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

Top 5 Free Things To Do this December // photo courtesy Plano Public Library

Movies, Plano Symphony Orchestra performance, art classes and computer 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:

View art about DART // photos courtesy Plano Public Library
View art about DART // photos courtesy Plano Public Library

1. View art about DART

(ages 0-100)

The Annual Student Art Contest is one of DART’s most popular events, and this year’s theme is “My next stop is…” Students created dozens of works of art depicting the great adventures you can have on this rail system using conceptual thinking and problem solving skills. Come by Schimelpfenig Library throughout December to see more than 30 works on display, as well as the newly renovated library space!

Show and tell with decadent desserts
Show and tell with decadent desserts

2. Show and tell with decadent desserts

(ages 18+, waiver required)

The monthly Cook the Book meet-up is all about show stopping desserts this December, so bring all your skills and frills! Stop by Davis Library to browse their dessert cookbooks and choose a recipe to make. Bring your prepared dish on Tuesday, December 10 at 1 pm to share with others. Be prepared to discuss the baking process, as well as eat your weight in tasty sweets.

3. Fold and let fly during our paper airplane challenge

(ages 0-100, ticketed)

PPL’s final transportation-themed event of the season is the Paper Airplane Challenge! On Sunday, December 29 at 2 pm at Davis Library, you will learn how to build a variety of paper airplanes and helicopters, and see if they can survive the obstacle course. Whether a Glider, the Sprinter, the Buzz or a creation all your own, do you have what it takes to win?

Get photo ready for Elephant and Piggie
Get photo ready for Elephant and Piggie

4. Get photo ready for Elephant and Piggie

(ages 0-100)

Storybook characters Elephant and Piggie, from a book series by Mo Willems, are coming to Plano Public Library! Gerald (the elephant) and Piggie (the pig) will be at three libraries for a storytime and fun activities for all ages:

Celebrate and break out of 2019
Celebrate and break out of 2019

5. Celebrate and break out of 2019

(ages 0-100)

For all ages: On Tuesday, December 31 at 11 am, PPL is celebrating NOON Year’s Eve! With a variety of hands-on activities and a countdown to noon, get your celebration in early, just in time for lunch and a nap. Parr and Haggard Libraries are both hosting Noon Year’s Eve.

For grades 4+: It’s 2019 and there is a rip in the space-time continuum! Tweens and teens in grades 4+ will search for clues and solve puzzles and riddles to unlock several boxes in search of a flash drive in order to “save the world.” If they are successful, they’ll save the world from being stuck in 2019 forever on Tuesday, December 31 at 2 pm at Davis Library.


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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