Top Five Free Things to Do at Your Plano Public Library This July



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. Manage your money effectively (adults, registration required)

Being able to manage your own money, buy a house, and help your parents are all good skills to have. All classes are taught by local experts through Bank of America:

El Camino Hacia Su Propia Casa, July 13 at 1 pm, virtual with a screening at Harrington Library

Es la primera vez que compra una casa, y usted tiene preguntas. En esta guía se analiza en cinco etapas sencillas, lo que podría ser la compra más importante de su vida. Register

Managing Your Parents’ Money, July 21 at 1 pm, virtual

Learn how you can help and when it’s a good time to start. Register

Money Management First Steps, July 30 at 1 pm, virtual

From banking basics and money management to understanding credit, this course will help you build a solid financial foundation. Register

Administrando su Dinero: Primeros Pasos, July 30 at 1pm, virtual with a screening at Harrington Library

Este curso le ayudará a construir una base financiera sólida, desde conceptos básicos bancarios y administración del dinero hasta la comprensión del crédito. Register

  1. Learn coding and circuits with women engineers (teens 11-13, registration required)

PPL is offering a five-week enrichment program focusing on computer science and electrical engineering topics at an introductory level. Computer science topics include an overview of programming, an introduction to the C++ language, and programming fundamentals; electrical engineering topics include an introduction to Arduino and TinkerCAD, basic Arduino functions, LEDS, basic circuit wiring, and working with breadboards. 

The STEAM Skills: Coding & Circuits workshop meets on Wednesdays, July 7 – August 4, from 3-5 p.m. via Zoom. This workshop was created and will be led by engineering students involved with the Society of Women Engineers chapters at University of Texas at Dallas and Southern Methodist University. Register


  1. Register for English language learning classes (adults, registration required)

ESL (English as a Second Language) classes return to Harrington and Parr Libraries in person at the end of July. Classes will be offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 pm, and are taught by Collin Adult Education & Literacy. Registration is required in advance, and you can register for classes in person:

  • Harrington Library: Monday, July 19 or Wednesday, July 21, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Classes begin Monday, July 26
  • Parr Library: Monday, July 26 or Wednesday, July 28, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Classes begin Monday, August 2


  1. Dive into video creation and editing (13+, registration required)

Video editing can be a daunting task, and PPL makes it simple in their Intro to Video Editing with Premiere Pro. During this class, attendees will learn the basics of video editing techniques in Adobe Premiere Pro from creating a project and importing your media to the final export. Afterward, you can use the Adobe Creative Cloud computers at all five locations to work on video projects. This class meets on Monday. July 12 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Register

  1. Learn about the history of henna (adults, registration required)

During The Art and History of Henna, meeting on Tuesday, July 27 at 1 p.m. via Zoom, attendees will get an introduction to the cultural history of henna, along with a demonstration of the application of the art. The library has had henna art at multiple events in the past, including Holi and Diwali celebrations. Register

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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