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What's New at YOUR Melissa Public Library? (January/February 2018)

Thank you for coming to the Melissa Public Library web page to find news and events for our great library!   

There are many ways to receive this news, choose the one(s) best suited for YOU!  If you sign up for the following news sites, you will receive the most up-to-date and earliest news!

Please confirm events listed on this site with the more current updates from the above sources. Some long-range plans may change.  Any questions or suggestions about the news should be directed to your librarian at librarian@cityofmelissa.com.  

Special Word from YOUR Librarian Mrs. Perkins!  

Do you have bunch of fun stuff or an interesting collection you would like to share? We are looking to put your treasures on display in the locked cabinet in the library for two months sometime in 2018. Show off your favorite stuff! lperkins@cityofmelissa.com

The John F. Greer Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was organized on December 9, 2006. It is named for Judge John F. Greer, one of the pioneer citizens of Anna and its first mayor. If you’re interested in membership, please contact Regent Linda Dillard at 214-675-0191 or Registrar Linda Sullivan at 972-658-2366. Monthly open meetings are held most third Saturdays and soon-to-come will be free, small-sized genealogy classes.  NEXT MEETING: Saturday, January 20; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Courtroom.

Come home with the librarian book club!
Come Home with Librarian Book ClubJoin us on Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. - This month’s book is ‘The Chosen’ by Chaim Potok. Considered a classic, this story of friendship, family and culture is excellent. Your librarian considers it one of the best books she read all year. Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com for the address!  

Plan ahead - You can put these books below on hold and have them ready to read at your leisure for future club gatherings! 

  • In February, we are reading ‘The Wednesday Letters’ by Jason F. Wright, a smooshy romantic tale.
  • In March, we will read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ by Mary Ann Shaffer. 

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Would you like to participate in the Melissa Farmers Market and More in 2018? 
Are you interested in getting involved but don’t have a garden or a craft or business? Contact Lorelei Perkins at librarian@cityofmelissa.com and apply to be on the market board to help with plans and plots for our 2018 season! 

Keep the spirit of giving going into the new year!  
  • Give Blood and Save a Life! Saturday, January 27; In front of the City of Melissa Hall, 9:00 a.m. to noon - Carter Blood Drive with the Melissa Public Library. Mav fans bleed blue! Give life to your community and receive an exclusive Dallas Maverick T-shirt and a BOGO ticket voucher. Sign-up at: https://tinyurl.com/ybebo7v5
  • Feed the Need Donation Box in the Library! Melissa and Anna is cooperatively collecting food for students who are home on holidays and school breaks. Make sure no child misses lunch during breaks by helping out. Most needed items include: sandwich Ziploc bags, paper lunch bags, bags of chips, fruit cups, granola bars, applesauce, peanut butter, jelly. If you would like to volunteer to make or deliver lunches or have questions, email feedtheneedmelissa@gmail.com
  • Winter Coat & Clothing Drive_2016Community Coat and Outerwear Drive! Brrrrrrrr! Folks need your help to stay warm, so please bring your donations to the library for the Melissa Community Outreach’s annual drive. The good folks at MCO will be giving out the following items to those in need in our community: coats of all size (adult and child and infant), jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, outerwear sweatshirts or sweaters, hoodies. New or clean, gently used donations are welcome. You can bring them by during our regular hours. We will be accepting donations until February 28th Thanks so much!

Activities for Young Adults  

The Melissa Public Library has expanded its activities and programs targeted to young adults through our Teen Activities Group or TAG as it is also known. TAG offers weekly meetings and activities intended for ages 8 to 18.  Beginning in February 2018 we have also added a new monthly program - STEAM Saturdays!

Teen Activities Group (TAG)
 - Ages 8 -18 meet EACH THURSDAY, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. 
If you are interested in a service project, leadership opportunities and some teen fun, stop in and bring a friend. Email jnehls@cityofmelissa.com for more information.

steam fun at librarySTEAM Saturdays! Starting in February 2018 the Melissa Public Library will offer monthly STEAM programs targeted to tweens and teens, ages 8-18. STEAM is an educational approach to learning that focuses on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. 

For a list of all the fun TAG activities planned for the Winter/Spring, visit our Young Adult Programming webpage.

Babysitting & Child Care Class 


Sign up NOW for the Child & Babysitting Safety Class DATE: Saturday, January 20
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
WHERE: City of Melissa Community Room. 

Must be registered by Tuesday, January 16 and there must be 5 students. Cost = $50. 
Recommended ages 11-15 years. Learn CPR, first aid, and more! This is a private company supplying the class instruction. 

Questions? Email 
librarian@cityofmelissa.com or stop by the library.

We will also be holding another class on March 17 and June 16, so plan ahead if you cannot make this one!

Activities for ChildrenChildrens Story Time Generic Logo
Story time and Children’s’ Activities listed below are targeted to Lap babies to 1st grade homeschoolers unless otherwise noted. 

