The Melissa Public Library wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season. During this time, the library will be closed on the following dates: Friday, Dec. 23, Saturday, Dec. 24; and will be open but with reduced hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26; Saturday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 2 with reduced services (no notary).


Donations: Anyone sorting through winter coats, rain gear, sweaters, sweat shirts, hats and mittens, is encouraged to drop these items off at the Melissa Public Library for donation to the Melissa Community Outreach. These items provide warm clothing all winter to children, youth and adults needing outerwear. It can be gently used. Donations will be accepted until the end of March.


The library loves fly fishing, and is teaching residents how to cast and tie. All classes will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays in the City of Melissa Public Library lobby starting in November.


• Fly rod casting basics – November 5, 19 and December 3. Limited to 5 students, unless you have your own fly rod and reel.


• Basic fly tying – January 7, 14, 21.


• Advanced fly tying – January 28, February 4 and 11.


All tying classes are limited to 6 students. Walk in or reserve a spot with lperkins@cityofmelissa.com.


Membership: The Friends of the Melissa Public Library is reminding everyone to renew their memberships, and to purchase their ornaments and the 2017 calendar. The library encourages everyone to consider becoming a Friend of the Library for 2017. To sign up, simply stop by the library. Just since September, support of the Friends of the Melissa Public Library has provided the 2017 Bluebonnet books, a Silhouette vinyl machine for the library, the last two mobile shelving carts for books and movies and two upcoming youth programs on sea otters and coral reefs from the Texas State Aquarium.


Melissa Farmers Market and MORE is continuing into December, on Dec. 10 and 17, from 8:00 a.m. early birds to noon in front of and inside the Melissa City Hall. Cross My Heart and Hope for Pie and Joanne’s Breads and Crafts will take orders for breads and pies. Pour some local honey from Crooked Creek Honey Farm. Enjoy pasture raised beef, pork and chicken from Horseshoe Farms. Apples, pears, tomatoes and more from Canticle Farms and Wesson Farms. Other vendors include LuLaRoe, Anna Athletic Booster Club (tons of holiday and general napkins), Williams’ Mary Kay and Origami Owl and the 601. New vendors to explore for holiday presents and pampering: OneBody Natural Deodorant, Sew On and Sew Forth (hand made 18 inch doll clothes), and Tigs and Jade, which sells wooden signs with holiday themes and more, with more still coming. Local support of area small businesses helps “keep it in town” and promotes their success. Vendors can email lperkins@cityofmelissa.com for registration information.


Having problems with DVD discs? Are they scratched or dirty? Bring them by the Melissa Public Library and we will run them through our new disc cleaner for $1.00 each. If the damage is not too severe, this cleaner has worked well.


Give a gift to the library when you order a gift for your family. Interested individuals can go to https://smile.amazon.com and sign in with their Amazon accounts, or set up a new account. Individuals are given a choice of organizations to have credit listed from their purchases, which can be changed at any time. Select “Friends of Melissa Public Library” when purchasing any items through Amazon, and they will provide a percentage donation to the Friends.


Senior Game Days: Choose from two days to meet up. Every third Friday from noon to 3:00 p.m. and every second, third and fourth Thursday from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Melissa City Hall. Meet in the community room upstairs.


The Story Time Election has finished. From a field of 12 nominees, Melissa library guests voted for the 2016 Library President. The winner is Dr. Seuss. Second place, and therefore the vice-president is Bad Kitty.


The Story Time Program is for lap babies to first graders each Friday, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Contact oburr@cityofmelissa.com for more information. Here is what is coming up:


• Dec. 9 — Learn about new land and meet an exchange student.


• Bilingual Music and Movement at 11:15 a.m.


• Dec. 16 — Schools early release — movie, Disney Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” rated PG, and craft.


Teen Programs for ages 8 and over, each Thursday, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Melissa Public Library. For more info, contact pcheney@cityofmelissa.com.


• Dec. 8 — Christmas Trees and Angels from books and 60 minute service project.


• Dec. 15 — Gingerbread zombie cookies and zombie book talk.


Special winter break combined children and teen activities: The following activities suitable for all ages (under 8 must have an adult with them) and will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the dates listed below:


• Monday, Dec. 19: Puzzle/junior makers — Bring your own or use ours (like Legos).


• Tuesday, Dec. 20: Family craft, making cards. All supplies are provided.


• Wednesday, Dec. 21: Gift exchange. Kids bring an unwrapped gift, listen to some stories about sharing, trade their gifts for one for themselves or for a family member and decorate a bag to take it home.


• Thursday, Dec. 22: Classic holiday movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” rated PG


• Library closed Friday, Dec. 23 and Saturday Dec. 24. Will be open Monday, Dec. 26, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with limited services.


• Tuesday, Dec.27: Movie, “The Polar Express,” rated G. Wear PJ’s and robe!


• Friday, Dec. 30: Movie, “The Snowman” and fun activities. All ages.


These activities will run from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on the following dates:


• Tuesday, Dec. 28: “Coral Reefs Under Construction.” The Texas State Aquarium comes to the Melissa Public Library via webcam. Intended for grades 2-8.


• Wednesday, Dec. 29 — The Great Game Truck is back with games for all ages.


For questions or suggestions, email librarian@cityofmelissa.com.