Wow! Friends of the Melissa Public Library had a wonderful Library Fair with displays showing off a number of our special and regular programs, plus the history of the Melissa Public Library, Part 1. Thanks so much to our Friends for highlighting what we do now and could do with your suggestions to the Friends of the Melissa Public Library. Who is helping give out half a million free books across America on April 23? Your Melissa Public Library, that’s who. On April 23, 25,000 volunteers from Berkeley to Boston and Sitka to Sarasota will give away half-a-million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country. The Melissa and Anna communities are included. World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across America on one day. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going out into their communities and sharing free copies of books they love. The mission of World Book Night is to seek out those without the means or access to printed books. Some of the volunteers in our community will be picking up their books at the Melissa Public Library and sharing them in a number of locations. We at the Melissa Public Library are proud to be a partner in World Book Night U.S. If you or your group would like to help deliver the books, contact the librarian.

Please contact the Melissa Librarian if you or someone you know would like to receive a free copy of our community book, The Language of Flowers! librarian@cityofmelissa.com or 402-490-6583. The new computers are coming, the new computers are coming! We have our 12 computer screens in place (six brand new 21 inch ones models). The computer area of our library will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, March 27-28. The whole Melissa Public Library and the city offices will be closed on Friday, March 29 (the library will be closed so your librarians can learn to use the new computer system.) The library will be open again on Saturday, March 30, regular hours. Please excuse our construction/installation, but you will have double the number of public access computers on April 1 (and that is no joke). Thank you, Tocker Foundation. Just in time for the spring rains! Saturday, April 6t, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is another Rain Water Harvesting and Rain Barrel Construction class. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com now to reserve a spot. The class is free, constructing a rain barrel is $50.