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Adult programs

Significant Short Fiction Discussion Group: 2-3:30 p.m. June 19. This group meets the first and third Wednesday afternoons each month (September to June) in the Upper Lobby to discuss short stories from various authors (i.e. Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Dorothy Parker, E.B. White and many more). New members are always welcome.

MPL Book Group: 7:30-8:45 p.m. June 20. The Melrose Public Library Book Discussion Group (for adults) will meet to discuss “The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman. Stop by the circulation desk and arrange to pick up this month’s title in advance to join in the discussion.

The Sputnik Years with Kelly Beatty: 7-8 p.m. June 24. When a Russian rocket lofted Sputnik 1 into orbit on Oct. 4, 1957, the worldwide reaction was a mixture of awe and apprehension. The Space Age — and the Space Race — had begun. To an American public that had grown accustomed to our country’s growing global primacy, Sputnik’s launch was a traumatic wake-up call. This retrospective will explore the events leading up to Sputnik’s launch, the political fallout that led to America’s response (Explorer 1), the formation of NASA, and the crucial role that amateur astronomers played in tracking the first satellites.

Kelly Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he specializes in planetary science and space exploration as Senior Editor for Sky & Telescope magazine. Beatty enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with a wide spectrum of audiences, from children to professional astronomers, and you’ll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on National Public Radio and The Weather Channel.

Please note, seating is limited; sign up is required. Please sign up starting on Saturday, June 8th at 10 AM online to reserve a seat or call the Library and speak with a library staff member, 781-665-2313. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Melrose Public Library.

Tasty Books for Hungry Readers: 7:30-8:45 p.m. June 25. Join friends old and new for a discussion while enjoying snacks and treats inspired by the monthly book selection. Stop by the main desk to pick up a copy of “The Lost Vintage” by Ann Mah.

History Book Group: 7-8:45 p.m. July 10. Join a lively discussion group focused on history! A subject is determined each month and participants read a non-fiction history book related to the topic. New members are welcome to join and experience history from many points of view on one topic. No other history book club offers this unique approach! Everyone is welcome to make a presentation, join the discussion, or to just listen to learn something new and meet other people who enjoy history! This month’s topic is TBA.

Teen programs

Teen Tuesdays Cupcake Challenge: 6:15-7:30 p.m. June 25. For sixth to 12th grades. Three rounds decorating cupcakes, only one winner. Register at starting June 17.

Teen Tuesdays Tie Dye: 6:15-7:15 p.m. July 2. Tie dye a shirt we provide or bring something from home! Register at starting June 17. Sixth to 12th graders.

Yak, Snack and Read: Graphic Novels: 6-7 p.m. July 8. Come to Yak, Snack and Read Graphic Novel Club! Books are available in the TeenZone. Pizza will be served. Bring a friend. Sign up is required online at

Teen Tuesdays Craft Night — Slime: 6:15-7:15 p.m. July 9. Make two kinds of slime: galaxy slime and chalkboard slime. Register at starting June 17.

Children’s programs

Preschool Fridays Music with Dara: 10:30 a.m. June 21. This 45-minute program is for children 2-5 years old . A special guest will be featured each week. Register at http;// beginning at 8 a.m. the morning of the program. Sponsored by the Friends of Melrose Public Library.

Baby Steps: 10:30 a.m. June 26. Baby Steps is a registered program that introduces babies and parents to the library and the world of books. Join us for 30 minutes of finger plays, rhymes, lap songs, stories and fun. There will be time after each program for babies and parents to socialize. Register online beginning 8 a.m. the morning of each program.

Snack Pack: 3-4 p.m. June 27. Calling all book lovers entering the fourth and fifth grades. You are invited to participate in the library’s monthly book discussion group. Register online or with library staff. The library provides the books and snacks. Ask at the Children’s Room desk for a copy of this month’s selection.

Tween Scene Little Bits: 6-7 p.m. June 27. Tweens can hang out with us Thursday nights for crafts, friends and fun. Register online one week before each program. Register at beginning at 8 a.m. the morning of the program.

Preschool Fridays with Lindsay and her Puppets: 10:30 a.m. June 28. This 45-minute program is for children age 2-5. A special guest will be featured each week. Register at beginning at 8 a.m. the morning of the program. Sponsored by the Friends of Melrose Public Library.

Family Fun Night Movie Night: 6-7:30 p.m. July 1. End your day at the library with these fun family-friendly activities on Monday nights this summer. Online registration for this event opens 8 a.m. June 24.

Construction Tuesdays: 10-11:30 a.m. July 2. Drop in on Tuesday  mornings and build with Legos and Keva Planks. Don’t forget to bring a friend. Register online the day of the program. Registration for this event opens 8 a.m. July 2.