Build a Better World 2017 Summer Reading Program: Join with Melissa ISD, all area schools, homeschoolers, preschoolers and more to meet a summer reading challenge. Earn 800 minutes of reading from June 9 – August 18, which will be documented on participants’ reading logs. Closing awards with the Melissa ISD librarians and the Melissa Public Library. Save the date for the gigantic kick-off on Saturday, June 10, 10:00 a.m. with registration, a program with the Blackland Prairie Raptors.


Littles meet-up for play: Toddlers and pre-schoolers from Anna, Melissa and anywhere will meet in the Children’s 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.


Author visit: Tuesday, June 6, is the first Tuesday out of school and at 1 p.m. author Rachel Caine will come to the Melissa Public Library. Her real name is Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, but she has five pen names. Caine is a New York Times best-selling author and is a prize-winner in urban fantasy and thrillers. Most know her work – “The Great Library Series” and “The Morganville Vampire Set.” Grab a friend and come for free, get books signed, find out what makes an author tick. She will also be at the McKinney Library, Gay Branch, at 4:00 p.m.


Calling those who would like to participate in the Melissa Farmers Market and More! but don’t have a garden or a craft or business. Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com and apply to be on the market board to help with plans and plots.


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.


Stop by the Library Display Case and see the herd of cows from Amy’s collection. If anyone has a collection or special something to showcase, contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com


American Girl check-outs: Many libraries have a couple of dolls available to check out, some outfits or even a few play items. They also check out the doll’s books. It is a popular program in some areas. The Melissa Public Library has applied for one of the American Girl Grants but did not receive it. If anyone has a lightly used American Girl doll (and now there are boys, also) or some lightly used clothes or play items, the Library would love to have them donated. The Library can give donors a donation receipt. The Library has a nice group of books, but could always use more, but and like to give this a try for those 8-12 year-olds who might want to check out a book and a doll for a couple of weeks. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com


Be ready for your summer job, teens and pre-teens. Take a babysitting and child safety class on Saturday, June 24, 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.


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:


• May 12: 10:30 a.m. Celebrate mothers and fathers by sharing books, rhymes and songs about love. Decorate potholders to bring back home as a gift. 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. — Creative Music and Movement.


• May 19: 10:30 a.m. Bark, George Part 2. Get well soon, doctors and more.


• May 26: 10:30 a.m. Movie — “Moana” – PG rated, 1hour, 53 minutes


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.


• May 11: Mother Day gifts — pot holders


• May 18: Collin County Farm Museum will teach participants how to make their own journals.


• May 25: Movie-Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children, PG-13, 2 hours, 7 minutes


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