Plano’s Harrington Library and the Frisco Public Library are kicking off the summer with some new changes to promote early childhood literacy in local communities.
Plano’s Harrington Library recently became the city’s first Family Place Library, with new programs available to bring parents and young children together with experts in early developmental education.
Frisco Public Library’s second-floor Ready to Read Railroad renovation will help parents and caregivers instill school readiness in children up to age five.
Other returning and new programs at both libraries promise to keep the whole family busy for the summer.
Plano Harrington Library Becomes a Family Place Library
Totaling over 400 across the United States, Family Place Libraries work to create healthy communities and promote literacy development in children starting at birth, according to their website.
According to Plano’s city website, “Harrington Library will partner with local family-serving agencies and professionals to help parents of young children build foundations for early learning.”
Services at Harrington Library now include spaces for families to relax, play and learn with their children while meeting other families, and a five-week series of parent-child workshops featuring experts in pathology, nutrition, child development, early literacy and more.
Other Family Place Libraries in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex include locations in Arlington, Burleson, Irving, Mansfield, and Grand Prairie.
But that’s not all the Harrington Library in Plano has to offer for this summer.
Launching in June at is the library’s Artist in Resident program called 18st AIRSpace, a program for all ages to do hands-on projects with various artists in the community.
“Citizens will be able to interact with and learn from the artist for free,” the website says.
Upcoming 18st AIRSpace workshops are Tantalizing Tessellations on June 11, and Kaleidoscope Radial Symmetry Art on June 26.
Plano’s summer reading program is also kicking off in June with an event on June 4, where participants can help create a group balloon sculpture and explore Perot Museum’s tech truck.
Got a train lover in your family? Citizens of all ages can visit Harrington Library over the weekend of June 18 and 19 to see the Narrow Gauge model train exhibit provided by Spring Creek Model Railroad Club.
More upcoming summer events at Harrington Library and other Plano libraries can be found here.
Frisco Public Library Adds Ready to Read Railroad
Frisco public library finished renovations to its second floor in May. The Friends of the Frisco Public Library and Leadership Frisco – Class 19 partnered with Kids ‘R’ Learning Academies to sponsor the $50,000 project.
“This new addition to our children’s floor will add more learning opportunities for the children in our community ages 0 to 5 and their caregivers,” says Mayra Diaz, Frisco Public Library’s Assistant Director Public Services. “The City of Frisco is filled with young families and we know they will love the Ready to Read Railroad.”
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Frisco Public Library currently boasts 55,000 square feet, with future plans for further expansion.
In celebration of its 25 years, the library will host Family Science Night on June 16 at Simpson Plaza in Frisco Square. Families can enjoy activities and experiments with the Perot Museum, the Dallas Zoo, the City of Frisco, and more—and grab a snack from a variety of food trucks.
Children ages K-5th grade can also participate in Monday Mindstretchers with Frisco Public Library this summer to learn about science, local wildlife, juggling and other topics. Event start times range from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
To learn more about other events at Frisco Public Library, including the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, Tween Writers Workshop and Grow a Reader: Early Literacy Day, see the Frisco Public Library’s website.