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

Virtual reality painting, parenting workshops, puppet shows, meeting storybook characters… for free?

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

1. Calligraphy for Beginners

(ages 18+, limited space)

The holiday season is upon us, and to make your decorations, gifts and cards stand out, take our beginner calligraphy class – for free! Improve your handwriting skills and learn the art of modern calligraphy for signage, lettering, invitations or just for fun. This class meets at Schimelpfenig Library on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Due to limited space, please show up 30 minutes prior for this first-come, first-served session.

2. eBooks, eAudiobooks & eMagazines Made Easy

(ages 18+)

If you’re buying a tablet for yourself or someone else this holiday season, take advantage of the free reading resources from the library: With your library card, you can access thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks, plus 150+ digital magazines without spending a dime. This is perfect for holiday travelers or someone looking to get more reading into their lives for the New Year. Staff will be available Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. at Parr Library to assist you with downloading the apps and to help navigate borrowing and returning for these materials from your smart device.

3. Noon Year’s Eve Party

(ages 0-100)

Celebrate the New Year – during the day! With parties at Davis and Parr Libraries starting at 11 a.m. on Dec. 30, the whole family can count down to noon with crafts, music and party games. Be ready for photo opportunities, new books for the New Year and plenty of noise.

4. Metalsmithing

(ages 12-18, registration required)

Thanks to grant funding last year from Texas State Library and Archives Commission, PPL has incorporated some interesting art programs, including metalsmithing. To get out of the house after the holidays, teens in grades 6-12 can learn a new skill and make their own design in metal on Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. at Harrington Library. Registration is required (so you’ll need a library card) and opens Dec. 13.

5. Premiere: Intro to Video Editing

(ages 12-18, limited space)

Teens in grades 6-12 have access to the Digital Creation Space at Haggard Library – a room dedicated to media creation with equipment and editing software for videos, photography, podcasting, music and more. Learn the basics of video editing this December using Adobe Premiere so you can make your school media projects stand out! Space is limited, so show up 30 minutes prior. This class meets twice at Haggard Library: Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 28 at 3 p.m.


If you live in Plano, getting a card is easy – and free! Head to any of the five public libraries, bring proof of address and fill out a quick application. 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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