2014 = 20 Years of Your Melissa Public Library!

In October of 1992, the Melissa City Council decided to move City Hall to the bank building on Highway 5. Gorten Mondon, a Melissa City Councilman, suggested that a city library be moved into the space left at 1713 Cooper Street. Shortly afterward, Suzy Weatherby met with Helen Browning and City Secretary Susan Bradley to discuss beginning a library. Over the course of several months, and with a growing interest by the citizens of Melissa, Rita Parent chaired the library planning group and the work began in earnest. On July 28, 1993 the first meeting of the Melissa Public Library volunteers was held.

On August 24, 1993 the Melissa City Council passed Ordinance 93-10, establishing a public library for the City of Melissa. Five thousand dollars was authorized to establish the library in the prior city hall space. Beginning in November of 1993, the old city hall was renovated. With input from many friends, Charlie Fry coordinated designing the space and Gorten Mondon and Bob Miller (city councilman and longtime Melissa resident) served as advisers. The total number of hours spent by all the volunteers was well over 2,000.

Your Melissa Public Library will be celebrating 20 years of service to our communities this year. If you have additional historical information, photos or a desire to participate in the events, contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com.

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

Our new part-time Children’s and Teen Librarian is now at the library. Wendy Turner comes to us with more than nine years worth of experience in children’s services. Welcome, welcome! Here is her schedule for this month! Fridays: 10:15-10:45 a.m., lap babies and above:

· January 17 - Vroom! Bring your favorite toy car!

· January 24 - Opposites

· January 31 - Brrrrr! It’s cold outside!

· February 7 - Our Valentine’s Party. Bring 35 signed cards to share.

Support the 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 and $2 more for 2XLand 3XL. They are the heavyweight cotton.

· Our annual Library ornament will commemorate the little red library! They are $10 each, and previous years are available, also.

Senior Gaming Club Continues: Stop by for an afternoon of fun games and friendship on the second, third and fourth Thursdays. This month we will meet on Jan. 16, 23 and 30 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Melissa Public Library. Meet new friends and enjoy the afternoon.

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: Saturdays, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 from 11 a.m. to noon. 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 alternative — certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. This is a citizen-led discussion, and the program is not endorsed by the City of Melissa.

The Melissa Public Library has started a board game group: This is a chance for local gamers to get together over a table covered in wooden bits and cardboard, and for people curious about the modern board game hobby to learn more. A large collection of games is available from our sponsor with modern classics like Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan, family fun with King of Tokyo, challenging Euro-games such as Agricola and Power Grid and even war games like Combat Commander. Even if you have never heard of these titles you will have a blast learning and experiencing them for the first time. Each week, games will be set up and taught; all you need to do is come and have a good time. Whether you are just learning about board games, or a seasoned player, all will feel welcome. Take this opportunity to join us, play great games, meet people in the area, and experience the fun of this wonderful hobby. The first game day will be Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Melissa Public Library with meetings the first and third Saturday of each month. If you have questions or would like to RSVP, please email librarian@cityofmelissa.com.

Join us on Saturday, February 8, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon) and take a FREE armchair tour through North Texas and see the geology of our area! Mr. Richard Zartler will discuss what is under our feet and how it came to be. This is a photographic tour of exposed sites in the area and even rock samples. You won’t have to leave your seat at the Melissa Public Library, just come and enjoy a visit with an expert from the Blackland Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists.

Please contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com with any questions and suggestions!