We are ‘Fall-ing’ in love with the Melissa Public Library programs!

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

· October 18 – Scarecrow Day!

· October 25 – The Greatest Halloween Parade in Melissa. Our annual Halloween parade through the City of Melissa building will begin at 10:15 a.m. Bring your little ones 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 helped purchase free Halloween bags for all the children.

Hola a todos: Join us for our free Spanish classes every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. In the last two classes we learned and reviewed numbers from 1-20 and the vowels. It’s very important that you practice what was discussed. These are activities to do at home:

Practice your numbers in Spanish http://www.spanishspanish.com/numbers/1_to_20.html

Introduction - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoPiuMh6lnQ|

Vowels - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agvuHCgsxp

Students will be introducing themselves in Spanish next week, and they can follow the link above to a video as an example. Don’t forget the notebook and pencil.

Game Day with the senior citizens of Melissa: See you on the second, third and fourth Thursdays at noon. Our next meeting will be Oct. 24.

Teen Readers Book Club: Our last meeting of the year was Thursday, and we will be off for November and December. See you again in January 2014!

Mrs Perkins recommends the book, ‘The Monuments Men’ by Robert Edsel. This is a great true story about the men and women who saved priceless works of arts at the end of World War II. Bring your recommendations to the Good Book Club next Tuesday (and every fourth Tuesday) Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. The number one way to find a good book is because a friend recommended it. We love recommendations.

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.

A sweet presentation from the Collin County Honey Queen Shannon will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Melissa Public Library. Learn how important honey bees are to our area and see what you can do to help the bees. This free program is for all ages, and if it is not windy we will see an active hive.

Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com with ideas or suggestions for books, programming or fun.