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.

o June 21 – Dairy Day. This is National Dairy Month and Mr. Aaron will be bringing an exhibit about dairy farming and products. Come out and learn about cows and milking. There will be special guest Miss Diamond, too.

o June 28 – Parade Day. Get ready for the Celebration of Freedom. We will be making Fourth of July noisemakers with some friends.

o July 5 – Hat Day. Bring your craaaazzzieeest hat and show it off. City council member Julie Anderson will be our guest reader.

o 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 around.

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

o Save the date - August 23: Blackland Prairie Raptors will again visit the Melissa Library. This will start at 10:30 a.m.

Questions and Answers: Our most frequently asked library questions:

1. How much does it cost to get a library card?

— Library cards are free to any Texas resident that fills out a Melissa Library card application. You can live in Anna, Westin, McKinney, anywhere in Texas. 2. How many movies can I check out with my Melissa Library card?

—Children under 18 can check out two movies for two nights. Adults 18-and-over can check out three movies for two nights. (you can check out as many books as you can haul out the door for two weeks.) 3. Are there any other benefits to a Melissa Library card?

—Yes, there are many. You will have free access to MANGO languages, which is an online program through the Melissa Library site that has language lessons in Spanish (and ELL), Russian, Japanese, Chinese, French, German and more. You can access this on any computer. With your card, you also can log on to the TexShare databases, which contains EBSCO searches, HeritageQuest online and almost $35,000 worth of excellent research and information for adults and children. 4. I would like to help the library. How can I get involved?

—Your Melissa Public Library would love to have you volunteer as a book shelver/general assistant anytime that is convenient to you. Email librarian@cityofmelssa.com for a short 15 minute orientation, and you set your own hours. Service hours are easy to obtain, we appreciate all the help. In addition, the Friends of the Melissa Public Library (FOMPL) is always looking for members to support and advocate for the library. See their web link on the library page.

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 second week and noon-2 p.m. on the third for games, visiting and fun. Future dates are June 20 and July 10 and 17. Contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com or 402-490-6583 for questions.

"FINDING YOUR FAMILY" The beginning Genealogy class is at the Melissa Public Library on Thursday evenings in the courtroom and the library. This class will help you organize and analyze what you have, discover the many resources now available to help you and provide the basics for successfully discovering and identifying your ancestors. Walk-ins are welcome. Contact librarian@prodigy.net The next two sessions will be on Thursdays — June 20 and 27 from 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. Also, it is held every Friday from June 21 – July 5 from 1 - 3 p.m. You can come to the library computers and receive extra one-on-one help.

We had a fantastic Summer Reading Kick-off. On Saturday, June 15, our guest reader, Mary Brooke Casad and her assistant, Bluebonnet the Armadillo, shared stories about her visits to Texas landmarks. It was fascinating to hear about Dinosaur Valley State Park, the Texas State Fair and camping in the Hill Country. We learned how armadillos cross rivers (they walk along the bottom!) and how they can jump four feet high. Many thanks, Ms. Casad and Bluebonnet. Thanks to our bakers and Friends of the Melissa Public Library (FOMPL) for our bake sale items, they were yummy. Under the direction of Ms. Megan, our great readers enjoyed making caterpillar planters, Texas flowers and the Texas state flag. We enjoyed our bean bag toss game and Texas framed photos. And here are the winners of the FOMPL guessing game: 1. Children and Teen Books in Melissa Public Library — Stacy D 2. Total books in Melissa Public Library — by Becki J 3. Total Videos in Library — Tyson O Great guesses, winners! The winners will choose a book or video for the library and their name will be inside!

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.

Wacky Wednesdays for 10 year olds and older: If you are wondering what to do this summer, come over to the library between 1-3 p.m. each Wednesday. We will show PG and G movies or you can play a board game (bring your favorites.) It is too hot to swim at that time of day, so come inside and have fun in the middle of each week. Your parent does not have to be with you, but you must follow library rules.

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 jumpingeronimodesigns@gmail.com.

And for adults looking for a new book, come to the Good Book Club, Tuesdays, June 25, July 23 and August 27 from 11 - 12:30 p.m. in the library. Bring some titles of books you liked and you will leave with some ideas for yourself. Super informal. Look at the library website for previous reviews of our best books.

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 cityofmelissa.com/library.