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

Top 5 Free Things To Do this September // photos courtesy Plano Public Library

3D printing classes, watercolor workshop, Chinese language learning, and metalsmithing… 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:

Celebrating the big 5-0 // photos courtesy Plano Public Library
Celebrating the big 5-0 // photos courtesy Plano Public Library

1. Celebrate the big 5-0

(ages 0-100)

Harrington Library, on 18th Street in Downtown Plano, is celebrating 50 years of providing library service to our Plano community. On Saturday, September 14 from 2-4 p.m., come party with PPL with big games, lots of balloons, face painting and more. The library will be recording Harrington Library stories from our community, so if you have a story to share, they want to hear from you!

2. Bring your grandparents to the library

(ages 0-100+)

Sunday, September 8 is National Grandparents Day, and at Davis Library from 2-3 p.m. you can come with your favorite grownup for fun intergenerational activities. National Grandparents Day is a day to honor grandparents, give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and help children become aware of the guidance and information older people can offer. At the Grandparent’s Day celebration, the library will have a variety of activities which are easy to replicate at home, including character creation through doodles, story creation with a story cube, MadLibs and more.

3. Become a Science Explorer

(grades K-2 with parent/caregiver)

The library has put together a series of hands-on science learning activities geared toward children with special needs, such as Autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration challenges or short attention spans. Attendees will explore science, nature, engineering and more, and each session includes reading and engaging in hands-on activities and experiments. Registration is required, and is available in-person at Haggard Library or by email to The first session of SNAP Science Explorers meets on Saturday, September 28 at 1 p.m. at Haggard Library. See page 7 of the fall Engage brochure for additional dates through December.

Come to the library in your pajamas
Come to the library in your pajamas

4. Come to the library in your pajamas!

(ages 0-3 with parent/caregiver)

Thanks to grant funding from Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Schimelpfenig Library is now a Family Place Library! Family Place Libraries redesign their spaces to be welcoming and appropriate for children beginning at birth, and connect parents with resources, programs and services. The Pajama Playgroup, an evening event to accommodate working parents and caregivers, allows you to spend time together, play, make friends and talk one-on-one with child development specialists. Registration for Pajama Playgroup begins in-person on September 25, and sessions are weekly on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. from October 17-November 21.

Get moving with the library
Get moving with the library

5. Get moving with the library

(ages 0-100)

This fall PPL is highlighting all things transportation. On Saturday, September 28 from 3-4 p.m. at Harrington Library, learn about the history and science of the Texas Electric Railway from the Plano Interurban Railway Museum. For more transportation events happening this season, check out page 3 of the fall Engage brochure as well as the Wonder Café series with Boeing, Toyota, and DART on page 13.

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 the 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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