Stop by and see the unique collection of "Thunder Mugs" in the library display case. There are a couple of full-sized examples and many unique miniature chamber pots. If you have a couple to spare, we have space for two or three more. Because of the delicate nature of these items, I will shorten the identity of those that brought them to us. Thanks to BH and DM for sharing them. Stop in for a chuckle!

The Tandy-Posy McMillan Endowment Fund for Holocaust Education has awarded a grant to the Melissa Public Library to enhance the Holocaust compendium collection. The Fund has an unusual and unique mission — to increase the knowledge of Texas communities by enhancing library collections with nine books about various Holocaust topics. Aytz Chaim Books of Austin provided the materials, which include the first title in the collection, The Holocaust Conspiracy: An International Policy of Genocide by William R. Perl and concludes with a commentary on Elie Wiesel’s most famous books. Please come by the library to view and check out some of these very interesting additions, especially in honor of Holocaust Recognition Month in April.

Ongoing Mini-Book Sale: There are some great books in the lobby of the Melissa City Hall just for you. Extra books given to the library or more heavily-used books from our collection are available for just a donation. Stop by our mini-book sale and pick up some fine reading (we make between $4-$20 a week doing this.)

National Library Week Celebration Underway this week: Thank you to Mayor Reed Greer and the Melissa City Council for recognizing the Melissa Library as a place where communities connect by declaring National Library Week from April 14-20 with a proclamation and best wishes. The Friends of the Melissa Public Library then hosted library patrons each day with personal greetings and a Library Fair to show the various activities and features of the library. Special highlights included the new Userful computer system with 12 Cloud-based stations and accommodations for visual and language needs. These are speedy computers.

There were also displays describing the Mango language program for all library users. You can learn 15 languages right in your own house with your free library card. There were displays showcasing the genealogy classes, Story Time activities, the Teen Book Club, the senior gaming days, the upcoming photo contest, gardening classes and the adult good book club. Please stop by this Thursday evening, April 18, from 6-8 p.m. for a special recognition of all of our library volunteers.

"This year’s celebration of National Library Week really reflected the theme for 2013, ‘Communities Connect @ the Library." Besides our City of Melissa community, connecting with patrons from Anna and all of our surrounding areas really brings a great variety of ideas and enthusiasm to our library," said Melissa Library Director Lorelei Perkins. "The Melissa Public Library also includes programs that bring together a variety of ages; from storytime and their hosts, teen book club and their leaders and the senior gaming group who are always looking to include anyone of any age. All ages, experiences and backgrounds come together to make the library a place where anyone and everyone can enjoy their interests. Thank you, Melissa Library community, for giving our community a global reach! Happy Library Week!"

Hola! There will be a free beginning Spanish class for native English speakers starting on Wednesday, April 24, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the City Hall. This will be an informal group looking to learn vocabulary and grammar, practice some situational language or refresh your knowledge of Spanish. The instructors will be volunteers so be prepared to step forward. Spanish-speaking friends, come out and help by conversing with these beginners and sharpen your English skills. The class will repeat the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

The Election Day Bake Sale at the Library will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., so stop by to vote in the courtroom and buy a treat in the library. This sale will be during the library hours, although the election time is 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Young readers, we are back together again: The Melissa Teen Book Groups meet at the Melissa Public Library every third Thursday from 2-3 p.m. You decide which book to read, there are always two groups. You need to pre-register so we can plan on space and fun. Email Stephanie at jumpingeronimodesigns@gmail.com. Public school friends are welcome at breaks and in the summer; hope to see you in June.

Here are our upcoming meeting dates and books:

· May 16 – ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio / ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B. White

· June 20 – ‘Anne of Green Gables’ by L.M. Montgomery / ‘Pippi Longstocking’ by Astrid Lindgren

Story Time in the Melissa Public Library is held every Friday from 10:15 - 11 a.m. for lap babies to preschoolers/homeschoolers. Please remember that an adult must stay with the child. Here are the upcoming dates and themes:

· April 19 – A visit with Officer D

· April 26 – Big vehicles from our city

· May 3 – New babies

· May 10 – Mother’s Day

Game Day with the Senior Citizens of Melissa: All ages are welcome every second and third Thursdays our seasoned community friends will be meeting in the Community Room at City Hall at noon for games, visiting and fun.

Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com or 402-490-6583 for questions or more information on any of these events.