Double the fun when shopping this season. As you do your holiday shopping on Amazon this year, go to smile.amazon.com and support a charitable organization every time you shop. Sign up and choose the Friends of the Melissa Public Library as your recipient and double your gift value to include our community. Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase to your organization at no cost to you.


Feed the Need Donation Box in the Melissa Public Library. Melissa and Anna are cooperatively collecting food for students who are home on holidays and school breaks. During the Thanksgiving break, over 120 Anna and Melissa children received lunch while school was out. Make sure no child misses lunch during breaks by helping this holiday season. Most needed items include sandwich Ziploc bags, paper lunch bags, bags of chips, fruit cups, granola bars, applesauce, peanut butter and jelly. If you would like to volunteer to make or deliver lunches or have questions, email feedtheneedmelissa@gmail.com


MPL Story time for lap babies to homeschoolers is held weekly on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. with Youth Librarian Ms. Leslie! Feel free to contact her at lchaney@cityofmelissa.com.


Dec. 7 – Character bingo/trivia Teen Activities Group (TAG) for ages 8-18, Thursdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. with Ms. Jennifer, Contact her at jnehls@cityofmelissa.com.


Dec. 8 – Not the Colors of Christmas! Find out how winter animals interpret colors at 10:30 a.m.; 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. creative music and movement in the courtroom.


Dec. 12– Come home with the librarian. In December, there will be meeting with snacks. Bring your favorite holiday story to share. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com for directions. Starts at 7:30 p.m.


Dec. 13– Stop by the library for a cup of cocoa and a read! Wednesday, Dec. 13 is National Cocoa Day. Get a free cup of cocoa and curl up with a good book, the newspaper or just visit.


Dec. 14 – Fandom Night (TAG) What is your fandom doing for the holidays? 4:30 p.m.


Dec. 15 – Meet the exchange students from Denmark and Brazil and learn about their holidays and more at 10:30 a.m.; 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Bilingual music and movement in the courtroom.


Dec. 16–The Daughters of the American Revolution meets the third Saturday of each month at the MPL. The Holiday Brunch will be Saturday, Dec. 16, at ‘The Pantry’ in McKinney. This non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children. Come and see what it is about. Email lperkins@cityofmelissa.com for specific info.