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

Coding, robotics, art workshops, Chinese language classes and a cook book club … for free?

From preschool to professional, Plano Public Library has something for everyone. Not really interested in reading? No biggie – we’re #morethanbooks! See what’s happening this month at our five public library locations:

Anousheh Ansari, first female private space explorer // photos courtesy Plano Public Library

1. STEAM ahead with Anousheh Ansari

(ages 0-100, with parent or caregiver supervision)

At Plano Public Library we are all about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). We have expanded our STEAM programming over the years to include the whole family and different learning levels. Join us on Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. at Haggard Library to hear from Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer and the first astronaut of Iranian descent. Anousheh will talk about her experience as an engineer and innovator and her journey on the International Space Station. Afterward there will be an array of STEAM activities to explore the night sky, space and beyond.

Learn stories and basic vocabulary in Arabic at Plano’s Davis Library

2. Storytime around the world

(ages 0-100, with parent or caregiver supervision)

Plano is extremely diverse, and so are the language skills of the Plano Public Library (PPL) staff. On Mondays Nov. 13-27 at 7 p.m. bring the whole family to learn stories and basic vocabulary in Arabic using our Junior World Language collection at Davis Library. Any and all language skills welcome! The collection also includes books in Chinese, French, Hindi and Spanish.

Star Wars party at Plano’s Harrington Library

3. In a galaxy far, far away in East Plano

(ages 5-11)

Kids in grades K-5 can embrace their inner Jedi or Sith and get ready for the release of “The Last Jedi” at our Star Wars party at Harrington Library! Prepare for an afternoon of Darth Vader and Stormtrooper bowling, Star Wars origami, pin-the-bun on Princess Leia and Star Wars trivia on Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. Costumes highly encouraged.

Adulting 101 meets at Plano’s Schimelpfenig Library

4. The magic of adulting

(ages 18+)

Don’t you wish forest creatures would come in and clean your house while you sing, just like in a Disney movie? Well, PPL will not do the cleaning and loads of laundry for you, but they will talk about essentials of cleaning as an adult, including folding a fitted sheet, organization tips from Marie Kondo’s “The Magic of Tidying Up” and the never-ending story of dishes and laundry. Adulting 101 meets at Schimelpfenig Library on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.

Genealogy Center at Plano’s Haggard Library

5. Dig up dirt on your family history

(ages 18+)

The Genealogy Center at Haggard Library is a wealth of information on ancestry research and the history of Plano. On Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m., learn many ways to find the final resting places of your ancestors with help from the Genealogy Center staff, databases and online resources.


If you live in Plano, getting a library card is easy – and free! Head to any of the five public libraries, bring proof of your home 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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