Build a Better World 2017 Summer Reading Program: Almost 400 area children are reading with the Melissa Public Library. More children can sign up anytime and start logging their times. Reading 100 minutes per week equals a prize, and reading 800 minutes by Aug. 18 is the ultimate goal. Going beyond will earn the distinction of “Top Reader.” If local businesses or organizations would like to provide a reward in the grand prize bags, email

Summer programs: Unless otherwise noted, all summer events will be for all ages (lap babies to age 14ish) and held at 10:30 a.m. The Teen Activity Group will not meet during the summer on Thursdays until fall and regular Story Time will also take a break until fall.) Email or for a full schedule or questions. Here are some of the events planned for ‘Build a Better World’ this summer:

• Friday, July 14 – A guest cow will be milked

• Wednesday, July 19 – Colored sand critters, redux. The Library needs empty baby food jars for this activity.

• Friday, July 21 – Activity only for ages 8 and older:

o Do you need service hours for anything? Come and fill our Chamber of Commerce bags for 30 minutes and get signed off for an hour. Bring a verification paper. There will be a treat.

o After the service project, learn how to light up a potato or a lemon. Build a better bulb, with a vegetable. What else? The Library’s favorite electrical engineer will show guests how.

• Wednesday, July 26 – Build a public service. Our Melissa City Public Works Department will bring their big stuff; trucks, loaders and more.

• Friday, July 28 – Dirt, mud, and worms. See what worms can do to build a better garden.

• Friday, June 9 — Movie: “The BFG,” (PG, 117 minutes)

• Wednesday, June 14 — Ages 10 and over, Tooling around with leather: one free per child while supplies last.

Volunteer at the Melissa Public Library and help shelve books, prepare for summer programs, odds and ends of jobs. Ages 8-12 come with adult or older teens. Can be used for volunteer hours for clubs, schools, organizations, or just for fun. Email to schedule the first hour orientation and then come whenever desired.

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 Visit for more information. The club will meeting every Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Book discussion: On July 18 at 7:30 p.m., the Library and guests will meet at the home of a librarian to discuss “Storm and Silence” by Robert Thier. It is a young adult to adult historical fiction book. From Amazon. Teens and adults are welcome. Contact for the address.

Looking to meet and talk to an adult during the summer break? Littles Meet-Up for Play on Mondays — Toddlers and preschoolers meet in the Childrens’ Section at the Melissa Public Library each week from 9:15-10:15 a.m. for a parent-led playtime. Children may bring one toy to share that will go back home afterward.

Senior Days for those over 55 will be held the first Thursday each month at 10:30 a.m. at various restaurants over the summer. The next meetup is Aug. 3. 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.

Learn about indexing: The way to access all the census records, birth and death and marriage certificates, draft registrations and so much more is by the volunteer work of groups that scan in original documents. Individual indexers take those scans and manually transcribe them electronically into the online sites. You can be one of those indexers. If you like details and enjoy a challenge, come learn indexing each Wednesday at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Family History Summer Camp #2 Bingo — Games for all ages. Come as a family and make, play and take home a fun personalized family bingo game. Bring a list of 25 family names, living or deceased. One adult or responsible teen to bring the children and supervise/play the game. Camps will be held Thursday, July 13, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. There is a new event every week onward. No cost, but donations are accepted. Preregistration recommended, but walk-ins accepted until supplies gone.

Summer Stitches for ages 10 to adult – Four classes will be held Saturdays through July 29, noon to 2:00 p.m. Cost is $20 paid weekly or $70 paid at start. The Library is offering small, personal class sizes with experienced teacher/seamstress. Email to register. This is an individual business providing the instruction, not the city.

Feed the Need Melissa – reported that in 2015, 17.5 percent of elementary age students in Melissa received free school lunches. Now that school is out, the goal is to make sure no child misses lunch during the summer — to do that the Library needs help. Free lunches will be delivered to children’s homes three days a week through Aug. 4 and meals consist of a sandwich and two sides. Donations are being accepted at the Melissa Public Library, MedPro Pharmacy, and First Melissa Church — just look for the box. Consider donating these most needed items: Sandwich Ziploc Bags, paper lunch bags, small bags of chips, fruit cups, granola bars, applesauce cups, jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly. Any questions or volunteer opportunities to make or deliver lunches and/or to coordinate volunteers, email More information is posted at the Facebook page “FeedTheNeed-Melissa.”

For questions or suggestions, email