McKinney Public Library System

McKinney Public Library System We enrich the lives of people in the community by providing open access to materials, services and information in a responsive and friendly environment.
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Operating as usual

Be sure to see us early next week! Our hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25 and closed on Thursday ...
11/20/2020

Be sure to see us early next week! Our hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25 and closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27. We'll resume regular hours on Saturday, November 28.

You can download eBooks and eAudiobooks anytime at:
https://ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/mkpls/Featured

Have you seen Olive in the wild? This huge sunflower caught her attention while she was making her neighborhood rounds. ...
11/20/2020

Have you seen Olive in the wild? This huge sunflower caught her attention while she was making her neighborhood rounds.

Come by and say hi if you see Olive at the library. Pick up a few books while you're here! http://mckinney.bywatersolutions.com/

This book was published in 2013, and was adapted as a romantic comedy in 2018. It ultimately became a trilogy about thre...
11/20/2020

This book was published in 2013, and was adapted as a romantic comedy in 2018. It ultimately became a trilogy about three families, gossip, scheming, and so much more.
What is it?

Who remembers these? In the 1950’s, we would you send you a reminder postcard if you had an overdue book. Today, we'll s...
11/19/2020

Who remembers these? In the 1950’s, we would you send you a reminder postcard if you had an overdue book. Today, we'll send you an email or text message. Give us a call at 972-547-7323 or access your account online to update your messaging preferences! www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org

November is Early Literacy Month, so we're creating awareness about the importance of writing! Below are some ideas to f...
11/19/2020

November is Early Literacy Month, so we're creating awareness about the importance of writing! Below are some ideas to foster this skill in your child. Even unrelated activities such as playing with toys nurtures creativity and imagination in ways that can lead to writing.

Check out the McKinney Sketchbook Project for more ideas! www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/sketchbook

Tonight! We'll show you how to use Newspapers.com to research family history. All library programs are free and open to ...
11/19/2020

Tonight! We'll show you how to use Newspapers.com to research family history.

All library programs are free and open to the public. Links and descriptions are available from our online calendar: www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/events

Are you an aspiring writer? Join us this Sunday, November 22 for Writer's Exchange! It's a monthly forum to discuss issu...
11/18/2020

Are you an aspiring writer? Join us this Sunday, November 22 for Writer's Exchange! It's a monthly forum to discuss issues of interest, offer mutual support, and exchange ideas and marketing tips.

Full details and program link are available from our online calendar: www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/events

11/18/2020

Have you ever made your own pumpkin from craft materials? Check out this new DIY and learn how!

In addition to our Facebook DIY playlist, we have all kinds of craft books to keep you busy over the holiday season. Go to our online catalog and put some on hold today! http://mckinney.bywatersolutions.com/

What do you think a llama has to do with Aztec culture? Join us on Thursday for Mytherious Legends and find out! Descrip...
11/18/2020

What do you think a llama has to do with Aztec culture? Join us on Thursday for Mytherious Legends and find out!

Descriptions and links for all library programs can be found at: www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/events

11/17/2020

Collages are a fun way to create an artistic composition! This video shows how to use the placement and arrangement of visual elements to their greatest effect in a work of art.

Have you been following The McKinney Sketchbook Project? Follow along with the playlist and create 10 wonderful pieces of art. We'll make a free digital portfolio for you, and all ages and abilities are welcome.
More details here: www.MckinneyPublicLibrary.org/Sketchbook

Join us for Recycled Book Crafting this Wednesday, November 18! You'll get tips on how to create a "book turkey" like th...
11/17/2020

Join us for Recycled Book Crafting this Wednesday, November 18! You'll get tips on how to create a "book turkey" like the one shown here, in addition to showing off your own creations. All ages are welcome, and we'll start at 6:30 p.m.

Bookmark our online calendar for links and descriptions to all library programs!
www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/events

11/17/2020
Open Source #2

Are you trying to repurpose an old computer? Join us on December 1 for our new Open Source, Open Alternative program!

In this video Ed talks about Linux software and its applications. This will be one of several topics that will be explored in the upcoming program. Details can be found at www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/events

Sonny, Aussie, and Fred are playing hide and seek in the stacks at Roy and Helen Hall!  These guys seem to enjoy the non...
11/16/2020

Sonny, Aussie, and Fred are playing hide and seek in the stacks at Roy and Helen Hall! These guys seem to enjoy the nonfiction section. Which area of the library is your favorite?

