The City of McKinney Public Libraries System has expanded its popular children’s bilingual storytime to a multilingual storytime. Children will celebrate other cultures, enhance literacy skills and work together on a take-home craft at 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library, 101 E. Hunt St.
Children do not need to speak the featured language of the week to enjoy the activities. Below is a schedule of featured languages at upcoming storytime sessions this year:
- Oct. 23: Arabic
- Oct. 30: French
- Nov. 6: Spanish
- Nov. 13: Malay
- Nov. 20: Telugu
- Dec. 4: Arabic
- Dec. 11: Farsi
“The library is a place to learn and discover, and what better way for children to learn about the world than opening them up to new cultures and languages?” said Libraries Director Spencer Smith. “We have so many residents moving to McKinney from around the world, we want to be inclusive for all to enjoy our programs and to offer an opportunity for our children to learn a little more about their neighbors and their cultures.”
The multilingual storytimes will be held monthly at the Hall Library through December. Future dates can be found on the city’s website.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in America, McKinney has a current population of nearly 190,000 and serves as the county seat for Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown and cultural district, diverse housing options, a trendy culinary scene, and a uniquely beautiful natural setting with rolling hills and lush trees. The city is home to the top-rated McKinney National Airport and serves as the headquarters to many Fortune 500 companies and a burgeoning set of cutting-edge technology companies. McKinney offers the perfect mix for successful business development: a highly educated workforce, availability of land for expansion, convenient location to the DFW area and a nationally-acclaimed quality of life.