September marks National Library Card Sign-Up Month, and the Melissa Public Library is offering free library cards to all Texas rseidents regardless of their city. Library cards give access to free movies, books, computer use, classes, storytime and teen time.


The Melissa Public Library is also partnering with UT Arlington and other regional libraries to help neighbors impacted by Hurricane Harvey. They will be sponsoring a drive to collect books and board/card games to give to those displaced and residing in shelters. Donations of new or near-new books for all ages can be dropped off at the Melissa Public Library through Sept. 18th.


Additionally, the library will host a second “no sew” blanket event on Saturday, Sept. 16th from 1-3 p.m. at Melissa Public Library. Fleece pieces 24” x 24” and larger are needed. These blankets will be for people and pets in the shelters. Please contact lperkins@cityofmelissa.com for more information.


The Friends of the Melissa Public Library were pleased to present Debra Bridenbaugh with the American Girl Lea Clark doll and book as part of the library’s end of summer celebration on Aug. 26. Mrs. Bridenbaugh is the librarian at Harry McKillop Elementary, and was one of several members of the community who made a donation to the Friends of the Melissa Public Library (FOMPL). The names of those who made a donation were put into a drawing, and FOMPL President Valerie Enoch drew the winning name on Saturday following the celebration at the library.


Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of Sept. 17-23. The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights. This celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution.


The aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life and encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in Sept. 1787.


Stop by the display cabinet in the Melissa Public Library and enjoy the documents about the Constitution provided by the local John F. Greer Chapter of the DAR. During that week, mini-copies of the Constitution will be available while supplies last. The next DAR meeting will be at the Melissa City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m.


Additionally, come home with the librarian will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. This month’s book is ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio. This book is soon to be a motion picture, is a NY Times bestseller and has inspired the Choose Kind movement. Over 6 million readers have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Bring your preteens and teens to this meet-up. Text 402-490-6583 or email librarian@cityofmelissa.com for the address to this fun evening.


Navigating college can be a challenging and scary time for parents and students, so the Melissa Public Library is helping out. They invite the community to come spend a few hours with professionals from SMU and Thrivent Financial to get keys that will help navigate the process for high school students and their families. Professionals from SMU will be present on Thursday, Sept. 21, and professionals from SMU and Thrivent will be present on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Both events will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room at the Melissa City Hall. Pre-register at https://www.facebook.com/events/279900925826344/


In other news, International Home School Spirit Week is Sept. 25-29. Stop by the library on Wednesday, Sept. 27 for Superheroes Day, and receive a fun sticker.


Lastly, story time for lap babies to homeschoolers has returned to the library on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. with Ms. Oksana, who can be reached at oburr@cityofmelisssa.com.