Story time at the Melissa Public Library is held Fridays, 10:15-11 a.m. for lap babies and up. During the summer months, we are planning for story time to include activities that may interest elementary-age children, as well, so feel free to bring your 6-10-year olds.

— We had so much fun on June 21, meeting Diamond, the milk cow, and learning about dairy products from Mr. Sanders from the Southwest Dairy Farmers. We saw a cow being milked and learned a lot about our greatest source of calcium and vitamin D.

— June 28 – Parade Day: Get ready for the Celebration of Freedom. We will be making Fourth of July noisemakers with some friends. Wear red, white and blue.

— July 5 – Hat Day: Bring your craaaazzzieeest hat and show it off! City councilwoman Julie Anderson, will be our guest reader.

Readers for the summer reading program: Pick up your summer reading logs (also available online) and start reading and earning weekly prizes. Remember, read 20 minutes each day. When you get to 100 minutes each week, bring your record sheet in and choose a prize. When you read 500 minutes for the whole summer (20 minutes each day), you will be recognized with a goodie bag at the closing on August 10 and your sheet will go to your school for more congratulations.

Start Clickin’: The 3rd Annual Friends of the Melissa Public Library Photography Contest is here. Photo drop off will be from Saturday, July 20 – Thursday, August 1 at 8 p.m. Winners will be announced at the end of the summer reading program celebration on Saturday, August 10. There is a lot of time to capture those special shots. See the details and registration on our web page.

Teen Readers, home schoolers and public schoolers: Looking for friends to read some great books with you? Start now and enjoy the Teen Readers Book Club at the Melissa Public Library June 20. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery and Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindren are the selections. In July, we will read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’engle and 21 Balloons by William Penne Dubois. Come check them out and be ready to share an activity and a good talk. Pre-registration is appreciated at

As you plan your summer, be sure to remember this class as it will help teens be prepared to earn better babysitting money. The next Childcare & Babysitting program at the Melissa Public Library will be on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All registration must be in by July 19 or the class cannot be held. Registration forms will be available online at