McKINNEY (May 20, 2015) — The McKinney Public Library System is encouraging adults and children alike to beat summer boredom with a good book during their “Reading Gives You Superpowers” summer reading program starting in June.

Kick-off events for the summer reading program will be held at both libraries on Friday, June 5. The kick-off event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library and from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the John & Judy Gay Library. Each event will feature a local superheroes truck rodeo where children can explore emergency vehicles from the City of McKinney Police and Fire Departments. Participants will receive a summer reading log, information about library programs and other goodies.

“In some instances, children’s reading skills decline during the summer. Reading programs like those offered at the McKinney Public Libraries are proven to help avoid this summer slide,” said Youth Services Coordinator Michaela Watson.

Readers are encouraged to keep track of their reading in the log, and on Friday, Aug. 21, an end-of-summer party means an opportunity to share favorite summer reads. In addition, both McKinney libraries will have several family-friendly programs and events throughout the summer to help encourage a love of reading. A full list of library programs for ages 4 and above is available on the library’s website.

  • Chicken Circus Dog, Tuesday, June 9

Roy & Helen Memorial Library: 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

John & Judy Gay Library: 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

  • Kidzscience, Tuesday, June 23

Roy & Helen Memorial Library: 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

John & Judy Gay Library: 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

  • Magic with Todd McKinney, Tuesday, July 7

Roy & Helen Memorial Library: 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

John & Judy Gay Library: 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

  • Bat World Sanctuary, Tuesday, July 21

Roy & Helen Memorial Library: 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

John & Judy Gay Library: 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

  • Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, Tuesday, Aug. 4

Roy & Helen Memorial Library: 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

John & Judy Gay Library: 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

  • Zooniversity, Tuesday, Aug. 18

Roy & Helen Memorial Library: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

John & Judy Gay Library: 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the McKinney Public Library System. For information on the all summer reading programs and the McKinney Public Library System, visit mckinneypubliclibrary.org.

 

About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is No. 1 on America’s Best Places to Live list published by Money Magazine. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of more than 155,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.