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Library Newsletter March 2017

One of today’s most popular writers to appear in Mission Viejo March 21

author-debbie-macomberDebbie Macomber, a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print, will appear in Mission Viejo on Tuesday, March 21.

Debbie will discuss her latest book – “If Not for You” – at 6:30 p.m. during the City’s popular Writer’s Present program at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

In her novels, Debbie brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Her novels have spent more than 990 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Twelve of these novels hit the number-one spot. Four of them have become made-for-TV movies.

bookcover-if-not-for-youBefore her presentation, Debbie will take part in a special “VIP Garden Tea” reception at 5 p.m. Cost for the reception is $35 per person and includes an autographed first edition of “If Not for You” along with tea, finger sandwiches, pastry and fruit as well as priority seating for the 6:30 p.m. Writers Present presentation. Tickets are limited for the reception.

General admission is $31 and includes admission for two; a copy of the book and book signing with Debbie. General admission tickets and VIP tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2885811.  Select 5 p.m. on the drop-down menu for VIP tickets and 6:30 p.m. on the drop-down menu for general admission tickets.

This dynamic event is sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore. For more information, contact 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org.

Bestselling thriller author to appear in Mission Viejo March 14

Author - Chevy StevensChevy Stevens, a New York Times bestselling author of thriller novels, will appear in the City’s Writers Present program on Tuesday, March 14.

Chevy will discuss her latest novel “NEVER LET YOU GO” at 7 p.m. in the Jacaranda Room at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

Book Cover - Never Let You GoChevy’s 2010 breakout bestseller “Still Missing” was at the forefront of the trend toward psychological thrillers featuring heroines at the helm, long before Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl.”  Since then, both the genre and Chevy’s writing have come a long way. It was her job as a realtor that inspired the pivotal abduction scene in “Still Missing.”  For “NEVER LET YOU GO,” which will be released on the date of her Mission Viejo appearance, Chevy went deeper, using her father’s struggles with substance abuse and depression to bring her main character’s alcoholic husband to life.

In “NEVER LET YOU GO,” Chevy not only explores the many different forms abuse can take but also how it can evolve – and eventually – be overcome. The Library Journal says this popular writer “always elicits oohs from thriller fanatics,” and she is expected to delight audience members in Mission Viejo with her charisma.

This free Writers Present program is sponsored by Friends of the Mission Viejo Library and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore. Chevy’s books will be sold on site.

To reserve a seat, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or email libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org.

We want your photos for our Local History Collection

event-scanning-day-haydenThe first families moved to Mission Viejo only 50 years ago, but already hundreds of thousands of people have lived, raised families and grown up in our community. Along the way, millions of photos have been snapped of events or places that have captured the essence of this great city.  It is your photos we are seeking – before they are damaged or thrown away!

article-mv-history-speelmanWith our local history digital collection, we have scanned and made available online more than 400 images highlighting our community's past and want to expand and grow our collection by inviting you to share your pictures. We will host two scanning days, where you can bring up to 20 photographs, slides, negatives or documents pertaining to life in Mission Viejo, which we'll scan and possibly add to our online archive. Once scanned, each original photo will be placed in an archival-safe protector and returned to you along with a digital copy of each image on a USB drive.

On Saturday, March 4, the program will be held inside the library’s Heritage Room from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schedule your time slot by contacting 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org.  On Saturday, April 15, by appointment we’ll scan photos from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. at the Melinda Park-located Heritage House at 28951 Melinda Road.  

These free programs and materials are possible thanks to funding from a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered through the California State Library.

History of the Santa Ana Mountains – you’d be surprised!

bookcover-santa-ana-mountains-historyDid you know the Santa Ana Mountains were traversed by legendary lawman Wyatt Earp? Well, we’re guessing there are many more interesting facts about these majestic mountains that you’ll be amazed to learn from author Patrick Mitchell at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. He penned “Santa Ana Mountains, History, Habitat and Hikes: On the Slopes of Old Saddleback and Beyond.”

The Santa Ana Mountains cover one thousand square miles and much of the Cleveland National Forest in Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties. Unlike other designated wild lands close to huge population centers, the rugged Santa Anas remain largely primordial.  Dominated by Old Saddleback and its twin peaks of Modjeska and Santiago, this beautiful range, visible from much of the Los Angeles Basin, remains the last intact coastal ecosystem in Southern California.  Home to Native Americans, Spanish missionaries, vaqueros, sheep barons, bandits and suburban developers, the Santa Anas were traversed by mountain man Jedediah Smith, explorer John C. Fremont and other historic figures.

Patrick Mitchell is also the author of “Santa Ana River Guide: From Crest to Coast.”  He was the director of natural history and agricultural programs for the Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana and also has experience working as a ranch manager; resort landscapes director; park naturalist; herb farmer; environmental activist; and field ecologist.

This free program is open to the public and takes place in the City Hall Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center Drive. To reserve your seat, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.

South Orange County Genealogical Society

article-colleen-fitzpatrick“What is forensic genealogy?”

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is an internationally recognized forensic genealogist and the founder of Identifinders International.  She has been involved in high-profile forensic cases, including the identification of the “Unknown Child” on the Titanic and the Amelia Earhart project. She is also now the forensic genealogist on the Abraham Lincoln DNA Project.  Don’t miss this riveting free presentation as Colleen discusses how DNA is used to solve missing persons and criminal cases. The program is from 10 a.m. to noon March 18 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 27976 Marguerite Parkway.  For more information, contact silkberry@aol.com.

Spring recycling program benefits our library

article-waste-management-recyclingMarch is the perfect time to prepare for Waste’s Management’s annual recycling drive in April.  During that month, Waste Management tracks the number of recyclables picked up curbside in Mission Viejo and then donates $5 for every ton collected to the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library. Waste Management’s annual donation from the April recycling drive helps support an array of library programs and services.

So, get a jumpstart on your spring cleaning by weeding out old magazines, obsolete files and jars of food to fill up your recycling carts every week in April!

Our Friends support the Writers Present Series

article-writers-presents-winklerDid you know the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library is a major sponsor of the Writers Present series?  This program regularly brings a wide variety of popular and bestselling authors to Mission Viejo to discuss their latest books.  This is a fantastic series that has featured big names like Dean Koontz, Rick Riordan, Jeff Kinney, Cassandra Clare, Henry Winkler, Cloris Leachman, Sophie Kinsella, Brad Meltzer and many others.

We have a great schedule lined up for the next few months starting with Chevy Stevens on March 14. She will be followed by beloved romance writer Debbie Macomber on March 21; famed television journalist Lesley Stahl on April 21; and children’s writer Lemony Snicket and his wife Lisa Brown on May 3.  Check the events page of the library’s website for the latest information about this series and details about each presentation.