MELISSA — The Melissa Public library would like you to join them for a fun, family event on Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. in the Melissa City Council Chambers as they present ‘Halloween Stories Without Nightmares’ by professional storyteller, Bernadette Nason! This is a FREE ticketed event, so stop by the library or email librarian@cityofmelissa.com to reserve your seats!


Award-winning English storyteller/actor/author Bernadette Nason performs all over the world. She is famous for her multicultural folktales, and for personal stories about places she’s lived: England, Africa, Arabia and the US. She was in the movie, Miss Congeniality, and recently published a grown-up book, TEA IN TRIPOLI…and she’s coming to your library! Join us for a thrilling program of (mildly) creepy tales designed to make your hair stand on end.


Perfect for all ages but recommended for age 4 and up. (No strollers). Treats served afterward for a fee. DON’T MISS IT! This event is supported by the Friends of the Melissa Public Library and the Texas Commission on the Arts, bringing the Arts to Texas libraries.


You 2 Can Paint! Oct. 29, (no Melissa ISD school that day!) from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Melissa City Hall lobby. You need to preregister at librarian@cityofmelissa.com for this free class to reserve your supplies. Wear old clothes and be prepared to create a masterpiece. Family fun for ages 10 and up. Be prepared to walk in the steps of Bob and Klark!


Would your group/organization or homeschool kids over the age of 8 want to help us out with our annual Halloween Preschool Party? The fun is at the Melissa City Hall on Oct. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Setup is at 10:00 a.m. and event ends at 12:30 p.m. Your business or group will meet and greet over 300 kids and their families. You provide a fun game and treats to the littles (and business/group info to the adults). Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com to reserve your space and be part of a fantastic morning!


The beautiful City of Melissa Christmas Village will be assembled the week before or of Thanksgiving. We MUST have help to assemble this yearly, so we are getting the word out as early as we can. If your family, church group, organization would like to help decorate one section, please contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com. It is a fun activity to start off the holiday season!


Community Coat and Outerwear Drive: The chilly mornings are not too far away for us here in North Texas, so as you get ready and have extras, please bring donations to the library for the Melissa Community Outreach. They give out the following items to those with a need: coats of all size (adult and child and infant), jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, outerwear sweatshirts or gently used. Some pickup available or bring them by the library during regular hours. We will be accepting donations now until Feb. 28th. Thanks so much!


The Friends of the Melissa Public Library annual photo contest participants can continue picking up their photos and ribbons at the library anytime! The quality of photos this year was amazing, so start planning for next summer now!


Be sure to attend the next Board meeting for the Friends of the Melissa Public Library on Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. in the library. This advocacy and fundraising group makes all the difference in the opportunities you and your community can participate in with the library. Bring ideas and consider serving as an officer for the Friends group! Check us out!!!


The Melissa Public Library Board meets monthly will meet again on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the Melissa City Hall Community Room. Stop by and see what you as citizen-members can do to help create our library culture. This month, we welcome community input to planning and goals for the library programs and services for the next year and longer. Please come give your input! We WANT you!


Children’s Story Time is held weekly at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Melissa Public Library inside Melissa City Hall. Contact Ms. Leslie at lchaney@cityofmelissa.com for questions or to be put on an email list.


• Oct. 19 – Fire Prevention Week in the Library! Meet and greet the Melissa Fire Department and learn how to prevent fires and save lives. The truck will be here!


• SAVE THE DATE! Oct. 26 is the big, huge, fun annual Preschool Halloween Event, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You come in costume and your city friends provide the free Halloween bags and treats! Lots of activities and good times! See you there!


Teen Activities Group (TAG) for ages 8-18, will rock out with Ms. Jennifer! Come join us Thursdays from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the library! Contact her at jnehls@cityofmelissa.com for more information or to join the TAG emailing list!


• October 18 – Visitor Night: MiniEncounters! Come see and learn about miniature horses! Closed toed shoes required!


• October 25 – Costume Party: We had so much fun at last year’s party, let’s have another!