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

Top Five Free Things to Do // courtesy PPL
Top Five Free Things to Do // courtesy PPL

From preschool to professional, Plano Public Library (PPL) has something for everyone. Not interested in reading? No biggie – PPL is #morethanbooks! See what’s available from your public library to learn at home for all your educating and entertaining needs:

Join a book club
Join a book club // photos courtesy PPL

1. Join a book club

(teens and adults, registration required)

Plano Public Library has seven books clubs, which meet monthly and cover a diverse selection of books and media. All book clubs currently meet online via Zoom:

Monday, May 3 at 3 pm: What Are You Reading Now?
Read and discuss whatever book you’ve been reading lately

Tuesday, May 4 and May 25 at 7 pm: Reel Reading
Meeting twice this month, the teen-led Reel Reading club will talk about romance (May 4) and Science- Fiction (May 25), whether you read it or watch it

Tuesday, May 11 at 7 pm: Second Tuesday Book Club
Join a live discussion of this month’s read: There There by Tommy Orange

Thursday, May 13 at 7 pm: Chinese Book Talk
Read and discuss great Chinese books you’re reading

Tuesday, May 18 at 1 pm: Cook the Book
This month for Cook the Book, come ready to share your favorite recipes from Celebrity Chefs

Thursday, May 20 at 7 pm: Mystery Book Club
Join a live discussion of this month’s read: Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Thursday, May 27 at 12 pm: Brown Bag Book Club
Join a live discussion of this month’s read: Disappearing Earth: A Novel by Julia Phillips

2. Learn about Teen Street Team

(teens, registration required)

Teen Street Team is a teen advisory board with Plano Public Library, where teens build skills in project management, team work, and event planning while helping the library provide the best resources to teens in Plano. Join the current TST members and librarians on Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30 pm via Zoom to learn about the volunteer opportunity and the application process.

Boost early literacy skills with math and technology
Boost early literacy skills with math and technology

3. Boost early literacy skills with math and technology

(preschoolers and caregivers)

Through play, children can develop their fine and gross motor skills, while also encouraging the development of their hand-eye coordination. Play & Learn is a series of program from Early Learning Librarians to help families work on these skills at home through fun activities. During May, Plano Public Library has two new programs coming out using math and technology for preschoolers. No registration required, just pop by the Plano Library Learns blog when the videos go live:

Tuesday, May 11 at 11 am: Mathy Time – Explore math concepts by learning about patterns
Tuesday, May 25 at 11 am: Tiny Techies – Learn easy technology concepts

4. Build a 3D design online

(adults, registration required)

Plano Public Library has three 3D printers across the system (Davis, Harrington, and Parr libraries), and our community can use them to print 3D designs! If you want to learn the basics of creating a printable 3D design, attend the Intro to 3D Design class on Monday, May 24 at 1 pm.

Launch into summer with catapults
Launch into summer with catapults

5. Launch into summer with catapults

(all ages, supplies limited)

The latest STEAM Connections Take It & Make It project is catapults. With a Take It & Make It kit (available from any location starting Wednesday, May 26) you will get the supplies you need to explore physics through a fun family activity. Instructional video and additional learning opportunities will go up on the Plano Library Learns blog on Friday, May 28 at 10:30 am. You can also check out the blog for past projects you can do at home.


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 and browse the collection. Porch side pickup for holds is still available, and you can always access eLibrary content online.

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