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2013-20142013-14BudgetStoryCityofMelissatexas7MelissaPUBliCliBRaRyagloBalreaChWIthaloCaltouChEightyearsagomyhusbandandIwerefirsttimeparentsinacommunity.AtthattimetheMelissaPublicLibrarywashousedinasmallredbrickbuildinginthecenteroftown.Thespacewaspackedwithbooksfromfloortoceiling.Ms.Janthelibrariansharedinformationaboutthetownandencouragedustobringoursontostorytime.IwaspleasedtofindthattheCityofMelissawasacommunitythatvaluedhavingacitylibrary.SincethattimethePublicLibraryhasgrowninbuildingbookstechnologyandprogrammingforchil-drenteenagersandadults.Mrs.LoreleiPerkinsstorytimeswereaweeklyeventinourchildrenslivesduringtheirpreschoolyears.Someofmychildrensmostlovedstorytimeactivitieswerethetractorhayrideplantingseedsholdingchickensseeingcityartifactsandlearningaboutraptorsupcloseandpersonal.Asourchildrenhavegrownthelibraryhascontinuedtomeettheirneedsthroughthesummerreadingprogramphotographycontestandspecialeventslikemovienights.Ourfamilyhasbeenpleasedwiththeselectionofbookschildrenandadultprogramsandthegenuinelevelofservicetoothersthatourcitylibraryoffers.-FromtheBrownFamilyTheMelissaPublicLibraryservesasacenterforactivitiesinMelissaandthesurroundingcommunities.Melissaisproudofitsoutstandinglibrarywhichstartedwithhumblebeginningsin1994ata900squarefootbuildingandhasgrowntoamodern3500squarefootlibraryintheCityHallbuilding.tmissinfCifmissPbiclibistofosterlife-longlearningthroughdiversemediaandservicesthatenrichandsatisfytheneedsofthecommunity.ThankyoutoallthosewhohaveplayedapartinthedevelopmentandcontinuedgrowthoftheMelissaPublicLibraryoverthepast20years.15095Bklbrrhm1883DVD282audBkthnkhtckrGrnrupdngurpubccmpurnTheMelissaPublicLibraryisnotjustagreatlibraryitsamonthlymovietheaterweeklybookclubgamingcenterandsomuchmore.Peoplecomefrommanysurroundingcommunitiestoenjoywhatourwonder-fullibraryhastooffer.-NiccoWarrenKppwiibKpupwhhbrrbcnnnghQRcdrvwww.cm.cmndcckhMPubclbrrbunundrhinrmnCnrb.