A Collin County Mom’s Guide to Local Libraries

Our family loves the library. We started going to the library when my son was three 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!

Frisco Library

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 story time 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.


Plano Public Library System

Davis Library: 7501-B Independence Pkwy, Plano 75025; Haggard Library: 2501 Coit Road Plano 75075; Harrington Library1501 18th Street, Plano 75074; Parr Library6200 Windhaven Pkwy, Plano 75093; Schimelpfenig Library5024 Custer Road, Plano 75023 

Plano library has many unique programs at its many locations around Plano. They’re currently offering a variety of age-appropriate storytimes that teach early literacy and reading readiness skills for children.


Allen Public Library

300 N Allen Dr, Allen 75013

Allen library offers many virtual story times for babies and families to enjoy together. These literacy-based activities incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers.

Currently, APL is hosting Story Walks, a self-led activity in which pages of a children’s storybook are placed along a path or trail. To participate in Allen Public Library’s StoryWalk, begin at sign #1 by the flagpole entrance outside the Library building and continue to follow the numbered signs as you read along!


City of McKinney Libraries

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 of its children’s programs and it has an array of different activities from lap-sit classes to mother-daughter book club gatherings. Storytime Kits available here.


Smith Public Library in Wylie

300 Country Club Rd., Building 300, Wylie 75098

To the East, the City of Wylie has a large public library with fantastic children’s programming. Their children’s area has been completely designed to accommodate children from baby to tween and all needs in between.

More Local Libraries to Explore in Collin County

While these are some of the libraries with larger children’s programs, here’s a few other libraries 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


What are some of your favorite things to do at your local library?

Ashley was born and raised in North Texas and settled down in Frisco. She met her husband while playing intramural basketball at UNT. Ashley taught Pre-K and then was a trainer for a technology company until having her little one.She loves cooking, going for walks with the whole family and watching HGTV and Food Network. She's loves to keep up with the latest tech gadgets and is the nerd of the family. She and her husband own pandachans productions, which specialize in video production. She spends her free time trying to finish her adult coloring book, reading the news and enjoying home life with her little one.