical Society

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The U.S. 1950 census became public on the National Archives 1950 Census website on April 1, 2022. The census tells us where our families were living, what kind of work they were doing, how many children were in the family and more. Presenter Joel Weintraub will discuss how to use the census on the Archives site and other census-finding tools at stevemorse.org.  He will also provide some basic resources you should have to interpret the new information as well as covering basic vocabulary, who uses the census, census caveats, who was enumerated (and who was not), and how the 1950 census was taken. Come join us to learn how to trace your family in 1950!

Joel Weintraub is an emeritus biology professor at California State University, Fullerton.  He became interested in genealogy more than 20 years ago and volunteered for nine years at the National Archives in Southern California. Joel helped produce location tools for earlier federal censuses for the Steve Morse “One-Step” website.  He has published articles on the U.S. census and passenger records at Ellis Island. Joel has a YouTube channel with his genealogy and field biology talks and is the 2022 co-winner of the Shirley M. Barnes Records Access Award.

This free online presentation is at 10 am on Saturday, October 15 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.


Saving at the Supermarket with Jill Patterson, RDN

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With skyrocketing grocery prices, join us for an informative and engaging workshop where we will learn strategies to slash our grocery bill while eating nutritiously. This virtual workshop with registered dietitian Jill Patterson is from 6-7 pm on Wednesday, October 19. Get ready to feel energized with healthy nutrient-rich foods while saving money.  Specific action strategies, interactive game questions and recipe resources will be included. Jill brings her background of menu planning on a budget for school systems, consulting for grocery store chains, all while being a cost-conscious shopper.

She is an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor.  She has been quoted in the Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, and local news outlets.  She specializes in providing wellness education programs that inspire individuals to implement healthy habits.  Jill works with community organizations and workplaces and has provided programs for libraries, senior centers, universities, schools, and more.  She is passionate about helping people live their happiest, healthiest lives.

Registration is required and available by contacting libraryprograms@cityofmissionviejo.org or 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.


Free Introductory Computer Class in October at the Mission Viejo Library

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Learn the basic skills needed to start finding information and navigating the Internet on Friday, October 21 from 10-11:30 am in the library’s technology center. 

The final fall introductory class regarding email will take place on Friday, November 18 from 10-11:30 am.  

No advanced sign-up is required for the classes that caters to adults 18 and older.  Each class is 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.


Library Trick-or-Treat

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Looking for some family fun to celebrate the spooky season? Join us for tricks and treats at the Mission Viejo Library. Our local teens will be hosting Halloween treat and activity stations throughout the library on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 am to 4:30 pm (while supplies last). Costumes are welcome.



Save the date and help us prepare for the holidays

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The Friends of the Mission Viejo Library will host its annual Holiday Book Sale December 2-3. To prepare for a successful event, the Friends are asking for gently used children’s books, Blu-Rays, puzzles, and games.

Donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off in the bookstore located in the library’s lobby during regular bookstore hours. Bookstore hours are Monday-Thursday 10 am to 6 pm; Friday 1 to 5 pm; and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.


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