In recognition of children’s health month, the story time children enjoyed a visit from John Foster, the chief of pharmacology at Baylor McKinney Health Center. It was very interesting to learn about using our medicine correctly and carefully. He also brought some fun things to wear as we practiced counting out capsules (beans.) Thanks for coming, Dr. John.

Story time in the Melissa Public Library is Fridays from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. Lap babies to preschoolers/homeschoolers are welcome, though an adult must stay with the child. New this year: 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.

• May 31 – Picnic at the library. We will read a couple of stories and then enjoy a picnic in the front of the library by the pond. Bring a lunch and a drink. Watermelon will be provided.

• June 7 – A guest reader and puzzles to play.

• June 14 – Father’s Day. We have our city "Dad," Mayor Reed Greer, coming to read to us and make our own dads something fun.

• June 21 – Dairy Day. Come out and learn about cows and milk products. There will be a special four-footed guest, too, if it is not raining.

• June 28 – Parade Day. Get ready for the Celebration of Freedom.

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

• 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.

The Melissa Public Library wants you to volunteer as a shelver, host/hostess, event helper, lots of things. is a link sponsored by an outside group that links volunteers with projects led by humanitarian and government agencies, churches and civic groups. Register at and then search for nearby projects where you can volunteer. You can also find humanitarian projects to do at home. Several sites are available in Allen public areas and most importantly, at the Melissa Public Library. We would love for you to volunteer at the Melissa Library. Children to be accompanied by an adult, teens can volunteer for service hours, most community service workers welcome and interested adults are appreciated. Email for questions.

Flickr, Twitter, Facebook. Email, Tumblr, blogs! How do I download those pictures? Skype? There will be sessions for Savvy Seniors (of any age). Open, walk-in free computer/equipment and media times will be at 2-4 p.m. on Thursday. Come to the Melissa Public Library with your questions and device. These informal question and answer classes sessions will help you open an email account, sign up for sites, download your pictures, anything you have a question about. The instructor will be a local IT professional. You can do this! Contact for questions. This first session is our lone introductory time, regular sessions will be twice monthly, alternating days and evenings, in the Fall.

"Finding your family" A new beginning genealogy class is at the Melissa Public Library on Thursday evenings in the City Hall Community Room. 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. Instructors Bobbye Fisher and Lela Caywood are looking forward to helping those who are interested to learn of their family heritage. Pre-registration encouraged to ensure handouts, but walk-ins are welcome.

• The first date is Thursday evening, May 30, from 6:15-7:45 p.m. in the City Hall Community Room. You will learn what to look for, how to find it and what to bring to the first work session.

• Starting Thursday, June 13, 20 and 27, you will meet again from 6:15-7:45 p.m. to put together your pedigree charts and family group sheets.

Save the date: The 2013 Melissa Public Library Summer Reading Program will kick-off on Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m. at City Hall. We have a guest author coming to share her books, an hour of fun in the foyer and Rise of the Guardians will be shown in the city council chamber. Mark your calendar for more information and be ready to come start your summer with a good book and lots of fun.

Wacky Wednesdays: Watch the weekly Wednesday schedule for some wonderful, wild and w-w-w-w- (enough of the W’s!) things for kids 10 years old to 17 years old. If you are wondering what to do this summer, come over to the library between 1-3 p.m. each week starting June 12. We will show some kid’s choice movies (you have to be there to vote for the next week’s showing.) Other weeks, we will do some crafts (anyone know how to make some bead bracelets and willing to help us?) If you want to share a hobby (like sports card collecting) or put together a puzzle or play some board games let us know. It is too hot to swim at that time, so come inside and have fun in the middle of each week. Watch for more to come!

• June 12 –movie

• June 19 – games/puzzles

• June 26 – movie

Start Clickin’: The 3rd Annual Friends of the Melissa Public Library Photography Contest will begin be happening soon. Photo dropoff will be from Saturday, July 20 to Thursday, August 1 at 8 p.m. Check out the details at the library web page. 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. Look at the guidelines on the library web page to be ready to show off those photos.

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 June 20 from 1:30– 3:30 p.m., 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. Because I know you want to know about August, the bok selections are Anne Frank: diary of a young girl by Anne Frank 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

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