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.

Free Library movie night: Join us Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Melissa City Hall in the Council Chambers for Ironman 3. This is one cheap date night with the family, too.

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.

The next Childcare & Babysitting class is on Monday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Melissa Public Library. There is no school that day, so if you are not going to the State Fair come learn a skill. Everyone must register at the Melissa library by Friday, Oct. 18, unless other arrangements are made with the librarian at librarian@cityofmelissa.com. There must be five paid registrations in by that date to have the class on the 28th. The cost is $45, cash or checks only and is recommended for ages 10-17 years. The Childcare & Babysitting program stresses the priority to keep you and the children you care for safe. Babysitting is not just "watching" the children," but being responsible for their safety and well being. This course helps build confidence, self-esteem and skills necessary to care for infants and children on a daily basis and in emergency situations. Participants will learn diapering, feeding, CPR and first aid. Included is a workbook and completion card. This will be a hands-on, fun class.

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