Top 5 things to do with your library this June

Stop by your local library this month to celebrate Plano's sesquicentennial, learn about videography, space, using your Cricut and gardening.

Kickoff your summer learning goals, make a movie and more 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. Celebrate Plano’s sesquicentennial (all ages)

Kick off your summer and celebrate Plano’s 150th birthday at Plano Public Library on Saturday, June 3! Enjoy a birthday-themed kickoff party with games, prizes, scavenger hunts, balloon artists, puppet petting zoos and more. Pick up your Candle Quest game board and reading log at any of our five library locations:

  • 10am-12pm: Harrington, Parr and Schimelpfenig
  • 12-2pm: Davis and Haggard

The library will have some special guests at this kickoff event, including:

  • Harrington – World of Worms with Sustainability and Environmental Education Division (SEED)
  • Parr – Explore DART with Dallas-Area Rapid Transit (DART)
  • Schimelpfenig – Waste Ace with SEED 
  • Davis – Celebrate Trails: Bike Checks with Plano Parks & Rec and REI
  • Haggard – Spin Art with Crayola Imagine


  1. Become a videographer (teens grades 6-12)

From Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23 the library is hosting a five-day camp to master movie magic using Lightworks and Audacity at Harrington Library. Teens will learn how to edit video, create sound effects and use a green screen. Attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged, and there is limited space. Free tickets will be available 30 minutes before Movie Maker Camp begins.

If you can’t make this session, another Movie Maker Camp will be at Haggard Library July 24-28.

Photo courtesy of Plano Public Libraries.
  1. Learn about space from NASA (all ages)

NASA Solar System Ambassador, Les Murray, will be at Schimelpfenig Library on Saturday, June 10 at 3pm for a talk on the first-ever NASA mission to visit a metallic asteroid. During NASA Psyche Mission, you will learn about the Psyche spacecraft, Ion thruster and testing of advanced communication technology. This is a ticketed event, with free tickets available in-person 30 minutes before the program begins.

Photo courtesy of Plano Public LIbraries.
  1. Get the most out of your Cricut (ages 13 and up, registration required)

This summer, the library is bringing back Cricut classes. You have two opportunities to explore computer-controlled cutting machines designed for home crafters:

  • Thursday, June 15 at 3pm – Cricut: Machine Overview – Is it Cricut or Cri-cut? Does it cut paper or vinyl? Clear up the confusion and learn the basic features of a smart cutting machine. Register here
  • Thursday, June 29 at 3pm – Cricut: Design Space Basics – Navigate the Design Space software workspace, tools, panels and more for projects. Register here

Both virtual workshops will be recorded and available on the Plano Public Library YouTube channel. Subscribe for notifications of new videos!


  1. Make your garden sustainable (adults)

The City of Plano’s Sustainability and Environmental Education Division is teaching Garden Green in Plano: Basics for Beginners on Tuesday, June 20 at 3pm at Parr Library. During this workshop, attendees will learn how to choose basic garden tools, how to transplant successfully and how to make nourishing compost tea.

Photo by Markus Spike on Unsplash courtesy of Plano Public LIbraries.

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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