Weekly Story Time 
Please join us weekly on Fridays, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the Melissa Public Library for reading and so much more! 
Themes for the Winter/Spring are now posted online

Playgroup_Feb 2017Littles Meet-Up for Play 
Toddlers and pre-schoolers from Anna, Melissa and anywhere come meetup in the Childrens' Section at the Melissa Public Library Mondays from 9:15 -10:15 a.m. for a parent-led playtime.  Your child needs to bring ONE toy to share (will go back home afterward). Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com

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Creative Music and Movement with Irina Cowles
Open class for Parents and Boys/Girls ages 2-5 with intro to basic dance, development of fine and gross motor skills and social skills development, and lots of fun with music and play! Join us monthly on the 2nd Friday, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. in Melissa Municipal Courtroom at Melissa City Hall (Ages 2-5)

Bilingual Music & Movement with Lola
Open (Spanish/English) Class for Parents and Littles.
Come get your wiggles out and expand your vocabulary with music, stories, and play! Join us monthly on the 3rd Friday, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. in Melissa Municipal Courtroom at Melissa City Hall (Ages 0-6)

Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com for more information or questions on all of our children's activities!

Special Interest Programming Hosted by The Melissa Public Library

NextChapterBookClub-Logo-2Next Chapter Book Club
The Melissa Public Library is proud to offer this club for our community members called the Next Chapter Book Club. It is a national program that is geared towards individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is not a teaching program, but rather a fun way to socialize and read some great stories! For more information, visit http://nextchapterbookclub.org/If you or a family member or friend could benefit from a weekly social club, stop by every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. and see if it is a good fit for you to meet some new friends. C
ontact us at jnehls@cityofmelissa.com.  

Senior Gaming Club - Fun, Fellowship, and Food! 


Let the games begin!  Join in the fun, games, and snacks every Thursday (except the 1st) and every Friday from 12:00--3:00 p.m. at the Melissa City Hall in the community room. All ages welcome!

Are there any other benefits to a Melissa Library card, besides books and movies?  

Yes, there are many! 
With your card, you also can log on to the TexShare databases, which contains EBSCO searches, HeritageQuest online and almost $35,000 worth of excellent research and information for adults and children. 

Library Patrons – Available Free in the Library and from Home!!!! Stop by the library for your free log-in and password when you get your free library card!!  Learning Express Library Job & Career Accelerator.  LearningExpress Library™ is a unique, interactive online learning platform that provides patrons with the most comprehensive selection of career-oriented and academic resources available—to help with job preparation, career advancement, career changes, and re-entry into the workforce.

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  • Access over 800 online practice tests and interactive skill building tutorials to help launch or advance their careers.
  • Prepare for professional certification, licensing, and aptitude tests in civil service, law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, military, real estate, and healthcare, among others.
  • Prepare for college and graduate school admissions tests including the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and MCAT.
  • Successfully prepare for the GED® exam when working toward a high school diploma.
  • Dramatically improve or refresh basic skills in reading, writing, and math.

Job & Career Accelerator

  • Comprehensive career information: A fully integrated interest assessment, career exploration, and job search platform helps job seekers explore careers that match their interests and expectations and build a personalized occupation knowledge base.
  • Powerful resume creation: The industry’s most powerful Resume Builder, packed with more than 120 model resumes, 750 action words, and nearly 25,000 keywords by specific job classification.
  • Occupational exploration: Over 1,000 Occupation Profiles allow job seekers to explore and compare occupations in detail including up to date wage and salary data, expected growth, key responsibilities, education requirements, and more.
  • Real-time job & internship opportunities: An integrated database of over 5 million up-to-date job and internship opportunities, aggregated from leading job boards, classified ads, and other websites allows job seekers to search job openings based on interests and locations.

Just a reminder, the library staff at Melissa Public Library can proctor exams for patrons! 
YOU must arrange in advance with your testing institution (state agencies or schools) to authorize the library staff to administer the test.  You must schedule in advance with the librarian a convenient time to administer the test.  Your librarian has a Master’s in Education and a teaching certificate, which is recognized by almost all schools and colleges and testing sites.  There is no charge for this service.

Archivist Pictures

Melissa History Digitalized!
Take a peek at the digitalized photos and audio files preserved from the Melissa Public Library in the Northeast Texas Digital Collections on the Texas A&M University web site. These contain a fascinating collection of significance to our community, including photos from the 1921 tornado, men and women serving in WW II and the 1982 Melissa School Centennial. 


Help for Stuttering is as Close as Your Library 
Melissa Public Library is stepping up to help the Stuttering Foundation reach those who stutter, their families, teachers, coworkers, and employers.  Those who stutter include Marc Anthony, Emily Blunt, Tim Gunn, Samuel L. Jackson, Jane Seymour, James Earl Jones, B.B. King, Bo Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, Tiger Woods and Prince Albert of Monaco.  

Thanks to donors, the 67-year-old nonprofit Stuttering Foundation offered books and DVDs free to the Melissa Public Library. The items include: Advice to Those Who Stutter, Self-Therapy for the Stutterer, Stuttering and Your Child, Do You Stutter: A Guide for Teensand DVDs Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Parents, Straight Talk for Teachers, Straight Talk for Teens, If You Stutter: Advice for Adults, and Therapy in Action: The School-Age Child Who Stutters. 

facebook iconFriends of Melissa Public Library
All you Facebook Fans out there....The Friends of Melissa Public Library now have their own Facebook FanPage!  Visit 
Friends of the Melissa Public Library, Inc. for another independent way to stay aware of library news from the Friends group.  Be sure to 'like' them, because the Friends 'like' the library and YOU!   

Give a gift to the library when you order from Amazon! 
Go to https://smile.amazon.com and sign in with your Amazon account or set up a new account. You are given a choice of organizations to have credit listed from your purchases. (This can be changed at any time.) Please select ‘Friends of Melissa Public Library’. When you purchase any items through Amazon, they will provide a percentage donation to the Friends! Thank you so much!

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