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Newsletter March 2021

Save the date for Comic Fest 2021

comic fest 2021

The Mission Viejo Library’s popular Comic Fest returns this spring in a new virtual format. The excitement takes place via Zoom April 19-25. 

Folks can tune in each weeknight from 6:30 to 7:30 pm to enjoy panels featuring fun-filled discussions with and demonstrations by amazing authors, creators and illustrators. Panels will also take place that weekend.  

This free event is open to people of all ages and will include great giveaways throughout the week. So, stay tuned to the library’s website or Facebook for the latest news and information about the presenters! 

Register online today to obtain your Zoom invitation.


2020 State and Federal Tax Forms now available at the Mission Viejo Library

tax forms available at mv library

With tax season around the corner, the Mission Viejo Library is offering the following tax forms through its contactless Curbside Pickup program:

Federal               1040/1040-SR Forms                     Includes forms 1040, 1040-SR, Schedules 1-3 and LEP
Federal               1040/1040-SR Instructions           Includes the instructions for Schedules 1-3
Federal               1040/1040-SR Forms SPANISH    Includes forms 1040, 1040-SR, Schedules 1-3 and LEP
State                   540 Booklet                                    Includes form and instructions
State                   540 2EZ Booklet                            Includes form and instructions
State                   540 2EZ Booklet SPANISH           Includes form and instructions  

Visit the library between noon and 5 pm every Tuesday through Saturday and request the forms be delivered to your vehicle.  Each parking spot has a sign with instructions including a number to text to initiate the pickup process. Simply follow the instructions, and the forms will be brought to your vehicle by a library staff member wearing gloves and a mask. If staff members are unable to maintain six feet of distance while placing the items in your vehicle’s trunk, they will leave your bagged items on the curb in front of your car. 

Beginning Genealogy Class

Genealogy research

Are you looking for a new hobby to pass the time this spring?  If so, sign up for our free online Beginning Genealogy class. Genealogy is a perfect hobby to work on from home – many of the websites used for family research are free or accessible with local public library cards.  The family stories you discover are great conversation topics when contacting your older relatives. 

Join docents from the South Orange County California Genealogical Society to learn the basics and start your family history journey. This free online class takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 18.

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


Thousands of digital magazines now available through Libby/Overdrive

digital magazines with libby

The library is now featuring digital magazines through the Libby app. This is the same great app you use for your digital books and audiobooks.  

Digital magazines used to be available through the RBdigital app; however, that app will be discontinued at the end of March. By using the Libby app, you can now browse, borrow and enjoy more than 3,000 titles.  

Digital magazines through Libby have no waitlists or holds; don’t count towards library checkout limits; and can be renewed and downloaded for offline use.  Patrons can search for a particular magazine by typing the title in the search box.  They can also browse by choosing “Format – Magazines” under “Preferences” to find available titles.

If you haven’t tried Libby, all you need to get started is your Mission Viejo Library card, PIN and the Libby app.  Follow the easy-to-use instructions to set up an account and get connected to our library within minutes. 

For more information, visit Help site (https://help.libbyapp.com/en-us/index.htm) or use the Libby Academy within the app. If you need more assistance, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.  Leave a message and a librarian will return your call.

Kits are available for your book club at the Mission Viejo Library!

book club

Book clubs are back in business but are operating virtually due to COVID-19.  Many clubs are using our book-club kits to help members with their discussions.  Kits can be picked up through our contactless Curbside Pickup service.  The Mission Viejo Library currently has 48 book-club kits for clubs to use.

These kits contain 12 copies of the book title in trade paperback format; a binder with information about the book and its author; questions for group discussion; reviews of the title from published sources; and more.

The library adds new kits periodically throughout the year.  Kits may be checked out for a 6-week period.  Some of the more popular kits can be reserved a year or more in advance.

For more information or to reserve a book-club kit, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 between noon and 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Mission Viejo: A fun look back! 

banana split image

The Mission Viejo Company hosted many banana-split ice cream parties over the years.  Kids would head to Swensen’s Ice Cream (which was located where Rubio’s is now) with a banana and 25 cents and belly up to the trough to eat as much as their little bodies could handle.

“From researching, I believe the first banana-split ice cream party was held in 1978 at the Felipe Recreation Center,” said local history Librarian Jeff Price. 

Local reports said T-shirts inscribed with “I helped eat the 500-foot-long banana split at the Mission Viejo Recreation Center” were sold for $1.

The popularity of the banana-split ice cream party continued in subsequent years at different locations including the Montanoso and Felipe Recreation Centers before an 800-foot banana-split party was held at Cordova Park on July 11, 1981. That was topped a year later by the creation of a 1,000-foot banana split. Do you remember these sweet events? If so, let us know at localhistory@cityofmissionviejo.org.