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

Trapunto art, shadow puppet stories, parenting classes, Arabic storytime, and Photoshop workshops… 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:

Family Place // photos courtesy of Plano Public Library
Family Place // photos courtesy of Plano Public Library

1. Family Place Playgroup

(ages 0-3 with parent/caregiver, registration required)

Harrington Library in east Plano is a Family Place Library, with a dedicated environment for children beginning at birth. At the Family Place Playgroup, parents/caregivers and their children spend time together playing, making friends, and talking one-on-one with child development specialists. Registration is required in person at Harrington Library, and opens September 4. Family Place Playgroup meets on Thursdays from September 20 through October 18 at 9 a.m.

2. Stop Motion 101

(ages 0-100, ticketed event)

Stop motion animation takes time, technology, and lots of creativity – and we can get you started! Using our tablets – or your own – with various crafty supplies, recreate a scene from your favorite book or movie or write your own original script! This event is limited due to space and supplies, so show up at Parr Library by 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 9 to get a ticket. The workshop begins at 2 p.m.

3. Throwback at The Salons

(ages 18+)

Salons – as a gathering of people increasing knowledge and interest through conversation – date back to Italy in the 16th-century, and we have brought them to Plano this fall. We are hosting a myriad of Salon-style events, starting with “Throwback Tuesday” on September 18 at 7 p.m. at Schimelpfenig Library. Revisit your adolescent angst and hilarity in a judgment-free walk down memory lane by bringing old journals, poems, letters, home movies and more from your teenage years. On Wednesday, September 19 at 2:30 p.m., come by Haggard Library for the beginning of our “Back in the Day” series, where you can meet and reminisce about past times through facilitated conversation.

Read to the Bump // photo by Beth Morgan, Plano Public Library
Read to the Bump // photo by Beth Morgan, Plano Public Library

4. Read to the Bump

(about-to-be or new parents)

We all know the saying that babies change everything and nothing will ever be the same. As you are forming a relationship with your new addition, your relationship with your partner, your relationships with friends, and your relationships with family will change too. In our first workshop of our new Read to the Bump series, we will explore how to stay connected and maintain boundaries with those you care about while balancing new responsibilities, finding a new normal, and managing the “4th trimester.” This workshop meets on Saturday, September 8 at 11 a.m., and is presented by Southern Methodist University Center for Family Counseling.

5. Peanut Butter (no jelly) Time

(all ages)

Help us #SpeadTheHopePlano and fight hunger with a donation to the Plano Peanut Butter Drive. The Mayor and City Council, in partnership with North Texas Food Bank, have a goal to collect 50,000 pounds of regular-sized (16 oz.) peanut butter and similar spreads like almond and sunflower butter. Davis Library, along with these other sites, is a drop-off site for the entire month of September.


If you live in Plano, getting a card is easy – and free! Fill out an application online, come by any of our 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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