Children's Programs

Children’s Services at the McKinney Public Library

The library is designing programs and selecting materials that help you move your child through healthy development. Our children’s programs and events are thoughtfully planned to provide a child a fun and positive experience with books and information.

Beanstack for families with young readersTrack your reading!

Keeping a journal of the things you read helps you find even more of what you enjoy. Our Beanstack service is easy to use. Parents must register individually, then register each child as a reader to get the most out of the experience. Through the service you will also get recommendations.

Little Ones Lapsit

Spend some quality time with your baby. Our library staff will model activities and behaviors that build preliteracy skills.

Adventure Tots

Have fun imagining a road trip around the world! Learn about people and places through stories. This program is for children ages 3-7.

Build it!

Understand basic principles of architecture, physics, and construction through creative play and crafting.

Little Explorers

Through simple science experiments children will have an opportunity to learn about how things work in the world around them.


What’s the BUZZZZZZZ? Busy kids learning about their world, community, and arts.  This specially designed weekly afterschool program is for children ages seven to ten.

Mother-Daughter Book Club, Spring 2017

  • Second Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m. at the John & Judy Gay Library
  • January 9 – Welcome to Wonderland #1 Home Sweet Motel by Chris Grabenstein
  • February 13 – Zoe in Wonderland by Brenda Woods
  • March 13 – The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • April 10 – Perijee & Me by Ross Montgomery
  • May 8 – Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager

Library Tours

To schedule a library tour, please call the Children's Department at 972-547-7319. Reservations for tours must be made two weeks in advance. Tours are scheduled at the Roy & Helen Hall Library.

Please let us know of your interests by getting a ticket for an event and attending. All programs are free and events are open to the public as space and resources allows. Tickets to events are general admission and standby tickets will be released at the start of the event.

Come back to tell us what you liked each time you attended a program.