Director's Column

Spencer SmithSpencer Smith, Director McKinney Public Library System

McKinney Courier-Gazette 

Exciting Growth in 2020!

The new decade begins with our libraries embracing the spirit of change and growth that guided McKinney’s success in 2019. Our program offerings and attendance have increased, and we’ve created a robust spring programming calendar to continue this growth.

Updates continue at John & Judy Gay Library

The most obvious and exciting change - the grand reopening of the John & Judy Gay Library (JJGL) - is still on the horizon. Currently JJGL is operating with a smaller publicly accessible floor plan, with eight public computers, a browsing collection of library items for immediate checkout, Wi-Fi access and limited seating. We have stopped accepting materials donations at this time, since all of our book carts are in use preparing for collection shifts as part of this process. This smaller floorplan should last into early February, with official grand opening celebration plans set for the first week in June.

Programming Continues at Alternate Locations

Because of ongoing construction and space limitations, we have planned all of our spring programs at the Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library in Downtown McKinney. We’ve also partnered with various city departments and organizations to provide programs off-site. We understand this may be a bit of an inconvenience, but we’re confident the result will be worth the wait.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll join us for some new programming we have including:

Morning meet-up: Home-schoolers, join us for a fun hour to mingle, play games, gather resources for school and learn about different occupations from monthly guest speakers. Mondays, 10:15 a.m. at Hall.

Sensory Story Time: A story time for those who may be more comfortable in a smaller, intimate setting. We’ll read books and share sensory-based activities. Tuesdays, 2 p.m. at Hall.

True Crime Book Club: Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. Discuss true crime books of literary merit, and examine the writing style, content and presentation of material. The second Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. at Hall.

Blackwork Made Brilliant: Learn the textile art of counted stitch embroidery and create seasonal-themed pieces with presenter, Lorelei Stepp. April 3, 10:15 a.m. at the McKinney Senior Recreation Center.

For residents needing a quiet study space or meeting room, access to the Roy & Helen Hall facilities will remain unchanged during the construction at JJGL. 

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2020 promises to be an exciting time at the McKinney Public Library, and we can’t wait to see you this spring!