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2023 Summer Reading Program

McKinney Time Machine Events

June  3 - Aug. 12

Take a journey through time at our special summer programs, open to all ages! Remember to log your reading minutes to unlock achievements in Beanstack!

Saturday, June 3Highland Games (JJGL)
Thursday, June 15Wild West (HALL)
Thursday, June 29: Ice Age (JJGL)
Thursday, July 13: Retro Party (HALL)
Thursday, July 27: Ancient Mysteries (JJGL)
Thursday, August 3: Time for Tomorrow (HALL)
Summer Reading 2023: McKinney Time Machine

Summer Reading Challenge

June 3 - Aug. 12
All Ages

Our Summer Reading Program is for families, children, teens, and adults. The focus this summer is on having lots of fun reading and stopping that summer slide. Participating in our Summer Reading Challenge is easy!

  • Register online beginning Saturday, June 3 by signing up for a free Beanstack account (no library card needed)
  • Track your reading online and engage our activity challenges at, or download the Beanstack Tracker app.
  • Log at least 600 minutes on your virtual Bingo card and participate in online activities to earn your certificate as a Master of Time! The final day to log minutes and participate in online activities is Sunday, Aug. 12.
  • Participate in other year-round reading challenges powered by Beanstack.

Mayor Fuller's Minutes to Win It

May 27 - July 29
Ages 5 - 18

Kick off the summer and try to read as many minutes as you can! The Top 3 readers who have read the most minutes will win a prize and be invited for a photo op with Mayor Fuller at our Aug. 3 Time for Tomorrow summer reading finale. Must be present to win. Minutes will be based on logged activity in Beanstack.


Something for Everyone

From our littlest patrons to our most senior, the McKinney Public Library strives to offer something for everyone. You can find early childhood classes, Wi-Fi access, teen book lists, ESL classes, and more.

Summer Program Guide (June - Aug) PDF


Reading Challenges

Powered by Beanstack

Current Challenges

  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
  • Texas 2x2 Reading List | 2022-2023
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award | 2022-2023 Challenge
  • Lone Star Reading List | 2022-2023
  • 2023 Lariat Reading List: Fiction for Adults

About Beanstack

Beanstack is a digital reading resource for tracking your personal reading goals all year. Registration is free and no library card is needed. You can earn badges for reading milestones and completing activities at the library, around the City of McKinney, and at home. Create a Beanstack account for yourself or your family. You can set up as many profiles as you like, for readers of any age. Search for "McKinney" to finish signing on.

Challenge Your Friends

You can add other readers who also use McKinney Public Library's Beanstack site as friends! Once you have added a friend you can see their reading log, their latest challenge and achievement badges, and compete with them on the leaderboard!

Beanstack Tracker App

Recording your reading can be as easy as using the Beanstack mobile app on your phone to scan the bar code on the back of any book. You can also enter the number of pages, minutes, or hours that you’ve read.


Offer a Program

We're Looking for Your Ideas and Experience

Would you like to present a free program at the McKinney Public Libraries? If so, please review the information below and fill out our easy online form. We will review your proposal and contact you if your program is of interest. 

A big part of our service is offering programs for patrons of all ages that align with the library's mission. We develop programs we know the public likes and wants to attend, and we look ahead to the future to offer programs on new topics. If you have a program that fits that description, we will be delighted to receive your proposal.

Scheduling and Publicity

We schedule programs as much as nine months ahead. Please be aware of timing and submit your proposal within that window. Information about your program may appear on the city's website, in the library's blog or on social media. 


  • McKinney Public Library-related programs and City of McKinney departments receive first consideration in scheduling meeting rooms.
  • McKinney Public Library meeting rooms are intended for activities like discussion groups, panels, lectures and meetings.
  • Any noise or vibration associated with the event must be contained within the room. This specifically references dance, exercise or music programs.
  • Solicitation or the exchange of money or goods are not allowed on Library premises.
  • Children must be with an adult at all times.
  • Nails, thumbtacks or other fasteners may not be used to attach anything to walls or furnishings. No posters or other items may be attached to the walls or furnishings in any way. Decorations may be used on tables only, and open flames or candles are not permitted.
  • Use of tobacco products and consumption of alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
  • The McKinney Public Library buildings are public facilities and all programs are free to the public.
  • Presentation of a program at the McKinney Public Library is not an endorsement of your group, its policies or activities by the McKinney Public Library System or the City of McKinney.