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

Financial literacy workshops, oodles of trains, pirates and princesses, virtual Pictionary, digital music creation… 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.

photos courtesy Plano Public Library

1. Art Start

(ages 3-6, with parent / caregiver)

Preschoolers and parents can come to the library to be creative! Through stories and hands-on process art, kids and parents can display their artistic side using a variety of supplies. The goal with process art is for kids to use their imagination while exploring the art process instead of focusing on a finished product or follow step-by-step instructions. Things may get messy! Art Start meets at Parr Library on Wednesdays throughout March at 11 a.m.

2. Street Art at 18st AIRSpace

(ages 5-100)

Samuel Molina is back in the 18st AIRSpace at Harrington Library! Our March artist-in-residence is a graffiti artist, passionate about making colorful caricatures and urban style artworks. Join him this month during his in-studio hours as well as at two workshops: Cartoon Characters on March 11 at 2 p.m. and Advanced Lettering on March 25 at 2 p.m.

3. World of Robots

(ages 3-100)

From programming friendly Bee-Bots and Code-a-pillars to driving motorized vehicles, we have a bunch of robots for the whole family to code and explore. There are two opportunities for you to enjoy these bots: Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Harrington Library and Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at Schimelpfenig Library.

4. 3D Printing

(ages 8-100, limited space)

ICYMI: Plano Public Library has a 3D printer at Davis Library! You can use the printer to print a plastic masterpiece as well as come to our classes on Wednesday, March 14 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at Davis Library. Learn the basics of 3D printing and get an introduction to 3D design. While for ages 8 and up, students under 13 must have an adult with them during the class. If you want to save your design, bring a flash drive. Space is limited, so come by 30 minutes before to get a spot.

5. Painting Party: Gyotaku

(ages 18+, limited space)

Welcome to the third edition of our Painting Party! Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese method of painting fish, dating back to the 1800s, used by fishermen to record their catches. In this style of printmaking, we will use rubber fish and sea creatures, paints, and rice paper to create our own Gyotaku on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at Schimelpfenig Library.


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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