You can place any book on hold through our online catalog! http://mckinney.bywatersolutions.com/

The Thanksgiving Take and Make Kits are here! They're available at both libraries while supplies last.   We have more id...
11/16/2020

The Thanksgiving Take and Make Kits are here! They're available at both libraries while supplies last.

We have more ideas on our virtual programming webpage. Show us what you're working on this holiday season! www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/virtual

Did you know newspapers are a great way to learn about your own family history?  If you're new to genealogy or have been...
11/13/2020

Did you know newspapers are a great way to learn about your own family history? If you're new to genealogy or have been doing it for a while, this free program will show you how to use Newspapers.com to explore your family's past!

Go to our online calendar for more details and a link to the program!
www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/events

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s...Olive! She found this fun old style phone booth at the corner of Bass Drive and Louisi...
11/13/2020

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s...Olive! She found this fun old style phone booth at the corner of Bass Drive and Louisiana Street. Do you think Olive might use the phone booth to turn into a superhero?

You can find lots of superhero books at the library, come check them out!
http://mckinney.bywatersolutions.com/

This Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel is about a young woman who loves her village. But her village relies on a wizard ...
11/13/2020

This Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel is about a young woman who loves her village. But her village relies on a wizard who holds the corrupted Wood at bay.
Can you guess the title?

Find your next great read here! http://mckinney.bywatersolutions.com/

Randy the mail carrier is joining us tomorrow for Homeschool Meetup! Find out how your packages and letters arrive at yo...
11/13/2020

Randy the mail carrier is joining us tomorrow for Homeschool Meetup! Find out how your packages and letters arrive at your house each day. There is a lot more to it than you might think!

Homeschool Meetup meets on Fridays at 11:15 a.m. Go to our events calendar to find the link! www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/events

November is Early Literacy Month!  Singing to your child can be an important part of development. Children will learn rh...
11/12/2020

November is Early Literacy Month! Singing to your child can be an important part of development. Children will learn rhythm and it opens the door to learning sounds and meaning in different ways.

All of our story time programs include singing in different contexts. You can find descriptions and links for all of our programs here: www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/events

Do you remember due date cards? Before computers, you would find these inside the front cover of library books. The libr...
11/12/2020

Do you remember due date cards? Before computers, you would find these inside the front cover of library books. The librarian would stamp them at checkout as a reminder when to return the book. The librarian had a corresponding ledger to match and track books that were checked out or overdue.

Fun to remember, but such systems would be untenable with the huge volume of books busy libraries like McKinney Public Library loans today (over one million are checked out or renewed every year). Thank you for your supporting your library!

If you or someone you know is trying to figure out Medicare, join us this morning! This free program covers the four mai...
11/12/2020

If you or someone you know is trying to figure out Medicare, join us this morning! This free program covers the four main parts of Medicare, provides a better understanding of Medicare eligibility, election periods, and enrollment penalties, to name just a few topics.

Scott Teagle, a local insurance agent who specializes in Medicare, will present this program on Zoom. The link is available from our online calendar: www.mckinneypubliclibrary/events

Pre-K Storytime is one of our most popular programs, which means you should join us! Nicole shares books, songs, activit...
11/11/2020

Pre-K Storytime is one of our most popular programs, which means you should join us! Nicole shares books, songs, activities, and a craft every Wednesday at 11:15 a.m.
Intended for children ages 3-5, Pre-K Storytime is an important part of early literacy skill development.

In addition to the weekly program, we have free extra content on our Virtual Programming webpage so you can practice anytime! www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/virtual

11/11/2020

Add some flair to your next party! Kellie shows us how to make decorative bunting that looks like slices of pie. It's really fun and easy to make.

If you're looking for other creative projects to work on, put some books on hold from our online catalog! http://mckinney.bywatersolutions.com/

11/11/2020

It's STEAM time, and we're going to learn about polymers! What do you think will happen when you push a sharp pencil through a bag full of water? Will the water get everywhere or will the bag somehow seal itself? This is a fun science project you can try at home!

We have more information about polymers and other STEAM projects on our Virtual Programming webpage! www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/virtual

11/10/2020

If you love experimenting with art, check out this this week's video for The McKinney Sketchbook Project! Kellie shows us embossing and debossing techniques, which is the process of creating either raised or recessed relief images and designs on paper and other materials.

We're taking submissions for the McKinney Sketchbook Project through December 31, and we'll make a free digital porfolio for you. Details are at www.McKinneyPublicLibrary.org/Sketchbook !

