Fall is upon us, and the Melissa Public Library will be hosting a number of themed events in the month of October.


In the spirit of Halloween, the library will be reading the classic novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. The discussion starts Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. E-mail the library at librarian@cityofmelissa.com for more questions, and look forward to November’s read, “Wonder” by RJ Palacio. The movie is coming out in November, so start reading now. The book is a great read for teens and older, and the library also has a children’s version.


The neighboring libraries in the City of McKinney are enjoying ‘The Book That Matters Most” by Ann Hood as their 2017 McKinney Reads selection. The Melissa Public Library can share the pleasure with them at the following two events:


Meet-the-Author Luncheon will be held on Oct. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Stonebridge Country Club 7003 Beacon Hill Rd. in McKinney. Luncheon Tickets are $35, available at McKinney Performing Arts Center online at https://tickets.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org/TheatreManager/1/login?event=1072.


There will also be a free lecture and discussion on Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Collin College Central Park Campus Conference Center, 2400 Community Avenue in McKinney. Books are available for sale and author signing


Additionally, another World-Wide Indexing Event is coming up. Join the library (and tens of thousands of other volunteers worldwide) as historical records are indexed. Each indexed record is a new open door that allows others to learn about and gather their ancestors into their family tree. Starting Oct. 20 and ending Oct. 22, you’ll have 72 hours to index as few or as many batches as you want. Not a competition, just a fun shared event. Melissa Public Library will have an open session to learn to index or to index in a group on Friday, Oct. 20, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Bring your laptop or use the computers there. Reservations preferred at librarian@cityofmelissa.com.


Free fly tying is back with Terry on Saturday Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the library lobby. Learn the basics, or go beyond with a pro. Bring your vice or we supply it, only if you pregister at librarian@cityofmelissa.com. All materials are. free.


Make glass beaded snowmen pins or ornaments with Joyce on Saturday Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the other side of the library lobby. Pre-registration will guarantee your supplies and cost will be determined by number in class. Let the library know you are coming and they will provide the supply list and approximate cost. E-mail librarian@cityofmelissa.com for more information.


MPL Story time for lap babies to homeschoolers has returned on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. with Ms. Oksana, oburr@cityofmelisssa.com. Stop by the new “Early Literacy Working Wall” for hints and help. Note: Creative Music and Movement and Bilingual Music and Movement programming is back and will follow from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. when noted below.


Come to the library on Oct. 13 to discover different types of leaves in nature and make a beautiful fall tree from 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Creative Music and Movement will be held in the courtroom.


Oct. 20 is Whiskers and Wings. For the spooky month, focus on the letter “W” — black cat’s whiskers and bat’s wings. Make a cute black bat to take home. From 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. bilingual music and movement will be held in the courtroom.


Lastly, Teen Activities Group (TAG) for ages 8-18 are held on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. with Ms. Jennifer, jnehls@cityofmelissa.com. Notice the time is going a little longer. Oct. 12 is Fandom Nightring your creativity and share your passion. Oct. 19 is Career Night. Meet Mr. Paul R from the Army Corps of Engineers.