February is American Heart Month and the fact is that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute. In honor of this month of awareness, the Friends of Melissa Public Library invite the public to the Melissa Public Library at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 for Women’s Heart Health, a presentation by Jennifer Branson, MS, PA-C and Jennifer Effler, APNP, CNP. No registration required and both men and women are welcome to attend.


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 starting Monday, Feb. 13, 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. Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com for more information.


MPL MakerSpace is a community-operated not-for-profit workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, even DIY processes or crafts, can meet, socialize and collaborate.


• Hooks and Needles: Folks from Anna, Melissa, Van Alstyne and all other areas are welcome to attend. The program needs willing teachers to either sit and help someone learn one-on-one or help a group of young students starts out. It could be knitting, crocheting or cross-stitch or more. The program is for adults or kids, home school or public schooled. The program is held the first and third Fridays at 1:00 p.m. and the second and fourth Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Yarn/hook/needle donations are also accepted at Melissa Public Library (even dropped in the drop box, is OK).


• Start with the bling in January. 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. Individuals must pay for their own 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 who have made the New Year’s Resolution to learn to use technology, they can schedule a session with a private IT tutor at the Melissa Public Library. There is a maximum of two to a class! There is no cost for this class, which will last an hour. Contact Sal at librarian@cityofmelissa.com to find out what classes are offered and when they will be held.


Scribes and Scribblers, poets, writers of any kind. Meet the first Saturday each month from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for an informal meet-up session to share ideas and receive help.


FOMPL: Have you enjoyed something special at the Melissa Public Library recently? It was probably sponsored by The Friends of the Melissa Public Library (FOMPL), the library’s 501C3 fundraising and advocacy group. For example, FOMPL gifted the community by providing the 2016 and upcoming 2017 Bluebonnet book set, the Silhouette vinyl machine, two programs from the Texas State Aquarium (The Coral Reef Program for second grade and up and the Sea Otter Storytime). Membership starts at $10 and makes all the difference in having ‘extras’ for the community’s readers, computer users and programs. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com for the Friends membership or stop by.


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 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.


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:


• Feb. 3 theme: Buzz! Stories about bugs, songs, crafts. Creative movement 11:15-11:45 a.m.


• Feb. 10 Valentine party — Bring 40 signed Valentines or get them at the library. Bring individually wrapped treats, if desired. The Library provides bags to decorate. Creative movement and music to follow from 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Bilingual music and movement from 11:15 – 11:45 a.m.


• Feb. 24 Time for bed, part 2: Wear warm socks and bring a blankie and sleep buddy.


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.


• Feb. 2 – Need volunteer hours? Come fill Chamber bags promptly at 4:30 p.m. Then stay for Inside Library Croquet. Smack those croquet balls and win a prize.


• Feb. 9 – Valentine’s fun and food


• Feb. 16 – Sylvan Learning comes with bots, coding, and more


• Feb. 23 – The Library will provide the gel pens and more for coloring.


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