Did you catch Bilingual Storytime today? Join Adrian on Tuesday mornings when she translates popular children's books in...
11/10/2020

Did you catch Bilingual Storytime today? Join Adrian on Tuesday mornings when she translates popular children's books into Spanish!

Let's celebrate other cultures, develop literacy skills, and have fun. Find descriptions and links to all of our programs at www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/events !

11/10/2020
Open Source promotion

Are you trying to find another use for that old computer? Join Ed on Tuesday, December 1 at 6 p.m. as he discusses installing open source software as an option to give your hardware a new lease on life!

Details at www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/events . All library events are free and open to the public!

Do you know how to play chess? Looks like Sonny, Aussie, and Fred are learning how to play, too. If you're pursuing a ne...
11/09/2020

Do you know how to play chess? Looks like Sonny, Aussie, and Fred are learning how to play, too.

If you're pursuing a new game or hobby, be sure to visit our online catalog for ideas and resources! http://mckinney.bywatersolutions.com/

Hey, teens! Join us on Tuesdays for Anime Club. We'll watch an episode or two and show off your latest craft. Dress up i...
11/09/2020

Hey, teens! Join us on Tuesdays for Anime Club. We'll watch an episode or two and show off your latest craft. Dress up in your cosplay, too!

Bookmark our online calendar for this and other events! www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/events

Are you or someone you care about applying for Medicare? Join us for this free program in which we have an expert on han...
11/06/2020

Are you or someone you care about applying for Medicare? Join us for this free program in which we have an expert on hand to give you an overview and get you started in the process. No RSVP necessary, go to our online calendar for the link! www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org/events

Name the book! This dystopian novel series first appeared in 2008 for young adult audiences. A prequel was published ear...
11/06/2020

Name the book! This dystopian novel series first appeared in 2008 for young adult audiences. A prequel was published earlier this year.

Go to our online catalog for these and other books! http://mckinney.bywatersolutions.com/

11/05/2020

We've all heard oil and water don't mix, but maybe they do! Throw in an Alka Seltzer tablet and make a lava lamp!

Go to our Virtual Programming webpage and learn more about the science behind this experiment: www.mckinneypubliclibrary/virtual

We'll be discussing Aztec culture this afternoon for Mytherious Legends! Learn how birthday names relate to the Aztec ca...
11/05/2020

We'll be discussing Aztec culture this afternoon for Mytherious Legends! Learn how birthday names relate to the Aztec calendar, and how to draw and interpret symbols.

Mytherious Legends takes place every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. Bookmark this link to stay up to date on all of our programs! http://mckinneytexas.org/libraryevents

11/05/2020

Hey, kids! Check out this cool project using corn and learn some math along the way. Go to our Facebook playlist for more ideas, and share your own projects with us!

Calling all teen writers! Bounce poetry, stories, plays, novel excerpts or writing ideas off fellow creative writers and...
11/04/2020

Calling all teen writers! Bounce poetry, stories, plays, novel excerpts or writing ideas off fellow creative writers and get feedback and support for your writing.

Bookmark this link to stay current on all of our events: www.mckinneytexas.org/libraryevents

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Monday 10:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 21:00
Thursday 10:00 - 21:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

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(972) 547-7323

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The Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library, located at 101 East Hunt St. in downtown McKinney, offers a collection of more than 150,000 items. This library houses extensive fiction, nonfiction, reference and children's materials. In addition, it also offers the Helen Gibbard Hall Genealogy and Local History Area and a Spanish language collection

The John and Judy Gay Library, located at 6861 Eldorado Pkwy., opened in 2009. It serves the needs of families in the community with extensive children's and young adult collections, in addition to popular fiction, DVDs, nonfiction and reference materials. Items from either library may be requested for pickup at the other location.

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Mommy and Me Yoga Please use this link for the program https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83642185186?pwd=bFcva1cxUGZ4Vng2b21sbEJYMUlCUT09 Meeting ID: 836 4218 5186 Passcode: 801892
Thank you for the preschool make and take bags for fall!
Thank you for the preschool make and take bags!
Do you guys have a selection of 4K Blu Rays?
Enjoying the take and make bag today on a wagon ride! The autumn scavenger hunt was a hit! Thanks for putting these together 😊
Thanks for a fun yoga class!
Another fun storytime today! Thank you!
The new expansion to the John and Judy Gay library is amazing! So glad it is open now for us to enjoy!
Thank you for curbside pickup and preK story time this week! 😊
On behalf of the US Census for the creative minds...and a chance to win!
Is curbside pickup available? If so, what is the process?
Are you doing curbside pickup? If so where do I get started?