Our family loves the library. We started going to the library when my son was 3 months old. My son and I visit two libraries in Collin County every week and utilize all the wonderful resources at each one. What is even better is that they are free! Here is a guide to some of my favorite libraries in Collin County, but feel free to let me know your favorites. Happy Reading!
6101 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco 75034
The Ready to Read Railroad is unique to Frisco and is a wonderful place for children ages 0-5 to engage in active learning with reading, writing, science and many other disciplines all in a fun environment. There is a max capacity of 28 people and on peak days there can be a wait. This is free for anyone to visit and you don’t have to live in Frisco to enjoy this wonderful place.
The Frisco library also has storytime classes for all ages to enjoy. We personally attend a Lap Baby class on Wednesday mornings and have made many friends since we started attending. These story times are interactive and fun and I love how my son enjoys the time we spend at the library. They also offer many activities and classes for older children and the entire family.
Davis Library: 7501-B Independence Pkwy, Plano 75025; Haggard Library: 2501 Coit Road Plano 75075; Harrington Library: 1501 18th Street, Plano 75074; Parr Library: 6200 Windhaven Pkwy, Plano 75093; Schimelpfenig Library: 5024 Custer Road, Plano 75023
Plano library has many unique programs at its many locations around Plano. They offer a sensory storytime for children with special needs, such as autism, sensory integration challenges, and short attention spans. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Activities are meant to stimulate the senses and promote learning in a safe environment.
For kids 3-6 years old the offer Art Start, a fun class that is inspired by a book of the week. Children are given a hands-on art project that correlates with the book and all supplies are provided and free of charge. Tickets are required and things may get messy.
300 N Allen Dr, Allen 75013
Allen library offers many story times for babies and families to enjoy together. One they offer is Pajama time. This for ages 3 and up with an adult and this a fun way to enjoy a story at the library in the comfort of you pajamas!
1,000 books before Kindergarten is a self-paced program that encourages children to read from birth to right before they enter Kindergarten. When they reach 100 books, you return your log to the library for a prize and receive your next log for 100 boos. You keep doing this process until you reach 1000 books! The encourage families to read together and to repeat your favorite books as many times as you want.
John & Judy Gay Library: 6861 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney 75070; Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library: 101 E. Hunt St., McKinney 75069
McKinney library has a calendar of events for all its children’s programs and it has an array of different activities from lap-sit classes to mother-daughter book club gatherings. Music and movement is a program that involves mind and body awareness thru song and dance. This helps children improve their gross motor skills while learning letters and numbers thru song and sign language. This class is for 18months to 5 years old and usually requires a ticket to attend but attendance is free for all.
Little Explorers is for kids 3-5 years old and explores Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math while using books at the same time. This is a hands-on sensory experience and each week there is a different theme that will correlate with books and activities provided.
300 Country Club Rd., Building 300, Wylie 75098
To the East, the City of Wylie has a large public library with fantastic children’s programing. Their children’s area has been completely designed to accommodate children from baby to tween and all needs in between.
Most known for their Harry Potter Day, you’ll find a variety of storytimes, book clubs, and reading programs all year long!
While these are some of the libraries with larger children’s programs, here’s a few other library’s around Collin County you can explore!
Celina’s Library on the Square: 142 N. Ohio St, Celina 75009
Rike Memorial Library in Farmersville: 203 Orange St, Farmersville 75442
Melissa Public Library: 3411 Barker Ave, Melissa 75454
Prosper Community Library: 700 N. Coleman St, Prosper 75078
Princeton’s Lois Nelson Public Library: 323 McKinney Ave, Princeton 75407
Get out to your local library and enjoy all the wonderful programs that are offered.