Top five free things to do at your Plano Public Library this May

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. Submit your bookmark art
(Ages 5+)

The annual Bookmark Contest with Friends of the Plano Public Library is open! Pick up an application at any of the Plano library locations or download one to print from home. Applications must be turned in with contact information by June 15, 2022. Staff and community judges will determine winners in different age categories.

Make plans to celebrate art and creativity with hands-on activities, projects, and a celebration of the bookmark contest winners at our Community Art Night on September 15 at Haggard Library from 6:30-8pm.

 2. Plan your financial future
(various ages)

Financial literacy is an important aspect of life, no matter your age, and programs at PPL reflect that. The schedule this summer is packed with money smart learning opportunities to complement the Thinking Money for Kids exhibit coming to Haggard Library July 13-August 24. Here are some of the workshops happening this May:

Art Shop – Wednesday, May 11 at 3pm at Schimelpfenig Library – All ages, ticketed

What can you create with $5.00? Browse our art shop for supplies to make your masterpiece! With play money received at the store entrance, purchase paper, markers, glue and scissors, and specialty supplies to make your work of art spectacular. Spend however you like, but budget wisely. 

Checks & Balances – Saturday, May 21 at 2pm at Haggard Library – Teens

Learn how to keep a balanced checking (bank) account.

Counting Coins – Wednesday, May 25 at 2pm at Haggard Library – Grades K-5

Explore hands-on activities that strengthen your child’s knowledge of money and how to count it.

Navigate Your Future – Saturday, May 28 at 10:30am at Haggard Library – Teens

Do you wonder what the job market is like? Learn ways to think about careers and navigate the educational path(s) to get there.

3. Create a masterpiece
(all ages, ticketed)

In addition to the Bookmark Contest mentioned above, there are other avenues to make art with the library this month:

Art with a Twist: Collage – Saturday, May 14 at 3pm at Parr Library – All ages, ticketed

Art with a Twist is a series of art workshops happening through August, and for this session the focus is collage. If you cannot make it for the event, head to Parr anytime this month to participate in the “Give It the Old Collage Try!” Spark Space exhibit and make a collage to share with others.

Color Detectives: Chromatography – Saturday, May 28 at 3pm at Haggard Library – All ages, ticketed

When you do an art project, you use art supplies in a variety of colors. But where do those colors come from? During this workshop you will be a color detectives and learn about paper chromatography, a method used by chemists to separate parts of a solution.

4. Network with entrepreneurs
(ages 18+, registration suggested)

Team up with like-minded business people, start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs at the Team Up for Entrepreneurial Success program at Haggard Library. Monthly meetings offer opportunities for networking, problem solving, access to resources and coaching with SCORE Mentors, subject matter experts and Plano Library staff. Group discussion follows a brief business-focused presentation. Bring your challenges to the group for input, resources and solutions.

The next TUES session meets on Tuesday, May 24 from 6:30-8pm at Haggard Library, and the topic is time management.

5. Davis Library Grand Reopening

Over the past year, Davis Library has been undergoing a $5.3 million dollar project, funded by the 2017 voter-approved bond referendum. Closing the library in December 2021 allowed crews to work faster and safer, while keeping patrons and staff out of harm’s way. Construction is complete, and Davis Library is reopening on Sunday, May 15!

Plano Mayor John B. Muns will be at the library at 1pm for a ribbon-cutting. Afterward and until 5pm, PPL will have a variety of activities for you to participate in while exploring this updated space: Enjoy bubbles, giant games, LEGO Engineering challenges, educational activities, 3D printing demonstrations, photo opportunities and fun for all.

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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