Top 5 things to do with your library this October

Top 5 Free Things To Do this June // photos courtesy Plano Public Library
Boost your career search, move forward with your small business and add to your personal book collection 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. Buy a Bag of Books! (all ages) 

Love to browse new (to you) books? Check out the Friends of the Plano Public Library’s Buy a Bag of Books Sale! From October 7-15, 2023 you can stop by Haggard Library and peruse the expanded lobby sale. For $10 (cash and exact change only), you will receive a bag which you can fill up with books and media from the sale. The inventory changes daily, and often includes books for kids. The sale is open when the library is, with the last bag of each day sold 30 minutes before closing. All proceeds from this sale go to Friends of the Plano Public Library to support library programs, services and resources. Follow the library on Facebook and Instagram for sale updates.

  1. Learn about friendship through puppets (ages 0-5)

It’s time for the annual Big Pumpkin puppet show! A witch is trying to pick a big pumpkin on Halloween discovers the value of cooperation when she gets help from some friends. Wear a costume and enjoy a performance (or two!) by talented library staff. There are 11 performances of Big Pumpkin, and you can see the schedule on the library’s calendar. Each performance is ticketed, and free tickets are available in-person 30 minutes before the performance begins. 


  1. Become a Citizen Scientist (grades K-5)

Citizen scientists help collection data around the world, covering a variety of topics. In Nature Journaling: Project Squirrel, we will share how you can be a Citizen Scientist in your own backyard! Nature Journaling: Project Squirrel meets on Friday, October 13 at 3pm at Davis Library. This is a ticketed event, and free tickets are available in-person 30 minutes before the program begins.


  1. Get the upper hand in the job search (adults)

The Job Resources Fair is happening on Monday, October 16 from 3-8pm at Harrington Library. Here is the schedule for the Fair:

3pm, 5pm and 7pm: Plano Public Library staff will present information about library resources for the job search and career development.

3-8pm: Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas is bringing their Mobile Workforce Unit to help people search for careers, improve their resume and access training.

6pm: City of Plano Human Resources will share information about the City, the diversity of job opportunities available and benefits for working for the City of Plano.

This is a free event, no tickets nor registration required.

Photo by Plano Public Library.
  1. Finalize your business plan with a mentor (adults, registration required)

Lean Canvas is a one-page business plan template that helps you deconstruct your idea into its key assumptions. SCORE Business Mentors will be at the October Team Up for Entrepreneurial Success (TUES) meeting on Tuesday, October 24 from 6:30-8pm to share more about Lean Canva. TUES is a monthly meeting for small business owners, start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs to network, problem-solve and access resources from Plano Public Library and Dallas SCORE Mentors. Register for TUES here.

Photo by Plano Public Library.

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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