Melissa Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable expertise they offer. April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.


Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to fish and enjoy social events. Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to address the needs of their communities. By providing such resources as materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or a safe-haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.


Melissa Public Library is transforming by sponsoring a Girl Scout troop, providing rehab patients with return-to-work opportunities, gathering winter wear and food for community outreach programs, making blankets for intensive care babies and being a community center for littles, teens and seniors.


“The library embraces the entire community, offering unlimited opportunities for personal growth and lifelong learning,” Lorelei Perkins, library director, said in a statement. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”


The Melissa Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with displays of many aspects of the library; from the Userful patron computers, genealogy programs with the Daughters of the American Revolution, and volunteer opportunities and the Next Chapter Book Club. The library is still free to all communities and is supported by the City of Melissa and Collin County. Visit the library online at http://www.cityofmelissa.com/departments/library/index.html.