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What's New at YOUR Melissa Public Library? (April/May 2018)


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!   

YOUR Melissa Public Library now has all 4 staff members certified as Texas Public Notaries. They will be available during regular library hours and service ends 15 minutes before closing. By the way, the library opens punctually on the hour and closes punctually on the hour. Please be aware that the patron computers are shut down 15 minutes prior to that for troubleshooting/maintenance, the check-out computer is turned off 10 minutes prior to closing (so you have to be at the counter before that) and the doors will lock precisely on the hour. We would love to serve you all day, but life is calling us, too. Thanks for the courtesy.

Would you like to observe a Melissa Public Library Board Meeting?
COM Boards and Commissions ImageThis is not the same as our Friends group, these are the movers and shakers for policy and planning in the library. Stop by our next meeting on Thursday, May 3, 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.

Stop by and see the Harry Potter display case in the library!
The Enoch family are totally in to all things Harry! Do you have a few things you want to show off? Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com to reserve a month in the case for your prized collectibles!

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) meets monthly (3rd Saturdays) in the Melissa courtroom from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. Contact Regent Linda Dillard at 214-675-0191 or Registrar Linda Sullivan at 972-658-2366. Next meeting is Saturday, March 17. Come and see what it is about!

Did you know that Genealogy is now the number one hobby in America? DAR is now offering two free genealogy exploration classes each month and although walk-ins are welcome, it is best to register to guarantee ready hand-outs. Email marilynmatteii@att.net or librarian@cityofmelissa.com.

  • 1st Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
  • 3rd Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  

Come home with the librarian book club!
Come Home with Librarian Book ClubCome home with the librarian on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. where we will be discussing Persuasion’ by Jane Austen. This is Austen's last completed novel and is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities. Arrrgggghhhhhh. Put the book on hold, if it is not at the circulation desk! Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com for the address!  

Activities for Young Adults  

The Melissa Public Library has expanded its activities and programs targeted to young adults through our Teen Activities Group or TAG as it is also known. TAG offers weekly meetings and activities intended for ages 8 to 18.  Beginning in February 2018 we have also added a new monthly program - STEAM Saturdays!

Teen Activities Group (TAG)
Ages 8 -18 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. Email jnehls@cityofmelissa.com for more information.

steam fun at librarySTEAM Saturdays! The Melissa Public Library will offer monthly STEAM programs targeted to tweens and teens, ages 8-18. STEAM is an educational approach to learning that focuses on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. 

For a list of all the fun TAG activities planned for the Winter/Spring, including STEAM Saturdays, visit our Young Adult Programming webpage

Babysitting & Child Care Class 


Sign up NOW for the Child & Babysitting Safety Class DATE: Saturday, June 30
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
WHERE: City of Melissa Courtroom

Must be registered by Tuesday, June 25 and there must be 5 students. Cost = $50. 
Recommended ages 11-15 years. Learn CPR, first aid, and more! This is a private company supplying the class instruction. 

Registration Forms

Questions? Email jnehls@cityofmelissa.com or stop by the library.

Activities for ChildrenChildrens Story Time Generic Logo
Story time and Children’s’ Activities listed below are targeted to Lap babies to 1st grade homeschoolers unless otherwise noted. 

Weekly Story Time 
Please join us weekly on Fridays, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the Melissa Public Library for reading and so much more! Check out our themes for the Spring

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). Again, this is not a formal library programbut an open-playtime and no structured activities are scheduled. Just come in and visit! Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com

music and movement
Creative Music and Movement with Irina Cowles
Open class for Parents and Boys/Girls ages 2-5 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 to 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 the 3rd Friday, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. in Melissa Municipal Courtroom at Melissa City Hall (Ages 0-6)

Email librarian@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 offer this club for our 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 jnehls@cityofmelissa.com.  

Senior Gaming Club - Fun, Fellowship, and Food! 


Let the games begin!  Join in the fun, games, and snacks every Thursday (except the 1st) from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Melissa City Hall in the community room (we will no longer meet on Fridays). All ages welcome!

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 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. 

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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