Director's Column

Director of Libraries Spencer Smith

A Center of Activities for Everyone
McKinney Courier Gazette, June 25, 2017

The McKinney Public Library System is always a center of activities with programs offered for all age groups, but the summer is a special time in the library. In addition to our normal robust schedule of programs, like Music and Movement, Build it and the Mother Daughter Book Club, our libraries host an annual summer reading program where we encourage adults and children alike to participate and track their reading minutes. 

Director of Libraries Spencer Smith


Reading Champions 

Last year, we experienced record setting numbers in book checkouts, events attended and summer reading program participants. This is a significant achievement because many students experience what is known as a “summer slide” when returning to school in the fall because of their decrease in reading. Research shows that reading just five books during the summer can prevent learning loss. We hope to curb that loss by offering a fun reading program and incentives for reading. For those with a competitive edge, we’ve partnered with local schools to encourage summer reading by awarding a trophy to the school that logs the most minutes. Last year, McClure Elementary won the “Reading Champions” award. Who will win the trophy this year?

Build a Better World with Reading This Summer

The theme of the summer reading program is “Build a Better World!” We want readers to explore places unknown while reading new books and magazines. We kicked off the program with a truck rodeo featuring our local superheroes where children got to explore emergency vehicles from the City of McKinney Police and Fire Departments. Both McKinney libraries have several family-friendly programs and events throughout the summer to help encourage a love of reading. From Cupcake Wars to Otis the Otter, the Perot Museum Tech Truck to author meet and greets, there is something special for everyone to enjoy. A full list of library programs is available on the library’s website

Reading Programs for All

To sign up for the reading program, visit one of the libraries or sign up online through Beanstack. Readers are encouraged to keep track of their reading minutes in the Beanstack log  until Aug. 11. I encourage everyone to ask our librarians questions; they are a great resource for recommending books. Adults, read books aloud to your children, let them pick out books and ask them questions about the books they are reading. Also participate in the program yourself and consider joining a book club. We hope everyone builds a better world this summer by reading and learning.