Melissa Library gears up for summer

staff reports
The event will include vendors, a bounce house, information booths, balloon sculptures, the fire department ladder truck, and most importantly, ice cream.

The Melissa Public Library kicked off its summer programs in style May 29 with a summer opening celebration. Nearly 1,000 people gathered to mark the start of the library’s in-person and virtual summer reading programs.  

The event was the largest summer kick-off in the library's history. More than 60 library cards were issued. Officials estimate that the community saved over $4,000 in checkouts in one day. Many visitors got to experience a live exotic petting zoo called Monkey See Monkey Do.  There were also vendors, a bounce house, information booths, balloon sculptures, the fire department ladder truck, and most importantly, ice cream. 

Library Director Jennifer Nehls said the youth librarians have done a phenomenal job of planning for the summer programs as well as the kick-off party. 

The event will include vendors, a bounce house, information booths, balloon sculptures, the fire department ladder truck, and most importantly, ice cream.