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Newsletter January 2020

#1 N. Y. Times bestselling author appears in first Writers Present program of 2020

Writers Presents - Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

Reserve your seat now to see bestselling author Elizabeth Letts on January 15 by purchasing a ticket that includes dessert and the book “Finding Dorothy” for the first Writers Present program of 2020.

The Mission Viejo Library and Palmia Literary Groups are teaming up to host the 6:30 pm program at the Palmia Clubhouse, 21455 Monterey. Doors open at 6 pm.

Elizabeth Letts will discuss “Finding Dorothy,” a richly imagined novel telling the story behind “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” the book that inspired the iconic film through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s relentless wife Maud. Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the non-fiction book “The Eighty-Dollar Champion” and “The Perfect Horse.” She is a master at discovering and researching a rich historical story and transforming it into a page-turner. “Finding Dorothy” is the result of Letts’s journey into the amazing lives of Frank and Maud Baum. Written as fiction but based closely on the truth, Letts’s new book tells a story of love, loss, inspiration and perseverance set in America’s heartland.

Ticketed guests will have the chance to enjoy coffee and dessert, meet the author and receive a signed paperback copy of “Finding Dorothy” at this special Writers Present program. To purchase a $26 ticket, visit https://elizabethlettsmv.brownpapertickets.com. Additional free seating may be available on a space-available basis.   Any profits from this program will benefit the Mission Viejo Library.  For more information, contact 949-470-8488. 

Yangsze Choo presents ‘The Night Tiger’ in Mission Viejo

Yangsze Choo

New York Times bestselling author Yangsze Choo will make a special appearance as part of the Writers Present Series on Wednesday, January 29 at 7 pm in the Mission Viejo Council Chamber. She will discuss her upcoming paperback release “The Night Tiger,” which is steeped in Chinese culture and set in 1930s colonial Malaysia.

This sweeping historical novel is about a dancehall girl and orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.  Yangsze Choo is the bestselling author of “The Ghost Bride,” which is currently under film production with Netflix. Featured on NPR, “The Night Tiger” was selected as a Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick, an Amazon Spotlight Pick for Best Book of the Month, and it received starred Kirkus, Booklist and Publisher's Weekly reviews.

The Writers Present presentation at 7 pm is free and open to the public. The ticketed VIP Meet & Greet Reception hosted by the Friends of the Library at 6 pm takes place in the Mission Viejo Library’s Heritage Room and is limited to 55 participants. It includes light appetizers, wine, sparkling cider and a chance to meet the author and have her personally sign your copy of “The Night Tiger.”  VIP attendees will also have reserved seating at the 7 pm Writers Present talk, which will be followed by a question-and-answer period.  To purchase your VIP ticket, visit https://yangszechoo.brownpapertickets.com.

Books will be sold onsite by Creating Conversations. For more information, call 949-470-8488. See you there!

Get Your Passport at the Mission Viejo Library


Have you been busy making vacation plans for next year and need a passport or REAL ID?  Did you know you can use a passport card or passport book instead of a REAL ID when you travel domestically beginning next year?

The Mission Viejo Library offers passport acceptance service five days a week.  You can either walk-in or make an appointment.

Walk-in service is first-come, first-served:
Wednesday:      4 pm-7:45 pm 
Thursday:    4 pm-7:45 pm

Please note once we have reached maximum processing capacity for walk-in service, 
the library has the right to close the passport office doors early.

To make an appointment for you or your family members, visit https://cityofmissionviejo.org/library and look under “Library Services.” Note: Only one appointment per family is necessary.  Appointments take place as follows:
Tuesday:    9 am to 12:30 pm  
 Friday:        9 am to 12:30 pm  
 Saturday:    9 am to 2 pm

Starting January 7, the library will offer Tuesday evening walk-in service from 4 pm to 7:45 pm.
If you need a passport photo, we provide an onsite photography service for $10.

The Mission Viejo Library looks forward to servicing your passport needs … folks tell us our passport service is the best-kept secret in Mission Viejo, so spread the word!

Best Books of 2019 List

Best Books

Can’t decide what to read next? Check out the library’s Best Books of 2019. The list has been compiled from traditional sources as well as contemporary ones:  The New Yorker, New York Times, Library Journal, Washington Post, Amazon’s Editors’ Picks, Goodreads, Kirkus, Man Booker Prize, Marie Claire, National Book Award, NPR, Oprah, Publishers Weekly, Vogue and others.

All titles on the list are currently available at the Mission Viejo Library.

Take a look! You might just discover your new favorite.


Beginning Genealogy Class

genealogy desk

Are you 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 on Thursday, January 16.  This free class is from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Saddleback Room at City Hall, 200 Civic Center. It will include an overview of the resources available in our Genealogy Research Center in the Mission Viejo Library.

To learn more and register online, visit https://soccgs.org/evening-classes/.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back:  Is this Genealogy or the Cha-Cha?

Genealogy research

Are you at a standstill with your genealogy research?  Revisiting and reevaluating our early research and home sources of information might seem like a waste of time, but it’s often the key to getting past a roadblock in our family history.  Join the South Orange County California Genealogical Society (SOCCGS) on Saturday, January 18 as Sara Cochran discusses techniques for finding new clues in records we already have and looks at several small case studies to see the value of taking the time to go backward in order to go forward.

Sara has a degree in library science/liberal arts and a certificate of genealogical research from Boston University.  She is a graduate of the Professional Genealogy Study Group certificate program.  After nearly 25 years researching her own family tree, which has roots in Britain, Ireland, Italy and Austria, she began helping others learn about their own family history and preserve their photographic legacy. The presentation will begin after a short business meeting at 10 am and ends at noon.

Visitors are invited to this free program, which includes refreshments.  The society meets at 27976 Marguerite Parkway at Hillcrest Drive.  Park and enter behind the church.  For more information, contact vicepresident@soccgs.org.

The SOCCGS Genealogy Research Center at the Mission Viejo Library is open seven days a week with docents available to help you.  Visit www.soccgs.org for hours. 


MV Life

Keep your finger on the pulse of City of Mission Viejo, CA with the free MV Life mobile app. The City of Mission Viejo has rolled out this special app to provide you with timely information about events, amenities, shopping, dining, and recreation so you can savor the good life in this picturesque South County city. Whether you are seeking family entertainment, cultural arts or activities for the young and young at heart, Mission Viejo has it all.

Download App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.missionviejo
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