What's New at YOUR Melissa Public Library?

February 2019
Thank you for coming to the Melissa Public Library web page to find news and events for our great library!

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Special Word from YOUR Librarian Mrs. Perkins!

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Attention Book Lovers
The Book Gathering at Melissa Public Library will begin this month! Stop by the library to help organize book clubs YOU want. Pick from multiple gatherings next week:
  • Monday, February 11 at 9-10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 14, 9-10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 14, 7- 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Come decide how you want to read, when to meet and what books to read! If you cannot attend one of the above dates, please email librarian@cityofmelissa.com to have your voice heard.

Let's Be Friends!
The Friends of the Melissa Public Library is beginning their new year of support and advocacy for the Melissa Library. To be part of the planning of their activities, they are looking for a new slate of officers to share ideas.  Even if you don’t come in the library regularly, your input is appreciated. The time commitment is 1 hour of meeting monthly and a little bit of occasional participation. We are looking for your brains, not your muscles, so please consider giving of your time.  Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com for a referral form. 

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.  Meetings are generally held on the 1st Thursday each month at 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.

Looking for Something to do?

Stop by the Melissa Public Library and volunteer! Shelving, sorting, creating displays, helping with story time and lots more.  Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com for a 15-minute orientation and then come volunteer at your convenience. Volunteer hours can count for community service or school/scout/church service hours or just because you love the library! Great for adults and home schoolers! Plus, the librarian will write a letter of recommendation for you to use with your job searches after you successfully volunteer for 30 hours.

Knight Chiro at MPL_2.16.19Free Spinal Evaluation
Join us on Saturday, February 16, 10:00 am to noon and drop by the Melissa City Hall lobby to meet our friends from Knight Family Chiropractic of Anna. You can obtain a FREE spinal evaluation in 2-3 minutes. Get any questions answered!

Genealogical research workshop
The John F. Greer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be presenting a special Genealogical research workshop on Saturday, February 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Melissa City Hall.  Reservations along with $25 registration fee are due by February 18 as seating is limited and box lunches provided. ‘Hidden Genealogical Treasures in Revolutionary War Pensions’ and ‘How to Use the Genealogical Research System’ will be presented by Julie Avedikian. Join for the day and join the chapter for life! Come see the President’s Day Display case at the library, done by our DAR folks!

Community Coat and Outerwear Drive! 
The chilly mornings are here in North Texas, so as you get ready and have extras, please bring donations to the library for the Melissa Community Outreach. They give out the following items free to those with a need: coats of all size (adult and child and infant), jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, outerwear sweatshirts, new or gently used. Some pickup available or bring them by the library during regular hours. We will be accepting donations now until February 28th. Thanks so much!

Fly-tying for beginners and intermediates is back!
Starting for four Saturdays; February 23, March 2, March 9, March 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Melissa City Hall lobby! The weather is perfect, and the water is stocked! All supplies furnished, IF YOU PRE-REGISTER! If you have a tying vice, bring it. Adults and kids (with an adult). librarian@cityofmelissa.com

Family Place Coming Soon
What is Family Place? Family Place is a 5-week program beginning in April that will meet once a week on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.  Children must be ages 0 to 5 years, preferably infants to age 3. Class size is limited to 10 children. Contact atyler@cityofmelissa.com for info and watch for registration information soon!  

Visit our Family Place webpage for more soon!

Family Place provides opportunities to:
  • Play with your child without interruption or distraction
  • Allow your child to play with a variety of toys, instruments and art
  • Talk with professionals in children’s health and development
  • Discover parent resources for checkout.

Attention Professionals...We Need You!
Do you have knowledge and experience providing expertise to preschool children and parents in the areas of: health, speech, hearing and language development, child development, nutrition, music and movement and general parenting?  If so, please join us as a community resource professional for this new program!  Family Place Brochure for Professionals.  Contact Jennifer Nehls for more information on how to get setup today!

Activities for Young Adults
If you are interested in learning more about our programs or have suggestions for additional activities targeted to young adults, please contact Youth Librarian Jennifer Nehls at Jnehls@cityofmelissa.com.

Teen Activities Update
Unfortunately due to low participation, following the January 31st meeting, we have decided to end the weekly Teen Activities Group (TAG) which was targeted to school kids.  We do however encourage all interested teens and tweens to come out and join in with our new T(w)een Homeschool Activities groups that meet during the daytime come spring break! Contact Ms. Jennifer at jnehls@cityofmelissa.com for more information about this change.  

Homeschool T(w)een Activity Group

As a result of the roundtable and follow-up parent survey, the Melissa Public Library will now offer a weekly teen and tween activity group targeted to area homeschool t(w)eens.  We will meet in two different age groups the Teen Area in the Library each Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Visit our Teen Homeschool Group Page for more.

Babysitting & Child Care Class 
This class is targeted to ages 11-15 and Cost is $50. Learn CPR, first aid, and more! The class is 4 hours, there are breaks.  Bring a snack/lunch and drinks, that do not require refrigeration.  This is a private company supplying the class instruction.  Please keep an eye out for information on our next class planned for March 2019 during MISD Spring Break.  Any questions please contact Jennifer Nehls at jnehls@cityofmelissa.com

Childrens Story Time Generic LogoActivities for Children

Weekly Story Time
Story time and Children’s’ Activities listed below are targeted to Lap babies to 1st grade homeschoolers unless otherwise noted.  Email any questions or suggestions to  Andrea Tyler our Children's Librarian.  You can also request to receive weekly  email reminders about all the programming planned for the week!

Please join us weekly on Fridays, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the Melissa Public Library for reading and so much more! Visit the Story Time Calendar for all the fun themes planned!

Get Moving and Groovin
Check out these fun classes offered for preschoolers following Story Time on certain weeks: 
  • Creative Movement with Irina Cowles, from LIFT of Van Alstyne - Open class for Parents and preschoool 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!  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 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 1st and 3rd Fridays, 11:15-11:45 a.m. in Melissa Municipal Courtroom at Melissa City Hall (Ages 0-6)

 Special Interest Programming 

NextChapterBookClub-Logo-2Teen Next Chapter Book Club
The Melissa Public Library is proud to offer this club for our community members called the Teen Next Chapter Book Club.  It is part of a national program that is geared towards individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and our program will be targeting to teenagers specifically. 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 teenage family member or friend could benefit from a weekly social club, we would love to hear from you!  We are looking for feedback to help set primary meeting days and times so be sure to stop by the Library or contact Jennifer Nehls for more information or questions and to share your preferred meeting day and times.  

Senior Gaming Club
Let the games begin!  Join in the fun, games, and snacks every Thursday (except the 1st) from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Melissa City Hall in the community room.  All ages welcome! Contact your librarian Lorelei Perkins at 402-490-6583 for questions. 

Aspiring Writers - pens and pencils ready!
Join our writer's critique group every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Melissa City Hall.  Take your writing to the next level. 

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

Are there any other benefits to a Melissa Library card, besides books and movies? 
Yes, there are many!  Library Patrons have access to multiple resources 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.  With your library card, you  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.  

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.  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 Teens and 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.  

Let our staff proctor your exam!
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 will be a charge for proctoring services, please e-mail Mrs. Perkins for more information or questions.

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. 

Friends of Melissa Public Library
Learn more about the Friends of the Melissa Public Library and how you can get involved! Follow the 'Friends' on Facebook! Visit Friends of the Melissa Public Library, Inc. for another independent way to stay aware of library news from the Friends group.  

AmazonSmiles_FOMPLGive 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, which will go into helping fund programs for YOUR Melissa Public Library!