2014 is a Banner Year for the Melissa Public Library!

Free stuff at the Melissa Library: Any Texas citizen can come to the Melissa Public Library and get a library card for free. Anna residents, 25% of our patrons come from Anna and we are glad of it! Bring your driver’s license or other proof of residency and get that free card to check out free movies and free books and free computer access. Don’t forget the free databases and encyclopedias and free foreign language program for 14 languages and ESL available free at your home from our website. If you would like to be first to know about Melissa Library events and materials, anyone can sign up at www.cityofmelissa.com for The Melissa Minute, the City of Melissa’s e-newsletter and you will get weekly updates.

With the cold weather again upon us, bring your gently used coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats and gloves to the Melissa Public Library. Donations will be distributed by the Melissa Community Outreach.

Story time in the Melissa Public Library – No story times on Dec 27 and Jan 3.

Support your Melissa Public Library for our 20 year anniversary:

• Add a shelf: The library needs more shelves for all your great books. Donate $20 for a half shelf, $40 for a full shelf. You will be recognized on a plaque for helping us "Stack the Shelves."

• Commemorative 20-year shirts will be available in the library for $12 each, $2 more for 2XLand 3XL. These are the heavyweight cotton.

• Our annual Library ornament will commemorate the little red library: $10 each and previous years available, also.

The Melissa Public Library will have reduced hours this holiday season. On New Years’ Eve, we will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed New Year’s Day. Remember, you can renew your materials by emailing librarian@cityofmelissa.com And, for adults, we have seven movies out for seven days! Don’t be nervous about returning items overdue because of the ice days, we are not charging for those days. Just get your books and movies back in to the library drop box.

Free 2nd Friday Movie night will be January 10 at 7 p.m. in the Melissa City Hall City Council Chambers. Bring a can of food for admission. This month, enjoy Despicable Me 2.

Believe it or not, those spring rains will be coming faster than you can…build a rain barrel. Rain water harvesting and rain barrel construction class will be Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. at the library. Please email librarian@cityofmelissa.com. The class is free and very helpful in deciding where to put barrels and how to put them in a row. We will assemble rain barrels during the second hour. The cost for the barrels and supplies will be $20 for the first 10 to register and pay. Taught by Dave S., a Collin County Master Gardener.

How do you get it in print? On Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to noon, an area publisher will discuss writing and getting your books and poetry in print. Register at librarian@cityofmelissa.com.

Intro to Essential Oils, 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 4 and Jan. 18: Are you concerned about using synthetic drugs and their cascading side effects? Are you open to learning about the possibility of other effective healthcare solutions? Would you like the option of trying natural solutions to common health concerns such as acne, arthritis, asthma, burns, cuts, headaches/migraines, insomnia, warts, etc.? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, come learn about and experience an emerging category of natural wellness alternatives…certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. This is a citizen-led discussion program not endorsed by the City of Melissa.

Interested in attending a gemology class on gemstones or sharing time talking about them? How about Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Melissa Public Library? Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com if you are interested.