By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools.


While books have been — and continue to be — banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.


Stop by your Melissa Public Library to see their hanging display and check out a banned book. The display cabinet is currently showcasing the documents about the Constitution provided by thelocal John F. Greer Chapter of the DAR. The next DAR meeting will be at the Melissa City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m.


Navigating college can be a challenging and scary time for parents and students, so the library has arranged for professionals from SMU and Thrivent Financial to get keys to help navigate the process, On Tuesday, Sept. 26, representatives from SMU and Thrivent will be available to chat from 6-8:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Melissa City Hall. Pre-register at https://www.facebook.com/events/279900925826344/.


The Melissa City Fire Department will discuss fire safety in October for Fire Prevention Day. Other events offered at the library in October include: decorating fall trees on Oct. 13, Whiskers and Wings bat decoration on Oct. 20, Melissa Preschool/Homeschool Halloween Event on Oct. 27, Teen Activities Groups (TAG) for ages 10 and older on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 (contact jnehls@cityofmelissa.com), a Costume Part on Oct. 26 and the Big Annual Children’s pary on Oct. 27 —with volunteers welcome to decoarate the day before and help out from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the day of the event.


Additionally, Oct. 5 is Trivia Night, Oct. 12 is Fandom Night and Oct. 19 is Career Night. For more information about any of these events, be sure to contact the Melissa Public Library.