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).


There is a new library check out system thanks to the support and encouragement of the Melissa City Council, Melissa Public Library Advisory Board, Friends of the Melissa Public Library and the communities of Melissa, Anna and neighbors. Watch for information on how to access and interact with the new Apollo Biblionix Library Management System. There are great new features, and library staff is happy to teach patrons how to use the system.

Want some ideas for the ‘Best’ books for holiday gift-giving? Stop by the library circulation desk and look at the best 100 nonfiction books and the best 50 teen books and more from Kirkus, a respected book review magazine.

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.

Memberships: This is the time to join or renew memberships with the Friends of the Melissa Public Library. The Friends group encourages everyone to consider becoming a Friend of the library for 2017. To sign up, simply drop by the library today and talk to a librarian about becoming a Friend.


Ornaments and calendars: Stop by the library to purchase an ornament and/or a 2017 calendar The ornaments are $5.00 and are of city landmarks, and the calendar is $10.00 and is made up of all the photos taken by the library’s photo contest participants. Anyone can pick up holiday ornaments and/or 2017 FOMPL calendar at the library while supplies last.


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.


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.


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.


Come back to Indexing in 2017. Schedule a 1:1 or 2:1 session with an experienced indexer on any Wednesday in January onward. Times can be adjusted for individuals. Learn to read original files for censuses, birth, death and marriage certificates and more, and convert those to reports that can be accessed through ancestry.com and familysearch.com. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com to schedule a time.

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 people that will help lead and guide the weekly meetings. It is a service opportunity and is sure to be a rewarding experience. If intersted, contact the program coordinator at kbarker@cityofmelissa.com. Training begins mid-January and onward. For more information: http://nextchapterbookclub.org/


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. The next meeting is Jan. 7, 2017.


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 – 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.


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.


Teens and Pre-Teens, make a resolution to take a babysitting and child safety class on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Sign ups are mandatory by Dec. 30 at 5:00 p.m., as there must be five paid registrants in order to have the class. The class runs from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the City of Melissa Municipal Courtroom. Cost is $50, cash or checks to ‘City of Melissa’ due at registration. This is a hands-on class recommended for ages 11-15 years. Email pcheney@cityofmelissa.com for the registration form or more information.

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