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

Puppet shows, writing workshops, citizenship classes, karaoke party, and ACT practice tests… for free?

From preschool to professional, Plano Public Library 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. 18st AIRSpace Workshops

(ages 5+ with parent or caregiver, limited space)

Our May artist-in-residence at the 18st AIRSpace at Harrington Library is painter and printmaker Junanne Peck. This month you can explore mark making on plexi and printing on a press at the Drypoint & Mark Making workshop on May 12 at 2 p.m. and experiment with carving dynamic relief prints using wood, linoleum and plastic at the Relief Printmaking workshop on May 26 at 2 p.m. Spots fill up quickly, so show up 30 minutes ahead of time to grab your seat! Our 18st AIRSpace is grant-funded by Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

2. Isla Dance Company

(ages 0-100)

Spend an afternoon embracing Ohana (family), Na Keiki (Children), and all things Polynesian with Isla Dance Company! On May 12 at 2 p.m. at Haggard Library, learn about the various Polynesian and Pacific Island cultures, which this dance group represents while displaying their art of hula. Isla Dance Company is brought to the Plano community with funding from Friends of Plano Public Library.

3. Create Headshots with Photoshop

(ages 13+, limited space)

Need a headshot and want to learn how to edit it? Come by Parr Library on May 19 at 11 a.m. to get your own headshot and learn Photoshop basics on editing photos. Space is limited, so show up 30 minutes beforehand to grab a spot. We will meet in the Digital Creation Space, which you can use outside of this workshop to record and edit videos and audio, take photos, and learn new digital media skills. Ask a librarian how to get started today!

Thinking Money exhibit at Salem Public Library // photo courtesy Ean Perkins

4. Thinking Money Exhibit & Workshops

(ages 0-100)

Thinking Money is a traveling exhibit with an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content, and other hands-on activities to help you and your family learn about money and finances. We are celebrating the upcoming exhibit on May 21 from 4-7 p.m. at Haggard Library: City Councilwoman Kayci Prince will host a ribbon cutting for the exhibition and you will hear from Roy Lopez, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and Jamee Jolly, President of Plano Chamber of Commerce, about how the economic climate affects businesses and their employees. See our Thinking Money page for details on other upcoming workshops and resources. Thinking Money was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, whose support made this exhibition possible.

5. Pop-up Author: Ace Atkins

(ages 18+)

Best-selling author Ace Atkins will talk about his new novel Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic at this free author visit and signing on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Want to meet and chat with the author beforehand? Purchase a ticket for the 6 p.m. Friends of Plano Public Library sponsored reception, which includes a copy of Atkin’s book and front-row seating at the free event following the reception.


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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