We are Planning A Soup-er Supper with you: Our combined Fun-draiser between the Melissa Public Library and the Melissa Community Outreach is almost here. Join us on Saturday, March 29 for food and fun from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.. Bring two food items per adult and one per child. It is a fundraiser, so bring second helping and dessert funds. Come see the new lobby book drop designed by our high school artists. There will be a cookbook donation table, and donations of coats, hats and sweaters will be accepted. Performances by the Melissa Youth Onstage, the Anna Strings, Melissa ISD musical ensembles and more are scheduled. It is a walk-in event, like a restaurant, no program, so bring the family and help stock the shelves of the food pantry and help donate toward a Melissa Library building sign. We are looking for soup makers and dessert bakers, and we need Scouts, Cubs and Brownies, 4H members and more to become involved, so email the librarian and volunteer to help. Email librarian@cityofmelissa.com to sign up today.

Story time is a great place Spring into Reading: Fridays, 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., lap babies and above. Miss Wendy has a couple of stories, songs, and activities for all.

· March 21 - Here Comes Spring

· March 28 - Guest reader

· April 4 - April Showers

· April 11 - Bunnies! Have a pet bunny to show off? Contact wturner@cityofmelissa.com

· April 18 - No storytime, but the library WILL be open!

We sure enjoyed our Friday visit from the pre-K class at Mudpies and Lullabies. Miss Wendy read several Dr. Seuss books in recognition of Read Across America. The 32 children fished for 1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish and Blue Fish. Bookmarks were colored and a great morning was shared with stories, activities and songs.

Senior Gaming Club Continues: Stop by for an afternoon of fun games and friendship on second, third and fourth Thursdays. This month we will meet on March 13, 20 and 27 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Melissa Public Library. Meet new friends and enjoy the afternoon.

Intro to Essential Oils: 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 22. Come learn about and experience an emerging category of natural wellness alternatives…certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. This is a citizen-led discussion, and the program is not endorsed by the City of Melissa.

Read it this month: Librarian recommendation – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It is incredible enough to think it is fiction, but this true story is amazing. Henrietta passed away in 1951 and her cells were taken without her family’s knowledge. They helped develop some of the amazing medical advances of the century, yet her family cannot afford health insurance today. Melissa Public Library has the book and the audio-selection. Stop by and check it out.

Get your pens and pencils ready: The Melissa Library Scribbler’s will begin to meet the fourth Saturday of each month to encourage budding and published authors in writing and publishing their works. This will be a friendly place to share your poems and stories in an encouraging place. Please pre-register to help our planning. The first meeting is Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Your leaders will include professional publishers.

Looking for some service hours and want to make a difference in the literacy community in Melissa? The Melissa Public Library is participating with World Book Night on Wednesday, April 23 to hand out free books to our citizens. Please email librarian@cityofmelissa.com if you or your family or group would like to help bring books to our community. We need folks willing to walk about one block and give out the donated brand-new books. There will be other jobs, also. An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 1 between 6:30-7 p.m. to describe the opportunity. This is great for community service, scout groups, and individuals.