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Summer Reading Program 2022

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Welcome to your Summer Reading Program Headquarters! We encourage everyone to read for fun and earn incentives. The library offers self-directed reading programs designed for all ages running between June 15 - July 31. 
 
Select your age group to register and get started:

Events

Mark your calendars for these fun, free summer events! All events take place at the library unless otherwise indicated. 

Children's Programs

Toddler Storytime
Ages 18 - 35 months
Bring your blankets and beach chairs for early literacy on the lawn. Join us for songs and stories in The Kershaw Garden, located just outside the library.
Mon / June 20 – July 25 / 10:30 - 11 am 
Mon / June 20 – July 25 / 11:15 - 11:45 am

storytime

Virtual Pajama Storytime
Ages 3 – 6
Cozy up in your PJs for evening stories and songs. Email LibraryPrograms@cityofmissionviejo.org to receive your Zoom invitation.
Tue / June 21 – July 26 / 6 pm 

pajama storytime

Preschool Storytime
Ages 3 - 6
Bring your blankets and beach chairs for early literacy on the lawn. Join us for songs and stories in The Kershaw Garden, located just outside the library. 
Wed / June 22 – July 27 / 10:30 - 11 am 
Wed / June 22 – July 27 / 11:15 - 11:45 am 

storytime outside on grass

Sensory Storytime
Ages 3 & up
An interactive and inclusive storytime geared towards children with special needs. Registration required. Email LibraryPrograms@cityofmissionviejo.org to register.
Sat / June 11 / 10:30 -11:30 am 
Sat / July 9 / 10:30 - 11:30 am 
Sat / Aug. 13 / 10:30 – 11:30 am 

sensory storytime

Wild About Animals
Ages 3 & up
Learn about incredible animals from all over the globe in this exciting program presented by Doodlebugs Animal Adventures in The Kershaw Garden, located just outside the library.
Thu / June 23 / 5:30 – 6:30 pm 

chinchilla

DIY Minecraft Box Heads
Ages 3 & up
Drop by the library’s Storytime Room and turn a cardboard box into your very own Minecraft character! Supplies are provided.
Thu / June 16 / 3:30 – 6:30 pm 

minecraft heads

Family Fort Night
Ages 3 & up
Bring blankets, pillows, and other fort-making equipment and enjoy reading with your family in your fort! Light refreshments will be provided.
Fri / June 24 / 5:30 – 7:30 pm 
Fri / July 22 / 5:30 – 7:30 pm 

pillow forts

Drum Circle 
Ages 3 & up
Feel the rhythm of the drums and enrich your world.  Participate in an interactive drum circle led by musician Chazz Ross in The Kershaw Garden, located just outside the library.
Thu / July 7 / 5:30 – 6:15 pm

hand drum

Summer STEM
Ages 5 & up
Test out your scientific knowledge with an afternoon full of STEM experiments. The fun takes place outdoors in The Kershaw Garden, just outside the library.
Sat / June 25 / 2 – 4 pm 
Sat / July 9 / 2 – 4 pm 
Sat / July 23 / 2 – 4 pm 

child looking through magnifying glass

Adult Programs

Let’s Go Digital!
Learn about the library’s online resources, including ebooks, audiobooks, and job searching tools. Bring your mobile device and your curiosity. 
Tue / June 14 / 10:30 am – 12 pm
Tue / July 12 / 10:30 am – 12 pm
Tue / Aug. 9 / 10:30 am – 12 pm

digital

Word.L(ibrary)
Play the library’s version of the popular online word game.
Sign up in teams of 3 or less at libraryprograms@cityofmissionviejo.org or call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.
Fri / June 24 / 6 pm / Mission Viejo Council Chamber
 

wordle game

Writers Present: Abbi Waxman and Lauren Kate in Conversation
Join bestselling authors Abbi Waxman and Lauren Kate as they discuss their new books. Register at: TBD (Eventbrite).
Sat / June 25 / 2 – 3 pm / Mission Viejo City Council Chamber

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Virtual Brown Bag Book Club 
Ages 18 & up 
Email LibraryPrograms@cityofmissionviejo.org for more information. Held via Zoom. 
Fri / June 10 / 12 – 1 pm 
Fri / July 8 / 12 – 1 pm 
Fri / Aug. 12 / 12 – 1 pm  

people meeting online

Virtual Thursday Night Thrillers Book Club
Ages 18 & up
Email LibraryPrograms@cityofmissionviejo.org for more information. Held via Zoom.
Th / June 16 / 7 - 8 pm  
Th / July 21 / 7 - 8 pm 
Th / Aug. 18 / 7 - 8 pm

magnifying glass

All Ages

Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale
The Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale will have thousands of books available for purchase, starting at 10 cents! New items available each day!
Fri / July 8 / 1 – 4:30 pm 
Sat / July 9 / 10 am – 4 pm

books on a table

Harry Potter Trivia
Test your knowledge of the Wizarding World! Costumes encouraged! Register by emailing LibraryPrograms@cityofmissionviejo.org.
Fri / July 8 / 6 – 7:30 pm / Norman P. Murray Community Center

steam train

Tale Trail Summer Celebration
Bring a beach chair and a blanket and enjoy lawn activities and interactive stories along the Tale Trail.
Fri / July 1 / 5:30 – 7 pm / Norman P. Murray Community Center - Village Green

kids on the trail

BioBlitz  
Be a biodiversity explorer! Join this outdoor activity to collect information about local plants using your smartphone. Programs will take place at the Norman P. Murray Center. Email LibraryPrograms@cityofmissionviejo.org for details.  
Wed / July 6 / 5:30 pm / Norman P. Murray Community Center
Wed / July 13 / 5:30 pm / Norman P. Murray Community Center
Wed / July 20 / 5:30 pm / Norman P. Murray Community Center
 

bio blitz

Escape Room
Solve puzzles and escape before time runs out! Email LibraryPrograms@cityofmissionviejo.org for details and to register.
Sat / July 16 / 10 am - 4 pm 
Sat / July 23 / 10 am - 4 pm 

key

NASA’s Webb Space Telescope First Images Revealed

Join the Mission Viejo Library and our local NASA Solar System Ambassadors from Science Heads for a presentation on the first images gathered by the James Webb Space Telescope.

All ages are invited to attend. Presentation does include high school level science concepts.

Sat / July 23 / 6 - 8 pm / Council Chamber

space

Film Screening: My Garden of 1,000 Bees
A COVID project turned documentary about filming bees in a tiny urban garden.
Email LibraryPrograms@cityofmissionviejo.org for details.  
Th / July 21 / 5:30 pm / Mission Viejo City Council Chamber

bee on a flower

Marvel Cinematic Universe Trivia  
Are you up to the challenge of answering trivia from 28 Marvel films? Excelsior! Register at LibraryPrograms@cityofmissionviejo.org.
Fri / July 29 / 6 – 7:30 pm 

family dressed as superheroes