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

Ramadan celebration, shadow puppet shows, book clubs, bullet journaling 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:

photos courtesy Plano Public Library
photos courtesy Plano Public Library

1. Meet your library outside the walls

(ages 0-100)

With the #morethanbooks outreach van, Plano Public Library is on the go! First, you will see them at Plano AsiaFest at Haggard Park on Saturday, May 4 from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., where you can sign up for a library card, learn about their Asian language resources, and make your own gyotaku art! On Monday, May 6 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. they will attend the Senior Information and Wellness Fair at the Plano Event Center, where you can sign up for a library card and learn about all the valuable resources available at the library.

2. Make watercolor bookmark art

(ages 18+, limited space)

The May Cool Creations workshop is all about watercolor! On Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at Schimelpfenig Library, attendees will learn how the basics of watercolor techniques while making your own bookmarks. Space and supplies are limited, so show up at 6:30 p.m. to get a spot in the workshop.

3. Get inspired by stories

(ages 3-5 with parent or caregiver, limited space)

Reading from an early age makes your little reader more school ready, and the library is the perfect place to explore books! At the Book Explorers series, preschoolers will listen to a favorite story and use games and activities to reinforce the reading. Book Explorers meets on Fridays from May 10-31 at 11 a.m. at Haggard Library. Supplies are limited, so show up at 10:30 a.m. to get a spot!

4. Get STEAMY this May

(ages 0-100, limited space)

See how to use the power of chemical reactions to make art with an eruptive experiment at Explosive Art! Explosive Art meets on Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m. at Parr Library, and attendees will make abstract masterpieces and learn about chemical reactions. Supplies are limited, so show up at 2:30 p.m. to get a ticket into the event.

5. Find elusive cryptids at the library

(grades 4+, limited space)

Do you think you know how to find the mysterious Bigfoot at the library? Using fingerprinting science and footprint analysis, attendees – with their Bigfoot Finding Permit – will go on a scavenging hunt on Thursday, May 30 at 3 p.m. at Davis Library. If they are successfully picked up for a cable television show, everyone profits!


If you live in 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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