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

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

Job skills workshops, DNA genealogy classes, movies, puppet shows… 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 movie magic // photos courtesy Plano Public Library
Make movie magic // photos courtesy Plano Public Library

1. Make movie magic

(ages 12-18, limited space)

Think you’re the next Steven Spielberg – or want to learn how? Haggard Library is offering a Movie Maker Camp from July 8-12 at 2 p.m. daily to master video recording and editing techniques, add sound effects, and use a green screen. Attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged so you have plenty of time to hone your skills. Do you think your movie is worth public viewing? Enter into the Teen Short Film Festival! Rules and guidelines are available on our Digital Creation Space blog and entries are due by July 15. The Film Festival will be at Haggard Library on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m.

View Earth from Space
View Earth from Space

2. View Earth from Space

(ages 0-100)

This summer is all about space as the library celebrates the 50thanniversary of the Apollo lunar landing from 1969. The latest exhibit on display at Plano Public Library is Earth from Space, a series of large color reproductions of images captured by high-tech satellites orbiting Earth. This exhibit is up through July at Schimelpfenig Library and is provided by Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. See all of the current exhibits, including local art, on the website.

Get to know ROY G BIV
Get to know ROY G BIV

3. Get to know ROY G BIV

(ages 2-5 with parent or caregiver)

At Color Camp this summer, early learners will learn about their colors with fun, interactive activities: pasta necklace making, color mixing science with baking soda and vinegar, and fine motor skill challenges like sorting colorful pom poms with tongs. Each attendee will also receive a color hunt take-home activity to continue the learning outside of this event. Color Camp meets at Schimelpfenig Library on Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m. Can’t make it? They will have another session at Parr Library on Wednesday, August 14 at 11 a.m.!

Support your local library
Support your local library

4. Support your local library

(ages 0-100)

The 36thannual Friends of the Plano Public Library Book Sale is happening July 25-27 at the Plano Event Center. Last year purchases from this book sale raised nearly $50,000 to support library programs as well as materials such as eBooks and STEAM Kits. Most items are $2 or less, and include hardbacks, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, records, and audiobooks across many topics. On Thursday, July 25, Friends members get in early, have free admission, and get 10% off all purchases.

Paint in virtual reality
Paint in virtual reality

5. Paint in virtual reality

(ages 16+, limited space)

As part of the lunar landing celebration, the library is using its HTC Vive and Tilt Brush to paint in outer space! At Parr Library on Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m., learn how to use virtual reality hardware and paint your own galaxy. If you can’t make this one, they will virtually paint rockets on Thursday, August 15 at 7 p.m.at Parr Library. Are you interested in using the VR headset outside of this program? Visit Parr 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 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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