Littles meet-up for play: Toddlers and pre-schoolers from Anna, Melissa and anywhere will meet in the Childrens’ Section at the Melissa Public Library weekly from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. for a parent-led playtime. Each child needs to bring one toy to share, which will go back home afterward. Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com for more info.


The Melissa Public Library is starting a new club for the 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. The library is searching for members. If interested, contact the program coordinator at kbarker@cityofmelissa.com. Visit http://nextchapterbookclub.org/ for more information.


MPL MakerSpaces


•Sylvan Coding will be available for their Coding 2017 classes beginning Saturday, March 18, for six weeks. This is a private business providing a service to our community members. The cost is $149 for kids. Build games, build apps, build confidence. Register now with librarian@cityofmelissa.com. The library must have eight students registered by March 10. Sylvan provides their free coding classes at our Teen Activities Group, also.


• Bling, bling, bling! Come to the Melissa Public Library on every second and fourth Saturday) from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and enjoy creating unique jewelry to keep. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com for contact with the instructor and to order the $8 of supplies.


• 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. Basic Fly Tying will be held Jan. 7, 14, and 21. All tying classes are limited to 6 students. Walk in or reserve a spot with lperkins@cityofmelissa.com


• Coding with Erin takes place on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Melissa Public Library for students ages 6-14. As technology dominates everyday life, learning basic computer programming isn’t just a smart idea, it’s an essential skill for children. Learning how to build simple websites and games helps children refine their design, logic and problem-solving abilities. It also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com to guarantee a spot, but walk-ins are welcome as space allows.


• Walk-In to the Wizard. For those learning to use technology, they can schedule a free session with a private IT tutor at the Melissa Public Library. There is a maximum of two to a class. Classes will last an hour. Contact Sal at librarian@cityofmelissa.com to find out what classes are offered and when they will be held.


Don’t let cancer get under your skin! Learn about skin cancer and receive a free, private cancer check. Saturday, March 25, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Register for a time librarian@cityofmelissa.com or walk-in between sessions. 1 in 5 Americans will get skin cancer within their lifetime. Catch it early.

Start reading now and then ‘Come Home with the Librarian’ on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. Librarians will be reading the young adult book, ‘The Trickster’s Choice’ by Tamora Pierce. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com for the address. The library can provide the book.

Be ready for your summer job, teens and pre-teens. Take a babysitting and child safety class on Saturday, April 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Melissa Municipal Courtroom. Sign ups must be completed by Friday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m. There must be five paid registrants to have the class, so friends and family are encouraged to attend. The cost is $50, cash or checks to ‘City of Melissa’ due at registration. This is a hands-on class for recommended ages 11-15 years. Email pcheney@cityofmelissa.com or see the library website for the registration form or more information.


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 Days for those over 55 will be held the first Thursday each month at First Melissa Church, 10:30 a.m., with a potluck lunch and with a speaker and games to follow. Senior Days will be also be held every second, third and fourth Thursday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and every third Friday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Melissa City Hall, community room.

‘Principles of Self-Reliance’ is a walk-in group to help individuals learn about, create and use a budget. Guests will begin to build an emergency fund, create a debt elimination plan, learn to save for future expenses and plan for retirement. There is a spiritual focus, as well. This group is free and meets weekly through Wednesday, April 12; from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Registration is not required, but helps ensure copies are available. To register email librarian@cityofmelissa.com.


Spring Break at the Melissa Public Library is ready for all Texas residents


March 6-10 — spring break activities are combined for children and teens. Be on time from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to get the best seats and most time.


• Monday, March 6: Family Dance Party. Songs, dances, rhymes, fingerplays for all ages.


• Tuesday, March 7: Texas State Aquarium offers virtual learning about sharks. Recommended for ages K-7.


• Wednesday, March 8: Colored sand art for all ages.


• Thursday, March 9: Junior Maker activities-building and games with Lego-like supplies


• Friday, March 10: Indigo Dye Creations with the Collin County Farm Museum Artist. Also, Creative Movement and Music to follow at 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. this day only.


Story time program available for lap babies to first graders each Friday, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Contact oburr@cityofmelissa.com for more information. Coming up:


• March 17: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Part 1 from 11:15 to 11:30 a.m. Bilingual Music and Movement Program in the courtroom of Melissa City Hall.


• March 24: Movie Storks, PG.


• March 31: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Part 2


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


• March 16: Black Out Poetry — Rearrange words from old books to make poetry.


• March 23: Sylvan Learning — coding and robotics fun.


• March 30: Bring a favorite game and friend and play.


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