Friends of McKinney Libraries

Who Are the Friends?

The Friends of McKinney Libraries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization whose mission is to support the library system and enrich the community by providing cultural and life-long learning opportunities. 

Programs Sponsored by the Friends

  • Read Across McKinney - The Friends are instrumental in planning this community project in which a book is chosen for the community to read and discuss. Past events included an author visit, a luncheon, and a play at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.
  • Financial support for library materials and programs
  • Children’s Summer Reading Program support
  • Cultural and literary programs for adults

Book Buddies

  • Join the Friends of the McKinney Public Library and Become a Book Buddy!
    • What: Youth Membership of the Friends of the McKinney Public Library
    • Who: Children ages 0 to 11
    • Why: Designed to encourage early literacy and support the Library
  • Benefits 
    • Sling bag filled with fun items, including a Reading Rubber Ducky, I Love Reading Friendship Bracelet, Notepad and Sticker as well as a Reading Strategies Bookmark
    • Birthday Card
    • Bi-Annual Newsletter to Parents
  • Cost

Upcoming Events

  • February 7, 2019, 7 p.m. at MPAC: Zachary Wood, author of Uncensored for Black History Month. Author Zachary Wood discusses his recent book.
  • February 25, 2019, 1:30 p.m. at JJGL: Marjorie Herrera Lewis, author of When The Men Were Gone. The story of a female football coach in Brownwood, Texas during World War II. Presented by the author. Please note this is an afternoon program, changed from the Hall Library to the John & Judy Gay Library.

  • The other 2019 reviews will be at the Hall Library downtown due to upcoming construction of the addition to the JJGL library.

  • March 18, 2019, 7 p.m. at Hall: Book Review by Sharron Luck: The Enchantress of Numbers. The story of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, who was Lord Byron’s daughter and the world’s first computer programmer.

  • April 15, 2019, 7 p.m. at Hall: Book Review by Janice Byrd: A Gentleman in Moscow. 

    Wealthy Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in Moscow’s luxurious Metropol Hotel in 1922.

  • May 20, 2019, 7 p.m. at Hall: Book Review by Rosemary Rumbley: “I was a depression baby, but I was never depressed.” Rosemary Rumbley recounts her experiences in Depression-era Dallas.

  • Aug. 19, 2019, 7 p.m. at Hall: Book Review by Nella Philips: Hank and Jim

  • Sep. 16, 2019, 7 p.m. at Hall: George Morgan, author of Rocket Girl
  • Oct. 21, 2019, 7 p.m. at Hall:  Book Review Susan Boone: The Other Alcott

All programs are free of charge, with refreshments provided.

What Do the Friends Do?

  • As an Active Friend, you can support the library by volunteering to plan projects or events.
  • Or you can choose to be a Silent Partner who supports the group with a membership payment. Your membership supplies the extra funds our library needs to continue to be a valuable asset to our community.
  • You can also show your support by purchasing a Friends Book Bag for $10. These are available at the library circulation desks.
  • You can also support the library by sponsoring a major library event.
  • Check out our new Facebook page.

How Do I Join?

It's easy! Just print and fill out the membership application. Applications with envelopes are also available at the circulation desks at both libraries. Mail the completed form to the address below with your dues payment or return it in person to either McKinney library.

Membership LevelMembership Dues
Family Friend$25
Patron Friend$100
Business Friend$100
Lifetime Friend$250
Lifetime Family Friend$350

Please make checks payable to, and mail to:

Friends of McKinney Libraries

101 E. Hunt St. 

McKinney, TX 75069

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