The new year is here, and the Melissa Public Library is geared up with plenty of community activities.


School is out, so come and “get your game on” and maybe make some new friends at the Melissa Public Library Game Day of Fun on Monday, Jan. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to close (6:00 p.m.). The library has plenty of games to play, but all are welcome to bring their own as well.


The library is calling all students from 11-15 years old to sign up for the Child & Babysitting Safety Class on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of Melissa Community Room. There must be at least five people registered by Tuesday, Jan. 16 to hold the class. The cost is $50. Learn CPR, first aid and more. This is a private company supplying the class instruction. Email questions to librarian@cityofmelissa.com or stop by the library. We will also be holding another class on March 17 and June 16, so plan ahead if you cannot make this one.


Story time for lap babies to homeschoolers is back to its regular schedule, weekly on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. with Youth Librarian Ms. Leslie. Feel free to contact her at lchaney@cityofmelissa.com. See what is coming up this month below — note all times are 10:30 a.m. unless noted otherwise. Also, be sure to stay and “get those wiggles out” at the monthly sessions of creative music and movement, held on the second Fridays, and bilingual music and movement, held on the first and third Fridays, both following story time at 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. in the Courtroom. Events coming up include: Mittens, Hats, and Scarves! on Jan. 12, with creative music and movement; Meet the Exchange Students from Japan on Jan. 19, with bilingual music and movement; Vampires on Jan. 26 — The good kind of bloodsuckers will be at the Carter Care Blood Drive on Saturday, Jan. 27, so to pay homage, the library is going to have some fun with the kind that don’t use needles.


Teen Activities Group (TAG) for ages 8-18 are held on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with Ms. Jennifer. Contact her at jnehls@cityofmelissa.com and visit http://www.cityofmelissa.com/departments/library/young_adult_programming/index.html to see what is coming up later. January programs include: Start the New Year — let’s talk about our New Year’s Resolutions and 2018 goals on Jan. 11; Fandom Night on Jan. 18 , which will include writing short story fanfiction; Jan. 2 Babysitting Class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; puzzles on Jan. 25 — Use popsicle sticks, paper, markers, traditional pieces, etc. and make your own puzzle.


Lastly, have you stopped by to see the Barbara Knoll Christmas Village yet at the library? It will remain on display through Jan. 19 in the lobby of the Melissa City Hall. Even though Christmas has come and gone, stop by and feel the spirit of an ‘Old Fashioned Holiday.’


Barbara’s daughter, Sherry Martin, approached the City about displaying the village to carry out her mother’s greatest joy — that of sharing the village with others. On Saturday, Dec. 23, Mayor Reed Greer accepted the generous gift of the Barbara Knoll Christmas Village at a “village lighting” at the Melissa City Hall as members of the Knoll extended family and friends shared in the unveiling. Right now, the village is about 90-percent completed for year one, thanks to the work of Connor Opdyke who took this on as an Eagle Scout project and the time and efforts of talented community volunteers including master carpenter Charlie, Girl Scouts from Troops 5244 and 7499, Halo Realty and Sherry who all worked to create the scenic sections of the village.


There is still a lot of work that could go in to ‘finishing’ the village before next year, so the library can definitely use Scouts to assist, but you, your family, community group or business are also welcome to start anytime to add to this great project. For more information; contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com.