Top Five Free Things to Do at Your Plano Public Library this February

Audiobooks, photo editing workshops, genealogy classes, metalsmithing, math tutoring… for free?

From preschool to professional, Plano Public Library has something for everyone. Not interested in reading? No biggie – they’re #morethanbooks! See what’s happening this month at the five public libraries near you:

Items printed on PPL’s 3D printer // photo Jennifer Shertzer

1. Expanded 3D printing services and classes

(grades 3 and above, limited space)

Thanks to grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission, PPL has expanded its 3D printing service and classes at Davis Library to Harrington and Parr libraries. Each library has a 3D printer and offers design classes. 3D Printing Intro at Harrington Library is on February 17 at 2 and 2:30 p.m. The first 3D Printing Class of the spring season is at Parr Library on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration is not required and these classes are free; however, space is limited so show up 30 minutes prior to grab a spot.

Black History Month art exhibit
Black History Month art exhibit

2. Celebrate Black History Month with art and jazz

(ages 0-100)

A photographic exhibit from Humanities Texas, Black Art – Ancestral Legacy, addresses the question posed by African-American poet Countee Cullen in 1926: “What is Africa to me?” This exhibit, on display throughout February at Harrington Library, provides many examples from 20th-century African-American artists that visually respond to this question. You can continue your exploration of African-American culture at Boitumelo: The History of Jazz, an interactive program from Rochelle Rabouin and Stewart Shelton where participants will learn the history of jazz in America, how to scat and construct a jazz collage which will go on display after the program. Boitumelo will be on Saturday, February 9 at 3 p.m. at Parr Library.

West African stamp making
West African stamp making

3. West African stamp making

(ages 0-100, limited space)

Learn about the Ghanaian tradition of stamping cloth with adinkra symbols, each with a specific meaning such as determination, harmony and family, on Monday, February 18 at 3 p.m. at Davis Library. You will learn how to carve a stamp and make your own pattern in the all-ages program. Don’t think you can make it? Check out the Stamping STEAM Kit for at-home learning about generic stamp making with rubber, carving tools and educational and inspirational books.

"Never Tell" by Lisa Gardner
“Never Tell” by Lisa Gardner

4. Tell everyone about “Never Tell”

(ages 18+)

The next pop-up author, Lisa Gardner, is coming to Haggard Library on Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m. to talk about her newest novel “Never Tell” and stay for a book signing. Gardner, a New York Times bestseller, published her first book at 20 and “Never Tell” is her 20ththriller novel. She is published in 30 countries and four books have become TV movies. Thanks to Friends of the Plano Public Library, super-fans can meet and chat with Gardner before the book talk at an intimate reception at 6 p.m. Tickets to this reception, available at the Friends of the PPL website, include a copy of “Never Tell” and front-row seating at the book talk. Become a Friends member for a discounted rate and early notification of upcoming author visits.

Fashion design workshops
Fashion design workshops

5. Fashion designers wanted

(ages 0-100)

The newest artist-in-residence at Harrington Library’s 18st AIRSpace is Christine Song. Song is a fashion illustrator and artist who expresses a variety of experiences and emotions using only black and gold. Upcoming workshops include Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m. “Fashion Illustration – Drawing” and Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. “Fashion Illustration – Painting Velvet.” See her art on display through March and see the spring Engage brochure for additional workshop dates.

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