To the editor,

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, volunteers, library staff, and the hundreds of people who attended, the Friends of the Melrose Public Library’s recent Mini Golf at the MPL events raised $8,500.

We encourage everyone reading this to do business with our sponsors and to thank them for their generosity.

Each and every person who lives in Melrose is entitled to, and invited to, use the Melrose Public Library. Getting a library card is easy. If you live in Melrose and you’re 4 or older, stop by the library (located at 69 W. Emerson St.), take a minute to sign up, and, just like that, a new world of information and resources will be literally at your fingertips, including:

• Free use of computers and WIFI: Bring your own laptop or use one of the MPL’s many public computers. All library computers are connected to printers. Printing costs 15 cents for a black and white copy, 25 cents for a color copy.

• Free access to hundreds of thousands of traditional books, CDs, DVDs, periodicals, and digital resources: The Melrose Public Library houses thousands of resources that you can use in the library or take home with you. Melrose is also part of the NOBLE network that includes 28 other libraries so, if you are looking for something that Melrose doesn’t have, simply ask a librarian to search NOBLE for you (or you can do it online, “Search the Catalog” on the home page) and the material(s) will be sent to the Melrose Public Library for you to pick up.

• Book groups for adults, teens and tweens, and children: Get out of the house and talk books with like-minded people in your community! Whether popular science, history, cooking, or fiction is your thing, whether you’re 8 or 80, there’s an MPL book group for you.

• Passes to museums and local attractions. Many provide free admission, others provide reduced admission price. Reserve at the library or online:

The most valuable resources at the Melrose Public Library are our librarians and library staff. Whether you are looking for a book recommendation, searching for an ancestor, or seeking news outlets that provide facts-based news, the MPL’s knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful staff is there to assist you.

Want to learn more about the Melrose Public Library and how it can benefit you? The library has an informative website that is updated regularly: and, of course, you can stop in any time the library is open. Winter hours are: Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 2 to 5 p.m.

The Friends of the Melrose Public Library is an all-volunteer, 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Melrose Public Library. All of the money raised from mini golf will be used for library programming, museum passes, and other purchases that benefit the library and its patrons—meaning, YOU!

The Friends would also like to acknowledge the Mini Golf at the MPL sponsors:

Hole sponsors: Bodyography, Crosscut Sewing, Robert Dolan, Mayor, Gately Funeral Home, Ironwood Cabinets, Melrose First Federal Credit Union, Peak Organic Brewing, Robinson Funeral Home, Dr. Frederick Solomon, DMD, Trustees of Melrose Public Library, Wegmans Medford, Whole Foods Melrose, Frank Wright, Ward 3 Alderman, Mike Zwirko, Alderman-at-Large.

Hole in $100/food/raffle sponsors: Align Massage Studios, Barnes & Noble Saugus, Barre & Soul, Anna Bastian, Attorney at Law, Big Y Saugus, Paul Brodeur, State Representative, Capuano Construction, Liz DeSelm, Melrose School Committee , Dunkin’ Donuts, Drs. Rhonda Fogle and Alexander Asch, L’Qchara, Lecce Skin Care, Jill Libby/Mary Kay, Linda Hedetniemi, Kate Lipper-Garabedian, Alderman-at-Large, Cathryn Mercier, Melrose Dance Academy, Melrose Family YMCA, Melrose Glass Company, Panera Saugus, Shaws Melrose, Starbucks, Stop N Shop Saugus, Sullivan & Clark, Trader Joe’s Saugus, Wicked Easy Golf.

Thank you to Silverwood Duo for their beautiful music and to Zuzus for the delicious food.

-- Christina Gagliano, Chairperson, Friends of the Melrose Public Library