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

Balloon science workshops, puppet shows, green screen magic, job search seminars… for free?

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

photos courtesy of Plano Public Library
photos courtesy of Plano Public Library

1. Macro-make your own plant holder

(ages 18+, limited space)

Another month, another Tuesday night Cool Crafts art adventure at Schimelpfenig Library. On August 7 at 7 p.m., you can learn how to knot your way to making a plant hanger from talented staff and materials supplied by us. If you can’t make it, no worries! We have a macramé STEAM Kit you can check out with books and all the supplies you need to create your own piece of textile art. Check out our STEAM Kit list here to place one on hold.

2. Explore the diversity of Plano

(ages 0-100)

Not only is Plano made up of a variety of cultures, so is PPL! On August 9 at 3 p.m. at Davis Library, learn about different cultures from around the world. Staff will be in traditional dress, and all ages can create a crafts from up to eight different cultures. This program is open to all ages and stages.

3. Time to create that summer hit 

(ages 0-100, limited supplies)

Here at PPL we like to combine technology with art, like in our Makey Makey Music Madness program on Saturday, August 11 at 3 p.m. at Parr Library. Makey Makey is an invention tool allowing users to connect everyday objects like play-dough and cardboard to make your own piano and guitar using closed loop electrical signals and a computer. You can also check out a Makey Makey from the library, just check out our STEAM Kit list here!

4. Fabricate with personal stories

(ages 0-100)

Our August 18st AIRSpace artist-in-residence VET is hosting two workshops using fabric at Harrington Library: design and create small fabric collages using various techniques, embellishments at the Mini Art Quilts workshop on August 11 at 2 p.m.; choose from a selection of postcard images and make a fabric collage reflecting colors and styles of the postcard at the Fabric Postcards workshop on August 25 at 2 p.m. The 18st AIRSpace is grant-funded by Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

5. Explore technology with stories 

(ages 3-6 with parents/caregiver)

During our Tiny Techies series, running on Wednesdays August 15-29 at Davis Library at 11 a.m., preschoolers and parents will learn technology concepts through books, flannels and age-appropriate activities. Families will learn about algorithms, looping and perseverance with popular books like “Can You Make a Scary Face” by Jan Thomas, “If You’re Happy and You Know It” by Jane Cabrera and “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff. During the free play activity time, families will explore, problem solve and reinforce basic coding utilizing technology like Bee-Bots, Code-a-Pillars and hands-on tablet activities Osmo and Tiggly.


If you live in Plano, getting a card is easy – and free! Fill out an application online, come by any of our 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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