Top 5 things to do with your library this September

Learn more about making art, parenting and being safe 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 and make art (all ages) 

Like to make or experience art? Come to our Community Art Celebration at Haggard Library on Wednesday, September 20 from 6:30-8 pm, featuring the 2023 Bookmark Contest Award Ceremony and a host of fun activities. Produce a stop motion, learn to cross-stitch, compose a couplet, browse local art and try your hand at puppeteering. Meet representatives from Plano Parks & Rec, ArtCentre of Plano, Sustainability and Environmental Education Division and Plano Arts & Events and hear what’s happening around town. Watch the video for a recap from the 2022 Community Art Celebration!


  1. Connect and learn with other parents (adults)

The library has two new parenting workshops this fall: Parenting Conversations and Parent Café.

Parenting Conversations allows attendees to aonnect with other parents, enjoy discussion and gain perspectives and ideas from child development experts from the University of Texas at Dallas Center for Children and Families. These conversations meet virtually on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm: September 6, October 4, November 1 and December 6. Register for this free workshop to attend.

Parent Cafés bring together mentors from Help Me Grow North Texas and parents for meaningful conversations about factors that build resilience in children and strengthen families, while also building parent leadership. The first session meets on Thursday, September 28 at Schimelpfenig Library from 6:30-8pm. Parent Café is intended for parents/guardians only.  


  1. Learn safety tips to protect your children (adults)

Parents and caregivers will learn tips for identifying possible danger, a team approach to safety and what children need to know to protect themselves at the latest Safety with Plano Police workshop. Safe Steps: Strategies for Safeguarding Your Child’s Well-being meets on Tuesday, September 19 at 7pm at Davis Library, and is hosted by Plano Police Officer Bianez. Find out what technology is safe for kids and how to protect children from online predators.

Photo provided by Plano Public Libraries.
  1. Boost your digital library skills (adults)

Did you know Plano Public Library has tens of thousands of eBooks and audiobooks you can download (for free!) to your phone or smart device? During the How to Use eBooks workshop, you will learn basic tips about how to search, borrow, manage and troubleshoot eBooks. You will also find out how to read eBooks on different devices such as iPad, Kindle, phone and computer. How to Use eBooks meets on Friday, September 22 at 11am at Haggard Library. 


  1. Get ready for another eclipse! (all ages)

NASA Solar System Ambassador Les Murray is back at the library for another dive into space. With the upcoming eclipses on the horizon come learn about the history, science and safety in observing them on Saturday, September 23 at 3pm at Haggard Library. This is a ticketed event, and free tickets are available 30 minutes before the program begins.

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.

Photo provided by Plano Public Libraries.
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