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Newsletter July 2018

Super Summer Book Sale set for July 12

Friends Book Sale

The Friends of the Library is hosting its summer book sale on Thursday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room. A large array of materials will be available at discounted prices including children’s and coffee-table books along with CDs and DVDs.  Most of the materials will range from $.25 to $2. Cash and credit cards will be accepted for payment over $5. Stop by July 12 to stock up on your summer reading and support the Mission Viejo Library!

Writers Present famed author of ‘The Martian’ July 18

Andy Weir

Meet New York Times bestselling author Andy Weir to learn of his latest escapade on the moon with “Artemis” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 at the Norman Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way.  This $18.50 ticketed program includes the book plus two admissions.

Brimming with Andy’s trademark charm, “Artemis” is a science-fiction thrill ride set in the first inhabited city on the moon in the 2080s. This fantastic read is sure to find a home alongside “The Martian” as a new classic in the genre.
Andy worked as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel allowed him to live out his dream of writing full time. He is a lifelong space nerd and devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics and the history of manned spaceflight. 

One ticket (which includes a hard copy or trade paperback) will admit two patrons to the book discussion that is followed by a Q & A, book signing and photo opportunity. Tickets can be purchased online at https://artemisandyweir.brownpapertickets.com. Books will be signed in the order of the website purchase.  For more information, call 949-470-8488.

The Friends of the Library will host a wine bar beginning at 6:15 p.m., and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore will sell his books on site.  

Book Clubs at the Library!

Book Clubs

If you love to read and want a place to discuss ideas and meet new people, consider joining one of the library’s new adult book clubs starting in July.

Brown Bag Book Club meets on the second Friday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. in the library. During our first meeting on July 13, we’ll discuss the book “Artemis” by Andy Weir. Feel free to bring your lunch and join us for a lively, informal discussion. Upcoming sessions are listed on our program calendar at www.cmvl.org.

Monday Night Mysteries meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Friends Storytime Room. Our first meeting takes place on July 23 in the Saddleback Room. This is an informational meeting only, so there’s no book to read in advance but be prepared to introduce yourself and tell us about your favorite mystery novels. 

To register, contact us at 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org.

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July Patriotic program at the Library


Write to our veterans!
You can support our veterans by writing a letter or card of appreciation and dropping it off at the Mission Viejo Library. Through July 31, we will accept these wonderful community sentiments as part of the “Veterans Connect @ the Library” grant project from the California State Library. The collected correspondence will be mailed to the nonprofit Operation Gratitude, which will add them to care packages distributed to veterans around the country. Children are welcome to participate, too! This is an easy and heartfelt way to thank veterans for their service. Please take note of these guidelines for letters:

  • Start your letter with a salutation such as “Dear Hero” …
  • Express thanks for their service.
  • Avoid politics and religion.
  • Share a little about yourself and interests such as hobbies, pets, work, school, movies and books you enjoy, etc.
  • Children should use their FIRST NAME ONLY. Adults may use their full name and include a contact address if desired.
  • Do not include a date.
  • Do not use an envelope.

Speaking of veterans, if you bravely served our country, please visit the library’s new Veterans’ Resource Center to check out the materials and make an appointment with a CalVet representative to discuss maximizing your benefits today.  For more information, contact 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org.

Lunch and Learn with Saddleback College

Saddleback College Lunch

Did you know Saddleback Community College waives tuition for concurrently enrolled high school students and offers free and low-cost classes for older adults through its Emeritus program? Join staff from the college and Mission Viejo Library on July 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Saddleback Room at 200 Civic Center to find out how easy it is to register for a class. Saddleback offers courses in everything from photography to financial investing to horticulture. Registration for fall classes begins soon. Join us for free pizza and to learn how you can register today. For more information, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

The Ships of our Ancestors


Learn about your immigrant ancestors’ journey to America during a fascinating program on July 21.  

During the active years of Ellis Island, 83,000 ship arrivals were recorded.  Between 1880 and 1914, about two million Jewish immigrants arrived from Europe, with most passing through Ellis Island.  Until the age of flight, immigrants arrived by sea and steamships. 

This presentation focuses on the ships that carried our ancestors along with the shift from sail to steam and the governmental regulations that made ship travel safer and more civilized.  Hear about the experiences our ancestors encountered with life aboard a vessel, on Ellis Island and more. Various erroneous myths such as the inhuman conditions in steerage and name changes on Ellis Island will also be discussed.

Hal Bookbinder writes and lectures extensively on diverse genealogical topics including border changes, migration, citizenship, safe computing, locating relatives and Jewish culture and history. He has been researching his own roots for more than 30 years and has identified more than 4,000 relatives in 28 states and eight foreign countries. He traces two of his lines back to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine and other roots reach into modern Moldova, Poland, Belarus and Russia. He has served as president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and received its Lifetime Achievement Award.  The presentation begins after a short business meeting at 10 a.m. and ends at noon.

The program includes refreshments and visitors are welcome. The society meets at 27976 Marguerite Parkway (at Hillcrest Drive).  Park and enter behind the LDS church.  For more information, contact silkberry@aol.com.


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