From preschool to professional, Plano Public Library (PPL) has something for everyone. Reading doesn’t interest you? No problem ! PPL is #morethanbooks! Check out some of their upcoming events – face-to-face and virtual – for all your educational and entertaining needs:

1. Protect your property with Plano Police

Plano Police Officer Chris Bianez teaches you about the safety precautions you can take, and when and how to call in your crime-fighting team. Security with Plano Police: Property Security meets Tuesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. at the Davis Library. Check Previously recorded security series on the Plano Public Library YouTube channel for more information on protecting yourself, your children, and your property.

2. Start thinking about money
(all ages)

The Plano Public Library has (once again) been selected to host a traveling exhibit focused on financial literacy: Thinking about money for children. Thinking about money for children was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in conjunction with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, whose support made this exhibit possible.

Through an animated community market-themed storyline, digital interactive content, and other fun, hands-on activities, the exhibit explores topics such as earning money, saving and spending, and making responsible financial decisions. The Plano Public Library is the only exhibit site in Texas. The exhibition is open from July 13 to August 24 at the Haggard Library.

A groundbreaking event will take place on Thursday, July 14 at 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a variety of financial literacy activities for all ages.

3. Boost your engineering skills with fairy tales
(all ages, ticket

Reading nursery rhymes and fairy tales is an important early literacy skill, but you can up the fun with an engineering component! In July, the library hosts two “STEAM Tales” events, which are for all ages and chargeable. To obtain a ticket, show up in person 30 minutes before the start of the program.

  • STEAM Tales: Engineering with the Three Billy Goats Gruff – Wednesday, July 13 at 3 p.m. at Haggard Library
  • STEAM Tales: Engineering with the Three Little Pigs – Wednesday, July 27 at 3 p.m. at Schimelpfenig Library

4. Engage creative writing skills with other writers
(adolescents and adults

If you’re working on a new novel or poetry book, or trying to create a fantasy world for a character, the library has a class for you!

  • The writing workshop: Critique Basics – Saturday July 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Schimelpfenig library. Participants will critique a short story together to learn the skills needed to improve your craft as a publisher of your own stories. This event is ticketed, so arrive 30 minutes before the start time to get a ticket.
  • Teens Write Now – Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Haggard Library from July 14 to August 4. Learn narrative writing techniques such as plot, character building, and dialogue to make your creative manuscripts shine.

Check out episode 6 of the Plano Library Speaks podcast to hear from Library Services Representative Evan Gan, who teaches The Write Workshop series.

5. Become a movie pro

(Grades 9-12, ticket office

The final Movie Maker Camp runs July 25-29 at the Parr Library from 3-5 p.m. . Attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged. This is a ticketed event, so show up 30 minutes before the start time to get a ticket.

If you don’t 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 slipways is available, and you can always access the content of the electronic library online.