logo banner top banner right
menu left menu right
inside left header
inside left buttom
inside right header
HomeDEPARTMENTSLibraryWhat's New? > Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program 2016 USL-2016-Summer-Reading-All-Ages-Poster

Over 450 kids signed up to ‘Get Ready, Set, READ!’ with the Melissa Library Summer Reading Program.  The challenge ended August 13 and our super star readers were honored at an End of Summer Recognition Event on August 27 - Check out the photos on our Flickr Page! 

Summer reading programs encourage children to keep reading during summer vacation. Preventing the ‘summer slide’ continues to be a main concern for children and your Melissa Public Library provides free educational and cultural activities and programs to all Texas citizens, especially to our communities of Anna and Melissa. 

The benefits of summer reading programming for children: 

  • Motivates children to read.
  • Helps develop positive attitudes about reading, books and using the library.
  • Maintains reading skills over the summer vacation.
  • Provides access to experiences that further discovery.
  • Allows for cooperative play and learning.
  • Points children to careers and opportunities in the future. 

To accomplish this, the Melissa Public Library, the Friends of the Melissa Public Library and generous community and business friends helped sponsor the
following summer events: 

  • Motivational speaker and Olympian Johnny Quinn showed the pathway to success with examples from his life and his continued aspirations.
  • Activity and exercise sessions, field day and Olympic Day got kids up and moving.
  • Entertainment meet-ups centered around anime’, legos, and more!
  • Bike Safety Day and Nutrition Morning made a difference in our health and safety.
  • Participating in the Melissa Celebration of Freedom parade!
  • Super Fun Movies for families and teens were enjoyed over the summer.
  • Ms. Kaitlin used a Dollar General Grant and created Camp Rise-N-Read to focus two students individually on their reading strengths and to help them move forward with specific plans to keep on reading.
  • Fun visits from the mini-horses and seeing a dairy cow being milked were amazing to kids.
  • Mr. Will, an amazing reader and singer kept the enthusiasm bouncing!!
  • Sponsored by the Tocker Foundation, the TAME Traiblazer Truck from Texas A&M was an interactive science, math, technology and engineering museum-on-wheels and over 200 kids came and learned lots!
  • The Perot Museum provided the Nature and Science activities in their TECH truck.


All of these great events and experiences were FREE to the children and families in our community, and that would not be possible without the following groups, businesses and individuals who have contributed to the success of the reading program and to the motivation of our readers.  Sincere thanks to each and every one!  

McAlister’s Deli of McKinney 

A.T.S Electrical Service 

City of Melissa 

Friends of the Melissa Public Library 

Melissa Police Department 

Anna Dental 

Sonic of Melissa 

Dairy Queen of McKinney 

Chick-Fil-A of McKinney 

Grayson-Collin Co. Electric Co-Op 

Melissa Ridge Intermediate School 

Melissa Ridge Middle School 

Spurlock’s Malt Shop of Anna 

Melissa United Methodist Church 

RaceTrac of Melissa 

Insurance Protection Group 

Physical Therapy of Melissa 

MiniEncounters of Melissa 

Atmos Energy 

The LaCore Family 

Dickey’s  Barbecue Pit of Anna 

Liberty Mutual 

bHIP Global 

Haight Family Dentistry 

The Tocker Foundation 

Texas A&M 

The Perot Museum 

And several anonymous Community Members 

And thanks to the parents, who encouraged and recorded in the reading logs. And love, respect and special recognition to the children and youth of Anna and Melissa for reading and trying so hard. You are the BEST! 

Keep your eyes peeled for next year's Summer Reading Program information sometime around May 2017!

inside right buttom