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What's New at YOUR Melissa Public Library? (March 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!  

Would you like to observe a Melissa Public Library Board Meeting? This is not the same as our Friends group, these are the movers and shakers for policy and planning in the library. Stop by our next meeting on Thursday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. in the Melissa City Hall Community Room. Get there early and sign up to make citizen comments. Watch the webpage for confirmation and meeting agenda to be posted on the calendar.

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 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) meets monthly (3rd Saturdays) in the Melissa courtroom from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. Contact Regent Linda Dillard at 214-675-0191 or Registrar Linda Sullivan at 972-658-2366. Next meeting is Saturday, March 17. Come and see what it is about!

Did you know that Genealogy is now the number one hobby in America? DAR is now offering two free genealogy exploration classes each month andalthough walk-ins are welcome, it is best to register to guarantee ready hand-outs. Email marilynmatteii@att.net or librarian@cityofmelissa.com.

  • 1st Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - next on March 6
  • 3rd Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  - next on March 15

Melissa Farmers Market & More Update
Farmers Market and More Button with Market Man_May 2017After much thought and consideration, the City of Melissa has decided that the Melissa Farmers Market & More will take a hiatus for the 2018 season. This move is intended to allow us to reassess the interest level and desired makeup of the Market to hopefully build upon for the future. To best do this, we need your input, so in the coming weeks we will be posting a short survey. The input we receive from you (citizens, vendors and potential vendors) will substantially help us determine our future course, so PLEASE keep an eye out for the survey and take a moment tell us what you think! If you have questions about this decision, please contact Lorelei Perkins at lperkins@cityofmelissa.com

Come home with the librarian book club!
Come Home with Librarian Book ClubJoin us on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. - This month’s book is ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’  by Mary Ann Shaffer. It is flashback/historical fiction set mainly during World War II on Guernsey Island. This is not a new book, but has lots of fans, including your librarian Mrs. Perkins! She said she had to read it with a notebook to keep the characters straight, but it was excellent in her view and is glad it was suggested! Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com for the address!  

Keep the spirit of giving going into the new year!  

Feed the Need Donation Box in the Library!
Make sure no child in Melissa or Anna misses lunch during holidays and school breaks by helping ‘feed the need’. 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

Community Coat and Outerwear Drive has been extended! 

Winter Coat & Clothing Drive_2016Folks 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 now be accepting donations through the end of March. Thanks so much!

Spring Break at YOUR Melissa Public Library

SPRING BREAK AT THE LIBRARYSpecial Saturday Seuss-arama!
Join us on Saturday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Melissa Public Library celebrates Read Across America with plenty of stations to listen to stories and fun crafts for all ages to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. If you'd like to volunteer to read a story at one of the stations, please contact lchaney@cityofmelissa.com.

Spring Break activities for all ages!  All times are 10:30 a.m. unless stated below:

  • March 5 Family Coloring Day – Stop by and use our pens and books to relax while making art. Grab your granny and come color!
  • March 7 Perot Tech Truck. The Perot Museum will be sending out their Tech Truck! The Tech Truck will allow for hands-on, maker-based science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) experiences! For ages 8 and up.
  • March 9 - Author Brent Vernon and his Puppet Sam visit the Library! All ages.
  • March 12 - Family Coloring Day! Stop by and use our pens and books to relax while making art. Grab your baby sis and relax.
  • March 14 - Lego Free Build! Come create with your friends in the library. Legos provided free.
  • March 16 - St. Patrick’s Day Family Storytime! Learn about the holiday and maybe some leprechauns too.

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, including STEAM Saturdays, visit our Young Adult Programming webpageFlyer for March TAG Events

Babysitting & Child Care Class 


Sign up NOW for the Child & Babysitting Safety Class DATE: Saturday, March 17
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
WHERE: City of Melissa Community Room. 

Must be registered by Tuesday, March 13 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. 

Registration Forms

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

We will also be holding another class on 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

2018 Egg HuntMark your calendars for a special Story time as we host our second annual Easter Eggstravaganza! March 23rd.

Bring your Easter basket and your camera for the Annual Egg hunt and photo op with the Easter Bunny! Babies to homeschoolers invited. We need volunteers of all ages to help! Email lchaney@cityofmelissa.com for info!

Littles 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). Again, this is not a formal library programbut an open-playtime and no structured activities are scheduled. Just come in and visit! Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com

music and movement
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) from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Melissa City Hall in the community room (we will no longer meet on Fridays). 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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