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

Clifford and Splat the Cat appearances, a train exhibit, 3D printing design workshops, oceanography for preschoolers… for free?

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

1. Celebrate the Festival of Color at the library

(ages 0-100)

Living in a diverse community provides wonderful opportunities to experience and learn about other cultures. Join PPL at Davis Library from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 for Holi, also known as the “Festival of Color!” Be sure you get there early for a parking spot – hundreds of people come to this festive event!

Holi celebrates the end of winter, the beginning of spring and the victory of good over evil. There’ll be story time, regional crafts, dance from Kathak Rhythms, henna art and other activities for the whole family. Also, at our Holi celebration, you’ll throw colorful powder at friends or strangers in jest.

Create abstract paintings of nature // photos courtesy Plano Public Library
Create abstract paintings of nature // photos courtesy Plano Public Library

2. Create abstract paintings of nature

(ages 0-100, ticketed)

The second local artist in the new Spotlight Art series this spring is expressionist artist Caterina Provost-Smith. In her multimedia paintings, she incorporates drawings of the human face and figure, animals, botanical elements and forces of nature. With each Spotlight Art, you have an opportunity to see a live demonstration from the artist, then make your own masterpiece.

Watch Caterina complete a large-scale abstract painting with nature themes and bright colors on Saturday, March 7 from 2-5 p.m. at Schimelpfenig Library. Create your own original abstract painting with a nature theme involving a weather element and an animal or insect on Saturday, March 14 from 2-4 p.m. at Schimelpfenig Library.

3. Capture family memories

(ages 18+)

Memory Keepers is a monthly session at Haggard Library where those experiencing early stage dementia and a family member or care partner can share memories through guided prompts in a relaxing space. Memory Keepers, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, meets monthly on the second Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. Each month has a different theme, and attendees are encouraged to bring in personal items (photographs, letters, knickknacks) that go along with the theme. The idea behind Memory Keepers is that the people can talk about the topic, and the care partner can write down what is said, essentially capturing the memory.

The next session of Memory Keepers meets on Wednesday, March 11 with the theme of meals. If you’re interested in attending Memory Keepers, call 800-272-3900 to sign up, although walk-ins are welcome.

Make an impression

4. Make an impression

(grades 6-12)

Does your teen need to boost communication and writing skills for college or a job/internship interview? Your Plano Public Library has two opportunities for teens in grades 6-12 to improve their professional skills:

More than Emojis: Write to Get Ahead meets on Monday, March 9 at 3 p.m. at Haggard Library. During this workshop  McClain Watson, Director of Business Communication Programs at University of Texas at Dallas, will help teens learn and practice effective email writing. Emails should be written with clarity and warmth to teachers, college recruiters and other adults who have a big impact on their future.

Make an Impression in 30 Seconds meets on Tuesday, March 10 at 3 p.m. at Schimelpfenig Library. Debra Austin of Chaos2Results Business Consulting will help teens learn how to make the most of every brief opportunity, and quickly and effectively communicate value. If your teen has ever struggled to clearly explain his unique idea or to set himself apart in a competitive field, this is for your child.

5. Use photo editing tools to bring life to old pictures

(ages 13+, ticketed)

Using Photoshop and old photos from PPL’s collection, attendees of the Photoshop: Photo Restoration workshop will learn how to use tools to cover up imperfections like scratches; use adjustment filters to remove stains; recreate missing pieces of photos; and colorize photos. Learning these tools and experiencing their effects in a hands-on class will help you update your own collection for future digitizing, printing and scrapbooking. This Digital Creation Space class meets at Haggard Library on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. This class is geared for ages 13+, and is first come, first served.

If you live in Plano, and a few cities around Plano, getting a card is easy – and free! Fill out an application online, come by any of our five libraries with a photo ID and proof of address, and in minutes you’ll have immediate access to hundreds of thousands of learning and recreational reading and watching materials, daily programming, and online resources for your personal or professional life.

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