September is a Library Card Sign-Up Month. Stop by for your free card.

Story Time: Fridays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. for lap babies and up.

Coming Events:

— Sept. 6: Pizza! Pizza! We will make ourselves hungry reading about pizza.

— Sept. 13: Teddy Bear Day. Bring your favorite teddy bear or cuddly.

— Sept. 20: Chugga-Chugga, Choo-Choo! Trains are coming to the library

— Sept. 27: Fire Prevention Day at the Melissa Library. Come visit our firemen and see the truck.

Photographers, please pick up your Friends of the Melissa Public Library photos between Sept. 7-21. Please sign them out at the circulation desk. Let’s all start snapping pictures now for next year’s contest.

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 City Hall from noon– 3 p.m. on the second week and noon - 2 p.m. on the third for games, visiting and fun…that is, Sept. 12 and 19.

Free Movie Night at the Melissa Library: Friday, September 13, in the City Council Chamber. No food or drink, but great seating and sound. Come see Super Buddies, rated G. Watch the fur fly as a new breed of super hero is born in Disney’s fun-filled epic adventure. Remember, anyone under 16 years of age must have an adult with them during the show time. Coming October 11, Iron Man 3!

Friends Prepare for the Fall: The Friends of the Melissa Public Library will hold an open board meeting in the library on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. The board will hear reports from the new standing committee chairmen and representatives from the committee planning the 20th anniversary activities. Join us to learn more about how to submit recipes for a Friends Cookbook, discuss the budget for 2013-14 and hear about library happenings and needs for the Fall.

Teen Readers: Thursday, September 19, from 2 - 3 p.m., we will discuss The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. And in October, let’s talk about Anne Frank, diary of a young girl and Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. Come check them out and be ready to share an activity and a good talk. Pre-registration is appreciated at Get reading now.

Friends of the Melissa Public Library requests your help in securing recipes for the cookbook they are preparing for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Melissa Library. We get tired of cooking the same things so share some of your tried-and-true recipes with the community. Anyone in the Melissa and Anna areas is welcome to submit three to five recipes beginning now through Sept. 25. The first 200 recipes will be accepted for the cookbook so get yours in quickly. You may e-mail your recipe to or stop by the library for a form to complete. You may either drop the form off at the library or mail your recipe to Carol Chapman at 1836 Black Willow Trail, Anna, Tx. 75409. You may reserve one or more cookbooks at the time you submit your recipe to assure you get one as soon as they come in. Donation is $10. We plan to have the cookbooks before Thanksgiving so they will be great to give as Christmas gifts.

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, September 28, from 10:30 a.m. to noon and make your bracelet. If you have some beads from other projects, bring those. If you could bring a small material donation, do that, as well. Bring a friend and get ready to look stylish for school!

Always a book sale: There are some great books in the lobby of City Hall just for you. Extra books given to the library or more heavily used books from our collection are available for just a donation. Stop by our mini-sale and pick up some fine reading.

In your yard: Free class from a Collin County Master Gardener on Saturday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to noon,, Texas Wildflowers, legends and more with Diane Poston, Collin County Master Gardener. Here are some other future dates coming up this fall to mark your calendar:

— Oct. 12: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain barrel harvesting and construction class with Dave Spadoni, Collin County Master Gardener. The class is free, rain barrel pricing to come.

— Nov. 2: 11 a.m. to noon. Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association, Honey Queen Shannon, 30 min presentation and then questions and answers.

Starting Oct. 1, patrons 18 years of age and older will be able to check out five movies for one week, and patrons 17 years of age and younger may check out two movies for one week. We have appreciated the increase in movie donations from our patrons and budget support from the City of Melissa, so we now have a larger collection to share with you. Be responsible and get those movies back and our community can enjoy this expanded service.