What's New at YOUR Melissa Public Library?

April 2019
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.  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.

Attention Book Lovers
The Book Gatherings at Melissa Public Library will begin meeting regularly this month! Two different styles are scheduled -see which works for you! 

Third Thursday Bookworms
We will meet monthly on the 3rd Thursday to share 3-4 books or movies they have enjoyed over the past month or so. Everyone will NOT have read the same books, though we may stop at any month and all read one strongly recommended.  Bring your 0-4 books to share over whatever time we have. Get ideas, have a cuppa, share your favs. We have 4-5 folks committed to coming, so drop on in! 
  • For our first gathering, come to the Melissa Library on Thursday March 21 at 9-10:00 a.m. (Come right in, the library is closed but the reading is ON!)
Saturday Morning Muses
We will gather on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. starting on Saturday, March 16.
  Our first book selection will be ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak. This is a great young adult story, so teens are welcome.
  • We only have 2 folks coming at this point, so grab a buddy and stop by to hear about a great book or suggest the book for the next month or discuss the one we all could have read.
  • Bring your kids that are old enough to self-monitor and they can watch a movie or enjoy the childrens’ area!
For suggestions/questions or to put the above books on hold, contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com. 

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.

Activities for Children

Weekly Story Time

Childrens Story Time Generic LogoStory 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. 

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!