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Library Newsletter July 2017

Bestselling authors will delight Mission Viejo with intimate discussion about hot books du jour July 19

Save the date for July 19 when bestselling authors Michelle Gable and Laura Dave discuss and sign their new books “The Book of Summer” and “Hello, Sunshine" at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

This delightful free event includes light refreshments and a no-host wine bar at 6:30 p.m. followed a half-hour later by the author discussion and book signing.

Michelle Gable is the New York Times bestselling author of “A Paris Apartment” and has been dubbed “a bright new talent in the world of women’s fiction” for her highly literate mysteries, enticing settings and skillful transitioning between story lines. In her latest novel, “The Book of Summer,” Gable uses the faded pages of a guest book to transport readers back in time and introduce them to the inhabitants of Cliff House, a century-old summer home.  When not dreaming up fiction on the sly, Gable enjoys living with her husband, daughters and cat in Cardiff by the Sea.

Laura Dave is the author of the addictive and critically acclaimed bestseller “Eight Hundred Grapes.” In her hot book du jour “Hello, Sunshine,” Sunshine Mackenzie is a lifestyle guru for the modern age, beloved by millions who tune into her YouTube cooking show, and scour her website for recipes and wisdom in how to live a perfect life. She’s got a devoted architect husband, a reputation for sincerity and kindness, but she’s hiding who she really is. When her secret is revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. What Sunshine does in the ashes of her own destruction may just save her life. “Hello, Sunshine” is a fresh, provocative look at a woman teetering between a scrupulously assembled life and the redemptive power of revealing the truth.

These two outstanding books are featured in the Mission Viejo Library’s Adult SummerREAD program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, this author discussion will make a fun outing with friends, neighbors and book clubs alike. To RSVP, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 with your name, email and number in your party.

Writers Present: Meg Cabot

New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot will make a special appearance as part of the Library’s Writers Present Series at 6:30 p.m. August 7 at the Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way. Meg has published nearly 80 books for kids, teens and adults. She is famous for “The Princess Diaries,” which became a wildly successful movie series as well. Her latest book “Royal Crush” is a perfect summer read. Join us for this free event by calling 949-830-7100, ext. 5107. Books will be sold on site by A Whale of a Tale Children's Bookshoppe. We will have treats, activities and fun for the entire family. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Meg Cabot speak!

Calling witches & wizards of all ages

The library is hosting a series of free Harry Potter trivia programs. Brush up on your Hogwarts history and magic spells as you compete with other Hogwarts students to determine which house will earn the legendary Triwizard Cup! Will it be the noble Gryffindors, the ambitious Slytherins, knowledgeable Ravenclaws or the spirited Hufflepuffs? Only your participation will determine the winner.

The Harry Potter trivia events take place on July 7 (all ages), July 14 (teens only) and July 21 (all ages advanced). Doors open at 6 p.m. Single players or groups of up to four are welcome and costumes are encouraged. To register for this free event, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105. 

Summer Book sale July 10

The Friends of the Mission Viejo Library will hold its first summer book sale on Monday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the main hallway leading toward the children’s section.  A variety of gently used books, CDs and DVDs will be available, including a great selection of coffee-table books, children’s books, DVDs and cookbooks.  Most of the materials will range from $.50 to $2. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.  So make plans to stock up on your summer reading and support the Mission Viejo Library.

Longtime Mission Viejo Library Clerk is checking out

Patrons of the Mission Viejo Library will soon bid farewell to a familiar face.  Pragna “Peggy” Kapadia is retiring after 16 years of service as a Library Clerk and Passport Acceptance Agent.

During her tenure, Peggy has helped patrons of all ages open library accounts, check out materials and apply for U.S. Passports.  Peggy connected with patrons through the years inquiring about their children, grandchildren, health and travels and sharing parenting, travel and food tips.

Peggy has a talent for remembering names and faces. In fact, one patron who used to attend story time with her toddlers, returned to the library after a few years and was pleasantly surprised when Peggy remembered her and her children.

Many customers in the passport office renewing their passports often tell Peggy that she helped them or their children throughout the years.

Once Peggy retires, she plans to spend time with her family including her young grandchildren and travel around the country and abroad.  Although we’ll miss Peggy, we wish her the best in retirement and look forward to her visits!

South Orange County California Genealogical Society presents Colleen Greene July 15

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and HathiTrust Digital Library are two relatively new innovative resources to incorporate into your family history research. Both house and provide gateways to rich digitized collections that can be accessed online and on your mobile devices for free. DPLA’s mapping and time-focused features make it possible for people unfamiliar with an era or geographic region to better understand the types of records available for different places and times. HathiTrust’s innovative reading features make it easy to quickly locate your ancestors in its extensive collection of published family histories and historical materials.  You will walk away from this presentation with two new favorite websites for your research toolkit.

Colleen Greene, MLIS, is a librarian, genealogist, historian, web developer and educator who teaches and presents on genealogy, digital history tools and other emerging technology tools and topics. Colleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in History; Master of Library and Information Science; and certificate in genealogical research from Boston University.  She is the marketing and web systems librarian at California State University, Fullerton. Colleen is a member of several genealogical societies and was a recent presenter at the Southern California Genealogical Society’s annual Jamboree conference.

Meeting Place: 27976 Marguerite Pkwy
The LDS Church Building, Mission Viejo
Time:  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Visitors are welcome!

For more information, contact silkberry@aol.com or visit http://www.soccgs.org.

‘Bee’ there or ‘Bee’ square - 2nd Annual Mission Viejo Library Adult Spelling Bee July 14

Mark your calendar for this year’s Adult Spelling Bee on July 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Saddleback Room at 200 Civic Center, just across from the library.  Doors open at 5 p.m.

A brass quintet will entertain folks before and after the event, and guests will be treated to a reception in the Kershaw Garden following the spelling bee.

If you’d like to participate, sign up at the Adult Reference Desk or call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.  Sharpen your spelling skills and bring family, friends and neighbors to cheer you on or simply enjoy the competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top three spellers.

For more information, visit http://cityofmissionviejo.org/departments/library/adult-summerread-2017.  

The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017

If you are seeking an out-of-this-world experience, join NASA Solar System Ambassador Richard Stember's fascinating discussion about this summer's total solar eclipse.

During his presentation on July 23, Richard will discuss the August 21 eclipse, providing information about how one occurs, how to safely view the sun during an eclipse, what locations are best for experiencing the August eclipse and what can happen during an eclipse.

After the presentation, guests of all ages will have the chance to safely view the sun from the Kershaw Garden and witness its dynamic nature through the solar telescopes installed in the Science Heads mobile astronomical observatory – Explorer 1.  Science Heads is a local nonprofit organization that promotes STEM education in the local schools.

This exciting presentation starts at 2 p.m. in the City Hall Saddleback Room at 200 Civic Center.

Register for this free event in-person at the “Ask Here” desk, by phone at 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or via email at libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org.