Top 5 things to do with your library this August

Learn more about investing money, staying healthy and using your computer with this month’s Top 5 things to do at your library.

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. Stay health and active (adults, registration required) 

In the last session of the Living Well series (catch the recordings on the library’s YouTube channel), representatives from the Wellness Center for Older Adults and Sam Johnson Recreation Center for Adults 50+ will discuss the programs and services they provide. Register for the virtual session, which meets on Tuesday, August 8 at 11am via Zoom.

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  1. Learn the ins and outs of using a computer (adults)

There are two Computer Skills: Basics classes this August, to help those with little-to-no computer experience. No registration required, but these classes are limited in space. Free tickets are available 30 minutes before each event begins.

Basics, Part 1: Saturday, August 12 at 3pm at Haggard Library – Learn how to use the mouse and keyboard, navigate your computer and print documents

Basics, Part 2: Saturday, August 19 at 3pm at Haggard Library – Learn where information is stored on your computer, how to save files and about local and remote storage

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  1. Practice critiquing a story with others (adults)

During the Critique Sneak Peek workshop, attendees will learn how to improve your draft by giving

and receiving constructive criticism among supportive peers. This class meets on Wednesday, August 16 at 6:30pm at Schimelpfenig Library. 

If you’re interested in exercising your writing creativity further, come to The Writer’s Block, a monthly writer’s group that meets at Schimelpfenig Library. The next session is Monday, August 21 at 7pm.


  1. Understand your investments (adults)

With so many investment possibilities, how do you choose? Start by considering your goals, risk tolerance, time horizon and liquidity needs. Knowing what you want to achieve makes it easier to find the right mix—or asset allocation—to help you get there. Bank of America is going to be at Davis Library on Thursday, August 17 at 6:30pm to present “Investments: Understanding Risk vs Return.”

Can’t make it to Davis Library? Participate from home by registering for the virtual simulcast

Photo by Austin Distel on Usplash.
  1. Build a miniature rock garden (ages 13+)

Learn about the history and philosophy behind Japanese rock gardens on Thursday, August 31 at 6:30pm at Davis Library. During this class you will identify common features and take a look at some rock gardens around the world (including one in our own backyard!) before making your own take-home miniature version. This is a ticketed event, and free tickets are available 30 minutes before the program begins.

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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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