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

Top 5 Free Things To Do this October // photo courtesy Kerstin Wrba

Computer classes, financial education workshops, Halloween activities, and Android app programming… 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:

Master coding and programming // photos courtesy Plano Public Library
Master coding and programming // photos courtesy Plano Public Library

1. Master coding and programming

(grades K-5, ticketed)

Plano Public Library is hosting a four-week long Code Club, perfect for elementary students to learn the foundation of computer programming through hands-on activities and games from Code.org. Code Club meets on Wednesdays from October 2-23 at 4 pm at Schimelpfenig Library; each week has a standalone topic just in case attendees cannot make it each time: graphic paper programming, real-life algorithms, getting loopy, and binary bracelet making.

2. Don your Halloween best and see Big Pumpkin

(ages 0-100)

It’s the time of year again at Plano Public Library: Big Pumpkin puppet show season! At this family-fun event, they will read Halloween stories, watch the Big Pumpkin puppet show and trick-or-treat around the library. Big Pumpkin is all month long, showing at each of the five locations. Space fills up quickly, so be sure to get there early to snag a spot:

Become an artist like Frida Kahlo
Become an artist like Frida Kahlo

3. Become an artist like Frida Kahlo

(ages 0-100, ticketed)

During the Artist through the Ages series, you will learn about the art and style of a different artist monthly, and then create your own masterpiece. On Saturday, October 12 at 3 pm at Parr Library, they will focus on and learn about Frida Kahlo. Kahlo is known for her self-portraits, and with a variety of art supplies and mirrors, participants will create their own self-portrait. As an additional challenge, artists can add their favorite pet or animal into the work, as Kahlo did.

Spend the day with Genealogy enthusiasts
Spend the day with Genealogy enthusiasts

4. Spend the day with genealogy enthusiasts

(ages 18+)

The 9th Annual Texas Wide Genealogy Lock-In meets at Haggard Library in the Genealogy Center on Friday, October 18 from 9 am – 9 pm. Add to your research capability through webinars, one-on-one assistance, and from other Texas genealogy libraries and genealogy history groups.

5. Celebrate the Festival of Lights

(ages 0-100)

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is a major holiday celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains around the world to mark the new beginnings and triumph of good. At Davis Library, on Saturday, October 19 from 2-4 pm, they are celebrating with stories, henna and other hands-on activities.


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 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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