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

Chemistry experiments, business workshops, book clubs… for free?

From preschool to professional, Plano Public Library has something for everyone. Not interested in reading? No biggie – PPL is #morethanbooks! See what’s available from your public library to use at home for all your educating and entertaining needs:

Boost early literacy while at the Farmstead // courtesy PPL
Boost early literacy while at the Farmstead // courtesy PPL

1. Boost early literacy while at the Farmstead

(all ages)

Plano Public Library is hosting Saturday Stories at the Farmstead, a series of storytime sessions in partnership with the Heritage Farmstead Museum. Each session has a theme (farmers, chickens, donkeys, sheep, counting) and runs into December. Expert library staff read picture books, sing songs and share early literacy tips on the library’s Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

Celebrate Archives Month by exploring your ancestry // courtesy PPL
Celebrate Archives Month by exploring your ancestry // courtesy PPL

2. Celebrate Archives Month by exploring your ancestry

(adults, registration required)

October is Archives Month, and the Genealogy Center is hosting four workshops to explore your genealogical past. With your library card you also have access to Ancestry.com Library Edition, which is temporarily available remotely through December.

October 5 at 1 p.m.: DNA and Women (Advanced) Register
October 12 at 1 p.m.: Solving the Mysteries of Women in Your Family Tree Register
October 19 at 1 p.m.: Oral Histories Register
October 26 at 1 p.m.: Clues from the Cemeteries Register

See local artist weave and sew live // photo Rocco Stoppoloni
See local artist weave and sew live // photo Rocco Stoppoloni

3. See local artist weave and sew live

(all ages, registration required)

Learn how to make badges to celebrate momentous occasions with Spotlight Artist Christine Miller! Christine will join us via Zoom for an interactive workshop on location from her art studio on Saturday, October 10 at 11 a.m. in celebration of National Spinners and Weavers Week. Registration is required.

Get money smart early // photo Annie Spratt
Get money smart early // photo Annie Spratt

4. Get money smart early

(ages 13+, registration required)

From banking basics and money management to understanding credit, the Managing Money on Your Own course will help teens and young adults build a solid financial foundation from which to start. This presentation is brought to you by Bank of America in partnership with Plano Public Library, and offered on Tuesday, October 13 at 3 p.m. Registration is required.

Make an impression through small talk // courtesy PPL
Make an impression through small talk // courtesy PPL

5. Make an impression through small talk

(ages 13+, registration required)

This month, Plano Public Library has two personal and professional development workshops on making an impression, one perfect for teens and another for adults:

Monday, October 12 at 3 p.m.: Make An Impression in 30 Seconds (teens) Want to make a good impression when meeting new people, or set yourself apart in an interview? Learn how to present yourself well for personal, educational and workplace success with a presentation by Debra Austin, Chaos2Results Business Coaching.

Friday, October 30 at 1 p.m.: Make Engaging Small Talk (adults) Being able to warmly and engagingly speak to others is critical for both personal and professional success. This workshop, presented by McClain Watson, PhD, Director of Business Communication Programs at UT Dallas, will explore the science and the skills behind effective small talk, and offer personal practice.


If you do not already have a Plano Public Library card, be sure to register online here. One of the library staff will reach out to get your account complete. While the libraries are closed, follow Plano Public Library on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to watch virtual programs like storytime and other family activities, with plans for more!

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