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What's New at YOUR Melissa Public Library? (March 2017)

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

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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!  

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!

Library Volunteers Word CloudThe Melissa Public Library is proud to be starting a new club for the 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, please visit http://nextchapterbookclub.org/.  What we are searching for now is the people that will help us lead and guide the weekly meetings. It is a wonderful service opportunity and is sure to be a rewarding experience. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please contact our program coordinator at kbarker@cityofmelissa.com.  A SHORT TRAINING SESSION WILL BEGIN SOON!


Start reading now and then ‘Come Home with the Librarian’ 
Join us Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30  p.m. when we will be reading the young adult book,  
The Trickster's Choice’ by Tamora Pierce. Here is the Amazon description – ‘Alianne is the teenage daughter of the famed Alanna, the first lady knight in Tortall. Young Aly follows in the quieter footsteps of her father, however, delighting in the art of spying. When she is captured and sold as a slave to an exiled family in the faraway Copper Islands, it is this skill that makes a difference in a world filled with political intrigue, murderous conspiracy, and warring gods.’  Email librarian@cityofmelissa for the address! We have the book at the library.

Don't Let Cancer Get Under Your Skin
Don’t let cancer get under your skin!  
Learn about skin cancer and receive a free, private cancer check. Saturday, March 25, 8:00 a.m. to noon. 
Register for a time at librarian@cityofmelissa.com or walk-in between sessions. 1 in 5 Americans will get skin cancer within their lifetime. Catch it early!


Activities for Young Adults  

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Teen Activities Group (TAG)  - All teens age 12 and over meet the 1ST AND 3RD THURSDAYS EACH MONTH, 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.   Here is what is left for March:

  • March 23 - Sylvan Learning-coding and robotics fun
  • March 30-  Bring your favorite games and friend and let’s play!

 Email pcheney@cityofmelissa.com for any questions

Child & Babysitting Safety Classes *MARK YOUR CALENDARS*

Presented with CORE CPR SOLUTIONS - Two Dates Coming up:
   *Saturday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
     (must register by March 24) - Form

   *Saturday, June 10, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

     (must register by June 2) - Form

Location: Melissa Municipal Courtroom

Bring a snack/lunch/drinks, needing no frig. The class is 4 hours, there are breaks.  There must be 5 paid registrations in by that dates noted above to hold the classes.  Cost = $50, cash or checks to “City of Melissa,” due at registration. 

Recommended ages 11-15 years. Be ready for your summer job, teens and pre-teens! 
Questions, comments? Pam Cheney, pcheney@cityofmelissa.com

Children's Programming
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Story time will run every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for lap babies to 1st grade homeschoolers.  Click on the link below for the themes and activities that we have planned through February!

Story Time Schedule

Creative Movement Kiddos
Creative Movement with Irina Cowles, from LIFT of Van Alstyne Open class for Parents and Boys/Girls with intro to basic dance,  development of fine and gross motor skills and social skills development, and lots of fun with music and play! This may be offered bi-monthly, stay tuned.  Join us monthly on the 2nd FRIDAY, 11:15-11:45 a.m. in Melissa Municipal Courtroom at Melissa City Hall (Ages 2-5).

Bilingual Music & Movement - This is an open (Spanish/English) class for Parents and Littles aged 0-6. Come get your wiggles out and expand your vocabulary with music, stories, and play! Join us monthly on 1st and 3rd Fridays, 11:15-11:45 a.m. in Melissa Municipal Courtroom at Melissa City Hall. 

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NEW! 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 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. for a parent-led playtime.  Weekly starting Monday, February 13.

Your child needs to bring ONE toy to share (will go back home afterward). Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com

Email Oksana Burr at oburr@cityofmelissa.com for more information or questions on all of our children's activities!

Special Interest Programming Hosted by The Melissa Public Library

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Schedule a 1:1 or 2:1 session with an experienced indexer weekly on Wednesdays beginning this January onward. Pick whatever time that works for you!
Learn to read original files for censuses, birth, death and marriage certificates and more and convert those to reports that are accessible through ancestry.com and familysearch.com. Do your part and enjoy learning about online records! Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com to schedule your time. 

On a related note: The Daughters of the American Revolution will be available to teach you to use that indexed data and more in 1:1 or 2:1 Personal Genealogy sessions throughout 2017.  Please email the instructor, Linda, in the subject line, at librarian@cityofmelissa.com to reserve your space. 

  • The next two dates are Tuesday, February 7 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 16 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Linda will tell you what to gather for the first meeting!

Coloring Pizzzazzz! Adult-coloring-book
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Come and enjoy a relaxing hour of color for FREE. We supply the papers, patterns, pencils and crayons. Meet some new folks and have fun!  All ages but 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Totally relaxing!

Aspiring Writers - pens and pencils ready!

  • The Melissa Library Scribbler’s  meet the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for a free writer's workshop experience.  Poetry or prose, bring in your work to share.

  • Scribblers and Scribes unite! A meeting for writers, writer wannabes, journalists, and secret diary keepers.  Come out of the closet.  Come check us out.  Bring a brief sample of your writing if you wish.  See you at the Melissa Public Library at 10:00 a.m. every 1st Saturday! Walk right in to the library!shutterstock_185909354 (1)_Melissa Scribblers_Jan2017

  • Join our new writer's critique group every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Take your writing to the next level.

Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com if you are interested in any of these groups!

MPL Makerspace Activities for 2017
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MPL Makerspace is a community-operated, "Not-For-Profit" workspace where people with common interests, (often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, even DIY processes or crafts) can meet, socialize and collaborate. 

Here are our offerings for Winter/Spring 2017:

  • hooks and needles'Hooks and Needles' - Learn to knit, crochet, cross stitch and more!  1st and 3rd Fridays at 1:00 p.m. AND 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.  COULD BE a FREE walk-in meet-up at Melissa Public Library for folks from Anna, Melissa, Van Alstyne and all other areas. We need folks willing to teach; you could just sit and help someone learn one-on-one or could pull a couple of folks to the side and start them out. It could be knitting, crocheting or cross-stitch or more. JUST COME DO SOME HANDIWORK! It is for adults or kids, homeschool or public, whomever comes. Come learn, teach or just stitch away. Yarn/hook/needle donations accepted at Melissa Public Library (even dropped in the drop box, is ok). If you know you would be willing to teach anything, let us know. Otherwise, come and enjoy!!
  • BLING!  Learn to make jewelry monthly on 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Come to the Melissa Public Library and enjoy creating your own, unique jewelry. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com for contact with the instructor. You must pay for your own supplies. Flash your own creations.

Walk-In to Wizard! 

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Schedule a session with a NICE, private IT tutor at the Melissa Public Library, maximum 2 in a class! Cost = FREE!  Value = PRICELESS! All one hour. First to schedule their time determines the subject to be taught and the time.

Tech ClassesLook through the schedule and email librarian@cityofmelissa.com with your preferred time and topic - Full flyer.  

Please choose a date & time within the following weeks:

  • March 13-17
  • March 20-14 – Set for LinkedIn 101
  • March 27-31 

Schedule as far out as you want during regular Library hours or with Sal directly.  

Senior Gaming Club - Fun, Fellowship, and Food!  

Choose from two days to meet up. Every 3rd Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. AND every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. at Melissa City Hall. See you in the community room upstairs.  Contact your librarian Lorelei Perkins at 402-490-6583 for questions. 

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.

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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!  


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