Top Five Free Things to Do at Your Plano Public Library this August

Top 5 Free Things To Do this August // photos courtesy Plano Public Library

Virtual reality painting, zine making, puppet shows, genealogy workshops… for free?

From preschool to professional, Plano Public Library has something for everyone. Not interested in reading? No biggie – they’re #morethanbooks! See what’s happening this month at the five public libraries near you:

Make a masterpiece // photos courtesy Plano Public Library
Make a masterpiece // photos courtesy Plano Public Library

1. Make a masterpiece

(ages 0-3 with parent/caregiver)

Art activities stimulate all your child’s senses and brain, creating connections and wiring for the brain for future successful learning. As your child explores what different art materials do, they learn what happens when they move their hands and arms! At PPL’s Baby Picasso event, happening August 14 at Davis Library and August 28 at Parr Library at 11 am, you will explore these benefits with hands-on activities, so be sure to wear clothing that is paint-friendly!

Celebrate summer learning
Celebrate summer learning

2. Celebrate summer learning

(ages 0-100)

Throughout the summer PPL learned all about space in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and now it is time for the Big Bang Bash! If you picked up a summer learning challenge card at any of the five libraries or met your summer reading goal, swing by one of the three PPL parties and meet Pluto the Penguin, create a rocket ship and get a space-themed prize while supplies last: Saturday, August 3 from 10 am – 12 pm at Harrington Library; Wednesday, August 7 from 6-8 pm at Haggard Library; and Friday, August 9 from 2-4 pm at Davis Library.

Cook on a budget
Cook on a budget

3. Cook on a budget

(ages 11-18)

If you are a teen going off to college or learning to cook on your own (or you know one!), then the Cooking on a Budget workshop is for you. Learn how to prepare meals while keeping costs low by making your own personal budget recipe books. Cooking on a Budget meets on Thursday, August 8 at 6:30 pm at Davis Library.

Delve deeper into 3D printing
Delve deeper into 3D printing

4. Delve deeper into 3D printing

(ages 13+, limited space)

In the library’s teens and adults-only 3D printing workshop, attendees will learn about three-dimensional design, software, and how to submit a print to one of the three 3D printers at Plano Public Library. This 3D Printing Class meets at Harrington Library on Tuesday, August 20 from 6-8 pm. These 3D printing classes and services were funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Create with a Cricut
Create with a Cricut

5. Create with a Cricut

(ages 13+, limited space)

Previously, Cricut classes at the library were for teens only – but PPL listened to our community and made one perfect for adults! In this Cricut Basics class at Parr Library on Saturday, August 17 at 3 pm, you will learn what a Cricut is, what it can cut, and learn how to use specific software to create one-of-a-kind projects.


If you live in Plano, and a few cities around Plano, getting a card is easy – and free! Fill out an application online, come by any of the five libraries with a photo ID and proof of address, and in minutes you’ll have immediate access to hundreds of thousands of learning and recreational reading and watching materials, daily programming, and online resources for your personal or professional life.

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