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Newsletter November 2019

Love Your Library at Our Fall Luncheon - Less than a Week Left to Register!

Friends Fall Luncheon

There’s less than a week left to sign up for the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library’s holiday luncheon on Sunday, November 10 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Mission Viejo Country Club. 

Guests can mix and mingle during the social hour and silent auction preview from 11 am to noon before savoring a delicious three-course meal with choice of entrée. Bestselling author Abbi Waxman will talk about her latest novel – “The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.” The event includes an impressive array of silent auction items and door prizes. All proceeds go directly toward purchasing new library resources. Thank you for your support in keeping our library a beacon in the community.

Each $85 ticket includes lunch with a no-host bar, author discussion, signed copy of the featured book and opportunities to win silent auction and door prizes. So, round up your friends and register today for this festive event by clicking on this link. Reservations must be received by noon on Tuesday, November 5.  The country club is located at 26200 Country Club Drive. 

Annual Holiday Book Sale November 25

Library Booksale

The Annual Holiday Book Sale by the Friends will take place on Monday, November 25th from 10 am to 7 pm in the Heritage Room near the front entrance of the Library.  A variety of nearly new, “giftable” materials for all ages will be offered for sale, including holiday-themed books, “coffee table” books, DVD’s, CD’s, records and cookbooks.  Prices begin as low as $0.25 and cash and credit cards (purchases over $5) will be accepted for payment.  Please stop by that day to stock up on holiday gifts and support the Mission Viejo Library!

The Library’s Safety Protocols Now Include Code Adam

Code Adam

The Mission Viejo Library is a welcoming place for community members and family to gather, and the safety of children is a top priority. To enhance the comfort and security of the Library for our youngest patrons and their families, we are now a Code Adam community partner.

In 1994, Code Adam was created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, a non-profit founded by John and Reve Walsh after the disappearance of their son Adam.  Created as a search tool for lost and potentially abducted children, the step-by-step process encourages businesses of all kinds to have safety protocols in place to respond quickly to any situations involving a missing child.

The Mission Viejo Library has started to enforce Code Adam in an effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment for families.  All library staff have been trained to follow the procedure outlined by Code Adam to ensure a swift and efficient effort to locate any missing children.

You can find Code Adam at many businesses including Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Old Navy, and other retail stores.  Other libraries around the country are also including Code Adam in their safety protocols.

We aim to provide safety and security throughout the library for our patrons. If you have questions or concerns, contact the library at libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org.

Don’t miss bestselling author discussing the remarkable history of Benjamin Rush in free Writers Present program Nov. 17

Writers Presents

Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 17 when bestselling author Stephen Fried presents his astounding book “Rush” beginning at 3 pm at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center.

A 2019 George Washington Book Prize Finalist and American Library Association Notable Book of the Year, “Rush” is based on the monumental life of Benjamin Rush – a medical pioneer and one of our most provocative and unsung Founding Fathers.  By the time he was 30, Dr. Benjamin Rush had signed the Declaration of Independence, toured Europe as Benjamin Franklin’s protégé, edited “Common Sense” and served as John Adams’s confidant. As with the greatest Revolutionary minds, Rush was only just beginning his role in 1776 in the American experiment. As the new republic coalesced, he became a visionary writer and reformer; a medical innovator whose insights and reforms revolutionized the treatment of mental illness; an opponent of slavery and prejudice by race, religion or gender; an adviser to and often the physician of America’s first leaders; and “the American Hippocrates.”

Rush reveals his singular life and towering legacy, installing him in the pantheon of our wisest and boldest Founding Fathers.

Steven Fried is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author who teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Pennsylvania. He penned the historical biography “Appetite for America” and coauthored “A Common Struggle” with Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

This free Writers Present program includes the book discussion, PowerPoint presentation, question-and-answer period as well as books sold on site by Creating Conversations. To RSVP, contact libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org or 949-470-8488.

Hoopla online service ending November 30


The Mission Viejo Library is constantly evaluating our services and patron feedback to ensure we are serving our community in the best way possible. In the past few months, we have learned many people are frustrated checking out digital books from our online service, Hoopla. Therefore, we are moving away from this platform at the end of November. You can continue to find thousands of e-Books and e-audio books on OverDrive, always free and available 24/7 with a Mission Viejo library card.

Are you new to digital books? Stop by the library any time for assistance. Or drop-in during the library Tech Bar on Saturday, November 9 from 10 am-12:30 pm where library staff provide one-on-one instruction for checking out e-books, e-audiobooks and digital magazines! 

Beginning Genealogy Class

genealogy desk

Interested in starting your family tree but don't know where to begin?  Join South Orange County California Genealogical Society docents to learn the basics in a free class on Thursday, November 21 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Saddleback Room. The class will include an overview of the resources available in our Genealogy Research Center in the Mission Viejo Library.

Register online at http://soccgs.org/evening-classes/ or call 949-830-7100, ext. 8498 for more information.

Researching Your Family Through Land Records and Stock Certificates

Genealogy research

Are you using property records in your family research?  When property was bought, sold, taxed or listed in a will, a record was created that can help us learn more about our ancestors.  Deed books not only record the buying and selling of land, but many miscellaneous transactions are recorded there as well.  At the South Orange County California Genealogical Society November meeting, member Kathie Mauzey will show us how to uncover information in land records and deed books.

Few of us think of stock certificates as a part of genealogical research, but anyone who had a relative involved in any public corporation, even as an employee, can use this resource to research genealogy or family history.  Join us as SOCCGS member Sandy Simmons shares how he has traced his family's history – and thus his genealogy – through many of these original certificates.  Learn how they provide a fascinating tale of his predecessors’ lives, successes and failures and how they can be used to tell ancestors’ stories.

On November 16, visitors are invited to this free program, which includes refreshments.  The presentation will begin after a short business meeting at 10 a.m. and concludes at noon. The society meets at 27976 Marguerite Parkway at Hillcrest Drive in Mission Viejo.  Park and enter behind the church.  For more information, contact vicepresident@soccgs.org.

The SOCCGS Genealogy Research Center located at the Mission Viejo Library is open seven days a week with docents available to help you and Beginning Genealogy classes are offered each month.  Visit www.soccgs.org for more information.

Mission Viejo’s Heritage House Open on November 9th

Heritage House

The public is invited to visit Mission Viejo’s Heritage House at Melinda Park, 28951 Melinda Road on Saturday, November 9th from 10 a.m. - noon to learn about our city’s past. The House will also be open on December 7th from 10am-noon.

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.”

History lovers of all ages are welcome. No reservations are necessary and free parking is available. The Heritage House is located on the corner of Melinda Road and Santa Margarita Parkway. Groups of 8 or more can schedule a private tour throughout the year by calling 949-470-8488.  



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