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

We are almost ready to start our American Girl check-outs! Looking for someone to do a ‘manners’ introduction for the tea party. Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com if you would be interested.   
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Would you like to participate in the Melissa Farmers Market and More! Are you interested in getting involved but don’t have a garden or a craft or business? Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com and apply to be on the market board to help with plans and plots!

Did you ever want to come home with the librarian? You can!
June 20 at 7:30 p.m., we will meet to discuss The Forgetting, by Sharon Cameron.
It is a young adult book about a society where everyone’s memory is erased every twelve years. Teens and adults are welcome. Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com for the address. where everyone's memory is erased every 7 years. Bring your teen to share their opinion, also! Melissa Public Library has a copy, so call and put it on hold.


Are you saving enough? A college education helps give graduates an edge in today’s competitive job market. But a degree comes with a hefty price tag that continues to increase – often at twice the rate of inflation. That’s why it is so important to start saving as early as possible. Come to the Melissa City Hall Community Room on Tuesday, June 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m. and find out about projected college costs, tax-advantaged ways to save for college, basics of financial aid and ways to fill the college funding gap. This event is offered by a private company, not the City of Melissa or Melissa Public Library. RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/211822996004101/?active_tab=discussion.

Summer Stitches for ages 10 to adult4 classeswill be offered Saturdays beginning July 8-29, noon to 2:00 p.m. $20 paid weekly or $70 paid at start. Small, personal class sizes with experienced teacher/seamstress. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com to register. This is an individual business providing the instruction, not the City.


Build a Better World 2017 Summer Reading Program! 

Join with Melissa ISD, all area schools, homeschoolers, preschoolers and more to meet a summer reading challenge - read 800 minutes from June 9 to August 18 and document your minutes on your reading log. Closing awards with the Melissa ISD librarians and the Melissa Public Library.

Learn more on the Summer Reading Program Webpage.

Our special summer programming is underway now that school is out! Unless otherwise noted, all Summer events will be for all ages (lap babies to age 14ish) and held at 10:30 a.m. (Teen Activity Group will not meet during the summer on Thursdays until fall and regular Story Time will also take a break until Fall)

Check out some of the fun we have planned as we ‘Build a Better World’ this summer!  Note the days as they are not just held on Fridays 

  • Friday, June 16 - Mini-Horses to the Library! All ages visit, groom and learn. Closed-toe shoes required and a parent/caregiver present
  • Wednesday, June 21 - Patching up the emergencies – McKinney Urgent Care for Kids
  • Friday, June 23 - Build a bird feeder for our feathered friends
  • Saturday, June 24 - Meet at 9:15 a.m. outside the Melissa Public Library on the north side of the building and be part of the Celebration of Freedom Parade! Come dressed like your favorite book character or in red/white/blue and ride the big red pickup with the librarian. Permission slip required for over 10, parent needs to ride for under 10.
  • Wednesday, June 28 - Building creativity – bottle makeovers
  • Friday, June 30 - Build a better body – learn martial moves with Ginny (DMD Tae Kwan Do, McKinney), must have permission slip, available that morning
  • Wednesday, July 5 - Growing a better world – learn about companion plants with ‘Crops in a Pot’ 

Needed for summer programs: Empty baby food jars of any size (lots and lots), empty glass jars and bottles. We can stop by and do a porch pickup. Email oburr@cityofmelissa.com

Family Fun this SummerFamily History Summer Camp

Family History Summer Camp #1 - Apple Tree Trivia and Family Bingo - Games for all ages.  Come as a family and make, play and take home these two games.  Apple Tree Trivia is a fun personalized family trivia game that you play as you try to collect the most apples.  Family Bingo is designed for you to have fun while learning the names of your extended family.  One adult or responsible teen brings your kids and supervises/plays the games. Thursday, July 6, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

A new event every week onward. No cost, but donations accepted. Preregistration helps be sure you have a game reserved, but walk-ins accepted until supplies gone.

Looking for something for you or your children to do over the summer break? Volunteer at the Melissa Public Library and help shelve books, prepare for summer programs, odds and ends of jobs. Ages 8-12 come with adult or older teens. Can be used for volunteer hours for clubs, schools, organizations. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com to schedule your first hour orientation and then you come whenever you want!

Learn to Index!
“The internet was invented for family history research,” says your librarian. And the way to access all the census records, birth and death and marriage certificates, draft registrations and so much more is by the volunteer work of groups that scan in the original documents. What next? Individual ‘indexers’ take those scans and manually transcribe them electronically into the online sites. YOU can be one of those indexers. If you like details and enjoy a challenge, come learn indexing on Wednesday, July 5 at 1:00-2:00 p.m. and every Wednesday after. Great fun for teens and older. You can even do this from home!

Activities for Young Adults  

Teen Activities Group (TAG)  - Ages 8 and over 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.  **TAG will not meet during the summer but will resume regular activities and meetings in September**  Email jnehls@cityofmelissa.com for more information.

Meet Author Rachael Caine
Tuesday, July 11, 1:00 p.m. is the first Tuesday out of school and YOU want to meet a great author here at the Melissa Public Library!!! Rachel Caine comes to town! 
Her real name is Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, but she has five pen names!). Rachel is a New York Times best-selling author and is a prize-winner in urban fantasy and thrillers. You know her work – The Great Library Series (Ink and Bone is one) and The Morganville Vampire Set (most recently Midnight Bites). Grab a friend and come for free, get your books signed, find out what makes an author tick! 

Child & Babysitting Safety Classes *MARK YOUR CALENDARS*


   *NEW DAY: Saturday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. to
     2:00 p.m. (must register by June 16) - 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 - librarian@cityofmelissa.com

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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). 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

NextChapterBookClub-Logo-2Next Chapter Book Club
The 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, 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 librarian@cityofmelissa.com.  

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!

Senior Gaming Club - Fun, Fellowship, and Food!  

Senior Summer Days! On the1st Thursday each month group of 55 years and up will to meet for lunch at various restaurants over the summer - next date is July 6th so stay tuned!  Let the games begin!  Join in the fun, games, and snacks every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday from 12:00-4:00 p.m. and every 3rd Friday from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at the Melissa City Hall in the community room

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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