I resolve to…volunteer in my community in 2014.

Melissa Public Library can always use community volunteers to help in the library. This can be groups, families or individuals. You can record time for community service, school, club or employment hours. Most of the help we need is in shelving books and movies, so knowing how to put things in A-B-C order is important. There are other clerical and housekeeping tasks that allow our librarians other work tasks. Our youngest volunteers are age 8 (they sort books and cut out story time shapes) up to seasoned 90 year olds (who sat and filed applications). You set the hours, when and how often, so this is a perfect fit for you. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com and she will set up the first time to meet with you. Looking forward to seeing you in the book stacks!

With the cold weather again upon us, please bring your gently used coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats and gloves to the Melissa Public Library. Donations will be distributed by the Melissa Community Outreach.

Our new part-time Children’s and Teen Librarian is now at the library. Wendy Turner comes to us with more than nine years worth of experience in children’s services. Welcome, welcome! Here is her schedule for this month! Fridays: 10:15-10:45 a.m., lap babies and above:

· January 17 - Vroom! Bring your favorite toy car!

· January 24 - Opposites

· January 31 - Brrrrr! It’s cold outside!

· February 7 - Our Valentine’s Party. Bring 35 signed cards to share.

· February 14 Here we are at the Melissa Public Library Olympics

Support the Melissa Public Library for our 20 year anniversary:

Add a shelf: The library needs more shelves for all your great books. Donate $20 for a half-shelf, $40 for a full shelf. You will be recognized on a plaque for helping us "Stack the Shelves."

· Commemorative 20-year shirts will be available in the library for $12 each and $2 more for 2XLand 3XL. They are the heavyweight cotton.

· Our annual Library ornament will commemorate the little red library! They are $10 each, and previous years are available, also.

Senior Gaming Club Continues: Stop by for an afternoon of fun games and friendship on the second, third and fourth Thursdays. This month we will meet on Jan. 16, 23 and 30 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Melissa Public Library. Meet new friends and enjoy the afternoon.

How do you get it in print? On Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to noon, an area publisher will discuss writing and getting your books and poetry in print. Register at librarian@cityofmelissa.com.

The Melissa Public Library has started a board game group: This is a chance for local gamers to get together over a table covered in wooden bits and cardboard, and for people curious about the modern board game hobby to learn more. A large collection of games is available from our sponsor with modern classics like Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan, family fun with King of Tokyo, challenging Euro-games such as Agricola and Power Grid and even war games like Combat Commander. Even if you have never heard of these titles you will have a blast learning and experiencing them for the first time. Each week, games will be set up and taught; all you need to do is come and have a good time. Whether you are just learning about board games, or a seasoned player, all will feel welcome. Take this opportunity to join us, play great games, meet people in the area, and experience the fun of this wonderful hobby. The first game day will be Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Melissa Public Library with meetings the first and third Saturday of each month. If you have questions or would like to RSVP, please email librarian@cityofmelissa.com.

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to noon and take a free armchair tour through North Texas and see the geology of our area. Richard Zartler will discuss what is under our feet and how it came to be. This is a photographic tour of exposed sites in the area and even rock samples. You won’t have to leave your seat at the Melissa Public Library, just come and enjoy a visit with an expert from the Blackland Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists.

Let’s restart the adult book club for 2014: Please email or call the librarian at 972-837-4540 and vote for either Monday afternoon from noon to 2 p.m. or Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon for adult readers to share what you have recently read. Additionally, if there is enough interest we will do 30 minutes of knitting instruction to start. Let us know what works for you.

Please contact librarian@cityofmelissa.com with any questions and suggestions.