Five things to do with your library this month

From preschool to professional, Plano Public Library (PPL) has something for everyone. Not interested in reading? No biggie – PPL is #morethanbooks! Check out some of their upcoming events – in-person and virtual – for all your educating and entertaining needs:


1. Protect your property with Plano Police

Plano Police Officer Chris Bianez is teaching you about safety precautions you can take, and when and how to call on your crime-fighting team. Safety with Plano Police: Property Safety meets on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. at Davis Library. Check out the previously recorded Safety Series on the Plano Public Library YouTube channel for more information on protecting yourself, children and property.

2. Start thinking about money
(all ages)

Plano Public Library has (once again) been selected to host a traveling exhibit focused on money smart skills: Thinking Money for Kids. Thinking Money for Kids was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, whose support made this exhibition possible. 

Through a bustling community market-themed storyline, digital interactive content and other fun, hands-on activities, the exhibition explores topics like earning money, saving and spending, and making responsible financial decisions. Plano Public Library is the only exhibit site in Texas. The exhibit is open from July 13 – August 24 at Haggard Library. 

A Grand Opening event is happening on Thursday, July 14 at 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting and a variety of financial literacy activities for all ages.


3. Boost your engineering skills with fairy tales
(all ages, ticketed

Reading nursery rhymes and fairy tales is an important early literacy skill, but you can boost the fun with an engineering component! In July, the library has two “STEAM Tales” events, which are for all ages and ticketed. To get a ticket, show up in-person 30 minutes before the program begins.

  • STEAM Tales: Engineering with the Three Billy Goats Gruff – Wednesday, July 13 at 3 p.m. at Haggard Library
  • STEAM Tales: Engineering with the Three Little Pigs – Wednesday, July 27 at 3 p.m. at Schimelpfenig Library

4. Engage creative writing skills with other authors
(teens and adults

If you are working on a new novel, or book of poetry, or trying to set up a fantasy world for a character – the library has a class for you! 

  • The Write Workshop: Critique Basics – Saturday, July 23 from 3-5 p.m. at Schimelpfenig Library. Attendees will critique a short story together to acquire the skills to improve your craft as the editor of your own stories. This event is ticketed, so arrive 30 minutes before start time to get a ticket.
  • Teens Write Now – Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Haggard Library from July 14 – August 4. Learn narrative writing skills such as plotting, character-building and dialogue to make your creative manuscripts shine.

Check out Episode 6 of the Plano Library Speaks podcast to hear from Library Services Representative Evan Gan, who teaching The Write Workshop series.

5. Become a movie making whiz

(grades 9-12, ticketed

The final Movie Maker Camp is happening July 25-29 at Parr Library from 3-5 p.m. During this five-day camp, teens will master movie magic using Lightworks and Audacity while learning how to edit video, create sound effects and use a green screen. Attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged. This is a ticketed event, so show up 30 minutes prior to start time to get a ticket.

If you do not already have a Plano Public Library card, be sure to register online here. All Plano Public Library locations are open to use computers, browse the collection, and attend in-person programs. Porch side pickup for holds is available, and you can always access eLibrary content online.


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