Story time in the Melissa Public Library from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Fridays – 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.

August 9 — Hooray for Reading: The Cardinal cheerleaders and Birdie will come read with us! Hip, Hip!!

August 16 – Dr. Jackman from Anna Optical will be coming to discuss eye care.

August 23 – Blackland Prairie Raptors will again visit the Melissa Library. This will start at 10:30 a.m. Please be seated by 10:15 a.m.

Happy Birthday to your Melissa Public Library! The anniversary dates for a number of 20-year events marking the start of the Melissa Public Library are coming up through the end of next year. If you would like to help plan and make things happen for the celebrations, contact Lorelei Perkins before August 3 at to represent an organization or as a community member and you can be a part of the planning committee.

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– 3 p.m. on the second week and noon-2 p.m. on the third for games, visiting and fun. The next dates are August 8 and August 15.

This weekend is the summer reading celebrations: Your reading logs must be in by Friday, August 9, so you can celebrate your success on Saturday, August 10 at 11 a.m. Everyone reading 500 minutes will receive a certificate and a bag of goodies. What a great year this has been! Mrs. Perkins will get your sheet to your school for recognition there, also.

Teen Readers, homeschoolers and public schoolers: Enjoy a cool summer read. On August 15, the books are Anne Frank: diary of a young girl by Anne Frank and Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. And in September; 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

Bead-it, Bead-it: Pre-teens and older, do you like to have bead bracelets for your wrist or ankle in the colors you want? Miss Carol will help you roll your own beads in colors you can choose or make just for your mood. Come to the Melissa Public Library on Saturday, August 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and make your bracelet. The event is free, but if you have some beads you would like to include in your bracelets, bring them. Bring a friend and get ready to look stylish for school! Email librarian@cityofmelissa with questions.

Daffodils, Tulips and More: North Texas gardens were bursting with gorgeous blooming bulbs this spring. Planting bulbs is the easiest way to add a punch of color to any landscape, but selecting the best varieties for our area can be tricky. The Melissa Public Library appreciates the classes and learning opportunities we receive from the Collin County Master Gardener Association (CCMGA). They have simplified the process of choosing bulbs for you. Choose any of the tried-and-proven bulb selections available through the 2013 CCMGA Bulb & Perennial Mart Exclusive Bulb Sale to begin planning a more colorful spring landscape. These bulb varieties are top performers for North Texas gardens, and include daffodils, tulips, alliums and more. Visit the CCMGA website for more information and to order your bulbs today. But hurry, these limited quantities will only be available through August 31. Spectacular spring blooms will be only a few short months ahead! Happy Gardening.

Save a nickel, save a dime, adds up to dollars, oh so fine: Couponing 101 will be back again at the Melissa Public Library on August 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join this free class to share the finer points of couponing, awards and more. If you have missed the others, this is the class to get you started or brush up on the rules. In the meantime, there is a basket full of coupons in the library for you to sort through. Bring your extras, take what you want. To order one of the presenter’s notebooks, email, you can pay the night of class. Practical, realistic tips make a big difference.

Kids are back to school, Mom is on her own: Come to the Melissa Library on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and find out how you can spend your time helping out in your community. The Melissa Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of the Library, Meals on Wheels and more will be there to answer your questions. You can determine where and when you provide service and meet new friends. Your assistance is needed in many areas. This is a walk-in event, so come enjoy muffins and juice and meet new friends.