Public input sought for John and Judy Gay Library expansion

The McKinney Public Library System updated its five-year goals to include a bilingual collection among other services.

The McKinney Public Library System updated its five-year goals to include a bilingual collection among other services.

The McKinney Library Advisory Board is asking the public to provide input on the expansion of the John and Judy Gay Library, located at 6861 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney.

Input is needed to prioritize items of the expansion to best serve and meet the community's needs, according to a press release from the city.

"We've experienced record-setting attendance to events and participation in our reading program the past two years," McKinney Public Library Director Spencer Smith said in the release. "The increased traffic at the library is a testament to how important the library is to the community as a quality of life amenity."

McKinney residents may provide feedback and suggestions by completing an online survey. This can be found here until Nov. 7 when the survey closes.

"This survey will help the Library Advisory Board determine what the public wants most at the John and Judy Gay Library in terms of programming, space utilization and technology," Smith said.

McKinney City Council approved a $15,000 contract with Pogue Construction Co. at a meeting July 18 to expand and renovate the library. Pogue constructed the John and Judy Gay Library when it was first built in 2009.

Construction on the library is expected to begin in late spring 2018 with completion expected in summer 2019.