National Library Week is April 8-14, with the theme, “Libraries Lead” which emphasizes the leadership of libraries and library workers in their communities and the role of libraries in helping patrons develop their own leadership skills. This year’s celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.


Do you have questions regarding Alzheimer’s Disease and its early signs? Thursday, April 12, noon – 1:00 PM in the Melissa City Hall, the Texas Alzheimer’s Association will present ‘Your Brain Matters, Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s’. Please pre-register so we are sure to have enough materials. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com


Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., stop by the Melissa Public Library with all your shredding needs and get rid of it all. A mobile shredding truck will be here to safely dispose of all your un-needed documents. No batteries, 3-ring binders, cardboard or metal. Staples are fine. Donations will be accepted, and you can apply them to the newest Bluebonnet and 2x2 Children’s books. The event takes place right in front of the City of Melissa Hall.


Your Melissa Public Library now has all four staff members certified as Texas Public Notaries. They will be available during regular library hours, and service ends 15 minutes before closing. The library opens punctually on the hour and closes punctually on the hour. Please be aware that the patron computers are shut down 15 minutes prior to that for troubleshooting/maintenance, the check-out computer is turned off 10 minutes prior to closing (so you have to be at the counter before that) and the doors will lock precisely on the hour.


Come home with the librarian on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. where they will be discussing “Persuasion” by Jane Austen. This is Austen’s last completed novel and is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities. Put the book on hold, if it is not at the circulation desk! Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com for directions.


You make a difference! Would you like to observe a Melissa Public Library Board Meeting? Stop by the next meeting on Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m. in the Melissa City Hall Community Room. Get there early and sign up to make citizen comments. Watch the webpage for confirmation and meeting agenda to be posted on the calendar. The librar is looking for alternates to serve.


Child & Babysitting Safety Class to be held on Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of Melissa Community Room. This is a private company supplying the class instruction. Learn CPR, first aid, and more! Targeted for 11-15 years old and cost is $50. There must be 5 pre-registered. Email jnehls@cityofmelissa.com or stop by the library. Registration forms available online.


MPL Story time for lap babies to homeschoolers is held weekly on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. with Ms. Leslie. Feel free to contact her at lchaney@cityofmelissa.com. Also, be sure to stay and “get those wiggles out” at the monthly sessions of creative music and movement (2nd Fridays) and Bilingual music and movement (1st & 3rd Fridays) both following story time at 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. in the Courtroom.: Here is what is coming up:


April 13 – 10:30 – Doctor’s Visits – Urgent Care Kids will be hosting this storytime on learning about doctor’s visits. Bring a stuffed friend to play doctor with; April 20 – 10:30 – Recycling – From Trash to Toys; April 27 – 10:30 – Unicorns; May 4 – 10:30 – May the Fourth Be With You – The “force” of reading will always keep you in the “light!


Teen Activities Group (TAG) for ages 8-18, Thursdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with Ms. Jennifer. Contact her at jnehls@cityofmelissa.com. Coming up is: April 12 – Fandom Night! This Fandom Night, since it falls on Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Day, we will be reading our favorite lines from tv shows, passages from books, excerpts from fanfiction. Bring something to read aloud; April 19 – Coding! Come play a coding game that is NOT on the computer; April 21 – STEAM SATURDAY! Come make an “I Spy” Bottle; April 26 – Miss Jennifer’s Birthday and game night. There will be Smash Bag and Truth or Dare with a balloon twist; May 3 – Living the Pac-man Life, including playing life sized Pac-Man!


The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) meets the 3rd Saturday each month in the Melissa court room from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come and see what it is about. Contact Regent Linda Dillard at 214-675-0191 or Registrar Linda Sullivan at 972-658-2366. Next date is Saturday, April 21. DAR also offers two free classes of genealogy exploration. Join them monthly on the 1st Tuesday, 1 – 2:30 p.m. and on the 3rd Thursday, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Although you can just walk in any time, it is best to register to guarantee ready hand-outs. Email marilynmatteii@att.net or librarian@cityofmelissa.com.


Join the World’s Largest Service Organization, Lions Clubs International. The new club is now seeking civic-minded men and women to join them in working together to meet needs within the community. Weekly meetings are scheduled for Thursdays at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Melissa Public Library. For more information on becoming a charter member of this new club, please contact Pete Koschelew, 1st VDG at 903-814-7695, pkoschelew@aol.com or Charles Bethards, DG at 817-999-4784 or bethards@sbcglobal.net. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org. For those of you with used eyeglasses and sunglasses, drop them off in the ‘Recycle for Sight’ boxes in the library and the lobby of City Hall and the Lions Club will collect them. If you would like a box to place in your business, email lperkins@cityofmelissa.com.


Stop by and see the Harry Potter display case in the library. The Enoch family are totally into all things Potter. Do you have a few things you want to show off? Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com to reserve a month in the case for your prized collectibles.