More Movies for more day at Melissa Public Library: starting Oct. 1, adults will be able to check out seven movies for seven days at the Melissa Public Library for free! Children will still have a limit of two movies, but they can also keep them seven days. Thanks so much for your donations and support allowing us to increase this service.

Story time in the Melissa Public Library – Fridays – 10:15 a.m. -11 a.m. – lap babies and up.

· October 4 – Little bitty friends come visit. Hear a story about guinea pigs and even meet some.

· October 11 – Bats in the belfry? No, bats in the library, (not real ones.)

· October 18 – Scarecrow Day!

Also, be sure to mark your calendars for the Greatest Halloween Parade in Melissa: Join us on Friday, Oct. 25 for our annual Halloween parade through the Melissa City Hall at 10:15 a.m. Bring your littles and yourself dressed in your favorite Halloween costumes (no scary ones, please) and we will walk through the city departments and also visit community friends in the hallways. Your Friends of the Melissa Public Library has helped purchase bags for all the children.

Game Day with the senior citizens of Melissa: All ages are welcome. Join us at the Melissa City Hall on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from noon to 3 p.m. and the third Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check the signs in the lobby for location. This group does not meet the first Thursday of each month.

Savvy Seniors at the Computers: All adults are invited to spend some time with our tech expert. Bring your laptop or device or come use one of the library computers and learn how to create an email account, download pictures, try out social media (such as Facebook) and gather tips about how to make your tech life smoother. Almost one-on-one help. There are no silly questions, we all start somewhere. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the library. Just walk in.

Whew! We can take a breath from our terrific 2013 Summer Reading Program, ‘Libraries -Deep in the Heart of Texas.’ More than 200 children participated in the program and nearly 80 finished reading 500 minutes each for the summer. Your children were more ready to return to school with their skills sharp and they had a great time enjoying reading over the summer. Thank you to Ms. Ray and Ms. Bazis and the teachers, administrators and staff at the Anna and Melissa schools for supporting and helping with the program. Thank you to the Melissa Library Board, especially Ms Tumulty, and the Melissa Library Friends and our community friends for help and programs. We especially thank our reward sponsors for the best bags to the successful readers; the City of Melissa, the Friends of the Melissa Library, Grayson County Electric Co-Op, Family Health of Melissa, Dairy Queen of McKinney, the Melissa Police Department, Chick-fil-A in McKinney, All About Dogs, and bHIP Global (the t-shirts and hats were fantastic!). And we cannot ever thank The Anna-Melissa Tribune enough for their continued generous support in sharing our news.

Keep on reading! librarian@cityofmelissa.com