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Library Newsletter April 2018

Witty Bestselling Author, Lisa Scottoline, Speaks in Mission Viejo

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline will delight fans when she presents her latest thriller “After Anna” in Mission Viejo on April 10 – the book’s publishing release date. Join Lisa at a celebratory VIP reception at 6 p.m. to commemorate this special occasion!

Lisa Scottoline is an Edgar Award recipient for the Rosato & DiNunzio series as well as her novels "One Perfect Lie,” “Most Wanted” and many others. Thirty million copies of her books are in print in the United States, and she has been published in 35 countries. Her thrillers have been optioned for television and film. “After Anna” is a groundbreaking domestic thriller and novel of emotional justice and legal intrigue.

Along with novels, Lisa also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” – a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, have been collected in a New York Times bestselling series of humorous memoirs. Lisa’s books have landed on all the major bestseller lists and are known for their emotionality and down-to-earth characters, which resonate with readers long after they have finished the books.

The Friends of the Library is hosting a VIP Meet & Greet Reception to celebrate the book’s release date with Lisa and fans over a glass of wine or sparkling cider and light appetizers. Visit to obtain VIP Meet & Greet Reception or general admission tickets, which include a hardcover copy of “After Anna”; reserved seating and priority book signing.  Invite a friend or your book club and enjoy a fun evening together.

A free seating option is also available for this 7:00 p.m. Writers Present program at the Norman Murray Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.  For a fun and enjoyable evening, join us!

Mission Viejo Library Comic-Con April 14

The Mission Viejo Library is gearing up to host its inaugural Comic-Con from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

This fun-filled day features a bevy of events along with crafts, trivia games, book talks, costume story times, food trucks and more.  The event will boast a panel of writers and animators showcasing their careers and inspirations for their work. 

Special guests include comic writing legend Marv Wolfman, best known for his run on the “Teen Titans” comic and the DC universe altering series “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”  Kim Dwinell, a graphic novelist and animator who recently released her first book “Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point,” will discuss her work and inspiration.

Other bestselling authors lined up for the day include D.J. MacHale, Neal Shusterman, Alexandra Monir and Gina Damico. They all pen genre fiction for teens and will discuss their books, inspirations and writing. 

In one of the more innovative panel talks at Comic-Con, creator Brian Haberlin will talk about new technology used with comic books. His work, “Anomaly: The Rubicon,” has many augmented reality, or AR, elements integrated in the book. Brian will demonstrate how this works and enhances the storytelling experience.

If you like animation, you’ll enjoy hearing from professionals in the animation field. Victor Cook, a TV animation director and producer, will discuss his new Netflix show “Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters” and reminisce about his work on the show “The Spectacular Spider-Man.”

Anime enthusiasts will savor screenings throughout the day in the City Council Chamber including classics like “Speed Racer” and “Fruits Basket” along with newer shows such as “URAHARA” and “Orange.” The screenings will end at 3 p.m. with the award-winning animated feature movie "Your name" by Makoto Shinkai. 

The library’s Heritage Room will be transformed into a game room with Dungeons and Dragons and card and board games for people of all ages. Local game company Cryptozoic will demonstrate games throughout the day.

Local comic book shop Nuclear Comics and bookseller Mysterious Galaxy will have scads of books to peruse and purchase in the Artist Alley in the Kershaw Garden. You can also check out and buy work from many independent publishers and local artists.

If you’re into cosplay, bring your camera for photo opportunities with folks from the local chapters of the 501st and Rebel Legion dressed in Star Wars garb. Kids will have fun making superhero-themed crafts in the children’s library.

The day will culminate with a Cosplay Masquerade in the City Council Chamber starting at 5:30 p.m. Contestants in the Masquerade will be divided into two groups – children and teen/adult.

To see the entire day’s schedule, visit

Join the Conversation!

One Book, One CommunityMark your calendar for Wednesday, April 25 when author Dan-el Padilla Peralta discusses his book “Undocumented,” this year’s selection for the “One Book, One Community” program. The presentation is from 6-7 p.m. in the Council Chamber.

“Undocumented” is the memoir of a young man who overcomes many challenges throughout his life. When his family’s temporary U.S. visa expired in 1984, Dan-el’s mother chose to stay in New York with her two sons. From homeless shelters to the Ivy League, Dan-el hid his undocumented status from almost everyone he knew until 2015, when the New York Times published a piece about Dan-el. Today, he holds a PhD from Stanford and is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University. His book explores homelessness, poverty, language, immigration, literacy, and more. Copies are available at the library. No reservation necessary. We hope to see you there!

Your April recycling supports the library

Fill your recycling cart every week and support our library!  During this month, Waste Management will donate $5 for every ton of recyclables picked up curbside in our City to the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library.  Waste Management’s donations to the Friends over the years have helped support numerous library collections and programs.  Be a friend and please recycle as much as you can during the month of April.

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

article-soccgsIf you’re fascinated by the American Civil War, head to the South Orange County California Genealogical Society’s April 21 meeting. 

Rand Boyd of Chapman University and Leatherby Libraries will give an overview of the wide variety of primary and secondary source collections on the American Civil War held by Chapman University. These resources include militaria, ephemera and books as well as many correspondence collections.  The meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon.

Rand has a bachelor’s degree in history from Chapman University and a master’s in library and information science from San Jose State University. He has been with Chapman University and Leatherby Libraries since 2007. He is also the subject liaison for Chapman’s Department of History and the Holocaust Education Program.  He belongs to the Academy of Certified Archivists, Society of California Archivists and Society of American Archivists.

Visitors are invited to this informative program, which includes refreshments.  The society meets at 27976 Marguerite Parkway at Hillcrest Drive.  Park and enter behind the LDS church.  For more information, contact

Have a blast giving back at 2018 Arts Alive Festival

If you are looking for a fun way to give back to the community, consider volunteering during the 2018 Arts Alive & Street Painting Festival.  This dynamic festival takes places from noon to 5 p.m. April 28-29 at the Oso Viejo Community Park and neighboring Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

High school students seeking community service hours and seniors who enjoy interacting with others are sought to help with various creative activities throughout the weekend. Volunteers will also help at various community booths or with event set-up and take down.  Volunteer shifts are typically 2-4 hours depending on the person’s availability.

Volunteer applications are available at this link and should be emailed to For more information, call 949-470-8470.

Purse Palooza May 5

Head to the City Hall Saddleback Room on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to pick up a new or gently used purse as part of a unique fundraiser benefiting the library.

The Purse Palooza will boast more than 300 purses of all shapes and sizes including designer bags like Coach, Prada, Michael Kors, KC Malhan and more.  The collection includes reliable purses, evening clutches, briefcases, Italian leather shoulder bags and new designer handbags with the tags on them.  Many purses will be priced as low as $2.

So, bring your friends, family and neighbors and shop 'til you drop while enjoying sparkling mimosas, coffee and light snacks.