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Newsletter October 2018

Thanksgiving Thoughts from our Library Director, Genesis Hansen

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Have you had a rough year? Many people I talk to these days have faced some sort of extraordinary challenge in the past year – illness, financial difficulty, major life transition, family conflict, natural disasters, you name it. There is a never-ending supply of stress and worry. But then comes November, marking the season of pumpkin spice lattes and giving thanks. I can do without the lattes, but the annual nudge toward gratitude couldn’t have come at a better time. I always enjoy writing my annual Thanksgiving article but wasn’t feeling it this year. However, once I sat down and started listing all the things I am grateful for, the list went on and on. Here are some things that fill my heart with gratitude this year:

I continue to be amazed and inspired by the creativity and dedication of the Library & Cultural Services staff. They strive to provide excellent service and create welcoming spaces and programs for all that enhance our community’s quality of life.  Along with new programs, we secured grant funding for programs and resources to help support veterans in our community.

Grant funding is also giving us the resources to pilot new offerings for children and expand our early childhood development programming and help our youngest patrons get ready for kindergarten.

We added new programs large and small – from adult crafting nights and new book clubs to free citizenship tutoring and our first-time Comic-Con (returning in 2019!).

There’s a lot happening behind the scenes, too. We’ve worked to eliminate policies and procedures creating barriers for our patrons and implement those that encourage use of the library and our collections. As a result, our circulation has increased 40% in the past two years, while fines are down 50%, and we’ve offered more programs and services without additional costs to our taxpayers.

On the Cultural Services side, we were delighted to open our newly renovated and renamed Potocki Center for the Arts in January. This has become a hub for the fine and creative arts in the City. Our Art for All Ages class offerings have grown, and we’re planning exciting new programs. For the first time, we hosted a summer Shakespeare performance for hundreds at the Potocki Center. Our Friends of the Arts were key to making this happen, and I am so grateful for the time and energy they poured into helping us grow the arts and culture offerings in the City.

Speaking of support, our Friends of the Library and volunteer workers are stalwart supporters. This tireless group of volunteers raises significant funds each year to support our programs and collections – and ensures everything we do is a success. If you’ve been to a Writers Present program or the bookstore, you’ve seen some of our Friends at work. They inspire me every day.

I encourage you to add more art and literature to your life and connect with others. Take an art class, join a book club and give thanks!

Annual Holiday Book Sale set for Nov. 19

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The Annual Holiday Friends Book Sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, November 19.  Like-new materials for all ages will be available including holiday-themed and coffee table books, DVDs, CDs and cookbooks.  Prices range from $.50 to $5.  Stop by to stock up on holiday gifts and support the Mission Viejo Library.

Holiday Tea Luncheon benefits our library

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The third annual Friends’ Holiday Tea takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, December 9 at the Mission Viejo Country Club, 26200 Country Club Drive.  This year’s Tea, which benefits our library, features a musical presentation by Saddleback College Professor Dr. Scott Farthing.  Tickets are $80 and include a three-course lunch, entertainment, silent auction and door prizes.  

Records that tragedy leaves behind

Genealogy research

Was your ancestor a victim of a tragedy?  Sinking ships like the Lusitania or Titanic, disasters such as the 1907 San Francisco earthquake and weather events like the Children’s Blizzard can mean destruction and death.  Did those events touch your family?  Where are the records that help tell the story?   Using case studies, author Gena Philibert-Ortega will explore the events and records they left behind during the South Orange County Genealogical Society’s meeting on Saturday, November 17.

Gena is also a researcher and instructor who focuses on genealogy, social and women's history.  The presentation starts after a short business meeting at 10 a.m. and ends at noon.

The society’s free meetings take place at the LDS Church, 27976 Marguerite Parkway (at Hillcrest Drive).   For more information, contact silkberry@aol.com.

Make the most of your holidays

The library has many resources that can help help you have a wonderful holiday season.

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Want to spruce up your holidays?  Try some new recipes!  There are cookbooks for all occasions and holidays with great ideas and recipes. Don’t forget our eMagazines – consisting of 19 food magazines and 16 home-and-garden publications.

Plan on travelling?  Choose an audiobook from the more than 2,000 titles available in our library or thousands of downloadable audiobooks through OverDrive/Libby and Hoopla. 

Time to catch up on movies?  We have a vast DVD collection for checkout – entertainment and documentaries.  Movies are also available through Hoopla.

Looking for a good book to lessen your stress?  Check out new fiction from popular authors like David Baldacci, John Grisham, Dean Koontz, Elizabeth Berg, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Lee Child.  See bestseller lists here. You also can checkout eBooks for your tablets and Kindles through Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla.

Learn about Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla here.

Drop by our Adult Reference Desk with any questions. We’re always here to help!



Bikeway Survey

The City of Mission Viejo is developing a Bikeway Master Plan to improve the cycling experience in our community and encourage more people to enjoy riding their bicycles. We are currently in the process of gathering information to understand current cycling trends and preferences in the City.

As part of this effort, beginning on November 8th and running through December 7th, we are seeking resident feedback via a short, online survey. The survey will be available on our website, in our newsletter, and via our social media sites. 

The online survey is available at https://tinyurl.com/missionviejobike, and those who participate will qualify for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Mission Viejo Bikeway