Story time in the Melissa Public Library – Fridays – 10:15-11:00 a.m. – 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.

— July 12 – The tortoises are coming back: Dr. Hull from the Tort Shack will bring some of her special friends to the library. This is a fascinating look at some of the slowest, and some surprisingly quick, animals.

— July 19 – Sweet Sue, a beautiful assist dog, will come visit the library while we read.

— July 26 – Dig up a little history of our area: Come see some real artifacts from our local area. If you are a scout or need to sign off on historical presentations, be sure to bring your papers. This is a great event for adults and kids.

Save the date - August 23: Blackland Prairie Raptors will again visit the Melissa Library, this time at 10:30 a.m.

Game Day with the Senior Citizens of Melissa: All ages are welcome. Every second and third Thursdays our seasoned community friends will be meeting in the Community Room of the City Hall from noon to 3 p.m. on the 2nd week and noon to 2 p.m. on the third for games, visiting and fun. Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com or 402-490-6583 for questions.

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 congrats.

Start Clickin’: The 3rd Annual Friends of the Melissa Public Library Photography Contest is coming soon. Photo drop-off will be from July 20 – August 1 at 8 p.m. Winners will be announced at the end of the summer reading program celebration on August 10. There is plenty 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 on July 18 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.. We will read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’engle and 21 Balloons by William Penne Dubois. Because I know you want to know about August, the selections are Anne Frank: diary of a young girl by Anne Frank and Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. In September the selections will be The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Come check them out and be ready to share an activity and a good talk. Pre-registration is appreciated at jumpingeronimodesigns@gmail.com.

Get that registration and fee in now for the next babysitting class: 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 Friday, July 19 or the class cannot be held; five participants are required. This program helps build confidence, self-esteem and skills necessary to care for infants and children on a daily basis and in emergency situations. Participants learn diapering, feeding, CPR and First Aid. Included is a workbook and completion card. Recommended ages are 10-17 years. Registration forms will be available online at www.cityofmelissa.com/library.

Friends of the Melissa Public Library (FOMPL) is the greatest support we have: FOMPL’s advocacy keeps the activities and opportunities pouring out to you, our community of library lovers. The next general meeting for the public is July 16. Elections and ideas will occur. Come support our good supporters!

Movie Night at the Melissa Library Fridays: Remember, anyone under 16 years of age must have an adult with them during the show time. Friday, July 12, 7 p.m. — Jack the Giant Slayer, rated PG-13, in the City Council room (no food) and Escape From Planet Earth, rated PG in the library.