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Newsletter June 2024

All ages are invited to join Mission Viejo Library’s Summer Reading Program June 15 – July 31

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Studies show that reading for pleasure increases our vocabulary, builds compassion and empathy, and keeps our brains active, so make reading your mission this summer! Keep track of your reading, win prizes, and attend special events as part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. 

The library offers a self-guided reading program designed for every age group – from babies to adults – and an exciting lineup of events including storytimes, STEM activities, trivia nights, the return of our Minecraft Box Heads program, and so much more. 

Our raffle prizes include gift cards to Target, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and the LEGO Store. Finishers for different age groups can also pick up prizes such as bracelets and charms, fidgets, and squishy toys.

We also have some magical programs for you to attend in person. On June 15 at 4 pm, all ages are invited to join Michael Rayner for an amazing and funny juggling and comedy act. After the performance, enjoy the City's Beach Bash, Summer Social Night Market from 5 to 9 pm at the North Paseo and Civic Center.

If your children are fans of dinosaurs, join us on June 29 for Dig Dug and the Dino-Mites Puppet Show at 3 pm. 

If you’re a fan of art, don’t miss the Poetry + Art Reception on June 17 from 6-7:30 pm. See the art and the poems that inspired them in the library gallery with light refreshments.

The fun starts on June 15! For more details and registration information, visit https://cityofmissionviejo.org/departments/library/summer-reading-progr…;


Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale June 7-8

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Mark your calendar for the upcoming Summer Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Library June 7-8. This event will be held inside near the library's front entrance. 

A variety of nearly new materials suitable for all ages will be on sale including children's books, art books, cookbooks, gardening books, history books, travel guides, signed editions, Blu-rays, CDs, vinyl records, games and puzzles. Most items are priced between $.50 and $2, and both cash and credit cards will be accepted. Stop by Friday, June 9 from 1 to 4:30 pm and Saturday, June 10 from 10 am to 4 pm to stock up on summer reading materials and show your support for the Mission Viejo Library.


Teen volunteers sought for Summer Reading Program

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Have fun and earn service hours!

Mission Viejo Library seeks energetic teen volunteers ages 13-17 to help with all aspects of the Summer Reading Program. The annual Summer Reading Program is a library tradition that instills a lifelong love of learning by encouraging children to read and participate in events over the summer.

The 2024 program begins on June 15 and runs through July 31. Teens interested in welcoming families, explaining the program, enrolling participants, and awarding prizes can sign up now. 

Applications are available here and at the children’s and “ask here” desks. For more information, visit https://cityofmissionviejo.org/library/services/teen-services.


Children’s Top 3 for June

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Keep reading this summer with mall and library storytimes and Paw Readathon!

The library is returning to the mall! Start off your mall trip with a fun storytime before the stores open at The Shops at Mission Viejo. Celebrate summer reading and early childhood development with interactive songs and stories, fun books and dancing.  Perfect for age 3 and older, this storytime will take place from 9:30-10 am on Monday, June 10 in the play area on the second level near Macy's Women's.

Our summer storytime sessions on weekday mornings begin on Monday, June 17. Toddlers can enjoy storytime at 10:30 am and 11:15 am on Mondays and Thursdays. Babies get their own storytime with fun lap sit activities and songs on Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am. Preschool storytime is offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am. If mornings do not work, we have Pajama Storytime every Tuesday night at 6 pm. All storytimes take place in the Friends Storytime Room.

On Saturday, June 29 at 11 am, you can build up your child’s confidence with the help of a furry friend. Kids are invited to strengthen their read-aloud skills by reading to Fiona, a trained therapy dog. Bring a book from home or grab one from the library shelves. For age 6 and older, Paw Readathon takes place in the Friends Storytime Room. Space is limited. Email libraryprograms@cityofmissionviejo.org to sign up.


Local Author Showcase and Book Fair

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Did you know that our area is jam-packed with local authors? 

You are invited to learn more about these talented writers at Mission Viejo Library’s second Local Author Showcase and Book Fair on Sunday, June 30 from 1 to 4 pm at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way. Local authors will talk about their writing journeys, and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the authors and purchase books. 

This program is free and open to all ages. Stop by and support our local writers.

For more information, visit https://cityofmissionviejo.org/events/local-author-showcase-and-book-fa….


Get started with your summer gardening at the library

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Stop by the library and visit our new seed library. Staff can answer your non-technical questions about borrowing seeds as well as lead you to our many resources to help you learn more about gardening. Our seed library features heirloom flower, herb, and fruit and vegetable seeds, which were generously donated by Petaluma (CA) Seed Bank and the Plant Depot in San Juan Capistrano. 

There are rules and limits to borrowing seeds from the seed library, which is a free service.

  • Limit three seed packs per week (Sunday – Saturday).
  • You must record your Mission Viejo Library Card number on the sign-out sheet.
  • You must fill out seed/plant information on a single line of the sign-out sheet.

For more information, visit the “ask here” desk or email libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org.


Local history on display: US and International Summer Olympic mementos

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Pulled from our local history archives, this month’s local history display features souvenirs, mementos, and tchotchkes from the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. To see the display, visit the local history section in the southeast corner of the library.

This display of vintage Olympic memorabilia will continue until mid-June, so be sure to view it before then.



‘A Murder in Boston’s West End’ with Hal Bookbinder

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In researching his family, Hal was surprised to find a relative in the Massachusetts State Penitentiary in 1910. Archival newspapers revealed an unknown marriage, infidelity, murder, attempted suicide and divorce. His story has some intriguing twists and odd coincidences  before and after the murder in Boston’s West End.  

About the speaker: Hal is a retired information systems professional who continues to instruct at the university level. He has been actively researching his genealogy for more than three decades, identifying over 4,000 relatives and tracing two lines to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. He is past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles and of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. He and his wife, Marci, were raised in the Catskills of New York State, in the famed “Borsht Belt.” After attending New York University and a four-year stint in the US Air Force, they now live in the Los Angeles area.   

This free presentation is at 10 am on Saturday, June 15. The in-person meeting, which is open to the public, takes place at the Mission Viejo Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 27976 Marguerite Parkway. No registration is needed.

The South Orange County California Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Research Center at the Mission Viejo Library is open five days a week with docents available to help you. Visit https://soccgs.org/library-hours for current hours.