Top Five Free Things to Do at Your (Digital) Plano Public Library This August

Book clubs, graphic design workshops, storytime, engineering experiments… for free?

From preschool to professional, Plano Public Library has something for everyone. Not interested in reading? No biggie – PPL is #morethanbooks! See what’s available from your public library to use at home for all your educating and entertaining needs:

 Travel without leaving your house

1. Travel without leaving your house

(all ages)

All summer long Plano Public Library has been taking trips across the globe on Virtual Field Trips! During each trip, they share on the Plano Public Library Facebook page how you can use Google Maps to explore different land marks and museums with step-by-step instructions, guided activities and reading recommendations.

Monday, August 3 at 3 p.m.: Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
Monday, August 10 at 3 p.m.: Grand Canal in Venice
Friday, August 21 at 3 p.m.: National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

Work on goal setting and streamlining your life

2. Work on goal setting and streamlining your life

(ages 13+, registration required) 

During the Bullet Journal Basics workshop, attendees will learn how to create, organize and decorate a bullet journal for thought organization, habit tracking, scheduling and more. This system of journaling is very flexible using collections of spreads, or layouts, which can be put in any order to suit your needs. This workshop is Friday, August 7 at 1 p.m. and hosted through Zoom. Register online here, and no worries – if you cannot make it, go ahead and register anyway as PPL is recording this session to share later.

Prepare for retirement now

3. Prepare for retirement now

(ages 18+, registration required)

Plano Public Library has two workshops this August covering different areas of retirement preparation. These sessions are happening on Zoom, and registration is required. Sessions are recording for later viewing.

Retirement for Gen Z to Gen X (Basics)
Monday, August 10 at 1 p.m. Register here

Learn about resources that will assist you in creating a basic retirement road map. Intended for those new to retirement concepts, but anyone is welcome!

Retirement: Medicare (Basics)
Thursday, August 13 at 1 p.m. Register here

Mary Jane Frank, Benefits Counselor for Area Agency on Aging of North Central Texas, will cover the basics of Medicare and government programs to help with Medicare costs.

Boost your conversational English skills

4. Boost your conversational English skills

(ages 18+, registration required)

Small Talk is a fun conversational program for adults who speak English as a second language, and meets virtually each Wednesday at 2 p.m. Each week participants discuss practical everyday topics in a casual group setting to become more confident speakers. Have fun, meet people from all over the world and learn about American culture while practicing your spoken English. You only need to register once to attend weekly, so sign up today.

Join a virtual book club

5. Join a virtual book club

(ages 18+, registration required)

Plano Public Library has five book clubs each month, meeting virtually via Zoom (which you can attend by joining with your computer or smart phone, or calling in!) 

What Are You Reading Now? meets Mondays at 3 p.m. (changing to monthly beginning in September), and attendees discuss any book they are currently reading
Second Tuesdays Book Club is meeting on Tuesday, August 11 at 7:15 p.m. to discuss “Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler
Chinese Book Talk is meeting on Thursday, August 13 at 7 p.m., and attendees discuss books written in Chinese
Mystery Book Club is meeting on Thursday, August 20 at 7 p.m. to discuss “Miracle Creek” by Angie Kim
Brown Bag Book Club is meeting on Thursday, August 27 at 12 p.m. to discuss “The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy” by Anna Clark


If you do not already have a Plano Public Library card, be sure to register online here. One of the library staff will reach out to get your account complete. While the libraries are closed, follow Plano Public Library on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to watch virtual programs like storytime and other family activities, with plans for more!

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