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Newsletter July 2019

Bee there or bee square – Mission Viejo Library Adult Spelling Bee July 12

Adult Spelling Bee

Test your spelling skills and register now for Mission Viejo Library’s 4th annual Adult Spelling Bee on Friday, July 12. The event takes place at 5:30 pm in the Saddleback Room at City Hall, across the courtyard from the Library at 200 Civic Center.

The competition is open to adults 18 and over, but all ages are welcome to cheer on the contestants. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place and winners of the first three Bees will be returning to defend their titles!

In addition to the Bee, there will be live entertainment and refreshments hosted by the Friends of the Library beginning at 5 pm.

To sign up, visit the “Ask Here” desk at the Library, email AdultSummerReading@cityofmissionviejo.org or call 949-830-7100 ext. 5105. Rules and a study guide will be provided at registration.  Don’t miss it!

College Essay Writing Workshop

College Test Prep

Are you a teen thinking about college? Worried about application essays? Then this workshop is for you!
Julia Savea of C2 Education will be presenting the top 10 do’s and don’ts for college essays. As a college counselor and tutoring center director, Julia brings a wealth of knowledge about the competitive admissions field, and annually works with dozens of students who have attended MIT, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, University of Washington, Georgia Tech, and more!

This event is free and will be held in the Mission Viejo Library’s Storytime Room on Saturday, July 6 at 11 am. 

50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Apollo 11 Program

Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Richard Stember on Sunday, July 14 at 2 pm in the City Hall Council Chamber in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Exactly fifty years ago Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps onto the surface of the moon – now NASA is preparing to send astronauts back by the year 2024.  What was achieved during the Apollo program? What is NASA planning now? How will it be accomplished? Where do we go from there?

Richard is a volunteer in the JPL/NASA Solar System Ambassador program designed to provide accurate and current information to the public.  As an ambassador, he receives official briefings on NASA missions and discoveries from NASA's own scientists, program managers and engineers.  He is also the founder and Executive Director of Science Heads, a non-profit which supports STEM education in local schools, and he holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the State University College of New York, Oneonta.

Register online through your PerfectMind account course #36457. Need help? Contact the “Ask Here” desk at the Mission Viejo Library by calling 949-830-7100 ext. 5105 or email libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org.  This is a fun family event for all ages!

Harry Potter Trivia

Harry Potter Trivia Program

It’s time for the Mission Viejo Library’s third annual Harry Potter Trivia event! Bring your finest witch and wizard robes and test your knowledge of the Harry Potter universe by competing against like-minded fans in this fun and family friendly program! 

The trivia programs will be held on Fridays from 5 to 7 pm on the following dates:

July 5 – All Ages (Beginner)
July 12 – Teens Only
July 19 – All Ages (Advanced)

You may register your group of no more than four players by calling the Adult Reference Desk at 949-830-7100 ext. 5105. Single players welcome!

Teen Summer Anime Club

Teen Anime Club

Teens ages 13-17 are invited to spend their summer with the Teen Summer Anime Club at the Mission Viejo Library! Each meeting will offer anime to watch and a fun activity to create!

July 2 – Anime Perler Beads
July 9 – Paper Lanterns
July 16 – Trivia and Candy Sushi
July 23 – Cardboard Cosplay

The Teen Summer Anime Club will be held in the Storytime Room from 1 to 3 pm. No registration is required for this free event! For more information, contact the Teen Services Librarian at 949-830-7100 ext. 5134.

Save the date for Friends’ Fall Holiday Luncheon

friends of mv library

This year, the Friends of the Library will be hosting a festive fall luncheon on Sunday, November 10 at the Mission Viejo Country Club.  This benefit to support the Mission Viejo Library will take the place of the December Holiday Tea; however, it will still offer the same great program that includes a multi-course meal, silent auction, door prizes, and entertainment.  Start getting your friends together now and stay tuned for more details!

South Orange County California Genealogical Society online tools to organize and collaborate with your cousins

Genealogy research

Have you taken a DNA test and are now meeting online cousins?  How do you share your family tree and stories with them?  In the past we would write letters and make phone calls, but today’s family history researchers are using many online tools as well.  Learn tips and techniques of online wikis, blogs, and collaborating tools to share your family history with your cousins, friends, and family.

Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, editor, and national genealogical speaker, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and Master’s degrees in Education and Business Management.  Kelli runs two small businesses, Geo-Centric Learning and Mess on the Desk, a genealogical organization company with an accompanying blog and YouTube Channel, and is the Central Ohio DNA Interest Group facilitator and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, International Society of Genetic Genealogists, and the Genealogical Speaker's Guild.  The presentation will begin after a brief South Orange County California Genealogical Society business meeting at 10 am and concludes at noon.

Visitors are invited to this free program on Saturday, July 20, and refreshments will be served.  The society meets at 27976 Marguerite Parkway, with parking available by entering behind the LDS 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 offering Beginning Genealogy classes each month.  Visit www.soccgs.org for more information.

Comics for the Gods!

Mythology is full of super beings that are much more than human. Stories about gods, heroes, and monsters were how ancient people explained the world around them. Naturally, they were the superheroes of the ancient world, and in imagining the ancient heroes Heracles and Thesus one can almost see them wearing capes and fighting supervillains in Metropolis!

With that in mind, there are many modern comic books which either try to re-tell the ancient myths in a more modern manner or use the ancient characters as modern-day superheroes.
Here’s a list of divine graphic novels:

Thor. The Goddess of Thunder by writer, Jason Aaron and artists, Russell Dauterman and Jorge Molina.

The Mighty Thor by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman.

Marvel Comics has been using Thor as a hero ever since Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and Larry Lieber wrote him into a comic book titled Journey Into Mystery in August 1962. Most recently, Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman have been telling Thor’s story, which includes a mysterious female Thor.

Book Cover - The Mighty Thor

Olympians by George O'Connor.

For the past few years, George O’Connor has been telling the myths of the Greek gods in comic form.  Both writing and creating the artwork, he so far has published books about Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, and many more. 

Book Cover - Olympian: Artemis

Pantheon : the True Story of the Egyptian Deities by Hamish Steele.

Hamish Steele re-tells the origin story of the Egyptian gods through his book Pantheon. It’s a humorous look at the far-out stories of how the world started, how the gods ruled, and eventually how humans became the pharaoh/gods over Ancient Egypt. With a modern eye, Steele points of the ridiculous nature of the stories.

Book Cover - Pantheon

Age of Bronze by by Eric Shanower.

One of the greatest stories in human history is Homer’s epic poem the Iliad, which award winning comic creator Eric Shanower has adapted and illustrated in the Age of Bronze series. Meticulously researched, the pictures he created for this story are wonderful and provide the reader with a vibrant sense of the ancient world.

Book Cover - A Thousand Ships
Ragnarök Walter Simonson.

Walter Simonson is a fantastic graphic storyteller who has worked in the comics medium for decades. He re-imagined Thor from the Marvel comics in the 80s. And with Ragnarök, he creates his own version of the end of the Norse gods. With fantastic artwork, Simonson takes threads of old myths to weave a wonderful new myth.
Book Cover - Ragnarok

Other mythic themed graphic stories include the manga Today's Cerberus by Ato Sakurai.

For another re-telling of the Iliad, take a look at The Iliad : a graphic novel by Gareth Hinds.


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